The Penn State men’s hockey team threw plenty at a rookie goalie, but just couldn’t get one more score.
It ended with the team’s first tie of the season Thursday night.
Despite playing with a power play for most of overtime, the Nittany Lions were knotted with St. Lawrence 2-2 at Pegula Ice Arena.
“I love hockey and today’s a great reason why,” said Vince Pedrie, who joined fellow freshman Alec Marsh in the scoring column for Penn State. “It was up and back. St. Lawrence has a great team over there. They’re fun to play against.”
Matthew Skoff made 24 saves as the Nittany Lions (4-1-1) outshot the Saints 52-26.
Brian Ward and Mike Marnell scored the St. Lawrence goals, and freshman Arthur Brey stopped 50 shots in his collegiate debut.
“A pretty impressive effort for your first college game,” Saints coach Greg Carvel said. “He certainly saved our bacon tonight.”
Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky agreed.
“He played a heck of a game,” Gadowsky said. “I thought it was a great hockey game.”
The teams meet again at 7 p.m. Friday, closing a six-game homestand for the Nittany Lions.
It took an official review to get Penn State’s first goal in the books. Alec Marsh wrapped the puck around the net and clanged it off the opposite post. The red light behind the net lit briefly, but play continued. Just 43 seconds later, Kevin Kerr unloaded a blast from the point that beat Brey. The officials then took a look at Marsh’s attempt, saw the puck bounce over the line, and awarded him the goal and put time back on the clock.
The Saints responded just over two minutes later, with Gavin Bayreuther unleashing a rocket after a faceoff that Ward redirected past Skoff.
Marnell put St. Lawrence in the lead, rushing up the ice to beat Skoff with a power play score in the second.
Pedrie tied it 6:26 into the third, rushing through the slot and taking David Goodwin’s feed to beat Brey to the top shelf.
“Goody made a great play,” Pedrie said. “His patience coming up the ice — for him to see me, he almost had eyes in the back of his head.”
It was the freshman’s first collegiate score.
“After shooting the puck that much,” he said, “it’s nice to see one finally go in.”
The Saints were whistled for two penalties in the five-minute extra period, including a five-minute major, but the Nittany Lions managed only one shot on goal, and Dylan Richard rang an attempt off the crossbar.
“No frustration set in,” Pedrie said. “We made some good plays, stay calm, stay poised. We tried to work in through our system and make the best play possible.”
St. Lawrence scored one goal during an exhibition shootout, while Penn State did not convert on its three tries.
“We escaped tonight, for sure,” Carvel said. “I thought the first 30 minutes was a completely lopsided game. I thought the second half was pretty even. The shots are lopsided. They throw everything and the kitchen sink at the net. The shots add up pretty quickly and that’s not a bad thing. It’s tough to play against.”
Notes: For the first time since the season opener, Penn State played with four full forward lines, as David Glen returned from injury. … Brey started instead of Kyle Hayton, who had started the Saints’ first six games of the season. Carvel said Hayton will start Friday. … Luke Juha, Eric Scheid, Erik Autio had assists. … The Nittany Lions finished 0 for 7 on the power play, but did take 17 shots with the man advantage. St. Lawrence was 1 for 4. … Christian Horn had the only goal during the exhibition shootout, while denied by Bray for Penn State were Ricky DeRosa, Marsh and Goodwin.