OXFORD, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team battled, but dropped a 2-1 decision to No. 1/2-ranked and No. 1 seed Miami in the third game of the CCHA quarterfinals in Steve Cady Arena Sunday. The RedHawks, who won the opener, 6-2, win the series, 2-1, and advance to the CCHA semifinals. Ohio State ends its season with the loss after tying the series with a 5-4 win in overtime Saturday.

The teams skated through the first period scoreless, with Buckeye goalie Dustin Carlson stopping all 10 shots he faced as the RedHawks outshot the Buckeyes, 10-2. Ohio State held the RedHawks scoreless on the only power play of the period.

The RedHawks opened the scoring at 9:15 of the second period when Cameron Shilling’s shot from the point got through. Shots were 10-9 in favor of the Buckeyes in the stanza and Ohio State held Miami scoreless on two power plays.

In the third, the Buckeyes carried the majority of play in the period but Miami extended its lead to 2-0 when Alden Hirschfeld carried the puck in and scored at 10:15. The RedHawks maintained the two-goal edge until Ohio State converted its first power play chance of the game after Will Weber was given a penalty for cross-checking at 13:26. Zac Dalpe got the puck by the Miami blue line and weaved through traffic, where he found John Albert at the far left post. Albert passed through the slot to C.J. Severyn stationed at the right post, who tapped it in before Miami goalie Connor Knapp could get in position. Still trailing by one, the Buckeyes had a power play begin with 1:33 remaining in regulation but the advantage was ended when a Buckeye player was assessed an interference call 22 seconds later. The teams skated 4-on-4 and Ohio State then took a 5-on-4 advantage with the net empty. The Buckeyes had chances at the net, but could not get one by Knapp. Ohio State outshot Miami, 11-5, in the period.

For the game, Miami outshot Ohio State, 24-23. Each goalie had 22 saves, with Carlson playing 59:03 and Knapp staying in net for all 60 minutes.

The Buckeyes were 1-for-2 on the power play in the game and held Miami scoreless on three power-play opportunities.

Ohio State, the No. 8 seed in the CCHA tournament, ends the season 15-18-6 overall.

Postgame Notes
Mathieu Picard, the lone senior for the Buckeyes, ends his career with 128 games played, with 19 goals, 23 assists and 42 points.

Dalpe, a finalist for CCHA Player of the Year honors, ends the season with a team-best 21 goals and 45 points, the most points for a Buckeye since 2005.

Peter Boyd had a team-best 27 assists and was second with 33 points. Dalpe and junior John Albert, who was third with 30 points, tied for second with 24 helpers each. Sergio Somma and Hunter Bishop tied for second with 15 goals on the year.

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2009-10
Ohio State vs #2 Miami (Mar 14, 2010 at Oxford, Ohio)

 Ohio State (15-18-6, No. 8 seed) vs. Miami (26-6-7, No. 1 seed)
 Date: Mar 14, 2010  Location: Oxford, Ohio          Arena: Steve Cady         
 Attendance:2245   Start time:7:05 pm   End time:9:10 pm   Total time:2:05   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
 Ohio State 0 0 1 1
 Miami 0 1 1 2
   1st period – Penalties – Andy Miele, MIA (unsportsmanlike conduct)
17:26; Matt Bartkowski, OSU (slashing) 17:26; Chris Reed, OSU
(o-hooking) 19:50.

   2nd period – 1, MIA, Cameron Schilling/3 (Vincent LoVerde/8, Tommy
Wingels/24) 9:15. Penalties – Hunter Bishop, OSU (cth elbowing) 10:21;
Matt Bartkowski, OSU (holding) 17:49.

   3rd period – 2, MIA, Alden Hirschfeld/6 (Tommy Wingels/25, Cameron
Schilling/16) 10:15. 3, OSU, C.J. Severyn/9 (John Albert/24, Zac
Dalpe/24) 14:20 (pp). Penalties – Will Weber, MIA (cross-checking)
13:26; Matt Tomassoni, MIA (cth elbowing) 18:27; Kyle Reed, OSU
(interference) 18:49.

   Shots on goal – OSU 2-10-11 23; MIA 10-9-5 24.

   Power plays – OSU 1 of 2; MIA 0 of 3.

   Penalties – OSU 5 (10 min); MIA 3 (6 min).

   Goalies – OSU, Dustin Carlson 6-12-4 (59:03 minutes, 24 shots-22
saves) , EMPTY NET (00:57, 0-0); MIA, Connor Knapp 8-3-4 (60:00,

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-2245  T-2:05   
 Three stars: 1. Connor Knapp    2. Alden Hirschfeld    3. Dustin Carlson   
 Ref: Mark Wilkins; Keith Sergott   Line: Timothy J. Likens; Bruce Vida
 Win-Connor Knapp (8-3-4).  Loss-Dustin Carlson (6-12-4). 
 Winner advances to CCHA Semifinal Friday vs. UM