Penn State Beats Wisconsin 4-3 in Game 3 Overtime to Advance to the Big Ten Semifinals

By Sam Watson on March 11, 2019 at 8:25 am
Liam Folkes Penn State
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It wasn't easy, but the Cardiac Cats did it again and live to play another day.

Box Score
  First Second Third OT Final
Wisconsin 1 2 0 0 3
Penn State 1 2 0 1 4

Somebody must've put something extra in the pregame gatorade because Penn State was absolutely buzzing from the drop of the puck. Just over a minute into the first, Liam Folkes scored the game's first goal after Daniel Ledbedeff pushed a rebound from a Denis Smirnov shot right to the feet of Folkes. Wisconsin was able to come alive after Penn State's hot start and got their first goal of the game four minutes later. Penn State killed off two questionable penalties after the Wisconsin goal, and neither team scored again before the end of the period. 

Period two was about as back and forth as a hockey game can get. The scoring started when Cole Hults took a shot from the point on the power play.

Scoring Summary
Team Scoring Time (Pd.)
PSU Liam Folkes (16)
Smirnov
1:18 (1)
WISC Brock Caufield (7)
Kalynuk, Mersch
5:24 (1)
PSU Cole Hults (6)
Larsson
4:09 (2)
WISC Max Zimmer (5)
Dhooghe, Malone
9:46 (2)
WISC Josh Ess (5)
Zimmer
10:10 (2)
PSU Alex Limoges (22)
Folkes, DeNaples
18:54 (2)
PSU Liam Folkes (17)
Limoges, Barratt
10:50 (OT)

Notes

  • This was vintage back and forth playoff hockey, that I'm sure was great fun for neutral fans. (For those of us that wanted Penn State to win, it was a tiny bit nerve racking.) The momentum swung both ways at different points throughout the game, and thankfully, Penn State had the energy to get the job done in overtime. 
  • Peyton Jones was a rock tonight. He made quite a few timely saves in the third period and overtime when the rest of the players on the ice were gassed. 
  • Alex Limoges, Liam Folkes, and Evan Barratt each had an absolutely monster night. Liam Folkes had two goals, including the overtime winner, and Alex Limoges set a Penn State season record with 48 points after his goal and assist. 
  • Penn State will travel to Columbus for the Big Ten Semifinal game next weekend, and it's looking like the Lions will need to win the conference to make it back to the NCAA tournament for a third year in a row.  
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