No. 12 Penn State Handles No. 7 Wisconsin for a Weekend Sweep

By Sam Watson on November 2, 2019 at 9:00 am
Penn State Hockey Student Section

After a 6-1 trouncing of the Badgers on Thursday night, the twelfth-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions finished the sweep with a 4-2 win on Friday night. Despite a few early defensive lapses, Penn State showed tremendous toughness in the third period to put the game away against the strong, but young Wisconsin team. 

Wisconsin's Gorniak scored first after a puck found its way to the doorstep of Peyton Jones' goal. The Captain, Brandon Biro had the answer for Penn State on a smooth play with Nikita Pavlychev. 

Penn State scored its second goal of the game during the second period after the wildest bounce I have ever seen in Pegula Ice Arena. A puck was launched from the corner Zamboni gate to the front of the net. Wisconsin's goaltender had left the net to play the puck, but by the time the bounce happened, it was too late. Wisconsin responded and tied the game right before the second intermission on a top-shelf shot that would have required a miracle from Peyton Jones.

Neither team wanted to be caught out of position in the third period and half the period went by without a goal from either team. Then Sam Sternschein took control.

Nate Sucese added an empty-net goal in the last minute of the game to seal the deal and move Penn State to 6-1 on the season. 

Where things stand

  • The offense is good, to the surprise of no one, and Guy Gadowsky can be nothing but pleased with ten goals in the series. After getting shut out by Alaska and only scoring two on Robert Morris, it was great to see the puck in the back of the net the way we're used to seeing and expecting to see from this team. 
  • Peyton Jones and the defense were solid. There were lapses that cost goals, but the lapses didn't last. Especially in the third period, the defense made the right play under pressure and let the goal scorers put the game away.
  • Getting all the points out of a Big Ten weekend is the best way to put non-conference worries in the rearview mirror. Wisconsin might not be as good as their current No. 7, but they're still a solid team. The Lions will need to play as well as they did this weekend and better to continue to navigate the Big Ten slate.

oh and one more thing.

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