Penn State (12-7-3) extended its unbeaten streak to ten games with the tie and shootout win. The Lions were able to gain five of a possible six points in the conference standings with the effort.
The action started in the first minute of the game when Trevor Hamilton was given a game misconduct, forcing Penn State to skate with just five defensive players for the entire game. The Lions scored first when Liam Folkes got his 7th goal of the season. Guy Gadowsky’s team had a two-goal lead in the third period but was unable to hold onto it. Wisconsin scored late in the final period to force overtime.
Liam Folkes scored during the shootout for Penn State and Peyton Jones was perfect in stopping the Badgers during the three chances it had.
The game will go down as a tie for the PairWise Rankings, but for Big Ten standings purposes, the shootout win for the Lions will give them two points to Wisconsin’s one for the outcome.
Penn State will host Ohio State next weekend in a critical conference match-up.
Seventeen seconds into the game Trevor Hamilton was called for a hit on Trent Frederic. The referees stopped the game for a couple of minutes to discuss the penalty and ultimately gave Hamilton a game misconduct. Just like that, Penn State was without one of its best defensive players and short a man for the remainder of the game. On the ice it was a five-minute power-play for Wisconsin.
Here’s the hit that caused the penalty. Officially it was contact to the head that got Hamilton ejected.
Peyton Jones stopped five shots during the penalty and kept the Badgers off the board. It was a very important kill for the Lions but the loss of Hamilton was significant. The defensive challenge also kept PSU on its heels offensively; it took eight minutes for the team to get its first shot on goal and that was a dump into the zone before a line change.
Brandon Biro hit the post at the midway point in the opening period, nearly giving the home crowd inside the Pegula Ice Arena something to cheer about. A few minutes later Kris Myllari made a great check to stop Wisconsin from gaining an open look in front of the net.
Liam Folkes finally broke through for the Lions, scoring his seventh goal of the season, a power-play goal, giving his team a 1-0 lead. It didn’t last very long, just over a minute later Wisconsin answered to tie the game. Penn State killed a penalty late in the period with Peyton Jones making several nice saves. The period ended with the teams knotted at 1 apiece.
Brandon Biro was pulled to the ice from behind just a minute into the second period and Penn State went on the power-play. The Lions were not able to muster a shot on goal during the advantage. Moments later Wisconsin was given a power-play when Cole Hults was called for interference. Penn State was able to kill the penalty and even had a couple of nice short-handed scoring chances.
Biro had a breakaway scoring chance midway through the period but was unable to get the puck past Wisconsin goalie Kyle Hayton.
The play was much more wide-open in the second period than it had been in the first. Each team skated freely from end to end.
The teams got into an altercation after the whistle and when it was sorted out, PSU had a two-minute power-play. Here’s what happened, as you can see there was more than one skirmish.
The advantage came and went without a score. Late in the period Nikita Pavlychev was called for a penalty and the Badgers had a chance with the extra skater. Peyton Jones made a couple of key saves while the Lions killed the penalty.
With one minute to play before the second intermission, Pavlychev found Alec Marsh with a long breakout pass, who then found a streaking Sam Sternschein for the second Penn State goal of the game, giving the team a 2-1 lead heading to the final period.
What began as a hard-hitting contest turned into a free-flowing end-to-end skating affair in the final period of the game. The teams were still finishing checks, but no longer seemed to let the physicality distract from the purpose of winning a close conference game.
In the first minute of the final period, Andrew Sturtz made a great play to keep the puck alive long enough to find Chase Berger for the goal and two-goal lead.
The Badgers didn’t let the two-goal lead stand for very long. A few minutes later Sean Dhooghe got one past Peyton Jones to cut the lead to 3-2 with fifteen minutes to play.
With ten minutes to play the Lions went on a power-play. Shortly into the advantage Andrew Sturtz and Kyle Hayton were called for matching penalties on a play that the fans inside the Peg did not agree with. Sturtz was taken down in the crease in front of Hayton and the fans felt that it should have been a 5 on 3 for the Lions. Shortly after that’s what it became, as Wisconsin was called for another penalty. No goals were scored but the power-play created a lot of scoring chances for PSU and kept the action on Wisconsin’s side of the ice.
Peter Tischke tied the game with a blast from the point that got past Peyton Jones. After the play the Lions were given a power-play when Wisconsin was given a bench minor. PSU was not able to score with the extra skater but the penalty kept play on the Badgers’ side of the ice for the remainder of regulation.
The Lions scored early in overtime but the referees looked at the play and ruled that there was contact with the goal-tender, so the teams skated on. Shortly after, Liam Folkes was tripped in front of the net while trying to score, and PSU went on a power-play. The extra frame ended with the teams tied 3-3.
Folkes scored the only goal during the shootout to secure the extra point for Penn State.