Dec. 28, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's hockey team scored four unanswered goals to come from behind and defeat Mercyhurst, 6-3, Saturday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes (9-6, 0-2-0 B1G) and Lakers (9-8-2, 7-1-1 AHA) will meet at 8:05 p.m. Sunday to close the non-conference series.
In all, 12 Buckeyes had at least a point in the game vs. Mercyhurst. Junior Nick Oddo led the way with a career-high three assists while juniors Ryan Dzingel and Justin DaSilva and freshman Nick Schilkey each had a goal and an assist for two points. Freshman goalie Christian Freymade 25 saves to pick up the win in his first collegiate appearance.
The teams were tied at 1 after the first period. The Lakers opened the scoring at 5:38 but Ohio State responded 23 seconds later on a junior Chad Niddery goal to deadlock the score. DaSilva put the Buckeyes ahead for the first time at 7:20 of the second but Mercyhurst scored back-to-back goals 1:11 apart to take a 3-2 lead at 10:10 of the period. Schilkey netted a power play goal at 14:30 to tie the game at 3-all after 40 minutes. The game remained tied until junior Tanner Fritz scored on the power play at 12:49 of the third to put the Buckeyes ahead. Freshman David Gustfollowed with a goal 34 seconds later and Dzingel scored 1:11 after that for a 6-3 Buckeye lead.
"We stuck with it and really broke the game open late in the third," Steve Rohlik, Ohio State head coach, said. "It was nice to get back out there and play some hockey after a long layoff."
Mercyhurst's Edward DeWald scored at 5:38 of the first period to open the scoring. At 6:01, just 23 seconds later, Niddery's pass went off a Laker defender's stick and in to tie the game at 1. Sophomores Anthony Greco and Craig Dalrymplepicked up the assists on the goal. Shots were 19-12 in favor of Ohio State in the period.
Each team scored twice in the second period for a 3-3 game after 40 minutes. Oddo won a faceoff and it went from Darik Angeliback to DaSilva at the point. His blast got through for a 2-1 Ohio State lead at 7:20. The Lakers tied the game with a power play goal from Ryan Misiak at 8:59 and then went ahead, 3-2, 1:11 later (at 10:10). With Ohio State on the power play, DaSilva got the puck to Oddo, who passed out from behind the net to Schilkey and he scored for a 3-3 game at 14:30. Ohio State put 20 shots on goal in the period, with the Lakers getting 10 on net.
The game remained tied at 3 until Ohio State scored three goals in a 1:45 span to gain control. Fritz scored the gamewinner at 12:49, assisted by Dzingel and Max McCormick and Oddo set up a goal from Gust at 13:23. Dzingel scored on the fly, with Schilkey and Sam Jardineassisting on the tally, at 14:34. Ohio State outshot Mercyhurst, 9-6, in the period, although did not have its first shot on net until nearly 10 minutes had elapsed.
Ohio State outshot Mercyhurst, 48-28, in the game, marking a season high in shots on goal. Frey made 25 stops in 59:13 in his first game with the Buckeyes. Mercyhurst goalie Jimmy Sarjeant had 42 saves in all 60 minutes.
The Buckeyes were 2-for-4 on the power play in the game and Mercyhurst converted its only power play chance. Ohio State has two power play goals in each of its last three games (6-for-13, 46.2%).
Dzingel extended his goal and point streaks to eight, with nine goals, four assists and 13 points in the stretch. He has five multiple-point games this year and leads the Buckeyes with 10 goals and 20 points. McCormick is second with 17 points and is on a four-game point streak, while Fritz and Alex Szczechuraare tied for third with 16 points each. Fritz has a point in each of his last four games and in all but one game since returning from injury seven games ago. Schilkey had his second career two-point outing and DaSilva had his second career multiple-point outing and first since Feb. 1 vs. Notre Dame. Oddo's three-point night was his second of the season and third of his career; he also had three points vs. Robert Morris Oct. 25.
Ohio State is averaging 3.73 goals a game to rank fifth in the NCAA. The team has three or more goals in all but two games this season and matched its season best with six goals vs. the Lakers.
Mason Jobst - All-American