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COLUMBUS, Ohio Buckeye freshman Zac Dalpe broke a 1-all tie in the third period and added an empty-netter as the Ohio State men’s hockey team completed a sweep of No. 11 Michigan State Saturday with a 3-1 win.

The game was scoreless until the teams each scored in 17 seconds. Sophomore Peter Boyd opened the scoring at 6:13 and MSU’s Matt Schepke responded on the next shift at 6:30. In front of the net, Dalpe took a cross-crease pass from junior Mathieu Picard and buried the puck at 11:44 to put Ohio State ahead. Dalpe sealed the win with an empty-net goal, taking a lead-out pass from sophomore Patrick Schafer. Buckeye goalie Dustin Carlson made 24 saves on 25 shots, including 11 saves in the third period.

Ohio State is now 4-5-1 on the year and 3-4-1-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Michigan State moves to 4-4-2 on the year and 2-2-2-2 CCHA in league play.

The teams combined for just nine shots on goal in the first period, with Carlson making three saves and Michigan State’s Jeff Lerg making six stops. The Spartans had two power-play chances in the period. Ohio State had one full power-play chance, with a second carrying into the second period.

The scoreless game continued through the second stanza. The teams generated 22 shots on goal, as Ohio State outshot the Spartans, 12-10. Michigan State was unable to score on one power-play chance and Ohio State was 0-for-2, including the carry-over advantage. Ohio State generated four shots on its second chance, but could not get the puck past Lerg.

In the third, Boyd beat Lerg five-hole with a shot from the left side. Carlson got the puck to a rushing Matt Bartkowski. His dump-in ringed around to Boyd, who scored his fourth goal of the season at 6:13. MSU responded 17 seconds later when Tim Crowder and Schepke forced a turnover deep in the Buckeye zone and Schepke beat Carlson from the left circle. Dalpe broke the tie at 11:44. Work by sophomore Hunter Bishop got the puck along the boards behind the net to Picard. He passed the puck out to a waiting Dalpe in front of the net, who one-timed it into the net before Lerg could get over. With the MSU net empty, Boyd took the puck in the Buckeye zone and passed to Schafer. He led Dalpe, who scored from just inside the blueline. The Buckeyes were outshot in the period, 12-5. Michigan State had the only power play at 12:53, but the Buckeyes maintained their one-goal lead, as Carlson made two saves with OSU a man down.

Carlson ended the game with 24 saves in all 60 minutes in the Buckeye net. Lerg had 20 saves in 59:36.

Neither team was able to score on the power play for the second-consecutive game. OSU was 0-for-3 and MSU was 0-for-4.

Postgame Notes
Carlson held the Spartans to one goal on the weekend, making 45 saves for a .978 save percentage and .50 goals-against average.

The two-game series sweep was the Buckeyes’ first since Feb. 9-10, 2007 vs. Northern Michigan at home.

Freshmen defenseman Steve West and forward Taylor Stefishen played their first collegiate games in the win.

Dalpe took the team scoring lead with nine points and now has a team-best six goals. Bishop is first on the team with six assists. Dalpe is on a three-game scoring streak, with three goals and four points.

Ohio State’s 1998 Frozen Four team was honored in a pregame ceremony as part of alumni weekend.

Ohio State allowed just one goal in a two-game series for the first time since splitting a series with Notre Dame (W 1-0, L 1-0) Jan. 27-28, 2006.

Carlson’s assist was the first of his career.

The Buckeyes will return to action at 8 p.m. Friday when they take on Robert Morris in Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh.

Postgame Quotes
John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On the weekend sweep
“It was good to come out and get two wins over a quality opponent. We are starting to realize that once you are done on Friday you have to be ready and mentally prepared to go on Saturday. It’s all a state of mind you have to play six solid periods.”

On the team taking shape
“The biggest thing is that we are starting to apply the systems and starting to play within ourselves.  We’re improving on 50/50 play and our penalty kill. We really are starting to realize what makes us click.”

On the series MVP
“You have to go with Dusty (Carlson).  Anytime you give up only one goal in six periods against the No. 11 team in the country you have to be doing something right.”

Rick Comley, Michigan State head coach
On the game
“It was another good, even game today. Jeff (Lerg) wasn’t tested as much but made some great saves for us. He just can’t score for us too. We had a couple of chances to tie it up in the third but Ohio State’s goalkeeper played well too.”

Peter Boyd, Ohio State sophomore forward
On the game
“We had a great week of practice and had a great weekend of games. Now we have to keep building and ride the momentum into the rest of the season.”

On the team’s confidence
“The confidence is high right now but I think it was always up there. Guys are starting to feel good and accept the big challenges.”

On the team’s energy
“Good teams find ways to win and we have to figure out how to sustain the energy from this weekend.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2008-09
#11 Michigan State vs Ohio State (Nov 08, 2008 at Columbus, Ohio)

 Michigan State (4-4-2, 2-2-2-2 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (4-5-1, 3-4-1-1 CCHA)
 Date: Nov 08, 2008  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Arena: Value City Arena   
 Attendance:2920   Start time:7:05 pm   End time:9:07 pm   Total time:2:02   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
 Michigan State 0 0 1 1
 Ohio State 0 0 3 3
 
   1st period – Penalties – Sergio Somma, OSU (cross-checking) 3:11;
Sturges, Dan, MSU (o-tripping) 9:10; Shane Sims, OSU (hooking) 13:05;
Conboy, Andrew, MSU (cth roughing) 19:19.

   2nd period – Penalties – Gentile, Brandon, MSU (cth high-sticking)
1:36; Conboy, Andrew, MSU (roughing atw) 11:55; Ian Boots, OSU
(slashing) 11:55; Corey Elkins, OSU (o-hooking) 17:51; Dustin Carlson,
OSU (cth roughing atw) 17:51; Tropp, Corey, MSU (cth roughing atw)
17:51.

   3rd period – 1, OSU, Peter Boyd/4 (Matt Bartkowski/3, Dustin
Carlson/1) 6:13. 2, MSU, Schepke, Matt/3 (Crowder, Tim/3) 6:30. 3,
OSU, Zac Dalpe/5 (Mathieu Picard/1, Hunter Bishop/6) 11:44. 4, OSU,
Zac Dalpe/6 (Patrick Schafer/3, Peter Boyd/3) 19:09 (empty net).
Penalties – Steve West, OSU (closing hand on puck) 12:53.

   Shots on goal – MSU 3-10-12 25; OSU 6-12-5 23.

   Power plays – MSU 0 of 4; OSU 0 of 3.

   Penalties – MSU 5 (10 min); OSU 6 (12 min).

   Goalies – MSU, Lerg, Jeff 3-4-1 (59:24 minutes, 22 shots-20 saves)
, EMPTY NET (00:36, 0-0); OSU, Dustin Carlson 3-2-0 (60:00, 25-24).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-2920  T-2:02   
 Three stars: 1. Zac Dalpe    2. Dustin Carlson    3. Peter Boyd   
 Ref: Dean Sanborn; Brian Hill   Line: Ken Landis; Brian Frerichs
 Win-Dustin Carlson (3-2-0).  Loss-Lerg, Jeff (3-4-1).