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ANN ARBOR, Mich. Buckeye senior Tommy Goebel scored twice, sophomore goalie Joseph Palmer made 28 saves and the Buckeye penalty-killing unit was 8-for-8, as the Ohio State men’s hockey team beat No. 2 Michigan, 3-2, Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Buckeyes (4-10-1, 2-7-0 CCHA) and Wolverines (13-2-0, 8-1-0 CCHA), who saw their winning streak end at 12, will close out the two-game series at 7:35 p.m. Saturday in Yost Ice Arena.

The Buckeyes led 1-0 after the first and through the second before extending their lead to 2-0 at 2:33 of the third. The Wolverines cut the Ohio State lead to one twice on goals by Chad Kolarik, as the teams combined for three goals in 1:23. Kolarik made the score 2-1 but Buckeye freshman Sergio Somma responded just 32 seconds later to put the Buckeyes back ahead by two (3-1). Kolarik scored again less than a minute later (18:42), making the score 3-2. Michigan pulled its goalie for the extra attacker with just under a minute remaining, but the Buckeyes kept them off the board to post the win.

Goebel, from Parma, Ohio, opened the scoring with an unassisted shorthanded goal at 15:28 of the first period. He picked off a Wolverine pass attempt just outside the Buckeye blueline and skated in on UM goalie Billy Sauer. His shot trickled through Sauer’s legs and over the goal-line for his team-best sixth goal of the season and first shorthanded goal of the year. The Buckeyes were 0-for-2 on the power play in the period, including a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:34. Ohio State stopped the Wolverines on two chances. Palmer, a Yorkville, N.Y., native, stopped all nine Wolverine shots in the period. Ohio State put seven shots on net. 

The Buckeyes’ 1-0 lead held through the second period. Michigan had six shots on goal and Ohio State had five. The Buckeyes held the Wolverines scoreless on four power-play opportunities and did not score on two chances of their own.

Goebel’s goal early in the third also was unassisted. The Wolverine defenseman and goalie fumbled the puck next to the net, and Goebel was there to knock it home with Ohio State on the power play. Kolarik’s goal at 17:19 came from a scramble at the front of the net. Less than a minute later, three Buckeye freshmen combined for the eventual gamewinner. John Albert passed the puck out to Somma at the right circle, who beat Sauer high for his fourth goal of the season. Chris Reed had the second assist on the goal, which came at 17:51. The final goal came at 18:42 when Kolarik scored from the high slot. The Wolverines put 15 shots on net in the period and had two power-play chances. Ohio State had just five shots, but converted its one power-play opportunity.

In the game, Michigan outshot the Buckeyes, 30-16. Palmer made 28 saves in 59:52 for the win. Sauer had 13 stops in 58:46.

The Buckeyes held the Wolverines scoreless on all eight power-play chances. Ohio State converted 1-of-5 opportunities.

Game Notes
Goebel’s shorthanded goal was the second of his career. His first came vs. Lake Superior State in the 2006-07 season opener (Oct. 13, 2006). It was his first two-goal game as a Buckeye.

Palmer’s shutout streak was ended at 143:25 when Kolarik tallied in the third period. It dated back to the third period at Western Michigan Nov. 23.

Reed’s assist was the first point of his Buckeye career.

Ohio State has not allowed a power-play goal in the last four games. The squad’s 8-for-8 performance was the best since stopping all nine chances at Nebraska-Omaha Feb. 17. Michigan came into the game fifth in the country on the power play.

The win stopped Michigan’s 11-game home winning streak dating back to last season.

Postgame Quotes
John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“The guys played well and spirited. (Ohio State goalie) Joe (Palmer) played a great game. They did the little things won draws, got pucks deep, had good penalty killing. It was a well-earned win.”

Joseph Palmer, Ohio State sophomore goalie
On the game
“This was a great atmosphere. You get jacked up to play in front of a crowd like this. You’ve got to be ready to play. We had the mindset during practice this week we were going to come in here ready.”

On the defense in front of him
“Our penalty killing was great tonight. Our guys blocked a lot of shots, and 5-on-5 they blocked a lot of shots. We did the things we needed to do to stay in the game.”

Tommy Goebel, Ohio State senior forward
On the team’s defensive effort
“We played good defense. Joe (Palmer) played an outstanding, unbelievable game. He was our best penalty killer. We did a good job limiting Michigan’s shots. Any time you can keep them under 10 shots a period, it’s good.”

On the win
“It was a great win for our team, against probably the biggest rival of the year and the No. 2-ranked team in the country. We had a lot of energy and were focused on the game.”

                         Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
                        Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2007-08
          Ohio State vs #2 Michigan (Nov 30, 2007 at Ann Arbor, Mich.)

 Ohio State (4-10-1, 2-7-0 CCHA) vs. Michigan (13-2-0, 8-1-0 CCHA)
 Date: Nov 30, 2007  Location: Ann Arbor, Mich.      Arena: Yost Ice Arena     
 Attendance:6784   Start time:7:35 pm   End time:9:55 pm   Total time:2:20   

 Goals by Period       1  2  3  Tot
 ———————————-
 Ohio State……….  1  0  2 –  3
 Michigan…………  0  0  2 –  2
 
   1st period – 1, OSU, Tommy Goebel/6 15:28 (sh). Penalties – Tommy
Goebel, OSU (cth elbowing) 4:19; Mark Mitera, UM (holding) 9:48; Chris
Summers, UM (cross-checking) 10:15; Sergio Somma, OSU (goaltender
interference) 14:35; Sergio Somma, OSU (cth roughing) 20:00.

   2nd period – Penalties – John Albert, OSU (interference) 2:22;
Kevin Quick, UM (interference) 8:54; Mark Mitera, UM (roughing) 10:42;
John Albert, OSU (roughing) 10:42; Kyle Reed, OSU (holding) 12:24;
Shane Sims, OSU (hooking) 15:09; Brian Lebler, UM (boarding) 16:22.

   3rd period – 2, OSU, Tommy Goebel/7 2:33 (pp). 3, UM, Chad
Kolarik/10 (Max Pacioretty/10, Kevin Porter/9) 17:19. 4, OSU, Sergio
Somma/4 (John Albert/5, Chris Reed/1) 17:51. 5, UM, Chad Kolarik/11
(Chris Summers/4, Tristin Llewellyn/1) 18:42. Penalties – Tim Miller,
UM (charging) 1:10; Shane Sims, OSU (tripping) 7:50; Shane Sims, OSU
(interference) 10:08.

   Shots on goal – OSU 6-5-5 16; UM 9-6-15 30.

   Power plays – OSU 1 of 5; UM 0 of 8.

   Penalties – OSU 9 (18 min); UM 6 (12 min).

   Goalies – OSU, Joseph Palmer 4-9-1 (59:52 minutes, 30 shots-28
saves) , EMPTY NET (00:08, 0-0); UM, Billy Sauer 13-2-0 (58:46, 16-13)
, EMPTY NET (01:14, 0-0).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-6784  T-2:20   
 Three stars: 1. Tommy Goebel    2. Chad Kolarik    3. Joseph Palmer   
 Referee:Keith Sergott  AR:TJ Likens; Tony Molina
 Win-Joseph Palmer (4-9-1).  Loss-Billy Sauer (13-2-0).