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Penn State Men’s Hockey Swept In Columbus Following 4-1 Loss To Ohio State

No. 16 Penn State men’s hockey (6-3, 0-2 Big Ten) lost to Ohio State (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) once again Saturday afternoon to wrap up a two-game series.

Although Penn State struck first, four unanswered Buckeye scores ultimately led Ohio State to another win over the Nittany Lions.

How It Happened

Head coach Guy Gadowski made a few changes to the starting lineup on Saturday, Notably, he switched goalies for this game from Liam Souliere to Oskar Autio.

The Nittany Lions had a great start to the game after a tough loss to the Buckeyes last night. They were able to strike early when Connor MacEachern scored his sixth goal of the year. The goal was assisted by Clayton Phillips.

After that, Penn State struggled with penalties, getting two for having too many men and another for cross-checking. The Nittany Lions’ penalty kill unit, plus Autio, prevented any scores.

Penn State had its first power-play opportunity early on in the second period, but the Ohio State penalty kill stepped up and held the Nittany Lions without a score.

Penn State had many opportunities to score throughout the period, but Ohio State goalie Jakub DobeŇ° stopped all 10 Nittany Lion shots on goal. Likewise, Autio stopped all six shots in the period, too.

The second period ended with Penn State failing on its second power-play opportunity after a Dominic Vidoli hooking penalty.

The Nittany Lions had a lot of chances to score early on in the third period, but Ohio State clearly took the momentum after Mason Lohrei scored for the Buckeyes. His goal was assisted by Mark Cheremeta and Jake Wise.

Ohio State really turned it on after that and had great puck control. The Buckeyes scored again when Dominic Vidoli netted a puck to take a 2-1 lead.

Penn State looks defeated after that second Buckeye goal, and it showed. Ohio State scored another goal — this time from Joe Dunlap.

Mark Cheremeta scored an empty-netter at the end of the game for Ohio State to propel the Buckeyes to a 4-1 win.

Takeaways

  • The Nittany Lions played well in the first two periods but fell apart in the third. In fact, Penn State is now outscoring its opponents 12-3 in the first period. The team’s luck has run out in the third, though, as Ohio State outscored Penn State 7-1 in the final period over the two-game series.
  • The defensive unit and the penalty kill did play really well for Penn State. The Nittany Lions killed both power plays tonight but wound up with an 0-for-3 man-advantage in the game.
  • Connor MacEachern can play, folks. He’s now scored at least one goal in three straight games and has notched a point in five of his last six gamese. MacEachern is currently on a career-best three-game point streak, too.

What’s Next?

The Nittany Lions will face Michigan next week at the Pegula Ice Arena for a two-game series. The first matchup will begin at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 11, on the Big Ten Network.

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Ethan Bell

Ethan is a freshman majoring in Journalism at Penn State. He loves all things Pittsburgh sports and is the best league commissioner of all time in Fantasy Football. He is from Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania and he swears that Fioris in Pittsburgh is the best pizza in the world. If you want to get a hold of him, follow him on Twitter @EBell45 or email him at [email protected]

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