Oct. 5, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team opened the 2013-14 campaign with a 9-1 victory over Toronto in an exhibition game in Value City Arena Saturday afternoon. Twelve Buckeyes had a point in the game, with seven picking up multiple points. Junior Tanner Fritz had a team-best four points on two goals and two assists, while sophomore Craig Dalrymple recorded two goals and an assist for three points. Senior Alex Szczechura and juniors Max McCormick and Justin DaSilva each had three points on a goal and two helpers. Senior Alex Lippincott scored twice in the victory.
“Any time you can go out there and win that’s important, but it is how we played that was the biggest take away from this game,” Steve Rohlik, in his first year as the Buckeyes’ head coach, said. “We played hard and unselfish; our guys executed well today.”
Ohio State begins the regular season next weekend with a home-and-home series vs. Miami. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday in Value City Arena in Columbus and at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Oxford. In all, nine of the Buckeyes’ next 12 games – and 14 of the next 18 – will be in Value City Arena in Columbus.
Ohio State led 2-1 after the opening 20 minutes. Dalrymple opened the scoring at 9:54, tallying from the right faceoff circle off a pass from McCormick from behind the net. The Varsity Blues tied the game at 1 when Michael Markovic put in his own rebound at 13:42, with Tyler Turcotte picking up the assist after leading him into the Buckeye zone. Ohio State converted its third power play chance of the game, as McCormick converted the rebound of a Sam Jardine shot. Ohio State outshot Toronto, 11-8, in the period.
The Buckeyes extended the lead to 6-1 with a four-goal outburst in the second period. Fritz scored at 5:04, assisted by Szczechura. Lippincott scored back-to-back at 6:33 and 13:15. His first goal was assisted by Chad Niddery and DaSilva, while the second had helpers from Travis Statchuk and DaSilva. Fritz netted the final goal of the period unassisted at 14:53. Shots were 16-4 in favor of Ohio State in the stanza.
Ohio State scored twice in the first two minutes of the third period. Szczechura tallied 42 seconds in, assisted by Sam Jardine and Fritz, followed by a Dalrymple goal. Freshmen Nick Schilkey and Josh Healey had the helpers on Dalrymple’s score. DaSilva had the final goal of the day, with McCormick and Szczechura assisting on his goal at 5:42. Ohio State outshot Toronto, 14-7, in the period.
Sophomore Collin Olson started the game in net for the Buckeyes and played the first 31:01, making eight saves on nine shots. Freshman Matt Tomkins played the final 28:59 and stopped all 10 shots he faced. The Buckeyes outshot the Varsity Blues, 41-19, in the game.
The Buckeye power play was 1-for-6 in the game and the penalty kill unit was a perfect 8-for-8.
Mason Jobst - All-American