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Update: 9:15 p.m.
**The Penn State men’s hockey team lost at Wisconsin on Monday night, 6-3, to drop to 0-3 on the season. The Lions lost their first two games last week at Minnesota.
Penn State and Wisconsin play again Tuesday night at 6.
Here’s the game recap from Penn State:
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Penn State opened the scoring for the first time this season as Wall intercepted a pass at his defensive blueline and skated in on a breakaway beating Badger net-minder Robbie Beydoun past the blocker for the 1-0 edge at 8:02 of the first period.
- The Badgers responded just 88 seconds later as Sam Stange ripped a shot over the glove of sophomore goaltender Oskar Autio (Espoo, Finland) for the 1-1- score at 9:30 of the frame.
- Wisconsin then took the lead as Jack Gorniak laced a shot from the high slot past the glove of Autio for the 2-1 margin at 14:31 of the opening stanza.
- The Badgers extended their lead as Stange went bar down for the second time at 5:54, but the Nittany Lions had the answer this time as senior Tim Doherty (Portsmouth, R.I.) finished out front after a great feed from classmate Alex Limoges (Winchester, Va.) for the 3-2 score just 15 ticks later.
- Wisconsin regained the two-goal advantage early in the third period as Brock Caufield redirected the puck out front off a feed from Linus Weissbach for the 4-2 score at 5:13 of the frame.
- Brother Cole Caufield stretched the lead again just over two minutes later with a powerplay goal as he was left all alone in the slot pushing the margin to 5-2 at 7:16 of the final stanza.
- Cole Caufield then sent a beautiful no look pass back across the front of the net and Linus Weissbach had a yawning net for the 6-2 lead at 10:40 of the third period.
- Penn State got one back with less than a minute remaining in the third period as Wall sent a pass from behind the net to classmate Connor McMenamin (Collegeville, Pa.) who finished off the near post for the 6-3 final.
Update: 10 a.m.
**The PSU men’s basketball team will tip off the season Wednesday afternoon against Drexel. The game has an unusual start time of 1 p.m. No fans will be allowed at the game, but we will have extensive coverage of that and all men’s basketball games right here at Nittany Sports Now.
Tipoff times for three other upcoming non-conference games have been announced, as well:
Nov. 28: vs. VMI – 5 p.m.
Dec. 2: vs. VCU – 5 p.m.
Dec. 6: Seton Hall – 8 p.m.
**Penn State’s hockey team dropped both of its games at Minnesota last week, and tonight the Lions will begin a two-game series at Wisconsin. The teams will play this evening at 6, then tomorrow at 6, as well. Both games will be televised on BTN.
Here are some PSU notes, from GoPSUSports.com.
THIS WEEK’S MATCHUP
- This week marks the 37th and 38th meetings in the all-time series. With 36 meetings entering the week, Wisconsin is the team Penn State has played the most in its eight-year Division I history. The Nittany Lions lead the all-time series 20-13-3 but are just 7-7-2 all-time in Madison.
- This week marks the first-time ever the Nittany Lions will play a game at LaBahn Arena and they hope the smaller ice sheet plays to their advantage after having posted just a 1-3-2 record in their last six games at the Kohl Center.
- Penn State won the season series last year with a 3-1-0 record outscoring the Badgers 16-9 over the four-game series. After a long stretch of Penn State dominance from 2014-2018 (Penn State, 13-3-2) the series has evened off over the past two seasons with the Nittany Lions holding the slim 6-4-1 record (includes a three-game playoff series won by Penn State in 2019).
- Senior Alex Limoges enjoys playing the Badgers as he leads all Nittany Lions with 20 points (7G, 13A) in 15 career games against Wisconsin including his red hot performance during a three-game playoff series back in 2019 where he registered five goals and two assists for seven points. Limoges also had a career-best four points with four assists in a game at the Kohl Center back in 2018.
- Senior Sam Sternschein has added five goals and a pair of assists for seven points against the Badgers in 14 games while junior Paul DeNaples also feasts off the Badgers having scored two of his five career goals against Wisconsin while adding five assists for seven points in 11 games.
**Penn State has made the top five for 4-star WR Tychaun Chapman from Virginia. He’s a 5-foot-10, 160-pounder. The other finalists are Alabama, North Carolina, Maryland and Florida State.
Final 5 !! 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/ahiQRXvHfQ
— Tychaun Chapman ( Doc ) (@ChapmanTychaun) November 23, 2020