Ohio State’s bid for a second straight Frozen Four appearance fell short as Denver’s Filip Larsson turned aside all 24 shots and the Pioneers blanked the Buckeyes 2-0 in an NCAA West regional semifinal on Friday in Fargo, North Dakota.
It was the first time this season Ohio State has been shut out as it finished 20-11-5. Denver advances to a regional final and will face the winner of St. Cloud State and American International.
Larsson earned his third shutout of the season and highlighted the game with 12 saves in the first period, including one on a breakaway with three minutes remaining.
Les Lancaster broke the scoreless tie from the right face-off circle with 40 seconds left in the second period on a pass from Emilio Pettersen. Larrsson paced the Pioneers through the second and third periods with seven and five saves, respectively.
Colin Staub sealed the win with an empty-netter at the 19:02 mark of the third period. Michael Davies earned assists on both goals.
The Buckeyes’ defense limited Denver (23-11-5) to just 13 total shots, with goaltender Tommy Nappier making 12 saves.
Swimming and diving
Paul DeLakis set a school record in the 200 freestyle on the way to a fifth-place finish and helped the Buckeyes place 18th with 56 points through 14 events at the NCAA championships in Austin, Texas.
DeLakis posted a time of 1 minute, 32.01 seconds.
Matt Carpenter’s one-out double in the 11th inning gave Ohio State (15-11, 1-0) a 5-3 victory in its Big Ten opener Friday at Rutgers (6-16, 0-1).
Carpenter’s two-run double and four hits atoned for his ninth inning error, an errant throw to first base which allowed the tying run to score and force extra innings.
Yukie Sasaki shot an even-par 72 to pace Ohio State an opening round score of 296, and the Buckeyes sit in seventh place after the opening round of the Bryan National Collegiate at Browns Summit, North Carolina.