Ohio State Escapes Hobart with Overtime Victory

Hobart won the opening faceoff in overtime and, after a timeout, held the ball until a turnover with 1:31 gave the Buckeyes the ball. Ohio State cleared and took a timeout of its own. After a save, Schuss picked up the groundball and the ball came to Alexander, who was able to complete his hat trick and lift the Buckeyes to the victory. Ohio State attempted the only two shots of the overtime period, with Zonino stopping the first.

For the game, Ohio State outshot Hobart, 37-33. Dutton played 63:34 for the Buckeyes and made 11 saves. Hobart's Zonino, who entered the game first in the NCAA in saves per game, had 19 stops in all 63:34.

Ohio State ended the game ahead in groundballs, 29-25, led by Bonanni with five and Ochwat with four. Ochwat had four of the Buckeyes' seven caused turnovers.

The Buckeyes were successful on 19 of 21 clears, with Hobart 18 for 21. The Statesmen controlled faceoffs, winning 16 of 22 on the day. Each team scored one EMO goal; Ohio State was 1 for 3 and Hobart was 1 for 5.

Postgame Notes

The game was Ohio State's first overtime game and victory since defeating Penn State, 6-5, in 3OT March 5, 2011.

Alexander had his second four-point game of the year (the fourth of his career) and his first hat trick of the season. He has eight goals, five assists and 13 points to tie for third on the squad.

Schuss extended his point streak to 41 with his 11th multiple-point game of the season. He is first on the squad with 31 goals, 12 assists and 43 points. He now has 151 career points to rank seventh in Ohio State history, moving ahead of Bill Rodgers who had 150 from 1978-81.

Dutton had his sixth game (including four of the last five) with 10+ saves. He has a 7.28 goals-against average and .577 save percentage this season.

Smail had his first two-goal game this season and his third two-point game of the year.

Ochwat matched his career high, set three times before, with four caused turnovers. He leads the team with 21 this season.

Evans extended his point streak to five with an assist, with his goal-scoring streak stopped at four. He has six goals, three assists and nine points in the last five games combined.

Liddil is on a three-game goal-scoring streak and has a point in each of his last six games. This year, he has 13 points to tie for third on the squad, including five goals and eight assists.

King is second on the team with 11 goals and 16 points. It was his sixth multiple-point game of the year.

Mack's goal was his first this season and the second of his career. His first was Feb. 27, 2010 vs. Detroit.

Ohio State has outshot each of its last seven opponents.

The Buckeyes have allowed more than nine goals just once this year. The squad is allowing 7.64 goals a game this season.

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2012-04-07



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