FAIRBANKS, Alaska Ohio State and Alaska were scoreless through more than 59 minutes but Alaska’s Ron Meyers scored at 19:10 of the third period to lift the Nanooks to a 1-0 win over the Buckeyes in game three of the CCHA quarterfinal series Sunday in the Carlson Center. The Nanooks (17-13-6) advance to face Michigan in the CCHA semifinals next weekend. Ohio State (23-14-4) is eliminated from the CCHA tournament.
The first period saw Ohio State outshoot Alaska, 17-7, with each goalie making a few tough saves. Buckeye sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson had a stick save on Ryan Hohl with 9:30 left in the period. The Buckeyes put pressure on Alaska goalie Chad Johnson throughout the second half of the stanza, with his best save a kick save on Hunter Bishop on a rush with John Albert. There were no penalties called in the period.
Ohio State continued to pour on shots in the second period, outshooting Alaska, 16-8. The Buckeyes got a shot past Johnson, but it hit the far post. The first penalty of the game, and only one of the period, was called on Alaska at 8:19, but Ohio State could not convert, putting two shots on net.
The teams were even in the third, with Ohio State putting 11 shots on net and Ohio State getting 10 on goal. The Buckeyes were able to kill off two Nanook power play chances, including an opportunity with less than five minutes remaining. On the winning goal, Myers threw the puck at the net and it banked in at 19:10. Joe Sova, who had gotten the puck down low, had the assist on the goal. Ohio State pulled Carlson with 53 seconds remaining for the extra attacker, and was able to skate 6-on-4 for the final 18 seconds after a Nanook penalty, but could not get the equalizer.
For the game, Ohio State outshot Alaska, 43-25. Carlson made 25 saves in 59:07. Johnson stopped 43 shots in all 60 minutes.
Each team had just three penalties in the period, with Ohio State and Alaska 0-for-2 on the power play.
NCAA tournament selections will be announced on ESPN2 at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
This is the third-consecutive year Ohio State was eliminated from the CCHA tournament in a decisive third game. The squad beat Alaska 4-2 Saturday to tie the series.
With 1005 saves this season, Carlson ranks fifth in program history for saves in a single season. He has played 2179:14 in net this year, ranking eighth for a Buckeye goalie in a single year.
It was the Buckeyes’ first 1-0 loss since Oct. 15, 2005.
Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2008-09
#14 Ohio State vs Alaska (Mar 15, 2009 at Fairbanks, Alaska)
Ohio State (23-14-4) vs. Alaska (17-13-6)
Date: Mar 15, 2009 Location: Fairbanks, Alaska Arena: Carlson Center
Attendance:2543 Start time:7:05 pm End time:8:15 pm Total time:2:10
Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
Ohio State 0 0 0 0
Alaska 0 0 1 1
1st period – Penalties –
2nd period – Penalties – Ryan Hohl, UAF (cross-checking) 8:19.
3rd period – 1, UAF, Ron Meyers/4 (Joe Sova/6) 19:10. Penalties –
Mathieu Picard, OSU (slashing the goalie) 4:22; Joe Sova, UAF
(roughing atw) 4:22; Kyle Reed, OSU (hooking) 5:54; Mathieu Picard,
OSU (slashing) 15:29; Adam Naglich, UAF (hooking) 19:42.
Shots on goal – OSU 17-16-10 43; UAF 7-8-11 26.
Power plays – OSU 0 of 2; UAF 0 of 2.
Penalties – OSU 3 (6 min); UAF 3 (6 min).
Goalies – OSU, Dustin Carlson 21-11-3 (59:07 minutes, 26 shots-25
saves) , EMPTY NET (00:53, 0-0); UAF, Chad Johnson 14-14-5 (60:00,
Penalty shots – None.
Three stars: 1. None 2. None 3. None
Ref: Kevin Hall; Kevin Langseth Line: Eric Froberg; William Moran
Win-Chad Johnson (14-14-5). Loss-Dustin Carlson (21-11-3).
Timeout Alaska at 5:54 of 2nd
Timeout OSU at 19:10 of 3rd