PSU gets series split with Buckeyes
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore Kevin Wall scored a pair of goals to lead Penn State to a 5-2 victory over Ohio State in Big Ten Conference action on Saturday evening at Value City Arena.
Penn State improves to 5-7-0 on the year and 3-7-0-0-0 in conference action with the victory while the Buckeyes drop to 4-7-1 overall and 4-6-1-0-1 in the Big Ten with the loss.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Penn State opened the scoring as a strong forecheck from freshman Christian Sarlo caused an offensive zone turnover and he fed senior Alex Limoges for a point-blank score at the goal mouth for the 1-0 lead at 7:38 of the first period.
The Buckeyes pulled even just after a powerplay expired as Grant Gabriele kept the puck in at the blue line on a clearing attempt and flung a wrist shot toward the net that was redirected past Nittany Lion junior net-minder Oskar Autio by Mark Cheremeta for the 1-1 score at 15:20 of the frame.
The Nittany Lions took the lead early in the second period as senior Evan Bell sent a shot intentionally wide and Wall took it around the net wrapping it inside the far post for the 2-1 edge at 2:55 of the middle stanza.
PSU extended its lead as Sarlo once again sent a terrific no look backhanded pass toward the net that senior Tim Doherty easily chipped into a yawning net for the 3-1 advantage at 7:11 of the second period.
Ohio State cut the deficit in half early in the third period with a powerplay tally from Cheremeta for the 3-2 score at 4:34 of the frame.
Sophomore Connor McMenamin and Wall each tallied empty-net scores 35 seconds apart late in the third period to ice the game away.
Autio improves to 4-4-0 on the year after making 28 saves while his counterpart Tommy Nappier falls to 4-7-1 after stopping 35 pucks.
The Nittany Lions held the commanding 40-30 lead in shots including a 30-15 mark over the final two periods but went 0-for-4 with the man-advantage while OSU was 1-for-6 on the powerplay.
Penn State held the slim 28-55 edge in faceoffs.
The Nittany Lions improve to 80-1-2 all-time when scoring five or more goals and move to 4-1-0 when scoring first and 4-0-0 when leading after the second period.
With his seventh goal of the season, Limoges is now just one back of Minnesota’s Sampo Ranta for the Big Ten lead while moving into a tie with Liam Folkes ’20 for fifth on the all-time Penn State goals list with 48 for his career.
Limoges is also now just one-point shy of tying Denis Smirnov ’20 for fifth on the all-time Penn State points list at 115.
With his two goals tonight, Wall registers the first multi-goal game of his career while securing his second multi-point effort this season and the third of his career.
McMenamin added an assist to go along with his empty net score to secure his second multi-point game this season and the third of his career.
With his two assists, Sarlo collects his first career multi-point effort.
With a pair of assists senior Alex Stevens secure his first multi-point effort of the season and just the second of his career.
With one goal and one assist, Talvitie secures his second multi-point game this season and the 11th of his career.
With one goal and two assists Dowd Jr. set new career-highs for both points and assists while securing his second career multi-point game.
Sophomore Kevin Wall had the secondary assist on both Dowd Jr. and Talvitie’s goals tying his career-high for points and assists while securing his second multi-point game this season and just the third of his career.
Penn State returns to Pegula Ice Arena to begin a six-game homestand with a weekend series against Michigan State on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.