Dylan Holloway, Holiday Hero

Freshman scores game-winner with 64 seconds left

MADISON, Wis. — Freshman Dylan Holloway broke a 3-3 with 1:04 left in regulation to give the Wisconsin men’s hockey team a 4-3 victory over No. 9 Penn State in the Kohl Center on a Valentine’s Day Friday night.

The Badger scoring started by notching three goals in the first period and Wisconsin held a 3-1 lead heading into the second period.

Freshman defenseman Mike Vorlicky scored his first career goal, an unassisted tally to start out the home team scoring, before junior defenseman Joss Ess followed it up with another goal just 11 seconds later. After Penn State got within one, senior Max Zimmer scoring his fifth goal of the season, with helpers from Vorlicky and Ty Pelton-Byce, to make it 3-1 at the first break.

Penn State surged back in the second to tie up the game at three. There it would remain until the final minutes of the game.

Daniel Lebedeff held off the Nittany Lions in the third period, recording 35 saves on the night including 18 in the final frame.

 

Notes to know:

  • Josh Ess has nine career goals as a Badger, five of them have come against Penn State
  • Freshman Mike Vorlicky netted his first career goal tonight in the first period, and his first multi-point performance
  • Senior Max Zimmer has scored three goals in the last three games and has four total on the season

Straight from the Rink:
Head Coach Tony Granato
On the victory and Lebedeff…

“It was a goaltender victory tonight. We certainly needed him. To win games, especially in our conference, we have to have good goaltending and tonight he gave us an A performance, similar to the performance he gave us in the Duluth series. It’s going to be a big weekend for him. He had a really good week of practice he was really focused to be ready for it. The start of the weekend went really well for him and tomorrow we will need the same thing.”

On the student section and Kohl Center atmosphere…
“The student section was outstanding tonight. That was fun. They were loud. We got them into the game early, got the energy into the building and that was big.”

On the fast start…
“The first period was great. I thought that was the start that we were building off from last week and I think our whole team thought we played well despite the results. The practice week was good, the spirits were good, the energy was good, we had the players back and it was a pretty big boost from those guys and it was a really great start.”

Freshman Forward Dylan Holloway:
“I got off the bench, made a quick change, made a good play out of the zone. We had numbers going the other way, and then Byce made a really good play and cut through the middle, lots of space for himself. Me and K’Andre Miller were both calling for it, but I was lucky to get the pass, so then it just started happening.”

“It was really special. I thought the whole team played really [well] tonight. We have another big game tomorrow, so I think we can’t get too high right now, but definitely we’ll enjoy it.”

Sophomore goalie Daniel Lebedeff:
“It felt pretty good. It was pretty awesome. Penn State is a really good team, it’s kind of a confidence boost for out team. Just have to prove that we can really beat anybody in the Big 10. I think we can just enjoy this one for tonight and focus for tomorrow’s game.”

Freshman Defenseman Mike Vorlicky:
“It was a big deal. Good way to start the game. I haven’t scored in about a year and a half, so I didn’t really know what to do there. Definitely a special moment…It was probably like last December or January.”

Up Next: Wisconsin will host Penn State in game two of the weekend series tomorrow at the Kohl Center. Puck drop is 7 p.m. with a broadcast on FOX Sports Wisconsin and a radio call on 1310 WIBA.