It took an extra five minutes for the Holy Cross Crusaders to defeat the Penn State men’s hockey team, 5-4. With the loss, the Nittany Lions dropped to a 6-6-0 record.
Penn State headed into the first intermission down 1-0, but came out onto the ice rejuvenated and scored three unanswered goals.
Freshman forward Casey Bailey tied the game with his fifth goal of the season after Crusaders goalie Matt Ginn gave up a rebound.
The Lions took the lead after freshman forward David Glen added his eighth tally on the season to give the visiting Lions a 2-1 lead.
Connor Varley connected to give Penn State a 3-1 lead after a quick give-and-go from freshman forward Jonathan Milley.
The game was still close after the Crusaders capitalized on their second power play of the night to pull them back within a goal.
Milley gave the Lions a 4-2 lead after scoring a goal of his own after Ginn fell into the net leaving it wide open. Milley returned after missing a month of action and made his presence known, notching two assists in addition to his fourth goal of the season.
With just over five minutes left, Holy Cross made it a one-goal game. Six seconds later, the Crusaders were given a power play after senior defenseman Brian Dolan was given a two-minute minor for hooking. The Crusaders tied the game at 4-4 on the ensuing power play.
Holy Cross pulled out the victory in the extra period after freshman goalie Matt Skoff gave up a rebound to Erik Vos who scored the game winner. The Crusaders scored three unanswered goals of their own to win on home ice.
Penn State and Holy Cross will battle again Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m.