Buckeyes Suffer 6-3 Loss to No. 2 Miami
Alex Szczechura scored his first two goals of the season vs. Miami.
Oct. 12, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team lost its first road game of 2013-14, falling to No. 2-ranked Miami, 6-3, Saturday in Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio. The win gives the RedHawks (2-0) a two-game sweep of the Buckeyes (0-2). Senior Alex Szczechura scored twice for Ohio State, with juniors Tanner Fritz and Max McCormick picking up the assists on both goals.
Ohio State is back in action Tuesday when it plays at Bowling Green in a non-conference matchup. The puck is set to drop at 7:05 p.m. in the BGSU Ice Arena. Ohio State will then be off until a home-and-home series vs. Robert Morris, playing in Columbus Oct. 25 and in Pittsburgh Oct. 26.
The Redhawks led 2-1 after the first period. Miami led 2-0 less than five minutes into the game on the strength of two Riley Barber goals at :14 and 4:27. At 18:03 of the stanza Szczechura cut the lead to one (2-1) with his first goal of the year, assisted by Fritz and McCormick with Ohio State on the power play. Shots were 12-11 in favor of Ohio State in the period.
Ohio State trailed 4-2 after the first 40 minutes. The teams were scoreless through the first 13:34 of the second period before combining for three goals in a five minutes span. Miami’s Sean Kuraly made it 3-1 at 13:34 of the period before Szczechura deflected a Fritz shot to draw Ohio State within one, with McCormick on the second assist. Less than a minute later Barber completed his hat trick, scoring on the power play at 18:34 to regain Miami’s two-goal advantage. The glass broke late in the period and the teams went to the lockerroom with 1:26 left on the clock, completing the time before the start of the third. Miami outshot Ohio State, 16-14, in the second period.
In the third, Miami’s Austin Czarnik scored at 14:17 and Barber scored a 6-on-4 shorthanded, empty-net goal at 17:14 to make it a 6-2 game. At 17:31, Buckeye sophomore Tyler Lundey scored his first goal of the season, set up by freshman Nick Schilkey, marking Schilkey’s first career point. Sophomore Craig Dalrymple also assisted on the tally. Ohio State put 15 shots on net in the period, with Miami getting 11 shots through.
Freshman Matt Tomkins was between the pipes for Ohio State, marking his first collegiate appearance. He had 32 saves on 37 shots in 59:45. Miami’s Ryan McKay had 38 saves on 41 Ohio State attempts.
Ohio State was 2-for-6 on the power play in the game, with Miami 1-for-2.