Powerplay lifts No. 7-ranked team in men’s lacrosse with 2-1 win over Alaska

College Park, Pennsylvania – The seventh-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions scored two power goals in a 2-1 win over Alaska inside the Pegula Ice Arena on Wednesday night.

Penn State improved to 13-3-0 this year and a perfect 8-0-0 in nonconference play, while Alaska dropped to 5-7-2 overall in the loss.

how it happened

  • Nanook opened the scoring as Anton Rubtsov, undetected at the near post, found space and slid the puck over the right pad of Nittany Leone junior netter Liam Suriel (Brampton, Ontario) Take a 1-0 lead at 12:41 of the first quarter.
  • Penn State responds after four minutes with strong play as sophomore Ryan Kirwan (DeWitt, NY) made it 1-1 with a rebound into a yawning net at 16:41.
  • Nittany Lions lead for first time in sophomore year after scoreless second quarter benschoen (Maumee, Ohio) Hit a loose puck at the net for a 2-1 advantage in a power play at 9:12 of the third period.

goal

  • Souliere kept his record at 11-3-0 on the year after stopping 33 of 34 shots while his opponent, Matt Radomsky, dropped to 5-7-2 after making 34 saves in a setback.
  • Souliere becomes the fourth different Nittany Lion netman to post double-digit wins in a season as he passes Oskar Autio ’22 for the sixth-most wins in a single season with 11.
  • Souliere’s 20 career victories also put him past Eamon McAdam for the fourth most victories in history.

notes

  • Penn State held on to a narrow 36-34 advantage in field goals helped by a 17-8 third-quarter advantage. The Nittany Lions made it 2-3 on the night’s power play, scoring both of their goals and killing their only free throw, a five-minute grand slam.
  • With Alaska scoring its first goal of the game, it marked the first time Penn State had gone scoreless in a nonleague game this season and the fourth in 16 games. The Nittany Lions are now 2-2-0 in such games.
  • With major assist from Schoen’s game-winner, junior Christian Salo (Lynbrook, New York) has scored at least one point in seven of his last eight games (4-5-9) and is on a three-game winning streak and is now just one game away from his career-long four-game winning streak. The season started earlier.
  • The Nittany Lions broke their all-time record against Alaska with a 3-2-0 win to sweep the series on Wednesday night.
  • Penn State improved to 5-1-0 this season in games decided by one goal. The Nittany Lions have held opponents to two goals or fewer in 10 of their first 16 games this season.
  • An 8-0-0 start to nonconference play is the best in program history, and with just one nonconference series against RIT remaining in the new year, the Nittany Lions will be looking to improve on their 9-1-0 nonconference The record starts last season with a perfect 10-0-0.

next

Penn State remains at home and resumes its Big Ten game against the Ohio State Buckeyes to wrap up its six-game home stretch on Dec. 2-3.

For more information on the 2022-23 season at the Official Bookstore at Penn State Stadium, visit the Men’s Hockey page at GoPSUsports.com or call 1-800-NITTANY, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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