No. 11 M. Hockey Splits Series Against No. 16 Wisconsin
The game on Friday evening was a tough one for the Nittany Lions, who lost 7-4.
It was Wisconsin who scored first, just before the halfway mark of the first period on an odd-man rush into the Nittany Lions’ defensive zone.
Standout Andrew Sturtz (Buffalo, N.Y.) tied up the score just three minutes later off of a Vince Pedrie (Rochester, Minn.) rebound.
The second period saw the bulk of scoring for both teams, with five total goals tallied in this nail-biter 20-minute span.
Wisconsin dominated the first half of the second, scoring two goals to put the Badgers up 3-1 over Penn State.
Freshman Nate Sucese (Fairport, N.Y.) brought the Lions back to life thanks to an assist by Ricky DeRosa (Aston, Pa.). Sturtz quickly followed up with another goal of his own to tie up the game with a 3-3 score.
The tie would not last, however, as Wisconsin sent the teams into second intermission with a Badger 4-3 lead.
The third period would prove to be the most difficult for Penn State as Wisconsin sank three more shots and the Lions’ Dylan Richard (Sherwood Park, Alberta) was able to contribute just one, leaving Penn State on the lesser side of a 7-4 final score.
Goaltender Peyton Jones (Langhorne, Pa.) made 25 saves for the Lions.
With Saturday being Senior Night, the clouds had cleared and the proverbial sun was shining down on the amazing seniors of the Blue and White.
The team was determined to win big, and win big they did: 6-0 shutout against Wisconsin to end the series.
The first period was quiet until the tenth minute when Kris Myllari (Kanata, Ontario) took advantage of a power-play and hammered in the first goal of the evening.
Senior and captain David Goodwin (St. Louis, Mo.) then took the reigns and added a goal of his own just a minute later to end the first period with a 2-0 Penn State lead.
Another senior, David Thompson (Glen Mills, Pa.), kept the winning trend going eight minutes into the second period as he ripped a shot that just scooted past the Wisconsin goaltender to give the Lions a comfortable 3-0 lead.
The third period was truly the icing on the cake.
Goodwin notched a second goal during an odd-man rush and Alec Marsh (Bridgewater, N.J.) followed this up with a well-received pass right in front of the crease to give Penn State a 5-0 lead.
It was senior Zach Saar (Richland, Mich.) who capped things off with the final goal of the evening during a 5-on-3 odd-man rush, pushing the puck into the twine with only nine seconds left on the clock.
Jones made 36 saves for the Blue and White.
No. 11 Penn State heads to Ann Arbor for their final game of the regular season next weekend against the Michigan Wolverines on Friday and Saturday, both at 7:30 p.m.