A Split Series in Buckeye Country
Friday night’s game aired on the BTN network, to hundreds of anxious viewers who knew this would be a showdown to remember.
Andrew Sturtz (Buffalo, N.Y.) started off strong by scoring the first goal of the evening in the tenth minute of the first period. Unfortunately, his goal was quickly returned by Ohio State almost exactly one minute later.
After a tense second period in which both teams held each other to a single goal, Ohio State struck again in the eighteenth minute, leaving it up to Penn State to make its comeback in the third.
Nittany Lion Kevin Kerr (Bensalem, Pa.) could not have scored his first collegiate goal at a better time than in the fifteenth minute of the third period, keeping Penn State in the game and sending both teams into overtime.
Alec Marsh (Bridgewater, N.J.) took matters into his own hands as he gained control of a PSU shot that had bounced off the boards, skated up from the goal line and ripped a shot that slid past the Buckeye’s netminder, effectively winning the game for Penn State and notching Marsh’s first collegiate game winning goal.
Penn State’s goalie Matt Skoff (McKees Rocks, Pa.) was kept busy on Friday, making 38 astonishing saves for the Nittany Lions.
Saturday night proved to be more difficult for Penn State, as the Buckeyes came out strong, starting their scoring spree within the first four minutes of the first period.
It was not until the Lions were down 3-0 at the start of the third period that Eric Scheid (Blaine, Minn.) launched a shot past Ohio State’s goalie, giving Penn State its only goal that evening.
Despite outshooting Ohio State 34-30, the Nittany Lions could not find the back of the net enough times to come away with the win.
Penn State goalie Eamon McAdam (Perkasie, Pa.) notched 25 saves for the Lions, very much keeping up team morale as the game went on.
Despite a difficult night on Saturday, the Lions come away with a split series and high hopes for their coming showdown against Michigan (14-3-4, 5-1-2) this Thursday at home at Pegula Ice Arena. The competition then continues as the second game of the series will be played on this Saturday at 7 p.m. at the famous venue of Madison Square Garden. We hope to see you there!