FAIRBANKS, Alaska With a 4-2 win over Alaska Saturday night, the Ohio State men’s hockey team tied the CCHA quarterfinal best-of-three series at one game each, forcing a decisive game three. The winner of the game between the No. 5 seed Buckeyes (23-13-4) and No. 4 seed Nanooks (16-14-6), set for 6:05 p.m. AT/10:05 p.m. ET Sunday in the Carlson Center, earns a spot in the CCHA Championship semifinals at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit next weekend.

Sophomore Kyle Reed led the Buckeye with two goals, as Corey Toy and Sergio Somma each had two assists and goalie Dustin Carlson had 31 saves, including 16 in the third period. Reed opened the scoring at 4:23 of the first and Shane Sims added a goal to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead after one. The squads traded goals in the second, with Ohio State taking a 3-1 lead into intermission. The Nanooks drew within one (3-2) just 26 seconds into the third on a shorthanded goal by Dion Knelsen but Cory Schneider found C.J. Severyn for a goal a little more than four minutes later to regain Ohio State’s two-goal lead.  Alaska closed out the game with a 6-on-4 advantage with an empty net on a power play, but the Buckeyes held strong for the win.

Ohio State led 2-0 after the first period. Reed opened the scoring at 4:23 with his seventh goal of the year. Toy passed to his d-partner Matt Bartkowski, who got the puck down low to Reed at the right faceoff circle. His snapshot beat UAF goalie Chad Johnson short-side, going right under the crossbar. Sims made the score 2-0 when his wide shot from the point deflected off a Nanook defender’s skate and into the net. Somma and Fairbanks native Hunter Bishop assisted on the power-play tally at 15:26. The Buckeyes outshot the Nanooks, 14-7, in the opening period. Ohio State converted 1-of-2 power-play chances, with Alaska 0-for-1.

Each team scored in the second period to send Ohio State into the lockerrom with a 3-1 lead. Carlson made two big saves to keep Nanooks scoreless, stopping Ryan Hohl in close and Dustin Sather on the rebound before Reed scored his second of the game at 11:14. Toy brought the puck up on a rush. His initial shot bounced off Somma in front and went to Reed, who was able to bury it for his eighth goal this season. The Nanooks got on the board at 13:22 with a power-play goal from Scott Enders. A Buckeye chance later in the period dinged off the post that would have put the Buckeyes up by three. In the period, Alaska put nine shots on net, with Ohio State getting eight shots through. Ohio State was unable to score on two power plays and carried a third chance into the third period. Alaska was 1-for-2 with the man advantage.

The Nanooks drew within one just 26 seconds into the third. Sloppy play by the Buckeyes by their own net gave Knelsen the puck and he scored from in close. At 4:46 Schneider stickhandled down low through the Nanook zone and passed to Severyn, whose shot slid under Johnson for his ninth goal of the year. Senior Zach Pelletier had the second assist on the goal. Alaska had four power-play chances in the period putting eight shots on net with the man advantage. The last chance came with 1:49 remaining and Alaska pulled Johnson for the extra skater and 6-on-4 advantage. The Nanooks were able to get five shots on net, but Carlson stopped them all. In the period, Alaska outshot Ohio State, 17-7.

For the game, Alaska outshot Ohio State, 33-29. Carlson played 59:50 and had 31 saves. Johnson had 25 stops in 57:54 between the pipes.

Each team had one power-play goal on the night. Ohio State was 1-for-5 and held the Nanooks scoreless on 6-of-7 chances.

Postgame Notes
The game was the 100th career contest for senior Corey Elkins.

Reed has his second multiple-goal game of the season and in the last six outings. He had a hat trick against Miami Feb. 27.

Toy’s two-assist game was the first multiple-point outing of his career.

Somma had his third two-point game of the season and the second two-assist game of his career and this year (Oct. 31 at Michigan).

With 980 saves this season, Carlson now ranks sixth in program history for saves in a single season. He is 17 behind fifth-place Ray Aho (997 in 2000). He has played 2120:07 in net this year, ranking eighth for a Buckeye goalie in a single year.

This is the third-consecutive year Ohio State has had a playoff series go three games.

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2008-09
#14 Ohio State vs Alaska (Mar 14, 2009 at Fairbanks, Alaska)

 Ohio State (23-13-4) vs. Alaska (16-14-6)
 Date: Mar 14, 2009  Location: Fairbanks, Alaska     Arena: Carlson Center     
 Attendance:3213   Start time:7:05 pm   End time:9:15 pm   Total time:2:10   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
 Ohio State 2 1 1 4
 Alaska 0 1 1 2
   1st period – 1, OSU, Kyle Reed/7 (Matt Bartkowski/15, Corey Toy/11)
4:23. 2, OSU, Shane Sims/7 (Sergio Somma/13, Hunter Bishop/16) 15:26
(pp). Penalties – TEAM, UAF (too many players on ice) 7:43; Corey
Elkins, OSU (boarding) 12:27; Joe Sova, UAF (tripping) 13:44.

   2nd period – 3, OSU, Kyle Reed/8 (Sergio Somma/14, Corey Toy/11)
11:14. 4, UAF, Scott Enders/3 (Kevin Petovello/11, Brandon Knelsen/10)
13:22 (pp). Penalties – Bryant Molle, UAF (tripping) 4:00; Nick
Biondo, OSU (checking from behind) 6:46; C.J. Severyn, OSU (cth
elbowing) 12:09; Joe Sova, UAF (delay of game) 14:52; Dustin Sather,
UAF (cross-checking) 19:09.

   3rd period – 5, UAF, Dion Knelsen/10 :26 (sh). 6, OSU, C.J.
Severyn/9 (Cory Schneider/2, Zach Pelletier/4) 4:46. Penalties –
Patrick Schafer, OSU (tripping) 1:44; Chris Reed, OSU (boarding) 5:54;
Sergio Somma, OSU (checking from behind) 11:07; Hunter Bishop, OSU
(tripping) 18:11.

   Shots on goal – OSU 14-8-7 29; UAF 7-9-17 33.

   Power plays – OSU 1 of 5; UAF 1 of 7.

   Penalties – OSU 7 (14 min); UAF 5 (10 min).

   Goalies – OSU, Dustin Carlson 21-10-3 (59:50 minutes, 33 shots-31
saves) , EMPTY NET (00:10, 0-0); UAF, Chad Johnson 13-14-5 (57:54,
29-25) , EMPTY NET (02:06, 0-0).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-3213  T-2:10   
 Three stars: 1. None    2. None    3. None   
 Ref: Hall, Langseth; Will Moran   Line:;
 Win-Dustin Carlson (21-10-3).  Loss-Chad Johnson (13-14-5). 
 Timeout Alaska at 18:11/3rd