February 4, 2023

No. 7 Buckeyes Score Late, Down No. 9 Penn State 4-2


COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Tate Singleton goal with less than five minutes remaining broke a 2-2 tie and stood as the gamewinner, as the No. 7 Ohio State men’s hockey team defeated No. 9 Penn State, 4-2, Saturday in front of 8,439 fans in Value City Arena in Columbus.

The Buckeyes led 1-0 after the first period and the teams were tied at two heading into the final period. Ohio State went ahead at 2:47 but the Nittany Lions answered just over two minutes later to again deadlock the score. Singleton broke the tie at 15:28 and Cole McWard sealed the win with an empty net goal at 17:58. McWard led the Buckeyes with three points and Stephen Halliday had two helpers, giving him five on the weekend and a team-best 30 points this season. Buckeye goalie Jakub Dobes made 32 saves in all 60 minutes. Ohio State had the shot advantage, 37-34. Tyler Duke had six shot blocks in the win.

Ohio State improves to 17-10-1 on the year and 10-8-0 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions (19-10-1, 9-10-1-0-2-0 B1G) end the weekend with a series split after a 3-2 PSU win Friday. The squads also split two games in State College in December (PSU 2-1, OSU 4-3).

Up Next

Ohio State will play two games at No. 20 Notre Dame next weekend. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday, with the games streamed through Peacock and on Ohio State Radio.

The Buckeyes’ final regular season home game will be Feb. 16 when they host Michigan. Ohio State and the Wolverines will close the series at 4 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Faceoff on the Lake outside in FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. The regular season wraps up with two games at No. 1 Minnesota Feb. 24-25.

How it Happened

  • The first goal of the game came at 17:16 when Jaedon Leslie put a shot short side on the fly coming down the right lane. Matt Cassidy and Dalton Messina assisted on the tally, Leslie’s fourth of the year.
  • Shots were 13-8 in favor of Ohio State in the first. The Buckeyes had two late penalties, with the Nittany Lions starting the second on a 5-on-3 power play.
  • The Buckeyes killed off the two-man advantage to maintain their lead, but at 11:18 Tyler Gratton scored from right outside the crease to tie the game at one.
  • The teams combined for 27 shots in the second, with PSU ahead, 14-13.
  • Davis Burnside put the Buckeyes ahead at 2:47 of the second, tallying on the rebound of a shot by Stephen Halliday, with Cole McWard also assisting.
  • Penn State again tied the game, when Jimmy Dowd scored from the high slot at 4:54.
  • The game remained deadlocked until 15:28. Singleton, right above the crease, redirected a McWard pass to put Ohio State ahead. Halliday assisted on the tally.
  • Penn State pulled its goalie with more than two minutes remaining. McWard gathered the puck in the neutral zone and his long shot found the back of the net for an unassisted, empty-net goal at 17:58 and a two-goal Buckeye advantage.
  • The Buckeyes were outshot in the third, 12-11.
  • For the game, Ohio State had the edge in shots, 37-34. Jakub Dobes played all 60 minutes and had 32 saves for the Buckeyes. Ohio State blocked 11 shot attempts, led by Tyler Duke with a career-best six.
  • Ohio State was 3-for-3 on the penalty kill in the game, ending the weekend 6-for-6. The power play was unable to score on two chances.


Buckeye This and That

  • Halliday had five assists in the series and leads the Buckeyes with 23 helpers and 30 points this year.
  • Burnside is first for the Buckeyes with 13 goals this season and had one in each game vs. Penn State.
  • Singleton notched his third gamewinning goal of the year and his eighth goal this season. He has 14 assists for 22 points.
  • The game was the first three-point outing for McWard in the Scarlet and Gray. He has 14 points this year, with three goals and 11 assists.
  • The Buckeyes are among the NCAA leaders on the penalty kill, stopping 98-of-110 (.891) opponent chances.
  • Ohio State is 10-3 at home this year.