The Penn State men’s ice hockey team recovered from a poor showing the night before and battled to the end before falling 4-3 to No. 17 Wisconsin on Saturday night at the Kohl Center.
Nic Kerdiles scored from the slot with 8:08 left for the game-winner to sweep the weekend’s two-game series.
Penn State (3-8-1) suffered its sixth straight loss and will have a few weeks to think about the weekend. The team does not play again until visiting Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center for the Three Rivers Classic, facing Robert Morris, on Dec. 27.
Neither team held a lead larger than one goal.
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Eric Sheid had given the Nittany Lions an early lead with his score 6:39 into the game, but the Badgers quickly answered on Sean Little’s goal.
Michael Mersch and Joe Faust also found the net for Wisconsin (6-5-1).
Zach Saar and Ricky DeRosa assisted on each others’ goals, with Luke Juha, Mike Williamson, Patrick Koudys and Tommy Olczyk also picking up assists. Saar’s goal at 7:41 of the third had knotted the game at 3-3.
Matthew Skoff bounced back from a rough night Friday to make 27 saves in the loss, matching the save total for counterpart Joe Rumpel. Wisconsin held a mere 31-30 shot advantage one night after putting up a 43-28 shot advantage in a 7-1 thumping.