COLUMBUS, Ohio – With five unanswered goals, the Ohio State men’s hockey team defeated Lake Superior State, 5-2, on Senior Night Saturday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes trailed 2-0 just 1:07 into the game but cut the lead to one in the first period and scored twice in the second to tie the game and take the lead, adding two insurance goals in the third stanza.
Buckeye senior forward Sergio Somma was the star of the game, with a goal and two assists for three points. His second helper – on junior Danny Dries’ gamewinner in the second period – was the 100th point of his Buckeye career. Dries and senior defenseman Corey Toy each had a goal and an assist in the win, with senior Peter Boyd and freshman Chris Crane also scoring.
The nine members of the Buckeye senior class – John Albert, Boyd, Dustin Carlson, Chris Reed, Kyle Reed, CJ Severyn, Shane Sims, Somma and Toy – were honored before the game.
Ohio State (15-15-3, 10-13-3-2 CCHA) will close out the regular season with games against Ferris State Thursday and Friday in Value City Arena.
The Lakers tallied twice in the first 1:07 in the game, as Colin Campbell scored on the power play 37 seconds into the game when the puck deflected off his skate and Rick Schofield scored from the far post 30 seconds later off a cross-crease pass. At 8:27 Toy put the Buckeyes on the board with his first goal of the season, scoring off a Buckeye faceoff win by CJ Severyn, with Alex Lippincott picking up an assist on the goal as well. The Buckeyes put 17 shots on net in the period, with the Lakers getting eight on Buckeye goalie Cal Heeter.
Ohio State scored the only two goals of the second period to take the lead. At 4:42 Somma scored his team-high 17th goal of the season, marking his 10th power-play goal of the year, with the assist from John Albert. At 12:00 Dries put in the rebound of a Somma shot to put Ohio State ahead for the first time. Each team had 13 shots in the period.
In the third, Crane backhanded in a shot after a scramble in front with Ohio State on the power play, assisted by Dries and Somma, at 10:17. The Lakers pulled goalie Kevin Kapalka with just over 5 minutes remaining for the extra attacker and Boyd took advantage, tallying at 14:57 with assists from junior Cory Schneider and Toy. Ohio State outshot Lake Superior State, 13-7, in the period.
For the game, Ohio State outshot LSSU, 43-28. Heeter played 56:30 and had 25 saves. Carlson played the final 3:30 and had one save. Kapalka had 38 stops for the Lakers
The Buckeyes ended the game 2-for-3 on the power play, ended a streak of three-consecutive games without a power-play tally. The Lakers were 1-for-4, netting the first power play against the Buckeyes in six games.
Somma is the third Buckeye to reach 100 points this season, joining John Albert and Boyd. He is in the Top 5 in the nation in power-play goals and leads the Buckeyes in goals, ranking second in points. Somma has 51 goals, 50 assists and 101 points for the Scarlet and Gray. He is second on the team with a career-high 31 points this year.
Toy’s goal was his first since March 6, 2009. It was his second career two-point game and first since March 14, 2009 at Alaska.
The Buckeyes had at least 40 shots in a game for the fourth time this season.
The Lakers’ power-play tally ended a streak of 21 consecutive power plays stopped by the Buckeyes.
The five goals scored by the Buckeyes were the most since a 6-1 win over Notre Dame Jan. 21.
The squad has held its opponent to two or less goals five of the last six games.
Mark Osiecki, Ohio State head coach
On getting some bounces tonight
“Maybe we deserved better last night but you’re going to go through some droughts through the season in any sport whether it is auto racing, tennis, golf, basketball or baseball. What was posted on our wall was redemption, and tonight we responded well.”
On the first goal
“Tough luck on the first goal. The big question was how the team was going to respond after the second. The upperclassmen stepped up — they’ve done all we’ve asked of them this season.”
On the team’s success on the power play
“Those were garbage goals – I mean that in a good way. We ask the guys to get relentless around the net and we did that.”
Sergio Somma, Ohio State senior forward
On tonight’s win
“I think the goals were extraordinary. Stuff hasn’t been going the way we’d like, so it feels great to get the win.”
On winning on senior night
“Obviously I wanted to get a win. Tonight specifically we kept our composure and got it [a win] back.”
Corey Toy, Ohio State senior defenseman
On tonight’s win
“Anytime you can go down 2-0 and comeback, it’s one to remember.”
Jim Roque, Lake Superior State head coach
On the game
“I thought Ohio State deserved to win tonight. They won more battles and I thought we looked tired. We didn’t have a lot of mojo or juice throughout the game.”
On Ohio State’s effort
“They beat us to a lot of loose pucks and were really whacking away at the puck and creating shots. They were determined out there – got to give them credit.”
On the decision to pull his goalie with five minutes remaining in the third period
“We were just trying to get some energy going. The team wasn’t doing much down 4-2, and we wanted to try and get a goal and create some momentum.”