Nov. 23, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Points from 10 Buckeyes, along with 31 saves from senior goalie Brady Hjelle, led the Ohio State men’s hockey team to a 4-1 victory at Lake Superior State Friday night in Taffy Abel Arena. The Buckeyes, now 5-3-3 overall and 4-1-2-1 in the CCHA, and Lakers (6-7-0, 3-4-0-0 CCHA) will meet at 7:05 p.m. Saturday to close out the weekend series in Sault Ste. Marie.
In the series opener, Ohio State led 1-0 after the first on a Matt Johnson goal and sophomore classmate Ryan Dzingel scored in the second for a 2-0 Buckeye advantage after 40 minutes. Sophomore Max McCormick extended the lead to 3-0 in the third before the Lakers broke up the shutout with a power play goal at 16:22. Junior Chris Crane sealed the win for the Buckeyes with an empty-net goal. Sophomore Tanner Fritz was the lone Buckeye with multiple points, posting two assists for the second-consecutive game. Ohio State was outshot, 32-28, in the contest.
Ohio State took a 1-0 lead 2:07 into the game when Johnson scored on the fly. Junior defenseman Curtis Gedig started the play in the Buckeye zone and passed up to sophomore Chad Niddery, who led Johnson into the Laker zone. Hjelle stopped all nine LSSU shots in the period, as Ohio State was outshot, 9-5. LSSU was 0-for-2 on the power play in the period. The teams ended the stanza skating 4-on-4, with Ohio State’s first power play of the game starting one second into the second period.
The Buckeyes made it 2-0 6:29 into the second period when Dzingel scored from just outside the crease, with the assists going to freshman Tyler Lundey and junior Alex Szczechura. Ohio State had 11 shots in the period, with Lake Superior State putting 12 shots on Hjelle. The Buckeyes had the only penalty of the period.
In the third, McCormick scored at 6:16, assisted by Fritz and sophomore Darik Angeli, for a 3-0 Buckeye advantage. The Lakers scored a power play goal with their net empty (a 6-on-4 advantage) at 16:22 to break up the shutout. Crane sealed the win, taking a pass from Fritz and scoring into the Lakers’ empty net. Shots were 12-11 in favor of Ohio State in the period. Each team had one power play opportunity, with Ohio State’s starting with 38 seconds left in regulation.
For the game, Ohio State was outshot, 32-28. Hjelle had 31 saves in all 60 minutes. Murdock played 55:43 and had 24 saves for the Lakers.
Ohio State did not score on its two power play chances and Lake Superior State was 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
• Hjelle now has a 1.46 goals-against average with a .951 save percentage and has allowed three goals in his last five games. He is 3-0-1 in CCHA play and has allowed two goals in four league starts, with a .49 gaa and .982 svpct. He has been the first star in all four CCHA starts.
• Johnson, Dzingel and McCormick share the team lead with four goals each.
• Gedig was a career-high +4 in the game to lead Ohio State, while freshman defenseman Dalrymple was a personal best +3.
• Fritz and Dzingel now share the team lead with nine points each. Fritz is first with seven assists.
• Fritz is on a four-game assist streak, with six helpers in the stretch (including four in the last two outings).
• Dzingel is on a four-game point streak (2G, 4A, 6P) and has a point in seven of his last eight games. • McCormick is on a three-game point streak (2G, 1A, 3P) and has a point in all but three games on the year.
• Niddery and Angeli both posted their first point of the season.
• Ohio State has scored eight goals in its last two games combined.
• The Buckeyes are 4-1-2 in their last seven games.
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