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COLUMBUS, Ohio Buckeye freshman and Columbus native Todd Rudasill scored his first two career goals, but it was not enough, as the Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to Ferris State, 4-2, Sunday to wrap up a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association series in Value City Arena. The Ferris State (4-3-1, 3-1-0 CCHA) win gives the squad a two-game sweep of the Buckeyes (2-6, 0-4 CCHA).

Ohio State ended the first period ahead, 2-1, on the strength of two Rudasill power-play goals. He opened the scoring at 10:50 as Tommy Goebel passed down to Tom Fritsche at the left side of the net, who got the puck to Rudasill just outside the crease for his first goal of the season. At 14:15 the Buckeyes went on a 5-minute power play after Bulldog Blair Riley was assessed a major penalty for hitting from behind. The Ohio State squad responded just 34 seconds later, as Rudasill put in the rebound of a John Albert slapshot, with Johann Kroll picking up the second assist. Ferris State then scored a shorthanded goal on the same power play at 16:29, with Cody Chupp converting a breakaway after picking off a Buckeye pass across the FSU blueline. The Buckeyes outshot the Bulldogs in the period, 18-3.

Ferris State scored the only goals of the second period in a 1:38 span, with both tallies coming on the power play. Brendan Connolly scored a 5-on-3 goal at 4:22, putting in the rebound of a Matt Case shot from the side of the net. Justin Menke scored a 5-on-4 goal at 6:00, taking a pass from J.T. Dahlinger through the neutral zone and scoring from the slot. The Bulldogs were 2-for-2 on the power play in the period and ended the stanza with the man advantage. Ohio State had four shots in the period, Ferris State 16. 

The Bulldogs added a goal 1:59 into the third period when Connolly scored his second of the day, tallying from just outside the crease. The Buckeyes had a late chance with a 5-on-3 power play with less than eight minutes remaining, but were unable to convert. Ohio State put 10 shots on net in the period, Ferris State five.

The Buckeyes outshot the Bulldogs, 32-24, in the game. Buckeye sophomore goalie Joseph Palmer made 20 saves and allowed four goals. For the Bulldogs, Mitch O’Keefe had 30 saves and let in two goals.

Ohio State was 2-for-7 on the power play and Ferris State was 2-for-5.

Postgame Notes
Rudasill was playing in his first career game. He was the first Buckeye to score two goals in his first game for the Scarlet and Gray since Dave Steckel at Northern Michigan Oct. 13, 2000. Rudasill is the third Buckeye to score in his first career game this season, joining Peter Boyd (Oct. 12 vs. Mercyhurst) and Patrick Schafer (Oct. 13 vs. Wisconsin).

Rudasill’s two-goal game was the Buckeyes’ first since Tyson Strachan scored against Northern Michigan March 4, 2007.
Ohio State continues its four-game homestand when it hosts Nebraska-Omaha at 7:05 p.m. Thursday and Friday in Value City Arena.

Ohio State has lost its last six games overall and to Ferris State.

The Buckeyes had their streak of consecutive penalties killed stopped at 13 after Ferris State scored on its first chance of the day. Ohio State had not allowed a power-play tally since Oct. 21 at Miami.

Fritsche’s assist was his third helper and fourth point this season. He now has 92 career points as a Buckeye.

Ferris State’s shorthanded goal was the first allowed by the Buckeyes since Feb. 24 vs. Michigan.

Goebel’s assist was his team-best fifth point of the year.

The Buckeyes participated in a skate with fans after the game.

Postgame Quotes
Bob Daniels, Ferris State head coach
On the significance of Ferris State’s first goal
“That first goal today was huge. It gave us the boost we needed going into the locker room. That shorthanded goal right there was the jumping off point.”

On Ferris State’s penalty killing efforts
“Good penalty killing is a by-product of good goaltending and we definitely had that today from our goalie.”

Brendan Connolly, Ferris State left wing
On scoring a power-play goal
“It was 5-on-3 and we managed to move the puck around. I turned and took the shot because I just wanted to try to get the puck on net.”

John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On the start of the game
“I saw some good things today. We came out and responded. The first goal gave our team a little bit of energy.

On the young players
“The young guys are going to get better. It’s a young team fighting back. This is tough. A couple of the guys looked kind of tired today.

“We have to get better. We are getting kids back in the line up. If you look at the first period, you know we can play, but can we sustain it?”

Todd Rudasill, Ohio State forward
On playing in front of his hometown crowd
“It’s a dream come true being from Ohio. I always wanted to play for Ohio State. There is a connection with my hometown being from Ohio.”

Johann Kroll, Ohio State defenseman
On the upperclassmen
“We know we have good players. I think it’s more of an expectation rather than something we have to change. We have to bring it every game.

On the loss
“It’s back to the drawing board. It is a team effort. Now, it is back to square one.”

                         Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
                        Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2007-08
          Ferris State vs Ohio State (Nov 04, 2007 at Columbus, Ohio)

 Ferris State (4-3-1, 3-1-0 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (2-6-0, 0-4 CCHA)
 Date: Nov 04, 2007  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Arena: Value City Arena   
 Attendance:2607   Start time:2:05 pm   End time:4:13 pm   Total time:2:08   

 Goals by Period       1  2  3  Tot
 ———————————-
 Ferris State……..  1  2  1 –  4
 Ohio State……….  2  0  0 –  2
 
   1st period – 1, OSU, Todd Rudasill/1 (Tom Fritsche/3, Tommy
Goebel/3) 10:50 (pp). 2, OSU, Todd Rudasill/2 (John Albert/3, Johann
Kroll/1) 14:49 (pp). 3, FSU, Cody Chupp/2 16:29 (sh). Penalties – Matt
Frank, FSU (hooking) 8:51; Blair Riley, FSU (hitting from behind)
14:15; Blair Riley, FSU (game misconduct) 14:15; Corey Toy, OSU
(roughing) 14:15; Blair Riley, FSU (roughing) 14:15.

   2nd period – 4, FSU, Brendan Connolly/1 (Matt Case/5, Evan Case/3)
4:22 (pp). 5, FSU, Justin Menke/3 (J.T. Dahlinger/2, Mitch O’Keefe/1)
6:00 (pp). Penalties – John Albert, OSU (slashing) 2:39; Tommy Goebel,
OSU (cross-checking) 4:00; J.T. Dahlinger, FSU (boarding) 7:02; Todd
Rudasill, OSU (tripping) 18:10.

   3rd period – 6, FSU, Brendan Connolly/2 (Corey Couturier/2) 1:59.
Penalties – Chris Zarb, FSU (cth roughing) 7:31; Brad Gorham, OSU
(o-hooking) 10:13; J.T. Dahlinger, FSU (boarding) 12:40; Alex Spezia,
FSU (slashing) 13:49; Kyle Hood, OSU (tripping) 19:01; Nick Biondo,
OSU (roughing) 19:26; Chris Zarb, FSU (roughing) 19:26; Nick Biondo,
OSU (unsportsmanlike conduct) 19:26; Jim Jorgensen, FSU
(cross-checking) 19:26.

   Shots on goal – FSU 3-16-5 24; OSU 18-4-10 32.

   Power plays – FSU 2 of 5; OSU 2 of 7.

   Penalties – FSU 10 (34 min); OSU 8 (19 min).

   Goalies – FSU, Mitch O’Keefe 2-0-1 (60:00 minutes, 32 shots-30
saves); OSU, Joseph Palmer 2-6-0 (60:00, 24-20).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-2607  T-2:08   
 Three stars: 1. Brendan Connolly    2. Todd Rudasill    3. Mitch O’Keefe   
 Referee:Brian Aaron  AR:Brian Frerichs; Marc DesRosiers
 Win-Mitch O’Keefe (2-0-1).  Loss-Joseph Palmer (2-6-0). 
 OSU timeout at 19:26 of third