Jan. 23, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Using a total team effort, the Ohio State men’s hockey team defeated No. 14-ranked Penn State, 5-1, Saturday in Value City Arena. Five Buckeyes scored a goal, 10 had at least one point and goalie Christian Frey made 33 saves in the win. The Buckeye special teams were 1-for-1 on the power play, 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and scored a shorthanded goal.
Ohio State (7-13-2, 1-4-2-1 B1G) will continue its six-game homestand with two games vs. Michigan State next weekend. The teams will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.
Ohio State led 1-0 after the first period on an early goal from senior defenseman Craig Dalrymple, who blocked five shots in the game. In the second, junior Nick Schilkey scored shorthanded and freshman Miguel Fidler notched his first career goal for a 3-0 Buckeye lead. Penn State scored just 1:14 into the third and then went on a five-minute major power play at 1:37. The Buckeyes held the Nittany Lions scoreless on the advantage, not allowing a shot on net. The Buckeyes added a power play goal of their own from Mason Jobst at 13:10 of the third and Dakota Joshua sealed the win with an empty net goal at 15:23.
“Every guy in the room is frustrated at times because we know we’ve played well enough to win hockey games,” Steve Rohlik, Ohio State head coach, said. “They just made up their minds tonight, even in a tough situation there in the third period to kill off the five minute major; that just shows what we can do. It was a big kill and a good night for us.”
The Buckeyes scored the only goal of the first period as Dalrymple sniped a shot from the faceoff circle at 3:30. Freshman Brendon Kearney and senior Tyler Lundey assisted on the goal, Dalrymple’s third of the year. Frey stopped all 16 shots he faced, as Penn State outshot the Buckeyes, 16-7. No penalties were called in the period.
Ohio State maintained its one-goal edge until 11:33 of the second period. With the Buckeyes on the penalty kill, Schilkey and Anthony Greco were able to maintain pressure in the PSU zone. Schilkey picked off a clearing attempt and converted for his first career shorthanded tally and the Buckeyes’ fifth this year. Five minutes later Fidler scored his first goal, putting in the rebound of a shot by Drew Brevig. Lundey had the second assist on the goal. Shots were 9-8 in favor of Penn State in the period and the Nittany Lions had the only power play.
Just 1:14 into the third period Penn State got on the board when a shot from Eric Scheid went off the post, off Frey and in, making it a two-goal game (3-1). Twenty-three seconds later, a Buckeye was assessed a major, giving Penn State a five-minute power play. The Buckeye penalty kill held strong and did not allow a Nittany Lion shot on net the entire time.
The Buckeyes converted their only power play of the night at 13:10. Junior David Gust passed to Jobst, who split the PSU defenders and scored his sixth goal of the year. Sophomore defenseman Victor Bjorkung also had an assist on the goal, as he got the puck to Gust in the neutral zone. Penn State pulled its goalie early and Ohio State took advantage, as Joshua was able to get the puck in the Buckeye zone, skate up and score from outside the Penn State blue line into the empty net. Ohio State had 15 shots on net in the third period, with Penn State putting nine on goal.
For the game, Penn State outshot Ohio State, 34-30. Frey played all 60 minutes and had 33 saves for the Buckeyes. Eamon McAdam had 25 stops in 59:19. Frey leads the Big Ten with a 2.27 goals-against average and .929 save percentage this season. Ohio State blocked 15 shots, led by Dalrymple with five.
Ohio State won the special teams battle, converting its one power play chance, going 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and scoring a shorthanded goal.
Gust extended his point streak to 11 with his assist. He has four goals and seven assists for 11 points in the stretch.
Schilkey is on a five-game point streak (3g, 2a, 4p).
Schilkey and Gust lead the team with 22 points each. Schilkey is first with 12 goals and Gust is first with 16 helpers.
Dalrymple has a point in each of the last three games.
Lundey had the first two-assist night of his Buckeye career. It was his fifth career two-point game and his second this season.
Jobst is third on the squad with 20 points, ranking second with 14 assists. He has a point in seven of his last eight games.
Ohio State has a power play goal in each of the last five and nine of the last 10 games. The squad was 2-for-6 vs. Penn State.
The Buckeyes were 5-for-5 on the penalty kill vs. Penn State in the series.