Penn State came close to clinching its third straight Big Ten championship on Sunday but Northwestern stood in the Nittany Lions’ way.
Mike Roberge lifted the No. 20 Wildcats (8-3-5, 3-1-3 Big Ten) to a 2-1 win with a goal in a second overtime period at Lakeside Field. Roberge beat a double team on the edge of the box and sent a feed from Elo Ozumba past Nittany Lion goalie Andrew Wolverton from eight yards out.
Mikey Minutillo scored Penn State’s lone goal unassisted in the first period. Minutillo finished off a rebound off a penalty shot. Eric Weberman scored for Northwestern in the first period.
No. 18 Penn State (11-4-1, 5-3) got six saves from Wolverton while Minutillo led the Nittany Lions with four shots on goal. Connor Maloney fired off three shots for Penn State.
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Penn State will play Akron at Jeffrey Field on Wednesday at 7 p.m.