it took three periods, a 3-on-3 session and six rounds of a shootout but Penn State hockey picked up two points in the standings following a 3-3 tie on Friday night in Madison against Wisconsin.
Big Ten rules state that if a winner is not determined in overtime both teams will receive a point in the standings. At that point a shootout will occur to award a second point but the game will still be recorded as a tie. Big Ten regulation or overtime wins are worth three points in the standings.
Before all the of the rulebooks had the be taken out Wisconsin opened the scoring on a deflected shot just 6:15 into the game. From there it was Nikita Pavylchev once again working hard down low to corral a rebound and slot the puck home six minutes later to the tie the game.
Both teams would head to the locker room with double-digit shot totals, Peyton Jones stopping nine of 10 shots.
Liam Folkes added to the scoring early in the middle period just 1:16 in to give Penn State a 2-1 lead on an assist from Evan Barratt for his sixth tally of the year.
Wisconsin would add two more goals in the middle portion of the frame in just a four minute span before Barratt added a goal of his own with just over a minute to play to tie the game at 3-3 heading into the intermission.
Neither team would break the tie in the final 20 minutes despite wild play in both directions as Penn State managed 13 shots on goal while the Badgers fired nine of their own at Jones. Both teams would have their chances in the three-on-three session as well but both goalies stood tall, with both net minders making over 30 saves on the evening.
It was Alex Limoges though the found the extra point for Penn State in the sixth round of the shootout lifting his shot up and into the goal and sending both teams for the dressing rooms after a long and energy-filled game.
The teams take the ice again tomorrow night at 8 PM ET.