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Dec. 31, 2004

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Buckeye sophomore defenseman Sean Collins scored with 4:27 remaining in regulation to lift the No. 10/11 Ohio State men’s hockey team to a 2-all tie with No. 2 Colorado College in the Ohio Hockey Classic at Nationwide Arena. The Tigers won the tournament title with a 3-2 victory in a shootout following a 5-minute sudden-death overtime period.

Ohio State moves its record to 12-5-3 on the year and CC is now 16-3-1 this season.

The teams were scoreless through the first 19:02 of the game until CC’s Brian Salcido’s shot got through traffic to put the Tigers up, 1-0. Marty Sertich and Brett Sterling had the assists on the goal. The Tigers outshot the Buckeyes in the period, 8-3. OSU was 0-for-4 on the power play and stopped CC on one shot.

Buckeye freshman defenseman Johann Kroll (Plymouth, Minn.) scored the only goal of the second period when he put in the rebound of a Kenny Bernard (So., Sarnia, Ontario) shot. Kyle Hood (Fr., Osoyoos, British Columbia) picked up the second assist, as he carried the puck into the zone. OSU had eight shots on goal in the period and Colorado College had six.

CC took a one-goal lead when Sterling scored on a breakaway at 9:47 with the teams skating 4-on-4. Collins tied the game at two with a goal at 15:33, as his shot from the blue line beat CC goalie Matt Zaba clean to his left. Dan Knapp (Jr., Rochester, Mich.) and Tom Fritsche (Fr., Parma, Ohio) had the assists on the goal. The Buckeyes had 15 shots on goal in the period and the Tigers recorded seven. CC was scoreless on three power plays and OSU was unable to score on two opportunities.

In overtime, the Tigers had three shots and Ohio State put one shot on net.

OSU outshot Colorado College in the game, 27-24. Junior Dave Caruso (Roswell, Ga.) had 22 saves in 65 minutes of play. Zaba had 25 saves for Colorado College in 65 minutes.

The Buckeyes held CC, which came into the game second in the country on the power play, scoreless on six power-play chances. OSU was 0-for-8 in the game.

To determine the tournament champion, the game then went to a shootout following overtime, with Colorado College winning, 3-2, to claim the inaugural Ohio Hockey Classic title. Sertich, James Brannigan and Sterling scored for Colorado College, while Knapp and Rod Pelley (Jr., Kitimat, British Columbia) were successful for the Buckeyes.

Forwards Fritsche from Ohio State and CC’s Sterling and Sertich, defensemen Kyle Peto of Minnesota State and Andy Green of Miami and Buckeye goalie Caruso were named to the all-tournament team. Sterling was named the Ohio Hockey Classic MVP.

Ohio State returns to action with a two-game home series against Central Collegiate Hockey Association foe Ferris State next weekend. The teams will meet at 8:05 p.m. Jan. 7 and at 7:35 p.m. Jan. 8 in Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Postgame Notes
The tournament champion was determined by the first criteria of best record in the two games. With the shootout victory, CC was 2-0. OSU was 1-1. The first game also went to a shootout after Minnesota State and Miami skated to a 3-all tie. Minnesota State won the shootout, 3-1. MSU was 1-1 in the tournament and Miami was 0-2. On day one of the tournament, OSU beat MSU 5-1 and CC topped Miami, 4-3.

Pelley had his six-game scoring and four-game assist streak stopped. Domenic Maiani’s scoring streak was ended at four. Knapp extended his scoring streak to three.

OSU is 1-1-1 against WCHA teams this season. The team lost to St. Cloud State, 3-1, Oct. 10 before beating Minnesota State and tying CC.

Kroll had a goal in each game of the tournament. Fritsche had a team-best four points, including a three-point game in the win over Minnesota State.

The game vs. CC counted toward the Commissioners’ Cup standings, the 21-game cup competed for among the six Division I men’s hockey conferences.

The game marked the first time Ohio State and Colorado College met since 1968. CC won the first meeting, 8-0 in Colorado College.

Ohio State is unbeaten in Columbus this season, with a perfect 7-0 record at Value City Arena and a 1-0-1 mark in Nationwide Arena. Overall, the team has a 12-game home winning streak in VCA, dating back to Jan. 24, 2004, when Michigan State completed a two-game sweep of the Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes did not allow a power-play goal in the tournament, stopping all 15 opponent chances. MSU was 0-for-9 and CC was 0-for-6.

The gametying goal was Collins’ second of the season. He also tied the game at Clarkson Dec. 10 with a third-period goal.

Postgame Quotes
Ohio State head coach John Markell
On the tournament
“I’m very happy with all of the games and the tournament overall. All the competitions were tough and it was a successful tournament. When two games go into a shootout it’s good for the fans. There were great games by all.”

On the comeback
“We knew we were still in the game, we just had to keep working hard. We knew if we put enough pressure we could put one in. The defense tightened up and we kept chipping and getting the puck deep, which really started to work their defense. We tied the No. 2 team in the nation. I am proud of our kids.”

On the shootout
“I made the rules and I have to live by them; I thought they were good. The fans got excited. We wish it went the other way, but with time constraints – especially with an 8:00 game – it was interesting and new.”

Junior goaltender Dave Caruso
On Colorado College
“They had two of the best forwards I have ever seen, Sterling and Sertich. Those guys are quick little devils skating around.”

Senior forward JB Bittner
On the game
“We took the play to them in the third. We got stronger as the game went and I am more proud of that than tying the No. 2 team in the nation. We started to press them. In the second we came out even stronger and in the third we poured it on them. There were guys coming back to the bench dead tired and we need to do that for the rest of the season.”

On the crowd
“The crowd was awesome. It might have been the best crowd I have seen here in the four years I’ve played. They were loud and really enjoyed the game.”

On Ohio State’s penalty kill
“Colorado has the best power play in the country we’ve seen. I have to give the coaching staff credit with watching the video and figuring out what we had to do. We were prepared and knew what was coming. I also give credit to the guys on the penalty kill.”

Colorado College head coach Scott Owens
On the game and the tournament
“It was a hard fought battle that could have gone either way. It was a good game for us to play. We have 30 games on Olympic-size ice and only eight on NHL ice. It was a tough battle with a lot of adversity and it ended up a tie. I was pleased, but yet I wasn’t pleased because we had a chance to win it.

“The shootout was fun and it is a good feeling to win a tournament. Having your name as the first Ohio Hockey Classic champion is pretty special.”

“It was a good learning game for us. It is good to play on a small sheet with different officiating and teams from another conference. We are going to grow as a team.”

Colorado College forward Brett Sterling
On the game
“It is nice to win a shootout and it is nice to win a tournament. We had the lead after the first period but there is no doubt we played well. It feels good to have a tie against a big team like Ohio State.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) Ohio State Hockey 2004-05 #2 Colorado College vs #10 Ohio State (Dec 30, 2004 at Columbus, Ohio)

Colorado College (16-3-1, 9-3-0 WCHA) vs. Ohio State (12-5-3, 9-2-1 CCHA) Date: Dec 30, 2004 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: Nationwide Arena Attendance:6401 Start time:8:11 pm End time:10:44 pm Total time:2:33

Goals by Period 1 2 3 OT Tot ————————————- Colorado College…. 1 0 1 0 – 2 Ohio State………. 0 1 1 0 – 2

1st period – 1, CC, Brian Salcido/2 (Marty Sertich/20, Brett Sterling/16) 19:02. Penalties – Lee Sweatt, CC (boarding) :56; Brett Sterling, CC (slashing) 7:27; Domenic Maiani, OSU (obstruction-hooking) 7:46; Mark Stuart, CC (obstruction-holding) 8:50; JB Bittner, OSU (tripping) 9:48; Aaron Slattengren, CC (slashing) 10:47; Rod Pelley, OSU (cross-checking) 15:42.

2nd period – 2, OSU, Johann Kroll/3 (Kenny Bernard/1, Kyle Hood/7) 12:22. Penalties – Scott Thauwald, CC (obstruction-hooking) :08; Sean Collins, OSU (obstruction-hooking) 2:50; Matt McIlvane, OSU (obstruction-hooking) 8:35; Brett Sterling, CC (obstruction-tripping) 15:53; JB Bittner, OSU (obstruction-holding) 18:02.

3rd period – 3, CC, Brett Sterling/17 (Brian Salcido/9, Lee Sweatt/17) 9:47. 4, OSU, Sean Collins/4 (Dan Knapp/11, Tom Fritsche/18) 15:33. Penalties – Dan Knapp, OSU (slashing) 5:14; Nate Guenin, OSU (cross-checking) 8:48; Joey Crabb, CC (slashing) 9:16; Brian Salcido, CC (cross-checking) 11:26.

OT period – Penalties –

Shots on goal – CC 8-6-7-3 24; OSU 3-8-15-1 27.

Power plays – CC 0 of 6; OSU 0 of 8.

Penalties – CC 8 (16 min); OSU 8 (16 min).

Goalies – CC, Matt Zaba (65:00 minutes, 27 shots-25 saves); OSU, Dave Caruso (65:00, 24-22).

Penalty shots – None.

A-6401 T-2:33 Three stars: 1. Brett Sterling 2. Sean Collins 3. Dave Caruso Referee:Mark Wilkins Assistant Referee:Bruce Vida; Brian Wisner CC-Matt Zaba (5-2-1). OSU-Dave Caruso (10-3-3). Ohio Hockey Classic CC wins tournament title with 3-2 shootout win