(Photo and game/team information courtesy Ohio State Athletic Department)
This match was pretty much wrapped up in the first period, since all the scoring was in the first 45 minutes. Unfortunately, Ohio State did not participate in the scoring and lost to Michigan, 2-0. Ohio State drops to 7-7-1, 3-4-0, while Michigan improves to 9-4-2, 5-5-1.
This was one of those matches where the Buckeyes didn’t look particularly good on either side of the ball. They were out-shot 16-6 for the match and weren’t much of a challenge – none of OSU’s shots were on goal.
Michigan started the game as the aggressor with four shots within the first 10:14 when they scored their first goal. Ohio State’s first shot (Mitch Bergman) didn’t come until the 15:04 mark. Michigan scored their second goal at the 33:45 mark to up their lead to 2-0.
Goalie Xavier Kennedy got a start for Ohio State and actually played pretty well with 4 saves. UM helped with 8 shots high/wide of the mark, but Xavier did get some help from his defense with 2 blocks.
Briefly getting back to the offense, Mitch Bergman led Ohio State’s attack with 2 shots. Nate Kohl, Kevin Blackwood, Michael Prosuk and Abdi Mohamed each had 1 shot.
After having a six match winning streak in September, the Buckeyes are now on an October losing streak of six matches. During the winning streak, Ohio State outscored their opponents 10-0 and averaged 11.2 shots per match to their opponents 8.8. During this losing streak the script is reversed. Ohio State has been outscored 2-13 and is averaging 8.2 shots per game to opponents 16.2.
Ohio State is currently on a six match losing streak. Kentucky is on a three match losing streak. Hopefully the right streak gets broken on Wednesday.
ETA: A nice, brief article on Nate Kohl preceding the OSU-UM game.
Ohio State gets to play on bluegrass on Wednesday, October 25th when they visit the Kentucky Wildcats. The match kicks off at 7:00 pm ET.
The Wildcats are 7-5-2 to this point. They score 1.14 goals per match and allow .93. They are averaging 11.3 shots per game and allowing 10.3. They are accurate with 53.8% of their shots on goal and are allowing 40.4% of opponent shots on goal.