Feb. 11, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Two Alex Carlson goals in the final 5:24 of the third period helped the No. 15 Ohio State men's hockey team to a 4-3 victory over No. 18 Western Michigan Saturday night in Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich. The win gives the Buckeyes (15-11-5, 11-10-5-1 CCHA) a split of their series with Western Michigan (15-12-5, 12-9-3-3 CCHA).
The Buckeyes led 2-0 midway through the first period on power play goals by freshmen Max McCormick and Ryan Dzingel 1:09 apart. The Broncos then scored the next three goals, beginning with a tally from Chase Balisy at 17:58 of the first. Neither team scored in the second period and Ohio State carried its 2-1 lead into the third period. In the third, Western Michigan scored twice in less than a minute for a 3-2 lead at 8:31 of the stanza. At 14:36 Carlson scored on the power play and he notched the gamewinner at 16:31, assisted by Alex Lippincott. McCormick and Dzingel both had a goal and an assist, while freshman defenseman Ben Gallacher had two assists.
In the first period, the Buckeyes scored two power play goals in just over a minute to take a 2-0 lead. McCormick opened the scoring at 9:14, assisted by Dzingel and Gallacher. A second penalty on Western Michigan was called 25 seconds after the goal and Ohio State converted again, as Dzingel's shot went off a WMU defenseman and in, with McCormick and Gallacher assisting. The Broncos cut the lead in half when Balisy scored on a 2-on-1 at 17:58. Ohio State outshot Western Michigan, 12-8, in the period. There were no Buckeye penalties in the stanza and Ohio State converted both of its chances.
Neither team scored in the second period, Buckeye goalie Cal Heeter and Bronco netminder Frank Slubowski each stopping all eight shots faced. Ohio State was 0-for-1 and held the Broncos scoreless on two opportunities.
In the third, the Broncos tied the game with a 4-on-4 goal at 7:23 when Will Kessel backhanded a shot in. At 8:31, just 52 seconds later, Matt Tennyson scored on the power play for Western's first lead of the game (3-2). With the Buckeyes on the power play, senior Sean Duddy passed to freshman Darik Angeli. His shot was saved, but Carlson was there to backhand the rebound in and tie the game at 3 at 14:36. The gamewinning goal came from hard work in the offensive zone, especially down low, by the Buckeyes. On the goal, Lippincott won the battle along the boards behind the net; the puck came out to Carlson outside the crease and he was able to bury it for a 4-3 Buckeye lead. The Broncos pulled Slubowski for the extra attacker, and put one shot on net, but Ohio State held on for the victory. In the period, Ohio State outshot Western Michigan, 10-8. Each team was 1-for-2 on the power play in the period.
Ohio State outshot the Broncos, 30-24, in the game. Heeter played 59:51 and had 21 saves in the Buckeye net. Slubowski had 26 saves in 58:35 for the Broncos.
Ohio State was 3-for-5 on the power play and held the Broncos to one goal on four chances.
• The Buckeyes have a bye next weekend (Feb. 18-19) before wrapping up the regular season with a home-and-home series against Miami Feb. 24-25. The teams will meet in Oxford, Ohio, in game one, with the matchup televised by CBS Sports. Game two will be in Value City Arena in Columbus; Ohio State's seniors will be recognized in a pregame ceremony.
• The win ended an 11-game winless streak for the Buckeyes. The squad's last 11-game winless streak also ended with a victory at Western Michigan.
• Carlson, a junior, had the first two-goal and multiple-point game of his Buckeye career. He now has a career-high three goals and eight points this season.
• With a goal and an assist, McCormick extended his point streak to five, with 6-4-10 totals in the stretch (and multiple points in all but one game). He is third on the team with 10 goals this season and is tied for third with 21 points. McCormick has a point on 11 of the Buckeyes' last 16 goals.
• Gallacher had the second two-assist and two-point night of his collegiate career and first since Oct. 21 at Michigan State. He is on a four-game assist streak with five helpers in the stretch. Gallacher, who entered the game leading CCHA rookie defensemen in scoring in conference games, has 12 points, including 11 assists, this year.
• Dzingel had his fifth multiple-point outing with a goal and an assist. He is second on the team with 23 points, including a team-best 16 assists.
• The three power play goals marked the third time this season the Buckeyes had at least three PPG. The team had a season-best four vs. Alaska Oct. 28 and scored three times with the man advantage Nov. 19 at Michigan.
• Duddy moved his career high assist total to 13.