Oct. 29, 1999
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Defending national champion Maine tallied two goals in a two-minute span in the third period, rallying to defeat Ohio State 3-2 before 7,707 at Value City Arena.
The Black Bears (4-0-0), ranked second in the USCHO poll and third in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll, entered the third period in a 1-1 tie with the Buckeyes, but OSU (2-5-0) grabbed the lead on a power play goal from Nick Ganga with 9:20 remaining.
Maine quickly answered to tie the game on an unassisted goal by Martin Kariya at the 7:24 mark, and the Black Bears tallied the eventual game-winning goal at the 5:21 mark on a goal from Cory Larose. Maine goaltender Matt Yeats survived a flurry of shots over the final few minutes to preserve the victory for the Black Bears.
Maine did not put its first shot on goal until the 13:56 mark of the first period, yet jumped out to a first period lead on a goal by Doug Janik.
The Buckeyes tied the score in the second. Jason Selleke passed the puck from the corner to the top of the OSU zone to Jason Crain who put a shot on goal. A perfectly positioned Eric Meloche tipped the puck past Yeats at the 8:55 mark, breaking an Ohio State scoring drought that lasted 160 minutes and 35 seconds and spanned four games. It marked Meloche’s fourth goal of the year.
Ohio State goaltender Ray Aho had a fine game for the Buckeyes, stopping 29 of the 32 shots he faced.
The Buckeyes and Black Bears square off again Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Value City Arena.