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Penn State Defeats Wisconsin, 3-2

The Nittany Lions moved into a tie with Minnesota for first in the Big Ten.

Photo by 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 0 1 0 x 1

After losing Friday’s contest — and potentially the Big Ten regular season title — because of yet another defensive mistake, Penn State seemed determined to right that wrong on Saturday night against Wisconsin.

That determination paid off for the Nittany Lions as they topped the Badgers 3-1. The win, coupled with Minnesota’s 2-1 win at Notre Dame, moved the Nittany Lions into a tie with the Golden Gophers for first in the conference with 36 points.

Save for the Badgers first goal of the night, the Nittany Lions did a much better job at limiting any quality chances for Tony Granato’s squad. The Badgers finished the night with 27 shots on goal.

The Nittany Lions’ determination was also apparent in the offensive zone, where Guy Gadowsky’s squad did well to create traffic and generate rebounds on Daniel Lebedeff.

With their recent offensive struggles, the Nittany Lions have made it a point to get back to basics. Two of the Nittany Lions’ goals were created from that mindset, getting to rebounds faster than the Badgers.

How It Happened

Alex Limoges opened the scoring for Penn State just over seven minutes into the contest. After Daniel Lebedeff couldn’t handle Liam Folkes’ shot from the slot, Limoges was there to knock in the rebound as the puck rolled behind Lebedeff.

Midway through the second period, Wisconsin-native Cole Hults doubled the Nittany Lions’ lead. Hults’ point shot found its way through a crowd in front of Lebedeff, appearing to deflect off Badgers defenseman Tyler Inamoto’s skate.

With just 10 seconds to go in the second period, Ty Pelton-Byce cut Penn State’s lead in half. After the Nittany Lions failed to clear the puck out of the zone, Pelton-Byce found open space in the slot and lifted a shot past Peyton Jones’ blocker.

Early in the third period, Evan Bell restored the Nittany Lions’ two-goal lead. After Lebedeff got his toe on Aarne Talvitie’s backhand shot, Bell followed up and poked the rebound home.

With exactly one minute to play, Dylan Holloway deflected K’Andre Miller’s point shot past Jones to bring Wisconsin within a goal.