BUFFALO, NY (Buffalo State Press Release) —Kevin Carr (Unionville, ON/Unionville) made 35 saves and Buffalo State (1-0) produced three power-play goals to stun visiting Division I Penn State (1-2) 3-0 tonight in front of a raucous, record crowd of 1,619 at the Buffalo State Ice Arena.
Penn State controlled play for much of the opening period, outshooting the Bengals 19-7 in the opening 20 minutes, but Buffalo State took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. Nick Melligan (Sanborn/Niagara-Wheatfield) slid a low shot through traffic that found the back of the net with less than four minutes remaining in the stanza.
Buffalo State was the aggressor in the second period, and extended its lead to 3-0, capitalizing with a pair of goals during a five-minute power play early in the period. Mike Zannella (Ithaca/Ithaca) ripped a slap shot inside the right post, and Trevor McKinney (Oakwood, ON/Sinclair) tallied on a snap shot on the rush over the goalie’s glove a little more than two minutes later.
After a lengthy injury delay and intermission, the final 3:13 of the second period was completed with the Bengals’ holding on to the three-goal advantage.
Buffalo State successfully killed off a five-minute major of its own midway through the final frame, and Carr did the rest to preserve the shutout.
Penn State finished with a 35-26 advantage in shots, but the Bengals had a 19-16 edge over the final two periods. The teams combined for 29 penalties, totaling 83 minutes. Buffalo State finished 3 for 11 on the power play, and the Nittany Lions were 0 for 9 with the man advantage.
McKinney and Melligan also had an assist each, while Anthony Orange (Plainfield, IL/Plainfield South) had two assists, and Jason Cleaver (York, PA/Central York) also had a helper.
Buffalo State will open SUNYAC play next Friday at home against Brockport at 7 p.m.