After being thoroughly outplayed on Sunday night in a 5-0 loss to No. 16 Wisconsin, Penn State rebounded from a two-goal deficit on Monday to record its first victory over a ranked opponent, winning 3-2 in overtime.
Sophomore goalie PJ Musico stopped a career-high 46 shots on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Badger247)
Despite coming out of the gate strong on Sunday, Penn State couldn’t hang with Wisconsin, who peppered the Lions behind 51 shots. Sophomore goalie PJ Musico had 46 saves and made at least five point-blank stops that would have been goals on any other night.
After the game, head coach Guy Gadowsky didn’t sugarcoat the loss.
"We're nowhere close right now. We've got a lot of work to do,” said Gadowsky following the 5-0 defeat. “They're an excellent team, and they gave us a lot of information."
Gadowsky used the information gathered in the series opener as a teaching point as Penn State started strong on Monday evening. After the first period, Wisconsin held a 11-10 shot advantage in what was a very open-ended affair.
Penn State eventually went down 1-0 in the first after giving up a 2-on-0, and then conceded another goal midway through the second period. Seven seconds after going down 2-0, junior forward Taylor Holstrom netted for Penn State, cutting the Wisconsin lead in half.
The back-and-forth play continued throughout the third period, and with over seven minutes remaining in regulation freshman Casey Bailey poked in a power play goal to tie the score.
The Nittany Lions relied heavily on freshman goaltender Matt Skoff in the third, as he repeatedly made highlight-reel saves to keep the Badgers from going ahead, ending up with a career-high 42 saves.
After 60 minutes of hockey the game went to overtime, and Holstrom grabbed his second goal of the game on a scrum in front of the net, sending Penn State into the off-season on a positive note.
The Nittany Lions finish up their independent Division I campaign 19-16-0 in all games this year, 13-14-0 in NCAA games and 11-12-0 against NCAA Division I opponents. Penn State had an overall record of 3-2-0 against future Big Ten teams, beating Ohio State, Michigan State and finally the Badgers in the last game of the season.
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