Oct. 12, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team lost its season opener to No. 12/13 Minnesota Duluth, 6-2, Friday night at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn. The teams will close out the series at 8:07 p.m. ET Saturday in Duluth.
The teams were tied 1-1 just 2:56 into the game before the Bulldogs went on a three-goal run, including two goals in 20 seconds, to take a 4-1 lead after the first 20 minutes. Ohio State sophomore Matt Johnson scored the lone goal of the second period to draw the Buckeyes within two, but UMD scored two power play goals in the third period and outshot Ohio State 14-6 in the stanza to seal the non-conference win.
Minnesota Duluth led 4-1 after the first period. Just 1:05 into the game Austin Farley scored for Minnesota Duluth; less than two minutes later Ohio State tied the game when Greco put in the rebound of a McCormick shot with Ohio State on the power play, with Dalrymple picking up the second assist. The Bulldogs regained the lead with a power play goal of their own by Joe Basaraba at 4:08 and then Mike Siedel tallied 20 seconds later for a 3-1 advantage. With 12:19 remaining in the stanza Ohio State had a two-man advantage for a full two minutes but could not convert. Ohio State was outshot in the period, 16-10.
Ohio State scored the only goal of the second period, as Johnson tallied on the rush, assisted by Lundey and junior Alex Lippincott, to give the Bulldogs a 4-2 after 40 minutes. Ohio State outshot UMD, 11-9, in the period.
Minnesota Duluth scored twice in 43 seconds in the first four minutes of the third period to extend the advantage to 6-2. The first goal was scored by Seidel at 3:15 and the squad then took advantage of a two minute 5-on-3, as Andy Welinski scored just eight seconds after the power play started. Shots were 14-6 in favor of UMD in the stanza.
For the game, Minnesota Duluth outshot Ohio State, 39-27. Buckeye senior Brady Hjelle had 33 saves in all 60 minutes, while UMD’s Aaron Crandall had 25 stops in 60:00. Buckeye freshman defenseman Sam Jardine, playing in his first collegiate game, led Ohio State with five shots on goal.
Each team had eight power play chances in the game; Ohio State scored once with the man advantage, while Minnesota Duluth had three power play goals.
The game was the fourth meeting between the teams and the first since 2006. Ohio State is now 2-1-1 all-time vs. Minnesota Duluth.
Mason Jobst - All-American