Buckeyes Shut Out No. 19 Northern Michigan, 2-0
Nov. 16, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A team effort propelled the Ohio State men’s hockey team to a 2-0 victory over No. 19 Northern Michigan Friday in Value City Arena. Senior goalie Brady Hjelle stopped all 20 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season, while junior Travis Statchuk and sophomore Max McCormick scored for the Buckeyes and Ryan Dzingel had two assists.
The Buckeyes (3-3-3, 2-1-2-1 CCHA) and Wildcats (4-5-2, 1-4-2-0 CCHA) will close out the series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena. Postgame, seniors Alex Carlson, Hjelle, Devon Krogh and Brandon Martell will sign autographs. The Ohio State women’s hockey team hosts Wisconsin at 2 p.m. Saturday in VCA. Admission is free to the women’s game and fans who attend the women’s game will receive two free tickets for the men’s game that night.
Friday, Ohio State dominated play in the first period, outshooting the Wildcats, 19-1, with Statchuk opening the scoring at 8:56 of the stanza. The teams were scoreless through the second, with NMU outshooting Ohio State, 11-8. In the third, McCormick’s goal at 11:53 extended the Buckeye lead to 2-0. Hjelle added eight saves and the Buckeye defense held off the Wildcats for the final 1:40 with their net empty to preserve the shutout.
Ohio State controlled play in the first period and carried a 1-0 lead into intermission. Dzingel picked off a Wildcat pass in their zone and passed to Statchuk at the far post. With the NMU goalie out of position, Statchuk was able to backhand the puck in at 8:56 for his first goal of the season. Ohio State had the only power play chance in the period, with a major chance starting just 54 seconds in the game. A third power play started with 20 seconds left in the stanza.
Neither team was able to score in the second period. Hjelle stopped all 11 shots he faced, while NMU goalie Jared Coreau had eight saves. Each team had two power play chances. A Northern Michigan breakaway early in the second hit the post to help the Buckeyes maintain their one-goal advantage.
With Ohio State on the power play in the third period, hard work down low by Dzingel and sophomore Tanner Fritz led to a goal and 2-0 lead. Dzingel got the puck to Fritz, who found McCormick just outside the crease for a one-timer off the pass. Each team had eight shots in the period and Ohio State converted the only power play chance.
Ohio State outshot Northern Michigan, 35-20, in the game. Hjelle played all 60 minutes, with 20 saves. Coreau was between the pipes for 58:210 and made 33 saves.
Ohio State converted 1-of-4 power play chances and held the Wildcats scoreless on two opportunities.
On the team's limited penalties
On the team’s power play
Ryan Dzingel, Ohio State sophomore forward
On the team’s response after going up 2-0
On the difference in intensity between the first and second periods
Brady Hjelle, Ohio State senior goaltender
Walt Kyle, Northern Michigan head coach
On his team’s performance