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Oct. 31, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite a 41-save performance from goalie Ray Aho, the Ohio State men’s hockey team fell to defending national champion Maine 3-1 Sunday before 7,401 at Value City Arena.

Ohio State (2-7-0) tied the game at one in the second period on a goal from Jean-Francois Dufour at the 14:37 mark. He was assisted by Mike McCormick and Jaisen Freeman.

The Black Bears (5-0-0) took advantage of a power play situation midway through the second period, as Corey Larose slapped a shot past Aho to give the Bears a 2-1 lead. Maine added another tally three minutes later when Ben Guite scored a power play goal, giving the Black Bears a 3-1 lead which they would not relinquish.

Maine fired 44 shots in the contest, while the Buckeyes had 33 shots – 19 in the third period. Mike Morrison was stellar in goal for the Black Bears, notching 32 saves to earn the win.

Aho was equally impressive, cracking the 40-save barrier for the sixth time in his career.

“Ray Aho was a bright spot for us today,” Ohio State head coach John Markell said. “If he continues to play like he did today for the rest of the season, we will win a lot of hockey games. Offensively today, we just couldn’t catch any breaks. The pucks weren’t bouncing our way.”

The Buckeyes failed to connect on any of their seven power-play opportunities, while Maine scored twice on nine power-play chances. OSU has now dropped seven consecutive games for the first time since the 1995-96 season.

Ohio State returns to action next weekend with a home-and-home series with Michigan. The Buckeyes travel to Ann Arbor Friday night for a 7:35 contest, and the two teams will come to Columbus Saturday night for a 7:05 faceoff.