MARQUETTE, Mich. Sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson stopped 29 shots for his third shutout in the last five games and freshman Ian Boots had a goal and an assist as the Ohio State men’s hockey team shut out Northern Michigan, 2-0, Saturday in the Berry Events Center. The win earns the Buckeyes (6-6-1, 4-5-1-1 CCHA) a split of the two-game series with the Wildcats (3-8-1, 2-7-1-0 CCHA).
The teams were scoreless through the first period, with the Wildcats outshooting the Buckeyes, 11-7. Each team had one power-play chance. The Wildcats had four shots on goal on a power play chance at 8:52 when they kept the puck in the Buckeye zone the whole two minutes, but were unable to score.
The Buckeyes took a 2-0 lead in the second period, controlling play and outshooting the Wildcats, 17-4. Boots put the Buckeyes on the board at 11:20 with a 5-on-3 power-play goal from the slot, set up by sophomores John Albert and Erick Belanger. Sophomore Todd Rudasill made the score 2-0 with 2.1 remaining in the period. He kept the puck in on an NMU clearing attempt and NMU goalie Devan Hartigan made saves on Boots and Rudasill before Rudasill was able to get to a loose puck and backhand it over Hartigan for his third goal of the season. Senior Corey Elkins The Buckeyes had five power-play chances in the period and were assessed just one penalty to give NMU an advantage.
Neither team was able to score in the third period, as Carlson made 14 saves to preserve the shutout. Ohio State had six shots in the period. The Wildcats had a power-play chance with 6:30 remaining but were unable to score. Northern Michigan pulled Hartigan for the extra attacker with 2:04 remaining and had a few chances but Carlson and the Buckeye defense held strong for the shutout and series split.
Carlson ended the game with 29 saves in 59:55. Hartigan had 28 stops for the Wildcats in 57:54 between the pipes.
Ohio State was 1-for-6 on the power play in the game. Northern Michigan was 0-for-3.
Ohio State returns home next weekend for a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association series with Nebraska-Omaha Thanksgiving weekend. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 8:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.
The Buckeyes’ second-period power-play tally was their first in 21 chances.
Belanger’s assist was the second of his career and first since Nov. 8, 2007.
Boots had the third multiple point game of his career.
Elkins shares the team scoring lead with 11 points.