Jan. 22, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team lost in overtime to No. 14 Penn State, 3-2, Friday in game one of a six-game homestand in Value City Arena. The OT loss is the third for the Buckeyes this season and the squad has had five of its seven Big Ten Conference games go to the extra period this year.
Ohio State (6-13-2, 1-4-2-1 B1G) and Penn State (16-4-3, 6-1-0-0 B1G) will close the weekend series at 7 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.
The teams scored less than a minute apart in the first period, trading goals during a Buckeye power play. At 10:36 the Nittany Lions’ Andrew Sturtz converted a 3-on-1 shorthanded chance to open the scoring. At 11:31, Buckeye junior defenseman Josh Healey put in the rebound of a shot by senior Craig Dalrymple, with junior David Gust picking up the second assist on the power play goal. Ohio State was outshot, 15-10, in the period.
Neither team was able to break the tie until an Ohio State tally late in the second period. Junior defenseman Drew Brevig carried the puck in the Penn State zone for an extended time before finding junior Nick Schilkey at the point. His shot got through traffic for his team-best 11th goal of the season, putting the Buckeyes ahead 2-1 at 18:37. Sophomore Matthew Weis had the second assist on the tally. Ohio State carried play in the period and outshot Penn State, 17-9.
In the third, Penn State tied the game at 15:43 when Kevin Kerr backhanded in a rebound from the high slot. Each team was scoreless on two power play chances in the period and the teams combined for 25 shots, with PSU ahead, 13-12.
The Nittany Lions’ Alec Marsh scored the gamewinner at 2:32 on Penn State’s third shot on goal of overtime. Ohio State had one shot in the extra period.
In the game, each team had 40 shots on goal. Junior Christian Frey made 37 saves in the Buckeye net while playing 62:32. Matthew Skoff had 38 saves in 62:25 for the Nittany Lions. Ohio State blocked 18 shots, led by Brevig and freshman defenseman Sasha Larocque with four each. Brevig is second nationally with 3.10 blocked shots per game.
Ohio State was 1-for-5 on the power play in the game and has a power play goal in each of the last four and eight of the last nine games. The team is 20-for-90 (.222) on the year. The penalty kill was 3-for-3 vs. Penn State.
• Gust extended his point streak to 10 with his assist. He has four goals and six assists for 10 points in the stretch.
• Schilkey is on a four-game point streak (2g, 2a, 4p).
• Schilkey and Gust lead the team with 21 points each.
• Healey has a point in each of the last four (1g, 3a, 4p) and nine of the last 10 games.
• Ohio State is 0-3-2 in overtime this season.
• The loss was the Buckeyes’ seventh one-goal game this season. On the year, 17 of the team’s 21 games have been decided by two or fewer goals. The team is 1-6 in one-goal games on the year.