MHKY: Buckeyes Fall to Sun Devils in Regular Season Finale
Ohio State will head to the Big Ten Tournament March 14-16
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the final game of the regular season, the Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to Arizona State, 5-0, Friday in Value City Arena. The Sun Devils scored three times in the first – even strength, shorthanded and on the power play – and added single goals in the second and third for the nonconference victory. The Buckeyes put 41 shots on net, but were unable to get the puck by ASU goalie Cole Brady.
The six members of the Buckeye senior class – Eugene Fadyeyev, Grant Gabriele, Evan Moyse, Tommy Nappier, Collin Peters and Austin Pooley – were recognized pregame. (Watch the ceremony HERE.)
The Buckeyes (7-18-1) will return to action at the Big Ten Tournament in Notre Dame, Indiana, which starts March 14 with three quarterfinals.
Quoting head coach Steve Rohlik
“You want to win for him [senior goalie Evan Moyse who started the game] and you want to win for the other seniors and you want to win for the program. You want to keep things going. Unfortunately we got a couple bounces against us. We dug ourselves a little bit of a hole and we just couldn’t dig out. We had some chances to score; their goaltender played well and we just couldn’t finish.”
Ohio State vs. Arizona State
In the First … The Sun Devils’ James Sanchez opened the scoring at 8:39. At 11:02 Willie Knierim tallied shorthanded after a turnover in the Buckeye zone. Chris Grando added a power play goal at 14:05. The Sun Devils pressured the Buckeyes throughout the period, leading in shots, 18-7.
In the Second … The lone goal of the second was scored by Matthew Kopperud at 5:42. The Buckeyes had the shot advantage, 13-11. The Buckeye penalty kill was 3-for-3 in the period.
In the Third … Arizona State carried its 4-0 lead until 17:42 when Benji Eckerle tallied. Ohio State had three power play chances in the period, including a major, but was unable to score. The Buckeyes put 21 shots on net in the stanza, with ASU notching eight.
Shots … Ohio State had the shot advantage in the game, 41-37. Moyse played 59:02 and had a career-high 32 saves. Fadyeyev had two of the Buckeyes’ six shot blocks in the game.
Special Teams … Ohio State was unable to score on six power play chances, putting 13 shots on net with the man advantage, and Arizona State was 1-for-5 on the power play.