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Wisconsin men's hockey loses Big Ten opener to Penn State

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MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin men's hockey team dropped its Big Ten opener Friday, as the Badgers lost to Penn State, 5-2, at the Kohl Center.

“We're disappointed as a coaching staff because last week Saturday night we played pretty well and we had high expectations coming into this game tonight,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said.

“We let a team come in and dictate. They won races and battles and took time and space away. All of the things that we wanted to do, they did.”

The Nittany Lions controlled the game from the start, recording nine shots before UW even put its first puck on net 10 minutes into the game. Penn State finished with a 40-24 shot advantage.

The Badgers fell behind on the scoreboard at the 11:20 mark of the first, as David Glen scored his third goal of the season.

Standing in the left face off circle of Wisconsin's zone on the power play, Glen, a lefty shot, received a pass from the far side of the ice. The Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, native allowed the puck travel across his body before one-timing a snap shot past UW goaltender Joel Rumpel top left.

PSU added to its early lead minutes later after a Badgers miscue.

Jack Dougherty was unable to coral a puck along the right boards near the Nittany Lions' blue line, sending James Robinson on a breakaway. The Penn State left winger beat Rumpel with a shot over his right shoulder.

Despite finishing the first 20 minutes with only six shots, the Badgers made the most of an opportunity late in the period.

Morgan Zulinick gave UW life, tipping in a waist-high Keegan Ford shot from the left point. The goal marked Zulinick's second of the season and Ford's second-career point. Cameron Hughes also picked up a helper on the play—his fourth of the year.

“I really like the way that Cameron Hughes played tonight,” Eaves said. “He was playing with great energy. He was making things happen. He was one of the guys that had what they had in terms of the jump, the focus, the energy and the winning the battles.”

Penn State would respond with a goal in the second on a close-range shot, as Rumpel laid on his belly in the crease after getting his stick hit. The play was reviewed, but ruled a goal.

Casey Bailey tallied for the Nittany Lions during a power play 2:31 into the final frame, which resulted from a five-minute checking from behind major and game misconduct called on Hughes.

PSU went 2-for-5 with the man advantage, improving its success rate to 25.4 percent.

Wisconsin fought back to get within two thanks to a snipe by Tim Davison. The shot beat Penn State goaltender Eamon McAdam top right. It was Davison's second goal of 2014-15 and extended his point streak to three games.

The Badgers emptied their net with over three minutes left in the contest, adding an extra attacker to the ice.

UW had a few chances, but were stymied with an empty netter by David Goodwin with 41 seconds remaining.

The loss ended a two-game unbeaten streak for the Badgers.

Rumpel finished with 35 saves—his second-highest total of the season. McAdam made 22 stops in the game.

“Penn State's a good team,” Rumpel said. “They got lots of pucks to the net. My d-men did well in front of me, blocked a lot of shots. I obviously have to be better out there, whether it's better second save opportunity or better rebound control or finding pucks through screens. It's unacceptable letting four goals in any night, so I need to be better.”

The series finale is set for 8 p.m. Saturday. The game will be televised on GetTV in Madison, which is channel 194 for Charter customers and is available over the air on 47-2.

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