Jan. 20, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 5-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team scored three unanswered goals but it wasn’t enough as its comeback bid fell short in a 4-3 loss to No. 13/14 Ferris State Friday night in Value City Arena.
Ohio State trailed 4-1 after the second period and drew within one with two goals in less than three minutes in the third period. The Buckeyes had a late major power play – which turned into a 5-on-3 advantage – but were unable to get the equalizer. Freshman Darik Angeli led the Buckeyes with two points on a goal and an assist, with classmate Tanner Fritz and sophomore Chris Crane also scoring.
Ohio State (14-7-3, 10-6-3-1 CCHA) and Ferris State (15-8-2, 9-6-2-0 CCHA) will close the series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena on Military Appreciation Night. Items will be collected at the arena for Operation Buckeye, which sends them to U.S troops. Needed items include hygiene items, chewing gum, tuna packets, toothpaste, hot chocolate packets, ramen noodles, q-tips, hand/foot warmers, small packets of peanuts, granola bars, beanie babies and beef jerky. In addition, Ohio State will wear camouflage jerseys and a silent auction will be held on the concourse for the jerseys during the game Saturday night. Proceeds from the jersey auction will be donated to Defending the Blue Line charities. In addition, the five Buckeye NHL draft picks – Crane, Ryan Dzingel, Ben Gallacher, Curtis Gedig and Max McCormick – will sign autographs postgame.
Friday night, Ferris State led 2-0 after the opening 20 minutes. At 6:23 the Bulldogs converted their first power play of the night when Jordie Johnston put in the rebound of a Simon Denis shot. At 15:19 the Bulldogs’ Eric Alexander picked up the puck and passed to Kyle Bonis who was coming down the left wing. He skated into the Buckeye zone and scored on a backhand. Shots were 14-8 in favor of Ferris State in the period, with Brady Hjelle making 12 saves in the Ohio State net. Each team had two power plays in the stanza, with the Bulldogs 1-for-2.
The teams ended the second period with Ferris State ahead, 4-1. At 4:14 Eric Alexander scored a power play goal from the slot and at 7:00 Chad Billins scored on a one-timer on a 5-on-3 advantage. At 13:20 of the period Ohio State got on the board. Danny Dries brought the puck into the zone and it went to Darik Angeli, who was able to beat his defender and pass across the slot to Tanner Fritz, who redirected it for his third goal of the season. The Bulldogs were 2-for-4 on the period with the man advantage and Ohio State had one chance. Ohio State was outshot, 16-12, in the period. Hjelle had five saves before he was replaced by Cal Heeter, who stopped all nine shots he faced.
Ohio State outscored Ferris State, 2-0, in the third and outshot the Bulldogs, 13-2. At 10:09 Crane redirected a shot from freshman Justin DaSilva, with rookie Al McLean picking up the second assist, to cut the Bulldog lead in half (4-2). At 12:39 FSU’s Alexander was assessed a major for contact to the head and Ohio State scored just seven seconds into the advantage, as Angeli scored from the faceoff circle, assisted by Sean Duddy and Curtis Gedig after a Buckeye faceoff win. Midway through the major another Bulldog was assessed a penalty, giving Ohio State a 5-on-3 advantage for nearly two minutes, but the Buckeyes were unable to convert. The team pulled Heeter for the extra attacker late in the stanza as well, but the Bulldogs held Ohio State off the scoreboard. Ohio State did not take a penalty in the period and was 1-for-5 on the power play in the stanza.
For the game, Ohio State outshot Ferris Sate, 33-32. Hjelle played 26:53 and took the loss, allowing all four Bulldog goals and making 17 saves. Heeter played 32:00 and did not allow a goal on 11 shots. Ferris State’s Taylor Nelson had 30 saves while playing all 60 minutes.
Ferris State won the special teams battle, going 3-for-6 on the power play and 6-for-7 on the penalty kill.
Crane now leads the Buckeyes with 14 goals and 23 points. He has goals in eight of the last 11 games and a point in nine of the last 11 outings.
Ohio State is on a five-game winless streak (0-3-2) and has lost its last three games.
Angeli had the second two-point night of his collegiate career and first since scoring two goals at Michigan Nov. 18.
Duddy now shares the team assist lead with Ryan Dzingel with 12 each.
Dries is second on the squad with 19 points and now has 95 points in his career.
The Bulldogs’ first-period power play goal was the first allowed by the Buckeyes in three games and ended a streak of 10-conseutive scoreless attempts against.
Mark Osiecki, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“The guys played like it was 4-0 until the end. We are just disappointed. We tried to be smart after last weekend with the travel and playing outdoors. We gave some time off for physical and mental reasons. We didn’t do a good enough job with the preparation.”
On the play of Brady Hjelle
“We have to do some things well in front of our goaltenders. We did not help on three of their four goals. It made it tough for [Hjelle].”
Sean Duddy, Ohio State senior defenseman
On the team’s performance
“It was a tough loss no doubt. We didn’t give up but that’s not good enough. We have to come out and do better tomorrow. [Co-captain Cory] Schneider and I have to do a better job getting the guys going. It will get better.”
On the defensive effort
“It all starts with our team defense. It wasn’t good enough tonight and that starts with me. We were trying to force some plays a bit. We drew up some nice plays but just didn’t execute.”
Bob Daniels, Ferris State head coach
On his team’s power play
“We’ve been starting to score on the power play of late after a stretch of going about 1-for-9, so for us to be scoring on the power play is a relief. Goals don’t come easy in this league, so it’s very important to convert with a man advantage.”
On the change of momentum in the third period
“We were sleepwalking. Obviously you don’t get a whole lot of practice with three or four goal leads and that was evident. At the same time, Ohio State was extremely hungry in the third period, really attacking the net and playing hard.”
On taking advantage of scoring opportunities
“It seemed like every bounce went our way early on. I’m not trying to downgrade what we did, because we took advantage of the extra opportunities, but it was one of those games where the puck bounced in our favor.”