January 4, 2020

No. 6/7 Buckeyes Fall to No. 2 Cornell in Fortress Invitational

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LAS VEGAS – The No. 6/7-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to No. 2-ranked Cornell, 5-2, in the opening round of the Fortress Invitational Friday in T-Mobile Arena.

The loss ended the Buckeyes’ unbeaten streak at seven, as the squad is now 12-5-2 overall. Cornell improves to 11-1-0. Ohio State will take on No. 20 Army West Point in the consolation game at 9 p.m. PT/midnight ET Saturday in the consolation game. The Big Red will face No. 14 Providence for the tournament title at 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik

“To me, the bottom line is we found out what it’s like to work hard. Facing Cornell is basically a one-on-one hockey game, and we lost a lot of the one-on-one battles. It was a compete game tonight and we didn’t have enough of it. That’s a really good hockey team over there.”

Cornell 5, Ohio State 2

In the First … The lone goal came on the power play, with Ben Berard scoring from right in front off a pass from Cam Donaldson. It was the only power play chance of the period. Ohio State had the shot advantage, 15-8.

In the Second … Cornell outscored the Buckeyes 2-0 in the middle period. At 3:00 Matt Stienburg tipped a shot through traffic and at 18:07 Berard tallied after a turnover behind the Buckeye net. The Big Red outshot the Buckeyes, 12-5, in the period. With 1:28 left in the stanza, a Cornell skater was called for a major for checking from behind, putting Ohio State on the power play for the first time.

In the Third … Ohio State was unable to take advantage of the major power play that carried over from the second. Cornell notched its second goal with the man advantage of the night at 7:22 for a 4-0 lead. Just 24 seconds later the Buckeyes got on the board. Jaedon Leslie forced a turnover in front of the net and Matthew Jennings got to the puck, scoring on a backhand. The assist was the first career point for Leslie. The Buckeyes pulled their goalie for the extra attacker early, and Cornell took advantage, with Noah Bauld scoring into the empty net with 2:59 left. Ohio State added another goal at 18:54, skating on the power play with the net empty for a 6-on-4 advantage. Grant Gabriele threw the puck down low, with Tanner Laczynski gathering it off the back wall and putting it on net. With bodies in front, Matt Miller was able to knock the puck home. Laczynski has a team-best 13 assists and 19 points this year. Miller’s goal was his third of the year, all on the power play. Ohio State outshot Cornell, 12-8, in the period.

Shots … The Buckeyes ended the game with 32 shots on goal, with Cornell putting 28 on net. Tommy Nappier made 23 saves in 57:38 for the Buckeyes. Matthew Galajda had 30 stops in all 60 minutes for the Big Red. Quinn Preston had three of the Buckeyes’ seven shot blocks.

 

Special Teams … The Buckeyes were 1-for-2 on the power play and allowed two power play goals on two chances.