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Penn State men’s hockey routs Alaska-Anchorage in historic night

Penn State forward Alec Marsh collides with Alaska goalie Olivier Mantha during a game Friday at Pegula Ice Arena.
Penn State forward Alec Marsh collides with Alaska goalie Olivier Mantha during a game Friday at Pegula Ice Arena. psheehan@centredaily.com

Milestones are nice, big or small.

While David Goodwin hit the bigger one, becoming the first Penn State men’s hockey player with 100 career points, Kris Myllari scored his first career goal Friday night at Pegula Ice Arena.

The freshman added a second goal, Chase Berger also scored twice and No. 12 Penn State pounded Alaska-Anchorage 6-3.

Vince Pedrie and Ricky DeRosa added to the scoring, and Peyton Jones made 14 saves as the Nittany Lions (8-1-1) outshot the Seawolves 45-17 and ran their unbeaten streak to eight straight.

Goodwin, who assisted on both of Berger’s goals, became the first Nittany Lion to reach the 100-point plateau.

“Huge honor,” Goodwin said. “Really appreciative all the teammates that I’ve played with throughout the last four years. I’ve been fortunate to have great linemates.”

The senior now has 101 points.

“He just puts up points no matter who he plays with,” coach Guy Gadowsky said. “I think it’s a huge testament to his hockey mind and how hard he battles.”

Tad Kozun scored twice and Jarrett Brown had the other goal for Anchorage (1-8) and Olivier Mantha made 39 saves.

Goodwin hit his milestone on the night’s first goal, feeding the puck to Trevor Hamilton to the side of the net. The defenseman made a backhanded pass to Berger parked in front of the net, and the sophomore banked in the puck at the tail end of a power play.

“Really wanted to shoot and score for my 100th,” Goodwin said. “But thought it would be better for the team to dish it off, and obviously Chase had a nice finish at the end.”

Berger had a wide open net to finish it.

“It’s great,” Berger said. “I love just open nets from Dave.”

A mere 24 seconds later, Myllari scored when the defenseman unleashed a blast from the point.

“It was fun for sure,” Myllari said of his first career point in his 10th game as a Nittany Lion. “It just comes from throwing pucks at the net and the forwards did a great job screening.”

Berger netted his second score late in the first period, redirecting Pedrie’s rocket from the point to give him five goals on the year.

Despite the 3-0 lead and an 11-4 shot disparity, Gadowsky was not happy.

“I thought we were very poor in the first,” he said. “Although they only had four shots, I thought they could have easily had three goals. When you win a game 6-3 and your goaltender only (faced) 17 shots, you don’t often say this … I thought Peyton Jones was awesome. We left him hanging out to dry.”

Pedrie scored on a power play with 11.8 seconds left in the second off a cross-ice feed from Denis Smirnov, and Smirnov set up Myllari on a 2 on 1 break in the third.

“I just put my stick on the ice,” Myllari said, “and figured (Smirnov) would do something great with it.”

In between, DeRosa had his first goal of the season, while the Seawolves scored all three of their goals in the final period.

Notes: The teams meet again at 7 p.m. Saturday. … Penn State played without leading goal-scorer Andrew Sturtz, who was seen wearing a boot on his foot earlier in the week. “I just know what our trainer told me,” Gadowsky said, “he’s out for the weekend.” … Penn State finished 2 for 4 on the power play. Anchorage was 2 for 8. … The Nittany Lions took 10 penalties for 28 minutes.

Gordon Brunskill: 814-231-4608, @gordoncdt

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