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Feb. 24, 2007

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Buckeye senior forward Mathieu Beaudoin banged home the game-winning goal, his second of the game, with 1:30 left as the Ohio State men’s hockey team rallied from a 4-2 deficit to beat No. 10 Michigan, 6-5, Saturday at Value City Arena in the final regular-season game of the year. The victory over Michigan gave the eight OSU seniors a win in their final game in VCA on Senior Night.

The Buckeyes finished seventh in the final CCHA standings and will play host to 10th-seeded Northern Michigan in the first round of the CCHA playoffs in a best-of-three series Friday through Sunday (March 2-4) at the OSU Ice Rink. Gametime for Games 1 and 2 will be at 7:05 p.m. The start time for Game 3, if necessary, has not yet been determined.

The Top 4 teams in the final CCHA standings earn byes in the first round of the league playoffs, while seeds 5-8 host 9-12 in best-of-three series. The winners of the first round series then travel to the Top 4 team sites for quarterfinal rounds. Those four best-of-three series winners advance to the CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

The Buckeyes ended the regular season 14-15-5 on the year (12-12-4 CCHA), while the Wolverines fell to 22-12-1 overall (18-9-1 CCHA).

Michigan took a 1-0 lead at the 13:40 mark of the first period on a goal by Kevin Porter. The Buckeyes responded by tying the game at 1-all on a Mathieu Beaudoin (Sr., Sherbrooke, Quebec) goal at 16:12 of the period, which marked the Buckeyes’ first shot on goal of the game. Johann Kroll (Jr., Plymouth, Minn.) and Sam Campbell (Jr., Hamilton, Ontario) assisted on the goal. The Wolverines outshot the Buckeyes in the period, 10-3 The second period produced fireworks as OSU and Michigan combined for six goals, ending tied at 4-all. The Wolverines regained the lead, 2-1, when Travis Turnbull scored at 1:47 of the second period. Michigan extended its lead to 3-1 at 6:53 of the second on a 5-on-3 power-play goal by Brandon Naurato. OSU cut Michigan’s lead to 3-2 just 1:36 later when Jason DeSantis (Jr., Oxford, Mich.) scored at 8:29 of the period. Corey Elkins (So., West Bloomfield, Mich.) and Andrew Schembri (Sr., Mississauga, Ontario) notched assists on the DeSantis goal. UM again took a two-goal lead at 9:20 of the second on a shorthanded goal by Danny Fardig, as he completed a 2-on-1 with Chad Kolarik. Ohio State then tied the game with two goals in 20 seconds, with Matt Waddell (Sr., Armstrong, British Columbia) scoring on a partial breakaway at 17:55 and Kenny Bernard (Sr., Sarnia, Ontario) at 18:15. Tom Fritsche (Jr., Parma, Ohio) and Matt McIlvane (Jr., Naperville, Ill.) assisted on Waddell’s goal and Schembri on Bernard’s goal. The Wolverines put 16 shots on net, the Buckeyes 10.

The Buckeyes took their first lead of the game at 3:01 of the third period when Tyson Strachan (Sr., Melfort, Saskatchewan) blasted in a power-play goal from the right point. Elkins notched his second assist of the night on the goal and Schembri his third. Michigan tied the game at 5-all at 14:54 of the third on a Tim Miller goal from behind the net, setting the stage for Beaudoin’s heroics. With just under two minutes remaining, Bernard stripped the puck from Michigan’s Andrew Cogliano and skated into the offensive zone. He flipped a pass sideways where Schembri got a stick on the puck slowing it down for Beaudoin who was trailing the play. Beaudoin ripped a one-timer past UM goalie Billy Sauer for the game-winner at the 18:30 mark. Michigan pulled Sauer with 1:02 remaining but the Wolverines were unable to get a shot on net, even after an OSU penalty with 40 seconds left gave UM a 6-on-4 advantage to end the game. Michigan outshot Ohio State in the period, 10-7.

Ohio State goalie Joseph Palmer (Yorkville, N.Y.) made 31 saves on the night and is 14-13-4 on the year. Sauer had 17 saves for Michigan. Ohio State ended the game with 23 shots, while the Wolverines had 36.

The Buckeyes were 1-for-4 on the power play in the game, while Michigan was 1-for-6.

Because of limited seating capacity, ticket availability for the first-round playoff series is limited to season ticket holders and Ohio State students. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and some season ticket holders will be refunded if the demand exceeds capacity. To request tickets for the series, which were paid for as part of the 2006-07 season ticket package, season ticket holders must contact the Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office (614-292-2624/800-GO BUCKS). The ticket office will accept requests beginning at 8 a.m. Monday (Feb. 26) through 5 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 28) during normal business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.). Additional tickets may not be requested. Any season ticket holder that does not call the office by 5 p.m. Wednesday to request playoff tickets will receive a refund.

There are a limited number of tickets available for purchase for current Ohio State students. Tickets are $15 for the series and must be purchased in advance by calling the ticket office. All seating in the OSU Ice Rink will be general admission.

Game Notes
The eight members of the 2007 Ohio State senior class were recognized following the game. The class includes Bryce Anderson (Waterloo, Iowa), Dave Barton (Calgary, Alberta), Mathieu Beaudoin (Sherbrooke, Quebec), Kenny Bernard (Sarnia, Ontario), Sean Collins (Troy, Mich.), Andrew Schembri (Mississauga, Ontario), Tyson Strachan (Melfort, Saskatchewan) and Matt Waddell (Armstrong, British Columbia). The group has been a part of 82 wins, two NCAA tournament appearances and the 2004 CCHA Super Six Championship.

Buckeye forward Mathieu Beaudoin tallied his team-leading 12th and 13th goals of the year, including the game-winning goal. It was also his 50th and 51st career goals. He has 86 career points (51g, 35a). He has 10 gamewinning goals as a Buckeye.

Senior Andrew Schembri tallied a career-high four points, all assists, including the game-winning assist. It was his eighth multiple-point game of the season. The four assists give him a team-leading and career-best 26 points on the year (9g, 17a), one more than Sean Collins (8g, 17a) and Tommy Goebel (11g, 14a). Schembri has 95 career points (36g, 59a).

Sophomore forward Corey Elkins notched his first career two-assist game.

OSU junior defenseman Jason DeSantis played in his 100th career game for the Buckeyes and scored his fourth goal of the season.

The Buckeyes have at least one power-play goal in 10 consecutive games.

Postgame Quotes
Ohio State head coach John Markell
On the game
“I’ve seen us play really well and lose so we will take the win. We made some adjustments and the guys bought into it.”

On coming back
“I’d just complement the guys on the way they hustled. It’s a credit to them they can adjust like that and bring us back.”

On the senior’s final game
“It was a fitting end for them. The atmosphere was great, and we pulled out the victory.”

On the emotion of the game
“We knew it would be emotional after the loss last night, and I think that helped us out.”

Ohio State senior forward Mathieu Beaudoin
On the emotion of the game
“It was a little crazy, but we managed to get the job done. The way we rallied from behind was a tribute to our team as a whole.”

On the rivalry
“It’s the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry, what else can you say. It seems like whenever we play, the games are tightly contested.”

Ohio State junior forward Matt McIlvane
On coming from behind
“We just played the cards we were dealt and we got the job done. We rallied around our guys and we knew they could get it done.”

Michigan head coach Red Berenson
On the game
“It was a tale of two games. We were much better in the first half and the two goal splurge they had got them back in it. It was a coaches’ and goalie’s nightmare. There were too many mistakes and turnovers.”

On playing with an extra attacker
“It was a risk you have to take. If we get our top six players out there, we have to. They did a good job. We didn’t get a shot in that final minute.”

On the pace of the game
“Fatigue was not a factor. TV timeouts slow the pace and I’m not a fan of that.”