UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Tessa Janecke scored two times and added a past due help to present No. 14 Penn State its first victory over a top-5 ranked workforce in program historical past, because the Nittany Lions defeated No. 2/3 Wisconsin, 4-1, Thursday night time inside of Pegula Ice Arena.
“Since last season, the players have worked incredibly hard on culture and what they want to accomplish this year,” mentioned head trainer Jeff Kampersal. (*14*)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Wisconsin struck first as Casey O’Brien put one in the again of the online on a shorthanded rush beating goaltender Josie Bothun after a collision with a teammate led to the puck to slide beneath her pad with 14:17 left in the primary length.
Penn State grabbed the equalizer on the 8:08 mark of the second one length as Janecke sniped a shot from the proper circle previous the blocker of Badger netminder Cami Kronish and within the a ways submit.
The Nittany Lions were not completed and secured the 2-1 lead slightly below 3 mins later as senior Eleri MacKay discovered Kiara Zanon at the close to submit with a again door feed on the 11:57 mark for the eventual game-winning purpose.
Janecke notched her 2d tally of the night time after intercepting a clearing try from the a ways part wall and ripped a wrister previous the blocker of Kronish all the way through the power-play at 6:32 of the 3rd length.
Julie Gough capped the scoring as she slotted house the empty netter on a breakaway after receiving a move from Kendall Butze at 19:24 of the 3rd.
GAME NOTES AND STATS
This is Penn State’s highest-ranked win in its 11-year historical past.
Penn State earned its first win as a program in opposition to Wisconsin making improvements to to 1-2-0. This is most effective the second one time a CHA workforce has defeated the Badgers (50-2-0).
This marks simply the second one common season non-conference loss for Wisconsin since 2009.
Five Nittany Lions scored their first issues in Blue and White this night; freshman Tessa Janecke scored a purpose in the second one length assisted via switch Courtney Correia and freshman Katelyn Roberts, adopted via switch Eleri MacKay and freshman Kendall Butze incomes assists on separate targets.
Zanon tallied her seventieth profession level (24G, 46A) in the second one length, whilst additionally incomes her 7th game-winning purpose, transferring right into a tie with Amy Petersen ’17 for fourth in program historical past.
Janecke posted 3 issues (2G, 1A) in her Penn State debut. She additionally led the workforce in blocked pictures with 5.
Penn State had 22 blocked pictures as a workforce to simply six for Wisconsin.
Q: Obviously so much went proper, however what stood out to you probably the most?
A: We did not give Wisconsin numerous time and house. Then if we did, we had massive blocked pictures. Those blocked pictures are massive momentum adjustments. The self belief is going loopy, and it energizes our gamers.
Q: What’s it like to begin the season off with a remark win over the No. 3 workforce in the rustic?
A: It’s superior. I’ve been training for numerous years, and this is likely one of the maximum particular wins, only for the quantity of labor and issues they put in to get right here. Obviously, Wisconsin’s an important program. We went there 3 or 4 years in the past to Madison, they usually took it to us. So, simply the growth that this system’s controlled to get to now’s particular.
Q: What was once the message on your workforce after being down 1-0 on the spoil?
A: I instructed them that I believed that the primary purpose was once unlucky, however I believed we performed in point of fact neatly. We had numerous in point of fact excellent alternatives. If we play the similar manner, confidently we get extra probabilities to attain. Historically, the second one length is not our absolute best length. But I believed regardless of taking consequences, I believed it was once a in point of fact excellent 2d length. Not most effective getting the 2 targets however keeping them off for the primary 5 mins. We had been weathering the hurricane and we did not cave.
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