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Nov. 15, 2003

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13/14 Ohio State men’s hockey team used a team effort, with 11 Buckeyes posting at least one point, to beat No. 5 Michigan, 5-2, Saturday in Value City Arena. The win gives the Buckeyes a split of the two-game series. Ohio State improves to 8-5-0 on the year and remains in first place in the Central Collegiate Hockey League with a 7-3-0 ledger. The Wolverines drop to 9-3-0 on the year and 5-3-0 in league play.

Dave Barton, Doug Andress and Paul Caponigri led the Buckeyes with two assists each, while Scott May had a goal and an assist. OSU goalie Mike Betz had a season-high 44 saves in the win, his second 40-plus save game of the season and a mark that ties the second-highest save total of his career.

The win ends the Buckeyes’ eight-game (0-6-2) winless streak against the Wolverines. It is the squad’s first victory over UM since Jan. 12, 2001.

Michigan got on the board just 21 seconds into the game, as Dwight Helminen pushed the puck under OSU goalie Mike Betz (Sr., Elizabeth, Pa.). Scott May (Sr., Surrey, British Columbia) tied the game at 3:46, with assists from Dave Barton (Fr., Calgary, Alberta) and Doug Andress (Sr., Iroquois Falls, Ontario). Lee Spector (Jr., Buffalo Grove, Ill.) gave OSU the lead with his fourth goal of the year, scored at 15:40. Kenny Bernard (Fr., Sarnia, Ontario) skated in with the puck and drew UM goalie Al Montoya to him before passing to Spector, who put the puck in the empty net. Chris Olsgard (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) also assisted on the goal. The helper was the first point of Bernard’s Buckeye career. The Wolverines outshot the Buckeyes, 14-13, in the period. In the second stanza, the Buckeyes scored in the opening minute, as Dave Steckel (Sr., West Bend, Wis.) scored just 28 seconds in, as his shot deflected off a Wolverine skate in front of the net, with assists from Paul Caponigri (Sr., Oak Park, Ill.) and Matt Waddell (Fr., Armstrong, British Columbia). Olsgard was assessed a five-minute major at 15:03 and the Buckeyes killed off the Wolverines’ advantage, including 1:30 of a 5-on-3 advantage. With the Buckeyes on the penalty kill, Andress led Caponigri with a long cross-ice pass and Caponigri skated into the Wolverine zone. His initial shot was saved by Montoya, but JB Bittner (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) was there to put in the rebound at 18:29 for Ohio State’s first shorthanded goal of the season. UM put 13 shots on net in the period, while the Buckeyes had 11.

In the third, the score remained 4-1 until Dan Knapp (So., Rochester, Minn.) took passes from May and Barton and beat Montoya with a backhand at 11:52 to put the Buckeyes up by four. UM’s Brandon Kaleniecki ended the scoring with a goal at 16:11. The Wolverines pressed in the third, putting 19 shots on Betz, but he withstood the challenge, making 18 saves. The Buckeyes had five shots on net in the period.

The Buckeyes were 0-for-3 with the man advantage and held Michigan, the league’s top power-play unit, scoreless on four chances (allowing just five total shots). On the weekend, OSU stopped all eight Wolverines power-play chances.

Montoya ended the game with 24 saves on 29 Buckeye shots. Betz made 44 stops on 46 Wolverine shots.

The Buckeyes return to action with two non-conference games. Ohio State will travel to face Colgate at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21 and Cornell at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22.

POSTGAME QUOTES
Ohio State head coach John Markell
On the game:
“We made some adjustments and had some timely goals. Our five-minute penalty kill gave us a lot of confidence. We did a better job of protecting the puck and we caused Michigan to make some mistakes. Our guys have to continue learning from the process.”

On the improvement from Friday to Saturday:
“Our team did not play well last night and Michigan played very well. We tried to learn from Michigan and tonight we just kept coming. I don’t know why we had flatness on Friday but we can’t be flat against a team like Michigan.”

Ohio State senior forward Dave Steckel:
On the game:
“I was pretty rattled about the game today, but I kept my composure and it was key to put one in early. We played the whole game like the second period last night. We had a lot of guys going into the middle, which opened up some quality shots.”

Ohio State senior forward Scott May:
On the penalty kill:
“The penalty kill was huge for our confidence. When they had the two-man advantage (in the second period), they really could have gotten back into the game. Big saves and penalty kills can always spark a team.”

On the difference from game one to game two:
“The quick goal (after they had scored) really helped our confidence early. We gave Montoya a much tougher game.”

On the OSU vs. Michigan rivalry:
“This is a big rivalry but when it comes down to it, we’re just out trying to get two points and we were successful.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2003-04 #5 Michigan vs #13 Ohio State (Nov 15, 2003 at Columbus, Ohio)

Michigan (9-3-0, 5-3-0 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (8-5-0, 7-3-0 CCHA) Date: Nov 15, 2003 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: Value City Arena Attendance:4381 Start time:8:05 pm End time:10:13 pm Total time:2:08

Goals by Period 1 2 3 Tot ———————————- Michigan………… 1 0 1 – 2 Ohio State………. 2 2 1 – 5

1st period – 1, UM, Dwight Helminen/3 (Mike Brown/2) :21. 2, OSU, Scott May/4 (Dave Barton/2, Doug Andress/7) 3:46. 3, OSU, Lee Spector/3 (Kenny Bernard/1, Chris Olsgard/2) 15:40. Penalties – Matt Beaudoin, OSU (hit after whistle) 4:53; Nick Martens, UM (cth-cross checking atw) 4:53; TEAM, UM (too many on ice) 12:43.

2nd period – 4, OSU, Dave Steckel/6 (Paul Caponigri/4, Matt Waddell/7) :28. 5, OSU, JB Bittner/8 (Paul Caponigri/4, Doug Andress/8) 18:29 (sh). Penalties – Dave Barton, OSU (cross-checking) 1:13; Milan Gajic, UM (contact to head-high sticking) 5:28; Nate Guenin, OSU (contact to head-high sticking) 5:28; Scott May, OSU (cross-checking) 7:04; Brandon Kaleniecki, UM (contact to head-roughing) 9:46; Michael Woodford, UM (roughing after the whistle) 13:31; Dave Barton, OSU (holding the stick) 14:33; Chris Olsgard, OSU (hitting from behind) 15:03; Chris Olsgard, OSU (game misconduct) 15:03.

3rd period – 6, OSU, Dan Knapp/3 (Scott May/4, Dave Barton/2) 11:52. 7, UM, Brandon Kaleniecki/5 (Andrew Ebbett/7) 16:11. Penalties – Dave Steckel, OSU (slashing) 11:56; Mike Brown, UM (slashing) 11:56; Paul Caponigri, OSU (obstruction-tripping) 17:35; Mike Brown, UM (hit after whistle) 17:35; Dave Steckel, OSU (hit after whistle) 18:27; Matt Hunwick, UM (hit after whistle) 18:27; Lee Spector, OSU (hit after whistle) 18:27; Eric Werner, UM (contact to head-roughing) 18:27; T.J. Hensick, UM (high sticking) 20:00; Kenny Bernard, OSU (high sticking) 20:00; T.J. Hensick, UM (roughing after the whistle) 20:00; Kenny Bernard, OSU (roughing after the whistle) 20:00.

Shots on goal – UM 14-13-19 46; OSU 13-11-5 29.

Power plays – UM 0 of 4; OSU 0 of 3.

Penalties – UM 11 (22 min); OSU 13 (37 min).

Goalies – UM, Al Montoya 9-3-0 (60:00 minutes, 29 shots-24 saves); OSU, Mike Betz 7-4-0 (60:00, 46-44).

A-4381 T-2:08 Three stars: 1. Mike Betz 2. Scott May 3. Dave Steckel Referee:Steve Piotrowski Linesman:John Philo; Kevin Langseth Win-Mike Betz (7-4-0). Loss-Al Montoya (9-3-0).