Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Fail To Find Answers In 6-3 Loss To Ohio State
Penn State dropped to 16-3-2 on the year following a 6-3 loss to No.11 Ohio State on Saturday night. The Nittany Lions now sit two points behind Minnesota for the Big Ten lead.
How It Happened:
Penn State started off hot for the second straight night but turnovers and mistakes doomed the Nittany Lions as Ohio State won 6-3 on Saturday night.
It was David Thompson who got the scoring going just 2:38 into the game, firing a blast past Christian Frey to give Penn State a 1-0 lead. A turnover a few minutes later would turn out to be a good summation of the night's play as Ohio State jumped on an errant pass and John Wiitala skated in all alone, slotting a shot past Peyton Jones.
With just under two minutes remaining in the period it was Ohio State breaking the tie with a power play goal to give the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead after the opening 20 minutes of play.
An Ohio State goal just 18 seconds into the second period added to the lead and stunned a packed Pegula Ice Arena. Seven minutes later Kris Myllari pulled Penn State within just one and brought the crowd back to life.
The Buckeyes dodged a bullet though as Penn State failed to find the back of the net during a five minute power play advantage. Andrew Sturtz tied the game though with just seconds remaining in the period slotting a shot high and past Frey from a tight angle.
Two quick goals to open the third period gave Ohio State a 5-3 lead and Penn State never managed sustained offensive pressure, despite a power play midway through the frame. A 2-on-1 break by Ohio State resulted in the game's final tally.
It Was Over When:
Ohio State opened the third period with two quick goals and the Nittany Lions never got their skates under them in the final frame. The first goal came 38 seconds into the period, the Buckeyes scoring 18 seconds into the second period earlier in the game. Penn State did a good job erasing a 3-1 second period deficit, but Ohio State's flurry of goals to open the third were too much, especially with Christian Frey playing another outstanding game in net for the Buckeyes.
Stat Of The Game:
Ohio State blocked 34 Penn State shots on goal, more than the Buckeyes managed on goal themselves (28) it was that kind of night for the Nittany Lions who peppered the Ohio State defense all night but couldn't get past Christian Frey for the second straight night. Penn State managed three goals, but it was never easy to create good chances and this stat showed it.
Player Of The Game:
For the Nittany Lions it was Chase Berger picking up two assists and four shots on the goal to pace Penn State. Beyond that though the Nittany Lions had a fairly sloppy night with turnovers and miscues dooming Penn State's chances against a stingy Ohio State defense. Frey was the best player on the ice though making 41 saves and was a key anchor for the Buckeye defense.
Penn State heads to Philadelphia for a single game against Princeton.