Ohio State and Penn State went at it this weekend with the Buckeyes taking home a huge OT victory. Penn State raced out to a big halftime lead, but OSU sealed the comeback victory when Jesse King scored at the very end of the first overtime period, improving the Buckeyes’ record to a perfect 4-0. PSU falls to 2-2 with both of their losses coming in the last two games, by a 10-9 score, at home, to nationally ranked teams.
TJ Saunders led the way for PSU early on, and he notched five goals on the day, with all five of them coming in the first half. Jack Forster had a goal and assisted three others for four points on the day. Jesse King was OSU’s leading scorer with 3 goals and 2 assists. Turner Evans also notched a hat trick and chipped in with a helper as well.
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Austin Kaut made 9 saves for Penn State, while Greg Dutton had 8 saves for Ohio State. OSU got more shots off (36-28), PSU barely won the GB battle (32-29), and both teams went 11-22 on face offs. Both teams struggled with turnovers at times, but clearing was pretty good overall. Each team had 2 penalties, and PSU was able to score on one of their man up chances, while OSU was 0-2.
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Penn State faces 3-2 Lehigh on March 9th in the Independence Classic, which is in Philadelphia. OSU is also back in action on the 9th, as they host visiting Denver. Both of those games should be very competitive!
Both PSU and OSU are looking extremely strong this year, and both should be considered potential contenders if they can put on a run at the right time. Coach Myers at Ohio State, and Coach Tambroni at Penn State are doing great things. Make sure to keep an eye on both of these big time programs.