December 31, 2016

No. 9/10 Buckeyes Fall to Miami, 6-3

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Dec. 31, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 9/10-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team opened the second half of its season with a 6-3 loss at home to Miami Saturday in Value City Arena.

The game kicked off a five-game homestand for Ohio State. The Buckeyes, now 9-3-4 on the year, will return to Big Ten play with two games vs. No. 3 Penn State next weekend, facing off at 7 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday.

Miami 6, Ohio State 3
The Buckeyes held an early 2-0 lead, as Tommy Parran scored just nine seconds into the game and Mason Jobst followed at 9:17. With five seconds left in the first Miami got on the board. In the second, Miami tied the game at 1:57. The Buckeyes got a late power play goal to take a 3-2 lead into intermission. It was all RedHawks in the third, as they scored four goals, including three in a 3:34 span, to take the nonconference game.

Quoting Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik
“It was one of those nights. We didn’t take care of the puck, we didn’t play with a sense of urgency. When you’re playing a very good hockey team you have to bring it. There’s no excuse. There’s no excuse of being off that long – they were off too. They continued to plug away and they were the better team, especially in the third period.”

Quoting Ohio State senior forward Nick Schilkey
“We have to shake it off and come back ready to play a really good team in Penn State. There was some rust to be knocked off after the break but that’s no excuse. We put ourselves in a good situation – lucky bounces or not – but we were up 2-0. That’s the time to make simple, smart plays and buckle down and for some reason we didn’t do that tonight and it came back to bite us.”

In the First …
Just nine seconds into the game sophomore Tommy Parran shot the puck in the zone and it bounced past the RedHawk goalie. Seniors Josh Healey and Nick Schilkey had the assists on the goal, Parran’s fourth of the year. At 9:17 sophomore Mason Jobst forced a turnover as Miami was trying to carry the puck out of its zone. He ended up skating in alone in front and scored on a backhand.

The RedHawks got on the board with just five seconds remaining, as a shot from Josh Melnick at the point found the back of the net.

Ohio State outshot Miami, 8-7, in the period.

In the Second …
The RedHawks tied the game at two when Carson Meyer scored on a one-timer on an odd-man rush at 1:57. The Buckeyes regained the lead with a power play goal, as Nick Schilkey got the puck to classmate David Gust in front and he converted for his career-high tying 11th goal of the year. Mason Jobst also assisted on the tally.

The RedHawks outshot the Buckeyes, 8-6, in the period.

In the Third …
The Buckeyes maintained their one-goal lead until 12:03 when Gordie Green tied the game with a power play goal. Less than three minutes later Kiefer Sherwood put the RedHawks ahead for the first time (14:44) and he notched his second goal of the night 1:13 after that. The Buckeyes skated with the extra attacker with more than three minutes left and at 16:55 Scott Dornbrock got to a puck in the neutral zone and scored.

Miami had 14 shots in the period, with the Buckeyes putting one on net.

Blocking the Puck
The Buckeyes were outshot by Miami, 29-15. Buckeye senior Christian Frey made 23 saves, allowing five goals, in 59:37. The RedHawks’ Ryan Larkin had 12 stops in 59:57.

Special Teams
The Buckeyes were 1-for-2 on the power play in the game and are now 17-for-70 on the year, ranking in the Top 5 in the NCAA at 24.3 percent. Ohio State has scored with the man advantage in each of the last three, and seven of the last eight, games. Miami converted 1-of-4 chances.

Buckeye This and That
Mason Jobst has a 3-3-6 line in his last two games combined. He is third on the team with 18 points, including 12 assists.
David Gust is on a three-game goal-scoring streak and has a point in six of the last seven games. On the year, he has 17 points with 11 goals and six assists.
Nick Schilkey is second on the squad with 21 points, his fourth 20-point season as a Buckeye. He has 110 points in 122 games for the Scarlet and Gray. It was his second two-assist game this season, his second two-point game in a row, and he has multiple points in five of his last seven games.
Josh Healey has 14 assists and 16 points on the year, ranking second on the team in assists. He is tied for fifth in the NCAA in points per game by defensemen. He is on four-game assist and point streaks.
• Buckeye leading scorer Tanner Laczynski (6-16-22) missed the game while skating for Team USA at the IIHF World Junior Championship. He had a goal and an assist during preliminary round play, with Team USA going 4-0 heading into medal round action.