Sunday, November 8, 2015

Penn State would face off against the W&J Presidents Saturday night for the first time in club history.  The Presidents were coming off a huge win Friday night against UPG and the LIons had just put up a convincing win against IUP.  W&J has had some number issues as they would take the ice with a very thin roster of eight players and a goalie.  Mitch Rupprecht would score :47 seconds into the game.  At the 7:33 mark, Nick Tamburi would score his 3rd goal of the season from Matt Littler.  Nico Gricco would score shorthanded, as he got behind the defense on a stretch pass from Mike Ludwig.  Then with the Lions still shorthanded, Nick Danese would put the Lions up 4-0 at the end of one, from Littler and Ludwig.  PSU would outshoot W&J 18-6.

When crashing the net, the basic rule is have your stick on the ice.  Darren "Donnie" Sereikis did just that, as he deflected home his first collegiate goal from Rupprecht and Gricco.  The Presidents would cut the lead to 5-1 as they converted on a Mike Forster cross-checking penalty.  Mike Lassik would strike right back scoring shorthanded, sniping the goalie over his shoulder.  Thr Presidents would score the next two goals cutting the Lions lead to 6-3.  Danny Wilson, would score his first goal of the season from Jeff Hagan. With five seconds remaining in the period Tyler Gerhold would bury the puck and give the Lions the lead 8-1 at the end of two periods.  The shots on goal for the period were PSU17- W&J 10.

Penn State would score the only two goals of the third period as Mike Pilla would score from Lassik and Ludwig.  Jeff Hagan would finish off the Lions scoring assisted by Wilson.  Final Score PSU 10 W&J 3.

Josh Snyder would earn his third victory of the season turning away 16 of 19 shots.  Matt Littler would earn the team MVP award for his extreme hustle on every shift. 

"A win is a win, but we have to play better.  The score did not tell the whole story tonight.  We played sloppy and lazy at times.  This was not our best effort, and the boys knew it.  We will get this turned around and I am positive you will see a better team Saturday afternoon."

The Lions improved to 6-2-1 and now move on to games against Cal U and Saint Vincent, which will determine first place in the division.