Hazleton, Pa. - The Nittany Lions offensive struggles continued Friday night with a 5-0 home loss at the hands of Penn State Scranton. A depleted line up added fuel to the fire for Hazleton with several players missing in action and a rash of injuries occurring during the contest. Scranton took full advantage of the occurrence to command the ball for the majority of the night and put plenty of pressure on the Hazleton defense.
Things started well for Hazleton but the Lions were unable to sustain their defensive effort past the 30 minute mark of the first half. Hazleton survived an early penalty kick attempt by Scranton but late in the half, Scranton's William Portanova and Mike Foder found paydirt to put Hazleton down 2-0 midway through game. Scranton went on to tack on three goals in the second half, including two more scores from Foder to give the Scranton senior the hat trick. In the end, Scranton outshot the Nittany Lions 31-5 in the runaway victory.
Other game leaders for Scranton included Jarret Corker who tallied one goal and a pair of assists with Christian Pane added two assists in the win. Hazleton goal keeper Bryce Dalpiaz (Liverpool, Pa.) made 12 stops on the night to keep the score to a minimum, but too many attempts on the Scranton side wore down the Nittany Lion defense.
Next up: Hazleton will hit the road for their final two contests of the season. The Lions will travel to Penn State York on Tuesday, October 19 for an afternoon contest and wrap up the regular season next Saturday at Penn State Mont Alto.