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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team got goals from Zac Dalpe, Kyle Reed and John Albert, skating to a 3-3 tie with Alaska Saturday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes went on to win the shootout, as Dalpe gave the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead and junior goalie Dustin Carlson stopped all three Nanook shooters.

The teams were tied at 1 after the first period. Ohio State went ahead at 5:29 of the first on Reed’s goal. Patrick Schafer and Taylor Stefishen won the puck down low. Stefishen wrapped it around the net and his shot was saved. Reed scored on his second attempt, knocking the puck in out of the air for his fourth tally of the season. The Nanooks responded 33 seconds later on a Ron Meyers goal. The teams put 25 shots on net, with Alaska outshooting Ohio State, 13-12.

In the second, the Buckeyes scored twice in less than two minutes for a 3-1 lead. Dalpe put Ohio State ahead with a power-play goal at 14:15. Matt Bartkowski got the puck down low from Devon Krogh and passed to Dalpe, whose quick shot beat Alaska goalie Scott Greenham. At 16:04 John Albert scored off an assist from Hunter Bishop. The Nanooks drew within one (3-2) 1:20 later when Dustin Sather scored from the slot. Shots were 12 to 7 in favor of the Buckeyes in the period.

The Nanooks scored the only goal of the third period to tie the game. At 17:01 Carlo Finucci converted on the Nanooks’ sixth power-play chance of the night, knocking in a loose puck after a shot from Scott Enders. The Buckeyes put eight shots on net in the period, with Alaska getting seven through.

The teams went to overtime and combined for five shots (Alaska-3, OSU 2), but the goalies stood their ground and the game went to a shootout. In the first round both goalies made saves, with C.J. Severyn shooting for Ohio State and Kevin Petovello going for Alaska. Dalpe started the second round with a goal and Carlson poke-checked the puck from Sather before he could get a shot off. Albert was stopped but Carlson made the save on Finucci to clinch the shootout win for the Buckeyes in the third round.

Carlson ended the game with 27 saves, as Ohio State outshot Alaska, 34-30. Greenham had 31 stops in 64:46.

The Buckeyes were 1-for-2 on the power play in the game, with Alaska going 1-for-6.

Postgame Notes
The Buckeyes return to action at Western Michigan next weekend. The teams will meet at 7:35 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Lawson Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Dalpe improved his team-best goal total to 16 and his team point lead to 32. He is first on the squad with seven power-play tallies.

The Buckeyes rebounded with a power-play goal after going scoreless for the first time in 10 games Friday vs. the Nanooks.

Ohio State is 2-2 in shootouts this season, winning at Notre Dame and vs. Alaska and falling at home to Ferris State and on the road at Nebraska-Omaha.

Corey Toy played in his 100th career game.

Postgame Quotes
John Markell, Ohio State head coach
 On his team losing a lead
“I like to focus more on the positives. We killed three penalties in the third period and one of the goals they got came straight off of our player’s stick and they got it in the net. They are a very opportunistic team. I’m just glad we won it in the shootout.”
 
On his team’s performance
“We got better effort from a few guys tonight and a few of the guys that have been banged up played better as well. We scored on some opportunities, we held it together, and we ended up winning it.”
 
On goalie Dustin Carlson
“Dusty (Carlson) was good in the shootout; he played very aggressive. He definitely got back on his game tonight and he knows inside that has an even better game still.”

Dustin Carlson, Ohio State junior goalie
On the shootout win
“I was excited to get the win in the shootout, even though it won’t go down as a win on my record. The wins are getting more difficult to come by. It’s just an exciting thing.”
 
On the shootout saves
“I was talking to our goalie coach. I was fighting a lot early and not getting pucks in my glove. I knew we had to win the shootout and get the extra point, and I was prepared to do what I needed to win.”
 
Zac Dalpe, Ohio State sophomore forward
On his goal in the second period
“Last Friday I got four assists, but I’m a guy that likes to score. I knew that if I kept shooting at the net, eventually one was going in.”
 
On playing Alaska
“The way Alaska plays is very frustrating for our guys. They really hold everyone in their spots, but we knew if we stuck to the system and avoided getting frustrated we could come out on top.”

Dallas Ferguson, Alaska head coach
On the game and the series
“I think it was just a good college hockey game. We’re very happy to get four points on the weekend – anytime you can come into a visiting arena and get a win and a tie, you’ll take it.”

On his team’s effort
“I thought we showed a lot of resiliency, coming back from a two goal deficit. The game may count as a loss in the standings, but it was by no means a losing effort.”

On Ohio State’s performance
“I thought their scorers were a lot more engaged tonight. They went harder to the net and it showed in the amount of opportunities they created. Their defense was also more effective in the neutral zone.”

On the CCHA standings
“The only thing you can worry about in these games is the drop of the puck on Friday and Saturdays. If you win, everything else will fall into place.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2009-10
Alaska vs Ohio State (Feb 12, 2010 at Columbus, Ohio)

 Alaska (12-9-8, 9-9-7-4) vs. Ohio State (11-15-3, 9-11-3-1)
 Date: Feb 12, 2010  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Arena: Value City Arena   
 Attendance:3119   Start time:7:10 pm   End time:9:18 pm   Total time:2:08   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
 Alaska 1 2 1 4
 Ohio State 1 0 0 1
 
   1st period – 1, AKFM, Andy Taranto/10 (Dustin Sather/10) 14:51. 2,
OSU, Cory Schneider/2 15:55. Penalties – Mathieu Picard, OSU
(boarding) 17:11.

   2nd period – 3, AKFM, Andy Taranto/11 (Aaron Gens/10, Joe Sova/14)
4:15 (pp). 4, AKFM, Bryant Molle/2 (Justin Daigle/1, Ron Meyers/4)
14:41. Penalties – Chris Reed, OSU (o-tripping) 3:11; Bryant Molle,
AKFM (o-tripping) 5:09; Chris Reed, OSU (cross-checking) 12:37; Bryant
Molle, AKFM (interference) 19:24.

   3rd period – 5, AKFM, Andy Taranto/12 (Dion Knelsen/12, Aaron
Gens/11) 19:05 (empty net). Penalties – C.J. Severyn, OSU
(interference) 4:17; Ron Meyers, AKFM (cth high-sticking) 11:19.

   Shots on goal – AKFM 10-6-5 21; OSU 9-11-14 34.

   Power plays – AKFM 1 of 4; OSU 0 of 3.

   Penalties – AKFM 3 (6 min); OSU 4 (8 min).

   Goalies – AKFM, Scott Greenham 12-9-8 (60:00 minutes, 34 shots-33
saves); OSU, Cal Heeter 9-6-2 (59:00, 20-17) , EMPTY NET (01:00, 0-0).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-3119  T-2:08   
 Three stars: 1. Andy Taranto    2. Scott Greenham    3. Aaron Gens   
 Ref: Mark Wilkins; Matt Shegos   Line: Joe Hutek; Kyle DeMaggio
 Win-Scott Greenham (12-9-8).  Loss-Cal Heeter (9-6-2). 
 Ohio State timeout at 18:47 of the third.