Final Stats: Penn State 10, Ohio State 9 // Postgame Comments
COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 15 Ohio State lost a 10-9 decision to Penn State on Saturday at Ohio State to conclude the regular season. The Buckeyes are 4-6 and will have a chance to continue their season next week with a home game in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament. An opponent and game time will be announced in the coming days.
The Short Story
The Buckeyes led 9-8 with under two minutes to play before Penn State scored twice in the final 1:08 to complete its comeback. Dylan Folds netted both of the goals, including the game-winner with just 23 seconds remaining. Ohio State did get two shots off during its final possession but both were saved by PSU goalie Aleric Fyock.
Jack Myers led Ohio State with four goals while Tre Leclaire added two and Jackson Reid finished with three points (1G, 2A).
“Credit to Penn State for its execution down the stretch,” said head coach Nick Myers. “It was a battle for four quarters and we’re certainly hurting to not get the result we wanted. I’m proud of the way we battled and the seniors, because everything starts with them.”
How the Goals Were Scored
- Tre Leclaire (5:15) and Jack Myers (4:38) scored back-to-back goals in the first quarter to stake the Buckeyes to a 2-1 lead. Penn State tied the game at 2-all with 20 seconds remaining in the opening quarter and then took their first lead of the day at 3-2 four and a half minutes into the second quarter.
- The Buckeyes finally broke a long scoring drought with a man-up goal by Ryan Terefenko at the 6:44 mark of the second quarter. Five minutes later, Myers scored his second of the day to give the lead back to Ohio State at 4-3. Penn State would score as the second quarter expired for a 4-4 halftime tally.
- Ohio State put together back-to-back goals quickly in the third quarter (14:05 and 11:43) by Leclaire and Jackson Reid to open their largest lead of the day at 6-4.
- Penn State answered back to a two-goal rally of its own but Myers’ third of the day gave the Buckeyes a 7-6 lead at the end of the three quarters.
- The Nittany Lions and Buckeyes traded goals over the first 11 minutes of the fourth quarter, but Myers put Ohio State in front 9-8 with 4:02 to play with his fourth tally of the afternoon.
- PSU’s Mac O’Keefe found Foulds open in front of the goal with 1:08 to play to tie the game at 9-9 and the Nittany Lions then won the ensuing faceoff to gain a possession that ended with Folds scoring again with 23 seconds remaining.
- Ohio State did have one final scoring opportunity as time expired but was turned away by PSU goalie Aleric Fyock.
This and That
- Leclaire’s goal with 14:05 remaining in the third quarter gave him 200 career points and makes him just the fifth player in program history to reach that milestone. The others are: Terry Gilmore (250, 1976-79), Logan Schuss (237, 2010-13), Joel Dalgarno (227, 2006-09) and Jesse King (208, 2012-15).
- Alec Van de Bovenkamp made 13 saves on the afternoon, just one off of his season-high set on March 20 vs. Maryland. He stopped 10 shots in the second half.
- In addition to 12 saves, Van de Bovenkamp also picked up six ground balls.
- Seniors Eric Wenz and Jeff Henrick both caused two turnovers.
- Jack Myers has scored multiple goals in all 10 games and leads the team with 41 points on 31 goals and 10 assists.
- Grant Mitchell had two points on the day (1G, 1A) and is one of six players this season to register double-figure points (7G, 6A, 13 points).
Shots: Penn State 43, Ohio State 35
Ground Balls: Penn State 32, Ohio State 28
Faceoffs: Penn State 13-22, Ohio State 9-22
Clears: Ohio State 23-24, Penn State 21-22
Extra Man: Ohio State 1-1, Penn State 0-1
Saves: Penn State 15, Ohio State 12
Turnovers: Penn State 15, Ohio State 14
Ohio State will now turn its attention to the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes will be the fourth seed and host a quarterfinal game on Saturday, May 1 at either 6 or 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. More information of times and matchups will be announced at a later date.