Here at the Union and Blue, we are committed to covering the Columbus Blue Jackets and bringing you the latest news and opinions about the team. The Blue Jackets are not the only hockey team in Ohio and in the Ohio Hockey News Roundup we will provide a quick overview of the latest news in Ohio hockey. The primary focus will be the Ohio State men’s hockey team, Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL, the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL, and the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL.
Expectations were not very high for Ohio State this past weekend when they traveled to Minnesota to take on the #1 ranked college hockey program in the nation. Ohio State performed better than expected in the Hockey City Classic, surrendering only one goal in a 1-0 loss. Ohio State followed that up with a 4-2 loss on Saturday. The Buckeyes got out to a 2-0 lead, but Minnesota stormed back with four unanswered goals. Both games were great performances, but Ohio State came up just a bit short against an outstanding opponent.
- Ohio State Men’s Hockey Falls Twice to Top Ranked Minnesota [ The Lantern ]
- Ohio State Really Close to Hitting Stride in New Big 10 [ The Lantern ]
Lake Erie Monsters
Lake Erie’s slump continued this past weekend with two losses to the Iowa Wild; the losing streak now sits at five games. Iowa scored three times on the power play Friday, which put them on the way to a 6-1 win over the Monsters. Iowa followed that up with a 1-0 win on Saturday. The Monsters have a chance to break the streak tonight when they finally return home for a game against the Rochester Americans. The Monsters will then be at home again this Saturday against the Hamilton Bulldogs, before traveling up to Toronto on Sunday to take on the Marlies. Finally on Tuesday they will be in Utica, New York for a match up with the Utica Comets.
- Lake Erie Monsters Routed By Iowa Wild, 6-1 [ Cleveland Plain Dealer ]
- Lake Erie Monsters Drop 1-0 Decision to Iowa [ Cleveland Plain Dealer ]
Just a two game weekend for the Toledo Walleye, who had a quick road trip to Reading to take on the Royals. The Walleye lost both games, with a 5-2 loss on Friday and a 5-4 loss on Saturday. Toledo scored three unanswered goals on Saturday, but the potential come from behind win fell short. Toledo had the remainder of the week off. This weekend will be jam packed however, with home games against the Wheeling Nailers, Reading Royals, and Greenville Road Warriors on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
- Walleye Fall in Reading, 5-2 [ Toledo Walleye ]
- Toledo Comeback Falls Short 5-4 In Reading [ Toledo Walleye ]
- The ECHL is getting in on the Outdoor Game trend, and Toledo has been selected to host the first two in league history [ Toledo Walleye ]
The Cincinnati Cyclones good fortunes came to an end last week. First the Elmira Jackals edged the Cyclones out with a 5-4 win. Cinci followed that up with 4-1 loss to the South Carolina Stingrays. The two losses are just a minor speed bump in what has been a great season for Cincinnati. The Cyclones had the weekend off, and will not play again until this Saturday and Sunday with a home and home with the Wheeling Nailers. Cincinnati will be back at US Bank Arena Wednesday to take on the Reading Royals.
- Jackals Squeak Past the Cyclones, 5-4 [ Cincinnati Cyclones ]
- Stingrays Skate Past Cyclones, 4-1 [ Cincinnati Cyclones ]