Buckeyes Top Lakers, 3-2
Jan. 25, 2013
WATCH: Game Highlights
COLUMBUS, Ohio - With points from nine players, and 34 saves from goalie Brady Hjelle, the Ohio State men's hockey team skated to a 3-2 win over Lake Superior State Friday night in Value City Arena.
The Buckeyes (9-11-5, 8-6-3-1 CCHA) and Lakers (13-13-1, 8-10-1-1 CCHA) will close the series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in VCA. As with all regular-season home games, all youth hockey players eighth grade and under who wear their jerseys to the game receive free admission (with a ticket-purchasing parent). Saturday, those youth are invited to the Buckeye locker room postgame for a meet and greet and locker room tour. Youth and their parents should meet by section 104 after the game. In addition, sophomores Darik Angeli, Clark Cristofoli, Justin DaSilva and Ryan Dzingel will sign autographs on the concourse level postgame.
Friday vs. Lake Superior State, Ohio State led 2-0 after the first period on goals by Riley Simpson and Curtis Gedig and extended the lead to three on a goal from Tanner Fritzearly in the second. The Lakers got on the scoreboard in the first minute of the third, and then drew within one midway through the period, but Ohio State held Lake Superior State off the scoreboard the rest of the way for the win in their first home game since Dec. 15.
At 6:05 of the first period, Buckeye redshirt freshman Simpson put Ohio State on the board, scoring on the fly, assisted by junior Chris Crane and freshman Craig Dalrymple. At 17:48 Laker goalie Kevin Murdock stopped sophomore Ryan Dzingel's initial shot but junior Gedig was there to jam it home out of a pileup around the crease. Freshman Anthony Grecopicked up the second helper on the power-play goal. Shots were 15-12 in favor of the Buckeyes in the period and each team had one power play chance.
Sophomore Fritz made it 3-0 when he was able to knock home a loose puck around the net, assisted by junior Alex Szczechura and sophomore Max McCormick, at 3:49 of the second. The Buckeyes outshot Lake Superior State, 14-10, in the stanza, and the Lakers had the only two power play chances.
Just 48 seconds into the third period Chris Ciotti found a loose puck and scored to break up the shutout and at 10:22 Ben Power scored on a rebound to make it a one-goal game. Each team had 14 shots and one power play chance in the period, which also saw four minutes of four-on-four play.
Hjelle played all 60 minutes in goal and had 34 saves for the Buckeyes, including stopping two breakaways. Kevin Kapalka started the game for the Lakers, playing the first 6:05 and allowing one goal. He was replaced by Kevin Murdock, who had 36 saves in 53:09 between the pipes.
Ohio State was 1-for-2 on the power play and held the Lakers scoreless on four chances, allowing seven power-play shots.
On the transition and speed of the Buckeyes
On the Buckeyes’ offensive strategy and crashing the net
Curtis Gedig, Ohio State junior defenseman
On the Buckeyes’ in the third period
Tanner Fritz, Ohio State sophomore forward
On gaining some puck luck for the Buckeyes
Jim Roque, Lake Superior State head coach
On his team’s performance