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Around The Boards – Penn St. Recap

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By Rob Rose

PSU game 1

The Broncs looked to get back on track coming off a heartbreaking loss to Maryland, where they saw a 3-1 lead evaporate, allowing four goals in the third period.

In its first game against the Ice Lions, Rider’s struggles continued. The Broncs allowed three goals in the first period, digging a hole they couldn’t climb out of.

Penalties continue to be an issue for the team this season. While only taking two in the first game, the Ice Lions converted both into goals.

It comes down to discipline and awareness. Penalties always kill teams, and it really just comes down to paying attention to detail in big situations,”  said senior defenseman JJ Santagata.

After two periods, the Broncs trailed 6-0. Junior goalie CJ Lineman was pulled prior to the third period and replaced by junior Angelo Perri.

In the third period, it was more of the same as the Ice Lions added two more goals increasing the lead to 8-0.

The Broncs were able to get on the board late in the period with goals from junior forward Nicholas Leelum and senior forward Eric Bozzi. For Bozzi, it was his second two-goal performance of the season, bringing his total to four goals.

Rider dropped its second straight game, 8-3.

 

PSU Game 2

In the rematch on Oct. 15, the Broncs gave the starting nod to Perri.

Leelum opened the scoring, assisted by senior forward Chris Johnson five minutes into the game, but the next 55 minutes were all Penn State.

Penalty issues reared their head again, as six different Broncs were called for seven penalties.

The Ice Lions used the power play to take the lead, ending the first period leading 2-1.

For Rider, allowing teams to score two or more goals in a period has been a common theme during the losing streak. Penalties have led to decreased energy and undisciplined play, resulting in losses.

We’ve found ourselves playing shorthanded during these periods the past few weeks,” said Head Coach Sean Levin. “We believe that we can skate with every team five-on-five, but we cannot expect to win if we play most of the final two periods shorthanded.”

Leelum’s goal would be the only one the Broncs would score. The team lost 5-1.  

After starting the season 3-0, the Broncs’ record now sits at 4-4 after three consecutive losses.

“The message remains the same as it has been from day one: In order for us to have success, we need to play ‘Rider Hockey.’ We must focus on our systems, play discipline hockey and compete every shift,” said Levin.

Santagata shared a similar feeling in his message to the team during the losing streak. “Just take a breather, refocus and take it one game at a time. There is plenty of hockey left and with every week comes a fresh start,” he said.

Rider is now tied for fifth in the Southeast Division, a third of the way through the season.

The Broncs return home on Oct. 21 to face off with Siena at 8:30 p.m. at Loucks Ice Center.