COLUMBUS, Ohio – It looked as if the Northern Michigan University hockey team would be leaving Columbus with its first road sweep of the season. The game was tied at two-all before Tommy Goebel scored the game-winning goal at 19:59 of the third period, for the 3-2 win for the home team. NMU came back from being down 1-0 with two second-period goals to take the 2-1 lead into the third period.
NMU is now 13-16-3 overall on the season and 10-12-2 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The Buckeyes improve to 10-21-3 and 6-16-2 respectively.
OSU took the early lead on a goal by Peter Boyd at 19:38 of the first period. The Wildcats answered with goals by Gregor Hanson and Mark Olver in the middle frame. Hanson scored his sixth goal of the season at 12:01. Erik Spady and Jared Brown assisted on the goal. Olver then added a power-play goal at 16:06 for his 12th of the season. Nick Sirota picked up the lone assist.
OSU tied the game at 16:08 of the third period on a power-play goal by Boyd for his second of the night. Goebel scored the game-winner when there was a little confusion as if regulation was over and the game was going into overtime. After some consultation the referee declared a goal and the game was over.
Once again OSU had a big advantage on shots at 32-16. Brian Stewart had 29 saves for the ‘Cats. Joseph Palmer picked up the win for the Buckeyes with 14 saves. Each side scored a power-play goal in two opportunities.
NMU is still in the hunt for home-ice for the playoffs host Nebraska-Omaha next weekend (Feb. 22-23) at the Berry Events Center. The puck will drop each night at 7:35 p.m.
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