Penn State men skate past OSU
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sophomore Alex Limoges scored the eventual game-winner setting the Penn State single-season goal record in the process as the fourth-ranked Nittany Lions defeated No. 1 Ohio State, 5-1, on Sunday afternoon in Big Ten semifinal action from Value City Arena.
Penn State advanced to its second Big Ten Championship game in the last three seasons and will travel to South Bend next Saturday to face the second-seeded Notre Dame Irish at 8 p.m.
The Nittany Lions improved to 22-14-2, while the Buckeyes fell to 20-10-5.
Penn State opened the scoring when Limoges won a battle on the near half-wall and centered a pass to a wide open Liam Folkes, who scored past Buckeye goaltender Tommy Nappier.
Limoges made it 2-0 right before the end of the opening frame as he finished off a cross-ice feed from sophomore Evan Barratt with just 1.2 seconds remaining in the period.
The Nittany Lions extended the lead further taking advantage of a five-minute major power-play as junior Kris Myllari found classmate Brandon Biro on the backdoor for a tap-in goal.
Junior Nate Sucese wasted little time in the third period, winning a neutral zone battle in front of the benches and skating into the slot and firing a shot through Nappier from the right circle for the 4-0 margin at 2:22 of the frame.
Ohio State ended the shutout bid on a John Wiitala goal past PSU junior net-minder Peyton Jones.
Sucese then hit the empty net from his stomach with just 47 seconds left in the game to seal the victory.
Jones improved to 18-11-2 after a 31-save performance.