Ohio State Men's Hockey Advances to CCHA Semifinal

March 17, 2013 at 10:24p    by Grant Miller    

What a day to be a Buckeye. Hours after Thad Matta's men won the Big Ten tournament the Buckeye men's hockey team completed their quarterfinal series turnaround by beating Ferris State 3-2. 

Just like the night before, the Scarlet & Gray had to come from behind to clinch the victory. Max McCormick was on the scoresheet once again only a minute and a half into the game, but two goals in a minute flipped the scores in favor of the Bulldogs. With a little over a minute left in the opening period Curtis Gedig tied things up on the power play to set up two more frenetic frames. 

Again it was Hjelle who kept the Buckeyes in it — he faced 35 shots in the final two periods alone, but stood tall on each one of them. With their talisman on the top of his game all Ohio State needed was one chance, and early in the third Ryan Dzingel's slap shot wasn't collected cleanly and Anthony Greco was on hand to stuff in the rebound. Cue bedlam in the OSU Ice Rink.

A tense final 16 minutes ensued, with Ferris throwing everything at Hjelle. But as the seconds ticked down the crowd grew in volume, and even the extra attacker couldn't make the difference as the Buckeyes held on for the 2-1 series victory. They now find themselves in the CCHA semifinal on Saturday at Joe Louis Arena against Notre Dame, with the winner facing either Miami or Michigan in the final on Sunday. 



slovak71's picture

Nice way to bounce back after Friday's loss. Make some more noise at the Joe!

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

A great day for the Buckeyes on the ice and on the basketball court!

bigbadbuck's picture

Lets go Buckeyes!!!!!!

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

Hovenaut's picture

That's great....good luck ice guys!


We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

Menexenus's picture

Great job, ice hockey Bucks!  Good luck against Notre Lame!

Real fans stay for Carmen.

Et_Tu_OSU's picture

Anyone know what time on Saturday the game will be played and if it will be televised?

"The revolution will be televised."

NC_Buckeye's picture

I've seen 1:00pm on USCHO but then a staff writer there also said the bracket times haven't been assigned yet. So?? It's supposed to be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit Plus [DirecTV 664, Dish varies].
I'm going to try to convince a sports bar to dedicate a tv to it.
BTW, I couldn't be happier for these guys. You should have seen the celebrating after the clock hit zero last night. I've been so caught up in their shortcomings this season that I forgot how young of a team Osiecki is dealing with. Getting to Joe Louis Arena is a real accomplishment for these guys.

NC_Buckeye's picture

BTW, Michigan is going to smoke Miami Saturday. Hate to say it but the Wolverines are playing like a completely different team right now.
People who keep saying that their NCAA tournament streak is going to end this year better not have put any money on that. And nothing infuriates me more than our inability to beat Berenson's squads. Fuck Michigan!