COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Northern Michigan University hockey team held a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play Saturday night against the Ohio State Buckeyes. OSU answered with two goals in the second period to tie the game after 40 minutes of play. The third period saw a total of five goals scored with the lead switching back and forth. In the end the Buckeyes prevailed with the 5-4 win.
NMU falls to 2-5-1 overall on the season and 1-3-0-0 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) play. OSU improves to 3-6-1 and 2-3-1-1 respectively. NMU splits its first conference road trip of the season with the 1-0 win last night.
Scoring goals for the ‘Cats in the first period were Tyler Gron for his first of the season at 2:00 and Mark Olver (18:51) for his team-leading sixth of the season. Assisting on Gron’s goal were Andrew Cherniwchan and Scott Macaulay. For Macaulay it was his first collegiate point. Veterans Justin Florek and Erik Gustafsson assisted on Olver’s marker.
The Buckeyes tied the score on goals by John Albert (10:57) and Peter Boyd (17:11) in the middle frame.
Billy Smith gave the ‘Cats the 3-2 lead at 1:25 of the third period on a power-play goal for his second goal of the season. Erik Spady and TJ Miller assisted on the goal. OSU tied the score at three-all a little over four minutes later on a goal by Cory Schneider (5:52). Cherniwchan scored the ‘Cats third power-play goal of the night at 7:58, for his first of the season, to give the squad a 4-3 lead. Gron and Phil Fox assisted on the goal. OSU would add two goals later in the period at 11:31 by Zac Dalpe and Sergio Somma (17:28) for the win.
Reid Ellingson starting his second game in a row recorded 24 saves in the loss. Cal Heeter picked up the win for the Buckeyes as he had 18 saves. The home team had a seven-shot advantage on the night (29-22). NMU was 3-5 on the power play while OSU was 0-2.
NMU will stay on the road for its next series. Next week the ‘Cats are at Notre Dame (Saturday-Sunday) Nov. 14-15. The puck will drop 5:05 p.m. Saturday and 4:05 p.m. Sunday.
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