Sunday night The Pegula Ice Arena was brought to panadonium. As Junior Forward Liam Folkes scores a goal in overtime to put the Nittany Lions through to the semifinals of the Big Ten Conference Playoffs.
The victim to Folkes’ overtime goal the Wisconsin Badgers. A team that has suffered a similar fate in the past. When two years ago Liam Folkes found himself in all alone in double overtime of the Big Ten Championship game.
For his part the over time specialist did what he does best finish. The Junior forward hit another milestone this weekend playing in his 100th game on Friday in a loss to the Badgers.
That loss would put the Lions on their heels for the rest of the weekend. Forcing Penn State to win both remaining games. Saturday they did so in true Penn State Hockey fashion. Blowing Wisconsin off the ice in front of a packed Pegula.
Then Sunday. Winner take all. To quote Liam Folkes “I just like the playoffs,” to prove it he netted Penn State opening goal and of course the game winner.
Head Coach Guy Gadowsky very candidly described what he saw from the bench, “Actually, I didn’t even see it go in the net, I saw the pass and I saw Folkesy sprint to the glass and that’s all I saw.”
Anyone who has ever heard Guy Gadowsky talk about hockey knows that he loved that play. The puck was low below the goal line where Penn State was forcing Wisconsin to defend. When Alex Limoges wins a puck battle along the boards and then his team capitalized.
You can only imagine how wide Gadwosky’s crooked grin was for hours after the game. As was the smile of every Penn State fan, thanks to the Overtime Specialist, Liam Folkes.