Ohio State scored five straight goals, two on the power play, to beat Penn State 5-2 Saturday afternoon for the Big Ten sweep. Dylan Richard had his first multi-point game of his collegiate career and Casey Bailey added his third goal of the season to put Penn State up early 2-0 but Matt Skoff and the penalty kill could not stop the Buckeyes from scoring five unanswered goals for the win.
Penn State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, starting with Richard’s even-strength goal 2:31 into the game. Defenseman Connor Varley found Richard open in the slot and the forward wristed a shot past Buckeye goaltender Christian Frey for the 1-0 lead.
Four minutes later Bailey would help double the Nittany Lion lead, picking up a rebound that deflected off of Richard and depositing it past Frey to make it 2-0 with 13:13 left to play in the first period. Penn State took the two-score lead heading into the first intermission.
Ohio State bounced back in the second period, scoring three goals in the middle frame for the second straight game, off of two back-to-back power play goals. Tanner Fritz notched the first power play goal behind Skoff just 2:07 into the frame and 1:29 later, Ryan Dzingel tallied his 17th goal of the season to even the score at 2-2 with less than four minutes gone in the second period.
The tables turned Ohio State’s way for the remainder of the period. With 1:27 left to go in the frame, Anthony Greco added his third goal of the year on a missed Penn State defensive clear, going top shelf past Skoff for the 3-2 lead headed into the final intermission.
The Buckeyes did not let up at the start of the third period, with Max McCormick netting an even-strength goal from just under the blue line to put Ohio State up 4-2 on a soft goal. Ohio State added an empty net tally from Darik Angeli with less than two minutes left in the game to seal a 5-2 victory.
Penn State again outshot Ohio State for the game, this time 26-24, though the Buckeyes beat them where it counted the most. The Nittany Lions went 0-4 on the power play in Saturday’s game while Ohio State split even at 2-4.
Penn State comes home next weekend to play Michigan Friday February 7th and Saturday February 8th. Both games drop at 7 p.m. and Saturday night’s game will be broadcasted on ESPNU.