COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s hockey team scored three unanswered goals in the third period to rally from a two-goal deficit and defeat No. 14/16 Nebraska-Omaha, 3-2, Saturday in Value City Arena. The win gave the Buckeyes a sweep of the two-game series and extends their home winning streak to five.
After the Mavericks scored twice in the second period, Buckeye sophomore Hunter Bishop put the Buckeyes on the board at 4:02 of the third. Sophomore John Albert scored the final two goals, tying the game at 13:33 and scoring the eventual gamewinner at 18:33. Buckeye sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson made a career-best 44 saves in the win, which was the 250th for Ohio State head coach John Markell in his career.
The Buckeyes now are 8-6-1 on the year and 6-5-1-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Nebraska-Omaha drops to 9-4-1 and 5-4-11 in league play.
The teams were scoreless after the first period. Carlson had six saves, with UNO’s Jerad Kaufmann stopping all seven shots he faced. The Mavericks did not put a shot on net until the 9:19 mark of the game. The Buckeyes were 0-for-2 on the power play and entered the second period on their third chance.
Nebraska-Omaha took a 2-0 lead into the third period. The Mavericks opened the scoring 2:08 into the second period when Eric Olimb jammed home a loose puck in the Buckeye crease after Carlson made the initial block on Matt Ambroz. The Buckeyes were able to kill 1:29 of a 5-on-3 advantage for the Mavericks, but Tomas Klempa’s shot seven seconds after the first penalty expired got through five-hole at 11:24. The Mavericks dominated the period, outshooting the Buckeyes, 20-6. The Buckeyes had six penalties in the period, with five minors and a 10-minute misconduct. UNO was 1-for-4 on the power play in the period. The Buckeyes were scoreless on two power-play chances.
In the third, Bishop tallied at 4:01, taking a pass from freshman Ian Boots and scoring from the slot. Sophomore Corey Toy had the second assist on the goal. Albert tied the game at 2-all when he deflected a Shane Sims shot from the point past Kaufmann at 13:33. Erick Belanger, who kept the puck in at the left point and passed to Sims, had the second assist on the goal. On the gamewinner, freshman defenseman Matt Bartkowski sent Albert up ice with a lead-out pass from the Buckeye zone. Albert broke down the right side and was able to go around the UNO defenseman. With Kaufmann down low, Albert shot high and it went in to give the Buckeyes their first lead of the game at 18:33. The Mavericks continued to pepper the Buckeye net, outshooting Ohio State, 20-10, in the period, but Carlson stopped all 20 attempts. The Buckeyes were 2-for-2 on the penalty kill, including a stop at 14:38 after the game was tied. Ohio State had one power-play chance early in the period but could not convert.
For the game, the Mavericks outshot the Buckeyes, 46-23. Carlson made 44 saves in all 60 minutes. Kaufmann had 20 saves for UNO in 58:26 between the pipes.
Ohio State held the Mavericks, who came into the game in the Top 10 in the country on the power play, to one extra-man goal in seven chances. The Buckeyes were 0-for-5 on the power play in the game.
Congrats to Buckeye assistant coach Steve Brent and his wife, Adi, on the birth of their first child, Tess Kennedy, Saturday.
The series ended the first half of conference play for the Buckeyes. The team will play Robert Morris at 4 p.m. Saturday in Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland before hosting Bentley for two games Dec. 12-13 in Value City Arena in Columbus.
Albert had the first two-goal game of his career. It was his fifth career multiple-point game and his third this season.
Carlson stopped 80-of-85 shots in the series (.941).His previous career high was 36, set twice before, including Friday vs. the Mavericks.
The sweep was the first for the Buckeyes over the Mavericks since Feb. 13-14, 2004 in Columbus.
John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“We basically were beat for two and a half periods tonight and still ended with four points on the weekend. We had a few shots bounce in and I think their first shot was a lucky bounce too. Both teams were working hard. The penalty kill was pretty important.”
On John Albert
“He shot the puck tonight. It used to be a chore for him to shoot. In the second period he went right down the middle and passed it off. When you get into those critical areas you have to shoot the puck. The last shot he had outside speed and shot the puck with his body.”
On winning two-consecutive games in the last minute
“They just came through at the right time. We teach to win and compete. We beat a good hockey club tonight. We are still a little immature. In the first period we are immature about what is going on and then try to feel ourselves into the game. We can’t do that.”
Dustin Carlson, Ohio State sophomore goalie
On the two goals scored by Nebraska-Omaha
“I felt those two goals were my fault. I thought I had the puck covered on the first. The second one got away from me and the first one I had under me, but we weathered the storm and came out with a win.”
On the season
“We hope this momentum will carry from week to week. We want to get the jump on the other team from the start. We’ve been battling every week in practice. We try to make practice up-tempo and game speed.”
John Albert, Ohio State sophomore forward
On gaining momentum in the game
“After the second period we need to pick ourselves back up. We’ve been a come back team all year, but we know we need to pick it up at the beginning of the first from the drop of the puck.”
“It felt good to score. I took it wide and the defenseman gave me a lot of room. I’m always being told to shoot more, but I tend to pass, but I should shoot more.
Mike Kemp, Nebraska-Omaha head coach
On the game
“I think Ohio State just wanted it more than we did. We put a lot of shots on goal but they weren’t quality. They did a great job of taking advantage of their opportunities. We didn’t get any bounces this weekend. We had a pipe shot when the game was tied and that is disappointing for a team. It was an even first period with both teams playing possum. In the second period, we started to jam. We had chances but (Dustin) Carlson did a good job blocking pucks.”
Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2008-09
#14 Nebraska-Omaha vs Ohio State (Nov 29, 2008 at Columbus, Ohio)
Nebraska-Omaha (9-4-1, 5-4-1-1 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (8-6-1, 6-5-1-1 CCHA)
Date: Nov 29, 2008 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: Value City Arena
Attendance:2166 Start time:8:05 pm End time:10:13 pm Total time:2:08
Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
Nebraska-Omaha 0 2 0 2
Ohio State 0 0 3 3
1st period – Penalties – Patrick Schafer, OSU (holding) 5:44; Matt
Ambroz, UNO (holding) 8:03; Joey Martin, UNO (tripping) 13:58; Eric
Olimb, UNO (boarding) 18:18.
2nd period – 1, UNO, Eric Olimb/1 (Matt Ambroz/6, Kyle Ensign/3)
2:08. 2, UNO, Tomas Klempa/8 (Dan Charleston/8, Eddie Del Grosso/15)
11:24 (pp). Penalties – Patrick Schafer, OSU (roughing atw) 2:38; Jake
Skjodt, UNO (cross-checking) 2:38; Cory Schneider, OSU (cth elbowing)
7:14; Mathieu Picard, OSU (hooking) 9:17; Corey Toy, OSU (cth
high-sticking) 9:48; Corey Toy, OSU (10-minute misconduct) 9:48;
Mathieu Picard, OSU (cross-checking) 14:25; John Kemp, UNO (hooking)
3rd period – 3, OSU, Hunter Bishop/4 (Ian Boots/6, Corey Toy/3)
4:02. 4, OSU, John Albert/3 (Shane Sims/4, Erick Belanger/2) 13:33. 5,
OSU, John Albert/4 (Matt Bartkowski/4) 18:33. Penalties – Tomas
Klempa, UNO (hooking) 1:42; Erick Belanger, OSU (slashing) 8:53; Matt
Bartkowski, OSU (holding) 14:38; Dan Charleston, UNO (slashing) 20:00;
Matt Bartkowski, OSU (roughing) 20:00; Dan Charleston, UNO (roughing)
Shots on goal – UNO 6-20-20 46; OSU 7-6-10 23.
Power plays – UNO 1 of 7; OSU 0 of 5.
Penalties – UNO 8 (19 min); OSU 10 (28 min).
Goalies – UNO, Jerad Kaufmann 6-1-0 (58:26 minutes, 23 shots-20
saves) , EMPTY NET (01:34, 0-0); OSU, Dustin Carlson 7-3-0 (60:00,
Penalty shots – None.
Three stars: 1. John Albert 2. Dustin Carlson 3. Tomas Klempa
Ref: Dean Sanborn; Brent Gawlik Line: Patrick Bracco; Brian Frerichs
Win-Dustin Carlson (7-3-0). Loss-Jerad Kaufmann (6-1-0).
UNO timeout at 14:38/3rd