COLUMBUS, Ohio — For the purpose of selecting teams at the end of the season, a shootout win for a CCHA member is as only good as a tie. For Ohio State and their fans that were on hand at Value City Arena for a matchup with the Miami RedHakws, they’ll undoubtedly remember it as a win.
Ohio State and Miami tied 3-3, but the Buckeyes won a postgame shootout 3-1. The shootout will only be used in determining conference standings. The tie snapped a six game winning streak for the RedHawks against Ohio State.
Miami RedHawks coach Enrico Blasi had little comment following his team’s loss in a shootout to Ohio State. Ohio State coach John Markell said he thought fans would enjoy having a shootout.
“We got a point. Hopefully all these shootouts — if there are anymore — will even out,” Blasi said.
“With it happening so early in the season, I didn’t expect it,” Markell said. “Early in the year like that, you don’t think a valued point is that important so if you lose the shootout, it doesn’t quite feel the same as when you lose the tournament a placement in the playoffs. How important is that point?”
All three Buckeyes scored in the shootout, only one of Miami’s two shooters found the net past Buckeye goaltender Joseph Palmer in the tiebreaker.
“You’re nervous about how a shootout is going to workout for you and against you,” Palmer said. “Tonight it worked out in our favor.”
Both teams were led by the play of theirs sophomores. For Ohio State, sophomores comprise the majority of the roster with 13. All three Ohio State goals, and two of the Miami goals were scored by second year members.
Miami lost out on a chance to score the game’s first goal eight minutes into the game when Jarod Palmer missed an excellent scoring chance when they created a 3-on-1 odd man rush while shorthanded. Palmer’s missed shot was taken by Ohio State’s Peter Boyd behind Ohio State’s Palmer, who found Sergio Somma. Somma passed back to Boyd who fired a slap shot past junior goaltender Cody Reichard.
Ohio State scored less than two minutes later shorthanded. Buckeye forward John Albert poked the puck away from a Miami offender and the loose puck was taken by Chris Reed. Reed flew down the right side of the ice and found Patrick Schafer who flipped the puck into the net while diving skate first into the boards.
Miami fired back in the second period. With seven minutes left in the period, Miami’s Palmer fired a shot off the pads of Ohio State’s Palmer. The puck bounced right onto the stick of Carter Camper to cut the Buckeye lead in half. In the final minute of the period, Ohio State’s Chris Reed missed receiving a pass in the offensive zone.
The puck was loose in center ice. Reed tried to dive and poke the puck away from Brian Kaufman, who found Justin Vaive who snuck his game tying shot low on the right of Ohio State’s Palmer.
Markell was not pleased with his team’s performance in the second period.
“Young and nave, they think it is going to be six to nothing — not in college hockey,” Markell said.
Just seconds into the third, Shane Sims from the high slot which was deflected by Somma to give the Buckeyes the 3-2 lead. But Ohio State could not control their penalties.
Ohio State senior captain Zach Pelletier was charged with a five minute checking from behind penalty and game misconduct. Miami found getting shots to the net tough for the first 4:10 of the power play on managing one shot. However Buckeye forward C.J. Severyn was charged with a slash to give Miami a 5-on-3 power play for 50 seconds. They only need 15 of those when Miami’s Palmer out deked Ohio State’s Palmer and tied the game with just over five remaining.
“You never want to give up a goal that early in the third,” Blasi said. “I really thought we were starting to come on a little bit. They did a nice job killing the five minute penalty and then we got a lucky break to go up 5-on-3 to score the goal.”
Miami had the better of the scoring opportunities in overtime. The RedHawks outshot the Buckeyes 3-1 with their best scoring chance happening when Justin Mercier had only the goaltender to beat, but his wrist shot was gloved by Palmer.