“(The win) is huge. It is the second game of the year and beating a top 10 opponent in Denver who has been deep in the tournament before,” Forster said. “We’re taking the next step here at Penn State. We have Notre Dame next and we go back to work tomorrow. Notre Dame is No. 3 in the country and we need to keep rolling from here.”
Fueled by a 7-3 surge in the third period, Penn State extended a two-goal halftime margin into a six-goal lead after three periods. TJ Sanders (Orillia, Ont.) added three goals and Kyle Zittel (Eden, N.Y.) posted his first multi-goal game of his career to help pace the Nittany Lion offense. Austin Kaut (Morton, Pa.) had a sluggish start, but made some key saves down the stretch and finished with 10 stops to improve to 2-0this season.
“(The seniors) taught me a lot and they didn’t make it easy for me as a freshman,” Sanders said. “I don’t feel like a freshman anymore, it’s been a great transition and it was fun to play here in Jacksonville.”
A fast and furious first period as Forster scored just 47 seconds into the game. DU’s Eric Law tied it up a minute later, but Sturgis put PSU ahead 2-1 with 11:40 left in the first period. Sturgis curled around the goal on the left wing and fired a shot above the DU keeper’s shoulder on a tight-angled shot.