Oct. 26, 2012
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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Five different players scored goals as Penn State posted a 5-0 victory over Army, Friday night in a non-conference game at Tate Rink.
Army totaled 34 shots on goal but Penn State goalie P.J. Musico improved to 3-0-0 on the season with his first shutout.
Penn State scored one in the first, three times in the second and once in the final period.
Army was 1-0-1 in its last two games but fell to 1-3-1 this season. Penn State is now 3-2-0.
Prior to the game, the Atlantic Hockey Association honored Army's Ryan Leets and Cheyne Rocha. League Commissioner Bob DeGregorio was on hand to present the seniors with their Student Athletes of the Year award.
Leets, from Kentwood, Mich., earned a 4.04 grade-point average as a Civil Engineering major. Rocha, an Engineering Management major from Rye, N.H., registered a 4.17 GPA. Leets and Rocha were among the 18 Army hockey players named to the Atlantic Hockey All Academic Team last season.
Army used two goalies. Rob Tadazak started and made 18 saves in two-plus periods of action while Leets made 22 third-period saves.
Penn State, fresh off a win against Atlantic Hockey Association favorite RIT, jumped out to a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. Kenny Brooks scored his first of the season off of assists from Curtis Lok and David Glen.
Army had a pair of the power play opportunities in the first period after whistles against Penn State for hooking and too many men on the ice, but was not able to convert and the Nittany Lions led 1-0 after the first 20 minutes.
The Nittany Lions, playing as an independent this season before joining the Big 10 next season, scored three times in the second period. Jonathan Milley scored on the power play and Peter Sweetland and Casey Bailey netted scores for a 4-0 lead.
Penn State closed the scoring in the final period as David Glen scored his third goal of the season.
Leets, in the game for Tadazak, was sharp in his 16 minutes. In addition to his 22 saves, he stopped a penalty shot with five minutes left in the game. Casey Bailey was selected to take the shot after Leets threw his stick at a puck. Leets easily handled the penalty shot. The penalty shot was the first since Jay Clark made an overtime save of Stevan Matic of RIT on Nov. 24, 2007.
Army will return to league play Saturday with a 7:05 p.m. game against Holy Cross at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass.
GAMES NOTES: Army wore its gold sweaters ... Army's starting lineup consisted of Brian Schultz, R.J. Burns and Zak Zaremba with Cheyne Rocha and John Clark on defense and Rob Tadazak in net ... Tadazak made his 14th career start ... Army freshman Willie Faust was named the Minnesota High School Hockey Alumni of the Week after his performance last week against Sacred Heart. Faust is from Stillwater, Minn., and played at Hill-Murray.
PENN STATE 5, ARMY 0
PSU - Brooks (Loik, Glen), 10:15
PSU -- Milley (Bailey), PP, 2:36
PSU - Sweetland (Bailey), 12:44
PSU - Bailey (Jensen), 13:46
PSU - Glen (Sweetland), 4:07
Shots: Penn State 45 (13-9-23); Army 34 (12-12-10)
Saves: Penn State 34 (Musico, 59:20, 12-12-10; empty net, 00:40); Army 40 (Tadazak, 44;02, 12-6-0; Leets, 15:53, x-x-22 empty net, 00:05)
Power Plays: Penn State 1-5; Army, 0-5
Penalties: Penn State, 8-27; Army, 8-16