COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's hockey team lost to No. 18 Miami, 3-2, Friday in Value City Arena in the opening game of a home-and-home series. The teams will close the series at 8 p.m. Saturday in Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio. The Buckeyes (0-3-0) tied the game twice, but the RedHawks (1-1-1) answered 1:12 after Ohio State knotted the game at two late in the third for the victory. Senior Anthony Greco scored both goals for the Buckeyes.
"I thought it was a pretty good hockey game both ways," Steve Rohlik, Ohio State head coach, said. "I like how our team competed and battled at the end. You tie the game up and give yourself a chance, but then there's a breakdown and it's in the back of your net. It's certainly disappointing, but something we need to build on."
The RedHawks led 1-0 after the first period on a goal from Andrew Schmit at 9:56. The RedHawks outshot Ohio State, 10-7, in the period and the Buckeyes had the only power play of the stanza.
The lone goal of the second period came from Greco. While killing a penalty, he forced a turnover by the Miami net and was able to put the puck in high over the RedHawk goalie. The teams combined for 24 shots in the period, with the RedHawks ahead, 13-11. Ohio State held Miami scoreless on two power play chances and Ohio State was 0-for-1, with a second chance carrying into the third period.
At 3:14 of the third, Miami took the lead (2-1) when Keifer Sherwood scored right off a faceoff win by Kevin Morris deep in the Buckeye zone. Greco tied the game at 17:15; senior Craig Dalrymple passed to David Gust down low and he found Greco at the far post to deadlock the game at two. Just 1:12 later, Jack Roslovic capitalized on a Buckeye breakdown, scoring on a rebound, to put Miami back ahead (3-2) at 18:27. Ohio State skated with the net empty for most of the final minute, but was unable to capitalize. Ohio State outshot Miami, 9-7, in the period and the only power play was the carryover from the second period.
Ohio State was outshot, 30-27, in the game. Junior goalie Matt Tomkins made 27 saves for the Buckeyes in 59:20 in net. Miami's Ryan McKay had 25 stops while playing all 60 minutes. Ohio State blocked 11 shots, led by Dalrymple with three and sophomore Christian Lampasso with two.
The Buckeyes held Miami scoreless on two power play chances and were scoreless on three opportunities. Ohio State is 7-for-7 on the penalty kill this season.