College hockey | Penn State 5, Ohio State 4: Buckeyes fall in tournament consolation game

Sunday December 30, 2012 8:56 AM
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Casey Bailey had two goals and two assists, and Taylor Holmstrom scored twice to lead Penn State to a 5-4 victory over Ohio State in the consolation game of the Three Rivers Classic men’s hockey tournament in Pittsburgh yesterday.

Ryan Dzingel scored three goals and Collin Olson (2-3-1) made 32 saves for Ohio State (7-8-5).

Max Gardiner had three assists for Penn State (8-9-0).

It marked the first game between the teams as varsity opponents. This is the Nittany Lions’ first season in Division I.

Penn State scored three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead in the first period.

After Dzingel opened the scoring 3:56 into the first period, Curtis Loik tied it at 7:45. Bailey assisted on Holmstrom’s goal at 16:40 that gave the Nittany Lions the lead. Bailey’s power-play goal at 18:43 made it 3-1.

Dzingel scored at 2:39 of the second period to cut the deficit to 3-2, but Bailey answered with nine seconds left in the period with his eighth goal to make it 4-2.

Holmstrom added his second goal of the game early in the third period.

Dzingel’s ninth goal of the season made it 5-3 with 13:11 remaining.

Ohio State’s Alex Szczechura scored off an assist from Matt Johnson with 2:28 remaining in the game to make it 5-4.

Clark Cristofoli, Tyler Lundey, Curtis Gedig and Craig Dalrymple also had assists for Ohio State.

Matthew Skoff (4-6-0) made 24 saves for Penn State.

Fifth-ranked Miami University played Robert Morris in the tournament championship game last night.

Ohio State’s next game is Jan. 11 at Ferris State.

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