Penn State ends first season with a bang

Penn State’s first season as a Division I college hockey team is over, but it ended with an eyebrow-raising win.

The Nittany Lions beat the University of Wisconsin 3-2 in overtime in the Kohl Center on Monday night. The game story is here.

The victory should help Penn State in its recruiting efforts this offseason, as will the statistic that Penn State went 3-2 this season against future Big Ten rivals. The Nittany Lions split with the Badgers and Michigan State and beat Ohio State.

The team is mostly made up of freshmen, and this should be a solid place for them to start. There was a lot of speculation on how long it will take the Nittany Lions to become competitive after they lost to an Arizona State club team earlier this season. But maybe they are closer than we think.

On Wisconsin’s end, this is a loss that has a lot of fans upset. It will probably result in the Badgers missing the NCAA tournament for the third year in a row and the fifth time in the last seven years (and one of the years they made it, they finished under .500).

Bucky’s Fifth Quarter did a very interesting, in-depth piece on the Wisconsin program here.

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