March 14, 2014
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Behind 40 saves from freshman Christian Frey and three-point nights from junior Ryan Dzingel and freshman Nick Schilkey, the Ohio State men's hockey team topped Penn State, 4-2, Friday in Pegula Ice Arena. The teams will close the series, and the regular season, at 3 p.m. Saturday in University Park.
The Buckeyes (16-12-5, 6-8-5-4 B1G) led 1-0 after the first period and 2-0 early in the second. Penn State cut the lead to one (2-1) at 5:14 of the second but Ohio State responded with two goals (35 seconds apart) in the next 2:11 for a 4-1 advantage. The Nittany Lions skated with the net empty for more than the last three minutes, scoring once, for the 4-2 final.
In the opening period, Dzingel scored into the top corner from the right faceoff circle on the power play to put Ohio State on the board and the team carried the lead into the first intermission. Juniors Max McCormick and Tanner Fritz assisted on the goal, which came at 9:07. Shots were 12-8 in favor of Penn State in the period. Ohio State had three power play chances in the stanza and Penn State's only chance came with 32 seconds left in the period.
The Buckeyes outscored the Nittany Lions, 3-1, in the second period. Dzingel completed a tic-tac-toe play with junior Nick Oddo and Schilkey at 3:08 for a 2-0 lead. At 5:14 Penn State made it 2-1 with a power play goal from Mike Williamson but Ohio State responded less than two minutes later, scoring twice in 35 seconds for a 4-1 advantage. Oddo scored on the rush at 6:50, set up by Schilkey and senior Curtis Gedig, followed by a goal from Schilkey, assisted by Dzingel and freshman Josh Healey Each team put 13 shots on goal in the period. A major penalty was called on Penn State with 27 seconds left in the period, carrying over into the third.
The only goal of the third period came with 1:55 remaining when Penn State scored with an extra attacker. Frey made 16 stops in the period and Ohio State put nine shots on net. The Buckeyes were unable to convert on the major power play, including a 5-on-3 advantage for more than a minute.
Penn State outshot the Buckeyes, 42-30, in the game. Frey played all 60 minutes and had 40 saves for the Buckeyes, his second game with 40 or more saves this season. Frey is now 7-3-3 on the year, with a 2.29 goals-against average and .930 save percentage. Penn State goalie PJ Musico had 26 saves in 55:53.
Ohio State was 1-for-6 on the power play in the game and the Nittany Lions converted 1-of-4 chances.
Dzingel leads the Buckeyes and the Big Ten with 43 points and is tied for the lead with 20 goals. In conference games only, Dzingel has a league-best 24 points and is tied for first with 12 goals. It was his sixth three-point game of the year and the eighth of his career.
Schilkey had the first three-point night of his Ohio State career. He has 24 points on the year, with 12 goals and 12 assists. Oddo had a two-point night, his eighth multiple-point game this year. He has 27 points this year, with eight goals and 19 assists, and is a team-high +23.
Mason Jobst - All-American