COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s hockey team suffered a 6-1 loss at No. 8 Michigan Saturday at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Wolverines earn a sweep of the two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association series, after a 4-3 UM win Friday night.
Michigan jumped ahead with two goals in the first period, including an early tally just four and a half minutes into the game. The Wolverines’ leading goal scorer, sophomore Louie Caporusso, skated out from the corner and took a sharp-angle shot that beat Ohio State freshman goalkeeper Cal Heeter on the far side with Michigan on the power play. Senior Tim Miller put the Wolverines up by two with his even-strength marker at 17:32 of the first. Caporusso sent his linemate the puck from the top of the right circle, where Miller sent a low drive to the back of the Buckeye net. On the defensive for much of the first stanza, Ohio State only recorded four shots while Michigan had 12. The Buckeyes had no power play chances in the period, with Michigan 1-for-2.
Despite Ohio State outshooting the Wolverines, 14-7, in a period where 15 penalties were issued, Michigan held a 5-0 lead after the second. Scoring the first goal of his career, Michigan freshman David Wohlberg started the team’s offensive run, scoring an unassisted shorthanded tally 8:32 into the stanza. Taking possession of the puck behind the Buckeye net, Wohlberg wrapped around and lifted the puck above Heeter’s left shoulder to give Michigan a 3-0 lead. Wolverine Travis Turnbull tallied Michigan’s fourth marker at 10:45 of the second, scoring on the power play. Teammate Chad Langlais skated down the left side of the ice finding Turnbull in the center where the senior forward scored on a low shot. Ohio State then changed goalies, sending sophomore Dustin Carlson into the game. The Wolverines went up 5-0 with a 4-on-3 power-play goal. Aaron Palushaj tallied 12 minutes into the period from a Brandon Naurato helper that found the sophomore waiting on Ohio State’s backdoor, sending the puck topshelf. The Buckeyes were 0-for-4 on the power play while Michigan was 1-for-3.
Caporusso tallied his second goal of the night, sending a slapshot from the right circle deep into the backside of the Ohio State goal at 6:27 of the third with Michigan on the power play. Ohio State freshman Zac Dalpe put the Buckeyes on the board with a power-play tally at 10:35 of the third with the helper credited to senior and Michigan native Corey Elkins. On his fourth-career goal, the Paris. Ontario, native stuffed the puck past Michigan goaltender Bryan Hogan. The Buckeyes had eight shots on goal in the period, the Wolverines six. Ohio State had one power-play goal on five chances in the period, with Michigan 1-for-3.
For the game, Ohio State had 26 shots on goal, with Michigan putting 25 on net. Heeter played the first 30:45, allowing four goals on 16 shots and taking the loss. Carlson saw 29:15 in net and made seven saves, allowing two goals. Hogan had 25 saves for the Wolverines in 59:53.
Michigan converted 3-of-8 power-play chances in the contest. Ohio State was 1-for-9 with the man advantage.
Ohio State will return home to take on Michigan State next weekend. The Buckeyes and Spartans will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena.
The Buckeyes were swept in a road series for the first time since dropping two games at Minnesota Oct. 25-26, 2007.
Elkins, who had his career-best five-game scoring streak ended Friday, shares the team scoring lead with John Albert with seven assists each. Elkins and Dalpe are first on the team with four goals each.
The Buckeyes wrapped up a stretch of four-consecutive road games vs. Top 10 teams with the game vs. the Wolverines.
The Buckeyes gave up a shorthanded goal for the first time since Feb. 1, 2008 vs. Bowling Green.