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FAIRBANKS, Alaska Ohio State dropped the opening game of its Central Collegiate Hockey Association quarterfinal series to Alaska, 4-0, Friday in the Carlson Center. The No. 4-seed Nanooks take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series over the No. 5 -seed Buckeyes. The Buckeyes (22-13-4) and Nanooks (16-13-6) will meet in game two at 7:05 p.m. AT/11:05 p.m. ET Saturday in the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. Game three, if necessary, will be at 6:05 p.m. AT/10:05 ET Sunday. The series winner advances to the CCHA semifinals at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Alaska controlled the first period, outshooting the Buckeyes, 11-4, and scoring twice. Adam Naglich opened the scoring at 7:57 when his shot got through traffic four seconds after a Nanook power play had expired. Justin Filzen added a goal at 12:00, scoring from in front. Ohio State had a power-play chance for the last two minutes of the period but could get just one shot on net and went into the locker room down 2-0. The Buckeyes killed three power-play chances in the period.

Alaska extended its lead to 3-0 5:39 into the second period when Kevin Petovello’s shot from the bottom of the faceoff circle went under the cross-bar and out. Ohio State outshot Alaska, 10-9, in the period. There were just two penalties called Alaska converted its one power-play chance and Ohio State was 0-for-1.

The Buckeyes had more chances in the third, outshooting the Nanooks, 12-6, but could not get on the board. Ohio State pulled its goalie for the extra skater with the teams skating 4-on-4 with less than five minutes remaining for the advantage, but Alaska ended the scoring with an unassisted, shorthanded, empty-net goal at 18:03. Ohio State had the only power-play chance of the stanza with less than four minutes to go in the game, putting four shots on net.

Each team had 26 shots in the game. Buckeye goalie Dustin Carlson played 58:24 and had 22 saves, allowing three goals. Alaska’s Chad Johnson stopped all 26 shots he faced while playing all 60 minutes. The shutout was the first for the Buckeyes since falling to Northern Michigan, 2-0, Feb. 15, 2008, in Columbus.

Ohio State was 0-for-3 on the power play in the game, with Alaska 1-for-4.

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2008-09
#14 Ohio State vs Alaska (Mar 13, 2009 at Fairbanks, Alaska)

 Ohio State (22-13-4) vs. Alaska (16-13-6)
 Date: Mar 13, 2009  Location: Fairbanks, Alaska     Arena: Carlson Center     
 Attendance:2913   Start time:7:05 PM   End time:9:15 PM   Total time:2:10   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
 Ohio State 0 0 0 0
 Alaska 2 1 1 4
 
   1st period – 1, UAF, Adam Naglich/9 (Kevin Petovello/10, Joe
Sova/5) 7:57. 2, UAF, Justin Filzen/3 (Adam Cardwell/3, Scott
Enders/2) 12:00. Penalties – Peter Boyd, OSU (hooking) :21; Cory
Schneider, OSU (hooking) 5:53; Shane Sims, OSU (cross-checking) 16:17;
Scott Enders, UAF (holding) 18:00.

   2nd period – 3, UAF, Kevin Petovello/6 (Scott Enders/3, Adam
Naglich/7) 5:39 (pp). Penalties – Sergio Somma, OSU (checking from
behind) 4:46; Bryant Molle, UAF (holding) 8:15.

   3rd period – 4, UAF, Dion Knelsen/9 18:03 (empty net) (sh).
Penalties – Ryan Hohl, UAF (cth elbowing) 15:07; Corey Toy, OSU
(embellishment) 15:07; Joe Sova, UAF (tripping) 16:53.

   Shots on goal – OSU 4-10-12 26; UAF 11-9-6 26.

   Power plays – OSU 0 of 3; UAF 1 of 4.

   Penalties – OSU 5 (10 min); UAF 4 (8 min).

   Goalies – OSU, Dustin Carlson 20-10-3 (58:24 minutes, 25 shots-22
saves) , EMPTY NET (01:36, 0-0); UAF, Chad Johnson 13-13-5 (60:00,
26-26).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-2913  T-2:10   
 Three stars: 1. None    2. None    3. None   
 Ref: Kevin Hall; Kevin Langseth   Line: Will Moran; Eric Froberg
 Win-Chad Johnson (13-13-5).  Loss-Dustin Carlson (20-10-3). 
 ID-770226                                        
 Ohio State Timeout at 6:39 of 2nd                
 Alaska Timeout at 7:14 of 3rd