November 23, 2018

No. 5 Buckeyes Drop Series Opener to No. 6 Penn State, 4-3


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 5 Ohio State men’s hockey team fell to No. 6 Penn State, 4-3, Friday in game one of a Big Ten series between the teams. The Buckeyes (8-4-1, 3-2-0-0 B1G) and Nittany Lions (10-2-0, 2-1-0-0 B1G) will play game two at 8 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.

Penn State 4, Ohio State 3

Ohio State led 1-0 after the first period on a Mason Jobst power play tally. In the second period Penn State scored back-to-back in a 5:24 span to take a 2-1 lead, with an even strength and power play goal. At 11:43 Jobst set up Austin Pooley for a shorthanded goal to tie the game at 2, but the Nittany Lions answered less than a minute later with a 4-on-4 goal to go back ahead (3-2). Just 2:32 into the third period Buckeye senior John Wiitala tied the game at 3, but Penn State scored the gamewinner on the power play at 8:36.

The teams combined for 87 shots, with Ohio State ahead, 44-43. Each team had four power play chances, with PSU 2-for-4 and Ohio State 1-for-4.

The goal scored by the Nittany Lions in the second period ended Buckeye goalie Sean Romeo’s shutout streak at 204:27, the longest streak in program history. Jobst had two points in the game to match the Big Ten record for career points in Big Ten games only (86).

The Buckeye Goals

  • On the first power play chance of the night, Mason Jobst put a shot top corner, set up by Gustaf Westlund and Tanner Laczynski. He has a goal in all five Big Ten games this season and leads the team with eight tallies on the year.
  • With the Buckeyes killing a penalty, Jobst raced to the puck and into the PSU zone. He was being h
  • ooked by a Penn State player while driving the net and he dropped the puck to Austin Pooley, whose wrist shot beat the Nittany Lion goalie at 11:43. The tally was Pooley’s first of the year.
  • Early in the third, Quinn Preston battled down low before sending the puck to defenseman Sasha Larocque. He found John Wiitala in the faceoff circle and his wrist shot went glove side at 2:32. The assist was the first for Preston as a Buckeye.

Saves and Shots

  • Sean Romeo had an Ohio State career-high tying 39 saves while playing 58:10. It matched his total set Feb. 10 at Notre Dame.
  • The PSU goal in the second period ended Romeo’s shutout streak at a program-record 204:27 after three consecutive shutouts.
  • The Buckeyes blocked 16 shots, led by Gordi Myer, John Wiitala, Ronnie Hein and Matt Miller with two each.
  • The 44 shots on goal for the Buckeyes matched the season high, while the 43 shots allowed were an opponent season high.

Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik

On when things went wrong for Ohio State
“We played the way we needed to play in the first period but in the second period we had too many turnovers and weren’t taking care of the puck. Penn State’s going to get their shots. They have a really good hockey team and we respect that. However, to beat a good team like that, you have to stick with how you know how to play and we lost that.”

On the defensive effort
“Penn State gets as many shots in on the net as they want and I’m okay with that. It’s just a matter of us continuing to play the way we need to play and tonight we made too many mistakes.”

Buckeye This and That

  • Sean Romeo had his program record shutout streak end at 204:27. It passed the 197:06 set by Christian Frey Dec. 18, 2015-Jan. 9, 2016 and the 195:32 posted by sophomore Tommy Nappier at the end of last year through his second start of this year.
  • Mason Jobst tied the league career record for points in Big Ten games only with his 86th point in a conference game. The record was set by Minnesota’s Justin Kloos from 2013-17. Jobst has 39 career goals in Big Ten play to own the league record for career tallies in B1G games.
  • Jobst has a goal in each Big Ten game this season and in each of his last three games.
  • Jobst and Tanner Laczynski share the team lead with 12 points each.
  • The shorthanded goal was the first for the Buckeyes this season.
  • The game was the first time Ohio State lost when leading after the first period since Dec. 31, 2016.
  • Gustaf Westlund leads the Buckeyes with eight assists this year, with four in the last three games combined.
  • Laczynski has a 1-4-5 line in his last three games.