Nittany Lions Fight for Series Sweep of Wisconsin

Nittany Lions Fight for Series Sweep of Wisconsin

The Nittany Lions (15-4-3) had their work cut out for them this weekend against the Wisconsin (4-10-6) Badgers. Despite the misconception that many had, thinking this series would be an easy blowout, the Badgers provided chippy excitement from the first puck drop of the weekend.

Wisconsin started off the series by scoring in the twelfth minute of the first period, much to the dismay of a sold out Pegula Ice Arena.

It would not be until the thirteenth minute of the second period that Tommy Olczyk (Long Grove, Ill.) would respond with Penn State’s first goal of the game off of a pass from Luke Juha (Mississauga, Ontario), which was quickly followed by an unassisted goal from Dylan Richard (Sherwood Park, Alberta) in the nineteenth minute to end the second period.Penn State hockey 1

To add to the excitement, Wisconsin opened up the third period by scoring within the first five minutes. A tense tie was broken in the thirteenth minute by Andrew Sturtz (Buffalo, N.Y.), only to be tied up again by the Badgers in the sixteenth minute, sending the game into sudden death overtime.

With bated breath, the crowd watched as Wisconsin ripped a shot at Matt Skoff (McKees Rocks, Pa.), which was saved, keeping the Nittany Lions in the game. David Goodwin (Des Peres, Mo.) rocked a shot at the 45 second mark, notching the winning goal for Penn State and ending the game.

can create opportunities with his mind…it gets guys going,” said head coach Guy Gadowski.

Penn State outshot Wisconsin 58 to 25, with Skoff notching 22 saves for the day.

Recognizing the need to step up their game, the Nittany Lions came out strong on Saturday to another sold out game at Pegula.

Within the first twelve minutes, Penn State standouts Curtis Loik (N. Vancouver, British Columbia) and Sturtz notched two goals against the Badgers, giving the Lions the lead as the first period came to a close.

Wisconsin notched their only goal of the game at six minute mark of the second, but the Badgers were controlled by the Lions for the rest of the day.

Eric Scheid (Blaine, Minn.) had two goals in two minutes early in the third, giving Penn State a comfortable lead that they maintained to secure the series sweep on Saturday.

Eamon McAdam (Perkasie, Pa.) played the full 60 minutes in goal, making 39 for the Lions. McAdam’s quickness and intuition in the net proved key in sustaining Penn State’s lead Saturday evening.

The Nittany Lions are gearing up to play Ohio State (6-11-2) away this coming week in their pursuit of continuing a fantastic winning streak. In two weeks, fans can get ready to welcome Penn State to Madison Square Garden, where they will take on No. 6 Michigan in a showdown you won’t want to miss.