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Feb. 25, 2013
MADISON, Wis. - Junior forward Taylor Holstrom (Yorba Linda, Calif.) scored the game-winning goal with 34 seconds left in overtime as the Penn State men's hockey team erased a 2-0 deficit in a 3-2 overtime victory against No. 16 Wisconsin in its season finale at the Kohl Center Monday night.
The Nittany Lions, who defeated a ranked opponent for the first time and improved to 3-2-0 against future Big Ten opponents, finished their inaugural NCAA Division I campaign at 13-14-0. Penn State, which also defeated Michigan State Jan. 26 in its only other appearance on BTN, improved to 10-2-0 when scoring a power-play goal.
Penn State found itself down 2-0 in the third period after goals from Mark Zengerle and Jason LaBate. The Nittany Lions then began to claw back beginning with Holstrom's marker. The forward tallied his first of the game at 6:48 of the period and, with 7:44 left in regulation, Casey Bailey (Anchorage, Alaska) tied the game with a power-play marker.
The stage was then set for Holstrom's heroics in the overtime frame. Bailey gloved a clearing attempt at the blue line and worked the puck toward the cage. After Max Gardiner's (Deephaven, Minn.) attempt was stopped, Holstrom fired the game-winner to the back of the cage.
Freshman netminder Matthew Skoff (McKees Rocks, Pa.) matched a career-high with 42 saves while Landon Peterson stopped 33 shots for the Badgers. Wisconsin outshot the Nittany Lions, 44-36, and went 0-for-4 on the power play. The Nittany Lions finished 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
With 3:20 left in the first period, Zengerle gave the Badgers a 1-0 advantage. After Kevin Schulze chipped the puck up to Zengerle, he and Nic Kerdiles entered the offensive zone on a 2-on-0. The pair quickly passed back and forth before Zengerle scored high.
In the third period, LaBate extended the Badger lead before Holstrom answered seven seconds later. With 13:19 left in regulation, LaBate took a pass from Michael Mersch and wristed a shot from the left circle that eluded Skoff.
The Nittany Lions wasted little time to respond as Holstrom halved the advantage moments later. Gardiner forced a turnover at the blue line and the puck found its way to Holstrom, who wristed a shot from the high slot past Peterson.
Bailey tied the game with a power-play marker at 12:16 of the third. With the faceoff to the right of Peterson, the Badger defenseman misplayed the puck off the draw and it ricocheted toward the net where Bailey knifed it through the five-hole.
In the overtime period, Holstrom, who also fired game-winners against Ohio State and Michigan State, tallied his third game-winning goal of the season at 4:26 of the frame.
The Nittany Lions, who will enter Big Ten play next season, will commence the 2013-14 season Friday, Oct. 11 when they open Pegula Ice Arena against Army.