East Lansing, Mich. ÂÂ- Penn State's first road trip to a fellow Big Ten school didn't started well. It didn't end well either, as the Michigan State Spartans won, 5-3.
Just as the Nittany Lions looked like they settled in, Michigan State took the lead. Michael Ferrantino scored his second goal of the season after his backhander snuck under Skoff’s left armpit.
Immediately after going down by two in the second period, Penn State was forced to kill a penalty, but once again, Penn State came alive in the second period.
On the ensuing Michigan State power play, Penn State broke out with a 3-on-1. Tommy Olczyk snapped a laser past the glove to bring the Nittany Lions within a goal.
Later in the second, Max Gardiner fed Taylor Holstrom who went to his backhand to roof it. The goal tied the game.
The Spartans quickly answered with another go-ahead goal a little over a minute later.
Michigan State's relief did not last long as David Glen buried a loose puck in the crease just 15 seconds later to tie it again.
Despite coming back, a costly penalty ended up being the difference. Connor Varley was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for checking from behind.
Tanner Sorenson's second goal of the night put the Spartans on top for good. Greg Wolfe sealed the victory for Michigan State when he put it in an empty net.
The rubber match is set for a 6:05 faceoff Saturday night.