The Penn State Icers scored 5 unanswered goals in the third period Thursday night, overcoming a lackluster first 40 minutes as they knocked off the Liberty Flames 7-3.
The teams traded a pair of goals in the first period, with Liberty's Greg Jensen getting the lone goal in the second. His score sent Ted Hume to the bench for the second consecutive game, with Dan Ivanir coming on in relief.
The key to the turnaround was Paul Daley. His physical play late in the middle frame lit a fire (pun intended) under his mates and they dominated play in the third.
Daley assisted on all three of Tim O'Brien's third period goals, with Kurt Collins chipping in with a pair. Defensively, the Icers held the Flames to just 4 shots in the third. Ivanir faced just six shots in recording his first win of the season.
If you toss out the 11-0 laugher over Drexel, the Icers have yet to play a full sixty minutes of good hockey, which has to be of concern to the coaches.
We'll see if they can accomplish that task tonight in the finale of this two game set.
I put together a highlight video from Thursday's game; however, YouTube is having issues with uploads and I was unable to get it loaded. I may give it a go later.
In the meantime, Michael Ivanir has some fantastic photos on his Facebook page.