The No. 1 Icers (4-0-0) came out strong against No. 3 Ohio University Friday night, continuing their undefeated season with a 7-1 rout of the Bobcats.
Goalie Matt Madrazo was close to recording his second shut out of the season until the final two minutes of game play when Ohio’s Michael Schultz knocked a shot in from right in front of the crease.
With previous head coach Scott Balboni in attendance, the heated rivalry game was highlighted by hard hits and numerous roughing penalties from both sides — Ohio recorded 24 minutes while Penn State was charged with 6 minutes.
The Icers went two for 12 in power plays.
The puck dropped at 7:15 p.m. and straight from the face off, forward Eric Steinour whipped a puck into the corner of the net, beating Ohio goalie Fedor Dushkin.
The goal was scored within the first 20 seconds of the game, and was assisted by fellow starting line mate George Saad.
Steinour also had an unassisted goal in the third period after he beat the Ohio defender on a one-on-one breakaway.
Though the Icers had trouble clearing the puck at times, each period the team found ways to cross into Ohio territory. The Icers ended the game with 60 shots on goal, while holding the Bobcats to 24 shots on goal.
The Icers play game two against Ohio on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.