Jan. 20, 2017
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – With 56 saves from senior goalie Christian Frey and two goals from sophomore Mason Jobst, the No. 11-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team tied No. 1/2-ranked Penn State, 3-3, Friday in Pegula Ice Arena. The Buckeyes, who rallied to tie the game three times, won the shootout, 2-1 in seven rounds, to clinch the extra point in the Big Ten standings.
The Buckeyes, who are now 11-4-5 (2-2-1-1 B1G) on the year, and Nittany Lions, who move to 16-2-2 (5-1-1-0 B1G), will close the weekend series at 7 p.m. Saturday in University Park. It is the final regular season matchup between the teams, who split two games in Columbus two weeks ago.
Ohio State 3 Penn State 3 OT
Penn State outshot the Buckeyes 24-3 in the first period and carried a 1-0 lead into the first intermission, scoring on a delayed penalty. The Buckeyes’ Josh Healey tied the game at 12:21 of the second, but Penn State went ahead with 1:34 left in the stanza. In the third, Mason Jobst tied the game twice. His first goal came at 6:54, tying the score at two. Penn State regained the lead for a third time at 12:41 but just 1:18 later Jobst converted on the power play for a 3-3 game. Neither team could score in overtime, with Buckeye goalie Christian Frey making five of his 56 saves in the extra stanza.
The teams went to a shootout for the extra league point. The Nittany Lions shot first and notched the first goal in the fifth round, but Dakota Joshua answered for the Buckeyes. After another unsuccessful round for both teams, Frey made a save to open round seven and Buckeye freshman Sam McCormick converted his chance for the shootout victory.
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Quoting Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik
On the game
“I tell our team, you have to respect your opponent but you don’t fear your opponent. It looked that way for a period, but we battled back. To get the extra point was big for our team.”
On senior goalie Christian Frey
“He was the best player in the building tonight. We understand Penn State is going to get a lot of shots. That doesn’t concern me; what concerns me is quality shots, and they had a lot of quality shots. Christian stepped up and gave us a chance to be in the ballgame at times and made some really big saves for us.”
Quoting sophomore forward Mason Jobst
“Tonight was a gutsy team win. After a slow start and bad first period we came out a played a good 40 minutes of hockey. The job is only half done – we need to put together a better 60 tomorrow.”
In the First …
Penn State controlled play in the first period and took a 1-0 lead into intermission. The Nittany Lions opened the scoring at 7:48, as James Robinson scored on a delayed penalty. Ohio State was outshot, 24-3, in the period. The Buckeyes had one power play chance and held Penn state scoreless on two opportunities, including a chance just 50 seconds into the game.
In the Second …
Penn State carried a 2-1 lead into the second intermission. At 12:21 Buckeye senior defenseman Josh Healey tied the game, taking a drop pass from classmate David Gust on the rush and scoring far side. Sophomore Dakota Joshua also assisted on the goal, Joshua’s third of the year. With time winding down, Penn State’s Vince Pedrie scored from right out in front to put the Nittany Lions on top.
Each team had 12 shots in the period and the Buckeyes had the only power play.
In the Third …
Mason Jobst scored twice in the third. At 6:53 he deadlocked the score at two, scoring on his own rebound of a wraparound chance. Sophomore Miguel Fidler and junior Matthew Weis assisted on the goal. Penn State took a 3-2 lead on a goal from Alex Marsh from the post at 12:41. Jobst’s second goal came 23 seconds into a Buckeye power play, scoring from the faceoff circle at 13:59, assisted by Dakota Joshua and David Gust.
Shots were 18-10 in favor of Penn State in the period and the Buckeyes had the only two power play chances, scoring once.
In Overtime …
In overtime, Ohio State took a penalty at 2:03, putting Penn State on the power play for the third time in the game and first time since the first period. The Buckeyes allowed just one shot. In the five minute period, Penn State had five shots on net, with the Buckeyes putting two late shots on goal.
In the Shootout …
Penn State shot first in the three-round shootout. The goalies came up big through the first four rounds and did not allow a goal. In round five, Brandon Biro scored for Penn State, which was answered by the Buckeyes’ Dakota Joshua to extend the shootout. Neither team scored in round six. In round seven, Christian Frey stopped David Goodwin before freshman Sam McCormick tallied for the Buckeyes for the shootout win.
Blocking the Puck
Penn State, which leads the NCAA in shots per game (47.78), outshot the Buckeyes, 59-27.
Christian Frey had 56 saves for the Buckeyes in 64:52. It was the second-most saves for the senior in a game, behind only the 60 saves he had at Miami Oct. 28, 2014. It was his second 50+ save game vs. Penn State and his fourth game with 46 or more saves against the Nittany Lions.
As a team, the Buckeyes blocked 26 Nittany Lion shot attempts, led by senior Drew Brevig with a career-high tying eight.
The Buckeyes were 1-for-4 on the power play in the game. On the year, the Buckeyes are 23-for-90 (.256) this season, ranking in the Top 3 nationally.
The Buckeye penalty kill was 3-for-3 vs. the Nittany Lions.
Buckeye This and That
Mason Jobst has 14 points in his last seven games combined, with six goals and eight assists. He is first on the team with 26 points, including nine goals. It was his second two-goal game this season and of his career. He is tied for third in the Big Ten with nine points (4g, 5a) in conference games, ranking second with 1.8 points per game.
The Buckeyes are 0-0-6 in overtime games this season.
Dakota Joshua had his fifth career two-assist game, and third this season. He has 14 assists on the year.
David Gust had a two-assist night, the seventh of his career and his second in the last three games. He has a 12-10-22 line this season.
The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions entered the game as the top two scoring offenses in the country, averaging 4+ goals per game.