In their first meeting since the ESCHL Championship last season, the No.4 University of Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens hosted the No.3 Penn State Nittany Lion Icers during Alumni Weekend.
Friday night was a seesaw battle where the teams traded goals, hits, and penalties. After Tommy Keough
tucked in Chris Galgano's
shot from the point to knot the score at four with less than five minutes left in regulation, the game went into overtime. With no winner decided after OT, a shootout was next, in which each team is awarded three shots. UD's Kurt Pflumm
stopped all three of Penn State's shooters. On Delaware's third and final shot, Kevin Miller
appeared to win the game with a shot that rang in off the goal post. Referee Mike McDivitt waved off the goal, stating that the goal had been knocked off its moorings by the PSU goaltender attempting to make the save prior to the puck crossing the goal line. Instead of granting Miller another opportunity to win the game, the shootout proceeded in a sudden death manner. Penn State scored on their fifth chance and was granted the victory when UD's Andre Menard
failed to score.
Game two on Saturday was more of the same as the teams went toe to toe. Delaware's Mike McBride
scored his first career goal in the first period, then added another in the second frame. Once again, regulation and overtime were not enough to settle the score, so the teams went back into a shootout. Like Friday, the first four shooters were stopped. But this time Penn State capitalized on their final shot against Pflumm. With a chance to tie and force another shootout round, Delaware's Mike Gardner
failed to score and the game ended with another PSU shootout win.
Not to be lost in the controversy of Friday and the grudge match on Saturday was the induction of two members to the University of Delaware Hockey Hall of Fame. Coach John O'Connor
, who's been with the program for 14 years, and former player Joey Bartlett
(UD '02) are the newest names added on to the Hall of Fame banners hanging in the front of the Rust Arena.
Delaware heads to West Chester, PA next weekend for the ACHA Showcase. They will play Rutgers at 11 AM on Friday, Eastern Michigan at 4 PM on Saturday, and Arizona at 9 AM on Sunday. All games will be covered by Bill Panuski and Andrew Gerbosi, and can be heard online through www.wvud.com