MARQUETTE - The No. 19-ranked Northern Michigan University hockey team's Friday night woes continued this week with a 2-0 loss in CCHA play to Ohio State at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
The unranked Buckeyes (3-3-3 overall, 2-1-1 in CCHA) capitalized on a pair of weaknesses addressed by NMU head coach Walt Kyle earlier in the week - turnovers and the penalty kill - to tally both goals.
OSU sophomore forward Ryan Dzingel took advantage of a Wildcat (4-5-2, 1-4-0) turnover to feed OSU junior forward Travis Statchuk his first goal of the season 8:56 into the game for a 1-0 Ohio State lead.
Sophomore forward Max McCormick then scored his third goal of the season on the third period with assists from sophomore forward Tanner Fritz and Dzingel.
"We have not valued the puck on Fridays," Kyle told the Mining Journal on Tuesday. "We've gotten into a real turnover mess. I think the biggest thing is how we take care of the puck."
Northern, who remains in last place in the CCHA, was outshot in the opening period 19-1, though the 'Cats held a 19-16 advantage over the final two periods.
NMU junior goaltender Jared Coreau finished with 33 saves while the Buckeyes junior netminder Brady Hjelle made 20 saves for the shutout.
The Wildcats finished 0-for-2 on the power play while the Buckeyes only converted on the final of their four chances.
Ohio State received a five-minute power play 54 seconds into the game after senior forward Matt Thurber, who leads NMU in scoring and the nation in assists with 11, was called for contact to the head and ejected. He received a five-minute major and game misconduct, meaning he will return for tonight's 7:05 p.m. rematch in Columbus.
The Wildcats were also without injured sophomore forward Reed Seckel, who is expected to miss Saturday's game as well.