Penn State’s defense played its best game in several weeks statistically, but the offense could not deliver in the team’s first ever postseason game.
RIT needed only one goal to put the Nittany Lions away, 1-0. The win put the Tigers in the driver’s seat of the best-of-three series; with another win on Saturday, they will advance to the next round of the CHA Tournament.
The Lions did not allow their CHA Tournament opener to get out of hand, despite trailing in shots to the Tigers, 35-16. However, Marissa Maugeri’s even-strength goal in the middle of the opening period was all it took to give the Tigers the win.
In a game relatively low on penalties, the Lions had their best chance to tie the game up in the final period. Both of the Tigers’ penalties were committed in the last 20 minutes of play, but the Lions took only one shot during their two trips on the power play.
The Lions have to win in Saturday’s game, which begins at 2 p.m., to keep their season alive. If they tie the series up, one more game will be played between the two teams on Sunday.