The Big Apple wasn’t quite so kind to the boys from central Pennsylvania.
David Goodwin got things started strong for the Penn State men’s hockey team, but Cornell rallied to spoil the fun in the “Frozen Apple” at Madison Square Garden.
A pair of third-period goals for the Big Red finished off a 3-1 victory over the Nittany Lions Saturday night in Penn State’s first appearance in the “World’s Most Famous Arena.”
John Knisley netted two of Cornell’s goals, including an empty-net tally in the final minute, and Joel Lowery had the other score in the team’s third straight win.
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Matthew Skoff made 22 saves in Penn State’s second straight loss. The Nittany Lions (7-4-2), who have lost two straight, outshot the Big Red 38-25.
Mitch Gillam made 37 saves for Cornell (4-4-1), which has won three straight and has allowed more than two goals in a game only once this season.
Taylor Holstrom and Casey Bailey picked up assists on Goodwin’s goal at 9:11 of the first period. It extended Bailey’s point streak to six straight games, while giving Holstrom, who entered the weekend tied for the national lead in assists, his 14th helper of the year.
Holstrom raced up the wing and fed it to the middle with Goodwin and Bailey crashing through the slot as Goodwin picked up his fifth goal of the season.
Cornell tied it with 6:01 left in the second, when Holden Anderson’s shot from the point was redirected by Knisley.
Penn State had a five-minute major power play in the opening minutes of the second period but couldn’t cash in, in part because of penalties to Goodwin and Ricky DeRosa to leave them 4 on 4. Penn State was 0 for 2 with a man advantage and Cornell was 0 for 1.
The Big Red grabbed the lead when Lowery converted John McCarron’s cross-ice pass with 8:32 left. Knisley then capped the night with his empty-net conversion.
Penn State returns to Big Ten play next weekend, visiting Wisconsin.