MADISON, WI (WSAU) — It was a game of streaks at the Kohl Center Saturday night as the Wisconsin Men’s Hockey team topped #6 Penn State 8-5 in Big Ten play.
Wisconsin jumped out to an early 3-1 lead behind goals from Matthew Freytag, Will Johnson, and Wyatt Kalynuk. Following that flury, the Nittany Lions netted four in a row including two on the power play to build a 5-3 lead of their own.
That’s when the Badgers began to turn up the intensity with a power play goal from Johnson in the closing minutes of the second to make it a 5-4 game for Penn State going into the second intermission.
Max Zimmer, K’Andre Miller, Tarek Baker, and Peter Tischke all scored within an eight-minute window in the 3rd to put the game away.
Johnson was the only Badger to score multiple goals in the game.
The win moves Wisconsin into a third-place tie in the Big Ten standings with Michigan, two points clear of Penn State who sit in a three-way tie for 5th. Ohio State and Notre Dame sit first and second in the standings, respectively.
The #1 ranked Wisconsin womens hcokey team swept a pair of games from visiting Syracuse. The Badgers won 6-1 on Saturday and 9-1 on Sunday.
Emily Clark netted her second career hat trick in Saturdays win. 6 other Badgers scored goals including Annie Pankowski, Britta Curl, Sophia Shaver, Alexis Mauermann, Brette Pettet and Caitlin Schneider.
Sunday it was the freshman Curl betting two goals. Mauermann and Pankowski scored as did Sophie Shirley and Delaney Drake.
The Badgers wrap up 2018 play in St Cloud Minnesota on Friday and Saturday. They then have off until January 11th.
The Wisconsin womens volleyball team has advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the 6th straight year. The Badgers will face San Diego on Friday afternoon in Champaign Illinois. The Illini face Marquette in the morning match.