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MARQUETTE, Mich. Despite a career-best 36 saves from sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson, the Ohio State men’s hockey team dropped a 3-1 decision at Northern Michigan Friday night in the Berry Events Center. The Wildcats used power play goals in the first and second periods and a goal early in the third en route to the win. Freshman Zac Dalpe scored the Buckeyes’ goal in the third period, his team-best seventh goal of the season.

The Buckeyes (5-6-1, 3-5-1 CCHA), who end their three-game winning streak, and Wildcats (3-7-1, 2-6-1 CCHA) will close out the two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association series at 7:35 p.m. Saturday in the Berry Events Center.

Northern Michigan controlled play through most of the first period on the strength of four power-play opportunities, outshooting the Buckeyes, 19-5. The Buckeyes were able to hold the Wildcats off on the first two chances. On the first advantage, the Buckeye penalty killers were out for nearly the entire two minutes, but did not allow a goal. Northern Michigan converted just 14 seconds into its third chance when Mark Olver’s shot from the right circle found the top corner of the net, assisted by Erik Gustafsson and Nick Sirota at 14:56. Carlson made 18 saves in the period, including stopping the first 17 shots he faced. One minute of the Wildcats’ fourth power-play chance carried over into the second period. The Buckeyes had one power-play chance in the period, putting one shot on net.

The Wildcats led 2-0 after the second period as they added their second power-play goal of the game. With the teams skating 4-on-4 a Buckeye took a penalty in front of the NMU net, giving the Wildcats a 4-on-3 advantage, which became a 5-on-3 chance 50 seconds later. Northern Michigan converted the 5-on-3 when Olver tallied his second of the game after a scramble in front of the net, assisted by Tim Miller and Gustafsson at 10:25. The Buckeyes outshot the Wildcats in the period, 12-11. NMU replaced starting goalie Brian Stewart, who stopped all nine shots he faced, at 6:53 after he suffered an injury. The Buckeyes were unsuccessful on two power-play chances in the period, with 12 seconds of a third chance continuing into the third. NMU was 1-for-3.

Gregor Hanson extended the NMU lead to 3-0 with a goal 1:53 into the third period, scoring from the left faceoff circle, assisted by Phil Fox and Gustafsson. The Buckeyes got on the board at 5:18 of the third. Mathieu Picard carried the puck into the zone and passed to Hunter Bishop. His initial shot was saved, but Zac Dalpe was there to put the rebound in for his team-best seventh goal of the season. The Buckeyes pulled Carlson for the extra attacker with 2:38 remaining but had to return him to net with 1:55 left after a Buckeye was assessed a penalty. The Buckeyes outshot the Wildcats, 18-9, in the third period. Ohio State had two power-play chances in the period, with the Wildcats ending the game on their lone opportunity of the stanza.

The Buckeyes were outshot in the game, 39-35. Carlson played 59:22 and had 36 saves. NMU’s Stewart stopped all nine shots he faced in 26:53. Devan Hartigan had 25 saves and allowed one goal in 33:07.

Ohio State was unable to score on six power-play chances. Northern Michigan was 2-for-8 with the man advantage.

Postgame Notes
Dalpe extended his scoring streak to five and Bishop now has a point in each of his last four games.

The Wildcats’ first-period power-play goal was the first allowed by the Buckeyes in the last four games, ending the team’s streak of consecutive penalties killed at 14.

Dalpe has a team-best 11 points on the year, including seven goals to lead the squad. Bishop is first on the team with seven assists.

Carlson’s previous career best was 35, set vs. Harvard Dec. 29, 2007 in the Ohio Hockey Classic.

The Buckeyes allowed more than one goal for the first time in four games.

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2008-09
Ohio State vs Northern Michigan (Nov 21, 2008 at Marquette, Mich.)

 Ohio State (5-6-1 3-5-1-1 CCHA) vs. Northern Michigan (3-7-1 2-6-1-0 CCHA)
 Date: Nov 21, 2008  Location: Marquette, Mich.      Arena: Berry Events Center
 Attendance:2677   Start time:7:35 pm   End time:9:55 pm   Total time:2:20   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
 Ohio State 0 0 1 1
 Northern Michigan 1 1 1 3
 
   1st period – 1, NMU, Mark Olver/1 (Erik Gustafsson/5, Nick
Sirota/4) 14:56 (pp). Penalties – Ian Boots, OSU (hooking) 5:23;
Sergio Somma, OSU (cross-checking) 7:55; Phil Fox, NMU (interference)
11:53; Steve West, OSU (o-hooking) 14:42; Corey Toy, OSU
(cross-checking) 19:00.

   2nd period – 2, NMU, Mark Olver/2 (TJ Miller/1, Erik Gustafsson/6)
10:25 (pp). Penalties – Zach Pelletier, OSU (charging) 2:38; Ben
Lindemulder, NMU (o-tripping) 5:16; Blake Cosgrove, NMU (o-hooking)
8:08; Chris Reed, OSU (tripping) 8:48; Shane Sims, OSU
(cross-checking) 9:18; Blake Cosgrove, NMU (cth roughing) 18:12.

   3rd period – 3, NMU, Gregor Hanson/1 (Phil Fox/1, Erik
Gustafsson/7) 1:53. 4, OSU, Zac Dalpe/7 (Hunter Bishop/7, Mathieu
Picard/2) 5:18. Penalties – Mark Olver, NMU (interference) 8:46;
Andrew Cherniwchan, NMU (hooking) 11:49; Sergio Somma, OSU
(cross-checking) 18:05.

   Shots on goal – OSU 5-12-18 35; NMU 19-11-9 39.

   Power plays – OSU 0 of 6; NMU 2 of 8.

   Penalties – OSU 8 (16 min); NMU 6 (12 min).

   Goalies – OSU, Dustin Carlson 4-3-0 (59:22 minutes, 39 shots-36
saves) , EMPTY NET (00:38, 0-0); NMU, Devan Hartigan 1-0-0 (33:07,
26-25) , Brian Stewart (26:53, 9-9).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-2677  T-2:20   
 Three stars: 1. Mark Olver    2. Erik Gustafsson    3. Devan Hartigan   
 Ref: Dan Brown; Tony Lacina   Line: Eric Froberg; Paul Tunison
 Win-Devan Hartigan (1-0-0).  Loss-Dustin Carlson (4-3-0).