Saturday OSU came out ready to play and pushed hard in the first and traded goals with UMass. The second period was mostly this for that and neither teams capitalizing on opportunities.
Late in the third OSU was determined not to let this game get away from them and their chemistry which was so strong towards the end of last season was starting to assert itself.
Wyatt Ege brought the puck in along the boards to the goalie's left and as he was going behind the net Tanner Laczynski came skating hard from the blue line to the net with a step on his defender to take the pass from Ege behind the net to go upstairs above the goalie's right shoulder for the game winner!
Lindberg did a good job filling the net for UMass and we tried roofing it a number of times that game when in tight against him with all but Tanner's shot going too high and ending up in the netting behind.
UMass got the chance and pulled Lindberg and got the puck as far as center ice and turned it over with Jobst bringing it back the other way. He was starting to get swarmed as he reached the blue line but got his shot off for the empty netter!
Home and away next weekend with our old CCHA rival Bowling Green and it should be a good series. Our last meeting was a home and away two seasons ago with an Ohio State sweep.
BG has a Tuesday game this week and I wonder if they'll be fully ready to go for their game here on Friday?