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Ohio State loses again to No. 19 Omaha, 4-3

Despite a two goal first period lead, the Buckeyes fell to Omaha for the second night in a row.

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Things may be peachy in the land of Ohio State football, but the men's hockey team is having the exact opposite feelings these days.

The Buckeyes lost their second straight to Nebraska-Omaha, 4-3, in Value City Arena last night to fall to 2-5-1 on the season exclusively in non-conference play.

Tanner Fritz and Chad Niddery put the Bucks up 2-1 in the first period by 6:02 and Darik Angeli extended the lead to two at 16:11 of the first. Avery Peterson scored his second of the night for Omaha and cut the lead to 3-2 by the end of the first.

Omaha would score again in the second period to tie it up at three on a shot by David Pope and then took the lead early in the third on a goal by Justin Parizek. Ohio State wouldn't be able to answer and ultimately fell by that 4-3 score. Despite being behind in the final frame, OSU was still outshot by a count of 13-11, showing the Buckeyes' strange ability to go against accepted score effects doctrine.

Each team would end up with 30 shots exactly, with Omaha's Kirk Thompson stopping one more than OSU's Christian Frey, who wasn't particularly good but was probably still better than Matt Tomkins the night before. Either way, this level of goaltending isn't going to win much games. A .900 save percentage should not be that much to ask for and yet, here we are.

At least Ohio State scored a powerplay goal for the first time in four games, so ... silver linings, I guess.

OSU will take on Bowling Green in a home and home next weekend, with Friday's game being at Bowling Green and Saturday's back at Value City Arena in Columbus.