Buckeyes Top Spartans, 1-0, Behind Hjelle and Dzingel
The Buckeyes and Spartans will close the series at 6:05 p.m. Saturday.
Nov. 30, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio --A third-period goal by sophomore Ryan Dzingel broke a scoreless tie as the Ohio State men's hockey team defeated Michigan State, 1-0, Friday in Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich. Buckeye senior goalie Brady Hjelle had 31 saves for his third shutout of the season.
The Buckeyes, now 6-4-3 on the year and 5-2-2-1 in the CCHA, and Spartans (4-7-2, 3-5-1-0 CCHA) will close out the series at 6:05 p.m. Saturday in East Lansing.
The teams were scoreless after the first period. Hjelle had 14 saves in the period, as the Buckeyes were outshot, 14-8. The Spartans had the only power play chance of the stanza.
In the second, each team had a goal overturned by video review, keeping the game scoreless. With 8:27 left on the clock, Buckeye sophomore Tanner Fritz beat his defenseman but his shot, originally called a goal on the ice, was ruled to have gone off the post and crossbar, not crossing the line, and was waved off. With 3:03 left, a Spartan goal was overturned after review showed a Michigan State player made contact with the goalie before the shot occurred. Ohio State had the only two power play chances in the period. Shots were 13-5 Ohio State in the stanza, as Spartan goalie Jake Hildebrand had 13 saves.
In the third, Buckeye junior Alex Szczechura took a shot from the left side. Hildebrand made the initial save but the rebound was in the crease and Dzingel knocked it home at 17:47. Junior Curtis Gedig had the second assist on the tally. The Buckeyes held off the Spartans the rest of the way, with MSU skating with the net empty for the final 52 seconds. Each team put 12 shots on net in the period and the Buckeyes had the only power play chance.
Ohio State outshot Michigan State, 33-31. Hjelle played all 60 minutes and had 31 saves. Hildebrand made 32 saves in 59:08.
Neither team scored on the power play. Ohio State was 0-for-3 and Michigan State was 0-for-1.
• Hjelle leads the CCHA with a .51 goals-against average and .981 save percentage in conference play, allowing three goals in five starts and six games played. He has been the first star in all five of his Friday night starts.
• On the year, Hjelle has a 1.26 goals-against average and .957 save percentage, ranking in the Top 3 nationally. He is tied for third with three shutouts.
• Dzingel has a team-best three gamewinning goals (tying for third nationally) and six tallies on the year. He shares the team lead with 11 points and is on a six-game point streak and four-game goal streak, with four goals, four assists and eight points in the stretch.
• Ohio State had a season-low two penalties in the game.
• The game was televised nationally by BTN.
• As a team, Ohio State is holding opponents to 1.92 goals a game.