March 17, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Behind 47 saves from Brady Hjelle, a third-period goal from rookie Anthony Greco and three assists from Ryan Dzingel, the Ohio State men’s hockey team defeated Ferris State, 3-2, in game three of the CCHA tournament quarterfinal series. The victory gives the Buckeyes the series win and the squad moves on to the CCHA semifinals, where it will take on No. 2 seed Notre Dame Saturday in Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. No. 1 seed Miami will face No. 4 seed Michigan in the other semifinal.
The teams were tied 2-all after the first period. Just 1:32 into the game Max McCormick scored off a pass from Dzingel, with Tanner Fritz picking up the second assist on the power play goal. The Bulldogs scored twice in 59 seconds to tie the game and take the lead. Andy Huff deadlocked the contest at 1 at 13:31 and then Cory Kane tallied at 14:30 after a scramble for a 2-1 Bulldog advantage. With 1:10 left in the period Dzingel found Curtis Gedig coming down from the point for a power play goal. Craig Dalrymple had the goal’s second assist. Shots were 14-9 in favor of the Bulldogs in the period.
Ferris State controlled play in the second period, as Hjelle stopped all 21 Bulldog attempts. Ohio State put nine shots on goal. The Bulldogs had the only the full power play of the stanza, with a late Buckeye opportunity carrying into the third period.
In the third period, Greco crashed the net and put in the rebound of a Dzingel shot to put Ohio State in the lead. Gedig started the play up the ice on the goal, which came at 3:43. Hjelle added 14 saves in the stanza, with the Buckeyes recording nine shots.
Ohio State was outshot, 49-27, in the game. Hjelle played all 60 minutes and had 47 saves. Ferris State’s CJ Motte made 24 save in 58:52, as the Bulldogs closed the game with the net empty for the extra attacker.
Ohio State won the special teams battle, going 2-for-4 on the power play and stopping both Bulldog chances.
• Ohio State advances to the CCHA championship weekend for the first time since 2005 when the squad reached the championship game.
• Ohio State has won the league postseason title twice, capturing the first tourney in 1972 and winning the Mason Cup in 2004.
• Greco has five goals, five assists and 10 points this season. The goal was his first since Feb. 1 vs. Notre Dame and was his second gamewinner this year.
• Ohio State is 3-6 all-time in game three of a postseason series.
• McCormick extended his point streak to nine (7g, 7a, 14p) with his tally. He is second on the team with 14 goals and ranks third with 30 points, all career highs. He has a point in 16 of the last 19 outings.
• Dzingel took the team lead with 37 points and is second with 22 assists. It was his first career game with three helpers after six two-assists outings. He has a point in 14 of the last 17 games.
• Gedig has 15 points, including 12 assists, this season and had five points (1g, 4a) in the series with Ferris State, with back-to-back two-point nights.
• Fritz is second on the team with 36 points and has a team-high 25 helpers. He has a point in 15 of the last 19 games.
• Dalrymple leads Ohio State’s freshmen and defensemen with 17 points, including 14 assists. He is on seven-game assist and point streaks (1g, 7a, 8p).
• Ohio State has a power play goal in each of its last six games (7-for-25, 28 percent).
• Hjelle’s 47 saves were a career high, topping the 45 he had vs. Notre Dame earlier this season. He is eighth nationally with a .935 save percentage and 14th in the NCAA with a 2.00 goals-against average.
Mark Osiecki, Ohio State head coach
On going to Detroit
"I told our team it's a huge step, we haven't been there in a while. We're still learning how to play in big games and how to win. They played for their lives today. I can't be prouder of the way our guys played."
On recovering for next week
"It’s important for our guys to get in the cold tubs and to take care of their bodies. We're at home for a few days and it'll give us time to rest up and eventually we'll look to Notre Dame."
On the second and third period
"We were on our heels in the second. In the third period we played pretty well and pretty structured; we played harder and blocked a few more shots heading to the end and I was impressed with our wing guys playing better on the walls."
Bob Daniels, Ferris State head coach
On the first period
“I think we felt pretty good coming out of the first. We felt as though five on five we were playing very well. We looked really good. The key for us was to stay out of the penalty box.
On the transition from the second period to third period
“My one worry coming out of the second was that we had a lot of chances. Because we had chances, we started to gamble even more. We wanted to make sure that didn’t happen in the third.”
On the Bulldogs’ performance
“All in all, I am very proud of our guys. They played a great game. I’m not upset with them or the effort at all, just the end result.”
On ending the season
“I didn’t think about that much after the game. There is so much that goes into the season from your equipment managers to the trainers to the players. It’s really sad when it comes to an end, just because of all the effort everyone has put in in order to have a great year. Since everyone is invested, when you lose, it hurts.”
On the last game as part of the CCHA
“It’s a heck of a conference. I really enjoyed being associated with all the other CCHA schools. There have been a lot of great games. It’s kind of fitting that the last game took place in the old arena here. I enjoyed the trip down memory lane.”
Brady Hjelle, Ohio State senior goalie
On intensity of the game
"This was the most exciting game by far. Our team came to play tonight."
On his own performance
"I was tired after the second period, but the team did a good job keeping most of the shots outside. Honestly, in the first period I didn’t think I played too well, but after that I got more comfortable and settled down a bit."
On advancing in the playoffs
"It means a lot for the program and for the whole team. We’re just really excited to get there. Words can’t describe it."
Anthony Greco, Ohio State freshman forward
On his game-winning goal
"I just know they were changing and we were just trying to transition and it was Gedig that made a good pass to Dzingel for the shot. I was just trying to go in there hard."
On playing in the Joe
“We’re just looking to play our game and stick to what we do and play Buckeye hockey. We’re not too worried about our opponent. We’re just worried about ourselves."
Curtis Gedig, Ohio State junior defenseman
On winning in the playoffs
"It’s an unbelievable feeling to get my first playoff win as a Buckeye this weekend. We always think we have a chance at the start of the year. Anything can happen. I’m so proud of the team. I haven’t been with a better group of guys."
On his goal
"Whenever you score as a defenseman, especially a timely one like that, it feels awesome."