Despite outshooting Buffalo State College (Division III), 19-7 in the first period, the Penn State men's hockey team could not get going offensively in a 3-0 defeat to the Bengals at Buffalo State Ice Arena.
As a result of rough play, the penalty boxes were rarely empty as both teams combined for 29 penalties totaling 83 penalty minutes, including two game misconducts. Freshman defenseman Joseph Lordo was ejected after getting a five-minute major for charging.
All of the Bengals' goals came on the power play as they went 3-for-11 while the Nittany Lions could not score on nine power plays of their own, including two five-minute majors against BSC.
The second intermission came early after Buffalo State forward Taylor McGraw hit the boards head first after getting checked by Lions' sophomore forward Bryce Johnson. McGraw laid on his back for several minutes before being wheeled off the ice on a stretcher. McGraw received an ovation when he waved to the crowd as he was taken off the ice. Johnson got a two-minute minor for hooking from the play.
The teams went to the locker rooms with 3:11 left in the period while the ice was resurfaced. The remaining time was played before the teams switched sides for the third period that started right away.
Once play resumed, the hard hits kept coming and resulted in 12 of the 29 penalties. Penn State was able to put 10 more shots on goal in the third period but still could not score as BSC goalie Kevin Carr managed to stop all of the Lions' 35 shots.
Penn State will not have a lot of time to dwell on the loss as they will travel to Rochester to face R.I.T. Saturday night at Blue Cross Arena.