COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore goaltender Peyton Jones (Langhorne, Pa.) earns his first shutout of the season and the third of his career helping Penn State defeat No. 11 Ohio State, 4-0, in Big Ten Conference action this afternoon from Value City Arena.
Penn State improves to 9-7-2 on the season and 4-4-2-1 in the Big Ten while the Buckeyes fall to 8-4-4 overall and 3-4-1-0 in conference action.
HOW IT HAPPENED
· Penn State opened the scoring early in the second period as senior Trevor Hamilton (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.) flicked the puck up the glass connecting with junior Andrew Sturtz (Buffalo, N.Y.) who toe-dragged in the slot and fired high-glove beating Sean Romeo for his program-best ninth career shorthanded goal and his third of the season at 1:22 of the second period for the 1-0 edge.
· The Nittany Lions extended the lead during an abbreviated power-play chance as sophomore Brandon Biro (Sherwood Park, Alb.) took the puck along the far boards and fed it to classmate Denis Smirnov (Moscow, Russia) who skated into the slot and fired bar-down over the blocker for the 2-0 lead at 6:21 of the middle frame.
· PSU extended the lead early in the third period as Hamilton fed Biro down below the left circle and the sophomore one-touched it past the pad of Romeo for the 3-0 advantage at 4:49.
· Sophomore Liam Folkes (Scarborough, Ont.) then put the finishing touches on the game as he skated into the zone after receiving a pass from freshman Evan Barratt (Bristol, Pa.) and lit the lamp for the 4-0 score at 15:22 of the third period.
· Jones stopped all 33 shots he faced to improve to 8-5-1 on the year and now sits tied for the program record with three career shutouts tying Matthew Skoff ’16.
· Romeo made 32 saves and falls to 7-4-4 on the year.
· Penn State runs its unbeaten streak to six games 4-0-2 and improves to 3-6-1 all-time at Value City Arena and pull closer in the all-time series and now trail 7-11-2 all-time vs. the Buckeyes.
· Sturtz’ three short-handed goals this season now lead the nation and he is currently riding a four-game point streak (3-3-6).
· Hamilton now has a season-best four-game point-streak (2-4-6). This also marks his fifth multi-point game this season and the eighth of his career.
· Jones’ 18 second period saves are a new career-high, his previous mark was 17 in the third period against Wisconsin in last season’s Big Ten Championship game.
· Biro secures his fourth multi-point game this season and the seventh of his career with a one goal and one assist showing and has now at least one point in five of his last six games.
· Folkes registers his third multi-point game this season and the fifth of his career with a one goal and one assist outing.
Penn State travels to PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh for a matchup against Robert Morris next Friday at 7 p.m. before returning to Pegula Ice Arena the following night to close out the series against the Colonials at 7 p.m.