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COLLEGE HOCKEY: Buckeyes Goaltending Shines

by Bill Davidge / Columbus Blue Jackets
Friday Night: Miami Can’t Generate Offense @ NMU in 2-1 Loss

Miami hockey team controlled play and outshot its opponent by a wide margin but struggled to find the back of the net as the RedHawks fell, 2-1, to Northern Michigan. The RedHawks once again ran into hot goaltending as Wildcat goalie Jared Coreau stopped 43 of the 44 shots Miami put on net while the 'Hawks held Northern Michigan to just 24 shots, despite the defeat.

Saturday Night: Retribution in Shootout Win for RedHawks

Down 2-0, the No. 6 Miami hockey team scored three unanswered goals as the teams played to a 3-3 overtime tie….but Miami was able to knock off the Wildcats in the shootout.

Sophomore forward Austin Czarnik freshman forward Riley Barber and freshman defenseman Matthew Caito all recorded two points for the RedHawks, who finished with a 32-25 advantage in shots. Caito tallied two goals for his first career multi-goal game while Barber had a goal and an assist and Czarnik dished out a pair of helpers. Sophomore forward Jimmy Mullin was the only player for either team to score in the shootout, which lasted a season-long five rounds.

Friday Night: Buckeyes Goaltending Once Again Stars in 3-1 Win @ Ferris State

Behind 38 saves from senior goalie Brady Hjelle, and two goals from junior Chris Crane, the Ohio State men's hockey team defeated Ferris State, 3-1. Ferris State outshot Ohio State, 39-27, in the game as Brady Hjelle had a season-high 38 saves. Hjelle is first in the NCAA with a 1.40 goals-against average and .953 save percentage. Brady was the first star of the game for the seventh time this season. He has been the first or second star in all nine league starts this year. He has a .81 goals-against average and .972 save percentage in league play.

Saturday Night: Put the Brooms Away…No Sweep for OSU in 3-1 Loss to the Bulldogs

Ohio State trailed 2-0 at the end of the first period, with the Bulldogs scoring twice in 32 seconds. The Bulldogs controlled play in the period and outshot the Buckeyes, 17-7. Ohio State was able to kill off a five-minute major power play for the Bulldogs late in the period and had one power play chance of its own.

Buckeye sophomore Max McCormick deposited a rebound off of a shot by classmate Al McLean, cutting the lead to 2-1. Ohio State was 0-for-2 on the power play in the period, including a chance with 4:59 remaining. Ohio State was outshot, 28-26, in the game. Buckeye senior Brady Hjelle had 25 saves. An empty net goal by Ferris secured the win.

Bowling Green State: The Falcons Go 2-0-1 Scoring 10 goals During Streak!

Non Conference Wins over Niagara and Canisius highlight some holiday action for BGSU, but a true lopsided win over the University of Michigan was a true gem. Michigan had no resolve in a 5-1 contest to Bowling Green at Yost Ice Arena. The Falcons, which led 32-20 in shots in the game, carried a two-goal lead into the second period, before U-M cut it to one. However, two BGSU goals later in the 2nd period and a single tally in the third period led to the four-goal final.

BSGU jumped on top quickly, 2-0. The Falcons added to their lead minutes later, in the second period when a twisted wrister by Adam Berkle from the point found the back of the net, stretching the Falcon lead to 4-1, where the score stayed at the end of two periods. Midway through the third period the Falcons scored their 5th goal of the night and coasted for a big win on the road.

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