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Penn State (19-8-4-1) took care of business in the opening game of its final home series of the season, taking down Ohio State, 6-1. The team came out strong in the first period, grabbing a 1-0 lead despite a furious effort by the visiting Buckeyes.
The second period contained seven combined penalties. PSU was able to extend its lead via four goals, three coming in the final six minutes of the frame. Six was a theme throughout the night, as six different players scored the Lions' six goals. Continuing with that trend, David Glen scored his sixth goal of the year to become the all-time leading scorer in Penn State program history.
The Buckeyes were able to grab one goal in the final period, but the outcome of the game was never in doubt for the final 20 minutes.
The teams will play game two of the series on Saturday at 3 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
The game got off to a slow start with each team icing the puck several times early on. With just over 12 minutes remaining in the first period, Glen got Penn State on the board when he scored off of a great pass from David Goodwin. Andrew Sturtz assisted on the play as well. The goal made the team captain the highest scoring player in program history, passing Casey Bailey.
With eight minutes remaining in the period the teams skated 4-on-4 after OSU was called for a penalty while it had a man advantage. Once the Penn State penalty expired, the team had a brief 5-on-4 advantage. It didn't last long, as Alec Marsh was called for a tripping penalty. The teams skated 4-on-4 again but neither team had a serious scoring chance. The Buckeyes had a power play for just over a minute to finish off the penalty time, but the Lions were able to hold on, preserving the 1-0 lead.
The final five minutes of the opening frame was played with an extremely fast pace on the ice with each team having several quality scoring chances. Eamon McAdam made a diving save after OSU had two shots on goal with under a minute left before the intermission.
The second period started as the first finished, with the teams skating furiously from end to end. Penn State gained a 2-0 advantage five minutes into the period when Vince Pedrie took a great crossing pass from Eric Scheid and slammed it into the back of the net.
The Lions were called for a pair of penalties in the minutes following the score but were able to kill them off without allowing a goal. With eight minutes left in the period, Penn State extended the lead to 3-0 when David Goodwin got a shot past OSU goalie Christian Frey. Frey was replaced by backup goalie Matt Tomkins following the play.
Shortly after the goal, the Buckeyes were called for a two minute interference penalty when Dakota Joshua left his feet to hit a vulnerable Marsh, who was also elevated from the ice. The Lions made it count, as Luke Juha scored early in the power play to extend the PSU lead to 4-0 late in the second period.
Following the Juha goal the teams were assessed matching penalties after a nasty scrum in front of the OSU net. During the 4-on-4 sequence, Marsh avenged the vicious hit from earlier with a goal to bring the lead to 5-0.
Early in the third period the Buckeyes struck back with a power play goal from Nick Schilkey. Matthew Weis and Anthony Greco assisted on the play. Late in the period Zach Saar added an empty-net goal to make the final score 6-1 in favor of the home team.
Stars of the Game
Vince Pedrie, Penn State. One goal and two assists.
Eamon McAdam, Penn State. 32 saves and a win.
David Glen, Penn State. One goal and one assist.