Ohio Hockey Classic Photoblog

Final day of the Ohio Hockey Classic yesterday. This tournament has previously been played at Nationwide, but moved to the Schott this season due to the Jackets’ game on Friday.

I missed the first day, in which Ohio State upset Harvard, setting the stage for the Battle of Ohio final between OSU and Miami. Prior to that game, Harvard and St. Cloud State battled for third place. I cheered for Harvard out of ECACHL solidarity, but after two periods of pretty close hockey, the Huskies took over in the third, and ended up with the 4-1 victory.

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Opening faceoff of the Harvard-SCSU game

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Look at the flex in that stick

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Obligatory “Look at how empty the Schott is” picture. Although it did fill in better for the OSU-Miami game

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SCSU’s #28 tries to get the puck out of the corner while marked by a Crimson skater

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Where did that puck go?

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Pileup in the Harvard crease

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Morin slides to block the pass

After that appetizer, it was on to the main course, OSU-Miami for whatever they call the trophy for the winner of the Ohio Hockey Classic. The Schott filled in decently for this game, although still well short of a few years ago, when OSU-Miami drew 14k. I’d guess it was at least 1/3 Miami fans, and they were loud and spirited all night, making it feel more like a Redhawks home game. Some of the young Ohio State fans sitting near me, having never been exposed to a real college hockey atmosphere, took particular umbrage to the “It’s all your fault!” chant, finding it to be mean. Good thing Ohio State and Cornell don’t play in the same league; the Big Red fans would give them the vapors.

Miami looked dominant early on, showing why they’re ranked so high. They really took it to the Buckeyes physically. I’ve also rarely seen a team that attacks so aggressively while killing penalties. Despite Miami’s physical dominance, OSU kept it close in shots and score all night, and momentum seemed to shift a little more to the underdogs as the game went on. Miami scored a late goal in the third to break the 2-2 tie and spoil Ohio State’s hope for an upset.

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Here come the Buckeyes

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Johan Kroll and Dustin Carlson watch for the shot by Ryan Jones

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Hey, when did Michal Handzus enroll at Miami?

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Carter Camper (best name in college hockey) dumps Jason DeSantis behind the net

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Buckeye blocks a shot

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Pileup in the corner

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Miami’s Justin Vaive, son of former NHLer Rick Vaive

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OSU’s Tom Fritsche and Miami’s Kevin Roeder

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Sergio Somma stretches for the puck

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Tom Fritsche carries the puck in against Mitch Ganzak

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Fritsche, DeSantis, and Dingle line up for the faceoff

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Miami celebrates the game winning goal

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