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Feb. 22, 2003

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 11 Ohio State men’s hockey team fell to Alaska Fairbanks, 5-4, Saturday in Value City Arena. The loss gives the Nanooks a two-game sweep of the Buckeyes, the first time they have been swept in Value City Arena since Feb. 23-24, 2001 vs. Michigan State. The Nanooks scored the gamewinner with just 20 seconds remaining in the game.

The Buckeyes, on a season-high three game losing streak, fall to 21-9-3 overall and 15-7-2 in the CCHA. They remain in third place in the CCHA. The Nanooks improve to 12-12-6, 9-11-6 in league play.

The Buckeyes return to action with a two-game series at Northern Michigan next weekend. The squads will face off at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28 and March 1, at the Berry Events Center in Marquette, Mich.

Junior Chris Olsgard got the Buckeyes on the board just 1:34 into the game, putting in the rebound of a JB Bittner shot, with Miguel Lafleche also assisting on the goal. UAF’s Jordan Hendry tied the game just 15 seconds later, beating OSU goalie Dave Caruso with a long shot. The Buckeyes ended the period with a 2-1 lead, as Olsgard put in his second goal of the game at 14:44, one-timing a pass from Scott May from behind the net. OSU outshot the Nanooks, 11-10, in the stanza.

The teams ended the second period tied at three. Jared Sylvestre tied the game at the 10:18 mark, scoring on a breakaway one second after an OSU power play had expired. R.J. Umberger regained the OSU lead at 15:46, taking a Daymen Bencharski pass and breaking in on the right side and scoring a highlight-reel goal for his 21st tally of the year. Blaine Bablitz again tied the game, scoring at the 19:15 mark. OSU had 14 shots on goal in the period, UAF eight.

The teams traded goals early in the third period, with Campbell scoring 28 seconds into the stanza. Rod Pelley, assisted by Pete Broccoli, tied the game just 17 seconds later, as his shot went off UAF goalie Keith Bartusch’s glove and into the net. The Nanooks’ Tom Herman scored the gamewinner with just 20 seconds remaining, assisted by Felipe Larranaga, beating a screened Mike Betz. UAF had eight shots in the period, Ohio State three.

Ohio State outshot the Nanooks, 28-26, in the game. Bartusch made 24 saves for UAF. Caruso played the first two periods in net, posting 15 saves. Betz ended the game, playing the final 20 minutes and making six saves.

OSU was 0-for-3 with the man advantage and held UAF scoreless on 2-of-3 chances. Each team had just three penalties and six penalties minutes for the second consecutive night.

Postgame Quotes
Ohio State head coach John Markell

“We took a step forward from last Saturday (a 1-0 loss to Miami) and last night (a 4-1 loss to UAF). We played hard and didn’t deserve an outcome like this. The main things are what we accomplished compared to last night. We played with more effort. Every mistake we made was in our net.

“I made the change (to Dave Caruso) because I didn’t like the way we were playing in front of (Mike) Betz. After the second period I decided to put the veteran in there. Dave was the best cheerleader on our bench.

“It was a heck of a way to lose a game. The guys know they took a step forward. Some guys played better than they have been. Our defense made some mistakes and it gets frustrating. When we score four goals at home normally we can hold them. We were just missing an element tonight. You have to compliment UAF. The pucks fell in the right guys’ hands for them.

“We are going to have to hang tough and earn some points. Anything is possible.”

Alaska Fairbanks head coach Guy Gadowsky
“I am very proud with the way our team responded after the win last night. We knew we would certainly be in for a dogfight. I thought both teams played very hard on both nights. I thought they (Ohio State) were very fast and there was a great pace to the game. This win gives us a lot of confidence heading into the playoffs. Anytime you come into an arena like this and take four points from the home team that is something you can take pride in.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) Ohio State Hockey 2002-03 Alaska Fairbanks vs Ohio State (Feb 22, 2003 at Columbus, Ohio)

Alaska Fairbanks (12-12-6, 9-11-6 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (21-9-3, 15-7-2 CCHA) Date: Feb 22, 2003 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: Value City Arena Attendance:9073 Start time:8:07 pm End time:10:17 pm Total time:2:10

Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total Alaska Fairbanks 1 2 2 5 Ohio State 2 1 1 4

1st period – 1, OSU, Chris Olsgard/6 (JB Bittner/7, Miguel Lafleche/5) 1:34. 2, UAF, Jordan Hendry/4 (Keith Bartusch, Scott Farrell (C)) 1:49. 3, OSU, Chris Olsgard/7 (Scott May/23) 14:44. Penalties – Chris Olsgard, OSU (boarding) 8:12; Kelly Cuzy, UAF (cross-checking) 9:48.

2nd period – 4, UAF, Jared Sylvestre/10 10:18. 5, OSU, R.J. Umberger/21 (Daymen Bencharski/7) 15:46. 6, UAF, Blaine Bablitz (A)/14 (Felipe Larranaga/13, Kelly Cuzy/1) 19:15 (pp). Penalties – Alex Staudt, UAF (high sticking) 1:36; T.J. Latorre, OSU (obstruction tripping) 4:21; Alex Staudt, UAF (roughing) 8:18; Ryan Kesler, OSU (holding) 18:22.

3rd period – 7, UAF, Ryan Campell/14 (Jared Sylvestre) :28. 8, OSU, Rod Pelley/6 (Pete Broccoli) :45. 9, UAF, Tom Herman/6 (Felipe Larranaga/14) 19:40. Penalties –

Shots on goal – UAF 10-8-8 26; OSU 11-14-3 28.

Power plays – UAF 1 of 3; OSU 0 of 3.

Penalties – UAF 3 (6 min); OSU 3 (6 min).

Goalies – UAF, Keith Bartusch 4-0-2 (60:00 minutes, 28 shots-24 saves); OSU, Dave Caruso (40:00, 18-15) , Mike Betz 16-7-3 (19:40, 8-6) , EMPTY NET (00:20, 0-0).

A-9073 T-2:10 Three stars: 1. Tom Herman 2. Felipe Larranaga 3. Chris Olsgard Referee:Steve Piotrowski Assistant Referee:Brian Wisner; Bruce Vida Win-Keith Bartusch (4-0-2). Loss-Mike Betz (16-7-3).