Penn State men's hockey team tries to bounce back
UNIVERSITY PARK – After a split weekend at home against Ohio State, the No. 12 Nittany Lions fell to the No. 20 Michigan Wolverines.
Josh Norris led Michigan on Friday, scoring the first goal of the game at 12: 27 in the first period, following a power play chance. Michigan extended the lead to 2-0 with the help of Joe Cecconi, who fired a shot past Peyton Jones at 10:38 of the final period. The Wolverines continued the pressure as Josh Norris fired a wrister past Jones from the right dot off a nice drop pass from Jake Slaker for the 3-0 margin at 14:29 of the third period. Brendan Warren closed out the match with a short-handed, empty-net goal at 18:13, for the 4-0 finish.
Penn State remained scoreless throughout the weekend until the last 3 minutes of the second match on Saturday night. Sophomore Liam Folkes connected off of Kris Myllari’s initial shot at 18:03. Myllari then scored his own about a minute later at 19:06 sealing the 3-2 final score. Norris once again gave Michigan the lead, early in the first period with a goal 26 seconds into the start of the match. Teammate Dexter Dancs followd in his footsteps with another goal at 9:47. Dakota Raabe made the score 3-0 for Michigan as he passed through Jones 14:23 of the third period. The Nittany Lions pulled Jones early with four minutes remaining in the game but proved that the extra man advantage helped them get on the board. Jones falls to 12-8-2 after the rough weekend.
The Nittany Lions are now 13-10-3 on the year and 6-7-3-2 in the Big Ten, losing their second place position to the Wolverines, who are now 12-10-2 overall and 7-7-2-1 in the conference.
No. 14 Penn State will continue to be on the road this weekend as they head to Madison, Wisconsin to take on the 18th-ranked Badgers. Wisconsin is rather confident heading into this weekend, winning two of their last three contests, including a 5-0 shutout over No. 1 Notre Dame last Sunday afternoon. The Badgers are currently tied for fifth in the Big Ten with Minnesota, each team with 20 points. Wisconsin is 6-8-2-0 in conference play and 12-12-3 overall this season.
After the Lions and Badgers meeting at Pegula earlier this season, this should be a heated matchup. You can catch Friday night's 9 p.m. puck drop on the Big Ten Network. Saturday's game will stream on BTN2Go and will be available locally on Fox Sports Wisconsin at 8 p.m.