COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State finished off a sweep of the No. 19 Northern Michigan University hockey team on Saturday night with a 4-2 victory that left the Wildcats in the basement of the CCHA for another week.
NMU sophomore forward Ryan Daugherty gave the Wildcats (4-6-2 overall, 1-5-2 in CCHA) a 1-0 lead 9:43 into the game and in the process, tied freshman forward Cohen Adair with a team-high five goals.
OSU's Riley Simpson tied the game with a goal 1:04 into the second on the power play and Ryan Dzingel gave the Buckeyes (4-3-3 overall, 3-1-2 in CCHA) the lead on a 5-on-3 power play goal 1:40 later.
NMU senior defenseman Scott Macaulay tied the game back up at 2-2 with a score at 6:34 of the second period, but the Buckeyes picked up third period goals from Alex Szczechura and Chris Crane.
Northern was outshot in the game 42-14 with junior goaltender Jared Coreau making a season-high 38 saves. Collin Olson had 12 for Ohio State.
Northern entered the weekend knowing it would be without injured sophomore Reed Seckel, who has four goals. What it didn't know, however, was that senior forward and leading scorer Matt Thurber would be spending most of the weekend in the stands of Value City Arena.
Thurber, who has a goal and 11 assists, was tossed after only 54 seconds of play on Friday for a contact to the head penalty, which earned him a five-minute major and game misconduct. The next day, the CCHA decided to suspend Thurber for Saturday's game, essentially turning the game misconduct into a game disqualification. Thurber will be back at 7:35 p.m. on Friday when the Wildcats host Alaska in the first of a two-game series at the Berry Events Center.
One offensive weapon who will not be available is junior forward Erik Higby, who received Saturday the same penalty Thurber did on Friday - a five-minute major for contact to the head. Instead of a game misconduct, however, the officials gave Higby a game disqualification, which carries an automatic one-game suspension.