COLUMBUS, Ohio – Third-period goals from juniors Alex Szczechura and Chris Crane lifted Ohio State to a 4-2 victory and series sweep of No. 19 Northern Michigan Saturday in Value City Arena. Ohio State moved to 4-3-3 on the year and is 3-1-2-1 in the CCHA, while the Wildcats fell to 4-5-2 and 1-5-2-0 in the league.
The Buckeyes trailed 1-0 after the first period before back-to-back power play goals from redshirt-freshman Riley Simpson and sophomore Ryan Dzingel in a 1:42 span gave the squad a 2-1 lead early in the second stanza. The Wildcats tied the game with a power play goal of their own at 6:34 of the second. Szczechura then broke the tie 1:50 into the third and Crane extended the lead to 4-2 at 8:06.
Crane and sophomore Dzingel each had a goal and an assist in the game, while sophomore Tanner Fritz had two assists. Ohio State outshot the Wildcats 42-14.
The Wildcats opened the scoring at 9:43. Ryan Daugherty blocked a shot at the NMU blueline and was able to skate in on a breakaway for a tally. Shots were 13-4 in favor the Buckeyes in the stanza and Ohio State had the only two power plays.
The teams were tied at 2-2 after the second period. Just 1:04 into the period Buckeye Simpson netted his first career goal. With Ohio State on the power play, the puck came to Simpson in the slot on the rebound of a Fritz shot and he was able to knock it home. Dzingel had the second assist on the goal, his third helper of the weekend.
Just 1:42 later, skating 5 on 3 with a contact to the head major and tripping penalty against NMU, Ohio State took its first lead of the game. Fritz won the faceoff in the Wildcat zone and the puck came to sophomore Max McCormick along the wall. He passed to senior Devon Krogh at the left point. He found Dzingel at the right faceoff circle and his shot got through traffic at 2:46.
The Wildcats tied the game with a 5 on 3 goal of their own at 6:34. Scott Macaulay scored from the faceoff circle, assisted by Stephan Vigier and Ryan Daugherty. Shots were 20-6 in favor of Ohio State in the period. The Buckeyes were 2 for 5 with the man advantage and NMU converted one of its three chances.
Just 1:50 into the third Szczechura put in the rebound of a Matt Johnson shot, with Crane picking up the second assist. At 8:06 Crane scored a goal of his own, backhanding in a loose puck after a shot by freshman Craig Dalrymple. Fritz had the second assist on the even strength goal. Ohio State put nine shots on net, while limiting NMU to four. Ohio State had two power play chances (with the first carrying over from the second period) and held the Wildcats scoreless on one chance.
For the game, Ohio State outshot Northern Michigan 42-14. Freshman Collin Olson played all 60 minutes for Ohio State and had 12 saves. NMU’s Jared Coreau had 38 saves in 59:52.
Ohio State was 2 for 8 with the man advantage in the game and NMU converted one of four chances.