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Badgers 8, Nittany Lions 5: Wrapup and three stars from Wisconsin’s victory over No. 6 Penn State | Wisconsin Badgers Hockey

Being close over the past two weeks had given the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team only a certain amount of satisfaction and only a m…

The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team scored the final five goals, four of them in the third period, to rally for an 8-5 victory over No. 6 Penn State at the Kohl Center on Saturday. Will Johnson scored twice and was plus-5, and K’Andre Miller scored the game-winning goal with 7:29 remaining as part of a collegiate-best four-point game.

Three stars

No. 3: UW’s Max Zimmer scored the tying goal and added an assist.

No. 2: Will Johnson broke out of a scoring slump in a big way.

No. 1: A career night for K’Andre Miller included great hand-eye coordination on the winning goal.

Up next

The Badgers host Michigan State at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday to close the first half of the season.

Pregame

After winning only one time in nine tries in November, the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team opens a brief December slate with the second game of a Big Ten Conference series against No. 6 Penn State at the Kohl Center on Saturday (7 p.m., Fox Sports Wisconsin, 1310 AM).

UW finished November 1-5-3 with only 14 goals scored in the nine games, a program-worst 1.56 average for the month. But it finished the month looking more competitive than it did at the start, only unable to finish off wins in the last two weeks.

Daniel Lebedeff is scheduled to make his third straight start in goal for the Badgers, who play only three games in December. He made 37 saves in Friday’s 3-3 tie and six-round shootout loss.

Badgers (5-7-3, 1-3-3-1 Big Ten)

Max Zimmer – Seamus Malone – Will Johnson

Jack Gorniak – Tarek Baker – Sean Dhooghe

Roman Ahcan – Dominick Mersch – Brock Caufield

Matthew Freytag – Mick Messner – Jason Dhooghe

K’Andre Miller – Ty Emberson

Wyatt Kalynuk – Tyler Inamoto

Nittany Lions (10-3-1, 2-1-1-1)

Alex Limoges – Evan Barratt – Liam Folkes

Nate Sucese – Chase Berger – Brandon Biro

Aarne Talvitie – Nikita Pavlychev – Sam Sternschein

Denis Smirnov – Ludvig Larsson – Alec Marsh

Cole Hults – Paul DeNaples

Kris Myllari – Derian Hamilton

Kevin Kerr – Alex Stevens

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