COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team dropped a 4-1 decision to Alaska Friday in game one of a Central Collegiate Hockey Association series. The two-game set will wrap up at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena on Military Appreciation Day. Fans are encouraged to bring individually packaged items to donate to Operation Buckeye that will be sent to troops deployed overseas. For a complete list of items needed, visit Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel and Michael Leach, a Wounded Warrior, will drop the puck pregame.

The teams were tied at 1 after the first, scoring both goals in a 1:04 span. Andy Taranto opened the scoring at 14:51, taking a pass from Dustin Sather and scoring high. Buckeye sophomore Cory Schneider responded at 15:55, picking up a turnover in the Alaska zone and scoring five-hole unassisted, marking his second goal of the season. Alaska outshot the Buckeyes in the period, 10-9. There was just one penalty called in the period, with the Buckeyes holding the Nanooks scoreless on the power play.

Alaska scored the only two goals of the second period to take a 3-1 lead. At 4:15 Taranto scored his second of the night, tallying from the left faceoff circle. At 14:41 Bryant Molle tallied just four seconds after a Nanook power play expired, scoring from the blue line on a screen. Shots were 11-6 in favor of the Buckeyes in the period. Ohio State did not score on one full power-play chance, with a second opportunity carrying over into the third period. Alaska was 1-for-2 with the man advantage.

The only goal scored in the third was an empty-net tally by Taranto to complete his hat trick. The Buckeyes had chances, outshooting the Nanooks, 14-5, including six shots on a power-play chances with less than nine minutes remaining, but could not draw closer.

For the game, Ohio State outshot Alaska, 34-21. Cal Heeter had 17 saves in 59 minutes in the Buckeye net. Scott Greenham played all 60 minutes and had 33 saves for the Nanooks.

Ohio State was scoreless on the power play for the first time in 10 games, going 0-for-3. Alaska was 1-for-4 with the man advantage.

Postgame Quotes
John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On his team’s overall performance
“It all starts with effort. After they got two goals we were flat out there, but Alaska definitely played well. We just didn’t get any rebounds. The way we played tonight was totally out of character for the way we’ve been since break.  We’ve constantly been telling that guys they need to shoot the puck when we have two-on-one opportunities. Tonight we paid dearly for it.”
On playing again Saturday night
“We need to have a better second effort out of our guys and I know we can play better. Tonight we fell off the horse and we have to get back on before tomorrow.”
On Cory Schneider
“Schneider had energy and he played better for us. He must have seen an opening with all the bumps and bruises we’ve had lately and he’s been practicing hard.”
Sergio Somma, Ohio State junior forward
On the lack of scoring for Ohio State
“We needed to get more traffic in front of the goalie. He (Scott Greenham) saw the shot and got most of them into his glove. We had trouble getting between him and the shooters.”

On the team’s play
“It’s hard to say if it was a lack of energy. We put a lot of effort into the game. It wasn’t a lack of hard work; there was just no flow and penalties got us off track. We need to play a little better tomorrow.”

Chris Reed, Ohio State junior defenseman
On the lack of scoring for Ohio State
“From a defenseman’s perspective, they were blocking shots well. There was a lot of trouble for our guys at the point. We would get past the first guy, but the second layer would pick us up quickly. There weren’t many second chances made. Tomorrow we need to get our shots to the net.”

Dallas Ferguson, Alaska head coach
On the win
“It’s a great way to start our road trip and should give us some momentum headed into tomorrow.”

On Andy Taranto’s hat trick
“He’s a goal scorer. He played a very good game overall – he took advantage of his opportunities, went hard to pucks and finished checks.”

On the Alaska defense
“It was a good team effort. We managed the puck well and limited time and space for their shooters.”

Andy Taranto, Alaska freshman forward
On his hat trick
“I have to give the credit to my teammates – they were very unselfish and gave me opportunities to score.”

On being a freshman
“I was nervous coming into the season, but we have great leadership on the team. They have really helped me out.”

Scott Greenham, sophomore goalie
On the defensive effort
“Ohio State was shooting from everywhere, but my defense did a good job of boxing out and limiting opportunities off of rebounds. They also kept most of the shots on the perimeter, which makes my job easier.”

On his performance
“I felt good from the very beginning of the game. I was just mentally ready to go, and my defense helped me out a lot as well.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2009-10
Alaska vs Ohio State (Feb 12, 2010 at Columbus, Ohio)

 Alaska (12-9-8, 9-9-7-4) vs. Ohio State (11-15-3, 9-11-3-1)
 Date: Feb 12, 2010  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Arena: Value City Arena   
 Attendance:3119   Start time:7:10 pm   End time:9:18 pm   Total time:2:08   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
 Alaska 1 2 1 4
 Ohio State 1 0 0 1
   1st period – 1, AKFM, Andy Taranto/10 (Dustin Sather/10) 14:51. 2,
OSU, Cory Schneider/2 15:55. Penalties – Mathieu Picard, OSU
(boarding) 17:11.

   2nd period – 3, AKFM, Andy Taranto/11 (Aaron Gens/10, Joe Sova/14)
4:15 (pp). 4, AKFM, Bryant Molle/2 (Justin Daigle/1, Ron Meyers/4)
14:41. Penalties – Chris Reed, OSU (o-tripping) 3:11; Bryant Molle,
AKFM (o-tripping) 5:09; Chris Reed, OSU (cross-checking) 12:37; Bryant
Molle, AKFM (interference) 19:24.

   3rd period – 5, AKFM, Andy Taranto/12 (Dion Knelsen/12, Aaron
Gens/11) 19:05 (empty net). Penalties – C.J. Severyn, OSU
(interference) 4:17; Ron Meyers, AKFM (cth high-sticking) 11:19.

   Shots on goal – AKFM 10-6-5 21; OSU 9-11-14 34.

   Power plays – AKFM 1 of 4; OSU 0 of 3.

   Penalties – AKFM 3 (6 min); OSU 4 (8 min).

   Goalies – AKFM, Scott Greenham 12-9-8 (60:00 minutes, 34 shots-33
saves); OSU, Cal Heeter 9-6-2 (59:00, 20-17) , EMPTY NET (01:00, 0-0).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-3119  T-2:08   
 Three stars: 1. Andy Taranto    2. Scott Greenham    3. Aaron Gens   
 Ref: Mark Wilkins; Matt Shegos   Line: Joe Hutek; Kyle DeMaggio
 Win-Scott Greenham (12-9-8).  Loss-Cal Heeter (9-6-2). 
 Ohio State timeout at 18:47 of the third.