December 18, 2020

No. 18 Buckeyes Fall to Sun Devils, 3-2

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 18 Ohio State men’s hockey team closed out the 2020 portion of its schedule with a 3-2 loss to Arizona State Friday in Value City Arena. Ohio State falls to 3-6-1 (3-5-0-0-1-0 B1G) and the Sun Devils improve to 4-6-2.

The Big Ten released the 2021 men’s hockey slate today and the Buckeyes will return to action Jan. 8-9, 2021 when they host Penn State in Value City Arena. The full schedule is HERE.

Arizona State 3, Ohio State 2 – The Short Story

The Buckeyes led 1-0 after the first period on a Layton Ahac power play goal. The Sun Devils tied the game at 11:33 of the second with a power play score but Ohio State’s Matt Cassidy answered just 50 seconds later to put the Buckeyes back ahead. Arizona State scored twice in the final five minutes of the period, with an even strength goal at 15:46 and power play tally on a major at 19:48 to tie the game and take the lead. Ohio State had the shot advantage, 39-31, in the game. The Sun Devils converted 2-of-3 power play chances and Ohio State was 1-for-3.

 

Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik

“We got into penalty trouble tonight. I thought we played a much better hockey game tonight overall. When you have a young group that doesn’t have a lot of experience this is what you have to learn from.”

Quoting Buckeye senior defenseman Grant Gabriele

“This was just a learning experience for us. We showed what we were capable of, but this break will be great to regroup and come back stronger.”

Ohio State vs. Arizona State

In the First … Ohio State held a 1-0 lead after the first period on Layton Ahac’s first career goal. On the power play, his shot from the point got through at 3:43, assisted by Evan McIntyre and Kamil Sadlocha. Ohio State had the edge in shots, 17-9, in the period.

In the Second … The teams traded goals in 50 seconds at 11:33 and 12:23 but Arizona State scored twice in the final 4:14 of the period for a 3-2 lead. ASU’s Matthew Kopperud tied the game with a power play score. Just 50 seconds later Buckeye Matt Cassidy notched his first career goal, putting in the rebound of a Quinn Preston shot, with Travis Treloar also assisting. The Sun Devils tied the game again at 15:46 when Jacob Wilson scored and with just 12 seconds left in the stanza Jack Judson converted on a major power play to put the Sun Devils ahead. The teams combined for 29 shots on goal in the period, with Ohio State ahead, 15-14.

In the Third … No goals were scored in the third period, with Arizona State putting eight shots on net and Ohio State getting seven on. Ohio State had the only power play of the period and skated with the net empty for the final 1:42 but was unable to tie the game.

Shots … Tommy Nappier had 28 saves for the Buckeyes in 58:18, as Ohio State had the advantage in shots, 39-31.

The Buckeyes blocked 17 Sun Devil shot attempts, with Evan McIntyre blocking four and Ahac and Patrick Guzzo each blocking three.

Special Teams … The Buckeyes allowed two power play goals on three chances, ending a streak of three straight games with zero power play goals allowed. Ohio State was 1-for-3 on the power play and is 5-for-13 (.385) in the last three games combined.

Noting the Buckeyes … Treloar leads the Buckeyes with nine points this season and shares the assist lead with Mark Cheremeta with six; Quinn Preston has a team-best four goals … Cheremeta is second with eight points, followed by Preston with seven … Ohio State is 8-for-32 (.250) on the power play this year … the Buckeyes are now 3-1-2 all-time vs. Arizona State; the teams will meet in Columbus to close the regular season March 4-5.