Oct. 11, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to No. 2-ranked Miami in its season opener, 6-2, Friday in Value City Arena. The teams will close the series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio.
“We know we have a good team,” Steve Rohlik, in his first year at the helm of the Buckeyes, said. “We have a good locker room. Our guys are disappointed with the result and I think our guys felt we were right there, but in the blink of an eye, against a very good team, a 2-2 game ended up 6-2. We give them credit.“
The game was the first for Rohlik as a collegiate head coach.
“I’ve said this before, it is very humbling and an honor to walk out here and lead this program,” Rohilk said. “I know what we have and I know the character we have. When the game is over the first person I look at is myself. I’ve got to continue to get better and the one thing we’ve talked about is we’re going to win this thing together. It’s just one step at a time. We’re certainly disappointed in the outcome tonight, but the sun will come up tomorrow and we have another chance to get back at it.”
The RedHawks scored two 5-on-3 goals 1:04 apart for a 2-0 lead in the first period. Austin Czarnik scored on a rebound at 7:47, followed by an Alex Widemann score at 8:51. Ohio State was outshot, 12-8, in the period.
Neither team scored in the second period, with Buckeye goalie Collin Olson making 11 saves and Miami’s Jay Williams stopping 10 Ohio State attempts.
Ohio State scored twice in the first three minutes of the third period to tie the game at 2. With the Miami goalie out of position, junior Darik Angeli put the Buckeyes on the board 20 seconds into the stanza, assisted by classmates Nick Oddo and Ryan Dzingel. At 2:53 junior Chad Niddery tallied, assisted by sophomore Craig Dalrymple and senior Travis Statchuk. Just 29 seconds later, the RedHawks regained the lead (3-2) on a Cody Murphy score. The RedHawks again made it a two-goal game at 7:39 on a Blake Coleman goal. Two late goals, by Anthony Louis on the power play at 14:18 and Ben Paulides at 18:05, made it a 6-2 final. Shots were 15-10 in favor of the RedHawks in the period.
Ohio State was outshot, 38-28, in the game. Olson had 32 saves for the Buckeyes, with Williams stopping 26 Buckeye shots.
The RedHawks were 3-for-8 on the power play in the contest and Ohio State was scoreless on three chances.