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Penn State upends No. 16 Wisconsin in overtime, 3-2

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Penn State Penn State 316 Wisconsin 2
Kohl Center • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 9,078

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0 0 2 1 3
 Wisconsin 0 1 1 0 2
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2nd 16:40 UW Zengerle (Kerdiles, Schulze)
3rd 6:41 UW LaBate (Mersch, Dahl)
3rd 6:48 PSU Holstrom (-)
3rd 12:16 PSU Bailey (-)
OT 4:26 PSU Holstrom (Gardiner, Bailey)
 Goaltender Summary Min GA Sv
PSU Skoff (9-8-0) 65:00 2 42
UW Peterson (6-4-3) 64:53 3 33
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 Shots on Goal 36 44
 Power Plays 1-4 0-4
 Penalties-Minutes 7-14 7-14
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Feb. 25, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- Allowing two third-period goals, then a third score in overtime, No. 16 Wisconsin (14-11-7, 10-8-7 WCHA) fell 3-2 to Penn State (13-14-0) on Monday night at the Kohl Center, setting up what will be a testing finish to the season.

“I think what it does is it just squeezes the importance of our last four games,” Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said. “We have to primarily win out, so that’s our task at hand.”

With the overtime loss, Wisconsin fell to 2-2-7 in 11 overtime games this season.

“What can you do about it? It happened,” Jake McCabe (Eau Claire, Wis.) said. “We’ve got to go back to work…It’s obviously a painful loss, but we’ll start rebuilding right now and come back to work on Wednesday.”

 Fast Facts
• Wisconsin falls to 2-2-7 in 11 overtime games this season
• Zengerle scores sixth goal of season and first since Feb. 2
• Badgers finish their second of four games in seven days

Coming off a 3-2 win over No. 2 Minnesota on Sunday and a 5-0 shutout win last night against Penn State, the Badgers were building late-season momentum as they headed down the stretch in the battle for home ice and postseason positioning.

“I wouldn’t say momentum has been lost, but yes, it’s devastating.” Mark Zengerle said. “You can’t do anything about it now. We still control our fate as far as home ice and going from there.”

“The guys played well (and) had a lot of shots,” Landon Peterson (Oregon, Wis.) said, who recorded 33 saves for Wisconsin in the loss. “We didn’t score and unfortunately they did.”

Despite the Badgers recording 44 shots on goal, Penn State goaltender Matthew Skoff played a big part in denying Wisconsin many of its scoring opportunities. Earning his ninth win of the season (9-8-0), Skoff recorded a total of 42 saves on the night and helped keep Penn State in the game throughout.

“We have to tip our hat to their goalie,” Peterson said. “He played well. He definitely deserved that win.”

The teams skated to a scoreless first period, but similar to the night before, the Wisconsin offense came out firing in the second period. The Badgers outshot the Nittany Lions 20-to-8 through the second period, as Zengerle also found the net for his sixth goal of the season.

After Zengerle and Nic Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) got free for a two-on-none breakaway, the two displayed pretty teamwork in passing back-and-forth before Zengerle finished up high for the score. It was the first goal in five games for Zengerle and gave Wisconsin the 1-0 lead at the 16:40 mark of the second period.

The Wisconsin lead was etended at the 6:41 mark of the third period, as Joseph LaBate (Eagan, Minn.) scored his fifth goal of the season with a shot on the rush from the left wing. Michael Mersch (Park Ridge, Ill.) and Jefferson Dahl (Eau Claire, Wis.) each recorded assists on the score.

Just seven seconds after LaBate scored and the Badgers pushed their lead to 2-0 in the third period, the momentum quickly and drastically shifted, as the Nittany Lions responded. The ensuing faceoff at center ice saw the Badgers get the puck back to a defenseman, but he fumbled the puck and Penn State pressure resulted in Tyler Holstrom taking possession. Holstrom's shot from inside the Badger blue line deflected off UW defenseman Eddie Wittchow’s glove, past Peterson and in for the score, making it a 2-1 game.

It was a breakthrough moment for Penn State, which would get the equalizer at 12:16 of the period on a power play. After a two-minute slashing penalty was called on Mersch, Casey Bailey beat UW’s Peterson to a poke check and instead poked the puck through the goaltender’s legs for the score. The goal made it a 2-2 game and got the contest to overtime.

There, Holstrom scored his second goal of the game with 34 seconds left in overtime, punching a rebound past Peterson and sealing the upset overtime win in what was the final game of the season for the Nittany Lions.

Having finished its second of four games in seven days, Wisconsin will have a quick turnaround before travelling to face Nebraska Omaha in a Friday-Saturday series this week. Opening faceoff for Friday night is set for 6:30 p.m. (CT). The game can be viewed live on NBC Sports Network.

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