After coming off a tough weekend against Michigan State, the Lions (9-7-2, 4-4-2) knew that it would be important to rally against ranked Big Ten opponent Ohio State.
The team traveled to Columbus this past weekend and never looked back.
In the first game of the series, the team took it all the way to the final second of the game to secure a 5-5 tie against the Buckeyes.
Kris Myllari (Kanata, Ontario) opened up the scoring just over five minutes into the first period thanks to a powerful slapshot from the left of the Buckeyes’ goal.
It remained a 1-0 game until the nineteenth minute of the first when Ohio State knocked in a goal of their own to tie things up before the second period.
Freshman Alex Limoges (Winchester, Va.) continued to make a name for himself as he scored an unassisted goal just five minutes into the second to boost the Lions in to the lead.
Next up was junior Kevin Kerr (Bensalem, Pa.) who received a perfect pass from Brandon Biro (Sherwood Park, Alberta) and took the puck all the way down the ice to place a shot just behind the keeper’s shoulder for the 3-1 lead.
After intermission was when the game heated up.
Ohio State came out firing on all cylinders, scoring three uninterrupted goals in a matter of five minutes.
Trevor Hamilton (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.) kept Penn State in it to win it with a wrist shot that allowed Penn State to re-tie the game at 4-4.
Ohio State kept fighting, though, and scored another one in the sixteenth minute for the 5-4 lead.
Not a team to give up, Penn State knew that four minutes was still plenty of time to tie things up.
Junior Andrew Sturtz (Buffalo, N.Y.) kept fans on their toes to the last second of the game, recording the final goal of the night at 19:59 in the third period to grant Penn State a 5-5 tie against Ohio state.
Goalie Chris Funkey (Orland Park, Ill.) put together a great performance, logging 43 saves for the Lions. The Blue and White recorded 36 shots against Ohio State.
By the next night, the Lions had figured out all of Ohio State’s tricks and were able to lock in a 4-0 win.
After a scoreless first period, Sturtz broke through the noise and logged the first goal of the night just two minutes into the second.
Sophomore Denis Smirnov (Moscow, Russia) received the puck from Biro and used some neat stickwork to place the puck behind the Buckeyes’ keeper for the 2-0 lead heading to intermission.
After playing a big role in assisting teammates across both nights, Biro himself finally logged a goal, a one-touch shot off of a pass from Hamilton.
Sophomore Liam Folkes (Scarborough, Ontario) rounded out a successful night with the fourth and final goal of the game at the sixteen-minute mark.
Keeper Peyton Jones (Langhorne, Pa.) recorded 33 saves, while the Lions had 36 shots against the Buckeyes.
This weekend, the Lions will take on Robert Morris on Friday at 7 p.m. at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, and then return home to State College for the second game of the series on Saturday at 7 p.m.