Goals, assists and big hits -- David Glen did it all this weekend as the Penn State men’s hockey team (12-13-0) swept a pair of games from the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers (3-19-1), both in front of sellout crowds at the Greenberg Ice Pavillion.
David Glen had a hat trick Friday and a key assist on Saturday.
On Friday night the Nittany Lions defeated UAH 4-0 behind the stick of Glen, who recorded the first hat trick in program history.
“It’s an honor,” said Glen of his milestone. “It’s not something I come in focused on. All the credit to my linemates. … I’m just happy to be apart of it.”
Glen’s second goal was the highlight of the night. With 8:40 left in the third period, Peter Sweetland fed Glen in the left faceoff circle. With a defender clinging to him, Glen spun to his right and netted a turnaround shot to the short-side top shelf of the goal. This put Penn State up 3-0.
“It’s actually [a move] I work on in practice quite a bit,” Glen said.
On Saturday night Penn State prevailed 4-3, but not without controversy. The Nittany Lions started strong, and like the night before, were led by the versatile Glen. When up 1-0 late in the first frame, Glen skating by the boards near the student section, laid a huge hit on UAH forward Justin Cseter, sending Cseter to the ice and the Penn State crowd into a frenzy.
Halfway through the second period, while on the power play, Glen took a pass from Casey Bailey just shy of the right hash marks, and drilled a one-timer from a tough angle to put the Nittany Lions up 2-0.
Shortly after, UAH stole the momentum back, tying the score at 2-2. Then with 12:37 left in the game, controversy ensued.
From behind the goal, Kenny Brooks played the puck in front where it appeared to ricochet off of the UAH goaltender John Griggs. The puck slid from post to post, toeing the goal line, before Griggs corralled it. The official closest to the play immediately signaled a goal for Penn State.
“I just threw at the net,” said Brooks. “It hit off the goalie’s stick, the back of it, and it went in. It looked like to me that he pulled it out [of the net] with his pad.”
UAH coach Kurt Kleinendorst took exception to the call and seemed pretty certain that Penn State was wrongfully awarded a goal. After a few minutes of discussion with the referees, the play stood as called on the ice -- a goal for Penn State and a 3-2 lead.
“The reason that I say without any doubt it was not a goal, is if you take a look at the video, there is not a single person behind the goal cheering until he signaled goal,” said Kleinendorst. “To me if you understand human nature, if you’re standing behind the net, you can tell if the puck went in the net. You’re gonna cheer and not one single person got excited until [the official] indicated it was a goal.”
Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky said he had “no clue” if the entire puck crossed the goal line.
UAH later tied the game up again when with 7:40 left Brice Geoffrion slipped a shot past Skoff from the bottom of the right circle to make it 3-3.
Just over three minutes after, with 4:27 remaining, Mark Yanis took a Taylor Holstrom pass from the right corner and unleashed a slap shot past Griggs. It proved to be the decisive goal giving Penn State a 4-3 win. However, UAH argued that without the awarding of the controversial goal by Brooks, the game would have had an entirely different outcome.
“It’s unfortunate that it came down to a goal that I don’t think was a goal,” said Kleinendorst. “We’re all human, they’re human, referees are human. Some nights they have better nights than others. And I think tonight was a rough night. That’s unfortunate.”
Fittingly, on the controversial goal Glen was awarded the assist. This season Glen leads the Nittany Lions with 16 goals and is tied for the team lead in points with 25. Glen’s 16 goals scored currently ranks him sixth in all of NCAA Division I college hockey.
"There are some guys that score typical goals. I don’t know what you would say a typical David Glen goal is,” said Gadowsky “ He knocks pucks out of the air. He scores highlight-reel goals. He scores dirty goals. Shots, tips, everything. … He plays as hard defensively as he does offensively. He wins faceoffs. He leads the team in hits. … He’s a hockey player. He’s fun to watch.”