Liam Folkes’ second goal of the game, at 6 minutes, 43 seconds of the second overtime, gave Penn State a 2-1 victory over Wisconsin in the he championship game of the Big Ten hockey tournament Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit before an announced crowd of 5,601.
Folkes put the Nittany Lions a 1-0 lead at 15:37 of the opening period and Peyton Jones made 51 saves for PSU. The Badgers (20-15-1), who needed a win to get into the NCAA tournament, tied the score on Matt Ustaski’s goal at 11:45 of the third period.
Penn State (24-11-2), by getting to the title game, already had at least an at-large NCAA bid assured. But its win did assure a third conference team, Ohio State, got the final at-large NCAA bid.
The NCAA men’s hockey selection show will be at 11 a.m. Sunday on ESPNU.
Michigan Tech 3, Bowling Green 2 (2 OTs): Shane Hanna’s eighth goal of the season set off a celebration in Houghton, Mich., before a sellout crowd of 4,466. He scored at 6:35 of the second overtime to give the Huskies (23-14-7) the WCHA tournament title and an NCAA tournament berth that goes with it. Joel L’Esperance and Jake Jackson scored goals in the second period to give Michigan Tech a 2-0 lead, but the Falcons (21-18-2) tied it when Joe McKeown and Matt Pohlkamp scored 24 seconds apart early in the third period. Angus Redmond had 36 saves for the Huskies, Chris Nell 27 stops for Bowling Green.
Harvard 4, Cornell 1: Ryan Donato scored two goals and Merrick Madsen stopped 25 shots as the Crimson won the ECAC tournament. Luke Esposito’s goal at 16:08 gave Harvard a 2-0 lead. Both teams will be in the NCAA tournament, Harvard (26-5-2) with an automatic bid and one of the four No. 1 seeds, the Big Red (21-8-5) with an at-large bid.
UMass-Lowell 4, Boston College 3: C.J. Smith had a goal and two assists to lead the RiverHawks (26-10-3) past the Eagles (21-15-4) in the Hockey East title game in Boston.
Air Force 2, Robert Morris 1: Jordan Himley’s goal with 31 seconds left in the second period broke a tie as the Falcons (26-9-5) edged the Colonials (22-12-45) in the Atlantic Hockey title game in Rochester, N.Y.