Feb. 1, 2014
- WATCH: Ohio State press conference and highlights
- WATCH: Penn State press conference
- All-Buckeye Team release
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's hockey team scored five unanswered goals to defeat Penn State, 5-2, and earn a series sweep of the Nittany Lions Saturday afternoon in Value City Arena. Ohio State (14-9-1, 4-5-1- B1G) downed the Nittany Lions (4-17-1, 0-8-0-0 B1G), 5-1, Friday in game one of the series.
The game marked the 50th anniversary celebration of the Ohio State men's hockey program. The alumni in attendance were recognized on the ice pregame, with three members of the first team (1963-64) - Jim Witherspoon, Roger Hartsock and Richard Siferd - dropping the ceremonial puck. The All-Buckeye Team was revealed during the first intermission. Jeff Maund is the All-Buckeye Team goalie, joined by defensemen Witherspoon and Greg Kostenko and forwards Hugo Boisvert, Paul Pooley and Paul Tilley.
The Buckeyes gave up two goals early to Penn State but scored three times in the second, including back-to-back power play goals from Tanner Fritz and Ryan Dzingel less than two minutes apart, to tie the game and then take the lead. Sophomore Anthony Greco's goal with 1:07 left in the second broke the two-all tie and stood as the gamewinner. Max McCormick scored early in the third for a 4-2 advantage and Darik Angeli sealed the win with an empty-net goal late in the third. Dzingel, the Big Ten's leading scorer, had a team-best three points on a goal and two assists. Fritz had a goal and a helper for two points and freshman Nick Schilkey picked up two assists.
Ohio State travels for two games at Michigan State next weekend. The teams will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday (BTN) and at 4 p.m. Saturday (Fox Sports Detroit/SportsTime Ohio) in East Lansing. The Buckeyes then return to Columbus to host Wisconsin Feb. 14-15.
Penn State scored twice in the first seven minutes of the game and maintained the advantage at the end of the opening stanza. Dylan Richard started the scoring at 2:31 and Casey Bailed made it 2-0 at 6:47. The Nittany Lions outshot the Buckeyes, 13-6, in the period.
The Buckeyes converted their second power play of the game when Tanner Fritz scored from in close off an assist from Schilkey at 2:07, with Dzingel notching the second helper. Another power play ensued quickly and the Buckeyes again made it count. Dzingel's shot from the point got through traffic for his league-best 17th goal of the season, tallied at 3:36. Fritz had the sole assist on the goal after winning the faceoff to start the play. With time running down in the stanza, Dzingel passed to junior Nick Oddo in the slot. He was able to slip a pass to Greco in front and he roofed it over the goalie for a 3-2 Buckeye advantage at 18:53. Shots were 9-7 in favor of PSU in the stanza.
Just 1:39 into the third McCormick blasted a shot to give Ohio State a two-goal lead (4-2). Schilkey and freshman defenseman Drew Brevig assisted on the tally, McCormick's 10th of the year. Angeli took a pass from Tyler Lundey, with sophomore Sam Jardine starting the play up ice, and scored into the empty net for a 5-2 Buckeye advantage with 1:27 left in regulation. Ohio State held Penn State to just four shots in the period, putting 10 on the Nittany Lion net.
Penn State outshot the Buckeyes, 26-24, in the game. Freshman Christian Frey started his third consecutive game for the Buckeyes and made 24 saves, allowing two goals, in 59:25. He moved his record to 5-1, with a 2.19 goals-against average and .936 save percentage. Penn State's Matthew Skoff had 19 stops in 59:49, allowing four goals.
Ohio State was 2-for-4 on the power play in the game. The team has a power play goal in nine of the last 12 games, converting 31.9 (15-of-47) opportunities in the stretch. On the year, the squad is 25-for-110, ranking in the Top 10 nationally at 22.7 percent. Penn State was scoreless on four chances.
A Hobey Baker candidate, Dzingel leads the Buckeyes with 17 goals and 36 points this season, ranking in the Top 10 nationally in goals, goals per game (.71) and points per game (1.5). He leads the Big Ten in all three categories. He had six points in the series vs. Penn State, with three goals and three assists. Dzingel has 98 career points, with 40 goals and 58 points, in 97 career games.
Fritz and Dzingel share the team assist lead with 19 helpers each. Fritz is among the Top 10 nationally in assists per game and is third on the team with 23 points. McCormick is second on the squad with 10 goals and 24 points, ranking among the Big Ten leaders. Oddo has a 7-15-22 line to rank fourth on the squad in points.
Ohio State is fourth nationally in scoring offense, averaging 3.62 goals per game. The squad has three or more goals in 19 games on the year. The squad has allowed two goals or less in five of its last seven outings.
The Buckeye junior class had eight of the team's 14 points in the game and 19 of 26 points in the sweep of Penn State. The class averages 5.71 points per game and has totaled 137 points in 24 games.
Ohio State Postgame Quotes
Steve Rohlik, Ohio State head coach
On his team's performance
"We knew we were playing a good hockey team and knew they were going to come out strong. We didn't answer the bell early, but I saw a hockey team grow up today. I'm proud of these guys. They never panicked, got in the locker room after the first period and got back to the basics."
On the defense limiting PSU chances
"We cut their shots from almost 50 yesterday to less than 30, so it was a huge improvement. They're a hard-working team and they get to tough areas, so you're going to give up some shots. We improved tremendously the last 40 minutes today compared to the first 20."
Ryan Dzingel, junior forward
On the quick turnaround from last night's game
"It was pretty tough, but both teams had to do it, so we couldn't use it as an excuse. We picked it up and played much better after a slow start."