Penn State freshman, Liam Folkes, scored both goals to hand the Nittany Lions their first ever Big Ten title with a 2-1 victory. The win was the team's second consecutive double overtime victory in tournament play, this time providing a win over No. 2 Wisconsin. Previously, the Lions upended No. 1 Minnesota in double overtime in their semifinal clash. Despite the grueling schedule for PSU, the Lions showed incredible resilience and determination in clinching the conference championship.
The win over Wisconsin not only gave the Lions a 24-11-2 record on the season and Big Ten title, but also an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Amazingly, the Lions were outshot 52-35 by the Badgers, but goalie Peyton Jones made an incredible 51 saves. The victory gave PSU a 4-1 record against Wisconsin on the year. The Lions become the fourth different Big Ten tournament winner in the first four years of the event and the first team to win three consecutive tournament games in three days to win the conference title.
Next up the Nittany Lions head to the program's first NCAA Tournament which kicks off March 24 with regional brackets in Providence, Rhode Island (East), Fargo, North Dakota (West), Manchester, New Hampshire (Northeast) and Cincinnati, Ohio (Midwest).