The Penn State men’s hockey team started its season in fine style Saturday night.
The Nittany Lions scored two goals in the first two minutes and never relented, thumping Canisius 6-1 at the Harborcenter.
David Goodwin scored a pair of goals and one each came from Curtis Loik, Ricky DeRosa, Chase Berger and David Glen, and Eamon McAdam made 27 saves in the road victory.
“We got good goaltending early,” coach Guy Gadowsky said. “The guys finished when they had to and we got the win.”
The Nittany Lions started fast. First, Loik swiped the puck from a Golden Griffin behind the net, skated to the front and sent it top shelf 1:33 into the game. Just 27 seconds later, another Canisius turnover led to Loik setting up DeRosa.
Later in the period, a Loik stretch pass found Kenny Brooks in a 2-on-1 with Berger, with the freshman snapping in the goal with 6:01 left in the first.
“That line was clicking early,” Gadowsky said. “They certainly held us through the first period, and gave us time to get the other lines going.”
In the second period the Nittany Lions had a 5 on 3 power play, with Glen cashing in over goalie Reilly Turner’s shoulder. Goodwin followed from the slot with another goal as the Griffs were killing a 5-minute major.
Ralph Cuddemi spoiled the shutout bid, scoring on a power play midway through the third.
Goodwin scored again in the final second, with help from Glen from a mad scramble around the net.
“(Goodwin) played really well in his defensive zone,” Gadowsky said. “When you see that, it’s nice when guys like that get rewarded. That’s why I think you saw the hockey gods smiling on him a little bit.”
Penn State, after outshooting the Golden Griffins 45-28, is back on the ice with its home-opening series Friday and Saturday against Notre Dame.
Notes: Canisius freshman forward Daniel LaFontaine is the son of NHL Hall-of-Famer, and former Buffalo Sabre, Pat LaFontaine. ... Sophomore forward James Robinson left the ice with an injury in the opening minutes and did not return. ... Freshmen Alec Marsh and Kevin Kerr picked up assists for their first collegiate points. ... Canisius’ Ryan Schmelzer earned the 5-minute major and a game misconduct for a hard check from behind.