November 26, 2021

No. 17 Buckeyes Fall to Mercyhurst, 5-4

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 17 Ohio State men’s hockey team dropped a nonconference game to Mercyhurst Friday in Value City Arena in the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes scored the game’s first goal, but the Lakers scored two power play goals in the second period to tie the game and take the lead, eventually extending the advantage to 5-2 in the third. Ohio State drew within one in the final four minutes but the rally fell short.

The Buckeyes (7-4) and Lakers (4-5-4) will close the weekend series at 5 p.m. Saturday in Columbus. The game will be streamed through B1G+.

The Short Story

Buckeye Tate Singleton notched the only goal of the first period but Mercyhurst scored two power play goals in the second for a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes. The Lakers pushed the lead to three 2:25 into the third. Ohio State’s Travis Treloar made it a one-goal game just over two minutes later, but Mercyhurst scored twice in the next 2:31 to make it a 5-2 game at 7:08. Georgii Merkulov tallied at 13:19 for the Buckeyes and Treloar scored an extra attacker goal at 16:31 to again make it a one-goal contest, but Ohio State could get no closer. The Buckeyes outshot the Lakers, 45-32. Each team had two power play chances, with Mercyhurst perfect on the power play and penalty kill.

Treloar led Ohio State with two goals, while Merkulov and Singleton both had a goal and an assist and Mason Lohrei and Dominic Vidoli each had two assists.

Quoting head coach Steve Rohlik

“You don’t want to dig yourself a hole like we did tonight. The positive is we didn’t quit, the negative is we put ourselves in that position. We have to build on the last part of that game for tomorrow. We got to be better. We lost to a good hockey team that was hungry tonight. They scored on their opportunities. You have to tip your cap to Mercyhurst. They did what they needed to do to win it.”

How it Happened

  • Ohio State scored the game’s first goal, as Tate Singleton tallied on a bad-angle shot at 12:31. The Buckeyes outshot the Lakers, 14-8, in the first period.
  • Mercyhurst scored twice on the power play in the second. Noah Kane tallied just as a power play started after 4-on-4 play at 5:33 and at 13:17 Mickey Burns converted for a 2-1 Laker lead. The teams combined for 27 shots in the second, with Ohio State ahead 15-12.
  • The Mercyhurst goal run reached three as Kane notched his second of the night at 2:25 of the third.
  • Buckeye sophomore Travis Treloar made it a one-goal game at 4:37, scoring on a backhand from the faceoff circle, with Dominic Vidoli and Singleton assisting.
  • The Lakers answered back for a 4-2 lead at 6:38 and added another goal at 7:08 to push the edge to 5-2.
  • Georgii Merkulov scored on the rebound of Mason Lohrei shot at 13:19 for a 5-3 game.
  • The Buckeyes pulled their goalie with more than three minutes remaining and Treloar took advantage, scoring his second of the night at 16:31. Merkulov and Lohrei had the helpers on the tally.
  • Ohio State again pulled its goalie for the final two minutes but was unable to find the equalizer.
  • The Buckeyes ended the game leading in shots, 45-32. Jakub Dobeš started and had 23 saves on 28 shots in 47:04, with Ryan Snowden closing out the game, stopping the four shots he faced in 10:34. Mercyhurst blocked 19 Ohio State shot attempts and Hank Johnson had 41 saves.
  • Each team was called for two penalties. Mercyhurst was 2-for-2 on the power play and on the penalty kill.

Buckeye This and That

  • The game was the first time this season Ohio State allowed more than three goals and the first time losing when scoring more than one.
  • Lohrei leads the Buckeyes with eight assists and 10 points. It was his second career two-assist game and third career two-point night through his first 11 collegiate games.
  • Treloar had his third career two-goal game and first since March 4 vs. Arizona State. He now has seven multi-point outings as a Buckeye.
  • Vidoli had the first multiple-point game of his collegiate career with two assists.
  • With a goal and an assist, Merkulov notched his first multi-point game in the Scarlet and Gray.
  • Singleton and Merkulov are tied for second on the team with eight points. Singleton, Treloar and Westlund are tied for the team lead with four goals each.
  • Singleton posted his sixth career multiple-point game and his fourth two-point night.