UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Wisconsin men's hockey team could not stymie the nation's top-ranked offense in No. 19 Penn State, falling 8-2 to the Nittany Lions Friday night at Pegula Ice Arena.
After going down 2-0 in the first period, Wisconsin battled back to tie the game up at the 11:46 mark of the second frame on goals by Mick Messner and Wyatt Kalynuk, but a barrage of goals near the end of the period gave the Nittany Lions a 5-2 advantage heading into the third period.
Penn State added three goals in the final period to cap an 8-2 win over the Badgers.
Freshman goaltender Daniel Lebedeff stopped 40 shots in 45 minutes between the pipes, and junior Johan Blomquist made eight saves in the relief effort.
Notes to Know:
Freshman forward Mick Messner tallied his seventh goal of the season in the loss. The Madison native now leads all UW rookies in goal-scoring with seven tallies in 31 games this season.
Sophomore defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk's goal in Friday's loss marked the rear guard's fifth point in the last eight games for UW. Kalynuk has notched a goal and four assists during the stretch.
Junior Johan Blomquist made his season debut in Friday's loss, recording eight stops for the Badgers.
Up Next: The Badgers close out their final regular-season road series of the year Saturday at Pegula Ice Arena. Puck drop for game two against the Nittany Lions is slated for a 6 p.m. start (CT).