Nov. 1, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to No. 20-ranked Minnesota Duluth, 3-1, Friday in Value City Arena. The game opened a two-game series between the Buckeyes (3-4-0, 0-0-0 B1G) and Bulldogs (4-2-1, 1-1-0 NCHC), who will face off at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.
“I can’t fault our effort,” Steve Rohlik, Ohio State head coach, said. “We made mistakes, and the mistakes we made ended up in our net. Overall, though, I felt it was one of our better, more complete games of the year.”
The Bulldogs led 1-0 after the first period on a power-play goal by Kyle Osterberg at 9:05. Each team had six shots in the period. The Buckeyes held the Bulldogs scoreless on a major power play, which was cut to three minutes because of a UMD penalty.
Minnesota Duluth maintained its one-goal lead until the 16:27 mark of the second period when Sammy Spurell found the back of the net off a pass from Charlie Sampair. Ohio State outshot Minnesota Duluth, 10-9, in the stanza.
Ohio State cut the lead to one (2-1) at 5:06 of the third period when junior Max McCormick forced a turnover and was able to get the puck to Tyler Lundey, who converted for his third goal of the year. McCormick is tied for the team lead with six assists. The Bulldogs regained their two-goal advantage at 11:32 when Alex Iafallo stole the puck deep in the Ohio State zone and found Dominic Toninato all alone in front of the net. Ohio State outshot UMD, 13-9, in the period, and also hit the post twice.
The Buckeyes were unable to score on five power play chances in the game and UMD converted 1-of-4 opportunities.
Ohio State outshot UMD, 29-24, in the contest. Buckeye freshman Matt Tomkins had 21 saves in 59:22, while the Bulldogs’ Aaron Crandall made 28 saves in all 60 minutes.
The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Buckeyes, who are in the midst of a seven-game homestand.