January 15, 1999
ITHACA, New York – Fueled by All-American Hugo Boisvert, the Ohio State hockey team used two-third period goals to break a 2-2 deadlock and claim a 4-2 win over Cornell in Lynah Rink Friday night.
Ohio State just missed taking a 1-0 lead midway through the first period when Ryan Jestadt skated the puck in all the way from the red line and dished to Hugo Boisvert. Boisvert’s shot went narrowly high, clearing the cross-bar by inches.
Cornell got on the board first with a power-play goal at 10:53 when Ryan Moynihan buried a rebound from a Denis Ladouceur shot. It was Cornell’s second power-play opportunity of the game.
The Buckeyes tied the game at one late in the second period when Hugo Boisvert scored during a four-on-three situation off a pass from Chris Richards.
The Big Red struck back nearly immediately. Brandon Lafrance was whistled for a penalty, creating another four-on-three situation, this time for the Big Red. Denis Ladouceur grabbed a rebound of a Kyle Knopp shot on the backside and scored easily.
Boisvert proved why he was dubbed an All-American last season just minutes later, taking a pass from Eric Meloche and scoring a pretty backhand goal over the shoulder of Cornell goalie Ian Burt’s stick side.
OSU’s third goal was the reverse of the second, as Meloche took a pass from Boisvert and scored one of the prettier goals of the season, a wrist shot top shelf over Burt.
The Buckeyes took a 4-3 advantage on the power-play with under six minutes remaining. Boisvert centered the pass in front of the net for Andre Signoretti who put a hard shot on net. Meloche was in perfect position and tipped the puck in on Burt’s stick side.
At that point, Boisvert had had a hand in six straight OSU goals, counting the two he scored against Miami on Jan. 12. He wasn’t done, however, as the St. Eustache, Que. Native added an empty-netter to seal the game. The five points on the night for Boisvert (3-2-5) set a new career high. Meloche’s two goals were also a career high.
Cornell added a goal with :38 seconds remaining during a six-on-five situation to bring the score to 4-3.
Ray Aho was solid in goal for Ohio State, stopping 41-of-44 shots. It was Aho’s first start since Oct. 17 against Ferris State. The win was also Aho’s first of the season.
OSU now stands 12-10-2 overall and remains 10-6-2 in the CCHA. The Buckeyes will face Colgate Sunday at 1 p.m. in Hamilton, N.Y., wrapping up the non-conference portion of their schedule.