Feb. 28, 2009

Courtesy: OhioStateBuckeyes.com

OXFORD, Ohio - Sophomore Kyle Reed's first career hat trick and four-point game led the No. 15 Ohio State men's hockey team to a 6-2 victory over No. 7/9 Miami Friday night in Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio. After Miami tied the game at 2-all at 13:09 of the second, Sergio Somma responded just 14 seconds later to put Ohio State back on top, the first of four unanswered goals for the Buckeyes.

The win moves Ohio State one point behind idle fourth-place Alaska in the CCHA standings. The Buckeyes need at least one point against the RedHawks Saturday to earn the No. 4 seed in the CCHA tournament. Ohio State and Miami will face off at 7:05 p.m. in Value City Arena in Columbus. Ohio State's three-member senior class will be honored in a ceremony pregame.

Ohio State is 20-11-4 overall and 13-10-4-3 in CCHA play. The RedHawks fall to 18-10-5 and 16-4-2 in league action.

The Buckeyes led 1-0 after the first period. Reed scored the only goal of the stanza, forcing a turnover and beating Miami goalie Connor Knapp high, as his shot bounced off the underside of the cage at 10:45. The teams combined for 23 shots in the period, with Ohio State sophomore stopping all 12 shots he faced. Ohio State had one power-play chance and held the RedHawks scoreless on two opportunities.

The teams combined for five goals in the second, with Ohio State coming out ahead, 3-2. Reed scored his second of the game at 5:19, taking a long lead pass from freshman Mike Folkes and putting his shot high glove side. Miami scored the next two to tie the game. Brian Kaufman tallied unassisted at 8:39, picking up the puck at the RedHawk blueline and skating in on a 2-on-1. Jarod Palmer tied the game at 2 at 13:09 on a power-play goal following a clean faceoff win by Pat Cannone in the Buckeye zone. Somma responded just 14 seconds later, putting Ohio State on top with a shot from a sharp angle, assisted by Reed and Patrick Schafer at 13:25. C.J. Severyn completed a give-and-go with John Albert at 15:58 to regain the Buckeyes' two-goal lead. Hunter Bishop had the second assist on the goal. Miami outshot Ohio State in the period, 9-7. Ohio State had one power-play chance and Miami was 1-for-2 with the man advantage.

Reed completed his hat trick at 13:48 of the third. A Bishop shot, after an assist from Albert, trickled through Knapp and Reed was there to knock it home. Down three, the RedHawks pulled Knapp with a little more than five minutes remaining. Ohio State held the RedHawks scoreless and senior co-captain Zach Pelletier forced a turnover in the RedHawk and converted at 17:07 for the sixth Buckeye score of the night. Each team had eight shots in the period and there were no penalties called.

For the game, Ohio State was outshot, 29-26. Carlson played all 60 minutes and had 27 saves. Knapp had 20 stops in 57:54.

Ohio State was 0-for-2 on the power play, with Miami 1-for-4.