It wasn't easy, but the Cardiac Cats did it again and live to play another day.
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.
Shooters shoot pic.twitter.com/9djqmSYiXu— Roar Lions Roar (@RLRblog) March 10, 2019
For whatever reason, Penn State went unbelievably flat after the Hults goal, and Wisconsin capitalized. Max Zimmer scored his fifth of the year to tie the game at two, and 30 seconds later, Josh Ess gave Wisconsin a 3-2 lead. It looked like Wisconsin was going to take its one goal lead into the second intermission, but then Alex Limoges scored his 22nd (!!!) goal of the season with a minute left in the period.
Alex Limoges now has 22 goals on the year. pic.twitter.com/EECLNlJ1Cg— Roar Lions Roar (@RLRblog) March 10, 2019
The third period was full of back and forth action, but neither team wanted to take extra risks and both teams looked like they had played three hockey games in three days. The third period ended with the score still tied at three goals a piece.
Overtime is never fun if the team you are rooting for is playing. Luckily, Penn State has noted Badger killer Liam Folkes, and he had the overtime magic again.
Liam Folkes does it again against the Badgers in tournament overtime!pic.twitter.com/kRbVQfIVPK— Roar Lions Roar (@RLRblog) March 11, 2019
Bring on the Buckeyes.
Liam Folkes (16)
Brock Caufield (7)
Cole Hults (6)
Max Zimmer (5)
Josh Ess (5)
Alex Limoges (22)
Liam Folkes (17)
- 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.