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College Hockey Roundup 1/28

by Bill Davidge / Columbus Blue Jackets

Miami-Bowling Green: Murphy Secures Blasi Milestone with 2 Goal Effort

Enrico Blasi earned his 300th career victory, becoming the first Miami hockey coach to reach the milestone. During his 14 seasons with the RedHawks, he has tallied a 300-190-53 overall record and has been named CCHA Coach of the Year four times, was the National Coach of the Year in 2005-06 and has led his alma mater to two Frozen Four berths.

"The guys surprised me with the game puck and it's just a number but it represents a lot of what has happened over the last 14 years," Blasi said. "Obviously a lot of good people and great coaches. We've had great assistant coaches and great support from not only our fans but our administrations, our ADs, our assistant ADs. It really boils down to the players, all the guys leading up to this and this team is a special team."

Cody Murphy scored the first of his two power play goals just 51 ticks into the second stanza to knot the game. Freshman defenseman Matthew Caito fed Murphy in the left circle, where he sent in the initial shot, which was saved. But freshman forward Riley Barber took a hack at the rebound and the puck popped right to Murphy just outside the crease, where he was able to bury the puck up high before the Falcons could clear. That proved to be the game winning goal for the 2-1 win.

Bring Out the Brooms: 3-1 Saturday Night Win Over BGSU

"We've played four lines the past couple of weekends now and it's nice to see (Blake) Coleman and Mullin going. McKenzie was out and Paulazzo goes in and scores a goal," Miami head coach Rico Blasi said. "It's important to get everybody going because you don't know what player is going to make the difference."

Jimmy Mullin scored two goals, his first multi-goal game of the year and third of his career. They were sandwiched around junior forward Bryon Paulazzo’s game-winning goal. "We went on a drought there for a little bit but you can't keep us off the board for too long, that's our motto, and the last couple of games we've been scoring," Mullin said of the team's recent offensive struggles. "They've been close games, but our goalies have been keeping us in it and without them we wouldn't be winning those games."

Buckeye Sink the Lakers 3-2 Friday Night

Ohio State led 2-0 after the first period on goals by Riley Simpson and Curtis Gedig, and then extended the lead to three on a goal from Tanner Fritz early in the second. The Lakers got on the scoreboard in the first minute of the third, and then drew within one midway through the period, but Ohio State held Lake Superior State off the scoreboard the rest of the way for the win in their first home game since Dec. 15.

With points from nine players, and 34 saves from goalie Brady Hjelle, the Ohio State men's hockey team skated to a 3-2 win over Lake Superior State

“I thought you saw more of what this team can do tonight. They had a lot of four man rushes coming back at us, but our strength is our transition and our strength is our speed.” Osiecki commented.

Scoring Chances Galore in 6-1 Pounding of LSSU

“No doubt we had some things go our way but our players also certainly deserved it. Whatever the goals were and however they go in, the players have stuck with everything we’ve talked about. We wanted to be on our toes. That’s how we wanted to play. We wanted to be aggressive, that was our mentality” quipped Mark Osiecki after the 6-1 thrashing of LSSU.

Ohio State scored four goals in the first six minutes of the opening frame, and the rest was history. In talking with Mark he is finally seeing some results of the hard work. Friday night the Buckeyes had 33 scoring opportunities and closed with 31 more on Saturday night.

Tanner Fritz is on a six-game point streak, with two goals, five assists and seven points. It was his fourth two-assist game this year. Ryan Dzingel leads the Buckeyes with 23 points and 10 goals and is second with 13 assists. He is on a four-game point streak. Brady Hjelle continues his stellar play as well as he is ranked second in the NCAA with a .946 save percentage, while his 1.60 goals-against average ranks third.
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