The No. 15 Penn State men’s hockey team had a four game losing streak heading into Saturday’s tilt against Michigan, and after coming off a 5-1 loss against the Wolverines in Ann Arbor on Thursday, it seemed like U-M would be the team with the momentum.
Throw momentum out the window when college kids have a chance to play at Madison Square Garden in New York City, one of the most storied arenas in all of sports.
MSG was lit up maize and blue
Fans scattered throughout the 20,789 seat venue
The game was part of B1G Super Saturday. And while the day and trip to Manhattan was surely a memorable experience for Michigan, it was not a good day for the team on the ice.
Penn State got off to a hot start, and never looked back. The Nittany Lions scored three goals in the first period, and by the end of the period two, they had a comfortable 5-1 lead. The Wolverines were able to add one more goal in the third, but would ultimately fall to PSU 5-2.
Will Lockwood and Luke Morgan scored Michigan’s goals, while goalie Hayden Lavigne was hit early and often, allowing all of Michigan’s goals. In 30:25 of ice time, Lavigne saved 15 shots in all. After Penn State put a 5 spot on Lavigne he was pulled in favor of Strauss Mann, who fared much better, saving every shot (19).
Penn State improves to (14-10-2, 6-9-1 Big Ten) and Michigan falls to (9-10-6, 5-5-2 Big Ten). Next up for the Wolverines is a weekend trip to take on Minnesota on Feb 1st and 2nd.