HOCKEY SNAPS OHIO STATE'S WIN STREAK BUT FALLS IN SHOOTOUT
Ferris State's Zach Redmond scored with 53 seconds remaining in regulation to help the Bulldogs to a 2-2 overtime tie against nationally 14th-ranked Ohio State although the Buckeyes would prevail 1-0 in a shootout Saturday (Jan. 17) at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.
|Senior Brendan Connolly rips a shot toward the Ohio State goal during Saturday's 2-2 overtime tie. The Buckeyes would prevail 1-0 in the CCHA shootout.|
Trailing 2-1 late in regulation, Ferris State pulled its goaltender for an extra attacker following a timeout and the strategy paid dividends as sophomore defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) fired a shot from the inside half of the left circle past OSU netminder Dustin Carlson for the equalizer with 57 ticks left on the clock. For Redmond, the goal marked his third of the season and second straight lamplighter in the two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series.
Neither team was able to tally the game winner in the five-minute overtime period although the Bulldogs had a couple of quality chances. In the CCHA-mandated three-round player shootout, OSU's Peter Boyd connected on the Buckeyes' first attempt by scoring five-hole on FSU freshman goalie Taylor Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) for what would prove to be the lone tally. Junior right wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia), Zach Redmond, and junior center Aaron Lewicki (Livonia) were all unsuccessful on their shot attempts against Carlson, who finished the game with 47 saves.
Ferris State fell behind early in the game as Corey Elkins netted his 10th goal of the year at 5:57 into the contest as Ohio State held a 1-0 lead until early in the proceeding period. The Bulldogs would tie it at 1-1 in the second period as a shot by senior right wing Corey Couturier (Traverse City) from the right side rebounded off Carlson and back out where junior center Casey Haines (Indiana, Pa.) picked up the loose puck. Haines made a quick move to free himself from the Buckeye defender and wristed the puck into the OSU goal from the slot. Couturier along with sophomore left wing Mike Embach (Orland Park, Ill.) were both credited with an assist on Haines's sixth goal of the year.
The Buckeyes, who were outshot 49-37 for the game, would regain the upper hand late in the second period when Matt Bartkowski scored with 3:23 to go in the stanza as the visitors claimed a 2-1 edge until Redmond's late third-period heroics. In the second period, the Bulldogs received a penalty shot opportunity as senior left wing Brendan Connolly (Canmore, Alberta) was hauled down on a rush to the OSU net with 7:56 to go in the frame. However, Connolly's attempt was unsuccessful on Carlson's save.
Casey Haines recorded his third multiple-point game effort of this season with a goal and an assist while Zach Redmond extended his current points streak to three straight with a lamplighter. Taylor Nelson (4-3-3) turned in a solid performance for the Bulldogs with 35 saves in 64:33 of action.
|Sophomore Justin Menke looks to pass the puck in the Ohio State zone in Saturday's home league weekend series finale versus the Buckeyes.|
As a result of the tie, Ferris State is presently 10-11-5 overall and 7-8-3-0 in the CCHA. The Bulldogs earn a league point with the tie and now have 17 league points in 18 CCHA contests this campaign. The tie also snapped Ohio State's 11-game winning streak although the Buckeyes still managed to extend their unbeaten string to 12 straight (11-0-1). OSU earned two league points with the tie and shootout win although the results of the game will officially go into the books as a tie per NCAA rules.