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COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s hockey team rallied with two goals in the final 4:14 to defeat No. 14/16 Nebraska-Omaha, 4-3, Friday in Value City Arena.

The Buckeyes and Mavericks were tied at 2 after the second period before UNO went ahead at 13:41 of the third. Freshman Ian Boots tied the game at 3-all with a goal at 15:46. With the clock winding down, sophomore C.J. Severyn’s shot from the right wall found the back of the net with 1.1 on the clock for the gamewinner and his first career goal. Buckeye sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson tied his career high with 36 saves in the contest.

The Buckeyes (7-6-1, 5-5-1-1 CCHA) and Mavericks (9-3-1, 5-3-1-1 CCHA) will close out the two-game series at 8:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.

The Buckeyes led 2-0 after the first period. Hunter Bishop opened the scoring at 11:56. He got to the puck after a wide shot by Mathieu Picard and was able to put his shot into the net for his third goal of the season. Patrick Schafer had the second assist on the goal. With the Buckeyes on the power play, Sergio Somma made the score 2-0, taking a pass cross-crease from John Albert and putting it home at 18:03. The referees reviewed a Nebraska-Omaha shot, but ruled the puck hit the pipe and did not cross the line for the first of four video reviews of the game. Ohio State outshot the Mavericks in the period, 18-7. The Buckeyes were 1-for-2 on the power play in the period and did not take a penalty in the stanza.

Nebraska-Omaha tied the game with the only two goals of the second period. Dan Charleston scored a power-play goal at 1:54 as his shot found the top corner of the net, assisted by Tomas Klempa and Alain Goulet. Rich Purslow tied the score at 2 when his shot on the fly went high with the Buckeyes caught making a line change. Each team had a goal waived off in the period. Nebraska-Omaha had a goal disallowed because it was directed over the line with a kicking motion and video review upheld the call. The Buckeyes had a goal overruled after a video review showed a Buckeye interfered with the UNO goalie during the play.

Purslow added his second goal of the game from a sharp angle at 13:41 to give the Mavericks their first lead of the game, assisted by Klempa and Eric Olimb. Boots tied the game just two minutes later. After work down low from Corey Elkins and Todd Rudasill, the puck came to Boots at the left circle and his slap shot got through for his fourth goal of the season. The winning play was started when sophomore Corey Toy led Boyd into the UNO zone. The puck came to Severyn near the right boards and his shot bounced off the UNO goalie’s shoulder and into the net. The referee reviewed the goal and the call stood, giving the Buckeyes the win. The Mavericks outshot the Buckeyes in the period, 17-8, with Carlson making 16 saves. UNO had the only power-play chance in the period.

For the game, UNO outshot Ohio State, 39-28. Carlson made 36 saves in 60 minutes. UNO’s Jeremie Dupont had 34 stops in all 60 minutes.

Each team ended the game 1-for-3 with the man advantage.

Postgame Notes
Severyn’s first career goal came in his 38th game as a Buckeye.

Boyd had his second two-point game of the year. It was his third game with two assists, last set Feb. 29 at Miami.

Elkins now leads the team with a career-best eight assists and 12 points.

Boots has a point in six of his last nine games.

Postgame Quotes
John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“The puck found a way in for the last goal and we found a way to win. Nebraska-Omaha played well and had a strong second and third period. We certainly can play a little harder. This team has a good spirit to fight back and keep putting pucks on the net. It is a good win for the kids and I expect them to come hard tomorrow.”

On Nebraaka-Omaha
“They drive the net hard from the wings like we should because eventually it will work for you. Nebraska-Omaha is a good hockey team and I know Mike (Kemp) is going to talk to his team and they will be looking for a split on the road.”

C.J. Severyn, Ohio State sophomore forward
On scoring the game-winning goal
“It was a great feeling to get that first goal as a Buckeye. I just threw it at the net and luckily it went in.”

On the two goals scored in the final minutes
“They came back, but we didn’t stop battling. It was a good feeling to get that point.”

Corey Toy, Ohio State sophomore defensemen
On play in the first and second periods
“I thought the first period went well. We stuck to the basics. In the second period, we got away from things but we never gave up and I think that was a key for the game. Tonight was a big step for us.”

On game two Saturday
“Nebraska-Omaha is going to come out flying tomorrow night. They are not going to take the loss lightly.”

Mike Kemp, Nebraska Omaha head coach
On the game
“It was one of those games that wasn’t meant to be. Ohio State out played us in the first period. Frankly, you cannot play on the road and start down, 2-0.”

Rich Purslow, Nebraska-Omaha sophomore forward
On not playing with intensity in the first period
“It is up to us to figure out how to come out in the first period. We need to focus more in warm-up.”

On play in the second period
“We got ourselves going in the locker room and all of a sudden we were playing with jam.”

On losing in the final seconds
“It definitely hurts. The way we battled back and took the lead only to lose really hurts. I think we’ll come out strong tomorrow.”

Jeremie Dupont, Nebraska-Omaha junior goalie
On warm-up before the game
“We stress at every game to have a good start. I think in the warm-up before the game we just aren’t stressing the urgency.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2008-09
#14 Nebraska-Omaha vs Ohio State (Nov 28, 2008 at Columbus, Ohio)

 Nebraska-Omaha (9-3-1, 5-3-1-1 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (7-6-1, 5-5-1-1 CCHA)
 Date: Nov 28, 2008  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Arena: Value City Arena   
 Attendance:2305   Start time:7:05 pm   End time:9:17 pm   Total time:2:12   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
 Nebraska-Omaha 0 2 1 3
 Ohio State 2 0 2 4
 
   1st period – 1, OSU, Hunter Bishop/3 (Mathieu Picard/3, Patrick
Schafer/4) 11:56. 2, OSU, Sergio Somma/2 (John Albert/7, Peter Boyd/4)
18:03 (pp). Penalties – Eddie Del Grosso, UNO (holding) 8:27; Eddie
Del Grosso, UNO (cross-checking) 16:04.

   2nd period – 3, UNO, Dan Charleston/7 (Tomas Klempa/6, Alain
Goulet/3) 1:54 (pp). 4, UNO, Rich Purslow/4 (Eric Olimb/4) 12:11.
Penalties – Zach Pelletier, OSU (interference) :18; Sean Duddy, OSU
(hooking) 2:30; Joey Martin, UNO (high sticking) 16:52.

   3rd period – 5, UNO, Rich Purslow/5 (Tomas Klempa/7, Eric Olimb/5)
13:41. 6, OSU, Ian Boots/4 (Corey Elkins/8, Todd Rudasill/2) 15:46. 7,
OSU, C.J. Severyn/1 (Peter Boyd/5, Corey Toy/2) 19:58. Penalties –
C.J. Severyn, OSU (cth high-sticking) 7:43; Matt Ambroz, UNO
(goaltender interference) 9:51; Matt Bartkowski, OSU (holding) 9:51.

   Shots on goal – UNO 7-15-17 39; OSU 18-12-8 38.

   Power plays – UNO 1 of 3; OSU 1 of 3.

   Penalties – UNO 4 (8 min); OSU 4 (8 min).

   Goalies – UNO, Jeremie Dupont 3-3-1 (60:00 minutes, 38 shots-34
saves); OSU, Dustin Carlson 6-3-0 (60:00, 39-36).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-2305  T-2:12   
 Three stars: 1. C.J. Severyn    2. Rich Purslow    3. Peter Boyd   
 Ref: Dean Sanborn; Brent Gawlik   Line: Patrick Bracco; Brian Frerichs
 Win-Dustin Carlson (6-3-0).  Loss-Jeremie Dupont (3-3-1).