COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team lost to Ohio State, 2-1, in the Bobcats' season-opener at the Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Quinnipiac outshot Ohio State, 36-16, but were called for a pair of five-minute majors, once in the first period and again in the third. The Bobcats were able to kill the first penalty, but were whistled for another penalty following the second major that ultimately resulted in a five-on-three advantage for the Buckeyes and Ohio States' second goal.
"We handled the first five-minute major well," head coach Rand Pecknold said. "We did not handle the second one as well. We got lazy and gave up a breakaway, which is unacceptable. Then we took a slashing penalty to go down five-on-three, and they scored. Luckily [Eric] Hartzell played well tonight. He made several big saves for us."
Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) turned back 14 of Ohio States' 16 shots on goal, while his counterpart, OSU's Cal Heeter, stopped 35 of 36 for the victory. Spencer Heichman (Yorba Linda, Calif.) scored the Bobcats' only goal, with assists going to Mike Dalhuisen (Nymegen, Holland) and Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.).
In the first period, on the power-play, Darik Angeli received the puck in the corner to the right of Hartzell and skated above the face-off circle. Angeli found Alex Carlson, who slid the puck across the crease behind the Quinnipiac defense to Chris Cane. Cane then one-timed a shot past Hartzell to give Ohio State a 1-0 lead through the first period.
Quinnipiac bounced back from a sluggish start in the first period, despite outshooting OSU, 10-6, and outshot the Buckeyes, 16-4 in the second frame. Heichman tied the game when Dalhuisen sent a pass into the Buckeyes' defensive zone. Heichman picked up the puck along the boards and found Langlois in front of the Ohio State net. Langlois' shot was denied, but Heichman was able to pick up the rebound and punch it past OSU's Cal Heeter to even the score at 1-1.
After Quinnipiac was called for their second five-minute major penalty of the night, the Bobcats were whistled for a slashing penalty. Ohio State took a 2-1 lead 7:44 into the third period, once-again scoring on the power play, when Ryan Dzingel scored on assists by Max McCormick and Ben Gallacher.
Quinnipiac completes its two-game trip to Columbus, Ohio against the Buckeyes on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.