December 2, 2022

No. 17 Buckeyes Fall to No. 6/5 Nittany Lions, 2-1

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 17 Ohio State men’s hockey team lost a Big Ten game at No. 6/5 Penn State, 2-1, Friday evening in University Park, Pa. Penn State led 1-0 after the first and the Buckeyes tied the game on a Cole McWard goal in the second. The Nittany Lions notched the gamewinner with less than six minutes remaining in regulation.

The Buckeyes (9-7-1, 4-5-0-0-0-0 B1G) and Nittany Lions (14-3-0, 6-3-0-0-1-0 B1G) will wrap up the series at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with the game streamed through Big Ten Plus and on Ohio State Radio.

How it Happened

  • Penn State scored the only goal of the first period, as it converted just four seconds into its first power play of the game. Connor MacEachern redirected a shot in front at 16:02.
  • Ohio State had the shot advantage, 13-9, in the first.
  • In the second, Ohio State tied the game at 18:29. Cole McWard picked the puck up along the left boards on a clearing attempt and got to the right point, where his shot went through for his second goal of the year.
  • The teams combined for 23 shots in the middle period, with PSU ahead, 13-10.
  • The winning goal came with 5:31 left in regulation. The Buckeyes killed consecutive penalties, including 29 seconds of 5×3, but the Nittany Lions scored seven seconds after the power play expired. A shot from Jimmy Dowd deflected off a skate and in for the eventual gamewinner.
  • Ohio State pulled its goalie with more than two minutes remaining for the extra attacker but was unable to score, with the PSU goalie making four saves to close out the game.
  • In the third, Ohio State outshot Penn State, 13-10. The Buckeyes had a power play chance early in the stanza, putting two shots on goal.
  • The Buckeyes had the edge in shots, 36-32, in the game. Jakub Dobes made 30 saves in 57:24 for Ohio State. Ohio State blocked 13 shots. Mason Lohrei had three, while McWard, Evan McIntyre and Matt Cassidy each had two.
  • On the power play, Ohio State was scoreless on two chances. The penalty kill was 4-for-5.
  • The Buckeyes are 62-for-68 (.912) on the penalty kill this season. The power play is 15-for-69 (.217).