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Dec. 28, 2002

Box Score

ESTERO, Fla. – The No. 11-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team tied Massachusetts, 2-2, in the opening round of the Everblades College Classic at TECO Arena Saturday. The Minutemen advanced to the tournament’s championship game with a 2-1 victory in a best-of-five shootout following a five-minute overtime period. The Buckeyes will face the loser of the Cornell/Maine first-round game at 4:05 p.m. Sunday.

The Buckeyes move to 12-4-2 overall (9-2-1 CCHA) and extend their unbeaten streak to five. UMass now is 10-6-1 on the year (4-5-0 Hockey East).

Buckeye R.J. Umberger became the 47th member of the Ohio State century club, as he scored the gametying goal in the second period for his 100th career point. His career totals stand at 46-54-100 in 87 games. He has 8-4-12 totals in his last five games.

The first period ended with the Minutemen leading, 1-0, as Mike Warner tipped in a Marvin Degon shot on the power play at the 18:25 mark. The Buckeyes were outshot in the period, 9-7.

The second period ended tied at two. The Buckeyes tied the game just 43 seconds into the period, as Nate Guenin picked up the puck along the boards in the UMass zone and passed to Daymen Bencharski in the slot, who beat UMass goalie Michael Waidlich. The Minutemen regained the lead with their second power-play goal of the game, as Stephen Werner scored at 15:34. The Buckeyes tied the game with just 15 seconds remaining in the stanza with a power-play goal of their own. Umberger picked up a rebound to the side of the net, waited until Waidlich went down and roofed the puck. Scott May and Doug Andress posted the assists on the goal. OSU outshot the Minutemen in the period, 14-9.

There was no scoring in the third period. The Buckeyes were outshot in the stanza, 8-3. The Buckeyes stopped the Minutemen on a 5×3 power play for 1:43 in the period to keep the game tied.

The game remained tied after overtime. OSU had three shots on goal, while UMass had one. When the game remained tied at the end of the 5-minute overtime period, the teams moved to a shootout to determine who would advance to the title game.

In the shootout, UMass scored on its first two chances, with Thomas Pock and Werner scoring. The Buckeyes were held scoreless on their first three chances before Dave Steckel scored OSU’s first shootout goal. Neither team could score on its fifth chance, giving the Minutemen the win, 2-1. The will face the winner of the Cornell/Maine game at 7:35 p.m. Saturday.

Betz posted 25 saves in the game. UMass played three goalies, with Tim Warner starting and posting seven saves. Waidlich played the middle stanza and made 12 saves. Gabe Winer handled the duties the rest of the way, making six saves in the third period and overtime combined and stopping 4-of-5 OSU shootout chances.

OSU was 1-for-6 on the power play and held UMass scoreless on 4-of-6 chances.

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) Ohio State Hockey 2002-03 Massachusetts vs Ohio State (Dec 28, 2002 at Estero, Florida)

Massachusetts (10-6-1) vs. Ohio State (12-4-2) Date: Dec 28, 2002 Location: Estero, Florida Arena: Teco Arena Attendance: Start time:04:02 End time:06:23 Total time:02:21

Goals by Period 1 2 3 OT SO Total Massachusetts 1 1 0 0 0 2 Ohio State 0 2 0 0 0 2

1st period – 1, UMASS, WARNER, Mike (DEGON, Marvin, TURNER, Tim) 18:25 (pp). Penalties – MAULDIN, Greg, UMASS (hooking) 5:03; VITEK, Tim, UMASS (obstruction-holding) 13:50; Scott Titus, OSU (interference) 16:59.

2nd period – 2, OSU, Daymen Bencharski (Nate Guenin) :33. 3, UMASS, WERNER, Stephen (MAULDIN, Greg, FETZER, Matthew) 15:34 (pp). 4, OSU, R.J. Umberger (Scott May, Doug Andress) 19:45 (pp). Penalties – TURNER, Tim, UMASS (roughing) 3:06; Scott Titus, OSU (roughing) 3:06; Nate Guenin, OSU (slashing) 3:40; FETZER, Matthew, UMASS (roughing) 8:45; Reed Whiting, OSU (roughing) 15:21; Nate Guenin, OSU (roughing) 15:34; POCK, Thomas, UMASS (cross-checking) 18:17.

3rd period – Penalties – FETZER, Matthew, UMASS (high sticking) 5:48; ANDERSON, Matthew, UMASS (slashing) 7:27; Dave Steckel, OSU (roughing) 7:27; POCK, Thomas, UMASS (slashing) 11:29; Doug Andress, OSU (slashing) 13:42; Pete Broccoli, OSU (boarding) 13:59.

OT period – Penalties –

SO period – Penalties –

Shots on goal – UMASS 9-9-8-1-0 27; OSU 7-14-3-3-0 27.

Power plays – UMASS 2 of 6; OSU 1 of 6.

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

Goalies – UMASS, WAIDLICH, Michael (20:00 minutes, 14 shots-12 saves) , WARNER, Tim (20:00, 7-7) , WINER, Gabe (25:00, 6-6); OSU, Mike Betz (65:00, 27-25).

A- T-02:21 Three stars: 1. None 2. None 3. None Referee:Mark Wilkins Assistant Referee:Tony Molina; Pat Bracco UMASS-WINER, Gabe (8-5-1). OSU-Mike Betz (10-3-2). UMass advances to championship game with 2-1 victory in shootout. Stephen Werner had the gwg.