COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men's ice hockey team gave Penn State a very rude welcoming party Friday night.
Christian Fry made 46 saves while Max McCormick and Ryan Dzingel each scored twice as the Buckeyes raced away with a 5-1 victory at Value City Arena in the first meeting of the season between the Big Ten rivals.
David Goodwin scored the lone goal for the Nittany Lions (4-16-1, 0-7), who have dropped 13 of their last 14 games and are still seeking their first official Big Ten victory. The Lions did beat Ohio State (13-9-1, 3-5-1) in a game last season.
Eamon McAdam made 27 saves in the loss as Penn State outshot the Buckeyes 47-32.
McCormick started the scoring midway through the first period, when Tanner Fritz seized a rebound and fed the puck across the crease to McCormick.
The Buckeyes found the net three times in the second period, including the first two scores 26 seconds apart. First, Matt Johnson scored from the slot at 5:31, then McCormick put home a rebound of a Dzingel attempt on a power play at 5:57.
Nick Oddo then fed Dzingel behind the Lion defense on a breakaway for a shorthanded goal with 5:56 left and a four-goal lead.
Goodwin broke the scoring drought with Penn State's lone goal 3:55 into the third, picking off a clearing attempt and finding the net with a wrist shot from the left circle for his fifth tally of the season.
With coincidental minors leaving a 4-on-4 situation, Penn State pulled McAdam, but the puck got away from the Lions and Dzingel got to the puck first for the empty-net goal to close the scoring at 8:29 of the third.
Dzingel's 16 goals and 17 assists this season lead the Big Ten.
The teams meet again at 2 p.m. Saturday in Columbus.