No. 17 Buckeyes Lose Regular-Season Finale to No. 15 Miami, 5-1
Feb. 25, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 17-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team wrapped up the regular season with a 5-1 loss to No. 15 Miami in front of 8,404 fans in Value City Arena Saturday. The four members of the Ohio State senior class – Danny Dries, Sean Duddy, Cal Heeter and Cory Schneider – were honored in a pregame ceremony.
The Buckeyes (15-13-5, 11-12-5-1 CCHA) will travel to Notre Dame for the first round of the CCHA tournament next week. The teams will meet in a best-of-three series March 2-4, with the series winner advancing to the quarterfinal round March 9-11.
Miami scored just 43 seconds into the game when Jimmy Mullin came out of the corner and was able to slide the puck in. Ohio State tied the game at 8:45, as freshman Al McLean’s shot from the point got through with Ohio State on a 5-on-3 power play. Rookie Ryan Dzingel and junior Devon Krogh assisted on the tally, McLean’s third of the year. The RedHawks took control of the game with two goals in 33 seconds later in the period. Blake Coleman scored at 15:34, redirecting a shot by Cameron Schilling, to put Miami ahead 2-1. Reilly Smith then scored at 16:09, putting in a loose puck from the high slot after the original shot was blocked by the Buckeye defense. Shots were 11-9 in favor of Ohio State in the period. Miami had one power play chance and Ohio State had two opportunities.
In the second, Austin Czarnik scored twice for Miami for a 5-1 lead. His first came at 8:23, with the second scored on a shorthanded breakaway at 10:06. Buckeye starting goalie Cal Heeter faced a penalty shot 1:18 into the stanza, making a save on Miami’s Coleman. Miami outshot the Buckeyes, 16-6, in the stanza. Neither team converted on the power play – Ohio State had four chances, with Miami on two.
Neither team scored in the third period and there were no penalties called. Miami outshot Ohio State, 8-6, in the stanza.
For the game, Miami outshot Ohio State, 33-23. Heeter started for the Buckeyes and played the first 30:06, making 13 saves and taking the loss. Junior Brady Hjelle closed out the final 29:54 and stopped the 15 shots he faced.
Ohio State was 1-for-6 on the power play in the game, with Miami 1-for-3.
On the team’s recent slump
On the playoffs
Mark Osiecki, Ohio State head coach
On the second period
On a new start for playoffs
Enrico Blasi, Miami head coach
On the play of goalkeeper Connor Knapp
Reilly Smith, Miami junior forward