Penn State’s first ever meeting with the Michigan State Spartans spelled a 5-3 loss for the Nittany Lions.
Freshmen forward Michael Ferrantino led the charge for the Spartans with the first goal of the game, and the only goal of the 1st period.
Both teams revealed their scoring side in the 2nd period, combing for a total of 5 2nd period goals. Michigan State earned 2 of those goals, one coming from sophomore forward Tanner Sorenson and the other from senior forward Kevin Walrod. However, Penn State’s three 2nd period goals left the game tied at the end of two.
Tanner Sorenson broke the tie for the Spartans in the 3rd period with the game-winning goal on the man-advantage. Michigan State captain Greg Wolfe was soon to follow up with an empty goal as Penn State goalie Matthew Skoff was pulled at the end of the game.
The 5-3 win was a much needed win for the 7-16-3 Spartans and also a much needed win for their junior goaltender Will Yanakeff, who lost his starting job to freshmen Jake Hildebrand early in the season. Yanakeff had 27 saves on the night.
Michigan State went 1/5 on power play chances, while Penn State went 0/2.