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Penn State beats Ohio State hockey, 4-1

After the Men's hockey team pulled out a victory last night, Penn State evened the weekend series with a decisive 4-1 victory in University Park.

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This is probably how the game should have turned out last night. And last night's result probably should have happened today. Ohio State hockey is just bizarre right now.

After the game this afternoon at Penn State was even through the first half, with it tied at one, Ohio State was continuing to dominate the second period. Then Penn State scored two goals within 71 seconds of each other and it was pretty much all she wrote.

Curtis Loik scored for Penn State in the first to give the Nittany Lions a 1-0 lead at 19:17. Shots were 14-8 Penn State in the first, so it looked like Penn State could easily have kept shots on goal and possession completely in their favor just as they did last night, but it was not to be that easy.

The Buckeyes got the first 13 shots of the second period and evened it up on a Matt Weis goal at 4:45 of the second on a feed from surprising freshman Christian Lampasso. Penn State didn't get their first shot of the second until fewer than ten minutes were left, but after that, it all went downhill faster than an avalanche.

On a bizarre play with Josh Healey almost completely wiffing on the lone Nittany Lion, Taylor Holstrom, on a 1-on-2, Holstrom retrieved the puck behind the net and backhanded a pass out to David Goodwin after Christian Frey dove and missed the puck and basically slid past it. Goodwin had an open net and Penn State was up 2-1 just like that at 12:09 of the second.

Then, just 71 seconds later, at 13:20 of the second, after a turnover, Scott Conway and Eric Scheid had a 2-on-0 and after Conway got Frey to commit, passed it to Scheid who had an open net. It was 3-1 just like that.

Shots in the second ended up being 16-13 OSU after the 13-0 start. Not the ideal ending for OSU.

The third period would be scoreless until Scheid scored his second of the game, an empty netter, with 1:43 left in the third. OSU ended up with 36 shots on goal, but couldn't put more than one past Eamon McAdam. Frey registered another over-.900 Save Percentage but OSU's forwards didn't keep their end of the deal, as has been a problem all year.

Mediocre goaltending and offense won't do too well against the Minnesota's of the world, and while the goaltending has improved lately, the offense is still too inconsistent. The Buckeyes will hope to do better than today next weekend against Michigan.