Two other Buckeyes, Zac Dalpe and Hunter Bishop, also stepped up big on the weekend. Dalpe continued to be one of the most productive players in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, recording a goal and two assists on the weekend. Dalpe finished the regular season second in points and now has 20 goals and 20 assists on the season.
Bishop broke out for the Buckeyes on Saturday, recording a hat trick, and two assists for good measure. Bishop played a solid 60 minutes for OSU, marking in every period.
In the first, Bishop assisted on a goal by C.J. Severyn, which gave OSU the 4-0 lead.
Bishop went on to record two goals in the second period, one of which was short-handed. And finally in the third, Bishop completed his hat trick with help from teammate Sergio Somma.
“We went to the four-on-four and Sergio [Somma] looked back at coach and said, ‘Put us in.’ And he said ‘Bishop, I am going to get you one here,’” Bishop said. “I just went to the net, and I have to give it to Somma, he put it right where it needed to be.”
Markell has been looking for Bishop to step up big for his team, and he did at just the right time.
After Saturday night’s game, Bishop admitted he had been a little frustrated with his lack of scoring toward the end of the regular season.
“His job is to sustain that,” Markell said. “He’s capable of sustaining that kind of play.”
Overshadowed by the flurry of goals was the Buckeyes’ outstanding defense. Goaltender Dustin Carlson continued his dominance between the pipes and has allowed only three goals in as many games.