The Penn State men’s hockey team earned its biggest win in program history Saturday night.
Behind a two-goal night from Casey Bailey and stellar goaltending from Eamon McAdam, the Nittany Lions skated to a 4-1 victory over Massachusetts-Lowell at the Paul E. Tsongas Arena.
Penn State split the weekend series, with the win over the No. 4 River Hawks the first against a top-five team in program history.
“Real happy that we had a really good performance against a really, really well-coached team,” coach Guy Gadowsky said. “They have great habits and are very consistent, and for us to have a successful performance against them feels great.”
Eric Scheid and Tommy Olczyk scored the other goals, while Taylor Holstrom picked up three more assists. The senior, who entered the weekend in the top 10 in the nation in points, now has 13 assists for the season.
McAdam made 24 saves for his first career victory, in his first start since Feb. 7, as he shut down the nation’s highest-scoring team. The only goal allowed by the sophomore New York Islanders third-round draft pick was a power-play score by Zack Kamrass midway through the third period.
By that point the Nittany Lions (6-2-2) had been cruising in scoring the first four goals.
Bailey netted the first of his two goals on a power play, with Holstrom winning a faceoff and sending the puck back to the junior to blast the puck through traffic into the net. It marked the first time in four games Penn State scored first, even as the team has won five of its last six.
Holstrom then fed the puck across to Bailey for the second tally two minutes later, giving him a team-high eight scores on the season.
Scheid made it a 3-0 lead to end the first period by knocking home a rebound with 19 seconds left, with help from David Thompson and James Robinson. It marked Scheid’s six goal of the year.
A deflection by Holstrom at the blue line sent Olczyk down the ice for his third goal of the season, and the final Lion tally of the night, 47 seconds into the second period.
For the game, Penn State outshot Lowell 31-25.
Before Saturday’s win, the Nittany Lions’ best victory was against then-No. 10 Michigan. Penn State will tangle with those Wolverines next weekend in Ann Arbor to open Big Ten play.