STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The No. 11-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to No. 6/5 Penn State, 5-4, Friday in game one of a Big Ten series in Pegula Ice Arena. Ohio State scored twice in the final two minutes to make it a one-goal game, but was unable to get the equalizer.
The Buckeyes (6-4-1, 2-3-0-0 B1G) and Nittany Lions (10-2-0, 6-1-0-0 B1G) will close the weekend series at 6 p.m. Saturday. The game will be streamed through BTN+ and on Ohio State radio.
The Short Story – Penn State 5, Ohio State 4
The teams traded power play goals in the first period, with Carson Meyer tallying for the Buckeyes. Penn State notched the only two goals of the second for a 3-1 advantage. Ohio State made it a one-goal game at 3:08 of the third on a Gustaf Westlund power play goal, but the Nittany Lions answered less than a minute later. The 4-2 score stood until the final 2:15, when the teams scored three times. Penn State tallied an empty net goal at 17:45. At 18:34 Matthew Jennings scored for the Buckeyes and Tanner Laczynski followed with an extra attacker goal at 19:07, but the Buckeyes could get no closer.
4️⃣ goals, 4️⃣ goal scorers for the Buckeyes tonight.
— Ohio State Men's Hockey (@OhioStateMHKY) November 23, 2019
Penn State 5, Ohio State 4
In the First … The teams traded power play goals for a 1-1 game after 20 minutes. Sam Sternschein opened the scoring for Penn State with a tip at 9:52. At 12:57 Carson Meyer tied the game, redirecting a pass from Gordi Myer right in front. CJ Regula also assisted on the goal, Meyer’s fourth of the year. Shots were 10-7 in favor of Penn State in the period.
In the Second … The Nittany Lions scored the only two goals and outshot the Buckeyes, 19-8, in the middle stanza. Brandon Biro tallied on the power play at 11:21 and Alex Limoges scored at even strength at 12:38.
In the Third … The teams combined for five goals in the period. At 3:08 Gustaf Westlund scored on the power play to make it a one-goal game, but the Nittany Lions answered 44 seconds later with a Liam Folkes goals to regain their two-goal edge at 3:52. The Buckeyes pulled their goalie for the extra attacker and PSU took advantage at 17:45 for a 5-2 lead, with Sam Sternschein scoring.
Ohio State again made it a one-goal game with two goals in 33 seconds. At 18:34 Matthew Jennings scored his first goal in the Scarlet and Gray, assisted by Sam McCormick and Miguel Fidler. The Buckeyes again pulled their goalie and they were able to convert, with Tanner Laczynski scoring off a pass from Meyer. Westlund also assisted on the goal, Laczynski’s third of the year. Shots were 16-13 in favor of Ohio State in the stanza.
Shots … Ohio State was outshot, 41-32, in the game. Tommy Nappier had 36 saves in 58:14 for the Buckeyes. Gordi Myer led the Buckeyes with three shot bocks and Quinn Preston had two. In all, Ohio State blocked 12 Penn State attempts.
Special Teams … Each team had two power play goals on four chances.
Buckeye This and That … The Buckeyes’ last five games have been decided by one goal each, with Ohio State 2-3 in those games … Ohio State is 3-4 in one-goal games this year … Westlund notched his fourth multiple point game this year with a goal and an assist … Meyer had a goal and an assist for his third mutli-point outing … the five goals scored was a Buckeye opponent season high and just the second time allowing more than two goals.