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Penn State Tops Michigan for First Big Ten Win

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Highlights of Penn State's win over Michigan

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It took 10 tries, but Penn State finally got its first Big Ten win.

Playing in front of another packed house at Pegula Ice Arena, the Nittany Lions gave the raucous crowd plenty to cheer about this time, taking a 3-0 lead in the first period while knocking out Michigan started Zach Nagelvoort. A couple of the goals were shaky, and Michigan coach Red Berenson made the move to Steve Racine. Racine allowed just one goal the rest of the way, but an offense that scored seven goals Friday night, couldn't get anything past Penn State goalie Matthew Skoff.

"He came in and played sharp, and we didn’t give him any support," Michigan coach Red Berenson said of Racine.

Skoff stopped 32 shots for the shutout, and is the only Penn State goalie with a win this year.

"It was something that I will remember for a long time," Skoff told reporters about the post-game celebration by the crowd. "That just speak volumes of where this hockey program has come so far with all the support we have. It was really cool to see."

"To me, that was a tremendous night, something I will never forget," Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky told reporters afterward. "But I think that's why I came here. To compete against the best. Against the best teams in the nation and in the Big Ten."

Gadowsky has had similar remarks after other big wins, such as the program's first overall and first at Pegula Ice Arena. But this was the first in the Big Ten.

"There were huge saves early that I think meant as much to the team to give us the confidence, that belief," Gadowsky said. "Probably the feeling that we got from his saves early that said he's on, he's not going to let us fail. That goes a long, long way."

Penn State received contributions throughout the lineup, including freshman Zach Saar who opened the scoring and netted a goal in his second straight game. Classmate Ricky DeRosa and redshirt sophomore Eric Scheid recorded two points each for three-point weekends.

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.

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Ohio State defeated Michigan State in a shootout for the second straight night, after a 2-2 tie through overtime.

The Buckeyes got both goals from junior Matt Johnson, and 30 saves from freshman goalie Christian Frey, and are now unbeaten in the last five.

Ohio State trailed 2-1 in the third period but Johnson scored his second of the game to deadlock the score. Freshman Nick Schilkey scored the lone shootout goal and Frey made three saves.

"Four points is huge against a very good hockey team,” Steve Rohlik, Ohio State head coach, said. “They shut you down. I'm a little disappointed with our second period, a little undisciplined with the penalties which gave them the momentum back, but our team righted the ship and played a pretty good third period.”

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Ferris State stayed in first place by itself in the WCHA with a 2-1 win over Northern Michigan, sweeping the weekend series. Cory Kane scored early in the third for a 2-0 lead, and it wound up being the game winner.

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Minnesota State completed a sweep over Bemidji State with a 3-2 victory.

The Mavericks took the lead with a pair of second-period power-play goals. Senior forward Johnny McInnis put the Mavericks on the board and tied the game with his 16th goal of the season, a one-timer in front of the net at 3:38 of the second. Then, at 5:20, junior forward Jean-Paul Lafontaine got his NCAA-leading 13th power-play goal of the season.

"I thought they dominated the first period and got a lead," Minnesota State coach Mike Hastings said. "Then we took advantage of our power play and kinda hung on. Our penalty killers and the goaltending were the difference."

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