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Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Beat Ohio State 4-1 To Split Weekend Series

by on January 11, 2015 6:00 AM

Penn State men's hockey took care of business on Saturday afternoon, knocking off Ohio State 4-1.

The victory comes less than 24 hours after Penn State's comeback from a third period 4-0 deficit fell short in overtime following a controversial no-call.

Saturday's win snaps a three game losing streak and puts the Nittany Lions back on track with a streak of home games coming up on the schedule.

How It Happened:

Looking to rebound from a heartbreaking 5-4 overtime loss on Friday night, Penn State took the ice at Pegula Ice Arena on Saturday with a little extra energy and focus. Early in the game though Ohio State controlled the tempo with a few quality chances that Penn State goalie Eamon McAdam saved. McAdam would be strong all night en route to a 35 save effort that included a few breakaway stops at key junctures of play.

Penn State finally got on the scoreboard with just under 45 seconds remaining in the period. Curtis Loik tapped home a tick-tac-toe pass from Eric Scheid and Scott Conway.

Much like Friday night though, Ohio State came out ready to play in the second period. A power play goal on a 5-on-3 advantage at 4:45 into the frame tied up the game. 

Penn State's David Goodwin made sure history wouldn't be repeated and took back the Nittany Lion lead with a feed from Taylor Hollrom only moments into a 4-on-4 penalty period. Less than a minute later, Eric Scheid tapped in a 2-on-0 pass from Scott Conway to give Penn State a commanding 3-1 lead with just under eight minutes to play in the second period.

From there it was all Nittany Lions. Ohio State tried to mount a comeback but faced a brick wall of Penn State defense in the final 20 minutes of play. A McAdam breakaway save kept the Nittany Lions ahead by two goals and a Scheid empty net tally with just under 2 minutes to play secured the final 4-1 margin.

McAdam improved to 4-2-0 on the year as the Nittany Lions retained their Big Ten lead at 4-2-0. Penn State's overall record improves to 10-7-2.

It Was Over When:

Penn State scored two goals in a span of 50 seconds midway through the second period to give the Nittany Lions a 3-1 lead and all the momentum needed to carry out the rest of the game. Penn State netminder Eamon McAdam stopped a shorthanded breakaway with just over seven minutes to go in the game that made sure the Buckeyes weren't going to make any kind of a comeback. 

Player Of The Game:

McAdam picked up his 4th win of the season and the first home victory of his career on Saturday stopping 35 shots -- and timely ones at that. Eric Scheid picks up a nod as well for a 2 goal 1 assist night in his second game back in the lineup after suffering a concussion. 

Stat Of The Game: 

Casey Bailey entered Saturday's game tied for the national lead in goals with 14. Bailey is tied with four other players for the lead but only registered three shots on goal after firing 11 attempts on net Friday night.

What's Next:

Penn State will stay at home to face Michigan State next weekend in another key stretch of Big Ten play.

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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