UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Junior forward Taylor Holstrom scored the game-tying goal with 6:05 left in the third peiod, but Penn State fell to AIC 3-2 in overtime in the program’s first game at the NCAA Division I level. The Nittany Lions opened the season at 0-1-0 in front of a sellout crowd of 1,300 fans Friday at Greenberg Ice Pavilion.
The Yellow Jackets took a 1-0 lead early in the first period before freshman Casey Bailey recorded Penn State’s first-ever goal with 15:23 left in the second. After AIC regained its one-goal lead less than six minutes later, Holstrom scored the equalizer in the third.
The Yellow Jackets’ Jon Puskar netted the game-winning goal with 21 seconds left in the extra frame.
The Nittany Lions outshot AIC by a 63-29 margin. Penn State was 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Yellow Jackets were 1-for-4 with the man advantage. Freshman netminder Matthew Skoff made 26 saves in his first collegiate performance, while AIC’s Ben Meisner had 61.
The Yellow Jackets’ Nathan Silwinski opened the scoring at 2:43 on a power play. Defenseman Jeff Ceccacci found Adam Pleskach, who connected with Silwinski for the goal.
Bailey evened the game at 1-1 with Penn State’s first goal of the NCAA Division I era. Junior defenseman Nate Jensen and freshman defenseman Joseph Lordo took successive shots that were turned aside by Meisner before the puck found Bailey’s stick. He then sent the rebound past the goalie for the score.
AIC grabbed its second one-goal advantage of the game with Chris Markiewicz’s goal at 10:13 of the second. Chris Porter’s shot from the top of the circle sailed wide before Markiewicz, who was stationed in front of the cage, scored on the rebound.
With time winding down in the third period, Holstrom tied the game. Freshman defenseman Mark Yanis sent an outlet pass to Holstrom, who shot high over Meisner’s glove to tie the game.
In the overtime frame, Puskar scored the game-winner with 21 seconds remaining. Jake Williams took a shot from the blue line that Puskar redirected under the crossbar to account for the 3-2 overtime final.