(Photo and game/team information courtesy Ohio State Athletic Department)
The Buckeyes extended their winning streak with a 3-0 win over Penn State on Tuesday evening. The win, Ohio State’s fourth consecutive shutout, improved their record to 5-1 (2-0 Big Ten).
The teams payed a scoreless first period, despite active offenses by both teams. Ohio State had 8 shots in the period while Penn State had 4. This all changed in the second period, because…
Just a few minutes into the second period, at the 49:35 mark, Niall Logue scored his second goal of the season to put Ohio State up 1-0. This was followed six minutes later (at 55:47) when Nate Kohl scored his first goal of the season to give the Buckeyes a bit of breathing room, 2-0. Mitch Bergman iced the game with his first goal of the season the 84:15 mark for the final 3-0 score.
Goalie Parker Siegfried, and the Ohio State defense, recorded their 4th consecutive shutout, which was their 5th of the season. The defense disrupted the Nittany Lion offense to the point that Penn State, although getting off nearly their season average in shots (9 vs 10.2) had only 1 shot on goal vs season average of 4 on goal. The lone shot that made through was saved by Siegfried..
Meanwhile on offense, the Buckeyes had 15 shots, 6 of them on-goal. Penn State attempted 9 shots with only 1 on goal. Clearly, the Buckeye offense was operating a higher level than the PSU offense on Monday.
Actually, at this point, early in the season, Ohio State’s offense is much more efficient than last season. This is complemented by improved defense/goalkeeping. Through six games, Ohio State has scored 9 goals while allowing 4. Last season’s first six games showed the Buckeyes scoring 3 goals while giving up 10.
As a side note, although he did not score, Abdi Mohamed had an amazing 8 shots against Penn State. Abdi also had another assist, giving him at lest one assist in his last three games. At this point in the season, Abdi leads the team in shots (18) and assists (4), so it appears that the Buckeye offense runs through young Mr. Mohamed.
Ohio State travels to Piscataway, NJ to play Rutgers. The match is scheduled for 1:00 pm ET on Sunday, September 17th.