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.