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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Behind 38 saves from junior goalie Dustin Carlson, the Ohio State men’s hockey team skated to a scoreless tie with No. 2-ranked Miami in the regular-season finale Saturday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes went on to win the shootout, 2-0 in three rounds, with goals from Sergio Somma and Peter Boyd and a save from Carlson.

Ohio State will now host Notre Dame in the first round of the CCHA tournament next weekend in the OSU Ice Rink in a best-of-three series. Ticket information will be released Sunday.

The teams opened the game with 26 shots in the first period, as each goalie was in the zone early. Carlson had 14 stops, with Miami goalie Connor Knapp making 12 saves. The Buckeye penalty kill held the RedHawks scoreless on two chances and the Buckeye power play was 0-for-1.

In the second Carlson stopped 12 shots. The Buckeyes put eight on net and had the only two power-play chances of the stanza.

The third period saw Carlson stop all 10 RedHawk shots, as Miami outshot the Buckeyes, 10-3. Ohio State held the RedHawks scoreless on one power-play chance early in the period. Ohio State went on the power play with 1:29 remaining in the game after a charging call but did not convert. The advantage carried over into overtime.

The Buckeyes killed a penalty in overtime and Carlson made two saves to preserve the shutout.

In the shootout, Zac Dalpe and Jarod Palmer, the leading scorers for their respective teams, both missed the net in the first round. Somma put the Buckeyes ahead 1-0 in round two, scoring five-hole, with Carlson making a save on Carter Camper to keep the Buckeyes ahead. Boyd sealed the win, beating Knapp with a wrist shot, in the third round.

Postgame Notes
Alternate captain Mathieu Picard was honored in a pregame ceremony as part of Senior Night. He was joined on the ice by his mother, sister, brother-in-law and 6-month old niece and the Canadian Anthem was played pregame.

The Buckeyes have gone to overtime and a shootout in each of their last five series, with a 3-2 record in those games. The team is 4-2 overall in shootouts this season.

This is the first scoreless tie in Buckeye program history.

Carlson now has five shutouts in his career. This was his first since Jan. 3, 2009 vs. Clarkson.

The game was the fourth time the Buckeyes were shut out this season.

Dalpe ended the game with 34 points in conference play to lead the Buckeyes.

Postgame Quotes
John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On his team’s performance
“At some points we were flat tonight, but Dusty played very well. I think it was a pretty good goaltending duel. Both teams definitely made some mistakes tonight but their goalies were always there. In the end we found a way to get the point.”
 
On having home-ice advantage in the CCHA playoffs vs. Notre Dame
“It’s good that we’ll be playing on our home rink, but we’ve got a formidable opponent coming here in Notre Dame. It’s nice we get to stay in our routine and it should be like home for us. Hopefully we can make them uncomfortable.”
 
On goalie Dustin Carlson
“Dusty saw the puck well tonight. Last night I pulled him out of the game because of momentum, but he’s a competitor and he’s been playing well.”
 
Peter Boyd, Ohio State junior forward
On Ohio State’s performance
“We definitely faltered at times but we played consistently. We had guys blocking shots, making sacrifices, and Dusty played well also. That’s how we need to play from here on out.”
 
On the sudden death shootout
“I really think the whole team was trying to compete during the shootout, even though the points didn’t matter. Dusty made some big saves and both teams were trying to score.”
 
On having home-ice advantage versus Notre Dame
“It’s nice that we get to have home-ice, but Notre Dame is a good team coming in here. They’re the defending CCHA champs and they won’t go down without a fight.”
 
Dustin Carlson, Ohio State junior goaltender
On Ohio State’s performance
“In last night’s game there were a lot of screens and tips that got through, but tonight things were cleared out. It seemed like their scoring chances went down as the night went on.”
 
On being focused
“I was definitely in the zone. From the moment the puck dropped, I knew it. Tonight I was controlling the puck, talking to the defense and I was just on top of it.”
 
On having home-ice advantage versus Notre Dame
“I’m excited to play at the Ice Rink next week. I like the small feel and hopefully we can feed off the atmosphere.”

Enrico Blasi, Miami head coach
On the goaltending
“Both goalies were outstanding. They were each on top of their game. “

On the challenges of playing back-to-back games with a rival
“I thought we played fairly well considering the tough circumstances we were under. It’s hard to win when you play a team in desperation mode. We battled pretty hard considering what a war the game was. It was a good battle, a good college hockey game.”

On Miami’s offensive flow
“We had plenty of chances, but Ohio State did a great job of blocking shots and cutting off our penetration. It all goes back to Carlson though – he was the difference.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2009-10
#2 Miami vs Ohio State (Feb 27, 2010 at Columbus, Ohio)

 Miami (24-5-7, 21-2-5-2) vs. Ohio State (12-16-6, 10-12-6-4)
 Date: Feb 27, 2010  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Arena: Value City Arena   
 Attendance:8906   Start time:8:05 pm   End time:10:17 pm  Total time:2:12   

 Goals by Period               1              2              3              OT          Total
 Miami  0              0              0              0              0
 Ohio State          0              0              0              0              0
 
   1st period – Penalties – Jarod Palmer, MIA (slashing) 4:22; Sergio
Somma, OSU (slashing) 8:06; Matt Bartkowski, OSU (slashing) 16:59;
C.J. Severyn, OSU (roughing atw) 16:59; Andy Miele, MIA (roughing atw)
16:59.

   2nd period – Penalties – Alden Hirschfeld, MIA (tripping) :26;
Chris Wideman, MIA (cross-checking) 12:44.

   3rd period – Penalties – Matt Bartkowski, OSU (slashing) 1:29; Andy
Miele, MIA (charging) 18:31.

   OT period – Penalties – Corey Toy, OSU (tripping) 1:19; John
Albert, OSU (roughing atw) 5:00; Curtis McKenzie, MIA (roughing atw)
5:00; John Albert, OSU (facemasking) 5:00; Curtis McKenzie, MIA
(facemasking) 5:00.

   Shots on goal – MIA 14-12-10-2 38; OSU 12-8-3-0 23.

   Power plays – MIA 0 of 4; OSU 0 of 4.

   Penalties – MIA 7 (14 min); OSU 7 (14 min).

   Goalies – MIA, Connor Knapp (00:00 minutes, 23 shots-23 saves);
OSU, Dustin Carlson (00:00, 38-38).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-8906  T-2:12   
 Three stars: 1. Dustin Carlson    2. Sergio Somma    3. Connor Knapp   
 Ref: Barry Pochmara; Kevin Langseth   Line: Timothy J Likens; Patrick Bracco
 Miami-Connor Knapp (7-3-4).  Ohio State-Dustin Carlson (3-10-4). 
 OSU wins shootout, 2-0, in three rounds