November 5, 2021

Buckeyes 5-2 Winners over No. 16 Penn State


COLUMBUS, Ohio – With five goals in a span of less than 10 minutes over two periods, the Ohio State men’s hockey team came from a goal down to defeat No. 16 Penn State, 5-2, Friday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes had points from 14 skaters, led by two goals from Kamil Sadlocha, and Jakub Dobeš had 33 saves, for the Big Ten Conference win.

The Buckeyes, now 5-2-0 overall and 2-1-0 in the B1G, and Nittany Lions (6-2-0, 0-1-0 B1G) will close the weekend series at 5 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena. Script Ohio on Ice will be performed during the first intermission.

The Short Story

Penn State scored the only goal of the first period and carried the lead until 16:16 of the second. Kamil Sadlocha tied the game at that point and with 12 seconds left in the second period Sadlocha notched his second of the night to put the Buckeyes ahead. Buckeyes Jake Wise, Jaedon Leslie and Gustaf Westlund all scored in the first 5:49 of the third period for a 5-1 Buckeye lead before Penn State stopped Ohio State’s run at 8:54. Penn State ended the game outshooting the Buckeyes, 35-27, with Jakub Dobeš making 33 saves for Ohio State and the Buckeyes blocking 16 shots. Each team was 1-for-2 on the power play.

Quoting head coach Steve Rohlik

On what builds the Buckeyes’ ability to come back

“Resilience. Work ethic, resilience and habits. That’s what we do Monday through Thursday. These guys put the time in. I don’t have to ask them too much. They show up. To me the weekend should be easier than what we go through during the week. That’s what we’ve been doing and it’s a credit to these guys in the room.”

On the season-high crowd, with nearly 1,300 students

“To have our student section like that, our band, people in the stands. What a difference from a year ago. Credit to the Knucklebucks and all the fans we had.”

How it Happened

  • Penn State’s Kevin Wall scored from in close at 11:04 to open the scoring in the first period.
  • The Nittany Lions controlled play through most of the first 15 minutes of the second, with Ohio State not getting a shot on goal until the 10-minute mark, but momentum went the Buckeyes’ way in the final four minutes.
  • Kamil Sadlocha scored nearly identical goals at 16:16 and 19:48, redirecting a shot from a Buckeye rookie defenseman with a freshman picking up the second assist.
  • The game-tying goal was assisted by Mason Lohrei and Georgii Merkulov, while the go-ahead tally was set up by Cole McWard and Cam Theising.
  • Jake Wise had a third straight Buckeye goal on a redirection, tipping a shot from Grant Gabriele 3:47 into the third period, with Mark Cheremeta also assisting.
  • Jaedon Leslie pushed the Buckeye lead to 4-1 with a goal on the rush at 5:14, taking a pass from Patrick Guzzo. Eric Cooley had the second assist on the tally.
  • Just 35 seconds later Ohio State converted its second power play chance of the night, as a shot from Gustaf Westlund went off a body in front and in. Tate Singleton and Travis Treloar had the helpers on the goal.
  • Penn State answered with a power play goal at 8:54 to stop the five-goal Buckeye run.
  • In the game, the Nittany Lions outshot the Buckeyes, 35-27, including 12-5 in the second period.
  • Ohio State blocked 16 Nittany Lion shots, led by McWard with three and James Marooney, Lohrei, Ryan O’Connell and Will Riedell with two each.
  • Jakub Dobeš had a career-high 33 saves in the win.

Buckeye This and That

  • Dobeš is 5-1-0 this year, with a 1.07 goals-against average and .959 save percentage.
  • Ohio State has allowed two or fewer goals in six of seven games this season and has scored three or more in five outings.
  • Singleton leads the Buckeyes with six points, sharing the goal lead with Westlund with three each. Lohrei has a team-best four assists and is one of four Buckeyes tied for second with five points.
  • Sadlocha entered the game with five goals in his first 53 games in the Scarlet and Gray.
  • Ohio State has outscored opponents 11-2 in the third period.