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Hockey: De La Torre hat trick spurs OU win over Syracuse

Ohio head coach Sean Hogan said he didn't feel his team played its best game on Friday night in its 1-0 overtime win over Syracuse.

With that said, it can certainly be argued that the Bobcats stepped up their performance considerably on Saturday, coming through with a strong 5-1 win over the Orange.

Ohio didn't wait nearly as long as it did on Friday night to get its goal-scoring started against Syracuse in the second game of the series. Less than ten minutes into the contest, Joe Breslin took a feed from Patrick Spellacy and shot it past the Orange keeper for his sixth goal of the season.

Just twelve seconds later, De La Torre followed up his game-winning performance on Friday night by quickly doubling the Bobcats' lead with his first of three goals on the evening.

The Bobcats weren't finished with their dominant first period play yet, however, as Michael Harris stepped up with a long-range goal with less than four minutes to play in the period. Ohio dominated the shot count through the first period, by a total of 24-3.

The two teams got more aggressive with their shot counts in the second period, but each yielded just one goal to show for it. First, De La Torre struck again with his second goal of the game. Syracuse then came through with 5:44 left in the period with its first goal of the game.

De La Torre completed the hat trick with 7:46 remaining in the third period, giving the Bobcats a 5-1 lead that stuck until the end of the game.

Ohio outshot Syracuse by a total of 53-22.

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