Resiliency again the key term for the Nanooks as they scored 6 unanswered goals to rout the Buckeyes tonight at the Carlson Center. Scoring first apparently aggrevated Colton Beck as he just went off tonight, scoring 3 goals, and adding an assist for a four point night. Cody Kunyk, the dishmaster tallied four helpers as well on the night.
The opening period saw some great back and forth hockey action as both the Buckeyes and the Nanooks played very well in transition, and did a nice job limiting shots and chances to the outside. The Nanooks let in a bit of a soft goal there early in the period as Keeney tried to cover the puck, but a delayed whistle allowed Alex Szczechura on the doorstep to jam it under Keeney's pads to get the early lead at 6:35 of the first period.
But the 'Nooks fought back, creating a nice trap preventing OSU from generating a clean rush late in the period. One such play saw Andy Taranto intercept a quick outlet pass just outside the Buckeyes blue line, creating a quick 3 on 2 rush with Beck and Kunyk on the wings. Taranto got it to Kunyk as they crossed into the zone on the left side, and Kunyk made a phenomenal feed to Beck waiting on the back door to tie the game. Really a great highlight goal to watch.
The Nanooks kept pulling ahead into the 2nd with 3 more unanswered goals to continue to roll ahead. The first one coming just 56 seconds into the frame as Andy Taranto came up with a nice heads up play in front of the net collecting a rebound off a shot by Colton Beck.
Nolan Youngmun added an extra one in there for good measure making a nice play crashing the net, getting a stick on a loose puck in front of Hjelle and banging one home, similar to the first goal the Nanooks allowed early in the first. Nice work by Younger to keep motoring and crashing the net.
About 5 minutes later at the half-way point of the game, a very nice turnover and transition by the Nanooks forced another odd man rush with Taranto, Beck, Kunyk and Odegard. Taranto made the entrance as OSU disrupted the chance, but Odegard got a stick on it and fed it to Cody Kunyk to keep the scoring chance alive. And woowwwww did Kunyk make a play, call him the dishmaster tonight with the pass of the game, and all Becker had to was put some tape on it.
Into the 3rd, the Nanooks kept rolling as Nik Yaremchuk capitalized on a turnover created by Adam Henderson in the offensive zone, burying the puck past Collin Oleson after the Buckeyes pulled Brady Hjelle.
And to top it all off, Colton Beck netted his first collegiate hat trick with his 3rd of the game on a 2 on 1 rush with Cody Kunyk flanking on the rush after Richard Coyne sent the puck out of the zone to set up the break. Great to see all of the hats flying tonight!
The Nanooks now move to 5th in the CCHA, leaping Ohio State by 2 points as the Nanooks prepare for the sweep tomorrow! Go Nooks!