Men's Hockey to Face Ohio for Two-Game Series
Jan. 31, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State men's hockey team will face off against former American Collegiate Hockey Association rival Ohio for a two-game exhibition series beginning Friday, Feb. 1 at the GIANT Center in Hershey, Pa.
Opening faceoff for the Friday night's contest is set at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling the GIANT Center Box Office, which is open weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at 717-534-3911. The teams will then return to Happy Valley Saturday, Feb. 2 for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop.
The Nittany Lions (10-13-0) will enter the series following a weekend split against future Big Ten rival Michigan State at Munn Ice Arena. After falling in the first game by a 5-3 margin, Penn State erased a 2-0 Spartan lead in a 3-2 victory. Freshman Casey Bailey (Anchorage, Alaska) led the Lions with three points (1g, 2a), while junior Taylor Holstrom (Yorba Linda, Calif.) netted the game-winner with 4:01 left in regulation.
Bailey, who paces the team in points (23) and is tied for first in goals (12), has produced a team-high seven-game point-scoring streak (6g, 6a). Holstrom, who centers both Bailey and sophomore Max Gardiner (Deephaven, Minn.), has collected six goals and three assists in the past six games.
Arguably Penn State's greatest rival when the teams squared off in the ACHA, the fifth-ranked Ohio Bobcats (22-5-3) are led by 12th-year head coach Dan Morris. In a series that dated back to the 1981-82 season, Penn State and Ohio faced off 84 times, with Penn State holding a 48-31-5 record in the all-time series.
SUCCESS IN FIRST B1G ROAD TRIP
Defenseman Mark Yanis put Penn State on the board with a second-period power-play goal before Casey Bailey tied the game at 3:13 of the third period. Junior Taylor Holstrom tallied the game-winner with 4:01 left in the game, while freshman Matthew Skoff made 31 saves.
BUCKING THE TREND
BIG TEN SUCCESS
PROFESSIONAL ROAD TOUR
POWER PLAY FOR THE WIN
LAST YEAR VS. THE BOBCATS