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.
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
Saves and Shots
With his goal in the first period, Mason Jobst became the all-time points leader in Big Ten games only.
— Ohio State Men's Hockey (@OhioStateMHKY) November 25, 2018
Buckeye This and That
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.”