Feb. 22, 2013


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey lost to Michigan, 5-3, Friday in Value City Arena to open a two-game series between the teams. Ohio State was unable to overcome a 2-0 deficit entering the final period. The Buckeyes pulled within one three times in the third period, but the Wolverines responded each time for the conference win.

The Buckeyes (13-13-7, 12-8-5-1 CCHA) and Wolverines (11-18-2, 8-15-2-2 CCHA) will close the series, and the Buckeyes’ regular-season home schedule, at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena. The five members of the Buckeyes’ senior class – Alex Carlson, Brady Hjelle, Devon Krogh, Brandon Martell and Jeff Michael – will be honored in a pregame ceremony. The entire team will be available for autographs postgame. In addition, fans are encouraged to wear red for a “Scarlet Out.”

The Wolverines scored the lone goal of the first period at 15:22, when Alex Guptill tallied, assisted by Andrew Copp and A.J. Treais. Buckeye goalie Brady Hjelle had nine saves in the period, including on a breakaway midway through the stanza. Ohio State put six shots on the Wolverine net. Michigan converted 1-of-2 power play chances and Ohio State had two full chances, with a third opportunity carrying over into the second period.

Michigan maintained its one-goal lead until just 2:31 remained in the stanza, when Jacob Trouba blasted a shot in on the power play. Each team had 14 shots in the period and Michigan had one power play, with Ohio State 0-for-2.

Each team scored three goals in the third period. Ohio State drew within one three times but the Wolverines were able to respond each time. Just 57 seconds into the period sophomore Max McCormick scored on the rush, assisted by classmate Tanner Fritz and junior Curtis Gedig, to make it a 2-1 game. Michigan regained its two-goal lead at 11:48 of the period on a tally by Luke Moffat. Fritz made it 3-2 on the first shorthanded goal of his career at 15:08, scoring on a breakaway. Guptill netted his second of the game for the Wolverines at 17:27 to again push the Michigan lead to two (4-2) but 1:18 later, with Ohio State skating with an extra attacker, sophomore Ryan Dzingel put in the rebound of a shot by freshman Craig Dalrymple. Rookie blueliner Sam Jardine had the second assist on the score, which came at 18:45. The Wolverines sealed the win 25 seconds later on an empty-net goal from Derek DeBlois. Shots were 12-10 in favor of Ohio State in the period. The Buckeyes had two power play chances and held the Wolverines scoreless on one chance.

For the game, Michigan outshot the Buckeyes, 34-32. Hjelle had 29 saves in 58:05, allowing four saves. Steve Racine made 29 saves in all 60 minutes.

Michigan was 2-for-4 on the power play and Ohio State was scoreless on six chances.

Postgame Notes
• Gedig was playing for the first time since missing the last five games with an injury. He has eight assists and 10 points this season to share the point lead among defensemen with Dalrymple.
• Fritz has six points, with two goals and four assists, in his last two games combined and has a point in nine of his last 11 games. He is first on the team with 21 assists and second with 29 points.
• McCormick is on a three-game point streak (2g, 3a, 5p) and has a point in 10 of the last 12 games. He ranks third on the squad with 22 points and is second with 10 goals.
• Dzingel has a team-high 14 goals and 31 points and has a point in each of the last four games (2g, 3a, 5p). He has a point in 10 of the last 11 outings.
• Ohio state has three or more goals in three of its last four games and is now averaging 2.4 goals a game on the season.
• The loss was the Buckeyes’ first at home in 2013, ending a 4-0-2 unbeaten streak.

Postgame Quotes
Mark Osiecki, Ohio State head coach
On Michigan’s performance
“Michigan is a good hockey club. They have a lot of top-end talent. They have four defensemen. They showed their skill tonight, certainly in the first two periods.”

On the Buckeyes’ performance
“There are a lot of outside influences going into this week. It’s Michigan Week, Parents’ Weekend and Seniors’ Weekend. We spent a lot of energy and emotion before the game and when we stepped on the gas, we didn’t have gas in the tank.”

On the emotions coming into a series against Michigan
“The kids were more vocal as the day went on. I think that’s just a young squad being excited coming into a game. They have to find a way to keep their emotions in check. We talked about that tonight in order to prepare for tomorrow.”

On facing Michigan tomorrow
“Our kids never quit. That’s the one thing about them, they never quit. Whether we win or lose, our kids are going to respond and they’re going to play well.”

On the change in Ohio State’s energy level between the second and third periods
“During the second intermission, I told them, ‘Play on your toes.’ I thought we did a better job in the third period right away. We never got to that point in the first and second period. We were a little bit too amped up at the beginning.”

Tanner Fritz, Ohio State sophomore forward
On the team being excited for the game
“I think the guys were really excited for this one, we’ve been waiting all week. I give credit to Michigan though, they played well.”

On what will have to change for the game tomorrow
“We just need to come out and be ready to compete from the start. I think if we can be better in transition that will be great.”

On power the play struggles
“They just out-competed us tonight. That’s something that can’t happen and we will have to fix for tomorrow.”

On what was missing tonight
“I felt like we played well, but Michigan was fast tonight. You have to give credit to them.”

On the third period
“I felt like we were able to settle down more in the third. We battled well and were more patient.”

On looking forward to the game tomorrow
“We know we can’t lose two in a row, especially in a rivalry game. Tomorrow will be huge for our team.”

Red Berenson, Michigan head coach
On the secret to penalty killing 
“I don’t know if there was a secret, but it was definitely a factor in the game. I give credit to our defensemen and forwards for their playmaking during that time.”

On slowing down Ohio State’s speed
“Getting the lead was important for each team. They (Ohio State) have been a good team at home and during recent games. The first goal was an important goal and our first two goals were power plays.”

On the high-scoring game
“You don’t get five goals against that team very often; we got lucky. The power plays help. I’m sure both goalies and coaches would like to have some goals back.”

On the second period
“It was a good period. You knew they (Ohio State) would bounce back when they scored the first goal. It was important for us to stay perfect.”

On the possibility of Racine starting as goalie tomorrow
“I like the fact we won the game and it was a good experience for him. He hasn’t played that much on the road and this is his first road win. We will see tomorrow.”

Jacob Trouba, Michigan freshman defenseman
On having a week off before facing Ohio State

“It gave us time to regroup after Notre Dame, time to bring it back in. We still have a shot at this season and we were able to get back on the right track again.”

On winning games on the road
“We know we are going to have to win games on the road and today was good stuff.”