Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Open Big Ten Play This Weekend Against Wisconsin
Last season ended in Madison, and now the 2013 Big Ten season will open there as Penn State looks to pick up its first ever conference win in its first ever Big Ten hockey conference game.
“This is what we’ve been working hard for all season,” Penn State junior defenseman Patrick Koudys said. “This weekend’s going to be a good test.”
The stage is a little different this time around, as the Nittany Lions closed out their first season of Division I play with a 3-2 overtime victory over the No. 15 ranked Badgers. This year, Wisconsin won't be taking Penn State so lightly and with the Big Ten hockey conference entering its inaugural season, there is plenty more than rankings to play for.
“We didn’t need to hear it from Coach Eaves to certainly expect that,” Gadowsky said. “That was a pretty important point of the season for them. I’m sure they weren’t happy about it. I’m sure they don’t want that to happen again. I’m sure that they’ve been looking forward to this game. That’s fine by us.”
Penn State will need to cut down on mental errors and penalties this weekend if the Nittany Lions want a chance to pick up at least one road victory this weekend. The Nittany Lions and Badgers will drop the puck at 8:00 PM tonight and 9:00 PM on Saturday.
“It’s a long season. We know how it is,” freshman defenseman David Thompson said. “Luckily we’re just getting into the Big Ten right now. They’re great competition. It’s great to finally start seeing these teams that are very big and prominent in the nation.”
The Nittany Lions still have the Badger killer on their side though. Forward Taylor Holstrom scored two goal for Penn State in the last meeting between these two teams, including the overtime winner that sent 9,000 Badger fans home shocked.