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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Led by the line of Peter Boyd, Zac Dalpe and Sergio Somma and 46 saves from goalie Cal Heeter, the Ohio State men’s hockey team downed No. 10 Ferris State, 5-3, Friday in Value City Arena. Boyd led the squad with three assists and four points, while Dalpe and Somma each had a goal and a helper, giving the line eight points on the night. Defenseman Matt Bartkowski also had two points on a goal and an assist.

The teams will close out the series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena, where Script Ohio on Ice will be performed after the first period.

The Bulldogs cut the lead to one in both the second and third periods but the Buckeyes responded each time. Dalpe put the Buckeyes ahead early in the first before Chad Billins tied the game less than two minutes later. A Somma tally gave the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead after one period. Chris Reed extended the lead to two (3-1) with a power-play goal in the second period but Justin Menke answered at 11:37 for a 3-2 Buckeye lead after the second. In the third Bartkowski scored 2:06 into the stanza, making it a 4-2 game. Brett Wysopal tallied at 2:29 to again draw FSU within one but Boyd scored the final goal two minutes later. The Bulldogs put 49 shots on net in the game, including 17 in the second and 21 in the third period.

Ohio State led 2-1 at the end of the first period on two goals from the line of Somma, Dalpe and Boyd. Dalpe opened the scoring at 3:55, backhanding in the rebound of a Boyd shot, with Bartkowski, who led Boyd on the rush, picking up the second assist. The Bulldogs tied the game less than two minutes later when Chad Billins scored off a drop pass from Blair Riley. The Buckeyes regained the lead at 13:01 on a power-play goal. Boyd’s shot went to Dalpe at the right post. The goalie made a save and it went across the crease to Somma at the far post and he was able to get his stick on it and knock it in before the Ferris State goalie could cover. Each team put 11 shots on net in the period. The only penalty was called on the Bulldogs with 1:20 remaining, with the advantage carrying to the second period.

The Buckeyes maintained their one-goal lead after two periods. Chris Reed gave the Buckeyes a two-goal lead at 5:44 when his shot from the point found the back of the net for his first goal of the season. Shane Sims and Boyd assisted on the goal, Boyd’s third helper of the night. At 11:37 the Bulldogs cut the lead to 3-2 when Justin Menke scored following a turnover in the Buckeye zone. The Bulldogs put 17 shots on net in the period, with Ohio State getting eight through.

Bartkowski’s power-play goal at 2:06 of the third period, assisted by Hunter Bishop after a John Albert faceoff win, put the Buckeyes up 4-2. The Bulldogs made it 4-3 when Brett Wysopal tallied at 12:29. Boyd scored two minutes later to move the score to 5-3, finishing a 2-on-1 with Somma, with Sean Duddy also assisting. Ferris State had a late power-play chances and gained a 6-on-4 advantage with an empty net, but could get no closer. Shots were 21-11 in favor of the Bulldogs in the stanza.

The Buckeyes were outshot in the game, 49-30. Heeter ended with 46 saves in all 60 minutes to pick up the win. Pat Nagle had 25 saves in 58:08 for the Bulldogs.

Ohio State ended the game 2-for-4 on the power play and stopped all four Bulldog chances.

Postgame Notes
Boyd has 20-plus points for the third time in his career and now ranks second on the team with 23 points on the year. He is on a four-game scoring streak with a 1-6-7 line during the stretch. It was Boyd’s second career four-point game, with the first coming at Ferris State Nov. 21.

Heeter’s 46 saves were a career high, topping the 42 he had against Michigan Dec. 4.

Dalpe’s goal marked his 50th career point. He has a team-high and career-high 14 goals and 26 points this season. Dalpe has a point in five of the last six games (5g, 3a, 8p).

Somma has a point in each of his last four games, with two goals, four assists and six points. He is second on the team with eight goals this year and is tied for third with 19 points.

Reed’s goal was the third of his career and his first since March 6, 2009 vs. Bowling Green.

The win was the Buckeyes’ second-consecutive over a team ranked 10th nationally after a win over Michigan State last Saturday.
 
Ohio State has a power-play goal in six-consecutive games (11-32/.344).

Postgame Quotes
John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On his team’s performance
“We had a lot of opportunities tonight. I think Ferris State played better hockey after the first period, but we scored goals at the right times. We also got ourselves into trouble at times, but we did a lot of good things out there.”
 
On goalie Cal Heeter
“Cal played very well tonight. He had to face a total of 49 shots, had some big saves and got on top of a lot of rebounds. On our end, we got a lot of opportunistic goals. We have to stay with it and we need to come out and play even better tomorrow.”
 
On Ohio State’s ability to respond to giving up goals
“We kept having to respond to what they did and part of all that is being able to realize what we did wrong and how to correct it. Ferris State played well and its transition game was very good too. Their forwards are dangerous players when they have the puck and we need to do the same on our team.”
 
On Ohio State’s ability to kill penalties
“It’s definitely a confidence builder when your team can kill a penalty at a critical time, but we definitely don’t want to be taking too many penalties.”

Peter Boyd, Ohio State junior forward
On the play of the Boyd, Somma and Dalpe line
“We complement each other well I think. We stay positive out there and keep each other up. It really helps us throughout the game.”

On preparing for game two
“Our approach is always the same. We can always get better even though, like coach said, we did some good things tonight. We gave up 49 shots so obviously we need to eliminate some of those. There are always things to improve on.”

Sergio Somma, Ohio State junior forward
On the play of the Boyd, Somma and Dalpe line
“We were feeling good tonight. We work hard in practice, but we also have fun. We talk a lot on the ice and it helps get the puck into the net.”

On his first period goal
“It kind of hit my stick, bounced off his pads and managed to go in. It actually hit my skate first and I just whacked at it a few times. I was doing whatever it took to get the puck to end up in the net.”

Bob Daniels, Ferris State head coach
On the opening period
“I thought Ohio State really controlled the game for the first period – they were definitely the aggressor. We seemed to sleepwalk our way through it.”

On his team’s offensive effort
“We were aggressive going to goal, but we struggled to finish. Still, three goals should be enough to get a win any night.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2009-10
#10 Ferris State vs Ohio State (Jan 29, 2010 at Columbus, Ohio)

 Ferris State (17-8-2, 11-6-2-2) vs. Ohio State (11-13-1, 9-9-1-1)
 Date: Jan 29, 2010  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Arena: Value City Arena   
 Attendance:3336   Start time:7:05 pm   End time:9:15 pm   Total time:2:10   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
 Ferris State 1 1 1 3
 Ohio State 2 1 2 5
 
   1st period – 1, OSU, Zac Dalpe/14 (Peter Boyd/15, Matt
Bartkowski/8) 3:55. 2, FSU, Chad Billins/2 (Blair Riley/13, Cody
Chupp/16) 5:23. 3, OSU, Sergio Somma/8 (Zac Dalpe/12, Peter Boyd/16)
13:01. Penalties – Tommy Hill, FSU (interference) 18:40.

   2nd period – 4, OSU, Chris Reed/1 (Shane Sims/8, Peter Boyd/17)
5:44 (pp). 5, FSU, Justin Menke/6 (Matt Case/11) 11:37. Penalties –
Travis Ouellette, FSU (cth elbowing) 5:25; Cody Chupp, FSU
(cross-checking) 12:21; Cal Heeter, OSU (slashing) 12:21; C.J.
Severyn, OSU (tripping) 14:24; Aaron Schmit, FSU (interference) 17:35;
Hunter Bishop, OSU (o-tripping) 19:01.

   3rd period – 6, OSU, Matt Bartkowski/4 (John Albert/15, Hunter
Bishop/6) 2:06 (pp). 7, FSU, Brett Wysopal/3 (Mike Embach/6, Nate
Hennig/3) 12:29. 8, OSU, Peter Boyd/6 (Sergio Somma/11, Sean Duddy/4)
14:29. Penalties – Mike Embach, FSU (boarding) 1:58; Cody Chupp, FSU
(o-hooking) 4:00; Sergio Somma, OSU (embellishment) 4:00; Kyle Reed,
OSU (tripping) 6:37; Chris Reed, OSU (charging) 17:43.

   Shots on goal – FSU 11-17-21 49; OSU 11-8-11 30.

   Power plays – FSU 0 of 4; OSU 2 of 4.

   Penalties – FSU 6 (12 min); OSU 6 (12 min).

   Goalies – FSU, Pat Nagle 8-6-1 (58:08 minutes, 30 shots-25 saves) ,
EMPTY NET (01:52, 0-0); OSU, Cal Heeter 9-5-1 (60:00, 49-46).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-3336  T-2:10   
 Three stars: 1. Peter Boyd    2. Cal Heeter    3. Sergio Somma   
 Ref: Brent Gawlik; Dean Sanborn   Line: Jared Reid; Joshua Wesley
 Win-Cal Heeter (9-5-1).  Loss-Pat Nagle (8-6-1). 
 Ferris State timeout at 19:45 of third