Buckeyes Skate to 1-1 Tie with Nanooks, Prevail in Shootout
Nov. 9, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's hockey team opened its home schedule with a 1-1 tie and shootout win vs. Alaska Friday night in Value City Arena. Sophomore Max McCormick scored just 15 seconds into the third period to deadlock the game and senior goalie Brady Hjelle made 34 saves in the Buckeye net through overtime. In the shootout, redshirt freshman Riley Simpson put Ohio State on the board and Ryan Dzingel scored the shootout winner in the sixth round after a save by Hjelle to open the round.
The Buckeyes, now 2-2-3 overall and 1-0-2-1 in the CCHA, and Nanooks, 4-3-2, 2-2-1-0 CCHA, will meet at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena. Buckeye All-American, Columbus Blue Jacket forward and current Ohio State volunteer coach RJ Umberger will sign autographs pregame, with the 2012-13 squad available for autographs postgame.
Friday, the teams were scoreless after the first period, with the goalies combined for 24 saves. Hjelle stopped 11 shots in the Ohio State net, with Nanook goalie John Keeney saving all 13 Buckeye attempts. Ohio State had the first two power play chances, putting three shots on net, and stopped a Nanook chance with 2:01 left in the period.
Alaska took a 1-0 lead 5:05 into the second period when Colton Parayko converted on a 5-on-3 power play, scoring from the far post after a pass from Colton Beck. Hjelle had 15 saves in the period, as the Nanooks outshot the Buckeyes, 16-10. Ohio State had three power play chances, with Alaska 1-for-2.
On the first shift of the third period, junior Curtis Gedig lifted the puck out of the Buckeye zone and McCormick picked it up on the fly, skating down the left side and scoring high. Ohio State outshot the Nanooks in the period, 9-6. The Buckeyes had a power play for four minutes early in the period after two penalties on a Nanook but were unable to convert. A major penalty on a UAF player with 4:57 left in the third gave the Buckeyes another chance but UAF held strong.
Neither team was able to score in overtime, with each goalie making two saves.
The game went to a shootout to determine the extra point in the CCHA standings. After a save by Hjelle in the first round, Simpson put Ohio State ahead. The Nanooks' Tyler Morley tied the shootout in the next round and neither team was able to score until Dzingel in the sixth round.
Ohio State was outshot, 35-34, in the game. Hjelle played all 65 minutes and had 34 saves, with Keeney making 33 saves in all 65 minutes.
The Nanooks converted 1-of-4 power play chances and stopped Ohio State on all eight opportunities.
On the team's power play
Brady Hjelle, Ohio State senior goaltender
Max McCormick, Ohio State sophomore forward
On his third period goal
Dallas Ferguson, Alaska head coach
On tomorrow's rematch
On the play of goalie John Keeney
Colton Parayko, Alaska freshman defender