Nittany Lions Secure a Win, Suffer a Loss in Wisconsin

Nittany Lions Secure a Win, Suffer a Loss in Wisconsin

As Pegula sits empty for the remainder of the semester, the No. 14 Nittany Lions (20-9-4, 10-6-1-1) forge ahead in finishing up their last few series on the road. This past weekend, the Lions were in Wisconsin, taking on the Badgers (7-18-8, 2-12-4) at the Kohl Center.

The decision was made by head coach Guy Gadowski to start junior goaltender Eamon McAdam (Perkasie, Pa.) for both games this weekend. McAdam has earned this spot over senior goalkeeper, Matt Skoff (McKees Rocks, Pa.).

Friday night’s game was filled with adrenaline as both teams knew it would be difficult to secure an expansive lead over the other.

The first period was scoreless until the fourteenth minute when freshman Andrew Sturtz (Buffalo, N.Y.) notched the first goal of the game with assists from David Glen (Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta) and Kevin Kerr (Bensalem, Pa.).

However, this 1-0 lead did not last for long as Wisconsin secured their only goal of the night in the sixteenth minute of the first period, sending the Lions to locker room with a 1-1 tie.

It was Tommy Olczyk (Long Grove, Ill.) who granted the Lions their Friday night win as he rocketed a shot past Wisconsin’s goalkeeper in the seventh minute of the second period.

The third period was a tense one, especially as the Badgers at one point at a 5-on-3 power play, but goalie McAdam was able to ward off all attempts to even the score. Friday night’s game was Penn State’s 20th win of the season.

Penn State barely outshot Wisconsin, 30-27. Both teams knew that Saturday would be the game to settle this series, and both teams came out with fire in their skates.

Saturday’s game showed an unfortunate shift in momentum for the better part of the periods as Penn State sank an early shot in the fourth minute from Kenny Brooks (Las Vegas, Nev.).

However, Wisconsin had a 4 goal scoring streak that went unanswered by Penn State until the ninth minute of the third period, when David Goodwin (Des Peres, Mo.) finally notched another goal for the Nittany Lions with assists from Sturtz and Glen.

Penn State nearly rallied enough to secure a win when Sturtz sank the final goal of the game in the eighteenth minute, but the Lions fell to the Badgers, 4-3 on Saturday evening.

McAdam made nine saves for the Lions, and alternate goalie Chris Funkey (Orland Park, Ill.) made thirteen.

Penn State outshot Wisconsin, 49-26.

Penn State has one more regular season series next weekend at Michigan. Let’s get ready to end this season right, boys!