Dec. 29, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Freshman Tom Fritsche scored a goal and added two assists to lead the No. 10/11 Ohio State men’s hockey team to a 5-1 victory over Minnesota State in the Ohio Hockey Classic Wednesday in Nationwide Arena.
The matchups for day two of the tournament were predetermined. The Buckeyes, who improve to 15-5-2 on the year with the win over the Mavericks, will face No. 2 Colorado College at 8:05 p.m. Thursday in Nationwide Arena. Minnesota State, who dropped to 7-10-2, will take on Miami at 5:05 p.m. Thursday. The RedHawks and Tigers faced off in the second game of the opening day of the tournament.
Domenic Maiani (Fr., Shelby Township, Mich.) put the Buckeyes on the board just 4:25 into the game with a power-play goal, taking a lead pass from Sean Collins (So., Troy, Mich.) and breaking in down the right wing. Buckeye goalie Dave Caruso (Jr., Roswell, Ga.) picked up the second assist on the goal, his first helper of the season. Freshman defenseman Johann Kroll (Plymouth, Minn.) scored at 9:01, assisted by Fritsche (Parma, Ohio) and Rod Pelley (Jr., Kitimat, British Columbia). The Mavericks got on the board at 17:11, as Jeff Marler scored. Each team put 13 shots on goal in the period. Buckeye sophomore Bryce Anderson (Waterloo, Iowa) scored the only goal of the second period unassisted at 3:52. He picked the puck up behind the MSU net and scored on a wraparound. The Buckeyes were outshot in the period, 13-7.
Ohio State scored the only two goals of the third period. Fritsche scored from in close at 1:07, with Dan Knapp (Jr., Rochester, Mich.) and Jason DeSantis (Fr., Oxford, Mich.) assisting. Matt Beaudoin (So., Rock Forest, Quebec) ended the scoring at 17:07, as he tipped in a Kyle Hood (Fr., Osoyoos, British Columbia) shot with OSU on the power play. Fritsche had the second assist on the goal. The Buckeyes outshot the Mavericks, 14-6, in the period.
Caruso had 31 saves on 32 Maverick shots in the win. For MSU, Jon Volp made 29 saves on 34 OSU attempts on goal.
The Buckeyes were 2-for-6 on the power play in the game and stopped Minnesota State on all nine attempts.
Ohio State head coach John Markell
On the game
“It was a good 5-1 win. Caruso gave us opportunities in the first and second periods to pull ahead. We had more 5-on-5 hockey tonight. We had players recovering from a two-week layoff. If Minnesota State had scored on its power plays it wouldn’t have been a 5-1 game.”
On the start of the game
“We scored right away, in both the first and second periods. When you score at opportune times it helps produce momentum for the rest of the period.”
On Fritsche’s three-point performance
“There are little things he could improve on and he’s continuing to grow as a hockey player. You want to see that in a player. It’s fun to watch and fun to coach.”
On the game against Colorado College Thursday night
“If we are in the penalty box that much it is going to be an interesting game. Their power play is the best we have seen and we have to pay attention to that. We are going to need an A+ game from everyone. We have played Miami twice and we can try to gauge the game and hopefully prepare. Our players were not satisfied with the game tonight. We did not play a complete 60 minutes and we will need to do that tomorrow.”
Junior goaltender Dave Caruso
On help from his team
“The team played the rebounds well. On rebounds I was a little choppy, so they covered the rebounds really well.”
Freshman forward Tom Fritsche
On playing at Nationwide Arena
“I think it is great. This is where I want to be in my future. When you play in rinks like this it gives you a drive to do well.”
Freshman defenseman Johann Kroll
On the non-conference win
“The win is essential for non-conference games. It is crucial to NCAA tournament seeding. This win helped give us some power points.”
On the play of Dave Caruso
“It was fantastic, although he almost gave me a heart attack when he came out and kicked the puck toward me. He made some big saves that kept us in the game.”
Minnesota State head coach Troy Jutting
On Ohio State’s performance
“I thought their goalie played extremely well. I am disappointed with the way we finished the game. OSU did a good job of bottling us up in the neutral zone. I give a lot of credit to the goaltender and the team. They took advantage of their scoring opportunities and we didn’t.”
On the game’s intensity
“The intensity of the game was good. In the first 10 minutes it took awhile to adjust to the smaller rink. Our team is built for a huge rink.”
Junior forward Jeff Marler
On the intensity of the game
“The first 10 minutes we were feeling each other out and then the game usually gets intense. Every game should be intense like this one was.”
On the pride of the Western Collegiate Hockey Associatoin (WCHA)
“Whenever we play non-conference teams our pride is on the line. We always say our league is the best and they (the CCHA) says the same thing. Everyone wants to represent their league the best they can.”