Oct. 13, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A third-period goal from sophomore Max McCormick lifted the Ohio State men’s hockey team to a 3-2 road win at No. 12/13 Minnesota Duluth Saturday night in AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn. The teams split the season-opening series and both now stand at 1-1 on the year.
The Buckeyes held a 2-0 advantage after the first period on goals by Alex Carlson and Tanner Fritz before the Bulldogs tied the game with two power play scores in the second period. Early in the third McCormick and Fritz converted a 2-on-1 to put Ohio State back on top and the Ohio State defense held strong to close out the nonconference victory. Freshman goalie Collin Olson made 26 saves in his first collegiate start to pick up the win. Fritz led the Buckeyes with two points in the game.
Ohio State, starting its season with three-consecutive road series, plays at Quinnipiac next weekend. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday in Hamden, Conn.
Ohio State led 2-0 after the first period. Carlson put the Buckeyes on the board at 4:16, scoring in front off a pass from junior Travis Statchuk, with linemate junior Alex Szczechura picking up the second assist. With the Buckeyes killing off the tail end of a five-minute major power play, Fritz stole the puck at center ice and broke in alone on the goalie, scoring at 9:59, just three seconds after the UMD advantage ended. Each team had seven shots in the period, with Olson stopping all seven shots he saw in his first period of collegiate action.
The Bulldogs tied the game with two power play goals in the second half of the middle period. Joe Basaraba cut the Buckeye lead to 2-1 at 11:51, scoring high from the right faceoff circle. At 19:24 Mike Seidel deflected a shot by Chris Casto to deadlock the game at 2. Shots were 13-3 in favor of the Bulldogs in the period.
In the third period, McCormick put Ohio State ahead, completing a 2-on-1 with Fritz, with junior Chris Crane starting the play and picking up the second helper on the tally at 6:56. A potential UMD go-ahead goal a few minutes earlier had been waived off because of a Bulldog player in the crease. Minnesota Duluth pulled its goalie in the final minute for the extra attacker, but Ohio State shut down the attack. Olson had eight saves in the period, as the Buckeyes outshot the Bulldogs, 11-8.
For the game, Ohio State was outshot, 28-21. Olson had 26 saves in his first collegiate start, playing all 60 minutes. UMD’s Crandall had 18 stops in 59 minutes.
Ohio State was scoreless on five power play chances. The Bulldogs converted twice on six opportunities.
• Fritz had the fourth multiple-point game of his career and third two-point outing.
• McCormick had an assist in the opener and was the only Buckeye with a point in each game vs. Minnesota Duluth.
• The Buckeyes are now 3-1-1 vs. UMD, including a 2-1 ledger in Duluth.
• Eleven Buckeyes had a point vs. the Bulldogs.
• Olson made the first start of his collegiate career. He is the first true freshman goalie to play for the Buckeyes since Cal Heeter in 2008-09.
Mason Jobst - All-American