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PSU hockey falls to 0-4; home opener next up

Penn State’s hockey team fell to 0-4 Tuesday night with a 7-3 loss at Wisconsin, with the Nittany Lions dropping both games of the series after opening the season with two losses at Minnesota.

Penn State’s next game will be the home opener against Michigan on Dec. 2.

Following is the recap of Tuesday’s loss, from


  •   Wisconsin opened the scoring as Linus Weissbach skated up the left side and fired a wrist shot from below the left dot that beat Nittany Lion freshman net-minder Liam Souliere (Brampton, Ontario) to the short-side and high for the 1-0 edge at 6:43 of the first period.
  •   Dominick Mersch doubled the lead for the Badgers at 9:06 of the opening frame as he smacked home a rebound out front after Jason Dhooghe’s initial bid was turned aside.
  •   Cole Caufield added a powerplay goal for Wisconsin as he made a nice move entering the zone, skated below the right dot and fired a wrister through the legs of Souliere for the 3-0 score at 17:21 of the stanza.
  •   Penn State cut into that deficit early in the second period as senior Alex Limoges (Winchester, Va.) was left wide open by the far post and freshman Jimmy Dowd Jr. found him for an easy finish after a beautiful cross-ice pass for the 3-1 score at 4:21.

  •   Wisconsin got that goal back as Tarek Baker found himself with a shorthanded breakaway and he deposited the biscuit past the blocker of Souliere for the 4-1 score at 18:56 of the second period.

  •   The Badgers extended the lead to 6-1 with a pair of goals in the opening 79 seconds of the third period as Sam Stange collected his third goal of the series just 26 ticks in and Cole Caufield added his second of the game and third of the series at 1:19.
  •   The Nittany Lions never quit scoring twice in just 65 seconds to cut into the deficit to 6-3 midway through the period. Freshman Xander Lamppa (Rochester, Minn.) scored his first collegiate goal right on the welcome mat at 8:49 and senior Clayton Phillips (Edina, Minn.) zig-zagged through the defense while on the powerplay and sent a blistering shot over the glove of Badger goaltender Robbie Beydoun at 9:54.
  •   Caufield added an empty net goal for the hat trick and 7-3 victory at 17:57 of the third period.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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