Forster Scores Five to Lead No. 8 Penn State Over Hofstra

Penn State made it 12-4 on another excellent clearance by Kaut, finding freshman Tommy O'Neill (Shamong, N.J.) for his first collegiate goal with 3:09 left in the third. Sanders capped his eight hat trick of the season and brought his season tally to 37 when Forster helped him out with 2:08 to go for a 13-4 lead. The eight third-quarter goals were the most scored by Penn State this season.

Hostra took a slashing penalty to put PSU on the man-up again as Aitken scored the first of his three goals 21 seconds into the fourth quarter. The goal was Aitken's first career tally and he'd back it up three minutes later on a Drew Roper (Columbus, Ohio) assist for a 15-4 lead, the largest of the season.

Hofstra tallied three straight markers to bring the score with in eight at 15-7 with 6:15 remaining. Aitken earned his hat trick on a Kyle VanThof (Penfield, N.Y.) assist to conclude the scoring.

For the game, Penn State and Hofstra were deadlocked in shots (36-36), while Penn State held a 36-28 edge in ground balls. Defensively, JP Burnside (Garden City, N.Y.) picked up five ground balls and Steven Bogert (Carlsbad, Calif.) collected four.

Penn State won the faceoff battle 14-11, holding a commanding 13-5 lead through three quarters. Danny Henneghan (Beverly Hills, Mich.) won 14 of 21 faceoffs with a team-high six ground balls. Henneghan won eight of 11 faceoffs in the third when PSU out-scored the Pride 8-3.

In all, Penn State had 11 Nittany Lions tally a point including Kyle Zittel (Eden, N.Y.) tallying his first assist. Thirty-six Nittany Lions saw game action including goaltender Conor Baucum (Chevy Chase, Md.), who tallied a career-high four saves in 11 minutes of action.

The extra-man offense was superb, going 2 for 4, while the extra-man defense held Hofstra scoreless in its two attempts.

Penn State also matched a program best 11 wins in a season, first set in 1995 (11-2). Moreover, Penn State has won 12 straight true road games, having gone 7-0 this season. PSU also improved to 7-10 all-time against the Pride thanks to the largest win for the Nittany Lions in the series.

Penn State returns home to host the CAA Championship as the No. 1 seed beginning Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. vs. UMass. The PSU game kicks off a semifinal doubleheader that sees second-seeded Drexel face off against third-seeded Towson at 5:30 p.m. The CAA Championship final is set for Friday at 3:00 p.m.

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