SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Ohio State clinched a sweep of Lake Superior State with a 3-0 victory at the Taffy Abel Arena Saturday night.
The Lakers entered the series with a 4-0 record at home, but lost a 2-1 overtime contest Friday to the Buckeyes when the winning goal came from freshman Dave Steckel with seconds remaining in the game. Despite the loss, Lake State outshot OSU 40-19.
“I was very happy with the two points last night,” said Ohio State coach John Markell. “I think we stole two points and Lake Superior State definitely outplayed us, but our goaltender held us in there when he had to. Tonight the mental aspects of the game came back to us and we played a better hockey game.”
Freshman goaltender Mike Betz made 25 saves for the Buckeyes in his ninth start of the season to record his first career shutout. Betz improved his record to 6-3-0.
Jean-Francois Dufour put OSU on the board at 13:12 in the second period with a power-play goal assisted by Luke Pavlas.
Doug Andress added the second goal for Ohio State with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game. Andress scored his second of the season on a pass from R.J. Umberger from in front of the Laker net.
Lake Superior State then called a timeout at 16:17 hoping to decrease the Buckeye lead, but Steckel scratched any hope for a Laker win when he scored at 17:20 to put Ohio State up 3-0.
The Lakers pulled goaltender Jayme Platt at 17:55 in favor of the extra attacker, but were unable to decrease the OSU lead and recorded their second straight loss.
“Last night we played much better. We played outside the dots, we pushed the puck near the line; that took tremendous effort — today we didn’t make the same effort and we were not successful,” said Lake Superior State coach Scott Borek.
Lake Superior State drops to 2-4-0 in the CCHA. The Lakers will take on Upper Peninsula rivals Northern Michigan in a home-and-home series next weekend.
Ohio State is 4-2-0 in the CCHA and will host Bowling Green next weekend.