Schuss Nets Four as No. 8 Ohio State Squeaks by Bellarmine

“The men showed guts to get the win in our third road game in seven days,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “They showed their resiliency and toughed it out with a solid team effort.”

The teams traded goals twice in the first quarter. Schuss put the Buckeyes on the board at 10:49 before Bellarmine answered at 7:40, the first of four goals in a 48 second span between the teams. Schuss scored just 12 seconds later to regain the lead, but a from the Knights 28 seconds after tied the game at 2. King found Brown for a score just eight seconds after that (6:52) to put Ohio State on top, 3-2, at the end of the opening stanza. Bellarmine outshot Ohio State, 12-6, in the quarter, with Dutton making seven saves.

Brown gave the Buckeyes a two-goal lead with a tally at 12:26 of the second quarter but the Knights scored the next two for a 4-all deadlock. The Buckeyes regained their advantage when Brown and Evans connected for a score with just one seconds left in the half. Shots were 7-6 in favor of the Buckeyes. Dutton made two stops in the stanza.

Bellarmine scored at 12:14 of the third quarter to tie the game at five. The score remained tied until Reegan Comeault tallied, assisted by Schuss, at 4:33 and Schuss then tallied unassisted to give Ohio State a two-goal lead at 2:59. Ohio State took nine shots in the quarter, with Bellarmine goalie Dillon Ward making six saves.

In the fourth quarter, King set up junior Adam Trombley for a tally at 11:02 for the Buckeyes' first three-goal lead of the night. Bellarmine then scored back-to-back at 6:30 and 4:57 to draw within one, but Schuss helped seal the victory with a goal at 2:20, regaining the two-goal edge for the Buckeyes. The Knights outshot Ohio State, 7-6, in the stanza and Dutton had one save.

Ohio State was outshot, 33-28, in the game. Dutton played all 60 minutes and had 13 saves, while Ward had 12 saves for the Knights.

Ohio State had the edge in groundballs, 12-7, with Wilkes winning 10 and freshman Kacy Kapinos winning both faceoffs he took. Ohio State won the groundball battle, 25-15, led by four from Wilkes and freshman Robby Haus. Ohio State had seven caused turnovers, with junior Joe Meuer and senior Dominique Alexander each forcing two.

Postgame Notes

• Schuss extended his point streak to 53 games, with a 122-73-195 line in the stretch. He is first on the team with 20 goal and 30 points this season and second with 10 assists. He has multiple points in each of his last 29 games. He is third in program history in career goals, one behind second-place Terry Gilmore (123, 1976-79) and four back of all-time leader Joel Dalgarno (126, 2006-09). Schuss is third in career points with 195 and eighth with 73 assists.

• Dutton's 13 saves were a season high and one shy of the career-best 14 he had vs. Hobart April 9, 2011. He has an 8.23 goals-against average this season.

• Brown has a point in seven of eight games as a Buckeye and multiple points in six outings. He is first on the team with 12 assists and tied for second with 24 points.

• King moved his point streak to 14 games (23-15-38) but had his nine-game goal-scoring streak ended.

• Wilkes has won 82 of 140 (.586) faceoffs this season and is first on the team with 29 groundballs.

• Meurer is tied with Darius Bowling for first on the team with 10 caused turnovers each.

• Evans has at least one point in all six games he has played this season (with multiple points in five), with eight goals, five assists and 13 points.

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