The Zamboni drivers did not even have time to empty their snow tanks before the first goal was scored. It took only 20 seconds for Neumann to score in overtime.
The goal ended up being a key moment in the result of a rare weeknight contest for Penn State. It ended with a 3-2, overtime disappointment against the Knights.
Gadowsky didn’t hold back on what went wrong.
“If you look at the first shift, it was absolutely terrible,” Gadowsky said. “It was a poor work ethic shift…Getting scored on in the first shift is very good indication that we weren’t ready to go.”
The Nittany Lions had plenty of chances in the first period but could not put the puck past Knights’ goaltender Ben Curley.
The Knights got their second goal when a Nittany Lion pass deflected off a skate of a teammate and went past an outstretched P.J. Musico in net.
Penn State tied the game when its two leading goal scorers tickled the twine. Freshmen Casey Bailey and David Glen each scored their tenth goal of the season.
The Lions had a clear goal going into the third period.
“We had to get more shots, we didn’t have enough in the first or second [period],” Glen said. “I thought we lost a lot of battles. We pride ourselves on our board play and working it down low and we really got to take it to the net.
Glen also said he thinks that not clearing the puck out their own zone really hurt them. Bailey noted he thinks the team cannot put themselves in the position of needing to “scramble in the third period.”