Adamson Scores Four as No. 9 Denver Stuns No. 5 Penn State

Denver out-shot Penn State 34-29, while Penn State collected five more grounders, 28-23. Turnovers were a major factor with Penn State committing 14 and Denver just five.

The Pioneers were a perfect 19 for 19 in clearing attempts, while Penn state was 9 for 10. PSU was 0 for 1 on extra-man opportunities and Denver went 1 for 2. Each team had eight saves with Denver's Jamie Faus coming up with five second-half saves and allowing only four goals, while Ryan LaPlante conceded seven goals and saved three shots.

A fast and frantic pace dictated the opening 30 minutes of the game, with each team scoring seven goals. Sturgis opened the scoring just 49 seconds into the contest, rolling around the cage for his 19th goal of the season. Denver countered with two of its own before Baier began a 3-0 Penn State spurt with 6:49 left in the first frame. His goal was assisted by TJ Sanders (Orillia, Ont.). Sanders had his 11-game scoring streak snapped Monday night.

Sturgis doubled his night's total on an inside roll to bounce in a shot to give Penn State a 3-2 advantage. On the ensuing possession, which came from a faceoff victory by Kreinz, Prestreau notched his third goal of the year on a low show assisted by Nick Aponte (West Islip, N.Y.) as PSU took a 4-2 advantage. Kreinz would win all eight faceoffs in the opening quarter as Penn State held a 4-3 lead.

The Nittany Lions again opened a two-goal advantage on a LaCrosse bounce shot with 12:16 remaining in the second quarter. After a quick strike from the Pioneers, Manley scored his first goal in two seasons on a fantastic feed from Sturgis for a 6-4 lead with 10 minutes to go.

LaCrosse pushed the lead to three goals as he moved from left to right and fired a high right-corner goal, his fourth of the year for a 7-4 advantage with 8:15 remaining. The Pioneers would answer with a pair of back-to-back goals at 5:22 and 5:08 remaining to cut the lead to two. DU's Tyler Pace knotted the score at seven with a roll down the right lane with 2:16 remaining and the two teams entered halftime tied.

Denver improved to 4-2 all-time in the series, avenging last year's 15-12 loss at the hands of the Nittany Lions in Jacksonville, Fla. in 2013.

Penn State will look to bounce back on Saturday when it plays its first home game in a month as CAA rival and 14th-ranked UMass visits Happy Valley. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. and attendance is free.

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2014-03-11



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