Hockey: Lions Earn Hard Fought Split in Columbus

By Michael Green on January 11, 2021 at 11:59 am
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Game one: Ohio State 6, Penn State 3

If you read our preview, you probably saw that one of the keys to the series was the goalies need to make a few more saves, particularly early in "games." We should have said "periods." Hopefully this team listens next time out, because it didn't on Friday night.

Ohio State jumped out to the early lead with a goal from Austin Pooley just 2:20 into the game. Colin Peters made it 2-0 before all the cutouts were settled in their seats. 

Penn State finally got on the board at 12:36 when freshman Jimmy Dowd, Jr. scored his second goal of the season on a power play. That would end the scoring for the first period.

The second period started more quickly than the first. This time just 1:30 into the frame, Travis Treloar put the Buckeyes back up by two goals. Despite have three power plays in a row, the Lions were not able to get one back. Finally, with just over two minutes left, Aarne Talvitie netted his fourth of the season to pull PSU back within a goal.

As if the first two periods were just practice, Ohio State scored early in the third period as well -- this time it took only 1:20 for Quinn Preston to put the puck behind the Penn State goalie. And this time Penn State didn't answer. Instead, Lions defenseman Clayton Phillips got called for hooking and the Buckeyes immediately took advantage. Treloar scored his second of the game just six seconds into the power play.

Tim Doherty scored his fourth of the season with just 1:24 to play, but it was too little too late. Peters scored his second of the game into the empty net to give Ohio State the 6-3 win.

Game two: Penn State 5, Ohio State 2

In a surprise move from Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky, Oskar Autio got the start in game two. Last weekend, Autio got the shutout in game one but gave way to Liam Souliere in game two. This weekend, Autio struggled in game one and still got the call for game two. Gadowsky would be rewarded for this decision.

Unlike Friday night, Penn State scored the first goal of the game. At 7:38 of the first period, Alex Limoges scored his team leading seventh goal of the season.

Mark Cheremeta answered for Ohio State at 15:20 and the teams went into the first intermission deadlocked at one goal apiece.

Kevin Wall put the Nittany Lions back in front with his fourth of the season 2:55 into the second period.

Tim Doherty extended the lead to 3-1 with his fifth of the season at 7:11.

Neither team scored the rest of the period and Penn State took a 3-1 lead into the second intermission.

Early in the third period Christian Sarlo was called for tripping to give the Buckeyes the man advantage. Cheremeta picked up his second of the game and suddenly the cushion was back to one goal. But the Buckeyes were unable to solve Autio this time around and Penn State put the game away with late empty net goals from Connor McMenamin (his third of the season) and Kevin Wall (second of the game, fifth of the season).

Autio responded to a difficult Friday game by making 28 saves on 30 shots to pick up the win.

Penn State heads back home for its next six games. Michigan State is up first January 15-16. Then Wisconsin visits January 21-22 followed by Notre Dame January 28-29. Make sure you follow us as we'll continue to bring you the most content on Penn State hockey.

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