Michigan seemed to have things in control against Penn State tonight when Alex Guptill gave the Wolverines a 4-3 lead with just 2:02 to play. But the pesky Nittany Lions would not be denied, forcing a turnover in the Michigan zone, and getting a game-tying goal from Casey Bailey with just 4.6 seconds remaining in regulation.
In overtime, a Michigan defender overskated a puck in the neutral zone, and Penn State was ready to capitalize on the mistake again. David Goodwin picked up the puck creating a 2-on-1, and chose to keep the puck himself, firing a shot over the right shoulder of Michigan goalie Zach Nagelvoort to win the game.
Not being able to put Penn State was the theme of the night for Michigan. The Wolverines jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first period, and held it for much of the second period, despite a shot advantage for Penn State. But Bailey brought the Nittany Lions within one goal with just 35 seconds left in the second period. That momentum led Penn State to tie the game early in the third period on a goal by Dylan Richard.
The win makes it two straight for Penn State against Michigan this season, which are also Penn State's only two wins in Big Ten play. More importantly, the loss drops Michigan to the very edge of the NCAA tournament bubble, pending tonight's other results, and leaving them with some serious questions to answer, especially on the defensive end.