Penn State Ices Michigan in B1G Quarters

The Nittany Lions' knock off the No. 12 Wolverines in double OT to advance to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

Penn State and No. 12 Michigan may not agree on much. But in separate overtime intermission interviews, an assistant coach from each school agreed that an ugly goal would decide their Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal bout.

They were right, as Nittany Lion Zach Saar blasted a wrist shot by Michigan goalie Zach Nagelvoort after battling traffic following a face-off to lift State to a 2-1 victory over Michigan in double overtime.

It marks the Lions' first post-season victory since becoming a Division I team in 2012, and earns them a date with tournament No. 2 seed Wisconsin in Friday's semi-final.

The Lions and Wolverines were locked at 1-1 after 60 minutes of play, thanks to regulation goals from Penn State forward Taylor Holstrom and Michigan winger Phil Di Giuseppe in the third. It forced an overtime period, and then another, that featured neither goaltender giving much to defend.

Matthew Skoff earned the victory in net for coach Guy Gadowsky's club, his eighth of the year thanks to 52 saves on 53 shots. Nagelvoort was, save for the double OT goal, up for the task at the other end, saving 63 of 64 Lion fires on net.

Saar's fifth marker of the season came off an offensive zone face-off in front of Nagelvoort. Penn State center Dylan Richard won the draw and pushed it left, where a waiting Saar maneuvered through traffic and flung it by Nagelvoort, who reacted far too late.

Friday's showdown with the Badgers will be televised by BTN. Puck-drop is slated for 3 p.m.


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