The Ohio State Buckeyes tallied three goals in the second period and two Buckeyes each netted two goals to beat Penn State 5-1 Friday night in Columbus. Eamon McAdam is left still searching for his first win in net for the Nittany Lions and David Goodwin scored his fifth goal of the season as the team remains winless in the Big Ten this season.
Ohio State jumped out to a 4-0 lead through the first two periods before Goodwin’s goal broke the shutout in the early stretches of the third.
The Buckeyes opened the scoring on Penn State 9:30 into the first frame on Max McCormick’s eighth goal of the season past freshman Nittany Lion McAdam for the only goal of the first frame.
Ohio State turned on the heat in the second period, tallying an even-strength, power play, and shorthanded goal through the 20 minutes of play. Matt Johnson notched his third goal of the year, beating McAdam from the slot to make it 2-0 with 5:31 gone in the second. 26 seconds later, McCormick landed his second goal of the night on the extra-man advantage off McAdam’s rebound for the 3-0 lead. Buckeye and leading scorer Ryan Dzingel added to the lead to make it 4-0 on a shorthanded bid on a breakaway.
Penn State broke Ohio State’s shutout when Goodwin got on the board with 3:55 gone in the third period to make the game 4-1. On the power play, Goodwin intercepted a Buckeye turnover and fired a wrist shot from the left circle that beat Ohio State goaltender Christian Frey.
Despite Coach Gadowsky pulling McAdam on a 4-on-4 after coincidental minors to give them a 5-on-4 advantage at the 8:29 mark of the third, Ohio State was able to get past the Penn State defense and Dzingel added his second goal in the game on an empty net tally for the final goal in the 5-1 Penn State loss.
The Nittany Lions outshot the Buckeyes 47-32 through three periods of play and each team had one power play goal, though Penn State had three attempts and Ohio State five.
The teams will go at it again tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. back in Columbus where Matt Skoff will likely start as the team looks for their first Big Ten win of the season.