Roundup: Dzingel's Hat Trick Leads Ohio State
CHN Staff Report
Ohio State scored three unanswered third-period goals to defeat Michigan State, 5-3, Friday in Columbus. Junior leading scorer Ryan Dzingel led the way for the Buckeyes with a hat trick and four points, including the game-winning tally.
It was the first-ever Big Ten win for Ohio State.
“I think that is first and foremost: to go out and get points," Ohio State coach Steve Rohlik said. "We went back and forth in the second period and I give them credit. We got challenged tonight and we came out and had a good third period.”
Dzingel has scored 20 points in his last 10 games.
“I think a lot of it has to do with my linemates," Dzingel said. "I am shooting the puck finally. Last year and early in the season, I wasn’t shooting as much and now I am finding a way to get it on the net and hoping it goes in.
“I feel like our line has been clicking and we know where each other are on the ice. I really enjoy playing with these guys and I have been fortunate enough to get a couple goals.”
Ohio State overcame a strong second period by Michigan State, as it fell in a 3-2 hole.
“Everybody has been in these games and everybody has made mistakes," Rohlik said. "You can go one of two directions. I challenge guys to go out there and go the right direction. The average players let it bug you, the great players put mistakes behind them and our team did that.“
For Michigan State, it was a case of too many breakdowns.
"Eighteen (Dzingel) is a really good player. Obviously we knew that and didn't do a good job on him tonight," MSU coach Tom Anastos said.
"Offense is easier to play, it's more fun. Defense is harder, it's grunt, it takes a real commitment and a blue collar mentality. ... At times we were good, but too many times we weren't. You have to make scoring goals very difficult. You have to make the opposition pay a price to score a goal."
Michael Mersch had a hat trick as Wisconsin defeated Michigan, 5-2, in Madison.
Michigan, with continued defensive problems, has lost three in a row, including both games at the Great Lakes Invitational.
The game was played despite bad weather in Madison.
"It was an amazing crowd that we had tonight," Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said. "To come through that (weather), is a tribute to the fans ... we really appreciated it."
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North Dakota defeated Colorado College, 5-3, as 10 players picked up scoring points. UND was paced by a two-goal game from junior wing Michael Parks. Chipping in with a goal and an assist each were sophomore wing Bryn Chyzyk and senior defenseman and team captain Dillon Simpson.
Chyzyk was playing his first game since Dec. 7, when he was suspended indefinitely by coach Dave Hakstol for an unspecified violation of team rules.
"It was a really tough month," Chyzyk said. "I can't say enough about the coaching staff and my teammates, their support. I love these guys to death. I'm so happy to be back out there with then. When you have something as cool as the Sioux community taken away from you for a month, you realize how special it really is."
UND was up 4-1 before the Tigers rallied with two goals from rookie defenseman Jaccob Slavin, just back from the World Junior Championships. But a major penalty on CC's Sam Rothstein for checking from behind at 15:02 of the third period stopped the rally. Michael Parks then closed the scoring with his power-play rebound at 17:43 of the period for North Dakota.
"I thought we were ready to play from the outset," Hakstol said. "I thought we got sleepy at the end of the first period and sleepy at the start of the third period. But overall, a pretty good team win."
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Nolan LaPorte netted the game-winning shorthanded goal with 8.3 seconds remaining in the third period as Western Michigan completed a rally and upset No. 13 Miami, 5-4. It was the second of two shorthanded goals in the third period for the Broncos.
The Broncos were killing off a five-minute major penalty during the final four minutes of the third period. Kenney Morrison flipped the puck into the neutral zone and Chase Balisy took down the ice. The senior captain was able to protect the puck and get towards the net and fire a shot on goal. Miami goalie Ryan McKay made the initial save but the puck sat next to the post and LaPorte came flying in and banged it into the net for the game winner.
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Jonny Brodzinski scored twice in the third period to help ice St. Cloud State's 6-3 win over Denver. The loss marked only the second for the Pioneers over the last 13 games and only their third setback by more than a one-goal margin this season.
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Nebraska-Omaha played its final game without suspended coach Dean Blais and defenseman Jaycob Megna. It wound up losing all three, including Friday's game to Minnesota-Duluth, 3-2.
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Ryan Carpenter scored in his season debut, coming off injury, as Bowling Green topped Alaska to move into second-place tie in the WCHA.