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Nov. 10, 2006

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie with Western Michigan in the second game of a CCHA series Friday at the Ohio Expo Center. All four goals were scored in the second period as the Broncos rallied twice from one-goal deficits. The Buckeyes are now 2-4-2 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association games and 2-6-2 overall. Western Michigan is 3-4-1 in the league and 4-4-1 overall.

After a scoreless first period in which both team fired six shots on goal, Ohio State opened the scoring 4:41 into the second period. Junior Dominic Maiani (Shelby Township, Mich.) knocked the puck in from the right doorstep past WMU goaltender Riley Gill for his second goal of the season. Fellow junior Tommy Goebel (Parma, Ohio) and senior Matt Waddell (Armstrong, British Columbia) picked up the assists. It was the first assist for Goebel as a Buckeye and Waddell’s second helper of the season.

The last three goals of the game were scored in a 1:26 time span in the closing minutes of the period. While on the power play, Kevin O’Connor of the Broncos blasted in a slap shot from the top of the right circle to even the game at 1-all at 15:37. The Buckeyes answered just seconds later at 16:02 when senior Kenny Bernard (Sarnia, Ontario) tallied his third goal of the series and of the year to put OSU up 2-1. Bernard was set up by junior Jason DeSantis (Oxford, Mich.), who extended his point streak to three games and increased his team-leading assist total to 10.

Western Michigan knotted up the game once again just over a minute later at 17:03 on its second power play goal. Jeff Pierce scored from in front of the OSU net on an assist by Paul Szczechura to tie the game at 2-2.

In the third and overtime periods, Ohio State fired a total of 22 shots while limiting the Broncos to six, but was unable to get anything past Gill. The Buckeyes finished the evening 0-for-7 on the power play while Western Michigan was 2-for-7.

Freshman goaltender Joseph Palmer (Yorkville, N.Y.) made a total of 22 saves to move to 2-4-2 this season. Gill had 35 saves and is 4-0-0.

The game was held at the Ohio Expo Center on the state fairgrounds because of a men’s basketball tournament at Value City Arena.

In just its second road series of the season, Ohio State continues its slate of CCHA games with a series at Bowling Green Nov. 17-18. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.

John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“I applaud the effort tonight. Both teams played hard. I liked the way (OSU goaltender Joseph) Palmer came back with a good game. We’ve got to learn to bring that defense to give us opportunities to win.”

On the play of Ohio State in the third period and overtime
“That is the way we envision our team being. I thought we played with a lot of energy and spirit. We played hard.”

Andrew Schembri, senior forward
On the game
“It’s good to come in after last night and play consistently. Palmer played well tonight and made some great saves. We have to keep moving along here. We were more focused on defense tonight and that will allow our offense to create itself.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) 2006-07 Ohio State Men’s Hockey Western Michigan vs Ohio State (Nov 10, 2006 at Columbus, Ohio) Western Michigan (4-4-1, 3-4-1 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (2-6-2, 2-4-2 CCHA) Date: Nov 10, 2006 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: Ohio Expo Center Attendance:1572 Start time:7:05 pm End time:9:35 pm Total time:2:30

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

1st period – Penalties – Andrew Schembri, OSU (roughing) 2:41; Matt Clackson, WMU (roughing) 2:41; Jeff Pierce, WMU (o-tripping) 3:55; Kyle Hood, OSU (holding) 6:24; Chris Clackson, WMU (roughing) 7:53; Domenic Maiani, OSU (high-sticking) 8:55; Matt Waddell, OSU (hooking) 12:59; Jeff Pierce, WMU (cth cross-checking) 13:11; Paul Szczechura, WMU (hooking) 17:10.

2nd period – 1, OSU, Domenic Maiani/2 (Tommy Goebel/1, Matt Waddell/2) 4:41. 2, WMU, Kevin O’Connor/1 (Mark Letestu/7, Jeff Pierce/8) 15:37 (pp). 3, OSU, Kenny Bernard/3 (Jason DeSantis/10) 16:02. 4, WMU, Jeff Pierce/2 (Paul Szczechura/6) 17:03 (pp). Penalties – Jason DeSantis, OSU (tripping) 9:26; Sean Collins, OSU (holding) 14:22; Sam Campbell, OSU (o-holding) 16:33; Domenic Maiani, OSU (tripping) 18:13; Nathan Ansell, WMU (interference) 19:20.

3rd period – Penalties – Sean Weaver, WMU (roughing) 4:20; Chris Clackson, WMU (cth cross-checking) 16:36; Kenny Bernard, OSU (roughing) 17:13; Jonathan Lupa, WMU (roughing) 17:13.

OT period – Penalties –

Shots on goal – WMU 6-12-3-3 24; OSU 6-9-18-4 37.

Power plays – WMU 2 of 7; OSU 0 of 7.

Penalties – WMU 9 (18 min); OSU 9 (18 min).

Goalies – WMU, Riley Gill (64:51 minutes, 37 shots-35 saves) , EMPTY NET (00:09, 0-0); OSU, Joseph Palmer (65:00, 24-22).

A-1572 T-2:30 Three stars: 1. Riley Gill 2. Andrew Schembri 3. Jeff Pierce Referee:Keith Sergott Linesman:Ken Landis; Brian Frerichs WMU-Riley Gill (3-0-1). OSU-Joseph Palmer (2-4-2). OSU timeout taken 4:50 into overtime