Penn State played well enough to win but Ohio State pulled away late. Two empty net goals made the final score look as though the game was not close, but it came down to the wire.
Dakota Joshua scored to break a 2-2 tie with two minutes left in the game. It was an even match the entire way. Penn State was able to get a split on the road, in conference, against a top-10 team.
The Lions will stay on the road next week when they head to Madison to take on the Badgers.
How It Happened
Peyton Jones got the start in net for the second night in a row, breaking a recent trend of platooning with Chris Funkey. Jones stopped the first 6 shots that he faced, but the next one found the back of the net off the stick of Mason Jobst.
Soon after Kevin Kerr was called for hooking and the Lions were short-handed. The defense held, killing the penalty, but 7 minutes in, Penn State was on their heels as they were in the first game of the series on Friday night.
The Lions got their first power play and they were unable to get a shot on net, trailing 13-6 midway through the period in shots on goal. The teams skated hard end to end and played evenly to finish out the period.
On the final push, with just 0.4 seconds on the clock, Aarne Talvitie scored to tie the game at one apiece. Dakota Joshua was also called for a penalty on the play, so the Lions began the second period with a man advantage.
On the power play Brandon Biro made a crossing pass to Alex Limoges, who finished for the 2-1 Penn State lead. In less than 2 minutes of game time the Lions took the lead.
Derian Hamilton took a penalty midway through the period for Penn State and it did not cost the team. Alex Limoges knocked a player into the Ohio State net a minute later and the Buckeyes were back on the power play. Ronnie Hein got the power play goal to tie the game at two with 7 minutes to play before the second intermission.
Mason Jobst was called for a trip with three minutes on the clock and the Lions got a chance with an extra skater. Dakota Joshua got a clean breakaway, short-handed, and Penn State took a penalty trying to stop him, negating their advantage.
Penn State killed what was left of the penalty that carried over into the final period and the teams skated even for 7 minutes until the Brandon Biro was called for a hook. Alex Limoges had a short-handed chance early but was turned away by Ohio State goalie Tommy Nappier. Ohio State nearly scored a goal, but after review, the score remained tied. The Lions killed the penalty.
Two minutes later, Penn State went to the penalty box again. Brandon Biro had a nice short-handed try but came up short and the Lions again escaped without giving up a goal.
Dakota Joshua scored with 2:17 to play to give the Buckeyes the 3-2 lead after winning a face-off in their offensive zone. Penn State pulled Peyton Jones and Ohio State was called for a penalty with 1:32 remaining.
Ohio State scored on a clear that went into the empty net to ice the game.