Nov. 2, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's hockey team defeated No. 20 Minnesota Duluth, 4-2, Saturday in Value City Arena to split the weekend series between the teams. Ohio State, in the midst of a seven-game homestand, is now 4-4 on the year (0-0 B1G). The Bulldogs are 4-3-1 overall this season and 1-1-0 in the NCHC.
"We played in spurts tonight, but all in all I thought it was our best weekend of hockey this season," Steve Rohlik, Ohio State head coach, said. "We can be a pretty good hockey team when we play a full 60 minutes."
The Buckeyes led 2-0 after the first period and 3-2 after 40 minutes. Alex Szczechura and Tyler Lundey scored for the Buckeyes in the opening stanza and Max McCormick pushed the lead to 3-0 with a goal 1:04 into the second period. The Bulldogs answered just over a minute later and then drew within one on a goal with less than four minutes left in the second. Ohio State held off the Bulldogs in the third, with freshman goalie Matt Tomkins stopping all 10 shots he faced, and Ryan Dzingelsealed the win with an empty-net goal. Tomkins had a career-high 39 saves in the win. Lundey added an assist for a team-best two points.
"We kept things simple and did the little things that coach is always preaching to us," junior forward Nick Oddo, who had an assist in the game, said. "It was a good win for our team."
Ohio State continues its homestand with two games vs. Niagara next week. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 8:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.
Ohio State led 2-0 after the first period. On the first goal, freshman Nick Schilkey passed to Oddo. He found Szczechura at the far side and his shot was able to beat the UMD netminder to put Ohio State on the board at 6:16. Sophomore Tyler Lundeymade it 2-0, stealing the puck from the Bulldog goalie and wrapping the puck around and into the empty net at 18:30. The teams combined for 29 shots in the period, with Ohio State ahead, 15-14.
In the second period, the Bulldogs outscored the Buckeyes, 2-1, and outshot Ohio State, 17-9, to make it a one-goal game. Just 1:04 into the period McCormick scored for Ohio State, assisted by sophomores Anthony Grecoand Lundey. A little over a minute later Alex Iafallo put UMD on the board and at 16:38 Caleb Herbert scored from the right faceoff circle for a 3-2 game.
The only goal of the third period was an unassisted empty-net tally by Dzingel with 33 seconds left in regulation. The Bulldogs outshot the Buckeyes, 10-5, in the period. Ohio State had a goal waived off that would have given them an earlier 4-2 advantage after it was ruled from video replay the puck was directed in with a high stick.
Ohio State was outshot, 41-29, in the game. Tomkins played all 60 minutes, making 39 saves. UMD's Aaron Crandall had 25 stops in 59:10.
Neither team was able to convert on the power play. Ohio State was 0-for-6 and UMD was 0-for-4.
Dzingel leads the Buckeyes with eight points this season, while Oddo and McCormick are tied for second with seven points. Dzingel and McCormick, who are tied for first with six assists each, have a point in six of eight games on the year. Lundey is tied with junior Darik Angeli for the team goal lead with four each. Ohio State is averaging 3.4 goals a game this season and has four or more in four of its last five games.