If I were to tell you that Ohio State was winning at 19:58 of the third period, as in with just two seconds left, you’d sure think they were going to win. Penn State pulled the upset on No. 11 Ohio State as the Nittany Lions tied the game with .7 seconds left and won later in the shootout to at least earn a split in the weekend conference series in Columbus.
That last second hardly tells the story of the game, however. Penn State, one of the best possession teams in the country, was up by two goals heading into the third period and, with their possession based reputation, you’d think they’d hold on. Not only did they not hold on, they were trailing with .8 seconds left.
Ohio State actually had the lead two different times in the third period. Aside from the 5-4 lead, they had a 4-3 lead on a goal from Brendon Kearney at 8:53 of the third, with assists from Christian Lampasso and Austin Pooley. Lampasso hit a streaking Kearney in front of the net from the right corner, as he one timed it into the twine to give OSU their first lead.
Penn State would tie it at four apiece just 3:32 later, though, as Trevor Hamilton knotted it up again. Not content with the tie (at least at this point), Freddy Gerard scored his fourth of the year after a Tanner Laczynski pass down low to Matthew Weis, who passed cross crease to Gerard, who put it home.
There was just 4:25 left in the game and the Buckeyes had the lead. Then there were just three minutes and then two and then one and then one single second. And then eight tenths. And by six tenths, the game was tied.
Penn State was stuck behind the Ohio State net, and then when they got it free with single digit seconds remaining, the only way they could get it to the net was from the point. The puck was delivered from the point off the stick of Andrew Sturtze.
Here’s the replay of the game-tying goal:
Nobody would score in the resulting overtime frame, with Penn State outshooting the Buckeyes 3-2, but nothing finding its way in. OSU did hit a crossbar in the overtime, but that’s as close as anyone got.
In the shootout, the Buckeyes would be shutout. Andrew Sturtze scored the lone shootout goal for Penn State and the Nittany Lions took the shootout by the ultimate 1-0 score. Not ideal. That gives PSU the extra conference point and hands Ohio State the shootout loss. Let’s hope a tiebreak for Ohio State doesn’t come down to one point, because if it does it’ll hurt after this one.
Anyway, the first two periods weren’t as depressing as the ending, but they were pretty close. Kris Myllari put Penn State up 1-0 in the first period at 6:20, but Lampasso scored at 18:47 to tie it back up for Ohio State. It was his third goal in two games. Pooley and Kearney had the assists.
In the second, it’d be all Penn State. After OSU outshot the Nittany Lions 13-7 in the first but failed to capitalize on the greater number of opportunities, the Buckeyes were outshot 16-13 in the second and outscored 2-0. Alex Limoges gave PSU the lead at 4:58 after an OSU turnover and Kevin Kerr doubled the lead at 14:14.
The third would be dominated by the Buckeyes, as they battled back to take the lead twice, as previously mentioned.
Dakota Joshua and Laczynski scored within 55 seconds, at 3:38 and 4:33 respectively, to tie the game back up in the third. Laczynski practically walked the puck to the front of the net on Joshua’s score, passing him the puck over about five feet to the front of the net and the one timer. Gerard had the secondary assist.
On Laczynski’s goal, he circled around the top of the circles after a pass from Mason Jobst and fired from the top of the left circle to the back of the net to tie the game up. Jobst and Matt Miller had the assists.
Kearney would go on to give OSU the lead, which they’d cough up, gain back and then cough up again. And then Penn State would take it in the shootout.
Not an ideal ending for Ohio State, but they outshot the Nittany Lions, known for their shot totals, 48-36, despite closing the gap in the PSU lead fairly quickly. They outshot Penn State 20-10 in the third.
OSU will have a chance for redemption against Penn State at 4 p.m. ET Saturday.