A game that started with the Lions jumping out to a 3-1 lead became a very tight contest in the late-going. The Buckeyes stormed back, scoring four goals in the third period to take a lead into the final second of the game.
That’s when Andrew Sturtz scored, with 0.7 seconds left in the game, to send it into overtime. Sturtz then scored the only goal during the shootout to give the Lions the extra point in conference standings. It was a testament to Guy Gadowsky’s team, facing adversity on the road, refusing to give in even under the most difficult of times. After squandering a two-goal lead in the final period and facing a deficit with an empty net, the team did not quit.
It was the second time in as many weeks that the Lions scored with an empty net to force overtime. Chris Funkey played an amazing game in net for the Lions, facing a ranked team on the road, making 43 saves.
The teams will square off for the second game of the series on Saturday at 4 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on BTN Plus.
Penn State had the first power-play opportunity but was unable to get a shot on goal during the advantage. A few minutes later the offense regrouped, getting a goal from the point from the left-handed stick of defender Kris Myllari. Andrew Sturtz got the assist on the play.
Chris Funkey had nine saves through the first ten minutes, getting the start in net for Peyton Jones in the first game of a tough in-conference road series. The Buckeyes went on a power-play with just under four minutes left to play in the first period. The Lions held steady, killing the penalty and keeping the shots on goal to a minimum.
On the next even-strength shift Christian Lampasso tied the game with a hard wrister past Funkey. As time was winding down in the period OSU was called for having too many men on the ice.
The penalty continued into the second period but PSU was unable to take advantage. While the team wasn’t able to get a goal, there were several scoring chances. Shortly after another opportunity was created on a great effort by freshman Alex Limoges. First making a great play to steal the puck, Limoges finishes the job, getting the puck in the air, with it ending up in the back of the net.
The Lions went on a power-play for the third time in the game with ten minutes left in the second period, leading 2-1. PSU held the puck in the offensive zone for the first 90 seconds of the advantage, but the Buckeyes were able to clear just before full exhaustion, and killed the penalty as well.
Kevin Kerr got his first goal of the season to extend the lead to 3-1.
Chris Funkey continued to turn away high-quality shots by Ohio State and with three minutes left before the final period, the shots on goal were even at 22 apiece. The Buckeyes went on its second power-play of the night soon afterward. Shots came from all angles but none got past Funkey, who turned away two on this play alone.
Notice how steady Funkey is in the crease from the waist down as mayhem is happening all around him. He does not cover much of the top of the net, due to his shorter-than-average size, but his quickness laterally, and calmness while under fire make it hard to get anything low past him.
Dakota Joshua finally got another one past Funkey a few minutes into the final period to cut the lead to 2-1. Tanner Laczynski tied the game up a minute later for OSU with 15 minutes to play.
Brenden Kearney got the lead for OSU with just over ten minutes to play. Trevor Hamilton got the next goal for the Lions, at a critical moment when the team needed a lift. Here’s his shot that got through from the point.
The Lions went on a power-play shortly afterward but were unable to score. OSU scored shortly after to take a 5-4 lead with 4:25 left in the game.
With time running out and Penn State desperate, with the goalie pulled, Andrew Sturtz scored just before the final whistle. The referees reviewed the play and decided that the goal was scored with 0.7 seconds left on the clock.
In overtime the Lions went on the power-play with three minutes on the clock. The advantage came and went. The score remained tied at 5-5 and the teams went to a shootout to determine which team would get the extra point in Big Ten standings. The game is listed officially as a tie in regards to the PairWise standings, but the teams played the extra frame to settle the score. Penn State would win the shootout, gaining two points while Ohio State will receive one point in Big Ten standings.
Here is the shoot-out winning goal by Andrew Sturtz.
Facing Tanner Laczynski with the final attempt for the Buckeyes, Chris Funkey held solid to secure the shootout win for the Lions.