November 25, 2018

No. 5 Ohio State Posts 5-2 Win over No. 6 Penn State


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Buckeye senior Dakota Joshua broke a two-all tie with 2:17 left in the third period and Ohio State followed with two shorthanded empty net tallies for a 5-2 victory over Penn State Saturday in Value City Arena. No. 5 Ohio State, now 9-4-1 and 4-2-0-0 in the Big Ten, and No. 6 Penn State (10-3-0, 2-2-0-0 B1G) split the weekend Big Ten Conference series.

Up Next

Ohio State closes the first half of its schedule with two games at Minnesota next weekend. The teams will meet at 8 p.m. ET Friday and 5 p.m. ET Saturday in Minneapolis. SportsTime Ohio will carry both games, with the broadcast originating from Fox Sports North and also available on BTN2Go. Ohio State radio will have the games on 1460 AM and on the Ohio State Buckeyes mobile app.

Ohio State 5, Penn State 2

Mason Jobst opened the scoring for the second night in a row, tallying 4:32 into the game. Penn State tied the game with less than a second left in the period and went into the second on the power play, converting at 1:45 to take a 2-1 lead.

At 12:56 of the second Ronnie Hein scored on the power play for the Buckeyes to tie the game at two. The score remained deadlocked until 2:17 remained in regulation. John Wiitala won a faceoff deep in the Nittany Lion zone and Dakota Joshua won the battle and drove to the front of the net, scoring blocker side for a 3-2 Ohio State advantage. Penn State pulled its goalie and a Buckeye penalty gave the Nittany Lions a 6-on-4 advantage with 1:32 left in the third. Ohio State’s Sasha Larocque (18:49) and Brendon Kearney (19:56) both scored shorthanded into the empty net, with Ronnie Hein assisting on both tallies, to seal the win.

Buckeye goalie Tommy Nappier had 38 saves in the victory, as the Buckeyes were outshot 40-33. 

The Buckeye Goals

  • Mason Jobst opened the scoring for the second night in a row, putting in the rebound of a shot by Gustaf Westlund from right in front at 4:32. Carson Meyer also assisted on the tally, Jobst’s team-best ninth of the year.
  • On the power play, a shot by Matt Miller from the point tipped off Meyer’s stick and then off Ronnie Hein’s body and in at 12:56 of the second period. The goal was Hein’s fourth of the year.
  • In the third, John Wiitala won a faceoff in the PSU zone. Dakota Joshua won the puck and drove the net through Nittany Lion defenders, scoring blocker side at 17:43 to put the Buckeyes ahead 3-2.
  • With Penn State skating 6-on-4, Hein won a faceoff to senior defenseman Sasha Larocque. From near the Ohio State goal line, he banked the puck off the boards in the Buckeye zone and it caromed down the ice and in at 18:49.
  • With time winding down, Hein was able to get the puck out of the Ohio State zone to Brendon Kearney, who skated in alone on the empty Nittany Lion net for his fourth goal of the year, tallying with four seconds left in the game.

Saves and Shots

  • Tommy Napier made a career-high 38 saves in the game. He had 11 stops in the first period, 13 in the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced in the third, including three when the Penn State net was empty.
  • On the year, Nappier is in the Top 5 in the NCAA in goals-against average (1.37) and save percentage (.957).
  • The Buckeyes blocked 19 shots, led by Gordi Myer with four. Sasha Larocque, Tommy Parran, Wyatt Ege, Brendon Kearney and Mason Jobst each had two blocks.
  • Ohio State put 33 shots on the Penn State net, with Peyton Jones making 28 saves in 58:16.

Buckeye This and That                   

  • Mason Jobst’s goal in the first period was his 87th point in a Big Ten Conference game, setting the league record for career points in conference games only. Jobst has a league-record 41 goals in B1G play, with 46 assists to rank third all-time.
  • Jobst has scored in each of the Buckeyes’ six Big Ten games this season. He leads the Buckeyes with nine goals and 13 points this year and is on a four-game goal-scoring streak.
  • Ronnie Hein had a career-high tying three points in the win. It was his first three-point game since Dec. 30, 2017 vs. Niagara and he also had three points vs. Bowling Green Oct. 22, 2016.
  • The Buckeyes scored two shorthanded goals for the first time since Dec. 2, 2006 at Michigan State.
  • Freshman Gustaf Westlund leads the Buckeyes with nine assists this year, with five in the last four games combined.
  • The five goals scored by the Buckeyes were a season high. The team is averaging 2.64 goals per game.
  • Ohio State has held 11 of 14 opponents to two or fewer goals this season and is giving up 2.0 goals per contest on the year. Penn State entered the game scoring an NCAA-best 5.58 goals per game.
  • Sasha Larocque’s goal was his first of the year and his first since March 2 vs. Michigan State. He was +4 for the third time in his career and is on a three-game point streak.
  • Carson Meyer had two assists for his fourth two-point game of the season. He is third on the team with 10 points, on four goals and six assists.

Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik

On responding from last night’s loss
“I give a lot of credit to our team. Sometimes you have video sessions and you’re going through some things that aren’t too pleasant at times but that’s the way to get better.”

On how the team improved from Friday
“I think we played better for sure. No team is ever going to be perfect even though a coach always wants it to be perfect. I don’t think we will ever be perfect but we will certainly work hard to get there.”