Oct. 8, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team fell to Quinnipiac, 4-3, Saturday night in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes, down 4-0 after the first period, outscored the Bobcats 3-0 over the final 40 minutes, including an extra-attacker goal in the final minute, but could not get the equalizer. The teams split the series to open the regular season after a 2-1 Buckeye victory Friday night.
Quinnipiac led 4-0 after the first period, including two power-play goals. The Bobcats got on the board at 4:40 when Russell Goodman scored unassisted off the rush. Jeremy Langlois followed with back-to-back power-play goals in just under four minutes. With the Buckeyes killing a major penalty, Ohio State was assessed a minor, giving the Bobcats a 5×3 for two minutes. Quinnipiac wasted little time, scoring 16 seconds into the two-man advantage, with Langlois tallying from Matthew Peca and Kellen Jones. At 11:23 he Buckeyes received a too many men on the ice penalty and Langlois scored 10 seconds later, with assists from Zack Currie and Loren Barron. The final goal came at 16:48 when Connor Jones redirected a pass from Kellen Jones. Shots were 16-6 in favor of Quinnipiac in the period. Senior Cal Heeter started for the game for the Buckeyes and had four saves in 11:43 before he was replaced by junior Brady Hjelle. Hjelle had eight saves on nine shots in the final 8:17.
With two goals in the second period, Ohio State cut the Bobcats’ lead in half (4-2) after 40 minutes. At 11:46 of the second freshman Matt Johnson scored on the fly, as a pass from classmate Ryan Dzingel led him into the zone. Rookie Chad Niddery had the second assist on the goal. At 15:32 senior Cory Schneider’s shot from the side of the net went off the Quinnipiac goalie and in, with assists from sophomore Travis Statchuk and junior Devon Krogh. Ohio State outshot Quinnipiac, 9-7, in the stanza and each team had one power-play chance in the period.
The Buckeyes continued to battle and with time winding down, pulled Hjelle for the extra attacker. With 1:31 left in regulation senior Danny Dries put the puck in the net for the Buckeyes, but the referee ruled it had been hit with a high stick and the call was upheld by video review. Less than 30 seconds later the Buckeyes did draw within one, as Dzingel was able to put home a loose puck from just outside the crease, with the assists going to Johnson and junior Alex Carlson. Ohio State had more chances as time wound down, but suffered the one-goal non-conference loss. Shots were 10-6 Quinnipiac in the period.
Ohio State was outshot, 33-21, in the game. Hjelle, who played 46:40, ended the game with 25 saves for the Buckeyes, stopping the last 19 shots he faced. Eric Hartzell had 18 saves for the Bobcats.
Ohio State was 6-for-8 on the penalty kill, facing five Quinnipiac chances in the first period. The Buckeyes were unable to score on their four opportunities.
The Buckeyes will be on the road the next two weeks, traveling to Notre Dame Oct. 14-15 and Michigan State Oct. 20-21. The team will return to Value City Arena Oct. 27-28 when it hosts Alaska.
Johnson’s goal was the first point of his career, while Niddery’s assist was his first collegiate point. Dzingel recorded his first assist after a goal in the opener Friday.
With a goal and assist each, Johnson and Dzingel each had the first multiple-point games of their careers and for a Buckeye this year.
Dzingel led the Buckeyes with three points in the series, with a goal in each game.
Hjelle saw his first regular-season game action for the Scarlet and Gray.
Mark Osiecki, Ohio State head coach
On first period penalties
“The first period was difficult. That’s a lot of minutes to have to kill with a young team. Until you watch you don’t know which ones were smart plays and which ones were not. But you want the guys to be aggressive.”
On Ohio State’s play
“Almost throw the first 20 minutes out the window. We never had an opportunity (with penalties). How do you get in the flow of the game? The second and third periods were good responses. It easily could have gone 7-0. The response was outstanding for us.”
On pulling goalie Cal Heeter early in the game
“I don’t want to leave Cal (Heeter) in there if the guys are not responding well. If the guys are not playing to our liking at the start let’s not leave him high and dry.”
Devon Krogh, Ohio State junior defenseman
On the first period “It was tough to kill all the penalties. It’s hard for the guys to get into the flow of the game. It wasn’t what we wanted to do, but we know how we have to get better now.”
On the team’s mentality after the first period
“When we went into the lockerroom down after the first period we knew it wasn’t the start we wanted. But we rallied in the second and third periods after we had a heart-to-heart in the lockerroom.”
Matt Johnson, Ohio State freshman forward
On the first period “We went into the lockerroom after the first knowing we didn’t play our game, but we came out in the second period and started to make strides for our comeback.”
On the team’s attitude
“It’s never your train of thought to think you can’t come back. You have to stay positive regardless of the score. You start to play your game by playing hard and relentless and good things will start to happen.”
Rand Pecknold, Quinnipiac head coach
On the Bobcat’s first goal of the game
“The first goal was huge. Goodman ripped one under the bar and gave us a lot of confidence. I think it really set up the power play nicely, which helped us build a lead.”
On the series split
“I’m really not happy with the spilt, to be honest. We have a pretty good team this year, and while I respect Ohio State and the way Oz [Mark Osiecki] coaches, I felt we would be able to jump on their freshmen and pick up three points.”
Jeremy Langlois, Quinnipiac junior forward
On the Bobcats’ two power-play goals in the first quarter
“The power play was big for us. When you have the type of success we had on the power play early on, it really sets the tone for the rest of the game.”
On his team’s performance compared to Friday night
“We focused on doing the little things better tonight, getting pucks deep and creating better movement on the power play. Those types of things can make all the difference between a win and a loss.”