WILKES-BARRE TWP. — The second game for the Penn State men's ice hockey program meant more history being made.
Including that historic first win.
David Glen scored his second goal of the night 38 seconds into overtime, giving Penn State its first Division I victory, 4-3 over American International on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.
"It's great. We had no idea how many years it would take to play at this level," Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky said. "You want your first points to be a win. That was a pretty goal to get them on."
It was the second consecutive overtime game between the clubs – the Yellow Jackets won at Penn State on Friday 3-2.
Freshman left wing Curtis Loik picked up an AIC turnover and started a rush for the Nittany Lions. Loik passed to his right to freshman right wing Kenny Brooks, who carried the puck into the AIC zone along the boards.
Brooks centered to the trailer, the freshman center from Alberta. Glen's second goal of the night, a wrist shot, beat Yellow Jackets goalie Ben Meisner and touched off a wild celebration as the Lions streamed from their bench to celebrate on the ice.
"He played great all night," Gadowsky said of Glen. "He scored two beautiful goals. He killed the 5-on-3. He was instrumental in that. If he didn't score a goal, he still had a great game.
"Kenny Brooks and Curtis Loik ... that whole line worked together great."
"This was pretty special," Glen said of the win. "It was a great play. Kenny Brooks and Curtis Loik really made that work. I got a great pass from Kenny and Curtis really cleared things out for me by going to the net."
Penn State, which had 63 shots on goal Friday, used a little trickery to open the scoring. Glen won a draw from Steve Mele and pushed the puck between the AIC center's legs.
Glen then side-stepped his opponent and ripped a wrist shot over the shoulder of Meisner for a 1-0 Penn State lead 16 minutes in.
"We tried it the last game but they tossed him out of the circle," Glen said. "I saw him leaning one way, so I went the other way with it. It felt good when it hit the back of the net."
Freshman right wing Jonathan Milley scored the Lions' first power play goal early in the third period, giving Penn State a 3-1 lead.
Milley was rewarded for taking a hard clear by AIC defenseman Nick Campanale off his leg. The puck stopped flat inside the left circle, where sophomore center Max Gardiner hustled to it and sent a pass across the slot to Milley. Meisner was caught on the wrong post and Milley found the gaping net.
AIC rallied with two goals in eight minutes, as Nathan Sliwinski and Adam Pleskach scored. Pleskach got behind the Penn State defense and skated in from the right boards on Nittany Lions sophomore goalie P.J. Musico.
Sliwinski deked to his backhand and knotted the game with 4:38 left in regulation.
"We showed some youth in us," Gadowsky said of losing the lead. "But if I had to choose between winning 3-1 or this way, I'll take this way."
AIC went nearly 12 minutes of the first period before finally getting a shot on goal. But the Yellow Jackets peppered Musico with 35 shots, a number of them quality chances. Musico handled the workload, even making three saves on a 5-on-3 late in the second period.
"We had a good kill there and it really turned the momentum back to us," Musico said.
"We needed some big saves from P.J. at the end, and he came through," Gadowsky said.
First period—1. PSU, David Glen 1, 16:11. Penalties -- Chris Markiewicz, AIC, tripping, 7:55; Bench minor, AIC, too many men, 17:07.
Second period—2, AIC, Chris Porter 1 (Nathan Sliwinski, Jeff Ceccacci), 5:44 (pp); 3. PSU, Mark Yanis 1, 16:28. Penalties -- Max Gardiner, PSU, tripping, 5:31; Nathan Sliwinski, AIC, contact to head, 14:26; Jon Puskar, AIC, charging, 17:00; Yanis, PSU, interference, 18:05; Connor Varley, PSU, boarding, 18:22.
Third period—4. PSU, Jonathan Milley 1 (Max Gardiner), 4:07 (pp); 5. AIC, Sliwinski 2, 7:54, 6. AIC, Adam Pleskach 1, 15:22. Penalties -- Pleskach, AIC, cross checking, 2:53; Varley, PSU, roughing, 4:57.
Overtime—7. PSU, Glen 2 (Kenny Brooks, Curtis Loik), :38. Penalties -- none.
Shots on goal—American International 7-14-14-0 – 35; Penn State 13-19-11-1 -- 44
Goalies—Ben Meisner, AIC, 44-40, 60:38; P.J. Musico, PSU, 35-32, 60:35.
Power plays—American International 1of 4; Penn State 1 of 5.
Three stars—1. Glen; 2. Pleskach; 3. Musico.
Starters—AIC, Steve Mele, C; Chris Porter, LW, Adam Pleskach, RW; Jeff Ceccacci, D; Nick Campanale, D. PSU, David Glen, C; Curtis Loik, LW; Kenny Brooks, RW; Luke Juha, D; Mark Yanis, D.