But he will gladly accept his good fortune.
Goodwin scored 44 seconds into overtime, giving the No. 15 Penn State men’s hockey team a 4-3 victory over Wisconsin on Friday night at Pegula Ice Arena.
“I’m not sure David Goodwin had his very best game,” coach Guy Gadowsky said. “But he sure played extremely well when it counted the most.”
Tommy Olczyk, Dylan Richard and Andrew Sturtz also scored in the fifth-straight win for Penn State (14-4-3, 4-1 Big Ten) over the Badgers (4-9-6, 1-4-2-1), and Matthew Skoff made 22 saves.
Jake Linhart scored twice and Luke Kunin once for Wisconsin, and Matt Jurusik had a busy night turning aside 54 shots as the Nittany Lions outshot the Badgers 58-25.
The winner came suddenly.
On a break up the ice, Vince Pedrie fed a diagonal pass through the neutral zone to Goodwin, who broke in on Jurusik’s left and slipped the puck past the goalie.
“Vince Pedrie made a great little chip play to me to give me that little 2 on 1, 4 on 1 or whatever it was,” Goodwin said.
However, he was trying to bank a pass off the goalie to two teammates flying in on the opposite side on the 3 on 1 break.
“I’m not going to sit up here and say I was trying to go five-hole, ice-burner,” Goodwin admitted. “I was trying to shoot off the pad and it went in. I was trying to for a little pass to one of the guys crashing the net.”
Linhart started the scoring with a first-period power-play goal.
Olczyk tied it later in the second, taking a beauty of a stretch pass from Luke Juha while catching the Badgers on a line change, with the senior finding a spot just inside the far post for his seventh tally of the season.
Richard put the Nittany Lions ahead 12.6 seconds before the second intermission, swiping the puck on a cross-ice Badger pass in the neutral zone and sprinting the other way, again beating Jurusik inside the far post.
“I managed to look where the guy wanted to go and managed to get my stick on it,” Richard said. “We got a little 2 on 1, 2 on 2. I was kind of looking to go to (Eric) Scheid, but I saw that he was covered. I saw Tommy went (shot toward the) low blocker so I figured I might as well give it a shot too.”
The shorthanded goal, the team’s eighth of the season, completed a period in which the Lions outshot the Badgers 24-3.
“The fact that we gave up very few was a plus as well,” Gadowsky said. “I thought we were good on both sides of the puck.”
Wisconsin tied it 5:11 into the third when Cameron Hughes fed the puck from behind the net to Kunin in front.
With 6:47 left, Sturtz put Penn State back in the lead, easily tapping in a cross-crease feed from David Goodwin.
“Anyone could have scored that, really,” Sturtz said. “Put it right on my stick. Nothing too complicated about that one.”
Three minutes later the game was tied again. With the teams skating 4 on 4, Linhart fired the puck in the high slot that Skoff tried to snare out of the air. He only got a piece of it, and it trickled behind him and over the line.
“We felt good on the bench,” Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said of his team heading to overtime. “The energy was there. (But) we made a bad read, gave up an odd-man rush and the thing’s in the back of the net.”
That was Goodwin’s overtime dramatics, sending the “Roar Zone” student section into a frenzy.
“The ‘S’ zone, that was so cool,” Goodwin said of a student section in coordinated shirts like the end zone crowd at Beaver Stadium. “Way cooler than the football stadium.”
Notes: Eamon McAdam did not dress Friday, and freshman Chris Funkey was the backup goaltender. Gadowsky said McAdam was still “day to day” and his status for Saturday was unclear. … The teams meet again at 6 p.m. Saturday, with the game on ESPNU. … With a crowd of 6,119, in the 50th men’s game inside Pegula Ice Arena, the team posted its 47th sellout. … Penn State was 0 for 4 on the power play, and Wisconsin converted 1 of 4. … Erik Autio took a hard shot that sent him head-first into the boards late in the third, but he returned later and Gadowsky said he didn’t get a report on the sophomore from his training staff.