OXFORD, Ohio — Top-ranked Miami used four unanswered third-period goals to defeat Ohio State 4-2 Saturday night at Steve Cady Arena, finishing off a sweep of a home-and-home series with the Buckeyes.
Andy Meile scored twice, and Connor Knapp added 22 saves for the RedHawks, who saw their record shutout streak come to an end. Zac Dalpe scored his tenth of the year for Ohio State, while goaltender Dustin Carlson added 32 saves in the losing effort.
The first period belonged to the goalies. Buckeyes’ netminder Dustin Carlson saved 13 RedHawks’ shots, while Knapp stopped eight Ohio State shots. After going four-for-six on the man-advantage last night in a 6-0 win, Miami was unable to convert on two first period power plays, which ended their streak of three straight games with a first period power play goal.
Carlson continued his strong play in net for the Buckeyes in the second period, turning away numerous early Miami chances.
Tommy Wingels fired a backhand on net after a faceoff in the first minute, only to see it gloved by the Buckeyes’ netminder.
The RedHawks continued to pressure the Ohio State net early in the period, and nearly took the lead on a two-on-one chance. Carter Camper fired a pass across the ice to a wide-open Trent Vogelhuber, who saw his shot saved by Carlson to keep the game scoreless.
Although Miami controlled the first 10 minutes of the period, Ohio State took the lead at 11:59 when John Albert found Hunter Bishop open in front of the Miami net. Bishop ended Miami’s shutout streak, which is now the fourth longest in NCAA history at 239:13.
Ohio State stunned the Miami home crowd when they doubled their tally on the power play less than three minutes later. A Matt Bartkowski pass opened up a breakaway for sophomore center Zac Galpe. Galpe deked left and fired a shot over Knapp and into the upper corner of the net to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead with five minutes to go in the second period.
“We have been in this situation a few times already this season, that being down heading into the third,” said Miami coach Enrico Blasi. “We knew we could come back; we just needed to be a little more aggressive and take the game to them. We changed some things up on our forecheck going into the third, and we got some timely goals to help us out.”
Miami came out pressuring Ohio State in the third period, and it paid off, as they pulled within one with 13 minutes left in the game. Alden Hirschfeld intercepted a Buckeyes’ pass in the Ohio State zone and found freshman defender Steven Spinnell, who backhanded it past Carlson to cut the lead to 2-1. It was Spinnell’s first point and first goal of his young career with the RedHawks.
Less than six minutes later, the RedHawks tied the game on the power play when Miele deflected a Chris Wideman shot into the top corner of the net. Wideman fired a one-timer on a pass from Jarod Palmer, and his shot found Miele’s stick, which beat Carlson to tie the game at 11:43 of the third period.
The RedHawks added their third of the game with 2:19 left in the game, when an Ohio State turnover found Hirschfeld’s stick. Hirschfeld added his second assist of the night when he backhanded a pass across the goalmouth to Miele. Miele put it away for his second of the night, which gave the RedHawks the lead for good. Palmer added an empty-net goal for the RedHawks, which capped off a four-goal third period for Miami.
“I thought we played well, but it was a race to three and they beat us there,” said Ohio State coach John Markell. “We had a couple of chances to make it three and that would have secured the game. I saw a lot of good things tonight from our team, and I like the way we responded to Friday night’s game.”
With the win, Miami improved to 13-2-5 overall, and 10-1-3-1 in the CCHA. Ohio State fell to 7-12-1 on the season, and 5-8-1-1 in the CCHA.