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On Friday night, the No. 15 Penn State Nittany Lions (14-4-3) held on in overtime to defeat the Wisconsin Badgers. The game started with a fast pace, and the end to end effort given by the Badgers gave them a 1-0 after one period. The Lions came back in the second period with the most dominating 20 minutes of hockey it has played all season. The team scored two goals off 24 shots while holding Wisconsin to 3 shots on goal. At the end of the second period it appeared that PSU's momentum had been neutralized when it went on the penalty kill. Instead, Dylan Richard scored a short-handed goal to give the home team a lead heading into the final period.
While play was slanted to the favor of the Nittany Lions for the final 20 minutes, Wisconsin was able to score a late, tying goal to send the game to overtime. David Goodwin scored with less than one minute into overtime to seal the win for the Lions.
The teams will play the final game of the weekend series at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
The game started with Wisconsin playing a faster pace than it is accustomed to playing. As a result, it got some early quality scoring chances. Through ten minutes of play the shots on goal tallies sat at 10 for the Badgers and 12 for the Lions but the momentum was even. Each team had a shot off the post but no goals halfway through the period. The teams skated end to end with continuous action.
With 9:04 left in the period Wisconsin went on the power play, after Vince Pedrie was called for interference. During the penalty kill, Ricky DeRosa and Tommy Olczyk had an odd man, short-handed rush, but were unable to score. Moments later, Wisconsin took advantage of the extra skater when Jake Linhart put an accurate wrist shot past PSU goalie Matt Skoff.
A couple minutes later the teams got into some after-the-whistle festivities and the referees sent a player from each team to the penalty box to quiet the tempers. The teams skated 4-on-4 for a minute and a half until David Glen was called for a penalty, giving the Badgers a man advantage.
The Lions were able to kill the penalty and with just over two minutes left in the period.
Towards the end of the period, the Lions began to dominate play, keeping the puck in the offensive zone for the better part of the final two minutes. The effort did not result in a goal but it did flip momentum to the side of the home team at the end of the period.
The Lions came out far more aggressive in the second period. Through the first three minutes of play, the puck was almost exclusively in the Badgers end. Wisconsin was forced to ice the puck twice in the early going to stave off PSU scoring chances.
With 16:53 Ricky DeRosa had two quality scoring chances but goalie Matt Jurusik was able to stop the initial shot and the second attempt off the rebound.
Grant Besse hit the post on a shot that could have given the Badgers a 2-0 lead soon after.
Two minutes later Penn State went on the power play when Tim Davison got chippy after the play, cross-checking an innocent Lion to the ice.
PSU would not score on the power play but the questionable hit energized the crowd.
The team seemed to feed off the energy inside the Peg, picking up the pace of play. With 6:35 left on the clock Tommy Olczyk scored to tie the game at one apiece.
WATCH: Luke Juha --> Tommy Olczyk. https://t.co/n52VmZy29L #WeAre #HockeyValley— Penn State Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) January 16, 2016
A minute later Penn State went on the power play when Peter Tischke was called for holding. With a man advantage the home team poured on the offensive firepower. Jurusik was able to stop several quality scoring chances as the Badgers killed the penalty without allowing a goal.
The Lions continued to hold the advantage but with 1:35 Vince Pedrie was sent to the penalty box. The late penalty could have stymied Penn State's momentum, but instead, Dylan Richard scored an unassisted short-handed goal to give the home team a 2-1 lead heading into the final period. The play capped off one of the most dominating periods of the season for PSU, as the team had 24 shots on goal in the frame to Wisconsin's 3.
WATCH: Dylan Richard's first short-handed goal came at a nice time. PSU leads, 2-1. #HockeyValley https://t.co/4uBvhfbutY— Penn State Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) January 16, 2016
Wisconsin started the period with 35 seconds of power play time but was unable to take advantage.
Luke Kunin scored on a nifty pass from Cameron Hughes to tie the game five minutes into the period. The Lions dominated play to this point but the Badgers scored on the first quality chance it had.
Penn State answered the goal with 6 minutes left in the game when David Goodwin passed to Andrew Sturtz for the 3-2 lead.
WATCH: Goodwin --> Sturtz = https://t.co/9U4jPiqOtB #WeAre #HockeyValley— Penn State Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) January 16, 2016
Matching minor penalties were called with 4:52 left in the game when Matt Mendelson and Peter Tischke were sent to the penalty box. The teams skated 4-on-4. Jake Linhart scored to tie the game 3-3 with a shot off the glove of goalie Matt Skoff. The goal came with just 3:47 left in regulation on a shot that Skoff nearly was able to hold onto. After dominating much of the game the home team found itself without anything to show for it. This could have been demoralizing. Instead, the Lions picked up the effort.
Penn State had several chances to win the game in regulation but were unable to finish. The game went to overtime.
With less than a minute expired in overtime David Goodwin scored the game-winning goal for the Lions on the only shot on goal of the overtime period. Penn State got the win and the three points that come with it, while the Badgers left with no points and a heart-breaking overtime loss.
WATCH: Goodwin OT GWG. PSU 4-1-0-0 in Big ten Play. https://t.co/xFXPvRQtJc #WeAre #HockeyValley— Penn State Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) January 16, 2016
Stars of the Game
First Star- David Goodwin, Penn State. Game-winning goal in overtime and one assist.
Second Star- Jake Linhart, Wisconsin. 2 goals.
Third Star- Matt Jurusik, Wisconsin. 50 saves.