Tarek Baker (Photo by David Stluka)

The number-15 Wisconsin men’s hockey team got the new year off to a slow start, falling 5-1 to number-14 Penn State on Friday night at Pegula Ice Arena.

The Badgers (10-10-2, 4-6-1-0 Big Ten) allowed a power-play and short-handed goal in the loss.  Penn State (12-7-2, 5-4-2 Big Ten) outshot the Badgers 32-26.

The Nittany Lions took a 2-0 lead by the 9:00 mark of the first period, scoring one of its goals on the man advantage 1:36 into the game.

Penn State, leading 2-0 after one period, scored 11 seconds into the second period and added a fourth goal before Wisconsin made a change in goal.  Kyle Hayton came on in relief of sophomore Jack Berry.

Hayton made 17 saves the rest of the way and didn’t allow a goal.  Penn State would get its fifth goal into an empty net.

Freshman forward Tarek Baker scored the Badgers’ only tally at the 11:54 mark of the final period.

The two teams close out the series at 6 p.m. (CT) on Saturday night.

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