Men’s Hockey Falls to Wisconsin 4-3 To Lose Weekend Series
The recent schedule for the Penn State men’s hockey team hasn’t been easy. They’ve played five games in a row against ranked teams, and haven’t been able to pull out a win. This streak remained unchanged, unfortunately, as Penn State fell to No. 17 Wisconsin last night 4-3 in front of over 10,000 fans at the Kohl Center.
The team’s sixth straight loss drops them to 3-9-1 on the year, and 0-2 in Big Ten play after dropping the first game of the series on Friday night by a score of 7-1.
Penn State took its first lead of the series when Eric Scheid snuck one past the Wisconsin goaltender’s glove at 10:14 of the first, but Wisconsin tied the game just three minutes later off a Nittany Lion turnover that led to a goal.
In the second period, Wisconsin took a 2-1 lead with a goal from Michael Mensch six minutes into the period. Ricky DeRosa tied the game seven minutes later off an assist from Zach Saar and Patrick Koudys.
Wisconsin was able to take the lead for good after trading two more goals from the Badgers’ Joe Faust and the Nittany Lions’ Zach Saar. Nic Kerdiles scored the game winner at 8:08 of the third to go ahead 4-3. The loss keeps Penn State winless since a 2-1 win over Sacred Heart last month.
The Nittany Lions have the next three weeks off, and will play next at the Three Rivers Classic in Pittsburgh. Penn State will play Robert Morris on Friday, December 27 for the second time this year, and will play either Boston College or Bowling Green on Saturday, December 28.