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COLUMBUS, Ohio Sophomore C.J. Severyn’s goal with 4:20 left in regulation capped an Ohio State men’s hockey comeback win over No. 3 Michigan Saturday night in Value City Arena in front of 8,390 fans. The No. 15/16-ranked Buckeyes were down 2-0 early in the second before goals from senior Corey Elkins and sophomore John Albert in a 3:27 span tied the game. Buckeye goalie Dustin Carlson made 16 saves in the third and had 35 in the game in backstopping the Buckeyes to the victory.

Ohio State improves to 19-11-4 on the year and is 12-10-4 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association play, standing in fifth place behind fourth-place Alaska with two games in hand. Michigan now is 24-10-0 overall and 18-8-0-0 in league action.

The Wolverines’ Robbie Czarnik scored the only goal of the first, converting from a sharp angle at 3:20 with Michigan on the power play. Chad Langlais and Steve Kampfer picked up the assists on the goal. UM goalie Bryan Hogan stopped all eight Buckeye shots in the period and Carlson had six saves for the Buckeyes. Michigan had two power-play chances and Ohio State was 0-for-1.

In the second, Tim Miller got to the rebound of a Scooter Vaughn shot and was able to put it in the Buckeye net before Carlson could get back in position from the initial save. The Buckeye penalty kill got the team going after that, stopping a two-minute 5-on-3, allowing just three shots, at 6:07. Less than two minutes after the PK was over Elkins put the Buckeyes on the board when he knocked the puck past Hogan from just outside the crease, with Hunter Bishop picking up the assist on the goal at 9:50. Albert tied the game at 13:17, diving to redirect the puck past Hogan’s glove. Sergio Somma, who was in front screening the goalie, and Mathieu Picard, who took the initial shot that bounced off Somma to Albert, had the assists on the goal. The teams combined for 26 shots in the period, with the Wolverines outshooting the Buckeyes, 14-12. The Buckeyes held the Wolverines scoreless on the only three power-play chances of the stanza.

The teams skated scoreless through the third until Severyn’s gamewinner at 15:40. On the winner, Elkins got the puck to Zac Dalpe in the slot. His shot trickled through Hogan and deflected off the skate of Severyn and a Wolverine defender to put Ohio State ahead. The Buckeyes were able to hold off Michigan the rest of the way, with Carlson making three saves and freshman Cory Schneider and sophomore Patrick Schafer winning faceoffs deep in the Buckeye zone with the UM net empty for the extra skater. Carlson had 16 saves in the period, with Ohio State putting just five shots on net. Each team had one power-play chance in the period.

Michigan outshot Ohio State in the game, 37-25. Carlson played all 60 minutes and had 35 saves. Hogan had 22 stops in 59:08.

Michigan was 1-for-6 on the power play in the game and Ohio State was unable to score on two chances.

Postgame Notes
Ohio State will close out the regular season with a home-and-home series with Miami next weekend. The teams will meet at 7:35 p.m. Friday at Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio and at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena in Columbus.

Ohio State will finish either fourth or fifth in the final CCHA standings. With two games remaining the team is three points back of fourth-place Alaska, which has finished its conference schedule. Notre Dame wrapped up the regular-season title Saturday with a 1-0 win over Nebraska-Omaha. Miami and Michigan are battling for the second and third spots.

Somma was named an alternate captain Saturday and sported an “A” on his sweater for the first time. He has a point in six of his last seven games.

The win was the Buckeyes’ third over a team ranked in the Top 3 this season after beating No. 2 Denver on the road Oct. 25 and No. 2 Notre Dame Feb. 8.

Severyn’s goal was his second third-period gamewnner this season. He scored with two seconds remaining vs. Nebraska-Omaha Nov. 28 to lift Ohio State to a 4-3 win.

With a two-point game, Elkins reached the 50-point mark for his career, with 21 goals and 29 assists.

Postgame quotes
John Markell, Ohio State head coach

On the team’s play in the game
“Well we had a different feeling after the first period I think. We started moving our feet better and staying in the game. Getting that kill was obviously part of the momentum booster though. We just needed guys to battle like that all game.”

On the impact of the game on the season
“It secures fifth place for us so it’s a big win. That was our first big battle but we still have one more opponent. A win in that series could give us fourth. But this game was one that we desperately needed.”

On challenging the team after last night’s 4-1 loss
“We circled them up and just stood outside of it. They really challenged themselves tonight. It’s all about the team.”

On the play of goalie Dustin Carlson
“He made some great saves tonight. He’s a battler and he really fought his way through. He wanted to get better, watched ever goal from last night, and he knows his teammates are out there fighting for him and he wants to be a part of it.”

Zac Dalpe, Ohio State freshman forward
On rebounding after Friday night’s game
“We got in a circle this morning and talked everything out. It was good to get things out in the open. When I left the room I felt like we were closer as team and that showed tonight.”

Dustin Carlson, Ohio State sophomore goalie
On his performance
“After letting in the first two goals I knew I had to step up they kept coming at me but I thought I did a good job of staying poised.”

On the 5 on 3 penalty kill in the second period
“It was a big kill for us, being down 2-0. We felt like it would be a turning point in the game, regardless of whether we stopped it or they scored. Right after we killed it off we scored two and that really gave us momentum.”

Sergio Somma, Ohio State sophomore forward
On being named an alternate captain before the game
“It’s obviously a great honor to have a letter on your jersey. I’ve just tried to keep myself and my teammates accountable.”

On the team’s effort
“You could definitely tell we were out there competing. It was a totally different team from last night.”

Red Berenson, Michigan Head Coach
On the game
“Ohio State definitely played a stronger game. You have to give credit to them for fighting after being down. Their goalie made some really great saves.”

On Michigan’s play in the third period
“We had a good third period. It was our best of the game. Our problem was that we just couldn’t capitalize.”

On Ohio State
“They are a good hockey team. If you look at their record, you see that they play great on Saturdays. We knew they would come out and play today.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2008-09
#3 Michigan vs #15 Ohio State (Feb 21, 2009 at Columbus, Ohio)

 Michigan (24-10-0/18-7-0 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (19-11-4/11-10-4-3 CC)
 Date: Feb 21, 2009  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Arena: Value City Arena   
 Attendance:8390   Start time:8:05 pm   End time:10:26 pm  Total time:2:21   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
 Michigan 1 1 0 2
 Ohio State 0 2 1 3
 
   1st period – 1, MICH, Robbie Czarnik/4 (Chad Langlais/15, Steve
Kampfer/8) 3:20 (pp). Penalties – Chris Reed, OSU (cross-checking)
2:33; Brandon Naurato, MICH (holding) 5:51; Shane Sims, OSU (cth
high-sticking) 17:07.

   2nd period – 2, MICH, Tim Miller/8 (Scooter Vaughan/5, Chad
Langlais/16) 2:19. 3, OSU, Corey Elkins/12 (Hunter Bishop/12) 9:50. 4,
OSU, John Albert/11 (Sergio Somma/11, Mathieu Picard/8) 13:17.
Penalties – Cory Schneider, OSU (cth roughing) 6:07; Dustin Carlson,
OSU (cth roughing) 6:07; Sergio Somma, OSU (cth elbowing) 15:36; Shane
Sims, OSU (cross-checking) 18:12.

   3rd period – 5, OSU, C.J. Severyn/7 (Zac Dalpe/9, Corey Elkins/19)
15:40. Penalties – Matt Rust, MICH (charging) 2:01; Shane Sims, OSU
(interference) 2:01; Danny Fardig, MICH (charging) 10:27; Aaron
Palushaj, MICH (cross-checking) 20:00; Matt Bartkowski, OSU (roughing)
20:00.

   Shots on goal – MICH 7-14-16 37; OSU 8-12-5 25.

   Power plays – MICH 1 of 6; OSU 0 of 2.

   Penalties – MICH 4 (8 min); OSU 8 (16 min).

   Goalies – MICH, Bryan Hogan 20-4-0 (59:08 minutes, 25 shots-22
saves) , EMPTY NET (00:52, 0-0); OSU, Dustin Carlson 17-8-3 (60:00,
37-35).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-8390  T-2:21   
 Three stars: 1. Dustin Carlson    2. C.J. Severyn    3. Chad Langlais   
 Ref: Matt Shegos; Kevin Langseth   Line: Tony Molina; Joseph Hutek
 Win-Dustin Carlson (17-8-3).  Loss-Bryan Hogan (20-4-0). 
 Ohio State Timeout at 19:37/3rd