Buckeyes Finish Sweep Of Visiting Chargers

The Ohio State men's hockey team finished a two-game nonconference tilt with Alabama-Huntsville with a 5-1 win on Saturday night in Value City Arena. Senior co-captain John Albert got his 100th career point in the victory and OSU got goals from all four lines.

Ohio State senior forward John Albert notched his 100th point as the Ohio State men's hockey team finished off a two-game sweep of Alabama-Huntsville with a 5-1 win Saturday night in Value City Arena.

Albert's big point allowed him to become the first Buckeye to hit 100 in his career since Tom Fritsche did it in 2008 and only the eighth since 2000. He got the point in the third period with the second assist on a goal by freshman Chris Crane, who scored on a rebound after Albert originally put the puck on net.

"It's good," Albert said. "It's an elite group of hockey players in that club and it's an honor to be a part of it. It was in the back of my mind that I was getting close."

The Buckeyes got varied scoring, with each line getting on the board. Cory Schneider, Alex Szczechura, Paul Kirtland and C.J. Severyn also potted tallies for the Buckeyes, who outshot the Chargers 49-21 on the way to improving to 4-5-0.

Ohio State didn't trail in the series against Alabama-Huntsville, the lone Division I independent who fell to 1-8-1 on the season.

"You knew they were going to come with a different mentality and a different attitude. I think they played harder and smarter," OSU head coach Mark Osiecki said. "We were telling our players we have to find ways to play back-to-back games. Eventually we have to find a way to win two games in a row.

"In the big picture, the only way you can have success is by winning two games in a row. It's kind of a small step that we made there."

Cory Schneider started the scoring with his first goal of the year, finding a loose puck out front and putting it through the legs of goaltender C.J. Groh, a Cincinnati native, at 16:42 of the first.

The Chargers tied the score at the 2:00 mark of the second when Neil Ruffin scored on the power play, but the Buckeyes retook the lead for good just 59 seconds later when Severyn came out from behind the goal line and scored from close range on Groh's left.

Szczechura doubled the advantage at 11:35, tipping a shot from the slot by Shane Sims past Groh. Sims was set up by good work and a nice pass by Danny Dries, who earlier was denied spectacularly on a diving paddle save by Groh.

The Chargers had a 5-on-3 advantage that lasted 1:42 that sandwiched the second intermission, but OSU held strong and rolled from there. Crane's goal came at 13:09 and Kirtland tallied at 16:51 to set the final margin.


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