Dec. 8, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Goals from defensemen Devon Krogh and Craig Dalrymple, along with 37 saves from goalie Brady Hjelle, helped the Ohio State men’s hockey team rally from a goal down twice en route to a 2-2 overtime tie at Robert Morris Saturday in 84 Lumber Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The Buckeyes (7-5-4, 6-2-2-1 CCHA) will close the first half of the season with two CCHA games against Miami next weekend in Value City Arena. Ohio State and the RedHawks will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday in a game televised by BTN and at 8:05 p.m. Saturday.
Ohio State trailed 1-0 after the first period but tied the game with a power play goal from Krogh at 4:50 of the second. The Colonials’ David Friedmann put RMU back head 1:53 into the second period and Robert Morris held on to the one-goal lead until Dalrymple scored off a faceoff win from freshman classmate Tyler Lundey with less than four minutes left in regulation. The teams combined for 77 shots in the game, with RMU edging the Buckeyes, 39-38.
Ohio State trailed 1-0 after the first period. Adam Brace converted a 2-on-1 at 5:47 to open the scoring. Hjelle had eight saves in the period, as the Buckeyes were outshot, 9-6. Each team had one power play chance in the stanza.
The Buckeyes tied the game 4:50 into the second period with a power play goal. Junior Alex Szczechura got the puck from Alex Carlson and found Krogh, who had come down from the point. Krogh’s shot got through for his first tally of the season. Each team had 13 shots and one power play chance in the period.
Just 1:53 into the third period Robert Morris’ David Friedmann scored, assisted by Tyler Hinds. The Buckeyes tied the game with 3:24 left in regulation. Lundey won the faceoff in the RMU zone back to classmate Dalrymple and his shot was able to find the back of the net for his first career tally. Ohio State put 19 shots on net in the period, while Robert Morris had 12 shots. The only penalty was on Robert Morris.
Neither team was able to score in overtime. Ohio State had a full two-minute power play chance, but did not put a shot on net. Hjelle made five saves in the five-minute overtime.
Robert Morris outshot Ohio State, 39-38, in the game. Hjelle had 37 saves for the Buckeyes in 65 minutes. RMU’s Eric Levine had 36 stops in 64:40.
Ohio State scored once on four power play chances and held the Colonials scoreless on two opportunities.
• Hjelle is now third in the NCAA with a 1.46 goals-against average and second nationally with a .950 save percentage. His 37 saves were a season high and matched his career best, first set at Miami last December.
• Ohio State is 0-0-4 in overtime this season.
• Dalrymple is the third (of four) Buckeye freshmen to score this season. He and Lundey both have four assists to lead the rookies.
• Lundey has seven points, with three goals and four assists, to lead the Buckeye freshmen in scoring.
• Krogh’s goal was his first since Dec. 30, 2011 vs. Robert Morris.
• Ohio State’s penalty kill has allowed just one goal in the last 20 attempts against (over the last five games).
• The Buckeyes matched their season low with two penalties and four penalty minutes.
• Ryan Dzingel, the Buckeyes’ leading scorer with 14 points, had his eight-game point
• The teams held an exhibition shootout following overtime. Robert Morris won, 2-1, in four rounds. Szczechura scored for the Buckeyes.