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Penn State Falls To Wisconsin, 6-3

The Nittany Lions outplayed the Badgers for 40 minutes before falling apart in the final 20.

Penn State Men's Hockey 2020-21
Penn State Men’s Hockey 2020-21
Heather Weikel

Goals by Period

Team 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Team 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Penn State 1 1 1 x 3
Wisconsin 2 1 3 x 6

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Penn State drastically outshot an opponent but lost because the opposing goalie had a career night.

It’s a synopsis with which the Nittany Lions have become all too familiar.

It’s one that has handed Penn State its third consecutive loss to open the season.

Despite outshooting Wisconsin 51-20, the Nittany Lions fell to the Badgers 6-3 on Monday night.

As is often the case in these such games, the Nittany Lions’ shot total didn’t particularly reflect the quality of their chances. The Nittany Lions didn’t generate many shots from high-danger areas and failed to force rebounds from Badgers’ goalie Robbie Beydoun.

Before the second period even concluded, Beydoun had already established a career high in saves.

It was nearly the polar opposite case for the Badgers. Though their offensive zone time was limited, they moved the puck into those dangerous areas and took advantage when opportunities were presented to them.

The Nittany Lions controlled the game over the first two periods, pumping 44 shots at Beydoun and holding the Badgers to nine shots, including just two in the second period.

The wheels came off for Penn State as frustration mounted in the third period. Alternate captain Paul DeNaples took a pair of penalties just minutes apart, with the Badgers converting on the latter of those attempts. The Nittany Lions managed just eight shots in that final period to the Badgers 11.

How It Happened

Kevin Wall continued his hot streak as he opened the scoring. Wall gathered the puck at his own blue line after a Badgers turnover for a breakaway. He buried a shot past Robbie Beydoun’s blocker.

Not even 90 seconds later, the Badgers leveled the game. Sam Stange rifled a shot over Oskar Autio’s glove.

Five minutes later, Jack Gorniak gave the Badgers the lead. Gorniak gathered the puck in the neutral zone and moved in on a 2-on-1. The Badgers forward again beat Autio glove side.

Early in the middle frame, the Badgers doubled their lead as Stange netted his second of the game. Stange received stretch pass at the Penn State blue line and wired a shot by Autio’s ear.

Just 15 seconds later, Tim Doherty scored his first goal as a Nittany Lion. Doherty knocked in a backhander off the rebound of an Alex Limoges shot.

The Badgers pulled away early in the third thanks to goals from the Caufield brothers. Brock got the ball rolling as he tapped in a pass from Linus Weissbach.

A couple minutes later, Cole cut to the slot and slipped the puck through Autio’s legs.

A few minutes later, Weissbach continued the onslaught as he buried a one timer into an open cage after a nifty feed from Brock Caufield.

Connor McMenamin picked up a garbage time goal as he buried a pass from Wall over Beydoun’s shoulder.