COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to No. 18 Miami, 3-1, Saturday in Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio, in game two of a home-and-home series.
Miami led 1-0 after the first period before the Buckeyes (0-4-0) tied the game early in the second. The RedHawks (2-1-1) broke the deadlock later in the stanza and added an insurance goal on the power play early in the third. Junior goalie Matt Tomkins had 38 saves in the net for the Buckeyes, while freshman Mason Jobst scored his first career goal.
The Buckeyes return to action next weekend with two games at defending NCAA champion Providence. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24 in Providence, R.I.
The RedHawks led 1-0 after the first period for the second night in a row. Miami opened the scoring 12:11 into the game when Josh Melnick scored on a one-timer with Miami on the power play. Shots were 13-9 in favor of the RedHawks in the first 20 minutes.
In the second, Buckeye freshman Mason Jobst tied the game at 5:22, beating the Miami goalie five-hole with a shot from the half wall. Junior David Gust and sophomore Luke Stork had the assist on the goal, which was the first for a Buckeye freshman this season. Both Gust and Stork have two assists this year. At 13:56 Miami’s Jack Roslovic took advantage of a Buckeye turnover at the blue line and scored unassisted at 13:56 to put the RedHawks ahead, 2-1. Miami had the advantage in shots, 19-12, in the stanza. Ohio State had a power play with 1:59 left in the period, but it was negated by a major penalty with 13 seconds left in the stanza, giving the RedHawks nearly a five minute 5x4 advantage to start the third period.
The only goal of the third came on the major power play when Zach LaValle tallied at 2:05. The teams combined for 16 shots in the stanza, with Miami ahead, 9-7.
Ohio State was outshot, 41-28, in the game. Tomkins, making his third start in a row, stopped 38 shots, one shy of the career-best 39 he had vs. Minnesota Duluth Nov. 2, 2013. Miami’s Ryan McKay had 27 saves.
The RedHawks won the special teams battle, converting 2-of-5 power play chances and holding Ohio State scoreless on four chances.