COLUMBUS, Ohio – Friday night at Value City Arena on the campus of The Ohio State University the Northern Michigan University hockey team was looking for its first win in Columbus since November 1981. The Wildcats were also looking to give Walt Kyle his 100th win behind the NMU bench. Both will have to wait until tomorrow.
NMU down 1-0 after 20 minutes of played scored two goals in the second period to take a 2-1 lead. The Buckeyes answered with its second goal of the game at 18:54 of the middle frame as it was all tied up after 40 minutes of play. A third period power-play goal by the Buckeyes was the difference as the curse of Columbus continues for the Wildcats. OSU took the game by a 3-2 score.
NMU drops to 12-19-2 overall on the season and 9-15-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). OSU improves to 11-13-5 and 9-10-4 respectively.
Tom Fritsche gave the home team its first goal of the night at 12:21 of the opening frame. Andrew Sarauer scored his fifth goal of the season at 4:55 of the second period to tie the game. Nick Sirota assisted on the goal. A little more than four minutes later Matt Siddall gave the ‘Cats the 2-1 lead at 9:06. For Siddall it was his fourth goal of the season. Darin Olver assisted. Bryce Anderson tied the game for the Buckeyes at two-all with his fourth goal of the season.
Mathieu Beaudoin scored the game-winner for the Buckeyes at 7:18 of the third period. His goal was on the power play.
OSU was 2-9 with the extra skater while NMU was shutout on the power play by going 0-5. The home team had an 18-shot advantage over the ‘Cats at 38-20. Bill Zaniboni had 35 saves for the ‘Cats while his counterpart from OSU, Joseph Palmer had 18.
For the first time all season, Mike Santorelli was held without at least one point in back-to-back games.
The two teams will skate against each other again on Saturday night (Feb. 10) in the Ohio capital with the puck dropping at 8:05 p.m.
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