MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Ohio State University Buckeyes came out on fire against the Northern Michigan University Wildcats at the Berry Events Center on Saturday night. OSU used special teams play to score three of its four goals to pick up the 4-2 win.
The loss is the first for the ‘Cats in Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) play. NMU is now 4-3-1 overall and 1-1-0 in the CCHA. OSU improves to 2-4-0 and 2-2-0 respectively.
John Dingle scored a short-handed marker at 8:53 of the first period to take the 1-0 lead. OSU then scored back-to-back power-play goals. Matt McIlvane scored a power-play goal to make the score 2-0 with his second goal on the season at 1:58 of the second period. Jason DeSantis scored his own power-play goal at 00:14 of the third period to give the Buckeyes a 3-0 lead.
NMU cut the Buckeyes lead to one goal with back-to-back goals of its own. Mike Santorelli knocked home his third goal of the season at 1:04 of the third period to cut the lead to 3-1. Matt Siddall and TJ Miller assisted. For Miller it was his first collegiate point. Blake Cosgrove made the count 3-2 when he blasted a shot for his first career goal at 11:03. Siddall and Santorelli assisted. McIlvane added his second goal of the night into an open net with four seconds left in the game.
Bill Zaniboni started in goal for the ‘Cats as he played a little over two periods. He ended the night with 28 saves. Brian Stewart saw his first action as a ‘Cats with almost 19 minutes of play and seven saves. Joseph Palmer for OSU had 12 saves. For the third time this season NMU had 14 shots for the game. OSU had 39 shots for the game.
NMU was shutout on all five power-play opportunities while the Buckeyes converted two of its six chances.
The ‘Cats are back on the road next week to face Miami (Nov. 3-4).
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