Dec. 29, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite a hat trick from sophomore Ryan Dzingel, the Ohio State men’s hockey team fell to Penn State, 5-4, Saturday in the consolation game of the Three Rivers Classic at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The game was the first matchup between the Buckeyes (7-8-5) and Nittany Lions (8-9-0) as Division I opponents.
Ohio State will have a week off before returning to action with back-to-back CCHA road series at Ferris State (Jan. 11-12) and Northern Michigan (Jan. 18-19). The team will host Lake Superior State in Value City Arena Jan. 25-26.
The Buckeyes led 1-0 after an early goal from Dzingel but Penn State scored three unanswered, including twice in the final 3:20, to lead 3-1 after the first period. Dzingel pulled Ohio State within one with an early second-period goal but a PSU tally with nine seconds left in the period pushed the Nittany Lions back ahead by two and Penn State scored 21 seconds into the third period for a 5-2 advantage. Dzingel completed his hat trick at 7:49 of the third for a 5-3 game. With more than four minutes left Ohio State pulled goalie Collin Olson for the extra attacker and was able to convert once on a goal by Alex Szczechura but could not draw even. Olson had 32 saves between the pipes for the Buckeyes in the game.
Against Penn State, Dzingel opened the scoring at 3:56, backhanding in the rebound of a shot from sophomore Clark Cristofoli that was blocked. Freshman Craig Dalrymple had the second helper on the goal. The Nittany Lions closed out the period with three unanswered for a 3-1 advantage after the opening stanza. Curtis Loik tied the game at 7:45, taking advantage of a Buckeye defensive zone turnover. At 16:40 Taylor Holstrom made it 2-1 with a tally and Casey Bailey converted a 5-on-3 power play opportunity 2:03 later. Ohio State outshot Penn State, 13-12, in the period. The Buckeyes had one power play chance and Penn State had two, with the second carrying into the middle period.
At 2:39 of the second period Dzingel scored unassisted to draw the Buckeyes within one (3-2). The Nittany Lions maintained the one-goal advantage until Bailey tipped a shot in with just nine seconds left in the stanza to put Penn State ahead, 4-2, after 40 minutes. Buckeye freshman goalie Collin Olson had 17 saves in the period, as the Nittany Lions outshot the Buckeyes, 18-14.
Just 21 seconds into the third period Penn State made it a 5-3 game when Holstrom tallied. Dzingel completed his hat trick at 7:49, scoring off assists from freshman Tyler Lundey and junior Curtis Gedig. Ohio State pulled Olson with more than four minutes remaining for the extra attacker and was able to convert at 17:32 when junior Szczechura scored on the rebound off a shot by sophomore Matt Johnson. Shots were 13-17 in favor of the Buckeyes in the period.
Ohio State outshot Penn State, 40-37, in the contest. Olson had 32 saves in 56:19 for the Buckeyes in his first start since Nov. 24. Matthew Skoff had 36 stops in 59:50 for Penn State.
Each team had just two penalties for four minutes. Ohio State was scoreless on two power play chances and Penn State was 1-for-2.
Dzingel had the Buckeyes’ first hat trick since Jan. 28, 2012 when Max McCormick scored three times at Lake Superior State. It was Dzingel’s second career multiple-goal game; he scored twice at Michigan Nov. 19, 2011.
Dzingel leads the Buckeyes with a career-best nine goals and 17 points.
Cristofoli had the second assist of his career and first since Oct. 21, 2011 at Michigan State.
The five goals scored by Penn State were the most allowed by the Buckeyes since the season opening 6-3 loss at Minnesota Duluth Oct. 12.
The squad has allowed more than two goals just five times this season and is ninth nationally in team defense, holding opponents to 2.05 goals per game.
Ohio State matched its season best with four goals, scoring more than two goals for the sixth time this year.
Szczechura now has two goals, six assists and eight points on the year to tie for fourth on the team in points. Johnson and Lundey each now have eight points after an assist vs. the Nittany Lions.
Dalrymple leads the Buckeye defensemen with six points, including five assists. Gedig has four assists on the year.