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KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Ohio State men’s hockey team jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead and skated to a 3-1 victory over Western Michigan Friday in Lawson Arena. Buckeye junior goalie Dustin Carlson had 33 saves in the win, while sophomore leading scorer Zac Dalpe had two goals and junior Patrick Schafer also tallied.

The teams will close the series at 7:35 p.m. Saturday in Lawson Arena. This marks the final regular-season two-game road series for the Buckeyes this year.

Ohio State led 2-0 after the first period. Dalpe opened the scoring at 10:45 with his 17th goal of the year. Hunter Bishop led him with a pass that split the Bronco defensemen and he skated in alone on WMU goalie Riley Gill, scoring on a backhand. At 15:09 the Buckeyes went up 2-0. Carlson got the puck to Matt Bartkowski, who passed to Schafer. He carried down the right wing and drove to the net, where his backhander went five-hole and rolled over the line. The Buckeyes outshot the Broncos, 13-8, in the period.

There was no scoring in the second period. The teams combined for 23 shots in the stanza, with Carlson making 10 saves and Gill stopping all 13 shots he faced. Neither team was able to convert on the power play. Western Michigan was 0-for-3, including a 5-on-3 for 41 seconds. Ohio State was 0-for-2.

In the third, the Broncos outshot the Buckeyes, 16-9, with Carlson making 15 saves. The Buckeye penalty kill held strong, stopping four chances for the Broncos. The only goal that got through was an extra-attacker score at 18:34 to cut the Buckeye advantage to 2-1. Less than a minute later Dalpe sealed the win with an empty net goal. John Albert picked up the puck off a Bronco pass attempt and found Dalpe skating into the neutral zone. He won the footrace and put the puck in the empty net for his team-best 18th tally of the eyar.

The Buckeyes outshot the Broncos in the game, 35-34. Carlson played all 60 minutes and had 30 saves. Gill had 32 saves, allowing two goals, in 58:51 for the Broncos.

Neither team was able to score on the power play in the game. Ohio State held the Broncos scoreless on seven power-play chances and was unable to convert four chances of its own.

Postgame Notes
Dalpe improved his team-best goal total to 18 and his team point lead to 34.

Schafer played in his 100th career game. All three of his goals this season are gamewinners.

Carlson now has two assists this season.

Albert and Bishop both have points in six of their last seven games.

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2009-10
Ohio State vs Western Michigan (Feb 19, 2010 at Kalamazoo, Mich.)

 Ohio State (12-15-4, 10-11-4-1) vs. Western Michigan (8-18-5, 4-17-4-1)
 Date: Feb 19, 2010  Location: Kalamazoo, Mich.      Arena: Lawson Ice Arena   
 Attendance:2640   Start time:7:35 pm   End time:9:45      Total time:2:10   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
 Ohio State 2 0 1 3
 Western Michigan 0 0 1 1
 
   1st period – 1, OSU, Zac Dalpe/17 (Hunter Bishop/10) 10:45. 2, OSU,
Patrick Schafer/3 (Matt Bartkowski/11, Dustin Carlson/2) 15:09.
Penalties –

   2nd period – Penalties – TEAM, OSU (too many players on ice) :50;
Ian Slater, WMU (roughing atw) 3:20; Mike Folkes, OSU (roughing atw)
3:20; Cam Watson, WMU (facemasking) 3:20; Matt Bartkowski, OSU
(facemasking) 3:20; Ian Slater, WMU (goaltender interference) 3:20;
Luke Witkowski, WMU (boarding) 6:25; Peter Boyd, OSU (interference)
13:33; Corey Toy, OSU (cross-checking) 14:53.

   3rd period – 3, WMU, Max Campbell/5 (Jordan Collins/3, Greg
Squires/18) 18:34. 4, OSU, Zac Dalpe/18 (John Albert/19) 19:07 (empty
net). Penalties – Dane Walters, WMU (roughing atw) 4:18; C.J. Severyn,
OSU (roughing atw) 4:18; Dane Walters, WMU (slashing the goalie) 4:18;
Shane Sims, OSU (tripping) 6:20; Max Campbell, WMU (roughing atw)
7:02; Mike Folkes, OSU (roughing atw) 7:02; Kyle O’Kane, WMU
(facemasking) 7:02; C.J. Severyn, OSU (cth elbowing) 11:34; Peter
Boyd, OSU (high sticking) 14:37; John Albert, OSU (hooking) 20:00.

   Shots on goal – OSU 13-13-9 35; WMU 8-10-16 34.

   Power plays – OSU 0 of 4; WMU 0 of 7.

   Penalties – OSU 11 (22 min); WMU 8 (16 min).

   Goalies – OSU, Dustin Carlson 3-9-2 (60:00 minutes, 34 shots-33
saves); WMU, Riley Gill 7-15-4 (58:51, 34-32) , EMPTY NET (01:09,
0-0).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-2640  T-2:10   
 Three stars: 1. Zac Dalpe    2. Dustin Carlson    3. Patrick Schafer   
 Ref: Dean Sanborn; Todd Lacina   Line: Joshua Wesley; Rodney Tocco
 Win-Dustin Carlson (3-9-2).  Loss-Riley Gill (7-15-4).