Buckeyes Fall in Regular Season Finale to Penn State, 4-2
March 15, 2014
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The Ohio State men's hockey team lost to Penn State, 4-2, Saturday afternoon in the final game of the regular season. Up next, the Buckeyes head to Saint Paul, Minn., for the Big Ten Tournament in the Xcel Energy Center. Ohio State (16-13-5, 6-9-5-4 B1G) will be the No. 4 seed and take on Michigan State in the first round Thursday, with the winner going up against regular-season champion and top seed Minnesota Friday. The tournament champion earns the league's automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.
Penn State led 3-1 after the first period. The Nittany Lions had a 2-0 lead 6:59 into the game on a power play goal from Nate Jensen at 2:51 followed by an unassisted goal from Curtis Loik. Buckeye senior Curtis Gedig cut the lead to 2-1, scoring from the point on the power play, assisted by juniors Tanner Fritz and Max McCormick, at 9:44. At 18:43 Penn State regained its two-goal lead on a Tommy Olczyk score. Shots were 11-8 in favor of Penn State in the period. Each team had two power play chances.
Buckeye sophomore Anthony Greco scored the only goal of the second period, putting in the rebound of a McCormick shot after an initial attempt from sophomore Sam Jardine. Each team had 10 shots on net in the period and the Nittany Lions had the only power play.
Penn State added a fourth goal at 6:55 of the third period when Taylor Holstrom redirected a Jensen shot on the power play. Each team had 11 shots in the stanza. Ohio State had one power play chance and Penn State was 1-for-2. Ohio State skated with an extra attacker for the final two-minutes plus and had chances, but was unable to convert.
Penn State outshot the Buckeyes, 32-29, in the game. Buckeye freshman Matt Tomkins made 28 saves in 56:44. Matthew Skoff had 27 saves in all 60 minutes for the Nittany Lions.
The Buckeyes blocked 22 Penn State shots, led by Gedig with four and junior Justin DaSilva with three.
Ohio State was 1-for-3 on the power play and Penn State was 2-for-5.
With one game left tonight (Minnesota at Michigan), Buckeye junior Ryan Dzingel leads all Big Ten skaters in scoring in B1G games only with 24 points and shares the league lead with 12 goals. He is first in the conference in points overall (43) and shares the conference lead with 20 goals.
McCormick is second on the team with 31 points, his second campaign with 30-plus points. Fritz is third in points with 28.