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Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Upend Rival Ohio in 5-3 Contest

by on February 02, 2013 8:06 PM

Rapid Recap: Penn State 5, Ohio 3

How It Happened: Physical play and strong goalkeeping by Matthew Skoff silenced a Bobcat attack looking for one final victory in the two programs' storied rivalry. The game was tied in the final five minutes of play but a wrap-around goal by Penn State's Curtis Loik gave Penn State the 4-3 edge. 

Turning Point: Curtis Loik's goal gave the Nittany Lions the 4-3 edge with 4:54 to go in the game. 

Player of the Game: Matthew Skoff made 34 saves, including many excellent goal-scoring chances for the Bobcats.

Stat of the Game: Penn State gave up a goal in the opening two minutes of every period.

What It Means: Penn State closes out a long-standing rivalry with two victories. While the win doesn't count in the books, it finished off a storied rivalry on a high note for Penn State.

On Deck: Alabama-Huntsville will visit State College for a two-game stand starting 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Second Intermission Update: Penn State 2, Ohio 2

Penn State and Ohio engaged in a physical second 20 minutes with the Bobcats scoring the periods' only goal only 1:53 in to the second stanza. With the physical play came penalties as both teams collected three penalties apiece. Penn State goaltender Matthew Skoff made 11 saves in the period and Bobcat goalie Fedor Dushkin stopped all 17 Nittany Lion shots.

First Intermission Update: Penn State 2, Ohio 

The Nittany Lions opened the second game of a two-game exhibition series against the Ohio Bobcats with physical play to take a 2-1 lead in to the intermission, Saturday night.

Coming off a 6-1 victory the night before at the Hershey Giant Center, the Nittany Lions were looking to open where they left off.

However, Ohio had other plans, pouncing on a puck in transition and sneaking on past Penn State goaltender Matthew Skoff to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead only 1:51 in to the game.

Penn State responded quickly with a blast over Ohio goaltender Dushkin Fedor's right shoulder from Casey Bailey less than a minute later to tie the game George Saad punched in a rebound three minutes later to give the Nittany Lions a 2-1 lead.

While the majority of the play took place in the Bobcat end thanks to an aggressive forecheck, Penn State led only 15-to-14 in the shots category with each goaltender making 13 save.

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