COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 3-ranked Michigan Wolverines scored twice in the first and second periods en route to a 4-1 win over No. 15/16 Ohio State Friday in Value City Arena in front of a season-high 9,267 fans. Buckeye sophomore defenseman Corey Toy scored shorthanded with 29 seconds remaining to break the shutout.
The teams will close out the two-game series at 8:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena, with CBS College Sports televising the game live. Ohio State falls to 18-11-4 on the year and 11-10-4 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association play. Michigan now is 24-9-0 overall and 18-7-0-0 in league action.
Michigan led 2-0 after the first period. The Wolverines jumped out to a quick lead when David Wohlberg scored at 1:15 after a scramble in front, with Louis Caporusso and Tim Miller picking up assists. The Wolverines took a 2-0 lead on Chad Langlais’ goal at 12:17 that bounced off a Buckeye and into the net. Ohio State had three power-play chances in the period, but was able to get just three shots on net with the man advantage. In the period, Michigan outshot Ohio State, 9-7. Michigan had one power-play chance.
The Wolverines added two goals in the second period to hold a 4-0 lead going into the second intermission. Langlais scored on the power play at 10:59 from the slot and Tim Miller added a goal at 14:14. Michigan outshot the Buckeyes, 14-9, in the period. Four of Ohio State’s shots came on the power play, as they were 0-for-1 with the man advantage. Michigan was 1-for-2 on the power play in the game.
In the third, the teams combined for just eight shots, with Ohio Stat putting five on net. The teams were scoreless on five power-play chances, as Ohio State was 0-for-3 and Michigan was 0-for-2. Toy scored his first goal of the season, and first since Feb. 29, 2008 at Miami, at 19:31 with the Buckeyes shorthanded. Sophomores Sergio Somma and Patrick Schafer assisted on the shorthanded goal at 19:31, as Toy scored after shots by Somma and Schafer in front. Somma has a point in five of his last six games. It was the team’s third shorthanded goal of the year and the first since Shane Sims’ tally at Bowling Green Jan. 9.
For the game, Michigan outshot Ohio State, 26-21.Buckeye goalie Dustin Carlson played all 60 minutes and had 22 saves. Michigan’s Bryan Hogan had 20 saves in 59:42. Ohio State has been held to one goal in each of the last three games.
The Buckeyes were unable to score on seven power-play chances. Michigan was 1-for-5 with the man advantage.
John Markell, Ohio State head coach
“I give Michigan credit. They out-skated us and out-played us. They won the 50/50 battles. They did everything you need to do to win a game of this magnitude. They were physical.”
On Ohio State
“I changed the lines to try to get something going. We have some guys that don’t have a lot of experience. We had some guys that played alright. I think Peter Boyd played a decent game on the left side.”
On improving for tomorrow
“We have to work on playing 60 minutes. We need to not get discouraged when the score is one to nothing. The tide turns. I think tonight we might have hit a wall mentally. They’re young guys and we need to bounce back with energy.”
Sergio Somma, Ohio State sophomore forward
On the disappointment after the game
“There are lots of things to be disappointed with the score, the way we played. It’s disappointing when you come out flat against your rival.”
On nerves playing a factor
“It’s hard to say. Sometimes when you play in a big game nerves can give you more energy and sometimes they can hurt you. It definitely could have been a factor for some guys.”
On the team’s performance
“We flat out were out-competed in every aspect of the game. There was no intensity and no battle-back mentality.”
Corey Toy, sophomore defenseman
On nerves playing a factor before the game
“It’s just an excuse, a crutch to lean on. When you’re playing the No. 3 team in the country in a packed house and it’s a huge rival, you have to be ready. You have to play through it.”
On overcoming adversity
“There are times in a season when you hit bumps or low points in the road. We really need to mature toward the end of the season and trust our systems and each other.”
Red Berenson, Michigan head coach
On the win
“It was good for our team’s confidence because more than half of the team hadn’t played in this building before. It was a hard-fought game and a big win for us.”
On Wolverine Bryan Hogan in goal
“Hogan kept us in the game and made key saves. We got away with some but he was sharp all night.”
On Michigan’s offense
“All our lines played well and when you have the puck enough and skilled players, you’ll get some in.”
On Michigan’s penalty kill
“Penalty kill was critical, considering the position we put ourselves in.”
On the physicality of the game
“You can’t get too physical in these games because you’ll put yourself in the penalty box.”
Chad Langlais, Michigan sophomore defenseman
“It’s key late in the season with the playoffs coming up to play well on the road. It was huge to get a big win in a tough environment.”
“I don’t know how it went in I got it off of my skate or something. I’m glad it did go in though.”
Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2008-09
#3 Michigan vs #15 Ohio State (Feb 20, 2009 at Columbus, Ohio)
Michigan (24-9-0,18-7-0-0 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (18-11-4,11-10-4-3)
Date: Feb 20, 2009 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: Value City Arena
Attendance:9267 Start time:7:05 pm End time:9:17 pm Total time:2:12
Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
Michigan 2 2 0 4
Ohio State 0 0 1 1
1st period – 1, MICH, David Wohlberg/13 (Louie Caporusso/16, Tim
Miller/7) 1:15. 2, MICH, Chad Langlais/3 (Louie Caporusso/17, Travis
Turnbull/16) 12:17. Penalties – Luke Glendening, MICH (tripping) 2:09;
Kyle Reed, OSU (hooking) 4:31; Travis Turnbull, MICH (cth elbowing)
9:38; Tristin Llewellyn, MICH (boarding) 15:56.
2nd period – 3, MICH, Chad Langlais/4 (Steve Kampfer/7, Ben
Winnett/7) 10:59 (pp). 4, MICH, Tim Miller/7 (Louie Caporusso/18,
David Wohlberg/14) 14:40. Penalties – John Albert, OSU (hooking) :46;
Hunter Bishop, OSU (tripping) 9:40; Luke Glendening, MICH (hooking)
3rd period – 5, OSU, Corey Toy/1 (Sergio Somma/10, Patrick
Schafer/7) 19:31 (sh). Penalties – Corey Toy, OSU (cross-checking)
5:29; Corey Toy, OSU (roughing) 5:29; Corey Toy, OSU (roughing) 5:29;
Travis Turnbull, MICH (roughing) 5:29; Travis Turnbull, MICH
(roughing) 5:29; Tristin Llewellyn, MICH (hooking) 8:24; Brian Lebler,
MICH (o-crosschecking) 12:36; David Wohlberg, MICH (slashing) 16:10;
Zach Pelletier, OSU (interference) 18:14.
Shots on goal – MICH 9-14-3 26; OSU 7-9-5 21.
Power plays – MICH 1 of 5; OSU 0 of 7.
Penalties – MICH 9 (18 min); OSU 7 (14 min).
Goalies – MICH, Bryan Hogan 20-3-0 (59:42 minutes, 21 shots-20
saves) , EMPTY NET (00:18, 0-0); OSU, Dustin Carlson 16-8-3 (60:00,
Penalty shots – None.
Three stars: 1. Louie Caporusso 2. David Wohlberg 3. Chad Langlais
Ref: Matt Shegos; Kevin Langseth Line: Tony Molina; Joseph Hutek
Win-Bryan Hogan (20-3-0). Loss-Dustin Carlson (16-8-3).