Wisconsin tied for Big Ten lead after high-scoring win

The Badgers move back into a tie in the Big Ten after beating Penn State. (Courtesy Wisconsin Badgers via Twitter).

If you like high scoring hockey games, the battle between the No. 16 Wisconsin Badgers and No. 11 Penn State Nittany Lions was a must-watch game.

The two teams combined for 11 goals, but seven of them went in the Badgers’ favor en route to a 7-4 victory.

Wisconsin grabbed a 1-0 lead when Ryan Wagner found Will Johnson to open up the night’s scoring with 10:48 to play in the first period. It was a lead they would hold on to the entire game.

Penn State would tie it at 1-1 and 3-3, and the Nittany Lions closed the gap once again at 5-4 with 14:48 to play in the third period.

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But Wagner responded with the play of the night. The junior defenseman from Park Ridge, Ill. skated to his left and fired a shot as he was falling down that snuck past Penn State freshman goaltender Peyton Jones. Wagner would score once again with an empty netter to seal the victory for Wisconsin, 7-4.

The Badgers improve to 19-11-1 overall and 12-5 in the Big Ten. They are now tied with the Minnesota Gophers for first place in the conference after the No. 5 Gophers were upset by Michigan on Friday night in Ann Arbor.

Penn State (20-8-2, 9-7-1 Big Ten) missed a chance to move up the Big Ten standings.

Wisconsin and Penn State will square off again on Saturday night at 7 p.m. The Badgers will try to complete a sweep on the road, just like the Nittany Lions did on Feb. 10-11 at the Kohl Center.

The Badgers wrap up the Big Ten regular season with a home series against Ohio State on March 10-11.