Penn State finishes strong, surges past Badgers hockey
At University Park, Pa., Penn State blitzed the Wisconsin men's hockey squad late on Friday, handing the Badgers a 5-2 defeat at Pegula Arena.
In a game that finished with both teams firing 37 shots on goal, Wisconsin (2-17-4 overall, 0-7-2-2 Big Ten) gave up the game's first tally, but Cameron Hughes responded by picking right up where he left off last weekend, promptly netting two straight goals.
UW's lead did not last long, though, as Eric Scheid picked up his 13th goal of the year 1:26 into the second period, slapping one through Joel Rumpel's five-hole during a scramble in front of the net.
The Badgers netminder came up huge later in the frame, denying a short-handed breakaway attempt by Dylan Richard.
PSU regained the advantage thanks to a diving goal by David Goodwin.
The Nittany Lions had numerous chances to extend their lead early in the final period, including a one-timer off the post by Casey Bailey and an opportunity by Scott Conway after he beat Dougherty to a bouncing puck.
It was Bailey who eventually scored Penn State's fourth goal. The defenseman found a soft spot in UW's defense, beating Rumpel with a slap shot from the point just over halfway through the third.
The Nittany Lions (14-7-4 overall, 6-2-1-0 Big Ten) added an empty netter with 9.2 seconds left on the clock.
Rumpel finished with 32 saves -- his 11th game of 30 or more stops in 2014-15. PSU goaltender P.J. Musico denied 35 Badgers shots.
The series finale is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. in University Park.