UConn and Penn State both leave the first game of the season with identical 0-0-1 records as the two teams played to a tie on Friday night in front of over 6,000 fans at the Pegula Ice Arena.
The Huskies netted goals from alternate captains Patrick Kirland (10:30 - 2nd Period, Assisted by Brent Norris and Joona Kunas) and Trevor Gerling (15:14 - 3rd Period, Assisted by Johnny Austin and Spencer Naas). Gerlings goal, which he re-directed off a shot by freshman Johnny Austin, gave UConn the lead with just under five minutes left to play. Unfortunately the Nittany Lions were able to equalize with less than a minute remaining after pulling their goalie. Bummer.
The game then proceeded to an overtime, which was scoreless, and then an exhibition penalty shootout. For whatever it's worth (almost nothing) UConn won the shootout, 2-1.
In the game Penn State had a 35-28 advantage in shots on net. Both of Penn State's goal-scorers, Tommy Olczyk (14:27 - 2nd Period, Unassisted-Penalty Shot) and David Goodwin (19:12 - 3rd Period, Assisted by Dylan Richard and Patrick Koudys) were among the three-star recipients with Goodwin taking the top spot. UConn's Patrick Kirtland was the third player to receive the honor.
The two teams are back in action tomorrow night as they look to break the tie in the series.