Penn State hits the road to face Ohio State this weekend

Penn State hits the road to face Ohio State this weekend

Penn State men’s ice hockey (15-4-3), which moved up to No. 14 in the rankings this past week, will travel to Ohio State to take on the Buckeyes (6-12-2) this coming weekend.

After a deceivingly difficult series at home this past weekend, the Nittany Lions are readying themselves to face another physical Big 10 opponent in the Ohio State Buckeyes.

By the numbers, Penn State is favored to win. Penn State allows just over 2.5 goals and scores just over 4.1 per game, while Ohio State averages 3.30 goals scored and goals allowed. Likewise, Penn State rips roughly 45 shots per game, while Ohio State lags behind at about 34 shots per game. It appears as though Penn State has the upper hand when it comes to getting the puck into the net.

In their first meeting in 2012, Penn State squeaked by with a stress-inducing score of 5-4. Most recently, Penn State lost to Ohio State back in March 2015 in a 3-1 heartbreaking loss, making this trip to Ohio State one of extra importance as the Nittany Lions attempt to rectify that previous loss.

In other men’s hockey news, defenseman Mike Williamson announced this past week that he is voluntarily ending his time as a collegiate hockey player. Williamson, a junior from Leduc, Albert, has battled seemingly endless injuries in the last year.

“It’s unfortunate because the guys on the team love him,” said head coach Guy Gadowsky. “He will remain a part of us doing whatever he can…He loves Penn State and is staying here to get his degree and help the program.”

Williamson played in six games this season for a grand total of 49 during his three year tenure at Penn State.

Get ready for an exciting weekend of Big 10 hockey as the puck drops at 7 p.m. both nights in Ohio. BTN Plus will be live streaming so you won’t miss any of the action!