Penn State upsets Michigan with goal in overtime
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Freshman forward Zach Saar’s goal in double overtime sent the sixth-seeded Nittany Lion men’s hockey team to the Big Ten semifinals in a 2-1 win over third-seeded and 12th-ranked Michigan Thursday afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center.
The victory advances Penn State (8-25-2) to the semifinals against second-seeded Wisconsin today at 3 p.m. Michigan fell to 18-13-4.
After 92 minutes and 47 seconds of hockey, Saar turned a Dylan Richard faceoff win into a historic goal, rifling Penn State’s 65th shot of the game past Zach Nagelvoort for PSU’s third win over Michigan in five tries.
For Saar it was his fifth goal of the season and couldn’t have come at a better time, ending the longest game in Penn State men’s hockey history.
Saar’s game-winning goal became possible thanks to a great goaltending performance by Matthew Skoff (who saved a career-high 52 shots.