Buckeyes Fall to No. 5 Miami, 3-1
Dec. 15, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's hockey team dropped a 3-1 game to No. 5-ranked Miami Saturday in Value City Arena to close the first half of the season. The Buckeyes (7-6-5, 6-3-3-1 CCHA) and RedHawks (11-3-4, 8-3-3-3) will next compete when they face off to open the Three Rivers Classic Dec. 28 in Pittsburgh. Game two of the tournament in CONSOL Energy Center, where they will be joined by Robert Morris and Penn State, is Dec. 29.
The RedHawks led 1-0 after the first period and 2-0 after adding a power play goal in the second period. A goal from sophomore Max McCormick early in the third drew the Buckeyes within one but Miami sealed the win with an empty-net goal at 19:34. Buckeye senior goalie Brady Hjelle had 31 saves between the pipes.
The teams were scoreless until just 23.5 seconds remained in the opening period, as Miami's Alex Cacek scored on a wrist shot, assisted by Cody Murphy and Blake Coleman. Hjelle had 10 saves in the period, with Miami outshooting Ohio State, 10-5. The Buckeyes had two power play chances and held Miami scoreless on one opportunity.
The RedHawks extended the lead to two with a power play goal from Coleman at 3:33 of the second period. Hjelle had 12 stops in the stanza, with Miami goalie Ryan McKay stopping all seven Buckeye attempts. Miami was 1-for-2 on the power play and held Ohio State scoreless on one chance.
At 6:20 of the third McCormick scored from the slot, assisted by junior Alex Szczechura and redshirt freshman Riley Simpson. The teams combined for 21 shots in the period, with Ohio State edging the RedHawks, 11-10. Ohio State had the only two power plays of the period.
For the game, Ohio State was outshot, 34-23. Hjelle played 59:09 for the Buckeyes and allowed two goals, making 31 saves. McKay had 22 stops in 59:57 for the RedHawks.
The Buckeyes were scoreless on five power play chances and Miami was 1-for-3 with the man advantage.
On Ohio State's improved play in the third period
On the disappointing result before holiday break
Enrico Blasi, Miami head coach
On the intensity of the game