Oct. 9, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. – The No. 12/13 Ohio State men’s hockey team was defeated by No. 10 New Hampshire, 5-1, in the opening round of the Ice Breaker Tournament Saturday at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H. The Buckeyes will face St. Cloud State at 2 p.m. Sunday in the consolation game, while the Wildcats advance to the championship game where they will take on St. Lawrence at 5 p.m.
The game was the season opener for both the Buckeyes and Wildcats. OSU drops to 0-1-0, while UNH moves to 1-0-0.
New Hampshire got on the board 5:54 into the game, as Mark Kolanos scored a power-play goal, assisted by Jacob Micflikier and Daniel Winnik. The Buckeyes put five shots on net in the period. UNH had 10 shots, with Buckeye freshman goalie Ian Keserich (Parma, Ohio), in his first career start, making nine saves.
New Hampshire took a 2-0 lead just 27 seconds into the second period, when Brett Hemingway scored on a 5-on-3 advantage. OSU senior captain JB Bittner (Pittsburgh, Pa.) got the Buckeyes on the scoreboard at 7:59 with a power-play goal of his own, assisted by Sean Collins (Troy, Mich.). Preston Callandar ended the scoring in the period with a goal at 16:22 to send UNH into the lockerroom with a 3-1 lead. OSU put eight shots on net in the period, while UNH had nine.
In the third, the teams were scoreless until UNH ended the scoring with power-play goals by Brett Hemingway and Mike Radja at 17:25 and 18:44, respectively. OSU was outshot in the period, 9-5.
In the game, OSU put 18 shots on net, while the Wildcats had 28. Keserich made 23 stops for the Buckeyes and UNH goalie Jeff Pietrasiak had 17 stops.
The Buckeyes were 1-for-8 with the man advantage and UNH scored four times on 12 chances. OSU was whistled for 19 penalties for 52 minutes, while the Wildcats were assessed 14 penalties for 28 minutes. Postgame Notes Eight Buckeyes played in their first games wearing the Scarlet and Gray – Tom Fritsche, Domenic Maiani, Sam Campbell, John Dingle, Matt McIlvane, Johann Kroll, Jason DeSantis and Ian Keserich.
Keserich was the first Buckeye to start a season-opener as a freshman since Mike Betz (2001-04) started against Northern Michigan in the first game of the 2000-01 campaign.
OSU drops to 22-18-2 all-time in season openers and 3-6-1 under 10th year head coach John Markell.
St. Lawrence beat St. Cloud in a shootout to advance to the title game. The teams tied at the end of regulation and a 5-minute overtime period, 2-2.
Ohio State and St. Cloud State never have met on the ice .
The Buckeyes are making their second appearance in the Ice Breaker Tournament. The team last played in the event in 1998, when it lost to Boston College, 4-3, in the first round and Minnesota, 4-3, in the consolation.