FAIRBANKS, Alaska The No. 13/14 Ohio State men’s hockey team lost the series opener to Alaska Fairbanks, 4-1, Friday in the Carlson Center. The Nanooks led 2-0 after the first period and after a scoreless second, outscored the Buckeyes 2-1 in the third for the win. Kyle Reed scored the lone goal for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State, which lost back-to-back games for the first time since Oct. 31-Nov. 1, falls to 16-8-3 overall and 9-7-3-3 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The Nanooks move to 12-9-6, 10-8-5-3 in conference action. The teams will close out the series at 7:05 p.m. AT Saturday.

Alaska opened the scoring at the 5:59 mark. Brandon Knelsen’s pass from the left circle bounced off two players in front and went right to Adam Cardwell just outside the crease. With Buckeye goalie Dustin Carlson still at the left post, Cardwell was able to put it home into the open side of the net. The Nanooks extended the lead to 2-0 when Kevin Petovello put in the rebound of a Joe Sova shot from the slot at 17:48. The Buckeyes were unsuccessful on the only power-play chance of the period. Carlson made 14 saves in the stanza, as Ohio State was outshot, 16-8.

There was no scoring in the second period, as Ohio State put nine shots on net and Carlson stopped all eight Nanook attempts. The Buckeyes had two power-play chances. Alaska was unsuccessful on three opportunities, including a 5-on-3 for 51 seconds, and carried a fourth chance into the third period. The referee reviewed a possible Buckeye goal close to midway through the period, but replay showed the puck did not cross the line.

Alaska extended its lead to 3-0 with a power-play goal just 13 seconds into the third period on Ryan Hohl’s tally, assisted by Sather. The Buckeyes responded just 45 seconds later when John Albert set up Kyle Reed outside the crease, who was able to redirect it under Nanook goalie Chad Johnson. Alaska closed out the scoring when Petovello set up Ron Myers at 17:45. Ohio State had one power-play chance and Alaska converted the opportunity that carried over from the second.

For the game, Ohio State was outshot, 29-24. Carlson played 59:39 and had 25 saves while allowing four goals. Johnson had 23 saves in 59:58.

Alaska was 1-for-4 on the power play in the game and Ohio State was scoreless on four chances.
Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2008-09
#13 Ohio State vs Alaska (Jan 30, 2009 at Fairbanks, Alaska)

 Ohio State (16-8-3, 9-9-5-3 CCHA) vs. Alaska (12-9-6, 10-8-5-3 CCH)
 Date: Jan 30, 2009  Location: Fairbanks, Alaska     Arena: Carlson Center     
 Attendance:3190   Start time:7:05 pm   End time:9:10 pm   Total time:2:05   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
 Ohio State 0 0 1 1
 Alaska 2 0 2 4
   1st period – 1, UAF, Adam Cardwell/1 (Brandon Knelsen/6, Dion
Knelsen/8) 5:59. 2, UAF, Kevin Petovello/2 (Joe Sova/3, Ron Meyers/4)
17:48. Penalties – Aaron Gens, UAF (tripping) 14:26.

   2nd period – Penalties – Ryan Hohl, UAF (holding) 2:46; Corey
Elkins, OSU (tripping) 6:03; Peter Boyd, OSU (o-hooking) 7:54; Ryan
Hohl, UAF (cth high-sticking) 8:49; Ian Boots, OSU (cross-checking)
13:44; Shane Sims, OSU (cth high-sticking) 18:52.

   3rd period – 3, UAF, Ryan Hohl/7 (Dustin Sather/3, Dion Knelsen/9)
:13 (pp). 4, OSU, Kyle Reed/3 (John Albert/18) :58. 5, UAF, Ron
Meyers/2 (Kevin Petovello/9) 17:45. Penalties – Joe Sova, UAF
(charging) 8:08; Kyle Reed, OSU (charging) 8:08; Adam Cardwell, UAF
(slashing) 11:48.

   Shots on goal – OSU 8-9-7 24; UAF 16-8-5 29.

   Power plays – OSU 0 of 4; UAF 1 of 4.

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

   Goalies – OSU, Dustin Carlson 14-5-2 (59:39 minutes, 29 shots-25
saves) , EMPTY NET (00:21, 0-0); UAF, Chad Johnson 9-9-5 (59:58,
24-23) , EMPTY NET (00:02, 0-0).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-3190  T-2:05   
 Three stars: 1. Dion Knelsen    2. Kevin Petovello    3. Chad Johnson   
 Ref: Ryan Gordon; Mike Elder   Line: Daniel C. Colliander; William Moran
 Win-Chad Johnson (9-9-5).  Loss-Dustin Carlson (14-5-2).