Penn State Hockey: Putting Record-Breaking NCAA Tournament Shutout in Perspective

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Kevin Wall #21 of the Penn State Nittany Lions(Photo by Michael Longo/Icon Sportswire)
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Penn State Hockey got its NCAA Tournament bid started in historic fashion, peppering Michigan Tech goalie Blake Pietila in a record-breaking 8-0 shutout win.

The Nittany Lions broke the NCAA regional tournament record for the largest shutout, one win away from a flight down to Florida for the frozen four national tournament.

Friday night’s effort featured the most goals Penn State Hockey has scored in a single game all year long, the closest being a 7-5 W against Canisius on October 8th, 2022.

Eight different players found the back of the net, including Tyler Paquette, Jarod Crespo, Ashton Calder, Christian Berger, Kevin Wall, Chase McLane, Connor McMenamin, and Ryan Kirwan.

The entire game gave flashbacks to the hot beginning of this season, speed through the neutral zone, the defenseman contributing offensively, and five-on-five domination.

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Penn State Hockey will wait patiently to see who they will face Sunday in Allentown when Michigan drops the puck against Colgate at 8:30 Friday night.

It is incredibly vital that even in a blowout, forwards that cooled off from months ago got on the scoresheet tonight, such as Kevin Wall, Connor McMenamin, and Ashton Calder.

They played with a large amount of swag, confident enough five-on-five that with a lot of discipline, they could beat Michigan in a rivalry game Sunday. 

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