Series Preview: Men’s Hockey vs. Ohio State

Audio/Story posted November 22, 2019 in Sports, CommRadio by Jeremy Schooler

Kyle Cannillo, Jordan Hession, Logan Bourandas and Josh Portney discuss if Penn State men's hockey can do it again against the Ohio State Buckeyes after coming off a sweep against Minnesota:

Leading the Big Ten with 15 points, the Penn State men’s hockey team will host the fledgling Ohio State Buckeyes this weekend. The Buckeyes looking to get back on track after losing both games last weekend against Notre Dame in South Bend.

Penn State is also coming off a road series, but, unlike Ohio State, the Nittany Lions were able to take both from Minnesota and snatch their first sweep in Minneapolis in program history.

Continuing their offensive surge from last season, in which the Nittany Lions’ finished the season with over 20 more goals than second place St. Cloud State, Penn State currently leads the country in goals with 52. Last weekend was a prime example of the level at which Penn State’s offense can perform, as they scored 14 goals in their two games against the Golden Gophers.

Contrary to Penn State, the Buckeyes play a more defensive game; they are towards the bottom nationally in goals scored but are tied for sixth in the country with just 17 goals allowed on the year.

Penn State has relied on an offensive attack of junior Sam Sternschein, who is third in the country in goals per game, as well as seniors Nate Sucese and Brandon Biro, who each average well over a point per game.

The Nittany Lions offense will be up against, statistically, one of the best goalies in the country. Buckeyes junior netminder Tommy Nappier is in the top 10 in the NCAA in both save percentage and goals against average, the only such goalie that Penn State has faced this year.

Although Penn State sits at the top of the Big Ten, and in the top six in the national polls, the Buckeyes will be just the second ranked team the Nittany Lions have played this year, after No. 7 Wisconsin was swept in Happy Valley over Halloween weekend.

This series against Ohio State begins a stretch where Penn State will play five of eight games against ranked opponents, including three on the road, as well as two non-conference road games in two different cities in two nights (next weekend at Merrimack and at No. 15 Massachusetts-Lowell).

This weekend will feature the Buckeyes last road games of the calendar year, as they host Michigan State, Minnesota and Colgate in Columbus for their next three series, before heading out west for the Fortress Invitational, the annual midseason NCAA hockey tournament hosted by the Vegas Golden Knights.

After this weekend, the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes will not meet again until February, when they will play two games in Columbus.

Prediction: 1-1 split

Game 1: Penn State 4, Ohio State 1

Game 2: Ohio State 5, Penn State 3


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About the Contributors

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Kyle Cannillo

Junior / Journalism

Kyle Cannillo is involved with CommRadio at Penn State University producing content such as writing articles, hosting podcasts, participating in live shows and broadcasting play by play for Penn State Athletics. He is currently a production assistant for Penn State Athletics doing Live Video Production for BTN + and University Streams. He also interned with CBS station WTAJ News where he received hands on experience in all newsroom operations including reporting, production, camera, and sports. He has high hopes to be successful in a communication related career. He is skilled in public speaking, takes initiative and has a tenacious work ethic. His mission is to use optimism, determination and respect to uncover and report fascinating stories from people who have genuine experiences.

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Jeremy Schooler

Junior / Journalism

Jeremy Schooler is an aspiring sports analyst and broadcaster who also has a passion for written journalism. A native of Bethesda, MD, he has been involved with CommRadio for three semesters, has done play-by-play and analysis of Penn State softball and baseball, and plans to expand his repertoire in 2019-2020 with coverage of Nittany Lions’ hockey, soccer and basketball. Jeremy has completed summer internships in the communications and journalism fields for companies such as AIPAC and The Israel Project, and he hopes to earn an academic certificate from PSU’s John Curley Center for Sports Journalism.

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Jordan Hession

Junior / Broadcast Journalism Minoring in History

Jordan Hession is a transfer junior from Annapolis, Maryland majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in History. As a member of the sports staff on PSU Comm Radio, Jordan has written articles highlighting PSU Athletic teams, has been featured on several talk shows covering sporting contests and has broadcasted play by play State College High School sports. Jordan is the creator, producer, and host of the NHL preview podcast alongside Grant Commerer and Jacob Cheris. Jordan has a love for all sports, especially baseball and ice hockey. He hopes to help expand the interest of ice hockey globally. Jordan is interested in becoming a sports talk radio personality, a sports anchor, or a play by play broadcaster/ public address announcer for a minor or professional team. To contact Jordan email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Logan Bourandas

Freshman / Broadcast Journalism

Logan Bourandas is a broadcast journalism major from Long Island, NY. He is a sports writer, news writer, sports broadcaster and talk show host for CommRadio. He got his start as the Station Manager for his high school radio station WPOB in his hometown of Plainview, NY where he hosted numerous radio shows and was involved in sports broadcasts. You can contact him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)