Final: No. 4 Ohio State Sweeps No. 13 Penn State in a 6-4 Shootout

By Sam Watson on January 20, 2019 at 10:00 am
Penn State Captain Kevin Kerr

RLR Staff

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It's not the end of the world, but it's definitely time to be concerned. 

Box Score
  First Second Third Final
Ohio State 1 4 1 6
Penn State 1 2 1 4

Just like Friday night, Saturday afternoon began with both teams flying around the ice for the first minute of the game. Also like Friday night, Ohio State scored first. After a failed Kris Myllari pinch six minutes into the period, the Buckeyes broke out of the defensive zone, and Grant Gabriele scored after Peyton Jones was not able to direct a rebound away from danger. Ohio State kept pressuring and were able to draw a penalty on Evan Bell. The mood in Pegula was bleak, until Evan Barratt injected some energy into the building with an incredible shorthanded play. 

Period two started well for the Nittany Lions. The Barratt line played an outstanding first five minutes of the that eventually lead to a long shift on the Buckeye end of the ice. After winning multiple puck paddles, Liam Folkes found himself alone on the face-off dot to Tommy Napier's left and sent the shot to the top corner of the net for a 2-1 Penn State lead. Ohio State unfortunately had the answer to the success of the Barratt line, and Dakota Joshua tied the game just two minutes later. Joshua celebrated by starring down the front row of the Roar Zone, and kick started a stretch of some higher than usual chippy hockey. Ohio State was gifted a 5-on-3 power play after Kris Myllari was called for roughing against Joshua, and Nate Sucese was called for holding. Matt Miller scored on the ensuing power play to give Ohio State a 3-2 lead. The couple minutes after Miller's goal would have been a great time to show some restraint and composure. Instead of that happening, Blake Gober was called for boarding and a game misconduct, putting Ohio State on a five minute power play. Luckily for Penn State, Nate Sucese and Ludvig Larsson had started the penalty kill as well as they could have. 

Unfortunately for the Nits, they still had to kill off the three minutes of the major penalty. As luck would have it, Joshua scored again to make it 4-3. Guy Gadowsky challenged the play for offsides, but due to rule about changing possession during an offsides play, Joshua's goal stood. Penn State couldn't regain the moment it had earned at the start of the period, and then Gustaf Westlund scored his third of the weekend with just over three to go in the period to put Ohio State up 5-3. Alec Marsh drew a penalty with 16 seconds to go in the period, but Ohio State was able to take its two goal lead into the second intermission. 

Penn State needed a fast start to begin the third, but Ohio State was able to kill the carry over penalty. They followed up the successful skill by increasing their lead to three goals when Mason Jobst scored with absolutely no angle. Thankfully Penn State finished the game with some pride. After a massive hit along the boards on Kevin Kerr, Barratt and Folkes launched themselves into a couple Ohio State players. The energy gained from the ruckus was enough to keep Penn State from folding completely, and Chase Berger scored with nine minutes to go to make things interesting, but Ohio State packed it from that point on. Their defenders, like they did all weekend, clogged the shooting lanes and blocked shots, and Tommy Napier was solid. Penn State pulled Jones with three minutes left in the game, but the Buckeyes withstood the pressure and survived a couple last minute chances. The final score was 6-4. 

Scoring Summary
Team Scoring Time (Pd.)
OSU Grant Gabriele (1)
Hein
6:39 (1)
PSU Evan Barratt (14) 16:38 (1)
PSU Liam Folkes (11)
Limoges, Barratt
1:43 (2)
OSU Dakota Joshua (7)
Laczynski, Miller
3:53 (2)
OSU Matt Miller (2)
Jobst, Laczynski 
7:33 (2)
PSU Ludvig Larsson (6)
Sucese, Myllari
13:25 (2)
OSU Dakota Joshua (8)
Westlund, Meyer
14:56 (2)
OSU Gustaf Westlund (5)
Laczynski, Gerad 
16:19 (2)
OSU Mason Jobst (14)
Westlund, Hein
6:09 (3)
PSU Chase Berger (10)
Sucese, Hults
11:04 (3)

Notes

  • The Barratt line had another really good game. Four points and two goals from a single line is normally enough to get the win for Penn State. 
  • For some reason during the second period, Penn State thought it could play chippy. The only problem with that is that Penn State does not play well when it plays chippy, and Ohio State plays really, really well when the game is choppiest. 
  • Penn State outshot Ohio State 19-7 during the third period, and Berger's goal meant that the Buckeyes had to earn the win during the third period, so I guess that is a small moral victory. The only problem with moral victories is that they don't get you any conference points. 
  • Ohio State is a very, very good team, and Penn State showed at times that it could take it to the Buckeyes, but once again, the Nittany Lions failed to play their best hockey for an entire game. 
  • There was a lot about this game that was incredibly frustrating, and I chose to end on a high note. For your viewing pleasure, a thread of good dogs: 
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