Oct. 7, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team opened its season with a 3-2 overtime in an exhibition game against Waterloo Sunday afternoon in Value City Arena. Ohio State rallied from a goal down twice before freshman Anthony Greco gave Ohio State its first lead – and the win – 2:04 into overtime.
“It was a tight game that forced us to show some character — having to fight for a victory in an exhibition game is much better than skating to a 6-0 win, because you get a chance to see what you’re made of,” Mark Osiecki, in his third year at the helm of the Buckeyes, said. “At this point in the year, this type of game was great for us.”
Greco had two points after recording the first assist on Max McCormick’s goal at 1:46 of the third period that tied the game at 2-all. Freshman Sam Jardine scored the first goal for the Buckeyes shorthanded to tie the game at 1 early in the second period.
“We found our way and kept getting better with each period, which is a good sign,” Osiecki said. “I liked our speed and I liked our transition, but we’re a long way from where we need to be.”
Ohio State now moves on to the regular season, where it opens with six-consecutive road games. The team will play at Minnesota Duluth next weekend, with 8:05 p.m. ET games scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights. The squad will open its home slate Nov. 9-10 when it hosts Alaska in Value City Arena.
The teams were scoreless through the first period, as Ohio State outshot Waterloo, 11-8. Ohio State stopped the Warriors on the only two power-play chances of the stanza.
Waterloo took the lead 1:47 into the second period when Justin Larson scored on the power play, assisted by Blake Chartier and Steve Whitely. Less than two minutes later Jardine tied the game, finishing a 2-on-1 with junior Alex Lippincott with the Buckeyes shorthanded. Sophomore Darik Angeli started the play and had the other assist on the tally, which was scored at 3:19. At 16:54 Jeff Einhorn redirected a shot to push the Warriors back ahead. Ohio State was again ahead in shots, 12-10. Waterloo was 1-for-2 on the power play in the period. Ohio State did not score on its first chance and started its second with just 13 seconds left in the period.
McCormick scored 1:46 into the third, assisted by Greco and sophomore Tanner Fritz on the power play. Ohio State held Waterloo to just two shots in the period (including two power play chances), which both came in the last few minutes of the stanza. Ohio State had 13 shots on net in the period and was 1-for-2 on the power play including the carryover from the second period.
In overtime, Greco got to the rebound of a shot by sophomore Clark Cristofoli and was able to score from in front of the net. McCormick had the second assist for a two-point game. Waterloo goalie Justin Leclerc had four saves in the overtime before Ohio State’s fifth attempt got through. Buckeye freshman goalie Collin Olson stopped the two shots he faced in OT.
Buckeye senior Brady Hjelle started the game and played the first 29:43, making 15 saves. Olson closed out the game, playing 32:08 and picked up the win with five saves. Waterloo starter Keaton Hartigan played the first 29:43 and had 15 saves before Leclerc replaced him and ended the game with 24 saves. Ohio State outshot Waterloo, 42-22.
Each team had one power play goal, with Ohio State 1-for-3 and Waterloo 1-for-6.