In the first overtime period both teams had legitimate shots to put the game away as Wisconsin rang the crossbar with the man-advantage and senior David Goodwin had a rebound chance on the left side of the cage, but Badger defenseman JD Greenway slid in and stopped the puck with his skate preventing it to cross the goal line as the score remained 1-1.
"I was anxious about whether these freshmen would handle the big stage, even though they've been on one, but it's still the NCAA Tournament, and the difference now is it's one-and-done time", Izzo said.
"We took a great jump", sophomore captain Luke Kunin said.
"It's always cool playing against a freshman, someone who's in your shoes in your same position", Jones said.
Backed by the tournament's most outstanding player, fellow freshman goaltender Peyton Jones, the Nittany Lions emerged with their first-ever championship in the conference tournament.
"I don't know how I got that open", Folkes said.
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How to listen: You can listen to the game on AM 950, WWJ beginning at 12:10 p.m. or on Sirius XM Channel 134, Sirius Internet 961. At the under four media timeout, Kansas began to create some space from MSU thanks to a 13-2 run to push their lead out to 36-27.
After all, nobody in the room was still quite sure 12 hours after the victory how this team worked through a grueling physical stretch during the tournament and then into and through the conference championship game. "I just do that move in practice all the time, and it worked out here".
Gadowsky also has been watching replays.
The Dutchmen (25-9-3) are coming off a 4-1 loss to Cornell in the ECAC Hockey Tournament semifinals on Friday in Lake Placid.
Despite Penn State's short varsity history, this will not be the first meeting with Union. The Frozen Four will be at Chicago's United Center on April 6 and 8. They tangled twice in 2013 and again in 2014, with Union winning all four contests.
The Nittany Lions would just out to an early 1-0 lead in the first period and would make that lead last all the way until the third period. Both are among the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the nation's top player. "I think every inch of ice was battled for and it was two teams that understood what was available to them". PSU would hold that lead for most of the game until the Badgers started to apply pressure in the third. "You look at the iconic college programs that we had to go through to get here - Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin - that's unbelievable".