Penn State-Berks’ offensive outburst downs Owls

The Blue Lions amassed 11 goals on 38 shots en route to routing the Owls, 11-6.

Penn State-Berks forward Jesse Abarca tagged Temple for four goals to help the Blue Lions top the Owls, 11-6, on Sunday at the Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex.

Abarca scored three of his goals off the power play in a game that was more than chippy.

Temple recorded 47 penalty minutes on 14 penalties that led to five powerplay goals. PSU-Berks, for its part, accumulated 22 penalty minutes on 10 penalties that resulted in a pair of Owls power play goals.

Shots were abundant in this game as Temple peppered PSU-Berks goalie Justin Golia with 39 shots. The Blue Lions registered 26 shots on Temple starting goalie Eric Semborski and 18 shots on Scott Salamon, after he replaced Semborski.

Owls forward Steve Kennedy broke out of a two-game scoreless drought to lead his team with two goals and two assists.

Both teams played to a stalemate tie in the first period, but the Blue Lions soon scored five consecutive goals to open up a 6-1 lead with less than nine minutes to play in the second period.

Kennedy then started a rally with a goal and assisted on another to get the Owls within 6-3.

The Blue Lions answered with a goal to boost their lead, but Temple defenseman Patrick Hanrahan scored seconds before the buzzer to get the game within 7-4.

Berks opened the third period with a shorthanded goal, but Kennedy recorded one of his own shortly thereafter.

The Blue Lions added two more goals before Owls defenseman Matt Krulikowski got on the scoresheet toward the end of the period to make it a 10-6 game.

PSU-Berks would add one more goal before the final horn en route to avenging a 5-3 loss to the Owls on Sept. 22.

Coach Ryan Frain declined an interview request after the game.

Temple is off until this weekend when they start a five-game homestand starting with Wagner University on Oct. 17.

Stephen Godwin Jr. can be reached at or twitter @StephenGodwinJr.

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