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COLUMBUS, Ohio Buckeye sophomore Hunter Bishop’s first goal early in the first period stood as the gamewinner as the Ohio State men’s hockey team downed Clarkson, 2-0, Saturday in Value City Arena in the championship game of the Ohio Hockey Classic. Ohio State sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson stopped all 24 shots he faced saves in his fourth shutout of the season, as the Buckeyes, now 13-6-1 on the year, extended their winning streak to eight.

The tournament title is the second for the Buckeyes and the first since 2006. Buckeye senior forward Corey Elkins was voted the tournament’s MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Carlson, Bishop and defenseman Shane Sims, along with Army’s Cody Omilusik and Clarkson’s Bryan Rufenach.

The Buckeyes led 1-0 after the first. Bishop extended his goal-scoring streak to seven when he dove at the rebound of a Sims shot and was able to poke the puck into the Clarkson net. Elkins also had an assist on the goal, moving his scoring streak to five. Sims has at least one point in each of his last six games. The Buckeyes outshot the Golden Knights, 15-4, in the period. Ohio State had the only power-play chance in the period and put just one shot on net with the man advantage.

The teams were scoreless in the second period. Carlson stopped all 10 shots he faced. Clarkson’s Paul Karpowich had five saves in the stanza. Ohio State held the Golden Knights scoreless on three power-play chances and the Buckeyes could not convert on two opportunities.

The Buckeyes stayed strong in the third period to hold on to the one-goal lead, with Carlson making 10 saves. The Buckeye PK had three stops, including an extended 5-on-3. Freshman Zac Dalpe closed the scoring with an empty-netter goal at 19:19, assisted by defensemen Corey Toy and Matt Bartkowski. Ohio State had 14 shots in the stanza and was 0-for-3 on the power play.

Ohio State outshot Clarkson in the game, 34-24.

Postgame Notes
Ohio State has won its last eight games overall and 11 of its last 12. The squad is on a nine-game winning streak in Value City Arena. The unbeaten streak is tied for the second-longest in the nation.

The Buckeyes are 7-1-2 all-time in Ohio Hockey Classic play with two titles.

Elkins, who leads the team with 21 points, is on a five-game point streak (3-6-9). He had a tournament-best four points, tying the OHC record for points in a tournament.

Bishop is on a seven-game goal-scoring streak and has eight points in his last seven games combined. He is second on the team with nine goals this season.

Carlson has four shutouts this season, tying for the third-best in a single season for a Buckeye goalie. He now has a goals-against average of 2.04 and a .932 save percentage, along with an 11-3-0 ledger.

Sims is on a six-game point streak (1-7-8) and has two assists in two of his last three games.

Postgame Quotes
John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On Ohio State
“I think we beat a good hockey team tonight. We did the little things and stuck to the program. We didn’t cheat the game which is good for us. Just coming back from break and using the same lineup from last night, we were worried about the energy level. How good are we? Well, I will just assume we will be ready to play Friday and hope we win. That is all I can ask for from these guys.”

On the game
“Both teams played well tonight. There was good goaltending where expected when two teams are trying to win a championship. We were fortunate to have a one goal lead tonight. They played well and came to play. We had a home crowd advantage and played 60 minutes of hockey. That is very important this time of the year. I’m glad the guys stuck to it.”

On Ohio State’s performance in the Ohio Hockey Classic
“We played better defense. The offense starts from the defensive zone. When we did cause turnovers, the guys created gaps where they could attack. Corey Elkins can move through the zone and protect the puck. Hunter Bishop is fast. Ian Boots can make plays up and down the ice. We can get the puck into the paint. When we get the puck into the paint, you never know what will happen.”

Dustin Carlson, Ohio State sophomore goaltender
On defensive performance at Ohio Hockey Classic
“I thought our guys defensively did a great job in the secondary tonight. There was always one of our guys on them and they either shot wide or missed the net. The last two games our defenseman have been making some saves and I had a couple breaks both nights.”

Hunter Bishop, sophomore forward
On Ohio State Hockey Classic Championship
“It means something to win this tournament and it was a small win for the big picture. It’s nice to come back from break and win these two games. We talked about it before we left for break and this is the start we wanted.”

On line coming together
“We’ve been playing for a couple weeks together now and we are feeling each other out. Our line is coming together at a good time and me and Corey [Elkins] told each other good game after tonight. We just need to keep this going and it’s something everyone in a line wants to achieve together.”

On scoring first goal of the game
“It was basically two on two with about fifteen feet in front of us of the net. It was a footrace and I knew he would probably get a stick on me and I went for the leap and got lucky. Our scouting report was to get a lot of pucks on net and rebound. We knew we would have to score a greasy goal and knew that the first shot wasn’t going to go in. It was our game plan coming in and we played smart on both blue lines not turning the puck over.”

George Roll, Clarkson head coach
On the game
“We missed the net a lot and (Dustin) Carlson made some big saves. We didn’t do a great job of creating rebounds during the game. Ohio State was in their building with the crowd and we had the chance to beat them.”

On the Ohio State Hockey Classic
“It was an outstanding weekend for Paul (Karpowich). I know he gave us the chance to with both nights. That’s a credit to his work ethic. I was impressed with both teams we played. Miami was probably the best team we have seen this year. Ohio State had a lot of composure and battled hard for a young team.”

Paul Karpowich, freshman goalie
On both games
“I felt good back there. The defense did a great job all weekend. I saw the shots that came in and the ones that bounced off, the defense was there to clear the rebounds. As a freshman, this was a great experience and hopefully we’ll be able to get better from it.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2008-09
Clarkson vs Ohio State (Jan 03, 2009 at Columbus, Ohio)

 Clarkson (3-11-4/1-6-1 ECAC) vs. Ohio State (13-6-1/6-5-1-1 CCHA)
 Date: Jan 03, 2009  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Arena: Value City Arena   
 Attendance:4902   Start time:8:05 pm   End time:10:12 pm  Total time:2:07   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
 Clarkson 0 0 0 0
 Ohio State 1 0 1 2
 
   1st period – 1, OSU, Hunter Bishop/9 (Shane Sims/10, Corey
Elkins/14) 7:22. Penalties – Matt Beca, CLARKSON (elbowing) 12:04;
Julien Cayer, CLARKSON (interference) 19:17.

   2nd period – Penalties – Mike Willemsen, CLARKSON (goaltender
interference) 4:54; Kyle Reed, OSU (hooking) 8:42; Zach Pelletier, OSU
(interference) 13:03; Peter Boyd, OSU (roughing the goalie) 17:40.

   3rd period – 2, OSU, Zac Dalpe/10 (Corey Toy/5, Matt Bartkowski/6)
19:19 (empty net). Penalties – Corey Toy, OSU (roughing) :31; Tim
Marks, CLARKSON (hooking) 4:23; Mathieu Picard, OSU (hooking) 6:54;
Corey Toy, OSU (cth roughing) 7:08; Lauri Tuohimaa, CLARKSON
(interference) 8:30; Philippe Paquet, CLARKSON (slashing) 12:47.

   Shots on goal – CLARKSON 4-10-10 24; OSU 15-5-14 34.

   Power plays – CLARKSON 0 of 6; OSU 0 of 6.

   Penalties – CLARKSON 6 (12 min); OSU 6 (12 min).

   Goalies – CLARKSON, Paul Karpowich 3-9-3 (59:13 minutes, 33
shots-32 saves) , EMPTY NET (00:47, 0-0); OSU, Dustin Carlson 11-3-0
(60:00, 24-24).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-4902  T-2:07   
 Three stars: 1. None    2. None    3. None   
 Ref: Stephen McInchak; Dean Sanborn   Line: Brian Frerichs; Patrick Bracco
 Win-Dustin Carlson (11-3-0).  Loss-Paul Karpowich (3-9-3). 
 Ohio Hockey Classic Championship                 
 OHC MVP: Elkins/OSU; All-tourney team: Elkins/OSU
 Bishop/OSU;Omilusik/Army; Sims/OSU; Rufenach/CU  
 Carlson/OSU