Penn State Gets Embarrassed By Wisconsin, Losing 9-1

Written by on September 23, 2022

(14) Penn State took on (3) Wisconsin for the second time in as many days, this time falling to the Badgers by a score of 9-1. This brings the Nittany Lions record to 1-1-0.

There was no scoring in the first period with the shots favoring Wisconsin 13-8 as Josie Bothun for the Nittany Lions and Jane Gervais for the Badgers were perfect in their respective nets..

Kiara Zanon got Penn State on the board with her second goal in as many days that came on the power-play. But then it was all Wisconsin with a goal by Casey O’Brien to knot things up at 1. The Badgers didn’t stop there and followed up the O’Brien goal with Britta Curl lighting the lamp. A late third period goal scored by Wisconsin’s Lacey Eden made the score 3-1 heading into the third period.

“I like the fact that she took it from the sidewall and right to the net. Kiara’s an awesome player and awesome captain,” head coach Jeff Kampersal said.

Only 23 seconds into the third period the Badgers padded on to their lead with Sophie Shirley sniping one past Bothun. Penn State was handed a power play almost immediately after but didn’t convert. Wisconsin scored 4 goals in less than 3 minutes from Eden (2nd Goal of Game), Edwards, Simms and Compher which really put this game even more out of reach. Sophie Shirley (2nd Goal of Game) added another goal late for the Badgers to extend the lead to 8.

Penn State scored the first goal of this game but after that it was all Badgers scoring 9 consecutive goals.

Josie Bothun was pulled after allowing 5 goals on 32 shots. Yet, freshman Katie DeSa came in and gave up 3 goals on 5 shots which then led third string goalie Annie Spring to enter the game who also surrendered a goal. No Penn State goalie had over a .900 save percentage. If Bothun were to get hurt, it can get really ugly for the Nittany Lions.

“Josie has done a great job for us for 2-plus years and to pull her was to give her a break,” Kampersal said.

The next time the Nittany Lions take the ice is Friday when they travel to Canton, N.Y. to take on Minnesota Duluth. A return to Pegula Ice Arena will come on October 7th against Colgate.


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