Buckeyes Close Regular Season with 4-2 Loss at No. 3 Miami
March 2, 2013
Tanner Fritz, Buckeye sophomore forward, won the CCHA scoring title, finishing the 28-game schedule with a league-best 32 points. He is the third Buckeye to win the crown, following Hugo Boisvert in 1998 and Paul Pooley in 1984. Fritz also led all CCHA players with 23 assists in conference action, the fourth Buckeye to pace the league in helpers (Peter Boyd'10, Boisvert '98, Paul Pooley '84).
Miami opened the scoring at 10:40 of the first period, converting 10 seconds into the game's first power play when Curtis McKenzie was able to knock the puck home out of a scrum. Buckeye goalie Brady Hjellehad 11 saves in the period, as Ohio State was outshot, 12-8. The RedHawks had two power play chances, with Ohio State 0-for-1.
Each team put nine shots on net in the second period and the RedHawks netted the only goal at 13:11 when Riley Barber scored. The Buckeyes had the only chance with the man advantage in the stanza.
Blake Coleman gave the RedHawks a 3-0 advantage at 7:14 of the third, scoring unassisted at a sharp angle with Hjelle out of position. Cody Murphy extended the Miami lead to 4-0 on a tally at 15:50. Ohio State scored twice in the final 2:13. Freshman defenseman Craig Dalrymple scored on a 4-on-3 power play, assisted by sophomores Ryan Dzingel and Max McCormick, at 17:47 and Dalrymple then set up junior Alex Szczechura for a goal on a 2-on-1 with 18 seconds left, with sophomore Clark Cristofolipicking up the second assist on the tally. Ohio State outshot Miami, 13-10, in the period. Ohio State was scoreless on four power play chances in the stanza, including a two minute 5-on-3 after the RedHawks took a minor while killing a major power play.
For the game, the Buckeyes were outshot, 31-30. Hjelle made 27 saves in 59:59 in the Buckeye net and Miami's Ryan McKay made 28 stops in all 60 minutes.
The Buckeyes were 1-for-6 on the power play in the game and Miami converted 1-of-3 chances.