The Penn State men’s hockey team made use of every single second on the clock Friday night at Value City Arena.
Andrew Sturtz scored with 0.7 seconds left in regulation to tie the game 5-5, then netted the only score in a shootout to pick up a victory over No. 11 Ohio State.
Penn State had not lost a game this season when leading after two periods, but saw a 3-1 lead disappear in the early minutes of the third.
The Nittany Lions are unbeaten in the last five games, with the last two going to shootouts. Michigan State prevailed for the extra point in the Big Ten standings last Saturday.
Penn State’s Chris Funkey was under pressure most of the night in goal, making 43 saves.
Player of the Game
Sturtz netted his ninth goal of the season in spectacular fashion. He fired a shot from the point through traffic that trickled off goalie Sean Romeo and over the goal line. Officials reviewed the score to make sure the puck was over the line before the clock had hit 0:00. His score in the shootout gave Penn State its first win in the extra session this season.
Kris Myllari netted the first goal, which Romeo also got a piece of before the puck fluttered in.
Alex Limoges forced a turnover and broke in for his third goal of the season, Kevin Kerr notched his first of the year, and Trevor Hamilton had a third-period score set up by Kerr.
Ohio State struck for a pair of quick goals in the third period, the first from Dakota Johnson, then Tanner Laczynski scored on a power play just 1:05 later to knot the game 3-3 4:33 into the third. Brendon Kearney put the Buckeyes up just over four minutes later, and after Hamilton had scored for the Lions, Freddy Gerard put the Buckeyes back in front 5-4 with 4:25 left
The teams close the two-game series at 4 p.m. Saturday.