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Penn State Hockey: Upset Bid Falls Short, Nittany Lions Fall 4-3 To No. 17 Wisconsin

by on December 08, 2013 10:45 AM

After falling 7-1 less than 24 hours earlier, Penn State hockey regrouped and gave the Badgers a run for their money, falling 4-3 on Saturday night.

Penn State fell behind Wisconsin on two occasions and was able to respond but a third period tally was one too many for the Nittany Lions.

The Nittany Lions took an early 1-0 lead during a five-on-three advantage. Eric Scheid picked up the goal on the right side of the net. The shot was partially blocked but made it across the line with 13:21 left in the first.

Wisconsin bounced right back though, only three minutes later to tie up the game. The score would stand at 1-1 at the first intermission.

The Badgers opened up the second period scoring to take a 2-1 lead on their fifth power play of the night. Michael Mersch was able to pounce on his own rebound in front of the net and knock in the go-ahead score.

Penn State's Ricky DeRosa evened the score with 7:51 left in the second period. DeRosa rushed the net while in the offensive zone and was able to bat the puck out of the air to tie the game. The score would stand at 2-2 at the second intermission.

Wisconsin took a third period lead a few minutes into the final frame after a Nittany Lion turnover. Down 3-2, Penn State returned fire with a goal of its own. Zach Saar crashed the net and scored while falling down to tie the game at 3-3. The goal came only 42 seconds after Wisconsin took a 3-2 lead.

The Badgers came up in the clutch -- scoring with 8 minutes to play. Penn State came close but could not find the equalizer for the final time. Matthew Skoff in net for Penn State, made 27 saves on the night.

Penn State will return to action in three weeks when it plays in the Three Rivers Classic at Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center Dec. 27-28.

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