Buckeyes Clipped by Lakers, 3-2
The Buckeyes and Lakers split their two-game series and will meet in Columbus in January.

Nov. 24, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team lost the series finale at Lake Superior State, 3-2, Saturday night at Taffy Abel Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The Buckeyes (5-4-3, 4-2-2-1 CCHA) and Lakers (7-7-0, 4-4-0-0 CCHA) split the series after a 4-1 Buckeye victory Friday.

Ohio State fell behind 2-0 early in the first period before drawing within a goal on a Darik Angeli tally 55 seconds into the second period. An early LSSU goal in the third period extended the lead to 3-1 and served as the eventual gamewinner. Ohio State was able to again draw within one when sophomore Ryan Dzingel scored on the power play with the Buckeye net empty with less than three minutes remaining, but the Lakers held the Buckeyes off the scoreboard the rest of the way. Buckeye sophomore Tanner Fritz had two assists for the third-consecutive game.

Ohio State will travel to Michigan State next weekend for two games. The squads will face off at 8:05 p.m. Friday in a game televised live by BTN and at 6:05 p.m. Saturday in a contest televised by Comcast.

The Lakers scored twice in the first nine minutes of the game and controlled play throughout the first period. Nick McParland opened the scoring at 4:41 and Domenic Monardo added a tally at 8:59. Lake Superior State outshot the Buckeyes, 16-7, in the period.

Ohio State scored the only goal of the second period to cut the lead to one (2-1). Fritz set up Angeli for his first goal of the year just 55 seconds into the stanza. Shots were 10-9 in favor of the Buckeyes in the period.

In the third, the Lakers’ Kevin Dzuczman tallied 3:10 in on a screened shot to extend the advantage to 3-1. With 17:13 remaining Ohio State had its net empty and the Lakers took a penalty. Skating with a 6-on-4 advantage, Ohio State was able to convert when Dzingel scored on the rebound of a shot by senior Devon Krogh, with Fritz picking up the second helper, to make it a one-goal game at 17:42. Ohio State kept the net empty the rest of the way, getting chances at the net, but could not get the equalizer. Ohio State had eight shots in the period, with the Lakers putting four on goal.

Ohio State was outshot in the game, 29-25. Freshman Collin Olson started for the Buckeyes and had eight saves, allowing two goals, in 10:15. Senior Brady Hjelle came on in relief and stopped 18-of-19 shots faced while playing 45:15. LSSU’s Kevin Kapalka had 23 saves in 59:50.

Ohio State was 1-for-5 on the power play, going 0-for-2 in the second and 1-for-2 in the third. The squad held the Lakers scoreless on three chances (one per period), including a major opportunity in the third period.

Postgame Notes
• Fritz had his third-consecutive two-assist night and is on a five-game assist streak with eight helpers in the stretch. He leads the Buckeyes with nine assists and 11 points.
• Dzingel is on a five-game point streak with a goal in each of his last three games. He has seven points (3g, 4a) in his last five games combined and a point in all but one of the last nine games. He is second on the team with 10 points and first with five goals.
• Hjelle now has a 1.45 goals-against average and .950 save percentage, ranking fifth in the NCAA and first in the CCHA in both categories. In CCHA play he is first in the league with a .62 gaa and .977 svpct.
• Ohio State has a power play goal in four of the last five games and is 5-for-24 (20.7) over the stretch.