Buckeyes Fall to Ferris State in CCHA Tournament Quarterfinal Opener, 4-2
The Buckeyes and Bulldogs will face off in game two at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in the OSU Ice Rink.
March 15, 2013
Press conference video: Osiecki | Fritz and Krogh
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In game one of a best-of-three CCHA tournament quarterfinal series, No. 4 seed Ohio State fell to No. 5 Ferris State, 4-2, Friday night in the OSU Ice Rink. The Bulldogs (16-14-5) take a 1-0 lead in the series with the Buckeyes (14-16-7), with game two set for 7:05 p.m. Saturday in the OSU Ice Rink. If necessary, game three will be at 7:05 p.m. Sunday.
The Bulldogs scored the only goal of the first period at 15:44 when Kyle Bonis tallied on the team’s first power play of the night. The squads combined for 23 shots, with each goalie making 11 saves.
Ohio State scored twice in the first 6:55 of the second period to take a 2-1 lead. Just 1:13 into the stanza sophomore Max McCormick was able to put in his own rebound, with defensemen sophomore Al McLean and senior Devon Krogh picking up the assists. At 6:55 sophomore Tanner Fritz’s shot from the side of the net got through with Ohio State on the power play. Blueliners freshman Craig Dalrymple and junior Curtis Gedig assisted on the tally. Less than two minutes later the Bulldogs’ Justin DeMartino tied the game at 2-all with a goal at 8:29. Ohio State outshot Ferris State, 9-5, in the period.
Ferris State’s DeMartino netted his second of the game 1:24 into the third period on a delayed penalty to put the Bulldogs ahead, 3-2. Bonis sealed the win with a long shot into the empty net with 24 seconds remaining after Ohio State had pulled its goalie for the extra attacker. Ferris State goalie CJ Motte stopped all 10 Buckeye attempts in the period, with Ferris State putting five shots on net.
The Buckeyes outshot the Bulldogs, 30-22, in the game. Buckeye senior Brady Hjelle made 18 saves in 59 minutes, while Motte had 28 saves in 59:58 for the Bulldogs.
Each team was 1-for-5 with the man advantage in the game.
• McCormick extended his point streak to seven (5g, 6a, 11p) with his goal. He is second on the team with 13 goals and ranks third with 28 points, all career highs. He has a point in 14 of the last 17 outings.
• Fritz leads Ohio State with a career-high 35 points and is fourth with 11 goals, ranking first with 24 assists. He has a point in 14 of the last 17 games.
• Dalrymple leads Ohio State’s freshmen and defensemen with 15 points, including 12 assists. He is on five-game assist and point streaks (1g, 5a, 6p).
• Gedig blocked a team-high four shots in the game. He has 11 points, with nine assists, this season.
• McLean, who missed the last four games with an injury, picked up his second assist of the campaign.
• Krogh has an assist in two of the last three games and has a 2-7-9 line on the year.
• Ohio State has a power play goal in each of its last four games (4-for-19, 21.1 percent).
Mark Osiecki Ohio State Head Coach
On the game
"It went back and forth, the game changer was us being on a power play and taking a penalty which showed a lack of discipline on our part."
On tomorrow’s game
“This team has always responded to adversity; the undisciplined errors we have to correct. Ferris State played like they've been through this before and have been through a lot of playoff battles."
Devon Krogh, Ohio State senior defenseman
On how the team played
“We need to start capitalizing on our power plays, we need to start taking advantage on those. Coach made it clear we need to be more disciplined tomorrow night.”
On the game
“Its do or die now. I don’t think there is any question on how we need to play tomorrow.”
Tanner Fritz, Ohio State sophomore forward
On the game
“There was a different feel tonight but it’s tournament play and things happen so we need to respond accordingly.”
Bob Daniels, Ferris State head coach
On how the team is different from last year’s Frozen Four team
“The issue is it is a whole different group of guys. We have lost eight players from last year, and you can’t lean on the experience. It has felt like a different ‘deal’ this year; we have different expectations as well.
On the third period
“I would prefer we keep trying to push and find another goal. We have had a fault this year of getting a lead early and trying to milk it the whole way home; I would rather not play that way.”
On game two
“It is just important to play well tomorrow. We will do the best we can tomorrow but the two teams are so perfectly matched it is hard to say what will happen. The numbers on both teams are almost identical; it’s a dead heat and exciting to watch which makes winning the first game feel nice.”