December 17, 2020

No. 18 Buckeyes Tie Arizona State, 4-4

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 18 Ohio State men’s hockey team skated to a 4-4 overtime tie with Arizona State in a nonconference game Thursday in Value City Arena. The teams will close the series at 5:30 p.m. Friday in VCA, wrapping up the first part of the Ohio State schedule. The Buckeyes are now 3-5-1 (3-5-0-0-1-0 B1G) and the Sun Devils are 3-6-2.

Ohio State 4, Arizona State 4 OT – The Short Story

Ohio State jumped out to a 3-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game, with first period goals from Kamil Sadlocha (on the power play), Jaedon Leslie and Mark Cheremeta. The Sun Devils scored the next four, with two in the second and two in the first six minutes of the third, for a 4-3 lead. At 11:14 of the third Buckeye Tate Singleton tied the game at 4 and neither team was able to find the back of the net again, including through five minutes of 3-on-3 overtime play. The Buckeyes were 3-for-3 on the penalty kill, including a full 5×3 for two minutes, and 1-for-2 on the power play. Tommy Nappier had 36 saves in the Buckeye net, as the Buckeyes were outshot, 40-27. Singleton added an assist for a two-point night.

Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik

“There weren’t too many positives for us outside of the first eight minutes of that game, unfortunately. I give our guys credit for bouncing back to tie the game and we obviously had some chances in overtime. A lot of mistakes and a lot of not so good hockey.”

“We’re fortunate enough to be out there playing, but you never know when you’re ever going to get another game. We really need to empty the tanks.”

 Quoting Buckeye sophomore Layton Ahac

“I like the way we battled back. It’s a tough game for us. It was a gutsy go at the end, but we have to be better. We have to clean up our game tomorrow.”

 

Ohio State vs. Arizona State

In the First … Ohio State led 3-0 after the opening stanza. Kamil Sadlocha started the scoring with a power play goal, putting in a rebound at 5:57. Tate Singleton and Michael Gildon assisted on the tally, Sadlocha’s first of the year. At 7:02 Jaedon Leslie put the Buckeyes ahead 2-0, tipping in a shot by Matt Cassidy, with CJ Regula notching the second assist. Mark Cheremeta followed with a goal at 8:19, scoring from the faceoff circle. Grant Gabriele and Quinn Preston assisted on the goal. Each team had 11 shots in the period.

In the Second … The Sun Devils scored at 1:56 and 16:03 of the second to make it a one-goal game, with Michael Mancinelli scoring both. Arizona State had 17 shots on goal in the stanza, with the Buckeyes putting seven shots on net. At 16:50 the Buckeyes killed a full two-minute 5-on-3 power play for the Sun Devils.

In the Third … Just 50 seconds into the third the Sun Devils’ Chris Grando tied the game at three and at 5:53 Jordan Sandhu put ASU ahead. The play was originally called no goal on the ice, but was overturned after video review. At 11:14 the Buckeyes deadlocked the score. Layton Ahac took a pass from Gustaf Westlund and found Tate Singleton all alone at the far post with a cross-ice pass. The Sun Devils had the shot advantage, 10-6, in the third. Four of their shots came on a power play at 11:44, but the Buckeyes and goalie Tommy Nappier were able to kill it off.

In Overtime … The Buckeyes put three shots on net, and had a shot ring off the cross bar, and ASU had two shots on goal, but neither team was able to clinch the win in the 3-on-3 session.

Shots … The Buckeyes were outshot, 40-27. Nappier played all 65 minutes and had 36 saves for the Buckeyes. ASU’s Cole Brady started and allowed three goals on eight shots in 8:19. He was replaced by Evan Debrouwer, who allowed one goal on 19 shots in 56:41.

The Buckeyes blocked 17 Arizona State shots, led by Ahac with four and Evan McIntyre and Gabriele with three each.

Special Teams … The Buckeyes were 1-for-2 with the man advantage and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. The Buckeyes are 11-for-11 in their last three games on the penalty kill.