December 3, 2022

No. 17 Buckeyes Notch 4-3 Road Win at No. 6/5 Penn State


Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 17 Ohio State men’s hockey team posted a 4-3 win at No. 6/5 Penn State Saturday in University Park, Pa. The Buckeyes led 3-2 after the first period and 4-2 after the second. The Nittany Lions (14-3-0, 6-3-0-0-1-0 B1G) drew within one in the third but Ohio State closed out the win for a series split. Jakub Dobes made 37 saves for the Buckeyes, while Mason Lohrei and Cole McWard each had two assists. Jake Wise, Jaedon Leslie, Tate Singleton and Joe Dunlap all tallied for Ohio State.

The games marked the last Big Ten series for the Buckeyes (10-7-1, 5-5-0-0-0-0 B1G) until January. The squad is off next weekend and will close the first half of the schedule with a home-and-home series vs. Bowling Green. The Buckeyes and Falcons will meet at 7:07 p.m. Dec. 16 in Bowling Green and at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 in Columbus.

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Quoting head coach Steve Rohlik

“I’m really proud of the team. I thought we worked hard both nights and were rewarded with a big road win tonight.”

How it Happened

  • Penn State opened the scoring 2:27 into the game, answered by the Buckeyes 24 seconds later.
  • Ohio State took a penalty 24 seconds into the game, with the Nittany Lions evening things up with their own penalty six seconds later.
  • Three seconds after the 4×4 play ended (for a six second Ohio State power play), Penn State scored on a 2-on-1, with the goal shorthanded.
  • Buckeye Jake Wise tied the game at 2:51, putting in the rebound of a Michael Gildon shot.
  • Jaedon Leslie put Ohio State ahead 2-1 at 6:59, as he scored from the high slot off a pass from Dalton Messina from below the goal line. Mason Lohrei also assisted on the tally.
  • Penn State deadlocked the game at two when Danny Dzhaniyev tallied at 13:57.
  • The Buckeyes again answered quickly, as Tate Singleton scored on a one-timer off a pass from Lohrei, with Cole McWard starting the series. The goal came five seconds after a brief Ohio State power play ended and was 56 seconds after the PSU goal.
  • The only goal of the second was from Buckeye Joe Dunlap, as he redirected a Patrick Guzzo pass right in front on the rush. McWard picked up his second assist of the night on the tally, which came at 4:14.
  • Penn State outshot Ohio State in the first 20 minutes, 19-10, and in the second period, 10-9.
  • The Nittany Lions’ Ture Linden made it a one-goal game at 6:22 of the third, backhanding in a loose puck at the side of the net.
  • With the Buckeyes holding the one-goal lead, Penn State pulled its goalie with 1:28 remaining. An Ohio State penalty with 1:04 left gave the Nittany Lions a 6-on-4 advantage, but Ohio State closed out the win. Buckeye goalie Jakub Dobes made three saves, along with a block by Jake Wise, to help keep PSU off the scoreboard when the goalie was on the bench.
  • Dobes had 10 saves in the third, as the Nittany Lions outshot the Buckeyes, 11-5.
  • For the game, Penn State had the shot advantage, 40-24. Dobes ended the game with 37 saves for Ohio State. The Buckeyes blocked 14 Nittany Lion shot attempts. McWard had a team-high four in the game, while Lohrei and Scooter Bricked each blocked two.
  • The Buckeyes were unable to score on three power play chances – with two less than 10 seconds. The penalty kill was 5-for-5.

Buckeye This and That

  • McWard had his third career two-assist game and fourth two-point night as a Buckeye. The four shot blocks matched his career best. He also scored for the Buckeyes Friday.
  • Wise has a team-best seven goals and 18 points. He has a point in 11 of the last 13 games.
  • Lohrei had his first two-assist game this season and his fifth career game with two helpers. He has seven multiple-assist outings in his career and 10 multiple-point games. Lohrei leads the Buckeyes with 13 assists on the year and has at least one assist in 12 of 18 games this season.
  • Messina’s assist was his first point of the year.
  • The penalty kill is 67-for-73 (.918), ranking among the nation’s leaders.
  • Ohio State is now 15-for-72 (.208) on the power play.

(Photo credit James Harding)