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Badgers dropped by Penn State
Ceulemans nets Badgers lone tally
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A four goal-deficit proved fatal for the Badgers in their 4-1 defeat to Penn State on Friday at Pegula Ice Arena.

Penn State (13-12-0, 4-11-0 1-1-0) scored twice in the first period for a healthy 2-0 lead over the Badgers (8-13-3, 5-9-1 1-1-0).

Things were even until the Badgers went down two men and were forced to play one minute, 44 seconds of five-on-three penalty kill. Ryan Kirwan scored from the right side of UW goaltender Jared Moe point on the power play at 9:18, finishing off passes from Kevin Wall and Danny Dzhaniyev as they worked the puck around the perimeter of the Badgers’ zone.

Connor McMenamin netted Penn State’s second goal of the game at 15:31 in the first. Christian Sarlo found a wide-open McMenamin with a blind backhand pass across the UW defensive zone after retrieving a rebound along the boards, the result of a Nittany Lions’ offensive zone face off win.

Penn State added two more goals in the second period by the same two players for a 4-0 lead heading into the third period.
McMenamin notched his second goal of the game on a two-on-one rush at 9:08 of the second period Christian Berger got the puck from Chase McLane in their defensive zone and sent a stretch pass up to McMenamin. He took a few strides into the Badgers’ zone and picked the top corner to add to Penn State’s growing lead.

Kirwan scored his second goal of the game in the final minutes of the second period when he got his stick on a loose puck during a scramble in front of the Badgers’ net. Wall and Ben Copeland assisted on the play.

Wisconsin to their credit kept Penn State scoreless throughout the third period and avoided a shutout when Corson Ceulemans buried the puck on the power play at 5:13 in the final period. A pair of offset penalties led to a short stint of four-on-four hockey before the Badgers got the man advantage. Mathieu De St. Phalle took control of the puck off the face off and passed to Tarek Baker on the far side as he circled high in the zone. Baker found Ceulemans, whose penalty had just expired, as the rear guard entered the offensive zone. Ceulemans fired a shot through traffic to put the Badgers on the board.

The Badgers were unable to mend the deficit, falling 4-1 to Penn State.
Jared Moe made 26 saves in net and Cameron Rowe made 17 in a relief effort. Wisconsin put up 41 shots.

Notes to know:
• Cameron Rowe entered the game after Penn State’s third goal at 9:08 in the second period
• Corson Ceulemans (2G, 3A) and Tarek Baker (1G, 4A) each has five points against Penn State this season
Next Up: The Badgers face Penn State again on Saturday at 5 p.m. CT. Catch the stream on Bigtenplus.com