In yet another top-20 Big Ten conference matchup, Wisconsin was able to come from behind on both Friday and Saturday to down the 12th-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions.
On Friday, Penn State jumped out to an early 1-0 lead just five minutes in. Seamus Malone would answer with a goal of his own. Not to be outdone though, Penn State would tack on a power play goal late in the period to take a 2-1 lead.
That score would hold up until about midway through the 3rd period. Then, the floodgates opened up for the Badgers. Josh Ess, Will Johnson, and Trent Frederic would all score in the final 10 minutes to give Wisconsin a solid 4-2 victory to open the weekend.
Saturday’s game would follow the same come-from-behind theme as Friday. Penn State opened the scoring in the first. They would add another in the second before Ryan Wagner was able to break free while short-handed to cut the lead back to one. Penn State would score again just two minutes later to carry a two-goal lead into the 3rd period.
JD Greenway was able to score less than two minutes into the final frame to cut the lead back down to one. But, Penn State would answer with a tally of their own just 21 seconds later.
Down 4-2, Linus Weissbach potted home a rebound in front of the net just a few minutes later to once again tighten the score. The Badgers would spend most of the remaining time fighting for the equalizer, and it was not until about three minutes remaining when Max Zimmer found the back of the net to even the game.
Five minutes of overtime could not decide a winner. At this point, the game is officially a tie, but a shootout would commence, determining who gets the extra point in the Big Ten standings.
In the shootout, Linus Weissbach was able to score through the goalie’s five-hole to lead the three-round shootout. Badger goalie Jack Berry would shut the door on all three Penn State shooters, giving the Badgers the win as well as this celebration.
The Badgers will head to Ann Arbor next weekend to take on the Michigan Wolverines.