Dries and Somma both tally 5-on-3
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team opened 2011 with a 3-1 victory over Vermont Saturday night in the Sheraton/TD Bank Catmount Cup in Gutterson Fieldhouse. The Buckeyes came from behind with 5-on-3 power-play goals from Danny Dries and Sergio Somma for the non-conference victory, with Dries adding an empty-net goal for the final. Shane Sims assisted on both power-play tallies.
Ohio State, now 9-8-1 on the year and on a three-game winning streak, will close out Catamount Cup action at 4 p.m. Sunday against Army.
There was no scoring in the first period, with Cal Heeter making 11 saves for Ohio State and Vermont’s Rob Madore stopping all 10 shots he faced. Ohio State was 1-for-1 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on the man advantage.
Vermont took a 1-0 lead five minutes into the second period on a Wahsontiio Stacey goal. Just 1:50 later the Buckeyes tied the game when Dries scored on a one-timer with Ohio State skating 5-on-3, assisted by Sims and Alex Szczechura. The Buckeye penalty kill was tough in the stanza, holding the Catamounts scoreless on a 5-minute major power play. The Buckeyes outshot the Catamounts, 11-7, in the period, and were 0-for-3 on the power play.
Just 2:09 into the third stanza Ohio State got the go-ahead goal when Somma tallied his team-best 11th goal of the year, again a 5-on-3 goal. John Albert and Sims had the assists on the power-play goal, which was not awarded until video review. Dries sealed the win with an empty-net goal, assisted by Peter Boyd and Cory Schneider, at 19:50. Shots were 15-7 in favor of the Buckeyes, including 8-0 to start the period. Ohio State had three power-play chances in the stanza.
Heeter played all 60 minutes for the Buckeyes and had 24 saves on 25 shots. Madore played 58:35 and had 33 saves, allowing two goals, for the Catmounts. Ohio State outshot Vermont, 36-25, in the game.
The Buckeyes were 2-for-8 on the power play in the contest and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.
Postgame Notes: An Ohio State hockey in the NHL update: Former Buckeyes scored back-to-back NHL goals – for different teams – tonight. Zac Dalpe was just called up to Carolina and netted his first NHL goal. Rod Pelley answered for the Devils just over 3:00 later. Dave Steckel is the first Buckeye to play in the NHL Winter Classic, starting for the Capitals tonight.
Somma now has 11 goals to lead the team, followed by Dries with 10. Somma has a team-best 19 points on the year. Sims is first with 13 assists.
Dries had his second multiple-goal game of the year and has four goals in his last three games combined. Somma is on a three-game goal-scoring streak, with four goals in the stretch, and has points in all but four games this year.
Sims had two assists for the third time this season and the second time in the last three games. He has five helpers in his last three games combined.