Penalties and iron were two things that the Penn State men’s hockey team could not overcome, Saturday afternoon.
With the 4-1 loss to Holy Cross, the Nittany Lions fell below .500 with a 6-7-0 record.
The game did not start off well for the Lions. Crusaders’ forward Erik Vos softly dumped the puck into the Penn State zone on goal, but sophomore goaltender P.J. Musico could not get the paddle of his stick down in time to prevent the puck from sneaking through the five hole.
The Nittany Lions took 11 penalties for 36 penalty minutes including two 10-minute misconducts. Holy Cross capitalized on two of the 10 power plays they had on the night to give them a 3-0 lead. To the contrary, the Crusaders only took three penalties for six penalty minutes.
Penn State had several shots hit the crossbar before junior defensemen Nate Jensen found the net after his shot bounced off the pipe before tickling the twine to make it 3-1.
The Lions were on the power play immediately after the goal and looked to have a glimmer of hope after Jensen’s goal. Freshman forward David Glen had a goal disallowed after he appeared to have illegally kicked the puck into the net.
The Crusaders were able to add an empty-netter to seal the weekend sweep.
Check Monday’s print edition of the Collegian for quotes and additional coverage.