No. 2 Penn State Men’s Hockey Splits Series with No. 11 Ohio State

No. 2 Penn State Men’s Hockey Splits Series with No. 11 Ohio State

This past weekend, No. 2 M. Hockey (13-2-1, 3-1-0) headed to Columbus to resume their hockey season against the No. 11 Buckeyes.

Penn State has always faced difficulty in Ohio State, and this weekend was no exception.

Friday night proved to be the greatest test yet this season, as the Nittany Lions were shutout 3-0, their first shoutout since March 2015.

Despite the disappointing score, the game was tightly played, with Penn State creating multiple opportunities and giving Ohio State a run for their money.

Senior Dylan Richard (Sherwood Park, Alberta) notched an apparent goal in the first period, but the goal was overturned due to evidence that he kicked in the puck during the power play.

Ohio State scored with just over two minutes left in the first period and added another point late in the second.

Chase Berger (St. Louis, Mo.), David Goodwin (Des Peres, Mo.), and Denis Smirnov (Moscow, Russia) all used their superior stick-handling skills to create multiple chances for scoring in the third period, but simply could not convert.


Ohio State sealed the fate of Friday night with a third and final goal with under two minutes left in the third period.

Saturday night told a different, more positive story for the Nittany Lions, who rallied to defeat the Buckeyes 4-2.

Penn State was on fire, with a series of passes in the second period from Trevor Hamilton (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.) and Goodwin up to Brandon Biro (Sherwood Park, Alberta) to set up Biro for the first goal of the night.

It was Erik Autio (Espoo, Finland) who added to the success on an odd-man rush to bring score 2-0 in the third period.

About eight minutes into the third, Ricky DeRosa (Aston, Pa.) solidified the lead thanks to an assist by Nikita Pavlychev (Yaroslavl, Russia), 3-0.

Ohio State took advantage of a 5-on-3 situation in their favor, hammering in two goals in two minutes to bring the score to a tense 3-2.

It was Berger who saved the day as he took advantage of a power play and empty net, scoring the final goal of the evening for Penn State, finishing off the series with a 4-2 Nittany Lion win.

Goaltender Peyton Jones (Langhorne, Pa.) played the full duration of both games, notching 24 saves on Saturday.

Penn State returns home to the Pegula Ice Arena next Friday night at 7 p.m. against the formidable Michigan State Spartans. We hope to see you there!