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COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s hockey team tied the game late in the second but Michigan scored with a little more than six minutes remaining in the third period, as the Buckeyes lost to No. 8 Michigan, 4-3, Friday at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Sophomore Todd Rudasill led the Buckeyes with two goals vs. the Wolverines, with sophomore Sergio Somma and freshman Ian Boots each posting two assists.

The teams will close out the two-game series at 7:35 p.m. Saturday in Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. The game will be televised by Comcast Digital and carried live on the NHL Network in Canada. WOSU Radio in Columbus will carry the action as well.

Despite holding a 13-8 advantage in shots, Ohio State fell behind, 1-0, in the first period. On the Michigan goal, the Buckeyes killed three and a half minutes off of a 5-minute major before Wolverine sophomore Louie Caporusso scored a power-play goal at 11:05. In a fast-paced first stanza, senior Corey Elkins and freshman Cory Schneider led the Buckeyes with three shots each. Ohio State was 0-for-2 on power-play chances while Michigan was 1-for-2.

The second period featured a bevy of goals as the Buckeyes and Wolverines combined for five scores. Michigan took a two-goal lead at 8:48 of the second as Brandon Naurato notched an even-strength marker. Rudasill put the Scarlet and Gray on the board with his first of two goals in the period, a power-play tally, at 9:54 to pull the squad within one. Sophomore John Albert and Boots were credited with the assists. Another quick even-strength goal from Wolverine Aaron Palushaj, who skated behind the Ohio State net and tucked the puck in the left side past Buckeye goalkeeper Dustin Carlson, gave Michigan a 3-1 lead at 10:34. Rudasill, playing in his fifth game of the year, again cut the Wolverine lead to one, taking the puck from the right circle across the middle and beating Michigan goalkeeper Billy Sauer topshelf at 12:48. Boots recorded the first assist, his second of the evening, and Somma had the second helper. With time running down in the period, freshman Mike Folkes put the Buckeyes on the offensive, and Somma got the puck to sophomore defenseman Chris Reed up for a hard shot from the blueline. Sauer made the save but junior Mathieu Picard crashed the net and sent the puck past the Wolverine goalkeeper’s right shoulder to tie the game at 3-all. The Buckeyes were 1-for-3 on the power play and successfully killed the Wolverines’ one man-advantage opportunity. Ohio State led in shots, 16-9.

Ohio State and Michigan traded shots back in forth during the third stanza until Michigan pulled ahead, 4-3, on senior Tim Miller’s even strength goal at 13:38. Carlson saved a Caporusso’s breakaway shot with 3:52 left in the third to keep the Buckeyes one goal down. Sauer made a save on a tough Somma shot with 2:05 left on the clock. The Buckeyes pulled Carlson for the extra attacker with a minute remaining but were unable to get the equalizer. With the open net, Rudasill stopped a sure Michigan goal with a great defensive play.

The Buckeyes outshot the Wolverines in the game, 37-24. Carlson had 20 saves in 50:17 for the Buckeyes and Sauer made 34 stops 59:52.

Each team was 1-for-5 on the power play in the contest.
 
Postgame Notes
Elkins had his career-best scoring streak ended at five.

Boots had the first multiple-point game of his Buckeye career.

Rudasill tied his career best with two goals, first set Nov. 4, 2007 vs. Ferris State.

Somma’s two assists were a career best and he had the fourth two-point game of his Buckeye career.

Ohio State has scored at least three goals in 6-of-7 games this season.

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2008-09
Ohio State vs #8 Michigan (Oct 31, 2008 at Ann Arbor, Mich)

 Ohio State (2-4-1, 1-3-1-1 CCHA) vs. Michigan (5-2-0, 2-1-0-0 CCHA)
 Date: Oct 31, 2008  Location: Ann Arbor, Mich       Arena: Yost Ice Arena     
 Attendance:6328   Start time:7:35 pm   End time:9:49 pm   Total time:2:14   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
 Ohio State 0 3 0 3
 Michigan 1 2 1 4
 
   1st period – 1, MICH, Louie Caporusso/6 (Tim Miller/1, Carl
Hagelin/8) 11:05 (pp). Penalties – Peter Boyd, OSU (checking from
behind) 7:36; Peter Boyd, OSU (game misconduct) 7:36; Matt Rust, MICH
(slashing) 10:25; Zach Pelletier, OSU (cth roughing) 10:25; Chad
Langlais, MICH (tripping) 13:54; Tristin Llewellyn, MICH (high
sticking) 16:16.

   2nd period – 2, MICH, Brandon Naurato/1 (Louie Caporusso/1) 8:48.
3, OSU, Todd Rudasill/1 (John Albert/5, Ian Boots/2) 9:54 (pp). 4,
MICH, Aaron Palushaj/6 10:34. 5, OSU, Todd Rudasill/2 (Ian Boots/3,
Sergio Somma/4) 12:48. 6, OSU, Mathieu Picard/1 (Chris Reed/4, Sergio
Somma/5) 17:52. Penalties – David Wohlberg, MICH (o-tripping) 2:37;
Greg Pateryn, MICH (o-tripping) 9:13; Chris Summers, MICH
(interference) 10:44; Zach Pelletier, OSU (charging) 13:20.

   3rd period – 7, MICH, Tim Miller/2 (Aaron Palushaj/6, Louie
Caporusso/2) 13:38. Penalties – Kyle Reed, OSU (o-holding) 5:10;
Hunter Bishop, OSU (tripping) 8:52; Ian Boots, OSU (roughing atw)
17:59; Tristin Llewellyn, MICH (roughing atw) 17:59.

   Shots on goal – OSU 13-16-8 37; MICH 8-9-7 24.

   Power plays – OSU 1 of 5; MICH 1 of 5.

   Penalties – OSU 7 (25 min); MICH 7 (14 min).

   Goalies – OSU, Dustin Carlson 1-2-0 (59:17 minutes, 24 shots-20
saves) , EMPTY NET (00:43, 0-0); MICH, Billy Sauer 2-2-0 (59:52,
37-34) , EMPTY NET (00:08, 0-0).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-6328  T-2:14   
 Three stars: 1. Aaron Palushaj    2. Todd Rudasill    3. Louie Caporusso   
 Ref: Mark Wilkins; John Philo   Line: TJ Likens; Tony Molina
 Win-Billy Sauer (2-2-0).  Loss-Dustin Carlson (1-2-0). 
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