Roundup: Penn State Extends Unbeaten Streak
Ohio State Wins 6th Straight
CHN Staff Report
A late goal from Peter Tischke helped Wisconsin avoid a sweep in Happy Valley, scoring with 1:52 left in regulation to tie the game, 3-3. The score held until PSU earned the extra point with a shootout win.
With Notre Dame leading the Big Ten by more than three games, no one is in particularly strong position to challenge the Fighting Irish. However, Penn State needs points to wrap a favorable seed and home ice in the Big Ten tournament.
Taking five of a possible six points helped the Nittany Lions move two games ahead of Minnesota and Wisconsin for the three seed in the league's postseason tournament.
PSU is now unbeaten in its last 10 games dating back to a 1-0 loss to Notre Dame on Nov. 11. The Nittany Lions are one game back of Ohio State heading into next weekend's pair of games with the Buckeyes at the Pegula Ice Arena.
The Badgers continue to struggle putting any kind of momentum together. They haven't won consecutive games since late October. Next weekend, they host Michigan State for two games in Madison.
Niagara 2, RIT 2 (OT)
Niagara's chase of an unlikely Atlantic Hockey regular-season title took a hit Saturday. The Purple Eagles tied RIT, 2-2, at Dwyer Arena.
Niagara ends the weekend tied with Canisius on points atop the Atlantic Hockey standings. However, Canisius has one game in hand.
RIT rallied from 2-0 down in the final 5 minutes of regulation to earn the tie. Trailing, 2-0, Erik Brown's 12th goal of the year pulled the Tigers within one. With only 11 seconds left in regulation, Adam Brubacher scored to tie the game and help RIT keep pace in Atlantic Hockey.
"Credit to RIT and their push there in the last 5 minutes," NU coach Jason Lammers said. "I actually thought we played a better game than we did (Friday). We just didn't get the product.
"We played prevent defense. I thought it was much like the NFL. You prevent yourself from winning. We sat back, and that's not what we're all about."
Niagara has now won just one of its last six games. The four losses came against Canisius and Ohio State before this weekend's pair with RIT.
Ohio State 5, Michigan State 3
It's now six wins in a row for Ohio State as the Buckeyes cruised past Michigan State, 5-3, in East Lansing Saturday night.
The Buckeyes are two points up on Penn State in second place in the Big Ten. The teams meet for two games next weekend in Happy Valley.
"At the end of the day, you need to win those tight games," Ohio State coach Steve Rohlik said. "We knew Michigan State was going to bring it."
"This was a big character wweekend for the guys. We let off the gas Friday night after getting up by a few goals, so it was nice for us to come back and find a way to a closer game. ... Now it's time to get ready to go to Happy Valley for another tough test."
On Saturday, the Buckeyes got three third period goals to earn the win over Michigan State. John Witala's goal at 4:10 broke a 2-2 tie before Dakota Joshua's second of the game and Freddy Gerard's fifth of the season put the game away for Ohio State.
Sean Romeo made only 20 saves on the 23 shots he faced on the night. In the third period, he stopped nine of 10 to stifle any MSU comeback attempt.
The Buckeyes remain firmly in the Pairwise top 10 after taking care of business against MSU. The program hasn't earned consecutive NCAA tournament appearances since doing so in three straight years from 2002 through 2004 under John Marekll. The Buckeyes are currently in very good position to pick up a second ticket to the Field of 16.