COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team lost on the road at Alaska, 6-2, Saturday in Fairbanks, Alaska. The win gives the Nanooks (12-10-4, 9-9-4-2 CCHA) a sweep of the Buckeyes, just the second time the team has been swept this year.
The Buckeyes (13-12-2, 8-10-2-2 CCHA) will be back home next weekend for two games with Michigan State in Value City Arena. The teams will meet at 7:35 p.m. Friday in a game televised live on Big Ten Network. The game Saturday is set for 7:05 p.m. and is the Buckeyes’ inaugural Teddy Bear Toss. Fans are encouraged to bring new teddy bears wrapped in plastic to the game. Small teddy bears will also be sold on the concourse before the game. After the Buckeyes score their first goal of the game, fans will celebrate by tossing their teddy bears onto the ice. Members of the team will deliver the bears to children at Ronald McDonald House.
Alaska opened the scoring just 1:22 into the game on Jarret Granberg’s tally. Buckeye freshman Alex Lippincott tied the game 12 minutes later, putting in the rebound of a Devon Krogh shot. The Nanooks scored on the power play at 16:49 to regain the lead, as Cody Kunyk was able to put the puck in the net. The Nanooks outshot the Buckeyes in the period, 19-8. Each team had one power-play chance in the frame.
The second period was all Nanooks, as they extended the lead to 5-1. At 4:05 Kevin Petovello added the squad’s second power-play tally to make it 3-1. Near the end of the period Alaska scored twice in 1:45, with Nik Yaremchuk lighting the lamp at 16:10, followed by a goal from Cody Butcher at 17:55. Shots were 14-11 in favor of Alaska in the stanza.
Each team scored once in the third for the 6-2 final. The Nanooks’ Kunyk netted his second goal of the game at 11:16 of the third period. At 14:04 senior Peter Boyd tallied for the Buckeyes, with senior John Albert and junior Sean Duddy assisting. The Buckeyes outshot the Nanooks in the period, 21-7. The Buckeyes had two power-play chances early in the period but did not convert.
Each team put 40 shots on net in the game. Junior Cal Heeter started for Ohio State and had 28 saves, allowing five goals, in 37:55. He was relieved by sophomore Jeff Michael in the second period, as Michael saw his first collegiate action. He had six saves on seven shots in 22:05. Scott Greenham played all 60 minutes and had 38 saves for the Nanooks.
Ohio State was scoreless on five power-play chances in the game and allowed two power-play goals on three opportunities for Alaska.
Postgame Notes Albert now has a team-high 16 assists on the year and leads the Buckeyes with 27 points. He has a point in 13 of the last 16 games.
The six goals allowed were a Buckeye opponent season high. It was just the seventh time this season the squad allowed more than three goals.
When Michael relieved Heeter in the second period, it was the first time Heeter was not between the pipes for the Buckeyes this season. Heeter leads the country in minutes played (1595:26). Heeter is third nationally with 723 saves.
The 21 shots on goal in the third period were a Buckeye season high.