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Nov. 25, 2006

Box Score

TROY, N.Y. – The Ohio State men’s hockey team scored four goals in the third period as the Buckeyes tied Rensselaer, 5-5, in the third-place game at the 56th Annual Rensselaer/Bank of America Holiday Tournament Saturday in Troy, N.Y. Senior Sean Collins led Ohio State with two goals and an assist and Tommy Goebel and Kevin Montgomery recorded two assists each. The Buckeyes trailed 4-1 heading into the third period and briefly took the lead at 5-4 before RPI scored an extra attacker at 18:52 to salvage the tie.

Ohio State moves to 4-7-3 overall (4-4-2 CCHA) while Rensselaer is 4-3-4 (1-0-1 ECACHL). RPI took third place in the tournament with a 5-4 win in a 10-round shootout after regulation.

Rensselaer scored a power play goal 15:33 into the first period to carry a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. Andrei Uryadov flipped in the puck from the slot with assists from Paul Kerins and Matt Angers-Goulet to give the Engineers the lead. Despite their goal deficit, Ohio State held a 13-5 advantage in shots for the period.

The Buckeyes evened the score at 1-all with a power play goal at 5:50 of the second. Junior Jason DeSantis (Oxford, Mich.) passed the puck to senior Kenny Bernard (Sarnia, Ontario) at the bottom of the left circle, who passed it to Collins (Sr., Troy, Mich.) at the top of the circle. Collins fired a one-timer into the back to the RPI net to tie the score. The Engineers scored three goals in the final 6:22 of the period for a 4-1 lead after two. They regained the lead when Uryadov scored a backdoor goal from the right side at 13:38. Just :28 later, Rensselaer upped it to 3-1 when Jake Morissette tallied a goal at 14:06. RPI scored its third goal of the stanza just before it ended at 19:55 when Uryadov completed the hat trick with a slapshot off a faceoff win by Kirk MacDonald. Shots for the period were 12 for Ohio State and 10 for RPI for a two-period total of 25 and 15, respectively.

Ohio State cut the lead to 4-2 with a 4-on-4 goal 3:44 into the third period. Junior Johann Kroll (Plymouth, Minn.) flicked the puck from top of the right circle and sent it sailing over the shoulder of RPI netminder Mathias Lange. Kroll’s first goal of the season was assisted by fellow defenseman Tyson Strachan (Sr., Melfort, Saskatchewan) and Goebel (Jr., Parma, Ohio).

Just over a minute later, junior Matt McIlvane (Naperville, Ill.) stripped the puck from an Engineer while on the penalty kill and skated it in on a breakaway to cut the score to 4-3 at 5:05. It was the sixth shorthanded goal for the Buckeyes this season, tying for the most in the nation, and the first of the year for McIlvane.

Collins scored the game-tying goal at 8:50 to knot the score at 4-4. With passes from Goebel and Montgomery (Fr., Rochester, N.Y.), Collins scored a tic-tac-toe goal from the slot for his second lamplighter of the game and fifth of the year. The assists were Goebel’s fifth and Montgomery’s first.

The Buckeyes took the lead for the first time in the game at 16:56 when Dave Barton (Sr., Calgary, Alberta) tipped in a shot from the slot by Montgomery to put OSU up 5-4. Collins picked up the second assist on the goal for his third point of the game and ninth helper of the season.

With 18:38 remaining in regulation, Rensselaer pulled its goaltender for an extra skater. The move proved successful just seconds later when Garett Vassel scored the tying goal five-hole at 18:52 to send the game into overtime at 5-all.

The Buckeyes fired three shots on goal in the extra session and held RPI to just one as the teams skated to a 5-5 final. The tie is the official final score of the game. The shootout was done to determine the third-place winner.

Overall, Ohio State outshot the Engineers 43-21. The Buckeyes were 1-for-7 on the power play while RPI was 1-for-6. Freshman goaltender Nick Filion (Cornwall, Ontario) started for the Buckeyes and made 16 saves to move to 0-2-1 this season. Lange made 38 saves for the Engineers and is 1-2-3.

For his play against RPI and Colgate, Collins was named to the All-Tournament team. He totaled three goals and two assists for five points in the two games.

Ohio State continues its road swing with its third-consecutive series away from Columbus. The Buckeyes next travel to East Lansing, Mich., to face the Spartans of Michigan State in a CCHA series Dec. 1-2. Games begin at 7:05 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.

Game Notes

This was the first meeting between Ohio State and Rensselaer since Nov. 7, 1980. All three games in the all-time series have taken place in Troy, N.Y.

Nick Filion made his first start since Nov. 3 when he was in net Nov. 3 for a home game vs. Notre Dame. It was his first action since Nov. 9 when he played the last 10:02 of the game against Western Michigan.

Andrei Uryadov of RPI scored the first hat trick against the Buckeyes since Jim McKenzie of Michigan State, Jan. 18, 2005 in East Lansing, Mich.

The assist by Kevin Montgomery on the game-tying goal in the third period was his first as a Buckeye.

Sean Collins extended his goal-streak to four games. He has eight points (5g, 3a) in the last four games.

Jason DeSantis had an assist to record a point in six of the last seven games. He has registered a point in 10 of 14 games this season. He continues to lead the Buckeyes in points (14) and assists (13).

Postgame Quotes

John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“I like the way we played this game. It was an exciting game. We had 42 shots on goal and to be down by three goals and come back will help the trip back a little. This weekend, we learned we have to play two games in a row. They understand this and are getting closer. We are a work in progress.”

On the third period comeback
“We were generating opportunities throughout the game. We knew we would get opportunities and we had to make sure to get there. Keep putting the puck to the net and get some in.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) 2006-07 Ohio State Men’s Hockey Ohio State vs Rensselaer (Nov 25, 2006 at Troy, NY)

Ohio State (4-7-3) vs. Rensselaer (4-3-4) Date: Nov 25, 2006 Location: Troy, NY Arena: Houston Field House Attendance: Start time:4pm End time:6:20pm Total time:2:20

Goals by Period 1 2 3 OT Tot ————————————- Ohio State………. 0 1 4 0 – 5 Rensselaer………. 1 3 1 0 – 5

1st period – 1, RPI, Uryadov, Andrei/2 (Broad,Kevin/4, Angers-Goulet, Matt/4) 15:33 (pp). Penalties – Merth, Peter, RPI (interference) 5:04; Sam Campbell, OSU (tripping) 14:28; Jensen, Christian, RPI (tripping) 16:56; Merth, Peter, RPI (interference) 19:41.

2nd period – 2, OSU, Sean Collins/4 (Kenny Bernard/6, Jason DeSantis/13) 5:50 (pp). 3, RPI, Uryadov, Andrei/3 (Eizenman, Oren/5, Luthi, Jake/11) 13:38. 4, RPI, Morissette, Jake/7 (Merth, Peter/4, Colling, Kurt/4) 14:06. 5, RPI, Uryadov, Andrei/4 (MacDonald, Kirk/5) 19:55. Penalties – Peace, Dan, RPI (tripping) 5:20; Matt Waddell, OSU (interference) 7:21; Andrew Schembri, OSU (cth roughing atw) 10:25; John Dingle, OSU (hooking) 14:37; Sean Collins, OSU (elbowing) 17:46.

3rd period – 6, OSU, Johann Kroll/1 (Tyson Strachan/3, Tommy Goebel/4) 3:44. 7, OSU, Matt McIlvane/1 5:05 (sh). 8, OSU, Sean Collins/5 (Tommy Goebel/5, Kevin Montgomery/1) 8:50. 9, OSU, Dave Barton/2 (Kevin Montgomery/2, Sean Collins/9) 16:56. 10, RPI, Kerins, Paul/2 (Vassel, Garett/1, Uryadov, Andrei/5) 18:52. Penalties – Kipp, Reed, RPI (tripping) 2:16; TEAM, OSU (too many players on ice) 3:20; Luthi, Jake, RPI (cross-checking) 9:14; Colling, Kurt, RPI (holding) 12:11; Andrew Schembri, OSU (unsportsmanlike conduct) 12:11.

OT period – Penalties – Eizenman, Oren, RPI (hooking) :38.

Shots on goal – OSU 13-12-15-3 43; RPI 5-10-5-1 21.

Power plays – OSU 1 of 7; RPI 1 of 6.

Penalties – OSU 7 (14 min); RPI 8 (16 min).

Goalies – OSU, Nick Filion (64:54 minutes, 21 shots-16 saves) , EMPTY NET (00:06, 0-0); RPI, Lange, Mathias (64:46, 43-38) , EMPTY NET (00:14, 0-0).

Penalty shots – None.

A- T-2:20 Three stars: 1. None 2. None 3. None Referee:Dave Hansen Linesman:Leo Boylan; Joe Testa OSU-Nick Filion (0-2-1). RPI-Lange, Mathias (1-2-3). RPI wins shootout (5-4) to finish in third place of 56th Annual Rensselaer/Bank of America Holiday Tournament. The game officially ends as a 5-5 tie