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OXFORD, Ohio Freshman Kyle Reed had two goals and classmate Peter Boyd had two assists, but it was not enough, as the Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to No. 5 Miami, 4-3, Friday in Steve “Coach” Cady Arena to wrap up the regular season. The Buckeyes trailed, 3-1, at the end of the second period but were able to draw within one on goals by Reed and Corey Toy in the third. Ohio State had a 6-on-4 advantage with a power play and an empty net to close the game, but was unable to convert.

The RedHawks led 3-0 after the first period. Miami scored on its first two shots of the game, with Jarod Palmer tallying at 2:21 and Andy Miele scoring after a Nathan Davis faceoff win in the Buckeye zone at 5:37. Davis scored a goal of his own at 11:52 after Raymond Eichenlaub forced a turnover in the neutral zone and got it to Miele, who passed on to Davis. The RedHawks outshot the Buckeyes, 13-3, and had the only two power-play chances of the period.

Ohio State scored the only goal of the middle period to make the score 3-1 through two. Boyd kept the puck in at the blueline and got it to defenseman Shane Sims. His shot from the point was saved, but Reed was able to get the puck across the line for his seventh goal of the season. The Buckeyes had 12 shots in the period and Miami had eight, with three coming on its one power-play chance. Ohio State also was 0-for-1 on the power play in the period.

The Buckeyes outscored the RedHawks, 2-1, in the third period to draw within one but could not get the equalizer. Brian Kaufman scored 2:45 into the period, completing a tic-tac play with Ryan Jones to put Miami ahead, 4-1. Reed scored his second goal of the game at 8:02, putting in the rebound of a Kyle Hood shot, with Tom Fritsche picking up the second assist. Toy cut the RedHawk lead to one (4-3) with his third goal of the season. After work down low by Boyd and Patrick Schafer, Schafer got the puck to Toy at the point and his shot got through at 13:51. The Buckeyes had a chance to tie the game with a 2-on-1 breakaway while shorthanded with less than three minutes remaining, but the puck glanced off the outside of the post. Ohio State ended the game on the power play and then pulled goalie Joseph Palmer for a 6-on-4 advantage. The team had chances, but could not get the puck into the net. The Buckeyes controlled play in the period, outshooting Miami, 14-3.

In the game, the Buckeyes outshot the RedHawks, 29-24. Palmer made 20 saves in 58:57 and Charlie Effinger had 26 saves in 59:48.

Neither team converted on the power play, with Ohio State 0-for-3 and Miami 0-for-4.

Postgame Notes
The game ended the regular season for the Buckeyes. The team will travel to Bowling Green, Ferris State or Northern Michigan to open the CCHA playoffs in a best-of-three series next weekend.

Reed’s two-goal game was the first of his career. He is tied with Boyd for second on the team with nine goals.

Boyd’s two-assist game was the second of his career. He had three helpers in the series with Miami this week.

Ohio State held the RedHawks scoreless on all seven chances in the series this week and have allowed just one power-play goal in the last four games.

Senior defenseman Johann Kroll played in the 150th game of his Buckeye career.

                         Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
                        Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2007-08
             Ohio State vs #5 Miami (Feb 29, 2008 at Oxford, Ohio)

 Ohio State (11-23-4/7-18-3 CCHA) vs. Miami (29-6-1/21-6-1 CCHA)
 Date: Feb 29, 2008  Location: Oxford, Ohio          Arena: Steve Cady Arena   
 Attendance:   Start time:7:35 pm   End time:9:55 pm   Total time:2:20   

 Goals by Period       1  2  3  Tot
 ———————————-
 Ohio State……….  0  1  2 –  3
 Miami……………  3  0  1 –  4
 
   1st period – 1, MIA, Jarod Palmer/9 (Andy Miele/6, Nathan Davis/8)
2:21. 2, MIA, Andy Miele/6 (Nathan Davis/9) 5:37. 3, MIA, Nathan
Davis/7 (Andy Miele/7, Raymond Eichenlaub/6) 11:52. Penalties – Joseph
Palmer, OSU (slashing) 9:48; Peter Boyd, OSU (cth high-sticking)
16:39.

   2nd period – 4, OSU, Kyle Reed/8 (Peter Boyd/12, Shane Sims/10)
17:50. Penalties – Vincent LoVerde, MIA (tripping) 3:35; Patrick
Schafer, OSU (hooking) 9:34.

   3rd period – 5, MIA, Brian Kaufman/12 (Ryan Jones/15) 2:45. 6, OSU,
Kyle Reed/9 (Kyle Hood/8, Tom Fritsche/14) 8:02. 7, OSU, Corey Toy/3 (Patrick
Schafer/6, Peter Boyd/13) 13:51. Penalties – Justin Mercier, MIA
(cross-checking) 6:00; Chris Reed, OSU (boarding) 16:41; Alec
Martinez, MIA (slashing) 18:20.

   Shots on goal – OSU 3-12-14 29; MIA 13-8-3 24.

   Power plays – OSU 0 of 3; MIA 0 of 4.

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

   Goalies – OSU, Joseph Palmer 9-17-4 (58:57 minutes, 24 shots-20
saves) , EMPTY NET (01:03, 0-0); MIA, Charlie Effinger 6-0-0 (59:48,
29-26) , EMPTY NET (00:12, 0-0).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-  T-2:20   
 Three stars: 1. Nathan Davis    2. Andy Miele    3. Kyle Reed   
 Referee:Kevin Hall  AR:Marc DesRosiers; Ryan Gordon
 Win-Charlie Effinger (6-0-0).  Loss-Joseph Palmer (9-17-4).