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Penn State Hockey: No. 15 Nittany Lions Beat Wisconsin 4-3 In Overtime

by on January 15, 2016 8:55 PM

How It Happened:

A somewhat lethargic first period yielded some offense but little scoring as Penn State fell behind 1-0 on a Jake Linhart power play goal 12:23 into the game as the puck whizzed through traffic and past Matthew Skoff in net. Penn State out shot the Badgers 16-13 in the opening frame but Wisconsin net minder Matt Jurusik was solid on multiple occasions, keeping the potent Penn State offense off the board.

For 13:25 that goaltending effort continued but a Tommy Olczyk snipe on the rush beat Jurusik low on the stick side to tie up the game. With just 12.8 to go in the period Dylan Richard scored from nearly the exact same location, this time a shorthanded effort that gave Penn State a 2-1 lead after two periods.

Wisconsin tied the game just over five minutes into the final period of play beating Skoff high on the stick side to make it 2-2.

After taking a penalty while on the power play, David Goodwin made up for the error of his ways looping and skating around defenders to find a wide open Andrew Sturtz in front of net who pounded home the puck with just over six minutes remaining in regulation.

A seemingly phantom embellishment call on Penn State following a interference minor on Wisconsin made it 4-on-4 hockey and the Badgers capitalized shortly thereafter as a bouncing puck flipped up and over Skoff into the net with just over three minutes to go in regulation. Dylan Richard nearly scored the winner in the final seconds but his spinning backhander went just over the net.

It took just 44 seconds though for David Goodwin to strike with an impact again, streaking down the right side of the ice early in the overtime period and slotting the puck past Jurusik to give Penn State the win.

It Was Over When:

David Goodwin slotted home the winner just 44 seconds into overtime. 

Stat Of The Game:

Penn State took a 40-16 shots advantage into the third period and held the Badgers to three shots on net in the middle 20 minutes of play. This coming after giving up 13 to Wisconsin in the first period. On the other hand Penn State picked up 24 shots on goal in the second period. The Badgers have scored 30 goals this season in the second frame.

Player Of The Game:

David Goodwin picked up an assist on Penn State's third goal by Andrew Sturtz and finished the job minutes later in overtime with a game winner. The performance coming the same night Goodwin was bumped up from the fourth line to the Nittany Lions' top unit.

What's Next: 

Penn State and Wisconsin take the ice again tomorrow night for a 6:00 Pm puck drop on ESPNU.



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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