Feb. 24, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - In its final road game of the regular season, the No. 17 Ohio State men's hockey team lost to No. 15-ranked Miami, 3-0, Friday night in Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio. Senior Cal Heeter made 36 saves in the Ohio State net.
The Buckeyes (15-12-5, 11-11-5-1 CCHA) and RedHawks (20-13-2, 14-11-2-1 CCHA) will wrap up the home-and-home series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena in Columbus. The four Buckeye seniors will be honored pregame and Ohio State President Gordon Gee will drop the ceremonial puck. After the game, there will be an autograph session with the entire Buckeye team. Rally towels will be handed out to the first 5,000 fans and there will also be thunderstick giveaways.
Miami scored the only goal of the first period when Reilly Smith tallied from the right faceoff circle, assisted by Austin Dzarnik and Jimmy Mullin, at 16:44. Shots were 12-7 in favor of the RedHawks in the period and each team had one power play chance, with Miami's second opportunity of the game starting with six seconds left in the period.
The teams combined for 26 shots but no goals in the second period. Heeter stopped all 15 RedHawk shots he faced and Connor Knapp had 11 saves in the Miami net. Ohio State had one power play chance, with its third chance of the night starting with 16 seconds left in the period and carrying into the third.
The RedHawks sealed the win with two goals in the final 5:21 of regulation. Smith added his second of the game, agains set up by Mullin, at 14:39 and Blake Coleman ended the scoring at 17:42, with Alex Wideman on the assist. Shots were 12-10 Miami in the stanza. Ohio State had three power play chances in the period, including one as regulation ended.
Miami outshot Ohio State, 39-28, in the game. Heeter played all 60 minutes for Ohio State and had 36 saves, the third time he had 30-plus saves in the last six games. Knapp had 28 stops for Miami, as Ohio State was shut out for the fourth time this year.
Neither team scored on the power play in the contest - Ohio State had five chances and Miami was scoreless on two opportunities. The Buckeyes tied their season low with two penalties and four penalty minutes, first set Dec. 3 vs. Lake Superior State.
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