Sunday, November 22, 2015

PSU would conclude the East Coast Showdown early Sunday morning, against fellow branch campus PSU Harrisburg. With the goal to finish the weekend 3-0 and possibly win the tournament, PSU Altoona was all business. Mike Lassik (15) continued his hot goal scoring streak nineteen seconds into the first period assisted from Pilla and Gricco. A minute thirty later Jeff Hagan (8) would put the Lions up 2-0 (Danese/Selverian). Freshman Nick Danese (5) would pick his spot, with the eventual game winner at 17:38. Sophomore Nico Gricco (9) would also find the back of the net from Ludwig and Lassik. Then with eleven seconds left in the first, Lassik (16) would add his second of the game from Gricco and Danese. The Lions would lead 5-0 after the first. During the second PSU Altoona would go right back to work as sophomore Mike Pilla (16) would score less than two minutes into the period assisted by Gricco and Lassik. Then with Nick Danese in the penalty box, Danny Wilson (3) would receive an outlet pass from Mike Ludwig and beat the goaltender shorthanded. Mike Lassik (17) would net the hat-trick unassisted at 5:51. Wilson (4) would then score his second of the game also unassisted. Max Selverian would get his second goal of the season, deflecting a shot from Wilson and Ludwig. Lions would lead 10-1 at the end of two. With the potential to still win the tournament, the Lions could not let off the gas. Two minutes into the period Pilla (17) would add his second of the game from Gricco and Lassik. Four minutes later Gricco (10) would add his second of the game from Pilla. Lassik and Gricco would return the favor as Pilla (18) would also get the hat-trick at the 5:13 mark. Lassik (18) would finish off the scoring with his fourth of the game, from Gricco at 2:35. Final Score PSUA 14- PSUH 2. Sophomore goalie Ryan Cornelius, would pick up his second win of the season (GAA 3.03), stopping 14 of 16 shots. Captain Mike Ludwig had this to say about his teams performance. "Even though we did not win the tournament, I am more than pleased with the teams effort with a short bench. At the end of the weekend after going 3-0, we are exactly where we want to be going into the Thanksgiving break at 11-2-1." The Lions will take to the road for a two game battle against George Mason on December 5th and 6th.