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Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Fall 4-2 To Ohio State Friday Night

by on March 14, 2014 10:15 PM

How It Happened:

Ohio State opened up the scoring 9:07 into the game and would never trail again during Friday night's contest.

The Buckeyes added another goal from the Big Ten's leading goal scorer in Ryan Dzingel only 3:08 into the second period.

But Penn State's Mike Williamson would score only minutes later on a Nittany Lion power play.

The surge didn't last long though. Ohio State added two goals in a span of 35 seconds to extend the 2-1 second period lead to a 4-1 margin.

Penn State was shorthanded for almost nine full minutes to open the third period after a major penalty and two additional penalties that gave Ohio State a man advantage. The Nittany Lions didn't give up a goal during that span though and Penn State netminder PJ Musico stood tall -- making several key saves to keep the score at 4-1.

Head coach Guy Gadowsky opted to pull Musico for an extra attacker in the final three minutes of play and the strategy paid. Jonathan Milley added a goal to his name with just under two minutes remaining in regulation. Penn State continued to pepper Buckeye goaltender Christian Frey who made 40 saves on the night but the Nittany Lions couldn't get any closer, falling 4-2. 

Ohio State would miss two open nets with Musico on the bench, a small victory for the Nittany Lion faithful.

Turning Point: 

Two goals in 35 seconds doomed a surging Penn State team midway through the second period. Penn State had been cruising in the offensive zone but the Nick Oddo and Nick Schilkey tallies took the wind right out of the Nittany Lions' sails.

Player of the Game: 

Ryan Dzingel scored two goals and assisted on another showing a packed Pegula Ice Arena why he is one of the best players in the nation. On the Penn State side, Jonathan Milley registered eight shots on goal an was +1 on the night in one of his best games as a Nittany Lion.

Stat of the Game: 

After a five minute major started off the third period, two additional penalties led to almost nine straight minutes of a man-advantage for Ohio State. Penn State has been a penalty prone team all season but had limited penalties in the later half of the season.

What's Is Next: 

Penn State will finish out the regular season in a rematch with the Buckeyes on Saturday afternoon before heading to the Big Ten tournament to face Michigan, a team the Nittany Lions have beaten twice this season.

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