Penn State athletics leads the race for 2016-17 Big Ten titles

Penn State athletics leads the race for 2016-17 Big Ten titles

Penn State becomes the fourth different victor in the four years of the tournament, but the first to win three games in three days to capture the crown.

"I don't know how I got that open", Folkes said.

While Happy Valley certainly loves its football, the Penn State faithful have enjoyed dominance over Big Ten rivals in the 2016-17 academic year - more than any other Big Ten school.

The Badgers (20-15-1) fell to the Penn State Nittany Lions (24-11-2) in the Big Ten Championship game in a double-overtime thriller for the ages. "They have a great culture, they're very hard working and obviously now they have some high-end talent to go along with that".

Penn State had a practice schedule in place for either scenario, Gadowsky said, but he was thrilled that the Lions will have an extra day to recover.

It was the second straight night Penn State played a double-overtime game.

"Honestly, I don't know how they did what they did", coach Guy Gadowsky said of his team.

Scoring both goals Saturday night was freshman Liam Folkes, who recorded the game-winner on a breakaway.

Matt Ustaski's goal for the Badgers (20-15-1) with 8:15 left in regulation forced the extended session.

Penn State was fortunate it was the only goal allowed in the third.

"The guys were just in survival mode", Gadowsky said of the period. Goodwin figures he's watched replays just of the team on the bench watching Folkes score the victor about 30 times. But Berry and another Badger defender had the puck trapped between their legs right on the line, and it never crossed the goalline. "Very emotionally and physically draining, but I think everyone's super excited for Saturday and I think we feel really good with our matchup". "Of course we're exhausted to play 13 periods, but we knew if we just play our game, got the puck deep, good things would happen". The Nittany Lions will take on No. 2 seed Union with the victor advancing to meet No. 1 seed Denver or No. 4 seed Michigan Tech. The Buckeyes have reached the Frozen Four once, doing so in 1998.

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