Team Effort Helps Ohio State Throttle Jacksonville

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A team effort led Ohio State to a 13-2 victory over Jacksonville Saturday in rainy Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, as the Buckeyes (3-6, 1-0 ECAC) closed a three-game homestand.

“It was a collective effort,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “Defensively, we took it as a challenge after not playing our best Tuesday. The offense did a good job of maintaining possession and we won some faceoffs. We were sharing the ball and kept it pretty simple. This week it was back to basics and get the ball moving. It was good to get a lot of players through our lineup today.”

Ohio State jumped out to a 3-0 2:30 into the game en route to a 6-0 advantage at the end of the first quarter and a 9-0 halftime lead. Three goals early in the third quarter pushed the margin to 12-0 before the Dolphins (1-7, 0-1 A-Sun) got on the board late in the third quarter and each team scored once in the fourth for a 13-2 final.

Junior leading scorer Jesse King led Ohio State with seven points, on three goals and four assists. Sophomore Carter Brown had a hat trick and added an assist for a four-point day, while sophomore Gordie Koerber had four points with two goals and two helpers. In all, nine Buckeyes had a point in the win. Ohio State, which won 10 of 18 faceoffs, limited Jacksonville to just 15 shots in the game.

Ohio State led 6-0 after the first quarter and 9-0 at halftime, outshooting the Dolphins, 32-5, in the first half. King had a hand in six of the Buckeyes' first seven goals. He opened the scoring unassisted just 30 seconds into the contest and then set up Brown for a goal 15 seconds later. King made the score 3-0 at 12:30 with a second unassisted tally before assisting on a man-up goal from junior Reegan Comeault at 8:07. The Buckeyes scored a second-consecutive man-up goal when freshman John Kelly set up Brown at 5:11. Brown and King then connected for a goal to complete King's hat trick at 3:35, giving Ohio State a 6-0 advantage. Jacksonville goalie Pete DeLuca made five saves in the quarter, as Ohio State outshot Jacksonville, 15-2.

Koerber scored back-to-back goals in the second quarter for a 8-0 Buckeye lead. His first was man-up and assisted by King at 13:03 and he then scored unassisted at 2:59. Just 29 seconds later King found Brown for the Buckeyes' fourth EMO goal of the day. Shots were 17-3 in favor of Ohio State in the quarter, with DeLuca making eight saves for the Dolphins in the stanza.

Ohio State outscored Jacksonville, 3-1, in the third quarter. Koerber assisted on goals 1:48 apart, with junior Rick Lewis tallying at 14:48 (just 12 seconds into the quarter) and sophomore Ryan Hunter netting his first goal as a Buckeye at 13:00. Hunter added a second goal at 8:06, assisted by senior Nick Diegel. Jacksonville then got on the board at 3:51 with a man-up goal from Tom Moore. The Dolphins outshot Ohio State, 7-6, in the quarter and Buckeye senior goalie Scott Spencer had three saves.

Each team scored once in the fourth quarter. JU's Chase McIntyre tallied man-up at 12:52 and Buckeye freshman J.T. Blubaugh drove the net and scored unassisted with 59 seconds left in regulation. Ohio State outshot Jacksonville, 9-3, in the quarter.

The Buckeyes had a season-high 47 shots in the game while holding Jacksonville to an opponent season-low 15. It was the first time an Ohio State opponent had fewer than 20 shots since Detroit attempted 16 Feb. 10, 2011.

Spencer started the game and played the first three quarters, making six saves in 45 minutes. Junior Cameron Stephens played 13:13 of the fourth quarter and faced just one shot, while junior Kevin Duffy played the final 1:47 and did not see a shot. DeLuca ended the game with 16 saves for the Dolphins.

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