The Badgers opened up their home slate of Big Ten games in dominant fashion, blowing out second-year program Penn State, 7-1, at the Kohl Center Friday night. The Nittany Lions return tonight for game two, looking for some revenge.
Remember last season Wisconsin blew out PSU on Friday night, 5-0, but got lax in the finale, losing 3-2 in overtime.
The Badgers received goals Friday from seven different players in the win, including defensemen Frankie Simonelli and Kevin Schulze. Simonelli's goal was his second in the past two games.
Other key contributors on Friday included Joseph LaBate, who registered three assists and ran his season point total to 10. Nic Kerdiles registered a goal and an assist and Mark Zengerle chipped in two assists of his own. Senior winger Michael Mersch also notched his team-leading seventh goal of the season.
Tonight, the Badgers bring back the same lineup they iced last night, which includes Joel Rumpel starting between the pipes in back-to-back games on a weekend for the first time this season. Last season Rumpel was 6-2-1 when playing in the second or third games of a weekend (including the Final Five).
What you need to know:
Who: Penn State (3-8-1, 0-1-0-0 Big Ten) at Wisconsin (5-5-1, 1-2-0-0 Big Ten)
What: Big Ten hockey conference game
Where: Bob Johnson Rink at Kohl Center (Madison, Wis.)
Rink Dimensions: 200x97
Game Time: 8:10 p.m CT
Television: Fox Sports Wisconsin alternate channel
Live Stats: Link
Radio: Badger Sports Network, WIBA 1310
Penn State Lines
Tommy Olcyzk (14, C) - Ricky DeRosa (21) - Zach Saar (17)
David Goodwin (9) - Taylor Holstrom (28) - Eric Sheid (19)
Max Gardiner (27) - David Glen (11, A) - Kenny Brooks (13)
Peter Sweetland (6) - Michael McDonagh (8) - Jonathan Milley (23)
Patrick Koudys (3) - David Thompson (22)
Luke Juha (4) - Mike Williamson (26)
Nate Jensen (24, A) - Connor Varley (2)
Matthew Skoff (31)
Eamon McAdam (34)
PJ Musico (1)
Joseph LaBate (16) - Mark Zengerle (9) - Tyler Barnes (7)
Morgan Zulinick (15) - Nic Kerdiles (17) - Michael Mersch (25)
Grant Besse (21) - Jefferson Dahl (14, A) - Sean Little (18)
Brad Navin (26) - Keegan Meuer (12) - Jedd Soleway (22)
Jake McCabe (19, A) - Frankie Simonelli (27, C)
Kevin Schulze (28) - Joe Faust (24)
Eddie Wittchow (20) - Chase Drake (5)
Joel Rumpel (33)
Landon Peterson (30)
Adam Miller (31)
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