Even though the stats won’t go toward their final total, Penn State can say they have completed a comeback despite getting outshot 49-30. The Nittany Lions scored five answered goals in the 5-2 win against the United States Under-18 National Development Team.
At 8:47 of the first period, Michigan commit Tyler Motte scored on a wide-open net after Matt Skoff left a rebound in his crease.
As the siren-sounded at the end of the first period, Casey Bailey and Connor Clifton were both penalized after a scuffle behind the net.
Another Michigan commit gave Team USA a two-goal lead. Tyler Motte snapped a shot past Skoff’s glove.
The Nittany Lions quickly answered less than two minutes later when George Saad scored to keep the game one goal apart.
The game then became much more physical. Eight of the total penalties called in the second period came after the Penn State goal.
The Lions got the game-tying goal after Kenny Brooks was able to find the net at 10:35 .
Joseph Lordo gave Penn State it’s first lead on a one-timer that was fed from Taylor Holstrom and Bailey. Tommy Olczyk put the Lions ahead by two at 13:12 of the third period with a backhander that tickled the twine. Brooks added an empty-netter to seal the victory for Penn State.
Skoff made some photographic saves while stopping 47 USA shots in the win.
Three Stars: 3rd Georgeo Saad (PSU), 2nd Joseph Lordo (PSU), 1st Matt Skoff (PSU)