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Penn State (16-5-3) was unable to overcome a slow start on the road. The Buckeyes used its overwhelming team speed to find scoring lanes early and often. A series split on the road in conference play is par for the course, so while this loss hurts it is not one that should linger in the minds of the fans or the team.
The Buckeyes got out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back. Penn State came out in the final period and gave a valiant effort at the comeback but ultimately it was not enough. The loss leaves PSU with a 6-2 record in conference.
The Lions will host Michigan on Thursday at 7 p.m. in State College. The second game of the weekend series will be played in Madison Square Garden as part of the Big Ten Super Saturday Hoops and Hockey presentation. The men's basketball team will square off with Michigan at noon and the ice surface will be cleared for the 7 p.m. hockey game. Both games will be broadcast on BTN.
Key Moments In The Game
Early in the first period Craig Dalrymple beat Eamon McAdam with a hard wrist shot to give Ohio State a quick 1-0 lead. It was the second-fastest goal allowed by the Lions this season, coming only 3:30 into the game.
With just under 5 minutes remaining in the opening period Zach Saar forced OSU goalie Christian Frey to make a couple of saves and cover the puck. The next trip down the ice Tommy Olczyk made a great spin move to carry the puck into the zone and close to Frey. Olczyk hit the post on the shot and the Lions were unable to grab the rebound.
The first penalty of the game came midway through the contest. Ohio State's Matthew Weis was called for interference. The Lions had a few quality chances with the man advantage but it was Ohio State that got a goal. Nick Schilkey scored a short-handed goal after Penn State turned the puck over in its own defensive zone on a long breakout pass attempt.
Ten minutes later Ohio State scored for the third time when Miguel Fidler scored his first collegiate goal.
Eric Scheid scored a much needed goal for the Lions with 1:14 off the clock in the third period. Alec Marsh and Dylan Richard assisted on the play.
WATCH: Eric Scheid gets the #NittanyLions on the board. It's 3-1 OSU early in the third. https://t.co/44w8IDAR84 #WeAre #HockeyValley— Penn State Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) January 24, 2016
A minute after the goal that cut the OSU lead to 3-1, the Buckeyes were handed a 5 minute major penalty. Josh Healey was given a game misconduct for a very dangerous hit on Alec Marsh. Marsh had no idea the late hit was coming and was lucky to escape injury. It is likely that Healey will face a suspension for play. The Lions had a man advantage for 5 minutes but were unable to cut into the lead.
Mason Jobst put the dagger in the Penn State comeback with a power play goal with just under 7 minutes left to play.
Dakota Joshua added an empty net goal with just over 4 minutes left in the game to end any hope of a PSU comeback.
Stars of the Game
Tyler Lundey, Ohio State. Two assists.
Christian Frey, Ohio State. 29 saves and a win.
Eric Scheid. Penn State. One goal.