November 6, 2021

Buckeyes Complete Sweep of No. 16 Penn State with 4-1 Win


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Entering the third period down 1-0, the Ohio State men’s hockey team scored twice in a 42-second span to tie the game and take the lead and added two more goals before the end of regulation to defeat No. 16 Penn State, 4-1, Saturday in Value City Arena. The win gives Ohio State a sweep of the weekend series with the Nittany Lions, with a 5-2 victory Friday.

The Buckeyes, winners of three in a row, improve to 6-2-0 overall and 3-1-0 in the B1G, with the Nittany Lions falling to 6-3-0 and 0-2-0 in league play.

The Short Story

The Nittany Lions scored 3:48 into the game but did not find the back of the net the rest of the way, with Buckeye rookie goalie Jakub Dobeš stopping the final 26 shots. Ohio State took control in the third period. At 4:30 freshman defenseman Mason Lohrei tied the game and just 42 seconds later junior blueliner Dominic Vidoli put the Buckeyes in the lead. Sophomore Joe Dunlap added an insurance goal at 13:11 and senior Mark Cheremeta sealed the win with an empty net goal at 17:53. Lohrei and Cheremeta both had two-point nights with a goal and an assist, while senior Jake Wise had two assists.

Quoting head coach Steve Rohlik

Any time you can sweep a team in this league you’ve done something pretty good, especially against a really good hockey team. My guys have worked awfully hard. We’re nowhere near a finished product. We have to keep working to get there. It’s a good start and was a good homestand. Now we’re going to get on the road this week and head up to Minnesota.”

How it Happened

  • Penn State opened the scoring for the second night in a row, as Connor MacEachern tallied at 3:48.
  • The teams were scoreless through the end of the first and the full second period. Penn State had the edge in shots through two periods, 21-16, including an 11-6 advantage in the second.
  • The Buckeyes scored twice in the first 5:11 of the third, with the goals 42 seconds apart and both by defensemen, to tie the game and take the lead.
  • At 4:30 Mason Lohrei put in a rebound off a Mark Cheremeta shot, with Jake Wise also assisting.
  • Dominic Vidoli pushed the Buckeyes ahead at 5:11, taking a pass from Georgii Merkulov and scoring from the high slot. Cam Thiesing also assisted on the tally.
  • Ohio State killed a penalty at 10:17 to maintain its one-goal edge.
  • Joe Dunlap scored off a pass from Wise at 13:11, with Lohrei also assisting, for a two-goal cushion.
  • With the Penn State net empty, Cheremeta converted from the Ohio State end to put the game out of reach for the Nittany Lions. Quinn Preston assisted on Cheremeta’s tally.
  • Jakub Dobešended the game with 29 saves in all 60 minutes. After allowing a goal on the fourth shot of the game, he stopped the final 26 shots.
  • Ohio State blocked 16 Nittany Lion shot attempts. Will Riedell had a team-high four, with Cole McWard blocking three and Lohrei blocking two.
  • The Buckeyes were 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. Ohio State did not score on the power play, with both chances in the first period.

Buckeye This and That

  • Ohio State has outscored opponents 15-2 in the third period this year.
  • Dobeš is 6-1-0 this season, with a 1.06 goals-against average and .960 save percentage.
  • Ohio State has allowed two or fewer goals in seven of eight games this season and has scored three or more in six outings.
  • The Buckeyes are allowing 1.5 goals a game and scoring 3.75 a night.
  • Cheremeta and Lohrei lead the Buckeyes with seven points each. Lohrei has a team-best five assists and Cheremeta, Tate Singleton and Gustaf Westlund share the goal lead with three each.
  • Lohrei and Cheremeta both had two-point nights with a goal and an assist, while Wise had two helpers. It was Lohrei’s second career multi-point outing and Cheremeta’s second of the season and seventh of his Ohio State career. Wise marked his first multiple-point game in the Scarlet and Gray.
  • Dunlap’s goal was his first of the season and first since Nov. 29, 2020 vs. Michigan State.
  • In the two games vs. Penn State, 17 Buckeyes had at least one point, with eight goal scorers.

Up Next

  • The Buckeyes will hit the road for a Big Ten series at Minnesota. The teams will meet at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday and 6 p.m. ET Saturday. The games will be televised by Bally Sports North, with Bally Sports Great Lakes carrying the broadcast.
  • A bye weekend follows Nov. 19-21 before the Buckeyes host Mercyhurst in a nonconference series Nov. 26-27.