The Ohio State men’s hockey team came away with a split in its two games with Michigan over the weekend.
The Buckeyes won convincingly Friday night, but Michigan fought back to take Saturday nights game.
The Buckeyes’ victory Friday was highlighted by defenseman Devon Krogh and goaltender Cal Heeter. The freshman Krogh, who finished plus-five on the night, recorded his first career goal. The goal came in the third period and gave the Buckeyes the edge en route to a 5-3 win.
Krogh’s roommate Cal Heeter played a great game in goal for the Buckeyes finishing with a career-high 42 saves.
“On a given night, in these close games, it can come down to goaltending alone, and he [Heeter] did his job,” Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
On Saturday night Heeter made another 34 saves but it wasn’t enough as the Buckeyes lost 2-1. Both of Michigan’s goals were scored while they were on the power-play. The second Michigan goal came in a five-on-three situation, much to the frustration of Ohio State coach John Markell.
“We just cost ourselves another game by a stupid penalty,” Markell said. “Obviously if you give that team a five-on-three, they’re going to score and that’s the difference in the game.”
The Buckeyes will have to bounce back quickly as they face No.1 Miami in a home and away series Friday and Saturday.