OXFORD, Ohio – Sergio Somma’s goal in overtime lifted the Ohio State men’s hockey team to a 5-4 win over No. 1/2 Miami and tied the CCHA quarterfinal series at a game each. The teams will play at 7:05 p.m. Sunday in Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, with the winner going to the CCHA semifinals. Tickets will go on sale at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Goggin Arena lobby.

The Buckeyes led 3-0 early in the second before Miami cut the score to 3-2 after two periods. Ohio State made the score 4-2 at 14:55 of the third but Miami scored twice in the final 3:02 to force overtime, tallying a shorthanded goal at 16:58 and the game-tying goal at 18:40. The RedHawks had rallied from two goals down in the third period to tie the game with 1:20 left in regulation.

In the game, sophomore Zac Dalpe had a goal and three assists for four points to lead the Buckeye attack, including an assist on the gamewinner. Junior goalie Dustin Carlson had 42 saves in the game, his second game with more than 40 saves in the last three outings, making 33 saves in the second and third periods combined.

Ohio State led 2-0 after the first period. Junior John Albert drew a penalty just 1:23 into the game and the Buckeyes converted the power play chance. Junior defenseman Shane Sims led Albert through the neutral zone and he weaved his way into the RedHawk zone. He dropped a pass to leading goal scorer Dalpe, who scored on a quick shot short side. At 17:24 Ohio State went ahead 2-0. Senior Mathieu Picard got the puck up to junior Kyle Reed and he chipped it off the boards up to Schafer. He got to the front of the net on a partial breakaway and with a Miami played all over him (the referee’s hand was up for a penalty call), Schafer put a backhand up and over Miami goalie Cody Reichard. Shots were 9-6 in favor of the Buckeyes in the period.

Ohio State extended the lead to 3-0 at 6:57 of the second period. Steven Spinell was assessed a major for checking from behind against Hunter Bishop at 5:55. Off the faceoff a Buckeye was given a minor for faceoff interference, putting the teams 4-on-4. Dalpe and Bishop rushed up ice and Dalpe passed from the wall to Bishop crashing the net, where he redirected it in for his sixth goal in the last three games. Miami cut the lead to one (3-2) with two goals in less than four minutes late in the period. At 14:19 Trent Vogelhuber redirected a shot from the slot to put Miami on the board. At 18:24 Pat Cannone tallied to make the score 3-2. The RedHawks outshot the Buckeyes, 19-4, in the period, with Carlson making 17 saves.

The teams combined for three goals in the final 5:05 of regulation, sending the game to overtime. Matt Bartkowski put Ohio State up 4-2 at 14:55, as Boyd won a faceoff to open up a power play and passed to Dalpe, who got the puck over to Bartkowski who scored on a one-timer from the point. At 16:58, with Ohio State on another power play, Miami scored to cut it to 4-3. The Buckeyes were unable keep the puck in at the point and Miami went in 2-on-1, with Vincent LoVerde scoring on the fly off an assist from Camper. Cannone scored unassisted at 18:40 to tie the game. Shots were 18-4 in favor of Miami in the period.

In overtime, each goalie made three saves before Miami’s defense pinched at the Ohio State blueline, sending the Buckeyes’ AAA line in on a 3-on-1. Dalpe started the rush from deep in the Buckeye zone, sending Boyd down the right wing. Boyd put a shot on net and the rebound went to Somma crashing the net. He was able to get his stick on the puck and redirected it into the net at 6:35 to send the series to a third game.

Shots were 46-21 in the game in favor of the RedHawks. Carlson played 66:24 and had 42 saves. Reichard played 66:32 and had 16 saves.

The Buckeyes were 2-for-5 on the power play in the game and held the RedHawks scoreless on four chances, including 1:07 of a 5-on-3 advantage in the third period while holding a one-goal lead.

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2009-10
Ohio State vs #2 Miami (Mar 13, 2010 at Oxford, Ohio)

Ohio State (15-17-6, No. 8 seed) vs. Miami (25-6-7, No. 1 seed)
Date: Mar 13, 2010 Location: Oxford, Ohio Arena: Steve Cady
Attendance:3058 Start time:7:05 pm End time:9:40 Total time:2:35

Goals by Period 1 2 3 OT Total
Ohio State 2 1 1 1 5
Miami 0 2 2 0 4

1st period – 1, OSU, Zac Dalpe/21 (John Albert/23, Shane Sims/12)
2:21 (pp). 2, OSU, Patrick Schafer/4 (Kyle Reed/5, Mathieu Picard/6)
17:24. Penalties – Trent Vogelhuber, MIA (interference) 1:23; C.J.
Severyn, OSU (faceoff interference) 5:58.

2nd period – 3, OSU, Hunter Bishop/15 (Zac Dalpe/21) 6:57. 4, MIA,
Trent Vogelhuber/7 (Brandon Smith/4, Pat Cannone/16) 14:49. 5, MIA,
Pat Cannone/11 (Jarod Palmer/27) 18:24. Penalties – Steven Spinell,
MIA (checking from behind) 5:55; Steven Spinell, MIA (game misconduct)
5:55; Peter Boyd, OSU (faceoff interference) 5:58; Tommy Wingels, MIA
(kneeing) 10:43; Kyle Reed, OSU (cth high-sticking) 10:43; Curtis
McKenzie, MIA (cth elbowing) 19:58.

3rd period – 6, OSU, Matt Bartkowski/6 (Zac Dalpe/21, Peter
Boyd/26) 14:55 (pp). 7, MIA, Vincent LoVerde/3 (Carter Camper/23,
Tommy Wingels/23) 16:58 (sh). 8, MIA, Pat Cannone/11 18:40. Penalties
– Chris Reed, OSU (cth high-sticking) 3:38; Shane Sims, OSU (tripping)
4:48; Sergio Somma, OSU (boarding) 6:32; Trent Vogelhuber, MIA (cth
elbowing) 14:51; Joe Hartman, MIA (cth roughing) 16:33.

OT period – 9, OSU, Sergio Somma/15 (Peter Boyd/27, Zac Dalpe/22)
6:35. Penalties –

Shots on goal – OSU 9-4-4-4 21; MIA 6-19-18-3 46.

Power plays – OSU 2 of 5; MIA 0 of 4.

Penalties – OSU 6 (12 min); MIA 7 (25 min).

Goalies – OSU, Dustin Carlson 6-11-4 (66:24 minutes, 46 shots-42
saves) , EMPTY NET (00:11, 0-0); MIA, Cody Reichard 18-3-3 (66:32,
21-16) , EMPTY NET (00:03, 0-0).

Penalty shots – None.

A-3058 T-2:35
Three stars: 1. Sergio Somma 2. Zac Dalpe 3. Pat Cannone
Ref: Mark Wilkins; Keith Sergott Line: Bruce Vida; Keith Sergott
Win-Dustin Carlson (6-11-4). Loss-Cody Reichard (18-3-3).