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COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s hockey team saw its 13-game unbeaten streak end with a 4-1 loss to Western Michigan Saturday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes opened the scoring in the first period but the Broncos scored four unanswered goals, including a power play and shorthanded goal, for the win. The teams tied the series opener Friday, with Ohio State earning the extra point with a shootout win.

Ohio State, which ended its home unbeaten streak at 10, suffered its first loss since Nov. 21 at Northern Michigan. The Buckeyes now are 16-7-3 on the year and 9-6-3-3 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Western Michigan moves to 7-13-6 and 4-9-5-1 in conference play.

The teams were tied at the end of the first period. Ohio State scored first, when John Albert tallied at 9:01. Matt Bartkowski got the puck to Todd Rudasill by the net. WMU goalie Riley Gill made the save on Rudasill’s shot. Albert got to the rebound and was able to lift it with the goalie down on the ice for his ninth goal of the year. The Broncos tied the game as time expired. With a faceoff deep in the Buckeye zone with 2.6 seconds remaining, center Jared Katz was able to win the puck and put it on net. Buckeye goalie Dustin Carlson made the save, but Tyler Ludwig was there to shoot the puck into the basically empty net with Carlson on the far side. There were no penalties called in the period, as the Buckeyes outshot the Broncos, 10-7.

Western Michigan scored the only goal of the second period to carry a 2-1 lead into the second intermission. Patrick Galivan passed out from the corner to Max Campbell in the slot and he was able to put score on a quick shot to put the Broncos ahead. The goal came at 11:53, just eight seconds into the first power play of the game. Gill stopped all 15 shots the Buckeyes put on net in the period and Western had just three shots in the stanza. Western was 1-for-2 on the power play, as the Buckeyes were assessed the only penalties of the stanza.

The Broncos scored twice in the third for the 4-1 final. Sean Weaver scored shorthanded at 5:33, assisted by Steve Silver. With Ohio State on the power play and deep in the Bronco zone, the puck came out to Silver. He and Weaver were able to break in 2-on-1 on Carlson and Weaver scored on the fly to extend the Bronco lead to two (3-1). Cam Watson closed out the scoring and sealed the win with an empty-net goal at 18:45. The Buckeyes outshot the Broncos, 13-9, in the period. The Buckeyes had two power-play chances but could not convert, with Western Michigan scoreless on one chance.

The Buckeyes doubled up the Broncos in shots, outshooting them 38-19. Carlson made 15 saves and allowed three goals in 59:16. Gill had 37 saves for the Broncos in all 60 minutes.

Western Michigan was 1-for-3 on the power play and Ohio State was 0-for-2.
 
Postgame Notes
The Buckeyes’ 13-game unbeaten streak included 11-consecutive wins, capped off with back-to-back ties (with shootout wins). It tied the program record for the longest unbeaten streak in a season, tying the 1983-84 squad who opened the year with 13-consecutive wins.

The Buckeyes will return to action with a series at Alaska next weekend. The teams will meet at 11:05 ET Friday and Saturday in the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Corey Toy had his four-game assist and point streaks ended. Corey Elkins and Hunter Bishop had three-game scoring streaks stopped.

Postgame Quotes
John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“Western’s goaltender played well. We almost put 40 shots on goal to their 19 but we couldn’t get back in the game. We need to take a lesson in our mental approach to the game from this weekend.”

On Western Michigan’s goals
“The first goal was an awful mistake by us. We couldn’t rebound and couldn’t score. I told the guys it’s only going to get tougher from here.”

On the weekend
“The last three games, pucks just didn’t go in the net. Western’s goalie (Riley Gill) was the best player on the ice tonight. Pucks were hitting him and he was smothering them. He didn’t allow rebounds.”

Peter Boyd, Ohio State sophomore forward
On ending the 13-game unbeaten streak
“It’s been two months since a loss. It’s always tough. We weren’t prepared this weekend and you could tell at the drop of the puck Friday. We’ve been winning because we’ve been playing 60 minutes and we didn’t tonight.”

On the Ohio State defense
“They cleared the puck well. A lot of credit goes to the goalie (Riley Gill). He played great both nights and didn’t give second and third chances.”

On the loss
“It is a good learning lesson. Going to Alaska and Notre Dame, it is going to be a tough stretch if we’re not ready to play because they’ll take it to us. If we’re not ready to play though it, then it really doesn’t matter who we play.”

Riley Gill, Western Michigan junior goaltender
On the play of his defense
“They were great with clearing tonight. Everyone did a good job, especially late in the second period when Ohio State was really attacking the net.”

Max Campbell, Western Michigan sophomore center
On the play of WMU’s specialty teams
“We had a lot more chances to score than we did last night and they were a big reason why.  We got more passes through and that was big for us.”

On adjustments made after Friday
“Ohio State does a great job of blocking shots and getting in lanes. Our goal was to get more shots on Dustin Carlson and pressure their defense.”

On ending OSU’s unbeaten streak
“Ohio State was hot coming in so we knew we would have to play our best hockey. You always have to play well against teams who are hot. We definitely get great satisfaction out of it.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2008-09
Western Michigan vs #11 Ohio State (Jan 24, 2009 at Columbus, Ohio)

 Western Michigan (7-13-6/4-9-5-1 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (16-7-3/9-6-3-3 CCHA)
 Date: Jan 24, 2009  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Arena: Value City Arena   
 Attendance:4505   Start time:7:05 pm   End time:9:06 pm   Total time:2:01   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
 Western Michigan 1 1 2 4
 Ohio State 1 0 0 1
 
   1st period – 1, OSU, John Albert/9 (Todd Rudasill/3, Matt
Bartkowski/9) 9:01. 2, WMU, Tyler Ludwig/5 (Jared Katz/2) 19:59.
Penalties –

   2nd period – 3, WMU, Max Campbell/11 (Patrick Galivan/12, Greg
Squires/11) 11:53 (pp). Penalties – Nick Biondo, OSU (cth elbowing)
11:31; C.J. Severyn, OSU (cth high-sticking) 14:45.

   3rd period – 4, WMU, Sean Weaver/2 (Steve Silver/2) 5:33 (sh). 5,
WMU, Cam Watson/3 (Patrick Galivan/13, Chris Frank/4) 18:45 (empty
net). Penalties – C.J. Severyn, OSU (hooking) 3:02; Chris Frank, WMU
(roughing) 5:17; Chris Frank, WMU (o-crosschecking) 13:14.

   Shots on goal – WMU 7-3-9 19; OSU 10-15-13 38.

   Power plays – WMU 1 of 3; OSU 0 of 2.

   Penalties – WMU 2 (4 min); OSU 3 (6 min).

   Goalies – WMU, Riley Gill 6-7-2 (60:00 minutes, 38 shots-37 saves);
OSU, Dustin Carlson 14-4-2 (59:16, 18-15) , EMPTY NET (00:44, 0-0).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-4505  T-2:01   
 Three stars: 1. Riley Gill    2. Max Campbell    3. Sean Weaver   
 Ref: Matt Shegos; Neil Stafford   Line: Brian Frerichs; Joseph Hutek
 Win-Riley Gill (6-7-2).  Loss-Dustin Carlson (14-4-2). 
 Western Michigan Timeout 1:15/3rd