Buckeyes Fall to Michigan, 6-3
Feb. 23, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In its regular-season home finale, the Ohio State men’s hockey lost to Michigan, 6-3, Saturday in Value City Arena in front of a season-high crowd of 9,278. The game marked Senior Night for the five members of the Buckeye senior class – Alex Carlson, Brady Hjelle, Devon Krogh, Brandon Martell and Jeff Michael – and the group was honored in a pregame ceremony.
Ohio State (13-14-7, 12-9-5-1) will end the regular season with two games at Miami next weekend, playing at 7:35 p.m. Friday and 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio. The Buckeyes have clinched a Top 5 spot for the CCHA playoffs and will have a first-round bye. Ohio State and Ferris State will meet in the quarterfinal round March 15-17, but the site (Columbus or Big Rapids, Mich.) will be determined after action next weekend. The teams are tied for fourth place.
Buckeye sophomore Tanner Fritz led the team with two goals and three points, while classmate Max McCormick had a goal and an assist. The teams were tied at 2 after the first period, with Fritz scoring both goals for the Buckeyes. The teams traded goals in the second to enter the third period tied at 3. Michigan went ahead 4-3 with a goal at 5:25 of the third and made it a two-goal advantage at 11:20. The Wolverines sealed the win with an empty-net win to give UM a series sweep.
Fritz opened the scoring at 7:58 of the first period on a power play goal, assisted by freshman defenseman Craig Dalrymple and classmate Ryan Dzingel. Michigan responded quickly, as Andrew Copp scored just 21 seconds later to tie the game. Justin Selman put the Wolverines ahead at 12:05, scoring unassisted following a Buckeye turnover in front of the net. Fritz scored from the high slot at 15:48 to deadlock the score, assisted by McCormick and sophomore Clark Cristofoli. Each team had 13 shots in the period. Michigan had one power play chance and Ohio State was 1-for-2.
The Wolverines’ Phil Di Giuseppe put the Wolverines back ahead 2:59 into the second period but Fritz set up McCormick on a 2-on-1 at 5:16 to again tie the score. Ohio State outshot Michigan, 11-9, in the stanza and each team had one power play.
In the third, with the teams skating 4-on-4, Alex Guptill drove to the net and put Michigan ahead, 4-3, with the eventual gamewinner at 5:25. Andrew Sinelli made it a two-goal lead at 11:20 and Di Guiseppe netted his second of the game at 15:56 with Ohio State skating with its net empty. Ohio State was outshot, 8-4, in the period and had the only two power play chances.
For the game, Michigan outshot the Buckeyes, 30-28. Hjelle started and suffered the loss, making 23 saves on 28 shots. Freshman Collin Olson closed out the game, stopping the one shot he saw in 8:32. Michigan’s Steve Racine had 25 saves in all 60 minutes.
Ohio State converted one of five power play chances and held the Wolverines scoreless on two opportunities.
On the team morale during the game
On the state of the team
On moving forward
On fan attendance
Brandon Martell, Ohio State senior defenseman
On his senior year
Red Berenson, Michigan head coach
On giving up more goals than they prefer
On a growth in confidence after this series
On playing Ohio State at this point in the season
Alex Guptill, Michigan sophomore forward
On his goal tonight