PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Penn State Men’s Hockey Earns Shootout Win Versus Wisconsin

Liam Folkes helped No. 14 Penn State men’s hockey secure a shootout win Saturday night against No. 15 Wisconsin following a 3-3 draw at Pegula. It was a chippy contest that saw 20 penalties dished out.

Guy Gadowsky’s Nittany Lions are riding a 10-game unbeaten streak heading into next weekend’s home matchup against Ohio State. Penn State is now 10-7-1 all-time against the Badgers since joining the Division I ranks, earning a decisive 5-1 win Friday.

How It Happened

Just 17 seconds in, Trevor Hamilton got charged with a five-minute major for contact to the head of Wisconsin star Trent Frederic, plus a game-misconduct ejection on top of it all. With Penn State’s most veteran defenseman in the locker room, the Nittany Lions struggled to create shots on goal.

Fredric, the Boston Bruins’ first-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, missed Friday night’s game because he was in Buffalo winning a bronze medal with the United States at the world juniors. Midway through the first period, Wisconsin’s Jake Linhart repeatedly cross-checked Andrew Sturtz in the back while he was down on the ice, but the play somehow didn’t draw a penalty.

Sturtz entered Friday’s game tied for sixth nationally in points.

Sophomore right winger Liam Folkes gave Penn State a 1-0 lead on a spectacular power-play goal with 6:49 left in the opening period. The Badgers tied things up a minute later as Linus Weissbach tallied his sixth goal of the season. Heading into the first intermission, the referees endured a barrage of boos from angry Penn State fans who thought they missed a handful of blatant calls.

Evan Barratt found a wide open Brandon Biro with a beautiful pass in the second period, but Biro was turned away by Wisconsin goaltender Kyle Hayton. A few minutes later, the Pegula loudspeakers played the sound of a boxing bell as a scrum broke out with 7:04 to go. Sturtz and Badgers Tyler Inamoto and JD Greenway all received two-minute minors for roughing.

Denis Smirnov leads the Nittany Lions in power-play goals with five this season.

Freshman right winger Sam Sternschein scored the fifth goal of his Penn State career with 59 seconds left in the second period to make it 2-1. Alternate captain Chase Berger notched his second goal in as many nights less than a minute into the third period, but Sean Dhooghe, a 5-foot-3 freshman, soon cut Penn State’s lead to 3-2. Peter Tischke evened the score with 1:52 remaining in regulation.

Sturtz’s would-be game-winning goal with 3:53 left in overtime was disallowed due to goalie interference. Sophomore goalie Peyton Jones stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout, while Folkes provided the extra point on the exact same backhand, forehand move he used in the 2017 Big Ten Championship.

Player Of The Game

Liam Folkes | Sophomore | Right winger

The Scarborough, Ontario, native started and finished this game with goals. Folkes netted a powerplay goal in the first period to take a 1-0 lead, then followed it up with the lone shootout goal to give the Nittany Lions the extra point in the standings.

What’s Next?

Penn State (12-7-3) takes on the Buckeyes next Friday for a 7:30 p.m. clash with No. 8 Ohio State. Saturday’s series finale will be televised on the Big Ten Network at 7.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated Penn State’s upcoming series against Ohio State would be played away at Columbus. Next weekend’s series will actually be played at home at Pegula Ice Arena. We apologize for the error.

About the Author

Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]


More by Ethan

Four Veterans Who Could Fill Important Roles For Penn State

Mark Allen, Brandon Polk, Jarvis Miller, and Ayron Monroe have the chance to create more opportunities for themselves this season.

Seven More Penn State Freshmen Arrive On Campus

Evan Barratt Invited To World Junior Summer Showcase


Tony Carr Experienced ‘Greatest Feeling Of His Life’ At NBA Draft

“Just to be able to hear my name called at the NBA Draft, it’s just a dream come true.” Penn State men’s basketball guard has reached the pinnacle of the sport — entering the NBA pro ranks after getting drafted Thursday night in Brooklyn by the New Orleans Pelicans. Carr, who had to wait around […]

Pelicans GM Excited To Bring In ‘Crafty’ Tony Carr

[VIDEO] New Orleans Pelicans Select Tony Carr In 2018 NBA Draft

Tony Carr First Nittany Lion Selected In NBA Draft Since 1999

Bundling Student Tickets And Offering Options: What Penn State Can Learn

Student Life

Student Farm To Commemorate Summer Solstice With Second Annual Celebration

Penn State’s Student Farm will celebrate the longest day of the year with tours and live music Thursday evening.

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting At Beaver Stadium

Virtual Reality: Changing The Game At Penn State

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.

Pittsburgh-Based Burger Joint BRGR Opening State College Location

BRGR was able to strike a deal for the building in the past six months or so, as the new goal is to open Happy Valley location — the restaurant’s first outside of Pittsburgh — in early January 2019.

Bream Won’t Be Charged With Perjury

Tim Bream, the former live-in adviser for Beta Theta Pi fraternity, will not face a perjury charge for his testimony at a preliminary hearing in the case.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Don’t Like Penn State Student Ticket Policies? Change Them.

That potential lies as much in the hands of active, informed, and opinionated students as it does in those of the profit-driven athletic departments.

Send this to a friend