COLUMBUS, Ohio – Buckeye junior Danny Dries scored twice, including an extra attacker tally with just 10 seconds remaining, and netted the only shootout goal as the Ohio State men’s hockey team skated to a 3-3 tie and shootout win with No. 14 Alaska Friday afternoon in Nationwide Arena.
The Buckeyes (5-6-1, 2-4-1-1 CCHA) and Nanooks (7-5-3, 4-4-3-2 CCHA) will wrap up the series at 8:05 p.m. Saturday in Nationwide Arena.
The Buckeyes trailed by two twice in the game but controlled play in the third, outshooting the Nanooks, 18-4, and Dries was able to beat the Nanook goalie to force overtime. Alaska led 1-0 after the first period. In the second the Nanooks went ahead 2-0 on a shorthanded goal but Dries responded just 31 seconds later to draw the Buckeyes within one (2-1). Alaska regained a two-goal edge later in the period but Peter Boyd tallied to make the score 3-2 after the second. The Nanooks held the one-goal lead until just 10 seconds remained in regulation. Neither team was able to score in overtime, leading to the Buckeyes’ first shootout of the year. Buckeye goalie Cal Heeter had three saves in the shootout, and Dries’ goal in the third round stood as the winner.
In the first period, Jarret Granberg tallied the lone goal at 9:12 on the power play, scoring from just outside the crease after a Nanook shot went off the post. The Buckeye penalty kill was strong in the end of the period, holding the Nanooks scoreless on a five-minute major power play that began with 5:26 left in the stanza. Alaska outshot the Buckeyes in the period, 14-6.
Each team scored twice and put eight shots on net in the second period. Nik Yaremchuk scored shorthanded at 4:39, assisted by Joe Sova. On the same power play, just 31 seconds later, Dries found the back of the net for his fifth goal of the season, set up by John Albert and Shane Sims. Derek Klassen scored on a wrist shot from the faceoff circle at 9:39 to put Alaska up, 3-1. At 12:34, Boyd took a pass from Corey Toy and his shot beat the Alaska goalie five-hole and slid over the line for his fourth goal of the year. Dries had the second assist on the tally, which made the score 3-2.
The Buckeyes kept the pressure on the Nanooks throughout the third put could not get the equalizer until 19:50 when the OSU net was empty. Sergio Somma got the puck to Curtis Gedig. He put the puck toward the net and Dries was there to settle it and put it high over Alaska goalie Scott Greenham. Ohio State had the lone power-play chance of the period early in the stanza, but did not convert.
In overtime, each team put two shots on net but could not beat the goalie as Ohio State skated to its first shootout of the season.
In the shootout, Heeter stopped all three shots he faced. Cory Schneider and Somma were unsuccessful for the Buckeyes, but Dries scored in the third round to put Ohio State ahead and Heeter stopped Cody Kunyk’s attempt for the Buckeye shootout win.
Ohio State ended the game outshooting the Nanooks, 34-28. Heeter played 63:44 and had 25 stops. Greenham had 31 saves in all 65 minutes for Alaska.
Each team was 1-for-3 on the power play in the game.
Postgame Notes The game was Dries’ first multiple-goal game as a Buckeye and his second multiple-point game of the season. He has nine points in his last six games combined. It was the sixth three-point game for a Buckeye this season and the fourth two-goal game for an Ohio State player.
Dries and Somma are now tied for the team lead with 12 points each, with matching lines of six goals (to lead the squad) and six assists. Albert and Sims are first on the team with eight assists each.
The Buckeyes went to overtime for the second-consecutive series opener. At Michigan State Nov. 12 the Buckeyes won in OT, 4-3.
Dries’ extra attacker goal was the first for the Buckeyes since Dec. 5, 2009 vs. Michigan.
Toy’s assist was his first since Oct. 23, 2009 vs. Lake Superior State.
Boyd now has 97 career points with 33 goals and 64 assists.
Postgame Quotes Mark Osiecki, Ohio State head coach On the game “Alaska played last weekend and we didn’t and it showed. We came out with a little rust and we hesitated through the first two periods. We started playing desperate in the third period and that’s what we needed to do.”
On turning points in the game “Killing off the 5-minute major in the first period was big for us. Giving up the shorthanded goal in the second period wasn’t a good thing, but it helped we responded right away afterwards.”
On the play of Danny Dries “It’s taking time for him to improve and he knows it, but he played hard and excelled in faceoffs today. He played well and he was rewarded today.”
Dallas Ferguson, Alaska head coach On the end of the game “With 10 seconds left we thought we had the game wrapped up, but give Ohio State credit for their hard play. They were rewarded for a good effort today.”
On the game “Ohio State deserved it. We didn’t play with a ‘lay it on the line’ attitude in the third period. I thought we might be able to sneak out with a win we didn’t deserve.”
On changes for the game Saturday “We just need to prepare to play our game. We spent too much time in the defensive zone tonight. We played pretty sloppy in the neutral zone also.”
Danny Dries, Ohio State junior forward On the game-tying shot “We had many chances in the third quarter and in overtime, so I just kept looking for the open goal. We had a loose puck and I fired it in. The goalie was down and I went up with it.”
On the momentum change “The first period we had a lot of penalties and by the third period they were sitting back giving us many chances. It’s a habit we need to get into with our good energy. We are in a good league so it will be important to keep this going throughout the season.”
Derek Klassen, Alaska senior forward On the mindset of the team “We stuck with it, but we can’t let that happen again. The second period was better for us than the third.”
On the physical aspect of the game “We play our best when we are playing a physical game. It was tough and we used our hits and checks to get ahead in the game.”
On playing in a different time zone “It doesn’t really bother us. We have been here for a few days and got a good night sleep last night to be fresh for the game. We deal with it all the time and do not think about it.”