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Feb. 9, 2007

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team defeated Northern Michigan, 3-2, Friday at Value City Arena in the first game of a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association series. The teams will square off again at 8:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena in the final game of the series.

The Buckeyes improved to 11-13-5 on the year (9-10-4 CCHA), while the Wildcats fell to 12-19-2 overall (9-15-1 CCHA). With the win the Buckeyes jumped ahead of Lake Superior State into sixth place in the CCHA standings.

Tied at 2 heading into the third period, senior forward Mathieu Beaudoin (Sherbrooke, Quebec) tallied the game-winning goal, a power-play strike, at 7:18 of the period, as he banked the puck in off the back of Northern Michigan goalie Bill Zaniboni. Junior defenseman Kyle Hood (Osoyoos, British Columbia) and junior forward Tommy Goebel (Parma, Ohio) assisted on the game-winner. It was Beaudoin’s 10th goal of the year, tying him for the team lead with Goebel.

The Buckeyes jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 12:21 of the first period on a power-play goal by junior forward Tom Fritsche (Parma, Ohio), as he deflected in a Domenic Maiani (Shelby Township, Mich.) shot. Hood picked up the second assist on Fritsche’s fourth goal of the season.

Northern Michigan rallied to take a 2-1 lead by scoring at 4:55 and 9:06 of the second period. Andrew Sarauer and Matt Siddall notched the two Northern goals. The Buckeyes pulled even at 2-all on a goal by senior forward Bryce Anderson (Waterloo, Iowa) at 18:54 of the period. Senior forward Andrew Schembri (Mississauga, Ontario) and senior defenseman Matt Waddell (Armstrong, British Columbia) garnered the assists. OSU outshot the Wildcats, 20-6, in the second period and owned a 27-13 advantage through two. Beaudoin’s game-winning tally was the only scoring of the third period, as the Buckeyes outshot the Wildcats, 11-7, in the period.

Buckeye freshman goaltender Joseph Palmer (Yorkville, N.Y.) made 18 saves on the night and improved to 11-11-4 on the year. Ohio State ended the game with 38 shots, while the Wildcats had 34.

The Buckeyes were 2-for-9 on the power play in the game, while Northern was 0-of-5.

Game Notes
Buckeye forward Tommy Goebel tallied a game-winning assist on the night to run his point streak to a Buckeye season-high 11 games (4g, 9a). The assist pushed Goebel into a tie for the team lead for points with 24 (10g, 14a). His 10 goals are tied for the team lead with Mathieu Beaudoin.

Kyle Hood tallied two assists on the night, including the game-winner. Hood has five assists on the year. It was the third two-assist game of his career.

Post Game Quotes
Ohio State head coach John Markell
On the game
“We talked before about getting pucks on net. Joe (Palmer) did a much better job tonight. They (Northern Michigan) are an extremely big team, one of the biggest teams we play. We just have to try to over power them, which we did.”

We had a good penalty kill at the end and all night. We have to change our attitude on defense and continue to work to play good defensive hockey.”

Ohio State senior forward Bryce Anderson
On the game
“We had a little added urgency this week and we were focused a lot in practice. I was fortunate to be in the right situation at the right time and scored a goal. It was a good team effort tonight.”

Northern Michigan head coach Walt Kyle
On the game
“When we came back out in the third period I thought it was pretty even. This year we have found ways to lose games because we don’t score enough to give us a large margin for error. We have to find a way to put the puck in the net on the power play. We were in position to win but the difference was Ohio State’s power play scored and ours did not.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) The Automated ScoreBook Northern Michigan vs Ohio State (Feb 09, 2007 at Columbus, Ohio)

Northern Michigan (12-19-2, 9-15-1) vs. Ohio State (11-13-5, 9-10-4) Date: Feb 09, 2007 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: Value City Arena Attendance:7077 Start time:8:05 pm End time:10:26 pm Total time:2:21

Goals by Period 1 2 3 Tot ———————————- Northern Michigan… 0 2 0 – 2 Ohio State………. 1 1 1 – 3

1st period – 1, OSU, Tom Fritsche/4 (Domenic Maiani/12, Kyle Hood/4) 12:21 (pp). Penalties – Pat Bateman, NMU (o-crosschecking) :42; Tyson Strachan, OSU (tripping) 2:35; Johann Kroll, OSU (o-crosschecking) 4:40; Matt Siddall, NMU (interference) 11:36; Matt Waddell, OSU (tripping) 17:32.

2nd period – 2, NMU, Andrew Sarauer/5 (Nick Sirota/9) 4:55. 3, NMU, Matt Siddall/4 (Darin Olver/18) 9:06. 4, OSU, Bryce Anderson/4 (Andrew Schembri/10, Matt Waddell/8) 18:54. Penalties – Matt Butcher, NMU (tripping) 6:44; Bobby Selden, NMU (o-crosschecking) 11:08; Nathan Sigmund, NMU (o-holding) 15:29.

3rd period – 5, OSU, Mathieu Beaudoin/10 (Kyle Hood/5, Tommy Goebel/15) 7:18 (pp). Penalties – TJ Miller, NMU (interference) 2:41; Pat Bateman, NMU (o-hooking) 6:59; John Dingle, OSU (tripping) 9:57; Tom Fritsche, OSU (o-crosschecking) 13:10; Darin Olver, NMU (holding) 13:58; Pat Bateman, NMU (charging) 19:55.

Shots on goal – NMU 7-6-7 20; OSU 7-20-11 38.

Power plays – NMU 0 of 5; OSU 2 of 9.

Penalties – NMU 9 (18 min); OSU 5 (10 min).

Goalies – NMU, Bill Zaniboni 11-17-2 (58:47 minutes, 38 shots-35 saves) , EMPTY NET (01:13, 0-0); OSU, Joseph Palmer 11-11-4 (60:00, 20-18).

Penalty shots – None.

A-7077 T-2:21 Three stars: 1. Mathieu Beaudoin 2. Tommy Goebel 3. Bill Zaniboni Referee:Matt Shegos Assistant Referee:Bruce Vida; Tony Molina Win-Joseph Palmer (11-11-4). Loss-Bill Zaniboni (11-17-2). ID-455341