Nov. 10, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite 42 saves from freshman goalie Collin Olson, the Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to Alaska, 3-1, Saturday in Value City Arena. The contest wrapped up a two-game series between the Buckeyes (2-3-1, 1-1-2-1 CCHA) and Nanooks (5-3-2, 3-2-1-0). Ohio State will continue its four-game homestand when it hosts Northern Michigan Friday and Saturday (Nov. 16-17) at 7:05 p.m. in Value City Arena.
Saturday, Buckeye junior Chris Crane put Ohio State ahead 1-0 at 19:15 of the first period with a 5-on-3 goal. Ohio State maintained the lead until the Nanooks’ Colton Beck scored on the power play with 60 seconds remaining in the second period. Alaska’s Jarret Granberg tallied the go-ahead goal at 7:39 of the third, just four seconds after an Alaska power play expired, and Adam Henderson sealed the win with a shorthanded goal with 1:18 left in regulation with Ohio State skating on a major power play.
The teams were scoreless until just 45 seconds remained in the first period. With Ohio State on an extended 5-on-3 advantage, Ryan Dzingel found Tanner Fritz at the far post and he passed to Crane in the slot. Crane’s first shot was saved but he put in the rebound for his first goal of the season and a 1-0 Buckeye lead. Olson stopped all 16 shots he faced in the period, with Ohio State putting 18 shots on net. With less than two minutes remaining in the period, senior defenseman Devon Krogh cleared the puck from behind Olson just before it crossed the goal line to keep the game scoreless.
The second period saw the Ohio State penalty kill on the ice for nearly half the period (9:30), with the Nanooks converting on their fourth chance of the period. The Buckeyes were able to stop the Nanooks on a major power play, including a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:06. Alaska tied the game with one minute remaining when Colton Beck put in the rebound of a shot by Andy Taranto. Olson stopped the first 17 shots he faced in the period, as Alaska outshot the Buckeyes, 18-6. The Nanooks had a would-be tying goal waived off with 15:20 left in the period because it was ruled the puck was kicked in. Ohio State had two power play opportunities in the stanza.
The Nanooks took a 2-1 lead with a goal at 7:39 of the third period when Granberg redirected a shot high just four seconds after an Alaska power play ended. Ohio State had a major power play chance starting with 4:55 left in regulation but was unable to convert and Henderson’s shorthanded goal at 18:42 extended the Nanook lead to 3-1. Alaska outshot the Buckeyes, 11-9, in the period. Each team was 0-for-2 on the power play in the stanza.
Ohio State was outshot, 45-33, in the game. Olson played 58:42 and had a career-high 42 saves in his first start in Value City Arena. John Keeney made 32 saves in all 60 minutes for the Nanooks.
Ohio State was 1-for-5 on the power play in the game and held the Nanooks to one goal on seven chances.
Mark Osiecki, Ohio State head coach
On the game tonight
"It was very high tempo. Like I said last night they're a fast team. The power plays were going both ways, which made it a pretty interesting game."
Dallas Ferguson, Alaska head coach
“We always want to be playing quick when we can. One of our major focal points is getting a lot of pucks at the net, and you have to play quick to do that. The difference this year is we’re generating a lot more quality looks out of that quantity. ”
On the game plan
“You always come into the game with a plan for what you want to do, but a lot of times you just have to be able to adapt. We teach our players to have a short memory and not get too high or too low throughout the game when adjusting to the referees, penalties or goals.”