OXFORD, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team dropped a 6-2 decision to No. 2-ranked Miami Friday in Steve Cady Arena. The teams will close the series, and the regular season, at 8:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena. Buckeye senior Mathieu Picard will be honored in a pregame ceremony.

The Buckeyes and RedHawks were scoreless after the first period. Dustin Carlson made 11 saves in the Buckeye net, with Miami goalie Cody Reichard stopping all 14 Buckeye attempts. Each team had one power-play chance.

The RedHawks outscored the Buckeyes, 6-2, in the second period to take a commanding lead. Miami opened the scoring at 1:21 when Andy Miele converted a turnover in the Buckeye slot. The Buckeyes tied it at 3:29 when Zac Dalpe beat the Miami defense and shot wide off the back boards. He got his own rebound and came around the net, finding linemate Sergio Somma for his 12th goal of the season. Peter Boyd had the second assist on the tally, his 23rd of the year. The RedHawks regained the lead just 25 seconds later when Pat Cannone found Trent Vogelhuber at the far post. The RedHawks scored four goals in a 5:34 span. Justin Vaive tallied at 9:01 and Tommy Wingels scored at 11:14. Jarod Palmer scored on the power play and Vincent LoVerde tallied 17 seconds later. John Albert ended the RedHawks’ run when he stuffed the puck home after Ian Boots brought it to the net. The RedHawks outshot the Buckeyes in the period, 15-7.

Neither team scored in the third period, as Reichard stopped all 14 shots he faced. Buckeye goalie Cal Heeter, who replaced Carlson in the second, turned away nine shots.

Each team put 35 shots on net in the game. Carlson started for the Buckeyes and made 19 saves in 31:14, allowing four goals and taking the loss. Heeter played the final 26:50 and had 10 saves on 12 shots. Reichard played 59:59 and had 33 saves.

The Buckeyes were held scoreless on five power-play chances. Miami was 1-for-3 with the man advantage.

Postgame Notes

The Buckeyes remain in eighth place in the CCHA standings after a loss by Lake Superior State, who is three points back. One point or more by the Buckeyes Saturday gives Ohio State the final home-ice berth for the first round of the CCHA tournament.

Dalpe improved his point total to 37 with his 18th assist of the year. He has a one-point lead in the CCHA scoring race entering the final game of the regular season.

Somma now has a career-high 12 goals and has matched his career-high point total with 25.


Ohio State (OSU) at Miami (MIA)
Date: Friday, February 26, 2010
Conference Game
Attendance: 3508
Start Time: 8:05 pm  End Time: 10:30 pm  Total Time: 2:25

Scoring by Period – OSU 0-2-0=2; MIA 0-6-0=6

1st Period
Scoring – None
Penalties – Jarod Palmer, MIA (Cross-Checking) 7:52; Peter Boyd, OSU (Tripping) 13:39; Ian Boots, OSU (O-TRIPPING) 17:41; Chris Wideman, MIA (Interference) 17:41

2nd Period
Scoring – 1, MIA Andy Miele/13 1:21
2, OSU Sergio Somma/12 (Zac Dalpe/18, Peter Boyd/23) 3:28
3, MIA Trent Vogelhuber/6 (Pat Cannone/14, Dane Hetland/2) 3:53
4, MIA Justin Vaive/5 (Joe Hartman/8, Will Weber/9) 9:01 (GW)
5, MIA Tommy Wingels/16 (Carter Camper/22, Vincent LoVerde/7) 11:14
6, MIA Jarod Palmer/16 (Andy Miele/25, Reilly Smith/9) 14:18 (PP)
7, MIA Vincent LoVerde/2 (Jarod Palmer/24, Reilly Smith/10) 14:35
8, OSU John Albert/6 (Ian Boots/3) 18:04
Penalties – Hunter Bishop, OSU (Slashing) 12:53; Joe Hartman, MIA (Tripping) 15:47

3rd Period
Scoring – None
Penalties – Dane Hetland, MIA (Interference) 5:05; Peter Boyd, OSU (O-HOLDING) 6:41; Jarod Palmer, MIA (Cross-Checking) 10:41; Will Weber, MIA (Roughing) 18:04

Ohio State Goaltending – Dustin Carlson (31:14, 23 shots, 19 saves, 4 GA); Cal Heeter (28:46, 12 shots, 10 saves, 2 GA)

Miami Goaltending – Cody Reichard (59:59, 35 shots, 33 saves, 2 GA); Empty Net (0:01, 0 GA)

Win – Cody Reichard, MIA (17-2-3). Loss – Dustin Carlson, OSU (3-10-3).

Shots On Goal – OSU 14-7-14=35; MIA 11-15-9=35

Power Plays – OSU 0 of 5; MIA 1 of 3

Penalties – OSU 4 (8 min); MIA 6 (12 min)

Three Stars: 1. Andy Miele (Miami) 2. Jarod Palmer (Miami) 3. Reilly Smith (Miami)

Referees: Barry Pochmara, Kevin Langseth  Assistant Referees: T.J. Likens, Patrick Bracco