Hershey, Pa. - Penn State was too much for Ohio Friday night, despite the Bobcats scoring first.
Nittany Lions’ coach Guy Gadowsky thought “here we go again” when the puck was deflected and had goalie P.J. Musico going the opposite direction. The Lions would not let allow another goal in the 6-1 win.
“We didn’t actually play a poor first period,” Gadowsky said. “Anytime you’re playing well and you have the first one scored against you, you have that mindset.”
Two unanswered goals from freshmen Casey Bailey and David Glen in the first period gave the Lions the lead for good.
Gadowsky added that it was important that the team had the lead heading into the first intermission.
“It gives you a little better feeling going into the second period,” Gadowsky said. “It’s unlike Michigan State [where] we played well but were down.”
The Lions then had their best period in the second. Penn State scored four goals in the second period with Kenny Brooks, Michael Longo, Mark Yanis, and Bailey’s second of the night.
Despite neither team scoring in the third period, Penn State’s old club rivalry with the Ohio Bobcats didn’t go anywhere as the hits came from all directions from the start of the opening faceoff.
Musico stopped 13 out of Ohio’s 14 shots while Nittany Lions finished the game with 37 shots on goal.
The two teams will face each other again at the Greenberg Ice Pavilion, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Three Stars: Third - David Glen, Second - Kenny Brooks, First - Casey Bailey