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Penn State hockey: Nittany Lions play to tie with Alaska Anchorage

The Penn State men’s hockey team saw a two-goal lead disappear late to spoil its trip west.

Blake Leask and Austin Coldwell scored in the final 5:41 as Alaska Anchorage rallied for a 3-3 tie Friday night in the opening game of the Brice Alaska Goal Rush at Carlson Arena.

Curtis Loik, Dylan Richard and Casey Bailey each scored for Penn State (1-0-2), Matthew Skoff made 23 saves and the Nittany Lions were 2 for 3 on the power play.

Blake Tatchell also scored for the Seawolves (2-0-1). The teams did go to a shootout to help determine the tournament winner, with Hayden Trupp the only player to find the net, while all three Lions missed their attempts.

The game was delayed several minutes during overtime when defenseman David Thompson was down on the ice in front of the Penn State net and stepped on. He was carried off the ice om a stretcher and taken to a medical facility.

Loik started the scoring, sending in the puck top-shelf from a tight angle. Scott Conway became the first freshman to get on the score sheet, assisting on the score 4:33 into the game.

Richard made it 2-0 on a power play, slipping the puck between the legs of Michael Matyas. Taylor Holstrom and Nate Jensen picked up assists on the score.

Following Tatchel’s second-period power-play goal to halve the lead, native Alaskan Bailey found the net with help from Jensen and Holstrom, also on the power play.

Anchorage increased the pressure and Leask cashed in with a man advantage with 5:41 left, and seconds after pulling Matyas for an extra attacker, Coldwell beat Skoff from close range to tie it.

Notes: The Nittany Lions will face tournament host Alaska at 11:07 p.m. Saturday. ... Matyas made 24 saves. ... All three Penn State freshmen (Conway, Erik Autio, James Robinson) played Friday. ... Anchorage opened its season last weekend with wins over Maine and Wisconsin.

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