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COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to Nebraska-Omaha, 5-2, Friday in the finale of a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association series in Value City Arena in Columbus. Buckeye senior captain Matt McIlvane led Ohio State with two points on a goal and an assist.

Nebraska-Omaha scored the only goal of the first period when Mick Lawrence put the rebound of his own shot off the back of Buckeye goalie Dustin Carlson on the power play at 10:50. The Mavericks outshot the Buckeyes in the period, 16-11. UNO converted 1-of-2 power play chances, while Ohio State was 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

The teams went into the second intermission with the Mavericks ahead, 3-1. Bryan Marshall scored just 1:06 into the period, followed by Dan Charleston’s tally at 3:13. UNO’s Pasko Skarica then was assessed a 5-minute major for hitting from behind at 3:38, putting the Buckeyes on the power play. The Buckeyes scored just 22 seconds later when freshman Peter Boyd scored, assisted by McIlvane and Nick Biondo, but were unable to convert again. Ohio State had seven shots in the period, UNO nine. UNO was scoreless on two power-play chances, while Ohio State was 1-for-3.

In the third, Lawrence scored his second goal of the game on the power play at 2:13 to put UNO ahead, 4-1. McIlvane then tallied his third goal of the season at 8 minutes, taking a pass from Todd Rudasill in front of the net and pushing the puck past UNO goalie Jerad Kaufmann. C.J. Severyn picked up the second assist on the goal, which cut the Maverick lead to two (4-2). UNO’s Ed DelGrosso closed out the scoring with an unassisted tally at 14:26. Each team  had eight shots on net in the period. Ohio State did not score on its one power-play chance and UNO was 1-for-2.

For the game, the Mavericks outshot the Buckeyes, 33-26. Carlson played all 60 minutes for Ohio State, making 28 saves and allowing five goals. Kaufmann made 24 saves and gave up two goals in 60 minutes.

Ohio State was 1-for-7 with the man advantage in the game and UNO was 2-for-6.

Game Notes
Ohio State (2-8, 0-6 CCHA) will return to action with two games against Robert Morris next weekend. The squads will meet at 8 p.m. Friday in Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh and at 2:05 p.m. Sunday in Value City Arena in Columbus.

Carlson made the first start of his Buckeye career after playing his first collegiate minutes against the Mavericks Thursday.

Biondo’s assist was his first point of the season. It was his first helper since Feb. 9, 2006 vs. Michigan State.

Severyn’s helper was his first point as a Buckeye. Rudasill’s assist was the first of his career.

McIlvane had his second two-point game of the season. He is tied with senior Tom Fritsche for the team scoring lead with six points each. He had a team-high three points in the series.

Postgame Quotes
Matt McIlvane, Ohio State senior forward
On the seniors
“We have to find a way to do more to be accountable and lead this team. Everyone wants it. We haven’t given up but we do need to pull together and go out on the ice with confidence.”

On Nebraska-Omaha
“They have good players and they buried their chances.”

John Dingle, Ohio State senior forward
On Ohio State
“Chemistry is a funny thing. If we could have what we had when we played Wisconsin, we would win every night. We have to believe in ourselves and put this weekend behind us.”

Peter Boyd, Ohio State freshman forward
On Ohio State
“We have to stick to our game plan. We can’t fall into playing another team’s system because it doesn’t work for us. We need to execute our system and support the puck along the boards.”

John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On the play of the team
“I thought our passing wasn’t crisp at all. I thought we had rectified the problem, but we still were slapping the puck around. It’s hurt us before and it cost us again this weekend.”

On the team’s penalty killing
“Our penalty kill, just like any other team, needs solid goalkeeping to get the job done. They’re a good team that took advantage of their opportunities and knocked back some rebounds. We have to tighten up our goalie play if we want to improve.”

On the similar situation that both teams faced coming into the weekend
“I think coming in, they were concerned about their young defense and their goal keeping. They built off the momentum of last night and were able to put the puck into the back of the net again tonight. We knew coming in they had dynamic forwards and they were able to hurt us.”

On the goalkeeping situation
“We’re going to take a look this week. Robert Morris is a good team, so we better be ready for them. It will be a battle for the position and I want to see improvement from all our guys.”

Mike Kemp, Nebraska-Omaha head coach
On the weekend
“It’s not what you expect it’s what you hope for. We talked about how we need to come in with the right amount of attention and we did that tonight. After a night like last night, I was pleased with the way we responded, especially since both teams played good hockey in the first and second periods.”

Bryan Marshall, Nebraska-Omaha senior center
On his first goal of the year
“It was definitely good to get the first one out of the way. I’ve taken some flack from these guys on being one of the last guys to get a goal. It felt good to score and to get the victory tonight.”

On the series
“We were both in similar situations coming in. It was desperate hockey out there tonight and we managed to get some bounces to go our way. Our backs were against the wall coming in and we knew that a sweep would help us out. We stressed hard play and we got the job done.”

Jerad Kaufmann, junior goalie
On the play of Nebraska-Omaha
“One guy keeps stepping up and helping out the team. We played solid defense and our penalty killing was great. We came out of here with what we wanted and now we have to focus on our next matchups.”

                         Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
                        Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2007-08
         Nebraska-Omaha vs Ohio State (Nov 09, 2007 at Columbus, Ohio)

 Nebraska-Omaha (3-4-0, 2-4-0 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (2-8-0, 0-6-0 CCHA)
 Date: Nov 09, 2007  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Arena: Value City Arena   
 Attendance:3903   Start time:7:05 pm   End time:9:18 pm   Total time:2:13   

 Goals by Period       1  2  3  Tot
 ———————————-
 Nebraska-Omaha……  1  2  2 –  5
 Ohio State……….  0  1  1 –  2
 
   1st period – 1, UNO, Mick Lawrence/5 (Ed DelGrosso/2) 10:50 (pp).
Penalties – Nick Von Bokern, UNO (o-hooking) 5:30; Chris Reed, OSU
(holding) 8:55; Bryan Marshall, UNO (hooking) 9:25; Tom Fritsche, OSU
(hooking) 10:06; JJ Koehler, UNO (hooking) 16:05; Tommy Goebel, OSU
(interference) 18:45.

   2nd period – 2, UNO, Bryan Marshall/1 (Brandon Scero/4, Bill
Bagron/1) 1:06. 3, UNO, Dan Charleston/4 (Bryan Marshall/9, Tomas
Klempa/4) 3:13. 4, OSU, Peter Boyd/3 (Matt McIlvane/4, Nick Biondo/1)
3:50 (pp). Penalties – Pasko Skarica, UNO (hitting from behind) 3:38;
Pasko Skarica, UNO (game misconduct) 3:38; Eric Olimb, UNO
(interference) 9:44; John Dingle, OSU (hooking) 15:35.

   3rd period – 5, UNO, Mick Lawrence/6 (Bryan Marshall/10, Alain
Goulet/3) 2:13 (pp). 6, OSU, Matt McIlvane/3 (Todd Rudasill/4, C.J.
Severyn/1) 8:00. 7, UNO, Ed DelGrosso/1 14:26. Penalties – John
Dingle, OSU (roughing) 1:51; C.J. Severyn, OSU (roughing) 3:01; Tomas
Klempa, UNO (slashing) 3:01; Mark Bernier, UNO (interference) 15:56;
Patrick Schafer, OSU (cth roughing) 19:31.

   Shots on goal – UNO 16-9-8 33; OSU 11-7-8 26.

   Power plays – UNO 2 of 6; OSU 1 of 7.

   Penalties – UNO 8 (27 min); OSU 7 (14 min).

   Goalies – UNO, Jerad Kaufmann 3-2-0 (60:00 minutes, 26 shots-24
saves); OSU, Dustin Carlson 0-1-0 (60:00, 33-28).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-3903  T-2:13   
 Three stars: 1. Bryan Marshall    2. Brandon Scero    3. Matt McIlvane   
 Referee:Stephen McInchak  AR:Kevin Langseth; Mike Klinger
 Win-Jerad Kaufmann (3-2-0).  Loss-Dustin Carlson (0-1-0). 
 OSU Penalty at 1:51 of the 3rd called by AR      
 Langseth                                         
 5 minute delay to repair glass at 4:37 of the 3rd