Oct. 18, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite 60 saves from sophomore goaltender Christian Frey, the No. 17-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to No. 11-ranked Miami, 2-1, in Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio, Saturday. The Buckeyes (1-3-0, 0-0-0 B1G) led 1-0 after the first period but the RedHawks (3-1-0, 0-0-0 NCHC) scored twice in less than two minutes in the second period to take the lead.
Ohio State has a bye next weekend (Oct. 24-26) before traveling for two games at Canisius Oct. 31-Nov. 1. The squad will be back in Columbus Nov. 7-8 when it hosts Nebraska Omaha in a two-game series.
Frey’s 60 saves were six shy of the school record 66 set by Chuck Hobaica Feb. 22, 1964 vs. Western Michigan and the most since Mike Betz had 58 Oct. 27, 2000 at Maine. It was the first time Ohio State allowed 50 or more shots since Oct. 12, 2002 at Minnesota. The Buckeyes blocked another 27 RedHawk scoring attempts, led by sophomore defenseman Drew Brevig with five and senior forward Tanner Fritz and freshman defenseman Victor Bjorkung with four each.
Ohio State converted an early major power play advantage, as junior Anthony Greco put in the rebound of a shot from Fritz. Darik Angeli had the second assist on the goal, which came at 5:38. Greco leads the Buckeyes with four goals this season, while Fritz has a team-best six points. Frey stopped all 14 RedHawk shots in the period, with Ohio State getting nine through.
In the second, Miami’s Louie Belpedio tied the game at one at 11:58 and Alex Wideman scored on a wraparound at 13:58 to put the RedHawks ahead 2-1. The RedHawks had 25 shots on goal in the period, with Frey making 23 saves, limiting Ohio State to five.
Neither team scored in the third period. Ohio State pulled Frey late for the extra attacker, but was unable to convert. Frey stopped all 23 shots he faced in the period, including seven on the RedHawks’ lone power play chance. Ohio State had six shots in the period.
Ohio State was outshot, 62-20, in the game. Frey played 58:51 and had 60 saves for Ohio State. Miami’s Jay Williams made 19 saves in all 60 minutes.
Ohio State was 1-for-3 on the power play in the game and is 5-for-15 (33 percent) this season. Miami did not convert its one chance.