Jan. 11, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Behind 38 saves from senior goalie Brady Hjelle, and two goals from junior Chris Crane, the Ohio State men's hockey team defeated Ferris State, 3-1, Friday night at Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The Buckeyes (8-8-5, 7-3-3-1 CCHA) and Bulldogs (9-9-3, 7-7-1-0 CCHA) will close the series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Big Rapids.
The Buckeyes led the Bulldogs 2-0 after the first period on goals by Crane and junior Alex Szczechura and the teams were scoreless in the middle stanza. Crane added his second of the game 1:52 into the third period to extend the Buckeye lead to 3-0. The Bulldogs got on the board at 11:13 but could get no closer, as Ohio State and Hjelle shut down Ferris State the rest of the way. Ohio State's penalty kill was 5-for-5 in the game and Ohio State blocked 17 shots.
Ohio State led 2-0 after the opening 20 minutes. At 8:22 Szczechura tallied, with a assists from Tanner Fritz and Max McCormick. Crane tallied on a wrist shot at 14:46, with senior Travis Statchuk and freshman defenseman Sam Jardine picking up the helper. The Buckeyes were outshot, 9-8, in the period. Ohio State had the lone full power play, with each team having a shortened chance.
The teams combined for 24 shots in the second period. Hjelle stopped all 13 Ferris State attempts, while Bulldog goalie CJ Motte had 11 saves. The Buckeyes held the Bulldogs scoreless on the only two power plays of the stanza.
Crane added his second of the game just 1:52 into the third period, assisted by sophomores Chad Niddery and Nick Oddo. The Bulldogs broke up the shutout at 11:13 when Justin Buzzeo tallied. With time winding down, the Bulldogs pulled Motte for the extra attacker and an Ohio State penalty gave Ferris State a 6-on-4 advantage, but the Buckeyes were able to hold FSU off the scoreboard. Ferris State outshot Ohio State, 17-8, in the period, with Hjelle making 16 saves. The Bulldogs had two power plays, with Ohio State 0-for-1.
Ferris State outshot Ohio State, 39-27, in the game. Hjelle had a season-high 38 saves while playing 59:46. Motte had 24 saves in 58:22.
Neither team scored on the power play. Ohio State held Ferris State scoreless on five chances and the Buckeyes were unable to convert on three opportunities.
Ohio State blocked 17 shots vs. Ferris State, led by junior Curtis Gedig with three.
• Hjelle is first in the NCAA with a 1.40 goals-against average and .953 save percentage.
• Hjelle was the first star of the game in a CCHA contest for the seventh time this season. He has been the first or second star in all nine league starts this year. He has a .81 goals-against average and .972 save percentage in league play.
• Crane had his second two-point game of the season. It was his third two-goal game and first since Nov. 19, 2011 at Michigan.
• Oddo's assist was his first point of the season. He was playing for the first time since Oct. 27 at Bowling Green, missing the last 14 games with an injury.
• Jardine returned to action after missing the last 12 games with an injury. He was +1 vs. the Bulldogs.
• Szczechura has goals in back-to-back games and a point in seven of the last 11 games. He has a 3-6-9 line on the year.
• McCormick is third on the team with 11 points, including six goals.
• Ohio State is seventh in the NCAA in team defense, holding opponents to 2.00 goals per game.
My Gameday - Tim Adams