Icers’ goalie Matt Madrazo could only watch from the other side of the ice as time slowly ticked away in the third period of No. 1 Penn State’s (23-3-1) game against No. 9 Oklahoma (21-14-0).
With five minutes left in the game, forward Justin Kerchhevel netted Penn State’s first goal after 55 minutes of game play to set the score at 3-1 and the floodgates opened.
In what looked like the Icers’ first loss at home, the Kerchhevel, Tommy Olczyk and Taylor Holstrom line saved Penn State’s perfect home record, scoring all three goals to send the game into four-on-four sudden death overtime.
After the Icers drew a call in front of Oklahoma’s net with three minutes left in overtime, forward George Saad beat the Sooner’s goalie to secure the win.
In a game that was dominated by penalties, the Sooners racked up 18 minutes while Penn State recorded 14 minutes, both teams missed most of their opportunities.
The Icers went zero for eight on the power play but killed all six of their penalties.
After a scoreless first period, Oklahoma’s Ryan Lee scored on a four-on-four breakaway shot.
Forward Shane Vorndran netted a shorthanded goal after Madrazo was caught out of the net.
Madrazo go tripped up between Penn State defenders at the beginning of the third period, leaving the net open for Vorndran again.
Madrazo recorded a 76.9% average after stopping 10 of 13 shots on goal.
The Icers take on Mercyhurst next weekend, in the annual alumni game.