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Nov. 18, 2006

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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team wrapped up a two-game sweep of CCHA foe Bowling Green on Saturday (Nov. 18) with a 4-1 win at the BGSU Ice Rink. It was the first sweep of the season for the Buckeyes, who improved to 4-6-2 on the year (4-4-2 CCHA), while the Falcons dropped to 3-8-1 overall (1-7-0 CCHA).

Eight different Buckeyes tallied points on the night, with senior captain Sean Collins (Troy, Mich.) notching a goal and an assist. It was the first OSU series sweep since a Dec. 10-11, 2005 home series against Union College, and the first CCHA series sweep since Nov. 25-26, 2005 on the road at Notre Dame.

Ohio State opened the scoring at 9:31 of the first period with senior Matt Wadell (Armstrong, British Columbia) scoring his first goal of the year. Junior Zach Pelletier (China Village, Maine) and Mathieu Picard (Fr., St. Isidore, Ontario) assisted on the goal.

The score remained 1-0 after two periods as Buckeyes goaltender Joseph Palmer (Fr., Yorkville, N.Y.) registered eight saves in the second and Falcons netminder Jimmy Spratt 12. Both goaltenders had 17 saves through two periods.

The Buckeyes went up 2-0 at 2:49 of the third period on a Kyle Hood (Jr., Osoyoos, British Columbia) goal. Junior Domenic Maiani (Shelby Township, Mich.) assisted on the goal. OSU then stretched its lead to 3-0 at 14:45 of the third as junior John Dingle (Shaker Heights, Ohio) tallied, with Collins earning the assist. Bowling Green cut the deficit to 3-1 at 16:04 of the third, but an empty net goal by Collins with just 31 seconds left sealed the victory.

Palmer made 20 saves on the night for OSU to improve to 4-4-2 on the year. Ohio State ended the game with 29 shots, while the Falcons had 21.

The Buckeyes were 0-for-5 on the power play in the game, while the Falcons were 0-of-7.

Ohio State next heads to Troy, N.Y., to play in the 56th Annual Rensselaer/Bank of America Holiday Tournament Nov. 24-25. The Buckeyes face Colgate in the opening game of the tournament Friday at 4 p.m.

Game Notes

Beaudoin notched his 71st career point with his assist.

Pelletier garnered his first assist of the year and the second of his career.

Postgame Quotes

John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On the team’s performance
“We had three good players out, but the kids who were in the lineup came to play.”

on surviving the opening surge by Bowling Green
“The key was the first breakaway. Palmer made a great save and it really lifted our bench.”

On the penalty kill
“We were all moving as a unit. Not just one guy — all four guys. We worked on that.”

Joseph Palmer, Buckeye freshman goaltender
On the game
“It’s great to get wins, no matter what. We had a great week of practice this week. We were really pumped for this weekend. We knew we needed four points if we wanted to stay in it.”

“The past couple games we’ve been getting better with our systems, and just our team play. For me, consistency-wise, this was my best weekend. It was nice to play both games and get in a rhythm.”

On stopping Derek Whitmore twice on breakaways in the first period
“It was a good couple of saves. We knew we had to stay in it early.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) 2006-07 Ohio State Men’s Hockey Ohio State vs Bowling Green (Nov 18, 2006 at Bowling Green, Ohio) Ohio State (4-6-2, 4-4-2 CCHA) vs. Bowling Green (3-8-1, 1-7-0 CCHA) Date: Nov 18, 2006 Location: Bowling Green, Ohio Arena: BG Ice Arena Attendance:1465 Start time:7:05 p.m End time:9:20 p.m Total time:2:15 min

Goals by Period 1 2 3 Tot ———————————- Ohio State………. 1 0 3 – 4 Bowling Green……. 0 0 1 – 1

1st period – 1, OSU, Matt Waddell/1 (Mathieu Picard/4, Zach Pelletier/1) 9:39. Penalties – Tyson Strachan, OSU (cross-checking) 3:04; Mathieu Picard, OSU (roughing) 3:04; Todd McIlrath, BGSU (roughing) 5:27; Tim Maxwell, BGSU (interference) 6:36; Jason DeSantis, OSU (hooking) 6:45; James Perkin, BGSU (boarding) 17:49.

2nd period – Penalties – Kai Kantola, BGSU (co) 3:51; Andrew Schembri, OSU (elbowing) 6:22; Tommy Goebel, OSU (holding the stick) 17:33.

3rd period – 2, OSU, Kyle Hood/1 (Domenic Maiani/6) 2:49. 3, OSU, John Dingle/4 (Sean Collins/7) 14:58. 4, BGSU, Michael Hodgson/1 (Todd McIlrath/4, John Mazzei/2) 16:04. 5, OSU, Sean Collins/2 (Mathieu Beaudoin/3) 19:29 (empty net). Penalties – Tyson Strachan, OSU (cross-checking) :21; Kai Kantola, BGSU (co) 12:54; Andrew Schembri, OSU (tripping) 17:17.

Shots on goal – OSU 6-12-11 29; BGSU 9-8-4 21.

Power plays – OSU 0 of 5; BGSU 0 of 7.

Penalties – OSU 7 (14 min); BGSU 5 (10 min).

Goalies – OSU, Joseph Palmer 4-4-2 (60:00 minutes, 21 shots-20 saves); BGSU, Jimmy Spratt 2-4-0 (59:53, 28-25) , EMPTY NET (00:07, 0-0).

Penalty shots – None.

A-1465 T-2:15 min Three stars: 1. Joseph Palmer 2. Kyle Hood 3. Michael Hodgson Referee:Scott Hoberg Linesman:Neil Stafford; Bruce Vida Win-Joseph Palmer (4-4-2). Loss-Jimmy Spratt (2-4-0).