With a couple key players returning to the lineup, the Penn State men’s hockey team got back on track Friday night.
David Goodwin had a goal and three assists while Eamon McAdam stopped 22 shots as the Nittany Lions raced away from Wisconsin 5-2 at the Kohl Center.
With the victory, Penn State (8-4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) matched its victory total for all of last season and ended a five-game skid against the Badgers.
Casey Bailey, Dylan Richard, David Glen and James Robinson scored the other Nittany Lion goals, with Tim Davison and Morgan Zulnick hitting the net for Wisconsin (1-9-1, 0-1).
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Penn State dominated the shot count 40-24, including 29-14 over the first two periods. Joel Rumpel made 35 saves for the Badgers, who have been outscored 37-19 this season.
Glen and Richard both returned to action after missing the last few weeks with injuries, but the Nittany Lions played without leading scorer Taylor Holstrom.
Glen made an impact quickly, scoring 11:20 into the game on the power play, knocking in a rebound of a Casey Bailey attempt. Robinson made it 2-0 in the first, netting his first career goal.
Following a rare scoring chance for the Badgers late in the first, converted by Zulnick, Richard scored his goal with 3:03 left in the second.
Bailey added to the margin 2:31 into the third, firing in a wrist shot from the slot with assists from Goodwin and Glen. Following Davison’s goal for the Badgers, Goodwin netted an empty-netter with help from David Thompson in the final minute.
It delivered the Nittany Lions their first win in Madison since the final game of the 2012-13 season.
The teams meet again at 9 p.m. Saturday before Penn State takes three weeks off for final exams and the holidays.