Ohio was closed for the first time this season on Friday.
A week after Ohio scored just one goal against Pitt and failed at home for the first time since February 12, Ohio failed to score against Maryville. For the first time all season, Ohio’s attack failed to come together and lost 2-0.
Before Friday, Ohio knew his second series against Maryville of the season would be competitive. Both teams were 11-3 before facing each other on Friday, with Maryville winning eight of their last 10 games and Ohio winning seven. However, given Ohio’s home success that season, it was hoping for the lead.
Despite scoring chances on Friday, the Bobcats had more shots on target than the Saints. The Bobcats made the opening shots of the game, but as they had been all night, the Saints defenders were there. After attempting several attacks at the net, the Bobcats finished the game with 30 shots on goal while the Saints had 26.
“Like Pitt last week, we didn’t finish our games,” Ohio coach Lionel Mauron said. “We didn’t hit the net enough and I think we paid the price.”
Maryville’s defense was strong and didn’t let up as Ohio made traffic in front of the net. This was something Mauron wanted the team to improve on this week and while it was looking better there is still work to be done.
“I think we did it,” Mauron said. “But right now and pretty much around our game we need a little bit more intensity. A lot of our bounces went behind the goal. The other goalkeeper played great again today, but we probably made it a bit too easy for ourselves.”
That goalie, Edward Coffey, has been dominant this season, losing to Ohio on October 22nd. In that game, Coffey gave up four goals. However, on Friday he got his revenge by making 30 saves and letting nothing through.
Max Karlenzig played well in the Ohio net, conceding just two goals. One came on a quick shot from Felix Turcotte 3:55 in the second period and the other from Luke MaCleod on a power play in the third.
Maryville was a perfect 1-on-1 on the power play while Ohio was 0-on-2. It had a chance to score the first goal when Jaxon White was called up to hook in the first period and had another chance to level the score after Sam Edwards was penalized for boarding in the second.
Capitalizing on the power play is one thing Mauron would like to see as the team adjust ahead of Saturday.
“We didn’t move the puck well,” Mauron said. “We tried changing the composition of the power game a bit and I don’t think it worked well, so we’re back to the drawing board for this time.”
The stakes are higher in this series as Maryville is an opponent of the Central States Collegiate Hockey League. Maryville brought out the best of Ohio when the teams first played, but they didn’t let that get them down, and Ohio beat Maryville the very next night.
Maryville may have won on Friday, but Ohio will look to share the streak again in the teams’ final matchup on Saturday.