COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 1 Ohio State men’s hockey team lost its home opener to Massachusetts, 6-3, Friday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes (2-1-0) and Minutemen (3-0-0) will close the weekend series at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Buckeyes, who trailed 3-0 early in the second, were able to cut the UMass lead to one twice, but the comeback attempt fell short.
The Short Story
The Buckeyes fell behind 3-0, with UMass scoring at 10:17 and 14:28 (power play) of the first and 6:19 of the second. Carson Meyer then scored back-to-back goals for the Buckeyes for a one-goal game at 18:22 of the second. The Minutemen pushed ahead 4-2 at 8:00 of the third with a power play tally but Ohio State answered 1:09 later to again get within one. UMass converted a 2-on-1 at 15:43 of the third and Ohio State pulled its goalie early down by two, with the Minutemen scoring an empty netter at 16:56 for the final tally.
Ohio State outshot UMass, 38-27, in the game, including 29-15 in the second and third periods combined.
Quoting head coach Steve Rohlik
On what lessons were learned tonight
“We just have to work on getting better. It’s the beginning of the year and only our third game in a long season and we played a very good hockey team. We didn’t have the start we wanted and there’s a lot of teaching moments in tonight’s game that we have to learn from if we want to get better.”
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