UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Ohio State men's hockey team scored three goals in the third period to down No. 1/2-ranked Penn State, 6-3, Friday in Pegula Ice Arena. The Buckeyes led 2-1 after the first period but the teams were tied at three after 40 minutes. Ohio State scored twice in the first two minutes of the third to take control.
The game ended the regular season series between the teams, with the Buckeyes ahead 2-1-1 with a shootout win Friday. Ohio State is now 12-4-6 overall and 3-2-1-1 in B1G action. Penn State falls to 16-3-2 and 5-2-1-0 B1G.
The Buckeyes return home to face Wisconsin at 7 p.m. Thursday. The series will then move to Madison Square Garden in New York City, as the teams will face off at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Ohio State 6, Penn State 3
Penn State scored the first goal of the game early in the first, but the Buckeyes scored the next three for a 3-1 advantage. John Wiitala and Mason Jobst scored in the first, with Dakota Joshua tallying 18 seconds into the middle period. Penn State drew within one at 7:17 of the second. The Buckeyes killed off a five-minute major midway through the period to maintain their lead, but Penn State scored in the final minute of the period for a 3-3 game.
The Buckeyes scored twice in the first 1:41 of the third, with Matthew Weis and Luke Stork lighting the lamp. Christian Lampasso sealed the win with a goal at 17:10. Senior goalie Christian Frey had 41 saves in the win, while the Buckeyes blocked 34 shots.
Jobst, Joshua and Stork each had two points on a goal and an assist, while David Gust had two helpers in the win.
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Quoting Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik
On the win
"To come in this building and get a big win like that is great for our team. The penalty kill on the five minute major was big for us. It was a total team effort."
On players stepping up
"That's why it's a team sport. We talk a lot about next man up and I give credit to a lot of guys that were out there today. That's how you win down the stretch. You win because you have a team. They push each other each day in practice."
Quoting senior goalie Christian Frey
"I couldn't have been happier with the way the guys gutted out two wins this weekend. I think we'll be able to look back on this weekend as when we came into our own as a team to beat."
In the First ...
Penn State got on the board just 2:38 into the game when a shot by David Thompson got through a screen from the point.
At 11:50 sophomore John Wiitala forced a turnover by the Buckeye blue line and skated in alone, scoring on a backhand to tie the game. With the Buckeyes on the power play, sophomore Mason Jobst completed a give and go with sophomore Dakota Joshua and senior David Gust. His goal at 18:20 put the Buckeyes up 2-1 and was his third tally of the weekend.
Shots were 10-8 in favor of the Nittany Lions in the period. The Buckeyes blocked 15 Penn State shot attempts.
In the Second ...
Ohio State went ahead by two (3-1) just 12 seconds into the period, as Dakota Joshua picked up the puck along the boards and skated in on the goalie. His first shot was saved, but the puck stayed in the crease and he was able to score before the goalie was back in position.
The Nittany Lions drew within one at 7:17 when Kris Myllari scored with Buckeye goalie Christian Frey screened. At 10:10 a major penalty was called on the Buckeyes and they were able to hold the Nittany Lions scoreless for the full five minutes, with PSU putting seven shots on net during the advantage. With 25 seconds left in the period Penn State tied the game when Andrew Sturtz scored from a sharp angle.
Ohio State was outshot 20-9 in the period.
In the Third ...
Just 38 seconds into the third period the Buckeyes regained the lead. Matthew Weis took a pass right in front from Mason Jobst and his shot went five-hole. Miguel Fidler also assisted on the score, Weis' sixth of the year. Just over a minute later David Gust passed to Luke Stork up the ice and his long shot went past the goalie's glove at 1:41. The Buckeyes maintained the two-goal lead, holding Penn State to one shot on a power play chance at 5:26. The final goal of the game came at 17:10, as Christian Lampasso redirected a pass from Stork on a 2-on-1.
Christian Frey stopped all 14 shots he faced in the period, and the Buckeyes put 11 shots on net.
Blocking the Puck
Penn State, which leads the NCAA in shots per game (48.24), outshot the Buckeyes, 44-28.
Christian Frey had 41 saves, including 18 in the second period and 14 in the third. He had 97 saves in the weekend series with the Nittany Lions. In conference play, Frey is first among B1G goalies with a 2.32 goals-against average and .946 save percentage.
The Buckeyes were 1-for-2 on the power play in the game and 2-for-6 in the series. On the year, the Buckeyes are 24-for-92 (.261) this season, ranking in the Top 3 nationally.
The Buckeye penalty kill was 2-for-2 in the game, including on a full five-minute major. The squad was 5-for-5 in the series vs. the Nittany Lions.
Buckeye This and That
The win was the Buckeyes' first over a team ranked No. 1 in the USCHO poll since March 21, 2014 vs. Minnesota.
Mason Jobst has 16 points in his last eight games combined, with seven goals and nine assists. He is first on the team with 28 points, including 10 goals. He is third in the Big Ten with 11 points (5g, 6a) in conference games, ranking second with 1.83 points per game.
The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions entered the game as the top two scoring offenses in the country, each averaging 4+ goals per game.