Oct. 26, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Behind 25 saves from senior Brady Hjelle and an unassisted Ryan Dzingel goal in the first period, the Ohio State men’s hockey team skated to a 1-0 win at Bowling Green Friday in the BGSU Ice Arena. The game opened Central Collegiate Hockey Association play for both the Buckeyes (2-2-1, 1-0-0-0 CCHA) and Falcons (1-4-1, 0-1-0-0 CCHA).
The teams will close the series, the last as CCHA foes, at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Ohio State led 1-0 after the first period on an unassisted goal by Dzingel at 8:33. Just six seconds into the game Dzingel had an apparent goal waived off because it was scored after the whistle had blown. Each team had eight shots and two power play chances in the period. A third Ohio State chance carried into the second period.
The teams were scoreless in the second period, as Bowling Green outshot Ohio State, 10-8, with Hjelle stopping all 10 attempts. Ohio State had one power play chance and Bowling Green was unsuccessful on two attempts, with a third carrying over in the third period.
Hjelle had seven saves in the third period, with Bowling Green goalie Tommy Burke stopping all 11 Ohio State attempts. The Falcons pulled Burke for the extra attacker with time winding down, but the Ohio State defense and Hjelle stood strong for the victory. There were no penalties called in the stanza.
Ohio State outshot Bowling Green, 28-25. Hjelle played 59:42 and had 25 saves. Burke was in net 59:37 for the Falcons and had 27 saves.
Neither team was able to score on the power play – Ohio State was 0-for-3 and Bowling Green was 0-for-5.
• Hjelle now has three career shutouts and two as a Buckeye (first Nov. 4, 2011 at Alabama-Huntsville). • After allowing six goals in the season opener, Ohio State has allowed six goals in its last four games combined (1.5 goals per game).
• Dzingel has goals in back-to-back games and shares the team lead with two.
• The game was the Buckeyes’ first 1-0 victory since Jan. 7, 2011 vs. Miami.
• The shutout was the Buckeyes’ first this season and first since Cal Heeter blanked Alabama Huntsville Nov. 5, 2011.
• Ohio State has not allowed a power play goal in the last three games (14-for-14).
• Ohio State is playing its third-consecutive road series.