Men’s Hockey completes opening weekend sweep with 7-5 win over Canisius

University Park, PA – Senior Kevin Wall (Penfield, N.Y.) scored a career-high four points in non-conference action Saturday night at Pegula Ice Arena, including the final game-winner, to help Penn State to a 7-5 victory. Canisius.

how it happened

  • Penn State (2-0-0) wasted little time taking advantage of an early trip call to Canisius (0-2-0) to go 1-0 with just 1:36 left in junior Christian Berger (St. Louis, MO) shot through the crowd from a high post and into the back of the net from a pass from a senior real bodhi tree (Great Falls, VA).
  • Greaves used the Odds to sprint to secure the tie, and Nick Bowman completed an Alton McDermott pass at 8:19 to make it 1-1.
  • The Nittany Lions regained their lead midway through the game when Lyndon got a bouncing puck and shot it off the glove of Canisius goaltender John Hawthorne for a close scrimmage after sophomore inside the far post Ryan Cowan (DeWitt, N.Y.) The initial attempt was blocked 2-1 at 9:23.
  • Penn State extended its lead at 14:49 of the first quarter as Kirwan tied it 3-1 from beyond the crease.
  • After two quick penalty kicks against the home team, Canisius took advantage of a 5-3 to cut the score to a single goal as Daniel Digrand picked from position at 7:36 of the second period A corner kick for the 3-2 score.
  • The Nittany Lions regained a two-goal lead in seconds after killing a five-minute major with more than four minutes remaining in their sophomore year ben schoen (Mommy, Ohio) Discovery Senior Tyler Gratton (Potstown, Pa.) easily finished at the gate and took a 4-2 lead at 12:13.
  • The third period was a frantic one as the teams swapped goals for each of the lights on three occasions to account for the 7-5 final.
  • Kirwan completed Wall’s pass at the far post with just 3:54 of the final quarter, finishing his second game of the night and third of the weekend at 5-2.
  • Less than two minutes later, Wall caused a neutral zone error before sliding into the attacking zone, smashing a defender and smashing Hawthorne 6-2 at 5:38.
  • Greaves responded just 30 seconds later, and McDermott let a man fly to make it 6-3 down.
  • Advanced Ashton Calder (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.) Benefiting from some good hockey play among his teammates at the time, as he stayed alone in the slot and buried the cookie at 7-3 at 12:22 beside San. last period.
  • Canisius wouldn’t leave quietly as Greaves scored two goals in two minutes and the game was less than three points away, however, that wasn’t enough as Penn State continued to secure a weekend sweep.


Freshman Noah Grannan (Germantown, Wisconsin) earned his first college win in his first start between pipes after giving up 28 shots. Hawthorne also made 28 saves in the loss, going 0-1-0 for the year.


  • Saturday’s crowd of 6,343 turned out to be the fourth largest crowd in Pegula Ice Arena history.
  • The Nittany Lions held a narrow 35-33 field advantage while going 2-for-3 from the field. Canisius was 2 for 5 on Powerplay.
  • Penn State is 6-1-0 in six games with the Golden Griffins.
  • The Nittany Lions lit the light seven times on Saturday night, their 26th-ever game with seven or more goals and a 7-2 win over Wisconsin on Jan. 22. the first time since the state.
  • Penn State is now 43-15-2 against Atlantic hockey, improving to 41-14-4 in October and 94-1-2 when scoring five or more goals.
  • The Nittany Lions trio had a multi-point effort on Saturday night, as every member of the Kirwan, Linden, Wall line scored three or more points and each scored as many as three on the night.
  • Lyndon tied his career high with three points as he factored in each of the game’s first three goals, a goal and a pair of assists securing his second consecutive multi-point effort , to start the season and the 16th of his career.
  • Kirwan scored his second consecutive multi-pointer and scored a career-best three-pointer for the eighth time in his career, with one goal and one assist. Kirwan also scored his first multi-goal game of the year and his third of his career.
  • Wall had a career-high four points on a goal and three assists for his first multi-pointer of the season and 15th of his career.
  • One Assist, Junior Jimmy Dodd Jr. over teammates and captains Paul De Naples (Moscow, Pa.) 8th on Penn State’s all-time defensive player assists list with 28 career assists, while his 34 points are tied with De Napoli for eighth all-time defensive player assists.
  • Schone’s lone assist extended his career scoring streak to five games from the end of last season.

Post-match quotation

Opening remarks: I think an interesting situation developed with Liam [Souliere], he’s a game-time decision, we don’t know if he can go. So, last night’s Quake fell into the hands of Kevin Wall.I think he’s really good for giving [Noah] Grannan tonight because he didn’t know he was playing. For a guy who hasn’t played in college, to step in when he doesn’t know when to make a decision, I think he handles it very well. Kevin did a great job. I thought it would be very appropriate to give it to him, so I think it’s a very unique part of the game.

Question: What are your thoughts on the 5-on-3 sequence of the second issue? Obviously you were very tough defensively and then you reacted really well and then scored. What’s your take on this situation?
A: So, when it came out, I was actually kind of excited because we had a poor penalty shootout the night before and it gave us a chance to see if we learned anything. I mean I’m looking forward to it and I think I’m excited to show them the improvements I think we can make. Nevermind, we obviously let one in, but I think overall it was a good kill. The biggest turning point in the game was the goal that Gratton followed. So, all in all, a very good sequence.

Question: Another night, another high-intensity game. Ryan Cowan His goal tally has increased by two, this year to three. What’s his addition? Stepping up again and being that guy on offense for another season, what does that mean to you?
Answer: Well, he wasn’t great last year either, but he’s had a very rookie year because he’s really a sponge and learns as much as he can about all other aspects of the game without the puck . He did a great job, he put himself in a position where he could play a lot of games. As you can see, he is very talented. If his own line, Kevin Wall and real bodhi tree All can continue what they’re doing now remotely, and it’s going to be fun all season long.

Q: The coach Ture you mentioned [Linden] Who had a great series before but also played a lot in penalty shootouts, especially in the second quarter. Can you talk about the full game he only played in two games at Penn State?
A: When we were looking at a possible transfer, we did need a right-handed centre-forward who was good at scrimmage… that’s very, very important. Chase McClain It’s been good, but we know he’s going to be injured early in the year, so it’s very important on the shopping list.and real bodhi tree, I mean, when you look at his scoring, he’s a great, great offensive player. But for those who know him best, they talk more about his 200-foot game than his offense, and the brawl is a big part of that. You can see how comfortable he is and how proud he is. I mean, I think we were impressed with his offense, I think we were more impressed with his game overall.

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