PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Penn State Hockey Moves On To B1G Semifinals With Big Win Over Wisconsin

Guy Gadowsky’s team had a job to do.

In order to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history, Penn State has to win three games in three days to take the Big Ten’s automatic bid. Despite tying a season-low with 29 shots, the Nittany Lions scored five goals in a huge win over Wisconsin, setting up the program’s biggest game ever on Friday against Michigan.

How It Happened

Wisconsin entered the game playing its best hockey of the season while Penn State ended its regular season with three straight losses. On a small scale, that was evident in the game’s first few minutes as the Badgers took the game’s first five shots before the Nittany Lions surged and caught up. Soon after the teams played an outstanding 9:26 of non-stop play, the game had its first TV timeout and everyone got a brief rest. Forty seconds after play resumed, Minnesota native Eric Scheid took a chip from Luke Juha and opened the tournament’s scoring. He beat Matt Jurusik five-hole and put the Nittany Lions ahead 1-0 with 7:04 left in the first frame.

A few minutes later, the lead was doubled. Connor Varley ripped one from the point and a deflection down low made the play tough for Jurusik. A Badger inadvertently tipped the puck past the waiting Jurusik and despite a late too-many-men penalty, Penn State headed to the intermission up 2-0.

The second period started with trouble for Penn State. It killed the early penalty, but a big hit by Thompson drew a penalty. Unlike in the NHL, a goal during a delayed penalty doesn’t negate the upcoming advantage — Wisconsin freshman Luke Kunin cut the lead in half then his team had some more chances on a powerplay. Penn State killed it off and got an advantage of its own right after, though couldn’t capitalize.

A long stretch of the second period passed with back-and-forth but uneventful play. With six minutes left to go, Juha charged up the ice and fed Ricky DeRosa who roofed it past a screened Jurusik. Soon after, fellow senior and longtime linemate Tommy Olczyk scored on a breakaway to make the score 4-1 as the period concluded.

The third period started off far from how the Nittany Lions hoped. Wisconsin’s Grant Besse scored right at the start as Wisconsin took a 30-20 lead in shots and began amping up its offense. The momentum was only added to by an Andrew Sturtz penalty and although Penn State killed it and allowed only one shot, Wisconsin still took most of the following chances. Other than a Sturtz toe-drag at the other end, it was all Badgers.

Wisconsin pulled Jurusik with 2:34 left in the third period, needing two goals. Sturtz, Goodwin, and Berger all had chances to bury the Badgers but couldn’t find the net. Right after, a Badger ripped the puck past McAdam but off the pipe and out of play. McAdam held the door closed and Scheid added an empty-netter as Penn State moved on to the Big Ten semifinals for the second time ever.

Player Of The Game

Big players show up in big games, and Luke Juha did that tonight. When he was on the ice, he was the most imposing player on both defense and offense. It was the alternate captain’s first game back from injury and it didn’t look like he missed a step. Scheid and McAdam also had big games but Juha gets the nod this time.

What’s Next?

Penn State has made it as far into the postseason as it ever has before. Michigan swept the Nittany Lions in the regular season, but Gadowsky’s team has momentum and it wants nothing more than to make the finals. Puck drop is at 5 p.m. Friday on the Big Ten Network.

About the Author

Doug Leeson

Doug is a sophomore and Onward State's Assistant Managing Editor. Dislikes: popcorn, Rutgers, and a low #TimberCount. Likes: "Frozen," Rec Hall, and you. Contact him via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @DougLeeson.

Comments

More by Doug

Freshman 101: How To Buy Football Tickets

Tickets go on sale for graduate students on Monday, June 18, followed by seniors on Tuesday, juniors on Wednesday, sophomores on Thursday, and freshmen on Friday.

Pork State: Meet Sir Remington, State College’s Most Interesting Pet

Report: James Franklin Is Only Mildly Excited For This Opportunity

Athletics

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Former Penn State women’s gymnastics head coach Jeff Thompson has filed a lawsuit against the university following the termination of his contract in February 2017. Thompson, alongside his wife and associate head coach Rachelle Thompson, was accused by former gymnasts and an assistant coach of creating a hostile team environment. The Thompsons allegedly pressured athletes to compete […]

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Penn State Hockey’s Evan Barratt, Aarne Talvitie Participate In World Junior Summer Showcase

Ally McHugh Wins 400 Medley National Championship

Penn State Women’s Soccer Adds Swiss Forward Kim Dubs

Student Life

Girirajan Lab Seeks To Bridge The Gap Between Fly And Human Genomes

The lab uses a combination of human genomics, computational biology, and functional studies, using Drosophila and human cell lines, to understand the risks caused by genetic mutations and to grasp how gene disruption leads to altered neurodevelopment.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Pennharmonics To Hold 25th Anniversary Reunion Concert

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love you to join us.

Mayor Don Hahn Asks Borough Council To Consider Changes To Proposed Overnight Parking Restrictions

State College Mayor Don Hahn posted on his blog Sunday republishing a letter he sent to Borough Council on August 1 outlining three revisions he’d like them to consider for the proposed overnight parking restrictions.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Madden NFL 19 Ratings For Nittany Lions

For the second consecutive year, Sean Lee is the highest-rated Nittany Lion in the Madden video game.

Send this to a friend