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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team advanced to the CCHA tournament quarterfinals, completing a series sweep of Notre Dame with an 8-2 win Saturday in the OSU Ice Rink. Ohio State scored twice in the first four minutes of the game and led 4-0 after the first period. The team extended its lead to 6-1 after the second and scored two late goals for the 8-2 final.

Buckeye junior Hunter Bishop had a hat trick and added two assists, the first five-point night for a Buckeye since 1999. Junior defenseman Chris Reed had a career-high four assists and +5 mark in the win. Junior goalie Dustin Carlson matched his career high with 47 saves in the victory. Sergio Somma scored twice and added an assist for three points, while Kyle Reed and Zac Dalpe each had two assists and CJ Severyn had two points on a goal and a helper.

The No. 8 seed Buckeyes will take on No. 1 seed and regular-season champion Miami in the quarterfinals in Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio, this weekend. Game one is set for 7:35 p.m. Friday, with game two at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. If necessary, game three will be at 7:05 p.m. Sunday. The winner earns a spot in the CCHA semifinals at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. All four first-round hosts (No. 5 Alaska, No. 6 Nebraska-Omaha, No. 7 Michigan) posted sweeps to advance to the quarterfinals.

Ohio State led 4-0 after the first period. Matt Bartkowski opened the scoring at 3:36 with a power-play goal, coming across the crease and scoring on the backhand. K. Reed and Dalpe assisted on the goal. Just 24 seconds later Somma scored with a wrist shot on the rush down the left side, assisted by his linemates Peter Boyd and Dalpe. At 12:20 senior Mathieu Picard got his third tally of the weekend. K. Reed got the puck to C.  Reed who kept the puck in at the blue line and dropped a pass to Picard and his quick shot found the back of the net. Severyn scored the final goal of the period at 17:53 , beating ND starter Mike Johnson glove side, assisted by Bishop and C. Reed. Carlson stopped all 15 shots he faced in the stanza.

Notre Dame started the second period with a 5-on-3 advantage for two minutes after the Buckeyes were assessed two minors at the end of the first. The Irish took advantage, as Calle Ridderwall scored 46 seconds into the period. Bishop scored twice in the final 5:29 of the period to extend the Buckeye lead to 6-1. His first goal came shorthanded at 14:41. With the Buckeyes killing a 5-minute major, C. Reed got the puck to Bishop and he scored stick-side from in close. He added another goal at 19:06, as John Albert found him alone in front, with Severyn on the second assist. Shots were 17-7 in favor of the Irish in the period.

In the third, there was no scoring until Notre Dame’s Christiaan Minella put home the rebound of a Nick Larson shot at 11:54. Somma got his second of the night at 14:21 with Ohio State on the power play. C. Reed got the puck down low and it went from Bishop to Somma in front of the net. He was able to gather it and score before ND goalie Tom O’Brien could get in position. The final goal came at 17:25, as Bishop completed his hat trick. Somma picked up the puck from Carlson in the Buckeye zone and broke in 2-on-1 with Bishop. Somma passed over to Bishop driving to the net and he redirected it home for his first career hat trick. Carlson had 16 saves in the stanza.

The Irish outshot the Buckeyes, 49-25. Carlson played all 60 minutes and had 47 saves to match his career best. Notre Dame starter Johnson played the first period and allowed four goals on nine shots. O’Brien had 12 saves, allowing four goals, in the final 40 minutes.

The Buckeye penalty kill was 5-for-6 in the game, while the power play was 2-for-3.

Postgame Notes

Bishop had the first five-point night for a Buckeye since Hugo Boisvert had five at Cornell Jan. 16, 1999. It was the first hat trick since Corey Elkins’ three-goal night in game two of the CCHA playoffs first round last season in the OSU Ice Rink. Bishop had his first two-goal game Jan. 8, 2010 and his previous high for points was three, set Jan. 9 vs. Bowling Green.

Somma had two goals for the fifth time in his career and it was his second career three-point night, with the first at Ferris State earlier this season. He is second on the squad with a career-high 14 assists and ranks third with 28 points.

Bishop’s shorthanded goal was the Buckeyes’ third this season but the first since Oct. 16 vs. Denver, the fourth game of the season.

C. Reed’s +5 night was the second for a Buckeye this season, joining freshman Devon Krogh who was +5 vs. Michigan Dec. 4. Krogh’s night was the first time a Buckeye was +5 or better since 2001-02. C. Reed now leads the Buckeyes with a +16 mark this year.

C. Reed’s four assists marked the fourth four-assist night for a Buckeye this year (Dalpe Feb. 6 at Nebraska-Omaha, Boyd Nov. 21 at Ferris State, Albert Jan. 8 vs. Bowling Green). Since 2001 there have been just eight four-assist games for the Buckeye, with four this season. The four points were a career high after two two-point nights. The last was in the playoffs vs. Bowling Green last season (March 6, 2009). It was his first game with more than one assists since Dec. 7, 2007 vs. St. Lawrence.

K. Reed had the third two-assist game of his career and the first since March 7, 2009 vs. Bowling Green.

Dalpe extended his team point lead to 40 with two assists vs. the Irish.

Carlson’s 47 saves matched his career high, first set Jan. 17, 2009 at Ferris State.

Carlson now has three assists this year, tying for second in the Buckeye record book for helpers in a year by a goalie. He has four career assists to rank fifth (tied) in Buckeye history.

 The eight goals were the most for the Buckeyes since downing Bowling Green 8-5 Jan. 9, 2009.  

Postgame Quotes
John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“Well, I do not think it was an 8-2 game.  It did not feel like it watching from the bench as a coach.  The goaltending was different in tonight’s game.  I thought we put the power play to work tonight.  It was great to get four goals in the first period.  Although as a coach, I’m worried about all our penalties.”

On potentially facing Miami in the next CCHA playoff series
“Tonight we were able to accomplish a win with timely goals.  Hopefully, we can do the same thing going up against Miami.  We just need to go in there and play smarter hockey.  It is what it is.  We have to go in there and try to beat them.”

Jeff Jackson, Notre Dame head coach
On first period performance
“I thought we came out really well to begin the first period. The first time they came down and shot on goal, they scored, and that was pretty deflating for our team. We probably shouldn’t have started Mike at goal because he was dealing with an injury. We struggled and we just weren’t as sharp as we needed to be tonight.”

On not scoring goals
“We’ve been dealing with the inability to score goals all season. We have to give credit to Dustin because he did a great job making some nice saves. They didn’t give us much offensively and they were boxing out the lanes effectively all night. They did a good job of protecting in front of the net and we didn’t take advantage of our second chances.”

Ohio State player quotes
Chris Reed, junior defender
On the physical play of the game
“Well anytime Notre Dame is facing elimination, you know you are up for a hard game.  I think when we took the lead so early in the game, that’s when the game took a turn and became more intense. Everybody got a little tougher.”

Hunter Bishop, junior forward
On facing Miami
“Well, with a team like Miami, they are always going to bring fire. It’ll be good to have a week off in order for preparation and to get rest.  I think once we have this break, we will be ready for any opponent.”

, junior forward
On finishing the series with an 8-2 win
“It was just one of those nights.  We were coming off the win from last night and everybody was just ready to come out and play.  Luckily, shots were taken and going in for us.  Dusty played amazing and came through for us.”Sergio Somma

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2009-10
Notre Dame vs Ohio State (Mar 06, 2010 at Columbus, Ohio)

 Notre Dame (13-17-8) vs. Ohio State (14-16-6)
 Date: Mar 06, 2010  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Arena: OSU Ice Rink       
 Attendance:743   Start time:7:05 pm   End time:9:21 pm   Total time:2:16   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
 Notre Dame 0 1 1 2
 Ohio State 4 2 2 8
 
   1st period – 1, OSU, Matt Bartkowski/5 (Kyle Reed/3, Zac Dalpe/19)
3:36 (pp). 2, OSU, Sergio Somma/13 (Peter Boyd/25, Zac Dalpe/20) 4:00.
3, OSU, Mathieu Picard/5 (Chris Reed/5, Kyle Reed/4) 12:20. 4, OSU,
C.J. Severyn/8 (Hunter Bishop/11, Chris Reed/6) 17:53. Penalties –
Kyle Palmieri, ND (roughing the goalie) 3:14; C.J. Severyn, OSU
(unsportsmanlike conduct atw) 17:55; Matt Bartkowski, OSU (cth
roughing atw) 20:00; Dustin Carlson, OSU (cth roughing atw) 20:00.

   2nd period – 5, ND, Calle Ridderwall/19 (Ian Cole/16, Ryan
Thang/14) :46 (pp). 6, OSU, Hunter Bishop/10 (Chris Reed/7) 14:41
(sh). 7, OSU, Hunter Bishop/11 (John Albert/21, C.J. Severyn/5) 19:06.
Penalties – Matt Bartkowski, OSU (boarding) 2:49; Corey Toy, OSU
(slashing) 7:13; Corey Toy, OSU (hitting from behind) 13:01; Corey
Toy, OSU (game misconduct) 13:01; Ryan Thang, ND (slashing) 17:31;
Shane Sims, OSU (roughing atw) 17:31.

   3rd period – 8, ND, Christiaan Minella/2 (Nick Larson/5, Joe
Lavin/7) 11:54. 9, OSU, Sergio Somma/14 (Hunter Bishop/12, Chris
Reed/8) 14:21 (pp). 10, OSU, Hunter Bishop/12 (Sergio Somma/14, Dustin
Carlson/3) 17:25. Penalties – Ryan Thang, ND (cth high-sticking) 9:15;
Richard Ryan, ND (hooking) 12:57; Calle Ridderwall, ND (10-minute
misconduct) 14:57; Jeff McNeil, OSU (roughing) 16:06; Billy Maday, ND
(roughing) 16:06.

   Shots on goal – ND 15-17-17 49; OSU 9-7-9 25.

   Power plays – ND 1 of 6; OSU 2 of 3.

   Penalties – ND 6 (20 min); OSU 9 (29 min).

   Goalies – ND, Tom O’Brien (40:00 minutes, 16 shots-12 saves) , Mike
Johnson 10-13-5 (20:00, 9-5); OSU, Dustin Carlson 5-10-4 (60:00,
49-47).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-743  T-2:16   
 Three stars: 1. None    2. None    3. None   
 Ref: Stephen McInchak; Keith Sergott   Line: Bruce Vida; Paul Tunison
 Win-Dustin Carlson (5-10-4).  Loss-Mike Johnson (10-13-5). 
 CCHA Tournament First Round, Game Two            
 Ohio State wins series, 2-0, to advance to       
 quarterfinals