COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Northern Michigan University hockey team is leaving Columbus, Ohio still looking for its first win at Value City Arena. The Wildcats were swept in its weekend series as they dropped the Saturday night game to the Buckeyes by a 4-1 count after losing last night (2-3). NMU has not won in the Ohio capital since November 1981 a span of 10 games. The ‘Cats are now 0-6 at Value City Arena. Walt Kyle will have to now wait two weeks for another crack at his 100th NMU career coaching win.
The loss is the ‘Cats third in a row as they fall to 12-20-2 overall on the season and 9-16-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). OSU improves to 12-13-5 and 10-10-4 respectively.
The Buckeyes got on the board first on a power-play goal by Andrew Schembri at 16:24 of the first period. OSU took a 2-0 lead when Tommy Goebel found the back of the net 24 seconds into the second period.
The Buckeyes added two more goals in the third period. In between the goals the ‘Cats scored their lone goal of the game. Sam Campbell made the count 3-0 with his second goal of the season at 2:39. Zach Tarkir’s sixth goal of the season, on the power play, at 5:01 cut the lead to 3-1. Rob Lehtinen and Mike Santorelli assisted on the goal. John Dingle added an empty-net goal at 19:33 for the final margin.
Bill Zaniboni had 30 saves for the game. Joseph Palmer for the Buckeyes also turned away 30 shots to pick up the win. NMU on the night was 1-4 on the power play while the Buckeyes were 2-7. OSU had a 34-31 shot advantage.
NMU will be off next week before hosting the Miami RedHawks in the regular season finale at the Berry Events Center the weekend of Feb. 23-24.
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