Hockey Upsets No. 10 Michigan for 1st B1G Win

Published 02/08 2014 09:19PM

Updated 02/08 2014 11:43PM

UNIVERSITY PARK – Sophomore goaltender Matthew Skoff (McKees Rocks, Pa.) turned aside all 32 shots he faced and the Nittany Lions utilized a three-goal first-period, as the Penn State men’s hockey team captured its first Big Ten victory with a 4-0 whitewash against the 10th-ranked Michigan Wolverines at Pegula Ice Arena Saturday night.
The Nittany Lions (5-18-1, 1-9-0-0 Big Ten), who played in front of a sellout crowd of 6,170 fans, became only the second school this season to blank Michigan (14-7-3, 6-3-1-1 Big Ten). Penn State also earned its first shutout of the season, while Skoff, a McKees Rocks, Pa., native, earned his third career shutout.
Penn State received contributions throughout the lineup, including freshman Zach Saar (Richland, Mich.), who opened the scoring and netted a goal in his second straight game. Classmate Ricky DeRosa (Aston, Pa./1g, 1a) and redshirt sophomore Eric Scheid (Blaine, Minn./2a) each recorded two points each for three-point weekends, while forward Taylor Holstrom collected his second helper in as many days.
Sophomores David Glen (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.) and Casey Bailey (Anchorage, Alaska), who scored in three straight games for the first time since Jan. 5-19, 2013, followed Saar's lead with first-period tallies of their own, chasing Michigan starter Zach Nagelvoort out of the net. After a scoreless second stanza, DeRosa netted his fourth marker of the season late in the third.
Penn State out shot the Wolverines by a 40-32 margin, bettering its opponent for the seventh time in the last eight games, while going 0-for-3 on the power play. Michigan failed to score on its lone power-play chance.
Penn State, which defeated its second ranked opponent and first top-10 foe in program history, will return to Pegula Ice Arena next weekend when it hosts Michigan State for a two-game series beginning Friday, Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m.
--Penn State Athletic Communications

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