When the Nittany Lions take on Temple on Wednesday, they will be without their big man. After the Nittany Lions and Fighting Irish each scored two goals in the first period of their game, junior forward Jack Jenkins found the net for the Irish with 31 seconds left in regulation, giving Notre Dame that last-minute win. But Notre Dame adjusted, shutting down the Nittany Lions for the rest of the game and eventually outshooting Penn State 47-45.
Despite a goal and assist each from sophomores Brandon Biro (Sherwood Park, Alb.) and Nate Sucese (Fairport, N.Y.), fourth-seeded Penn State was defeated by top-seed Notre Dame, 3-2, this evening in a Big Ten semifinal matchup at Compton Family Ice Arena.
The Owls are making their 19th NIT appearance and second in the last four seasons after advancing to the NIT Semifinals in 2015.More news: Send your name to the sun with Nasa's groundbreaking space probe
Penn State missed out on a shot at the NCAA Tournament after falling to Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament a week ago. Ohio State's home rink, Value City Arena, is always booked for the second weekend in March for the statewide Ohio boys' high school wrestling tournament. "Watching some of the teams that are in it, this is a terrific field with many good teams and many which are feeling they were probably slighted by the NCAA Tournament".
That hunt begins against Temple.
Other first round games include Temple at Penn State, Rider at Oregon, Harvard at Marquette, Nebraska at Mississippi State, Vermont at Middle Tennessee, Northern Kentucky at Louisville, Boston College at Western Kentucky, BYU at Stanford, FGCU at Oklahoma State, Boise State at Washington, Louisiana at LSU, UC Davis at Utah.
Notre Dame improves to 24-9-2 on the year while the Nittany Lions fall to 18-14-5 overall.More news: US Defence Secretary arrives in Afghanistan
Rider (22-9) at OR (22-12), 10 p.m.
UNC Asheville (21-12) at Southern Cal (23-11), 11 p.m.
Temple beat Tulane, 82-77 in a first-round American Athletic Conference game before losing to Wichita State, 89-81.
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