John Albert had the go-ahead goal, an empty-netter plus an assist in the third period to lead streaking Ohio State to a 5-2 win over No. 7 Miami and a sweep of the two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association series in Value City Arena.
The Buckeyes (12-8-1, 7-6-1-1) scored five times in the last 17 minutes, including a second empty-net score by Danny Dries to the delight of a season-high crowd of 6,951.
Albert put the Buckeyes up 3-2 at 9:55 of the third with a slap shot from the top of the left circle that cleanly beat goalie Connor Knapp.
With the 3:36 to play, the RedHawks had a shot go in but it was disallowed because the net had been dislodged from its moorings before the puck crossed the line.
Ohio State trailed 2-0 entering the third period but Sergio Somma scored at 2:41 on the power play and sophomore defenseman Brandon Martell had the first of his career 3 minutes later. 6,951.
Both goals benefitted by nice set-ups. Danny Dries passed through the slot to an awaiting Somma near the right post for the quick shot. The equalizer came off a cross-ice pass near the left dot before Martell unleashed a rocket.
After being blanked on six power plays Friday, Miami (11-8-3, 8-6-2-1) scored a pair of man-up goals on Saturday to seemingly have the game under control.
The Buckeyes took the opener 1-0 behind the 40-save effort of Cal Heeter but the RedHawks countered in the rematch with Connor Knapp, who did not play Friday.
He had a strong first period when Ohio State had a 11-1 shot advantage through 15 minutes.
Miami scored on its first power play at 15:11when Alden Hirschfield scored from the left faceoff circle. Heeter appeared screened as the puck went between his pads.
The second goal by Andy Miele at 2:48 of the second was one of the strangest seen – or unseen – in the building over the years. It came on the RedHawks’ second power play.
Miele’s one-timer from the right circle went over the right shoulder of Heeter then continued through the netting on the left side just under the bar.
The play was reviewed for about 8 minutes by three officials before being judged a goal and the clock reverted back to 17:12 from the 16:56 mark when play was stopped.
After the situation was explained to both benches another delay ensued to repair the goal.
Ohio State’s best chances in the middle stanza came short-handed during a third Miami power play but the Buckeyes twice squandered odd-man rushes and had another shot from the point saved by Knapp.