Feb. 15, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Behind 30 saves from senior goalie Brady Hjelle and a goal from freshman Tyler Lundey, the Ohio State men’s hockey team skated to a 1-1 overtime tie with No. 6-ranked Western Michigan Friday in Value City Arena. The Broncos won the shootout, 2-1 in four rounds, to earn the extra CCHA point.
Ohio State (12-12-7, 11-7-5-1 CCHA) and Western Michigan (18-7-6, 14-5-4-2 CCHA) will close the series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in VCA. The Ohio State band will perform Script Ohio on Ice during the second intermission. Postgame there will be an autograph session with sophomores Nick Oddo and Chad Niddery and freshmen Anthony Greco, Sam Jardine, Peter Megariotis, Collin Olson, Riley Simpson and Lundey.
The teams were scoreless after the first period. Ohio State had a chance just 20 seconds into the game, but a shot by Matt Johnson rang off the post. Shots were 9-5 in favor of the Broncos in the period and Ohio State had the lone power play chance.
After the second period, the score was deadlocked at 1. After a leadout pass from sophomore Ryan Dzingel, classmate Max McCormick’s shot went wide of the net and came right out to Lundey at the post, where he was able to tap it in for his fourth goal of the season, scoring at 5:57. The Broncos tied the game at 14:06 when Mike Leone picked up the puck in the Buckeye zone and found Matt Stewart as the trailer at the top of the crease. Ohio State outshot Western Michigan, 10-8, in the period. WMU had three power play chances (with one carrying to the third period) and Ohio State had two.
Hjelle stopped all 13 shots he faced in the third period, as the Broncos outshot the Buckeyes, 13-3. The Buckeyes held the Broncos scoreless on three power play chances, including an outstanding 1:45 shift by forwards Tanner Fritz and Darik Angeli and defensemen sophomore Justin DaSilva and Jardine. The Buckeyes ended regulation on the penalty kill, with 44 seconds carrying into the overtime.
Ohio State stopped the Broncos on the power play to start overtime and had a chance of its own 34 seconds into the extra period but was unable to convert. Each team had one shot on goal in overtime.
In the shootout, junior Alex Szczechura scored for Ohio State in the first round after a miss by Western Michigan, but the Broncos were able to score twice in the next three rounds, while Ohio State did not convert, to give the Broncos the extra league point.
Ohio State was outshot, 31-19, in the game. Hjelle played all 65 minutes and had 30 saves. Western Michigan’s Frank Slubowski had 18 saves in 65:00.
Neither team scored on the power play – WMU was 0-for-5 and OSU was 0-for-4.
• Hjelle had at least 30 saves for the 12th time this year. He is in the Top 6 nationally in goals-against average (1.74) and save percentage (.943). In league play, he has a CCHA-best 1.54 gaa and .949 sv%.
• Ohio State has not allowed a power play goal in its last three games, stopping 12 opponent chances. The squad is 101-for-117 (.863), ranking 10th in the NCAA.
• Dzingel leads Ohio State with 29 points and 13 assists. He has a point in eight of the last nine games. • Lundey leads Ohio State’s freshmen with 10 points, including six assists, this year.
• McCormick has a point in eight of his last 11 games and is third on the team with 18 points, with eight goals and 10 assists.
• Ohio State blocked 16 shots vs. the Broncos, led by three from Angeli and senior Devon Krogh.
• The Buckeyes’ 19 shots on goal were a season low.
• Ohio State is 4-1-2 in its last seven games.
Mark Osiecki, Ohio State head coach
On the matchup
“It was two teams that competed extremely hard. It felt like there were more power play opportunities for them. There were so many guys were losing sticks (on the third-period penalty kill)… somehow we battled through it.”
On Western Michigan’s performance
“They play smart. Andy has been around the block, he’s a quality hockey coach. Their team is patient, smart, sound defensively and capitalized on our missed opportunities.”
On the team’s transition
“We stressed and talked about transition both ways, it was nice to see opportunities - those were a result of transition.”
Tyler Lundey, Ohio State freshman forward
On his goal
“I was center driver on the play so I knew the puck was going to be put on goal. The boards made a good play, a random play, but I can only make it by being aware.”
Ryan Dzingel, Ohio State sophomore forward
On WMU’s performance
“They rely on their defense to make plays. We didn’t let them impose their will in the third, we took a lot of penalties, and that is what shifted momentum.”
On lengthy PK shift
“It was unbelievable work on the penalty kill, when we lost three sticks almost all at once. Those guys did a great job for us.”
Andy Murray, Western Michigan head coach
On facing Ohio State
“We knew Ohio State had been playing well as of late and had taken four points from Notre Dame during their last home series and had a big win against Alaska. We anticipated a tough game. We had two of the better statistic-wise defensive teams playing tonight. Their team plays extremely hard and they’re on top of the puck. We knew we’d have to play one of our better games tonight. We used our secret weapon Matt Stewart in order to win tonight.”
On the tight score
“We knew it would be tight and space would be tough to come by. We tried to play defense by having the puck a lot and I thought our puck possession was great tonight. We needed to have the all-in mentality. They’re the type of team where if you make a mistake, they can take advantage of it. It was about as tight as we had expected.”
On calling a time-out in the third period
“Our players on the ice were exhausted. By calling the time out, that allowed us to get fresh people out there.”
On the Broncos’ puck possession
“We are a team that likes to have the puck. When you have the puck, it makes it difficult for the other team to make shots. I do wish our power play performance had been a bit better tonight though.”
On league standings
“We’re just trying to win each game. We have never ever talked about finishing first, second, third in the league etc. We just talk about winning each game.”
On Western Michigan’s game strategy
“We try to play a heavy game, we try to be hard on the body and strong on our sticks. The one criticism we give is when we play too light.”
Matt Stewart, Western Michigan sophomore defenseman
On scoring his first collegiate goal
“I was creeping in down the middle. I got a great pass right through the slot to me. I put it home and it felt good.”
On Hjelle’s performance
“He’s a good goalie. Ohio State has a great defensive team. As a unit they played really well tonight.”