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.
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.