LEWISTON -- With speed and skill, Ohio State dominated Dwyer Arena Friday night handing Niagara a 10-2 loss.
The Buckeyes, who came into the game ranked No. 15 in the latest USCHO.com poll, remained undefeated (4-0-2). Led by senior captain Nick Schilkey who scored three goals, Ohio State rolled four lines of offense. Scoring in spurts, the Buckeyes notched two goals in the first 1:59 of the game then scored four goals in a 1:53 span in the second to expand its lead.
The 10 goals allowed ties the most goals allowed in Niagara program history and marks the fourth time the Purple Eagles have given up 10. the last time was a 10-2 loss to St. Lawrence on Oct. 11, 2014. They lost 10-2 at Colgate on Oct. 9, 2012 and 10-1 at then No. 19 Omaha on Oct. 20, 2006.
The Purple Eagles (0-4-2) are still looking for their first win.
Quick lead: It took Ohio State less than two minutes to build a 2-0 lead. Matthew Weis opened the scoring 40 seconds into the game with a beautiful shot from the right faceoff circle. Then at 1:59 Luke Stork completed a play with Ronnie Hein for the early two-goal lead. The Buckeyes lead grew to 3-0 as defenseman Tommy Parran drove the net and easily tucked a puck from Miguel Fidler past Niagara goalie Jackson Teichroeb.
Power play: Niagara's Nick Farmer put Niagara on the board in first period, netting a power play goal. At the time, it pulled Niagara within, 3-1, but Ohio State responded 50 seconds later with a goal from Schilkey to take a 4-1 lead into the intermission.
Fast and furious: Ohio State had an offensive field day in the second period, scoring four goals in a 1:53 span.
Goalie Change: After giving up four goals on eight shots Teichroeb was lifted for the start of the second period. Joe O'Brien took over the net duties for the Purple Eagles.
Goalie Change Part II: O'Brien's stint only last 8 minutes and 25 seconds as he gave up three goals on eight shots. Guillaume Therien entered the game, giving up two goals on four shots in the second. Therien finished with five saves on eight shots.
Late goal: Niagara freshman Derek Brown scored his third goal of the season at 5:49 of the second period. While a good moral boost, Ohio State still enjoyed a 9-2 lead.
Local connection: Ohio State junior forward Christian Lampasso, a native of Amherst, helped create two of the Buckeye's goals. He flipped the puck down the ice on Luke Stork's goal for a 2-0 lead and worked the puck, and his body, around the net for Stork's second goal at 7:35 of the second period.
Namesake: Bob Dwyer, for whom Dwyer Arena was named, was at Friday's game and dropped the ceremonial first puck.
Scratches: Niagara did not dress Larry Smith, Caleb Boman, Tyler Tomberlin, Ben Sokay, Joey Molinaro, Nicolas Carrier or Keegan Harper. Scratched for Ohio State were Gordi Myer, Freddy Gerard, Brendan Kearney, Christian Frey, Sam McCormick and Matt Miller.
Up next: The teams meet again at 7 p.m. Saturday in Dwyer Arena. Niagara then travels to Penn State for a Thursday-Friday set on Nov. 3-4 before returning to Monteagle Ridge to host Atlantic Hockey rival Mercyhurst on Nov. 15.