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COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to Ferris State, 4-0, Friday in the first game of a Central Collegiate Hockey Association series in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes (2-5, 0-3 CCHA) and Bulldogs (3-3-1, 2-1 CCHA) will wrap up the series at 2:05 p.m. Sunday in VCA.

There was no scoring in the first period, as each team put 10 shots on goal. Each squad had four power-play shots, with OSU 0-for-2 with the man advantage and Ferris State 0-for-1.

The Bulldogs went ahead early in the second period when Justin Lewandowski scored at 3:21, assisted by goalie Pat Nagle. Zach Redmond added a goal at 8:40 with the teams skating 4-on-4. Ferris State had 13 shots on net in the period and Ohio State had 11. The Buckeyes stopped Ferris State on two power-play chances and did not score on their one chance.

Ferris State scored twice in the third period, with Adam Miller tallying at 4:20 and J.T. Dahlinger scoring at 15:21. The Buckeyes were outshot in the period, 13-6. Each team was 0-for-1 on the power play.

For the game, the Buckeyes had 27 shots, Ferris State had 36. Ohio State sophomore Joseph Palmer started the game and played 44:20, allowing three goals and making 26 saves. Sophomore Nick Filion played the final 15:40, making six saves and llowing one goal. Ferris State’s Pat Nagle stopped all 27 Buckeye shots for his first career shutout.

Each team ended the game 0-for-4 on the power play.

Postgame Notes
The game opened a four-game homestand for the Buckeyes. The squad will host Nebraska-Omaha for two games next weekend.

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

The Buckeyes were shut out for the first time since a 2-0 loss at Northern Michigan Oct. 27, 2006.

Postgame Quotes
John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“You have to give credit where credit is due. Ferris State’s goaltender played well and they did a good job neutralizing our guys. They skated well, played spirited and took advantage of opportunities. Not a whole lot more to it than that.”

On the team’s performance over the last couple games
“We have to look at ourselves and figure out what’s going on. Our seniors know how it’s done and they have no excuses. If we want to get better we have to fight through adversity and our upperclassmen have to show some consistency.”

On Ohio State
“We turned the puck over on the blueline an enormous amount of times. We have areas on the ice where we need to get a lot better. It’s going to be interesting to see if we can bounce back because we have to defend our home ice better than we’ve done.”

Matt McIlvane, Ohio State senior forward
On the Ohio State seniors
“As young as we are, we still have a large amount of seniors. There is talent in this senior class and we have to step up and put the puck in the back of the net. We’re capable of playing better, we just need to show it.”

On adjustments for the Sunday matchup
“There are so many things we’re not doing right. We have to win the stick battles and start playing with a sense of urgency.”

On Ohio State goaltender Joseph Palmer
“He got some bad bounces tonight. We have to give him all the credit for what he’s done for this team this year. Our problem is not Joe Palmer. He’s standing on his head right now for us and we can’t generate goals for him. He’s without a doubt our best player right now.”

Bob Daniels, Ferris State head coach
On the game
“Really I thought it was a pretty even game. Our first goal was a boost for us and a deflator for Ohio State. (Joseph) Palmer is a good goaltender and I’m sure he wants that third goal back. Conversely, out goaltending was outstanding.”

On his team
“I’m glad we are getting goals from a variety on kids but I’d love to see a solid line or two that ranks high in the CCHA. For the game Sunday, we have to work on our penalty kill. Ohio State had a lot of opportunities and kept finding an open guy in the slot. We need to start clogging the middle to take away the open man.”

On Ohio State
“Ohio State is good defensively every year. The difference in coaching young kids is momentum swings. It puts a lot of heat on the OSU veterans.”

Pat Nagle, Ferris State freshman goalie
On the game
“Ohio State had some good opportunities but our defense blocked a lot of shots tonight which makes my job easier. They force you to move a ton and we were fortunate to stop the shots tonight.”  

                         Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
                        Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2007-08
          Ferris State vs Ohio State (Nov 02, 2007 at Columbus, Ohio)

 Ferris State (3-3-1, 2-1-0 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (2-5-0, 0-3-0 CCHA)
 Date: Nov 02, 2007  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Arena: Value City Arena   
 Attendance:2613   Start time:7:05 pm   End time:9:05 pm   Total time:2:00   

 Goals by Period       1  2  3  Tot
 ———————————-
 Ferris State……..  0  2  2 –  4
 Ohio State……….  0  0  0 –  0
 
   1st period – Penalties – Tommy Goebel, OSU (interference) 6:53;
Evan Case, FSU (interference) 13:04; Evan Case, FSU (boarding) 15:13.

   2nd period – 1, FSU, Justin Lewandowski/2 (Pat Nagle/1) 3:21. 2,
FSU, Zach Redmond/2 (Brendan Connolly/3, Scott Wietecha/2) 8:40.
Penalties – Jason DeSantis, OSU (cth high-sticking) 8:08; Blair Riley,
FSU (o-tripping) 8:18; Kyle Hood, OSU (hooking) 17:56.

   3rd period – 3, FSU, Adam Miller/2 (Aaron Lewicki/4, Alex Spezia/1)
4:20. 4, FSU, J.T. Dahlinger/1 (Mike Embach/1, Justin Menke/1) 15:21.
Penalties – Chris Reed, OSU (cross-checking) 4:51; Aaron Lewicki, FSU
(holding the stick) 7:07.

   Shots on goal – FSU 10-13-13 36; OSU 10-11-6 27.

   Power plays – FSU 0 of 4; OSU 0 of 4.

   Penalties – FSU 4 (8 min); OSU 4 (8 min).

   Goalies – FSU, Pat Nagle 2-2-0 (60:00 minutes, 27 shots-27 saves);
OSU, Nick Filion (15:40, 7-6) , Joseph Palmer 2-5-0 (44:20, 29-26).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-2613  T-2:00   
 Three stars: 1. Pat Nagle    2. Justin Lewandowski    3. Brendan Connolly   
 Referee:Brian Aaron  AR:Brian Frerichs; Marc DesRosiers
 Win-Pat Nagle (2-2-0).  Loss-Joseph Palmer (2-5-0).