The Penn State men’s hockey team (5-2-0) won its fourth straight game in a hard-hitting rematch with Buffalo State (2-2-1) on Saturday night.
The Lions won their first home game, 4-2, at the Greenberg Ice Pavilion. Three weeks ago the team lost to the Bengals, 3-0, before going on its winning streak.
The two teams hit each other with 116 total penalty minutes by both teams in the two games. Penn State recorded 23 penalties, while Buffalo State made 21.
The Lions looked frustrated when Buffalo State opened the score at 10:52 in the first period. Buffalo State’s Matt Bessing scored with assists by teammates Drew Klin and Brett Hope.
Penn State goalie Matthew Skoff played the entire game and earned his first win with 23 saves. Skoff previously played in two games with a save percentage of .891 before Saturday night’s win. The freshman has been rotating the starting position with sophomore P.J. Musico, who recorded Penn State’s first NCAA shutout against Army on Oct. 26.
After trailing the Bengals 1-0, Penn State tallied three straight goals and took a 3-1 lead into the third period. The three goals were score by freshman forward David Glen, senior forward Michael Longo and sophomore forward Tommy Olczyk. Glen scored in his fourth straight game Saturday, while Olczyk recorded his first NCAA goal.
Buffalo State tallied another goal at 3:15 in the third period before Glen scored his second goal of the night at 16:36 to close the score at 4-2. Glen’s goal was assisted by Kenny Brooks and was his fifth goal of the season.
The Lions remain at home for their next game on Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. against defending Atlantic Hockey champion and 2012 NCAA Tournament participant Air Force.