Feb. 9, 2013

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team lost its series opener at Alaska, 6-1, Friday night at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Buckeyes (11-12-6, 9-7-4-1 CCHA) and Nanooks (13-10-4, 11-9-3-1 CCHA) will close the series at 7:05 p.m. AT/11:05 p.m. ET Saturday in Fairbanks.

The teams were tied at 1 after the first period. Junior Alex Szczechura opened the scoring for the Buckeyes with his seventh goal of the season, taking a pass from sophomore Max McCormickand sliding his shot past Nanook goalie John Keeney. McCormick is now third on the team with 17 points, while Szczechura ranks fourth with 15. At 16:29 Colton Beck tied the game, redirecting a pass. Shots were 9-5 in favor of Alaska in the stanza. No penalties were called in the period.

Just 56 seconds into the second period Andy Taranto put the Nanooks ahead, scoring on a rebound. At 5:32 Nolan Youngmun made it 3-1 and Beck added a tally at 10:22 for a 4-1 Nanook advantage. The Nanooks outshot the Buckeyes, 14-10, in the period and had the lone power play chance.

In the third, Alaska’s Nik Yaremchuk scored at 2:17 and Beck completed his hat trick with 1:34 left in regulation, scoring with the teams skating 4-on-4. Alaska had eight shots in the period, with the Buckeyes putting four on net.

Alaska outshot Ohio State, 31-20, in the contest, marking an Ohio State season-low for shots on goal. Buckeye senior Brady Hjelle started the game and played the first 30:22, making 16 saves and allowing four goals. Freshman Collin Olsonplayed 29:27 and had nine saves, allowing two goals. Nanook goalie Keeney made 19 saves while playing all 60 minutes. Ohio State was unable to score on one short power play, with Alaska 0-for-2.

The Buckeyes were scoreless on one power play chance, with Alaska 0-for-3 in the game.

The matchup marked just the fourth time this season Ohio State allowed more than three goals.