The Penn State men’s hockey team defeated rival Ohio State in a three-game series this past weekend, to advance past the quarterfinals and into the conference semifinals this upcoming weekend. It was the first time a school in the Big Ten won a quarterfinal series on the road.
Notable performances for Penn State include Dylan Ludgris, who scored the game-winning goal with 13:07 remaining. Kirwan Berger’s goal in the second period tied him with Chase Berger’s 2019 season with the sixth-most goals (13) by a Freshman in program history and fifth-most points (26). Goaltender Liam Souliere made 23 saves on the night and has now allowed two goals or less in seven of his last ten starts.
It’s a big win for the program as despite finishing the regular season with a losing 15-18-1 overall record and an even worse 6-17-1 conference record, they manage to make their seventh straight conference semifinals. They’ve now made eight in school history, the most in the Big Ten. Their 13-8-0 playoff record is also the most playoff wins by a Big Ten school in conference history.
Penn State is set to face No. 2 Minnesota this upcoming weekend for their semifinal match-up on Saturday at 9:00 p.m. EST.