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Oct. 31, 2011

The Buckeyes were 1-0-1-1 against Alaska last week, with a 2-2 tie and shootout win Thursday and a 6-0 victory in the series finale Friday.

Junior forward Alex Carlson blogged after the series.

We arrived at the rink Thursday morning for a pre-game flush to just get out of bed and loosen up our legs. Most guys stretched after then it was off to class or if you are fortunate, back home to take a nice nap. We had our team meal at 3 p.m. We had salmon, baked potatoes, rolls, salad and fruit. Then it was game time. We came out in the first period with good energy and played well but were unable to capitalize. In the second we started to fall apart a litle but Cal Heeter was strong in the net for us to keep the scored tied at 0 after two periods. The third period was back and forth scoring. We were greatly outshot but able to skate to a 2-2 tie after regulation. Nobody was able to put in the game-winner so we entered our first shootout of the season. We do a shootout every week so we were pretty confident going into it. Tanner Fritz and Chris Crane came up big for us scoring goals to get the 2-1 shootout win!

Even though we ended up getting the W Thursday we did not play a great game. Going into Friday’s game our goal was to play the full game. That is play OSU hockey for all 60 minutes of play. Well, we definitely came out firing in the first period. Our power play was able to take advantage of a 5-minute penalty, scoring three times. Even though we had a three-goal lead after one we knew the game wasn’t over and we wanted to achieve our goal of playing for 60 minutes. We carried the momentum from the first period right into the second and third. There was no let up from any guy and we won the game 6-0. It was a great team win and we earned our first sweep of the year.

Overall, the weekend was successful as we collected 5 of 6 points in the CCHA. We look forward to getting back to work this weekend and working for a couple more wins!

Thank you for all your support! Hope to see you at our games in the near future!

-Alex