Oct. 1, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team opened its 2011-12 campaign with a 6-5 victory over Windsor Saturday in an exhibition game at Chiller North. The Buckeyes host Quinnipiac for two games next weekend to begin the regular season. The squads will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena.
“We’ll take some things away,” second-year head coach Mark Osiecki said. “We did a lot of good things tonight. We still have to work on chemistry. We have some, but we have a long way to go, and you’ll have that with 13 new guys.”
Sophomore Chris Crane, who had two goals and two assists, led the Buckeyes with four points, while freshman Ryan Dzingel had three assists. Senior Danny Dries and freshman Riley Simpson each had a goal and a helper for two points. In all, 11 freshmen skated in the game for Ohio State.
There was no scoring in the first period, with each team putting six shots on net. Senior Cal Heeter started the game in net for the Buckeyes, with Parker Van Buskirk between the pipes for the Lancers.
The teams combined for four goals in the middle period, with Ohio State holding a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes. The Buckeyes got on the board at 3:16, as freshman Darik Angeli scored on the power play, putting in the rebound of a Dries shot. The tally was on the power play and came shortly after a 50 second 5-on-3 advantage expired for Ohio State. The Lancers tied the game at 8:19 on D.J. Turner’s rebound goal. Ohio State scored less than three minutes later to regain the lead. Freshman defenseman Ben Gallacher started the play, picking up the puck in the neutral zone, and passed to classmate Dzingel down the left wing, who was able to find Crane in the slot for the tally. Crane and Dzingel assisted on a Simpson goal at 17:30 for a 3-1 Buckeye advantage. Shots were 16-7 in favor of Ohio State in the stanza. Heeter played the first 11:01 and had two saves, while junior Brady Hjelle replaced him and had four stops.
The first 8:59 of the third period saw seven goals, with the Lancers cutting the Buckeye lead to one. Just 52 seconds into the period Dries drove the net and scored, with assists from freshman Max McCormick and junior Devon Krogh. Junior Alex Carlson scored on the power play at 2:58, set up by Crane, for a 5-1 Buckeye lead. Windsor’s Evan Stibbard scored 1:30 later for a 5-2 score. Crane and Windsor’s Derek Lanoue traded goals in 34 seconds, scoring at 5:08 (assisted by Dzingel) and 5:42 respectively. Windsor scored the last two goals, as Steve Ferry tallied at 6:43 and Turner scored at 8:59. Each team had 11 third-period shots. Hjelle had seven saves for the Buckeyes and Van Buskirk had eight stops for the Lancers.
Ohio State outshot Windsor, 33-24, in the game. Heeter played 30:54 and had eight saves, allowing one goal. Hjelle had 11 saves, allowing four goals, in 28:59. Van Buskirk played 59:15 between the pipes and had 27 stops.
The Buckeyes were 2-for-6 on the power play, with Windsor 1-for-4.
“We have to cut down on the penalties” Osiecki said. “We were not very disciplined tonight and it showed. There are a lot of things we can work on eliminating.”