OSU sweeps No. 7 Miami
Five third period goals send Buckeyes to weekend sweep
Ohio State Athletics
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A five-goal third period led the Ohio State men's hockey team to a 5-2 victory against No. 7/8 Miami Saturday in Value City Arena. The victory gives the Buckeyes, now 12-8-1 on the year and 7-6-1-1 in CCHA play, a sweep of the RedHawks (11-8-3, 8-6-2-1 CCHA) and extends Ohio State's winning streak to six.
Ohio State gave up a power-play goal in both the first and second periods to trail 2-0 after 40 minutes. Sergio Somma put Ohio State on the board at 2:21 of the third, and Brandon Martell tied the game just over three minutes later with his first career tally. At 9:55, John Albert gave Ohio State the lead for the first time in the game. Albert and Danny Dries scored empty net goals at 18:49 and 19:27 for the 5-2 victory.
With the win, Ohio State clinched the Ohio Cup, the traveling trophy sponsored by Buckeye Sports Bulletin given to the team with the best record against its instate opponents. The Buckeyes swept Bowling Green and Miami this season.
Albert had three points in the game to lead the Buckeyes, with Chris Reed and Shane Sims each chipping in two assists. Dries and Somma each had a goal and an assist for two points. Goalie Cal Heeter had 23 saves, including 13 in the second period.
The only goal of the first period came at 15:11 when Alden Hirschfeld's shot went over the Buckeye goalie. The Buckeyes outshot the RedHawks in the period, 11-5, including 8-0 to start the game.
In the second, the RedHawks made the score 2-0 on a goal from Andy Miele. His shot appeared to hit the post, but the referees reviewed the play and video showed the puck went through the net for a power-play tally at 2:48. Heeter had 13 saves in the period, as Ohio State was outshot, 14-9.
Ohio State rallied for the win after trailing to begin the third period for the fourth time this season. At 2:21 of the third, Sergio Somma scored his team-best 13th goal of the season. Danny Dries found Somma at the far post, where he was able to convert, with Chris Reed picking up the second assist. At 5:24 Martell netted his first career goal to tie the game, converting a 2-on-1 with Albert. Chris Reed started the play and had the second assist. Albert scored a goal of his own at 9:55 to give Ohio State the lead, skating into the RedHawk zone down the left side and beating the Miami goalie high. Somma and Sims assisted on the goal. With time winding down, the RedHawks pulled goalie Connor Knapp for the extra attacker. Albert blocked a RedHawk shot at the Buckeye blueline and skated in alone on the empty net, sliding the puck in for his second goal of the night. Miami again pulled Knapp and Dries was able to convert after plays by Peter Boyd and Sims in the Buckeye zone. Shots were 14-6 in favor of Ohio State in the stanza.
The Buckeyes outshot the RedHawks, 34-25, in the game. Heeter played all 60 minutes and had 23 saves. Knapp played 58:57 and allowed three goals, making 29 saves.
The Buckeyes were 1-for-3 on the power play in the game, with Miami 2-for-4.