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Ohio State men’s hockey splits weekend series with Michigan State

November 24, 2014
The Ohio State men’s hockey team played a desperate brand of hockey for the entirety of its game against Michigan State on Friday night. The effort was much needed as the Buckeyes (4-7-1, 1-1-0) had dropped four of their past five games before their 3-0 win against the Spartans in Columbus. “I thought we worked hard again tonight,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “I tip my cap to our guys … we challenged them to get a little bit better and I think (they) did that as a team.” Pace was the difference maker in the Buckeyes’ second conference game of the season as they hounded the Spartans (4-7-0, 1-1-0)… Read more

Ohio State women’s hockey suffers winless weekend against North Dakota

November 24, 2014
The Ohio State women’s hockey team snapped a losing streak, but couldn’t find a win during its weekend series against the University of North Dakota. On Saturday, UND (6-7-2, 4-6-2) claimed a 4-3 win over the Buckeyes (7-7-1, 5-6-1-1). The Buckeyes outshot and outscored UND in the first two periods of play. Then, in the third period UND claimed the game by scoring three straight goals before OSU came within one with seconds to play. In the first period, senior forward Kayla Sullivan scored a goal at 6:18 to put OSU in the lead, 1-0. UND later tied the game at 1-1 after a goal before the end of the… Read more

Ohio State men’s hockey teammates have different outlooks as pro prospects

November 21, 2014
Ohio State men’s hockey senior forward Tanner Fritz stood outside the locker room with his hands tangled inside his shirt. The more he spoke about plans for the future, the more his voice softened. Minutes later, a smile broke across the face of his teammate, junior defenseman Sam Jardine. The Chicago Blackhawks’ draft pick spoke proudly about his draft day, but as he discussed his NHL status, his tone changed from self-confident to self-precautionary: he’s still working toward a contract.  As Jardine spoke, Chad Niddery sauntered down the hallway that leads to the OSU locker room. Upon hearing he’d been requested for an interview, the Buckeyes’ senior forward half-jokingly declined… Read more

Ohio State men’s hockey falls 3-1 in Big Ten opener

November 21, 2014
Late in the third period of Thursday’s game, Ohio State men’s hockey junior forward Tyler Lundey hopped over the boards and onto the ice. The Buckeyes’ extra attacker cut his team’s deficit to 3-1 with 2:33 remaining, but the goal did little more than prove OSU’s ever-apparent inconsistency. “I certainly see some mistakes that are becoming too much of an every game appearance for us,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “It’s not an X’s and O thing, it’s a matter of understanding.” Following a flurry of offensive activity, the Buckeyes (3-7-1, 0-1-0) lost, 3-1, at home against Michigan State in its first Big Ten matchup of the season. OSU’s desperation… Read more

Ohio State women’s hockey set for weekend series against North Dakota

November 21, 2014
The Ohio State women’s hockey team will try to put an end to its three-game losing streak as the Buckeyes prepare for a weekend series against the University of North Dakota. The Buckeyes (7-6-0, 5-5-0) hit the road this weekend to play UND (5-7-1, 3-6-1) in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association battle. Last weekend, the Buckeyes dropped two games to No. 2 Minnesota to extend their losing streak to three. OSU coach Nate Handrahan said despite the team’s inability to pull out a win in those three games, its energy and morale hasn’t changed. “We did a lot of good things inside those games against very good teams,” he said.… Read more

‘This is the fun part’: Ohio State men’s hockey set for Big Ten play

November 20, 2014
The Ohio State men’s hockey locker room is a light-hearted, excited and confident place, according to those inside it, but the Buckeyes are 3-6-1 ahead of their first conference game of the season on Thursday. Contradictions are tricky. “Everyone in our room feels like we have something more,” OSU junior defenseman Sam Jardine said. “It helps that you can have a reset button … but at the same time I don’t think it was absolutely necessary.” The Buckeyes’ home series against Michigan State (3-6-0) will mark their first Big Ten matchup of the season and another opportunity to redirect their losing momentum. OSU has dropped three of its last four… Read more

Ohio State men’s hockey splits home-and-home with Bowling Green

November 16, 2014
The Ohio State men’s hockey team worked in reverse order this weekend. After beating Bowling Green, 3-2, on the road, the Buckeyes fell by the same score in Columbus the following night. Both games followed a similar storyline: The Falcons (8-3-1, 5-1-0) took a one-goal lead into the last five minutes of regulation, then the teams began swapping goals. On Saturday, the Buckeyes (3-6-1, 0-0-0) couldn’t complete their second consecutive late-game comeback as sophomore forward Nick Schilkey’s game-tying goal at 16:33 of the third period was answered less than a minute later. Freshman forward Brandon Hawkins’ goal put OSU down, 3-2, with 2:40 remaining, an obstacle that was too steep… Read more

Ohio State women’s hockey swept by No. 2 Minnesota

November 16, 2014
The Ohio State women’s hockey team improved after a 4-2 loss to Minnesota, but still found itself on the losing end of a weekend sweep. The Buckeyes fell by a score of 5-3 to the Golden Gophers in Saturday afternoon’s game, completing Minnesota’s road sweep. Although the game didn’t go the way OSU hoped, senior forward Taylor Kuehl said she was happy with the team’s fight in Saturday’s matchup. “I think we came out with a lot more energy today, I think we knew we had to,” Kuehl said. “We didn’t want to play to them, we wanted to play our own game, which I think we did a lot… Read more

Struggling Ohio State men’s hockey set for in-state showdown with Bowling Green

November 13, 2014
Ohio State men’s hockey coach Steve Rohlik took a breath and tucked his hands behind his back. Visibly perturbed, he proceeded to answer whether the Buckeyes (2-5-1) contend to be the best college hockey team in the state. “To be honest with you, my whole emphasis is trying to get my team better,” Rohlik said. “Obviously Friday night’s a big in-state rivalry against a team that’s playing very good hockey. There should be some personal feeling going into it.” Rohlik’s half-masked frustration was justified. OSU is having its worst start to a season since 2009 and has gone 4-11-4 against in-state opponents since the 2011-12 season. The unpleasant situation will… Read more

Women’s hockey to take on No. 2 Minnesota after short break

November 13, 2014
There is no time for rest for the Ohio State women’s hockey team, as it hits the ice for the second time this week for a series against No. 2 Minnesota. The Buckeyes (7-4-0, 5-3-0) played a two-game series last weekend, then played against Mercyhurst on Tuesday, before getting set to take on the Golden Gophers (7-1-2, 5-1-2). OSU junior forward Kendall Curtis said the team is ready for the demands of a Division I hockey schedule. “It’s a lot of hockey to play in a seven-day span, but this is the kind of thing we prepare for in preseason,” Curtis said. Coach Nate Handrahan gave his players the day… Read more