January 8, 2017

Rally Falls Short for No. 11 Buckeyes vs. No. 2 Penn State

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Jan. 8, 2017

Box Score | Coach Rohlik and Nick Schilkey Postgame

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 11-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team lost game two of its Big Ten Conference series to No. 2-ranked Penn State, 4-2, Saturday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes made it a one-goal game midway through the third period on two Nick Schilkey power play goals, but were unable to get the equalizer. Senior goalie Christian Frey had 39 saves in the game and ended the weekend with 85 stops, allowing just three goals.

Ohio State is now 10-4-4 on the year and 2-2-0-0 in Big Ten play. Penn State improves to 14-2-1 and 3-1-0-0 in league action. The Buckeyes close their nonconference schedule and five-game homestand next weekend with two games vs. Arizona State. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.

Penn State 4, Ohio State 2
Penn State led 3-0 before the Buckeyes made it a one-goal game. The teams were scoreless through the first period and Penn State took a 1-0 with the only goal of the second. The Nittany Lions scored at 3:10 and shorthanded at 7:57 of the third to go ahead by three before Buckeye senior Nick Schilkey scored two power play goals in a 43-second span, at 9:42 and 10:25, to draw the Buckeyes within one. The Buckeyes had chances late but could not even the score. Shots were 43-26 in favor of Penn State.

Quoting Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik
“It’s tough to win in this league, it’s tough to win in college hockey. I give our guys credit for battling all night. We just came up a little short tonight.”

In the First …
There was no scoring in the first period. Penn State put 12 shots on the Buckeye net, with Ohio State getting five on goal, including two on a late power play (the only power play of the period). It was just the second time this season Ohio State did not score in the opening period.

In the Second …
The only goal came at 4:16, when Brandon Biro put in the rebound of a shot by David Goodwin. The Buckeye penalty kill was 2-for-2 in the period, including stopping a full five-minute major power play that started at 9:43. Ohio State had three power play chances in the stanza, including two 5-on-3 opportunities, but could not convert.

Shots were 20-13 in favor of the Nittany Lions in the period.

In the Third …
At 3:10 Penn State’s Erik Autio scored unassisted on a 2-on-1 and Ricky DeRosa tallied shorthanded at 7:57.

Less than two minutes later the Buckeyes got on the board (9:42). With a 5-on-3 advantage, senior Nick Schilkey scored on a one-timer off an assist from sophomore Mason Jobst from the top of the right faceoff circle. The power play advantage continued and Schilkey scored again. Sophomore Miguel Fidler found Schilkey in the slot and he pushed the puck inside the post. Jobst also assisted on the goal, Schilkey’s 15th of the year.

Ohio State pulled its goalie with 1:39 remaining, but a penalty right off the faceoff put Penn State on the power play. Ohio State again had the net empty but was unable to get a great look. Penn State ended the game with an empty net, power play goal from Chase Berger with less than one second remaining.

Nick Schilkey strikes twice in under 45 seconds! @OhioState_MHKY making a comeback in Columbus! https://t.co/E6U4eC1HTM

— BTN Student U (@BTNStudentU) January 8, 2017

Blocking the Puck
The Buckeyes were outshot by Penn State, 43-26. Penn State entered the series with an NCAA-high 48.3 shots on goal per game average. Ohio State has 26 or fewer shots in each of its last five games.

Buckeye senior Christian Frey stopped 39 shots and allowed three goals while playing 58:32. For the weekend, Frey made 85 saves on 88 shots for a .966 save percentage and 1.52 goals-against average.

Penn State’s Peyton Jones had 24 saves while playing all 60 minutes.

As a team, the Buckeyes blocked 15 shots, led by redshirt junior Matt Joyaux, junior Kevin Miller and sophomore Tommy Parran with three each.

Special Teams
The Buckeyes converted 2-of-6 power play chances and are now 19-for-77 on the year, ranking in the Top 5 in the NCAA at 24.7 percent. Penn State entered the weekend first in the NCAA on the penalty kill.

The Buckeye penalty kill was 2-for-3, with the lone goal scored into the empty net. The PK killed a full five-minute major in the second period.

Buckeye This and That
Nick Schilkey leads the Big Ten with 15 goals, tying for third in the NCAA. He is fourth nationally with .83 goals a game. He now has a team-high 23 points on the year and is third in the Big Ten in points.
• Ohio State and Penn State entered the game as two of the top three teams in the NCAA in scoring offense, with the Buckeyes averaging 4.44 a game and Penn State scoring an NCAA-best 4.87 a night. Penn State is now second at 4.53 and Ohio State is third at 4.22. They join Harvard as the only teams in the NCAA to average more than four goals a night. The Buckeyes shut out Penn State Friday and Saturday Penn State ended the Buckeyes’ streak of scoring three or more goals in a game at nine.
Mason Jobst, who had two assists in the game, has nine points in his last four games combined, with three goals and six assists. He is third on the team in points with 21 points and notched his 50th career point on Schilkey’s first power play goal.
• The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions will close the regular season series in two weeks, meeting in State College Jan. 20 and 21.