Frozen Diamond Faceoff Recap: Michigan 4, Ohio State 1
By Matthew Van Wormer
The Michigan Wolverines proved to be too much for the Ohio State Buckeyes to handle on the ice at Progressive Field on Sunday night. U of M skated out of Cleveland with a 4-1 victory over the #2 team in the nation. Chris Brown was a thorn in the Buckeyes side as he scored the Wolverines first goal and assisted on two others for the three point day.
The Frozen Diamond Faceoff capped off the Indians Snow Days promotion and nearly 26,000 fans packed into the Jake on a day that had everything a hockey fan could ask for. The weather was gorgeous and the atmosphere was electric for this Sunday evening tilt between two of the best teams in collegiate hockey.
Chris Crane scored the lone goal for the Buckeyes on a power play in the second period. Assisted by Mac McCormick and Brandon Martell, it cut the Wolverines lead to 2-1 and it looked like the Buckeyes were going to get back into the game but Derek Deblois and David Wohlberg scored just 30 seconds apart from each other to all but put the game away for the Wolverines.
Cal Heeter did not have a good day in net for the Buckeyes and was pulled after Michigan scored their fourth goal of the game. Heeter faced just 20 shots before giving way to Brady Hjelle who kept the Buckeyes in the game by shutting the Wolverines for almost 30 minutes.
Other than the play of Hjelle, the only positive the Buckeyes saw was their penalty killing unit. The Wolverines had ten power play chances Ohio State killed them all off. The faceoff battle went to the Wolverines by a small margin, 30-27. AJ Treais was most successful for the Wolverines, winning 10 of the 16 faceoffs he took.
All in all, the day was great even though things didn’t go well for the Buckeyes. Hopefully it will be the beginning of something exciting for hockey fans to look forward to year after year. Now, the grounds crew of Progressive Field will turn their attention to getting the field ready for Opening Day. Fireworks capped off a great night and hockey fans left with a great memory of hockey, the way it was meant to be played.
Enjoy the photo slide show from the day of event around the ballpark.
Photos: Jason Kaminski