Sunday, November 20, 2011

Break up the Buckeyes

Six straight wins and a road sweep of arch-rival Michigan later, Ohio State is 10-3-1 overall and 7-2-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, where the Buckeyes currently reside in first place.

OSU goaltender Cal Heeter keyed Friday night's 2-1 win at U-M's Yost Arena with 29 saves. Darik Angeli scored both goals for the Buckeyes, including the game-winner with just under 12 minutes remaining in regulation to break a 1-1 tie. Mac Bennett had Michigan's only goal, while Shawn Hunwick took the loss despite 31 saves.

The Buckeyes outlasted the host Wolverines, 6-5, on Saturday to complete the two-step sweep. Alex Lippincott and Ryan Dzingel each tallied two goals and two assists for the visitors, while Chris Crane scored one goal and set up two others. Heeter finished with 26 saves to improve to 9-1-1 on the season, and made Lipincott's goal early in the third period stand up as the game-winner when Michigan's Alex Guptill scored with 1:40 left.

Guptill scored twice for the Wolverines, while Mike Chiasson had a goal and two assists, and Hunwick (7-4-2) made 31 saves. Three of OSU's goals came on the power play, while Michigan struck twice with the man advantage, one night after the two teams went a combined 0-for-9 while skating a man up.

OSU's nine-game unbeaten streak began on Oct. 17 with a 2-2 tie against Alaska. Since then the Buckeyes have posted a win against Alaska, followed by sweeps of Alabama-Huntsville, Northern Michigan, and now U-M. Next up is Lake Superior on Dec. 2-3 in Columbus, where the Buckeyes are 4-1-1 so far this season.

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