COLUMBUS, Ohio In its final regular-season home game, the Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to No. 5 Miami, 2-1, Tuesday in Value City Arena. The teams traded first-period goals but Miami’s Jarod Palmer scored 5:25 into the third for the win.
The Buckeyes and RedHawks will close out the regular season at 7:35 p.m. Friday at Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio, in a game televised live by CBS College Sports Network (CSTV).
Ohio State scored just 59 seconds into the game when John Albert took a lead pass from Peter Boyd and skated down the right wing, roofing the puck past Miami goalie Jeff Zatkoff for his fourth goal of the year. The RedHawks tied the game at 15:53 when Alexandre Lacombe was able to shovel in a loose puck after Buckeye goalie Joseph Palmer made the initial save. The RedHawks outshot the Buckeyes in the period, 11-7, and were scoreless on the one power-play chance of the period, as their second chance carried over into the middle period.
The teams combined for 25 shots in the second period, but both goalies stood tall. Palmer stopped all 12 Miami shots in the period, while Zatkoff had 13 saves. Ohio State put three shots on net on its one power-play opportunity, but did not score. Miami’s power play carried over into the third.
Miami’s Andy Miele forced a turnover by the Buckeye net and passed to RedHawk sophomore Palmer, who scored the eventual gamewinner at 5:25. The Buckeyes put 12 shots on net in the period, while holding the RedHawks to just four. Ohio State had the only power-play chance in the period.
Ohio State outshot Miami, 32-27, in the game. Palmer made 25 saves for the Buckeyes in 59:28 and Zatkoff had 31 stops.
Ohio State was 0-for-2 with the man advantage and held Miami scoreless on three chances.
The game marked the last home game for the eight Buckeye seniors forwards John Dingle, Tom Fritsche, Tommy Goebel, Kyle Hood and Matt McIlvane, defensemen Jason DeSantis and Johann Kroll and goalie Phil Lauderdale.
Ohio State has held its opponents to two goals or less in each of the last five games.
The loss ended the Buckeyes’ three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1).
John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“It was a good game. We were just a young team that did not recover from the weekend. We got home at three in the morning Sunday and you can’t compete against a team like Miami and react to loose pucks at five percent recovery. We were just a step off. We had the opportunities and were pretty structured. They tried to frustrate us but we stuck with it. I’m proud of our team but Miami is not an easy team to beat.”
Tommy Goebel, Ohio State senior forward
On the game
“We started out sluggish but we were right there to win it. We just need to find a way to score some goals in the end. It’s obviously disappointing to lose but it gave us a good feeling to know we were right there with a team like Miami.”
On Jeff Zatkoff
“He did a great job and made really good saves tonight. The team did a great job protecting him too.”
Enrico Blasi, Miami head coach
On the game
“It was a good hockey game. It was a playoff type of game with tight checking and we just got one more play than they did. I thought the guys had a lot of energy tonight.”
Ryan Jones, Miami senior forward
On his final game in Value City Arena
”Every time we are here we run a lap around the top of the arena. Today I was joking that it is nice that it is the last time. We have had some great battles here and it’s been fun playing against these guys the past four years.”