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Amherst native Christian Lampasso fills his role for Ohio State

LEWISTON -- The first time Christian Lampasso went on the ice with a learn-to-skate program was at Dwyer Arena.

There's a picture of him in his family's living room -- a kid crying, trying to get off the ice with a Grand Niagara jersey on.

"This was the first place I ever learned to skate," Lampasso said.

The junior forward showed off those skating skills Friday night, picking up two assists with Ohio State as the No. 15 Buckeyes handed Niagara a 10-2 loss in Dwyer Arena.

Ohio State jumped out to the 3-0 lead, including a goal by Luke Stork set up by Lampasso who chipped the puck off the glass up to centerman Ronnie Heine.

Nick Farmer got Niagara on the board. The Buckeyes responded 50 seconds later when captain Nick Schilkey scored the first of his three goals on the night for a 4-1 lead.

By the end of the second the lead exploded to 9-1, including four Ohio State goals in a 1:53 span.

"The worst thing is people start to break down and think 'We're winning. We can be a little lax. We don't have to play as hard,'" Lampasso said. "And that's when things start to get bad. It was 3-0 and they scored on the power play to make it 3-1 and our team's like 'Ok guys we can't steer away from the game plan even though we're winning.' That was the main focus of the night, to stick with the game plan and do exactly what got us all those goals. That was the message between every period, at every whistle, at every media time out. Just stick to the game plan."

The game plan, which includes an incredibly speedy and effective transition game, has been the key to a hot start for Ohio State, which remained undefeated moving to 4-0-2.

Lampasso sees this season's early success as a progression from last season when the Buckeyes started 0-7 but ended the season with an eight-game unbeaten streak before falling to Minnesota in the Big 10 tournament.

"All we have to do is keep our heads on straight," Lampasso said. "Know what got us to where we are and I think we've got a good future for this year."

Lampasso also knows his role and understands what he can bring to the team.

"We've got a real deep crew. Any of our 15 forwards can play at any time on any line," said Lampasso who had about 25 family and friends in the stands. "If my coach puts me out there, I'm going to play as hard as I possibly can. I'm a third-line guy. I know what I am. I'm an energy guy. I get the pucks to the net, grind corners, hit bodies. I'm not the biggest guy in the world but I'll throw a hit here and there. I know what I need to do and that's what will help the team win, me being energized."

On the other side of the ledger, Niagara fell to 0-4-2 and tied the program mark for most goals allowed in a game. It was the fourth time in program history the Purple Eagles have given up 10 goals, the last  a 10-2 loss to St. Lawrence on Oct. 11, 2014.

The teams meet again at 7 p.m. Saturday in Dwyer Arena.

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