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Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Can't Hang On To Early Lead, Fall To Buckeyes Saturday

by on February 02, 2014 8:10 AM

Penn State hockey was looking to bounce back from a 5-1 loss on Friday night but couldn't hang on to an early lead.

The Nittany Lions eventually lost 5-2 to Ohio State in Columbus on Saturday.

The Nittany Lions took an early 1-0 lead on the Buckeyes just less than three minutes into the game. Freshman forward Dylan Richard was credited for the tally and would record his first career multi-point game by the end of the contest. The goal was only Richard's second on the year.  

Only a few minutes following Richard's goal Nittany Lion forward Casey Bailey slotted a wrist shot into the back of the net to five Penn State a 2-0 lead. Richard was credited with the assist.

The advantage was short lived though as Ohio State scored three times in the second period. Two of those goals came on the power play. The Buckeyes made it a 2-1 game only 2:07 into the second period and would tie the game only 1:29 after that.

Penn State held back the rush for the majority of the period until Ohio State took its first lead of the game with only 1:07 to go in the second stanza.  

Ohio State would score once more in the third period before adding an empty-net goal with 1:27 to go in the game.  

The Nittany Lions outshot their opponent for the third straight game and fifth time in a six-game span. They held a 26-24 edge in the category. But Penn State finished 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Big Ten's best power play unit in Ohio State went 2-for-4 with the man advantage. Sophomore goaltender Matthew Skoff made 19 saves for Penn State.

Penn State will return to Pegula Ice Arena next weekend when it hosts a two-game series against No. 12/12 Michigan. Opening faceoff in the series opener Friday, Feb. 7 is set at 7 p.m.

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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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