Feb. 20, 2016
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Ohio State men’s hockey team scored the game’s final four goals to down No. 15-ranked Penn State, 7-4, Saturday afternoon in Pegula Ice Arena.
The Buckeyes led 3-0 less than nine minutes into the game before Penn State scored four in a row, with one late in the first, two in the second to tie the game and the fourth 2:53 into the third to take a 4-3 lead. Ohio State answered 2:07 later to deadlock the game at four and went ahead with a tally 42 seconds after that. Two goals in the final 5:05 sealed the Buckeye win.
Junior Nick Schilkey had four assists for his first career four-point game and the first four-assist night for a Buckeye since John Albert Feb. 5, 2011 against Michigan State. Sophomore Matthew Weis had two goals, his second career multiple-goal game and first since Feb. 27, 2015 vs. Penn State. He had an assist for a three-point game, the second of his Buckeye career and first since October 2014. Junior defenseman Josh Healey had a career-high three assists and points. Freshmen John Wiitala and Freddy Gerard and junior David Gust each had a goal and an assist for two points in the win. Freshman defenseman Tommy Parran notched his first career goal.
Next up, the Buckeyes host Wisconsin Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena in the final regular season games in VCA. The teams will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday. The Buckeyes’ three seniors – Craig Dalrymple, Anthony Greco and Tyler Lundey – will be recognized pregame Saturday.
Ohio State scored three times on its first seven shots on goal. Just 1:31 into the game the Buckeyes converted an early play, with Gust scoring from in front, assisted by Schilkey and Weis. At 6:49 Parran notched his first career goal, scoring short side from the faceoff circle, set up by classmate Wiitala and Gust. Less than two minutes later Gerard tallied on the rush, assisted by Schilkey and Healey. Late in the period Penn State got on the board when Chase Berger tallied at 17:46. Shots were 9-8 in favor of Ohio State in the period.
The Nittany Lions notched the only two goals of the second period to tie the game at three. Andrew Sturtz scored unassisted on the rush at 10:43 and at 15:09 David Goodwin scored from the high slot with Penn State on the power play to deadlock the score at three. Ohio State had 19 shots on goal in the period, with Penn State putting 13 on net.
Just 2:53 into the third period Penn State’s Kevin Kerr scored to give the Nittany Lions the lead for the first time. Ohio State answered just 2:07 later when Weis scored from the right wing, putting his shot over the goalie’s shoulder. Healey and Schilkey assisted on the goal, which came at 5:00. Just 42 seconds later freshman Mason Jobst passed to senior defenseman Craig Dalrymple. His shot went five-hole and Wiitala was there to knock it over the line before a Nittany Lion could recover, putting Ohio State ahead 5-4. Weis scored again from nearly the same spot at 14:55, putting Ohio State up 6-4. Gerard and Schilkey assisted on the tally, Weis’ ninth of the season. Penn State pulled its goalie and with time winding down, Buckeye senior Anthony Greco beat the Nittany Lion to the puck deep in the PSU zone and scored from a sharp angle for a 7-4 Buckeye advantage at 19:34. Healey and freshman Dakota Joshua had the helpers on the tally. Ohio State outshot Penn State, 14-13, in the period.
For the game, the Buckeyes outshot the Nittany Lions, 42-34. Penn State entered the weekend averaging an NCAA-best 42.9 shots a night. Buckeye junior goalie Matt Tomkins made 30 saves in all 60 minutes. Penn State’s Matthew Skoff had 35 saves in 57:47. The Buckeyes blocked 20 Penn State shot attempts, led by four from sophomore Janik Moser and three from Dalrymple and junior Drew Brevig. Brevig is second nationally, averaging 2.82 blocked shots a night.
The Buckeyes were 1-for-2 on the power play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill. The Nittany Lions’ power play goal was the first allowed by the Buckeyes in eight games and ended a streak of 21-consecutive successful penalty kills. Ohio State is in the Top 10 nationally on the penalty kill, stopping 89-of-104 (.856) chances against. The Buckeyes are 25-for-117 (.214) on the power play this season, ranking in the Top 15 nationally.
Schilkey now leads the Buckeyes with 30 points, his first 30-point season for the Scarlet and Gray. He has a team-best 14 goals on the year. Gust, who has a point in 16 of the last 17 games, has a team-high 21 assists and is second with 29 points.
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— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) February 20, 2016