COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team fell in overtime to Alaska, 1-0, Friday in the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska, as the Nanooks scored a power-play goal for the victory. The Buckeyes (13-11-4, 8-9-2-2 CCHA) and Nanooks (11-10-4, 8-9-4-2 CCHA) will close out the season series at 7:05 p.m. AT (11:05 p.m. ET) Saturday in Fairbanks.
Buckeye goalie Cal Heeter had 29 saves in the loss, holding the Nanooks scoreless through regulation.
The Buckeyes stopped the Nanooks’ first four power-play chances in the game, including one in the final three minutes of regulation. Alaska was successful on its fifth chance, converting just nine seconds after a penalty was called on a Buckeye 11 seconds into overtime.
In the opening stanza Heeter made 14 saves, as Alaska outshot Ohio State, 14-9. The Nanooks had the only power-play chance of the period. In the second period shots were 11 to 9 in favor of Ohio State. The Buckeyes had two power-play chances and Alaska had one opportunity.
The goalies remained perfect through the third period, with Heeter making six saves and Alaska’s Scott Greenham stopping seven shots. The Buckeyes had two early power-play chances but were unable to score. Ohio State held Alaska scoreless on two opportunities, including after a too many men on the ice infraction with 3:32 left in regulation.
In overtime, the Buckeyes were assessed a penalty just 11 seconds into the extra stanza. Alaska wasted no time, as Andy Taranto’s shot bounced through traffic and in just nine seconds later to give the Nanooks the win. It was the only shot of overtime.
Shots in the game were 30-27 in favor of Alaska. Heeter played 60:20 and had 29 stops. Greenham was between the pipes for 60:13 and made 27 saves for the shutout.
Ohio State ended the game scoreless on four power-play chances. Alaska was 1-for-5, with just three shots on goal on the power play.
Postgame Notes Ohio State was shut out for the second time this season and first time since Nov. 13 at Michigan State.
The loss was the Buckeyes’ second-consecutive 1-0 defeat on the Nanooks’ home ice.
The Buckeyes have scored just one goal in back-to-back games.
John Albert led the Buckeyes with nine shots against Alaska, tying his career high first set Oct. 24, 2009 at Lake Superior State.
The Buckeyes were held without a power-play goal for just the second time in the last six games.
Heeter leads the nation in minutes played by a goalie (15:57:31) and is third with 695 saves. His goals-against average is now 2.27, with a .922 save percentage.
It was the Buckeyes’ first overtime loss since Nov. 21, 2009 at Ferris State. The team is 3-1-2 in overtime this year.
Alaska ranks fifth nationally in team defense (2.12 goals allowed per game), with Ohio State 12th (2.38).