PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Ohio State men’s hockey team tied Robert Morris, 5-all, Friday evening in a non-conference game in Mellon Arena in front of 4,301 fans. Buckeye freshman Kyle Reed led the squad with three points and junior Nick Biondo had his first career multiple-point game with a goal and an assist. Seniors Jason DeSantis and Tommy Goebel each chipped in a goal and an assist in the contest and Tom Fritsche had two helpers.
The Buckeyes (2-8-1) and Colonials (5-3-1) will close out the home-and-home series at 2:05 p.m. Sunday in Value City Arena in Columbus.
Ohio State led 2-1 at the end of the first period on goals by Goebel and Biondo, both Parma, Ohio, natives. Goebel opened the scoring a 2:41, picking up the puck from freshman Shane Sims following a Tom Fritsche faceoff win deep in the Buckeye zone with the teams skating 4-on-4. Goebel skated down the right wing and beat RMU goalie Christian Boucher low for his third goal of the season. The Colonials tied the game with a power-play goal by Nathan Longpre at 11:36, as Ryan Cruthers found him backdoor to tie the game at 1. Biondo tallied his first goal of the season at 16:19, taking a pass from Reed from near the boards at the right side of the net and scoring from the point, as the puck deflected off an RMU player and past the goalie. Ohio State had seven shots in the period, Robert Morris eight. The Colonials had three power-play attempts, including a 46-second 5-on-3, and scored once, while Ohio State was 0-for-1.
The teams combined for seven goals in the second period, going into intermission tied at 5. Reed scored off a 2-on-1 rush with DeSantis at 1:53 of the second period with the teams skating 4-on-4. DeSantis then scored a goal of his own 1:07 later (3:00) with Ohio State on the power play. His close shot eventually trickled under the RMU goalie for his first goal of the season, with Biondoand Fritsche picking up the assists. RMU’s Jason Towsley tallied at 5:21 to make the score 4-2. OSU responded less than three minutes later when senior Kyle Hood scored on his second attempt from just outside the crease after taking a pass from Goebel. Reed also assisted on the goal, which came at 8:05. The Colonials cut the margin back to two 54 seconds later on Denny Urban’s unassisted score. RMU tied the game with two goals in the final 3:23 of the period, with Chris Margott scoring at 16:37 and Cruthers adding a power-play goal at 18:55. RMU put nine shots on goal in the period and Ohio State had eight. Each team scored a power-play goal, as Ohio State was 1-for-3 with the man advantage and Robert Morris was 1-for-2.
There was no scoring in the third period as the teams went into overtime tied at 5. The Buckeyes had a power-play chance with 52 seconds remaining in regulation but did not convert, as the man advantage carried into the extra session. Ohio State outshot RMU in the period, 9-6.
The game ended tied, as the teams did not score in the sudden-victory period. The Buckeyes did not convert on the remainder of the carry-over power play. The Colonials had a power-play chance with 2:23 remaining, but Ohio State held them scoreless. Biondo kept the game tied, blocking a clean chance from the side of the net with RMU on the power play. Ohio State had a final power-play chance with 16 seconds remaining, but did not score.
For the game, each team had 24 shots. Buckeye goalie Joseph Palmer played all 60 minutes, making 19 saves. For Robert Morris, Boucher played the first 28:05 and made six saves, allowing five goals. He was replaced by Wes Russell, who played the final 36:55 and had 13 stops while keeping the Buckeyes scoreless and picking up the decision.
The Buckeye ended the game 1-for-7 on the power play and Robert Morris converted 2-of-6 chances.
Reed’s goal was the first of his career. He ended the game with a goal and career-best two assists for three points, marking a season high for the Buckeyes this season.
Sims’ assist was his first point as a Buckeye.
Biondo had the first multiple-point game of his Buckeye career.
DeSantis’ two points (1g, 1a) marked his first two-point game of the year and his first since Nov. 9, 2006 vs. Western Michigan (0-2-2). Goebel’s first multiple-point game (1g, 1a) of the season was his first since Jan. 26 at Lake Superior State.
The tie was the Buckeyes’ first since Jan. 19 at Miami (2-2).
With two assists, Fritsche now has 96 career points (29g, 67a).
Mellon Arena is home of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. Current Penguin player and Pittsburgh native Ryan Malone, who played collegiately at St. Cloud State, took part in a ceremonial puck drop before the game.
Buckeye freshmen Sergio Somma and C.J. Severyn are Pittsburgh-area natives, as is assistant coach Jason Lammers.