Connor McMenamin scored and added four assists as Penn State chased University of Wisconsin goaltender Cameron Rowe with three first-period goals in a 5-4 victory on Friday at Pegula Ice Arena. The Badgers pulled within one goal twice in the third period but couldn't get a tying score.
No. 3: Dylan Holloway scored and added two assists.
No. 2: Aarne Talvitie scored two of the first-period goals.
No. 1: McMenamin's empty-net goal ended up as the winner.
The Badgers host Michigan State on Friday and Saturday.
The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team spent Friday afternoon three games over .500 for the first time since December 2017 after defeating Penn State a night earlier. The Badgers will try to extend their winning streak to four games on Friday when they close a series against the Nittany Lions at Pegula Ice Arena (5 p.m., no TV, BTNPlus.com, 1310 AM).
No. 12 UW hasn't been four games over .500 since moving to 6-2 after a 4-2 victory against St. Lawrence on Oct. 27, 2017.
Right wing Sam Stange joined defenseman Tyler Inamoto on the injured list, with Mathieu de St. Phalle set to take the former's spot on the third line a day after scoring his first goal with the Badgers.
Cameron Rowe will make his fourth straight start for UW.
Badgers (9-6, 7-3-0-1 Big Ten)
Linus Weissbach - Ty Pelton-Byce - Cole Caufield
Roman Ahcan - Dylan Holloway - Brock Caufield
Dominick Mersch - Tarek Baker - Mathieu de St. Phalle
Jack Gorniak - Owen Lindmark - Jason Dhooghe / Ryder Donovan
Jesper Peltonen - Anthony Kehrer
Luke LaMaster - Ty Emberson
Josh Ess - Mike Vorlicky
Scratches: F Sam Stange (injury), D Tyler Inamoto (injury), TBD after warmups
Nittany Lions (7-8, 4-8-1-0 Big Ten)
Connor McMenamin - Aarne Talvitie - Kevin Wall
Alex Limoges - Tim Doherty - Christian Sarlo
Xander Lamppa - Conor MacEachern - Sam Sternschein
Tyler Gratton - Bobby Hampton - Adam Pilewicz
Clayton Phillips - Paul DeNaples
Mason Snell - Christian Berger
Evan Bell - Jimmy Dowd Jr.
Fave 5: Sports reporter Todd D. Milewski picks his most memorable stories of 2020
This group of stories looks back on a Miracle, gets the details on the details of a jersey design and provides a window into an epic journey.
OK, this one was written in 2019 but it appeared in the paper in 2020, so I'm including it. A lot of memories in a few days in Pasadena.
The 40th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice was in February, and we got treated to Mark Johnson telling some of the stories that never get old.
Former Badgers player Claudia Kepler of Verona had a whirlwind journey end with a championship and some great yarns.
The designers of Forward Madison FC's drip kit were meticulous in going through the processes they used.