Buckeyes Drop 3-2 Game to Robert Morris
Dec. 7, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - In game one of a home-and-home series, the Ohio State men's hockey team lost to Robert Morris, 3-2, Friday night in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes (7-5-3, 6-2-2-1) and Colonials (6-4-1, 4-3-1 Atlantic Hockey) will close the series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in 84 Lumber Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Friday night in Columbus, Ohio State took a lead just 1:51 into the contest on a Matt Johnson goal and killed off four penalties in the first period to maintain the advantage before an RMU goal with 35 seconds left in the period evened the score at 1. Ohio State again scored early in a period when sophomore Max McCormick tallied on the power play. A shorthanded goal by the Colonials, with Ohio State on a major advantage, again deadlocked the score late in the second. Robert Morris took its first lead of the night eight minutes into the third period when it scored on its eighth power play chance of the night. Ohio State put 20 shots on net in the third, and skated the final 1:41 with the net empty, but was unable to get the equalizer.
Johnson took a pass from sophomore classmate Justin DaSilva and snuck a shot in on the short side just 1:51 into the period to open the scoring. Redshirt freshman Riley Simpson had the second assist on the goal; the assists for DaSilva and Simpson were the first of the season for both. With just 35 seconds left in the period RMU's Andrew Blazek scored from the slot, assisted by Adam Brace. Ohio State held the Colonials scoreless on four power play chances in the period. Robert Morris outshot Ohio State, 12-11, in the stanza.
A power play goal 1:10 into the second period by McCormick, as he redirected a shot by freshman Craig Dalrymple, put Ohio State ahead, 2-1. Sophomore Ryan Dzingel had the second assist on the goal, extending his point streak to eight. With Ohio State on a major power play, the Colonials' Brace was able to steal the puck at the RMU blueline and skate in alone on the Buckeye net, converting shorthanded to tie the score at 2-all. Shots were 14-8 in favor of the Buckeyes in the period. Ohio State had two major power plays in the stanza and was 1-for-3 with the man advantage in the period. Robert Morris was scoreless on two chances.
The Colonials scored the go-ahead goal eight minutes into the third period when Jeff Jones picked off a Buckeye clearing attempt and Scott Jacklin was able to redirect his pass into the goal with Robert Morris on the power play. RMU goalie Eric Levine stopped all 20 Ohio State shots in the period and the Colonials put seven shots on net. Ohio State had one power play chance in the period. The Colonials had three chances, including a major 43 seconds into the period.
Ohio State outshot Robert Morris, 45-27, in the game. Hjelle had 24 saves for the Buckeyes in 58:19. For the Colonials, Levine made 43 saves in all 60 minutes.
The teams combined for 17 penalties and 67 penalty minutes, including three major penalties. Ohio State stopped Robert Morris on 8-of-9 power play chances and converted one of its four opportunities.
Each team blocked 17 shots. Junior Curtis Gedig led the Buckeyes with five blocks.