February 7, 2020

No. 13 Buckeyes Rally for Tie, Notch Shootout Win vs. No. 9 Penn State

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey overcame an early 2-0 deficit to tie No. 9 Penn State, 2-2, Friday in Value City Arena. Freshman Jaedon Leslie and senior Gordi Myer scored for the Buckeyes, while junior Tommy Nappier had 29 saves in the Buckeye net.

After the teams finished deadlocked after 65 minutes, the game was official for NCAA purposes and went to 3×3 overtime and then a sudden death shootout to decide the extra Big Ten point. The Buckeyes won the shootout, 1-0 in two rounds, for the B1G point. Nappier, who had five saves in 3×3 overtime, had two saves in the shootout, with Sam McCormick notching the winning goal.

The Buckeyes, now 16-9-4 overall and 9-7-3-1 in Big Ten play, and Nittany Lions (17-9-3, 9-7-3-0 B1G) close the regular season series at 5 p.m. Saturday in Columbus. Script Ohio on Ice will be performed during the second intermission and there will be a meet and greet with select Buckeyes (Nos. 19-72) postgame.

Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik

“I think we played one of our better first periods in a long time, and you look up, and we were down 2-zip. I just told the guys we need to keep playing the same way and claw back in this thing. Give our guys credit, they just battled to the end.”

Quoting senior defenseman Gordi Myer

On the locker room after the win

“Anytime we can win in our building, it’s exciting. It was fun to see Sam go in there and get the gamewinner.”

Describing the team’s play

“I think we were pretty consistent. We went down two goals but it never felt like we were down. We knew if we kept playing like that, things would go our way.”

Ohio State vs. Penn State

In the First … Just 1:44 into the game Evan Barratt opened the scoring for the Nittany Lions, knocking in a rebound out of the air. Cole Hults made it a 2-0 Penn State advantage with a goal seven seconds into the Nittany Lions’ first power play of the night at 1:39. Ohio State had the advantage in shots, 17-9, and was 0-for-1 on the power play.

In the Second … The lone goal of the second was from Buckeye rookie Jaedon Leslie. Buckeye pressure forced a turnover down low and Leslie got to a loose puck, drove to the slot and scored stick side. Each team had eight shots in the period and the Buckeyes had the only man advantage.

In the Third … Senior defenseman Gordi Myer notched his fifth goal of the year 1:58 into the third period to tie the game at 2. Eugene Fadyeyev took a pass from Austin Pooley and skated into the Nittany Lion zone, passing to Myer coming down the wing. His shot went far side to deadlock the score. The teams combined for 19 shots in the period, with the Buckeyes ahead, 10-9. There were no power plays in the stanza, just a set of matching penalties for hitting after the whistle.

In Overtime … Buckeye goalie Tommy Nappier had five saves in overtime to help preserve the tie for the Buckeyes. Ohio State did not put a shot on net. The teams ended OT skating 4-on-4 after penalties were called at 4:09, with a minor on the Buckeyes and a major on Penn State.

In 3×3 Overtime … Ohio State had four shots, all on the 4×3 major power play that started 1:10 into the OT session. Nappier had two saves in the 3×3 period.

In the Shootout … Penn State shot first, with Nappier making a save in round one. The Buckeyes were unable to score in the first round and Nappier again had a save to open the second round. Buckeye senior Sam McCormick notched the extra point with a goal (his second career shootout winning goal vs. Penn State). 

Shots … Ohio State outshot Penn State, 35-31, in the game. Nappier played 64:57 and had 29 stops, while Penn State’s Peyton Jones had 33 saves in all 65 minutes. The Buckeyes had 14 shot blocks, led by Myer, Pooley and Matt Miller with two each.

Special Teams … Ohio State was 0-for-2 with the man advantage and allowed a goal on the one power play it faced.