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Nov. 14, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13/14 Ohio State men’s hockey team was shut out by No. 5 Michigan, 4-0, Friday in Value City Arena in front of 9,954 fans. The loss drops the Buckeyes to 7-5-0 on the year and 6-3-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The Wolverines improve to 9-2-0 and 5-2-0 in league play.

The teams will complete the series at 8:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.

The Wolverines scored the only two goals of the opening period. Mike Brown got UM on the board at 8:18, followed by a Nick Martens tally at 17:14. The Buckeyes put nine shots on net in the stanza and allowed eight.

The teams were scoreless in the middle period. The Buckeyes had a number of chances, but UM goalie Al Montoya stopped all 16 OSU shots. OSU goalie Mike Betz (Sr., Elizabeth, Pa.) made 13 saves in the period.

Dwight Helminen put the Wolverines ahead by three with a goal 5:59 into the third period and T.J. Hensick ended the scoring with a goal at 16:13. OSU was outshot in the period, 10-5.

In the game, Betz made 27 saves on 31 Michigan shots. Montoya stopped all 30 Buckeyes shots for his second consecutive blanking of the Buckeyes.

Each team was scoreless on four power-play chances.

This marks the first time this season the Buckeyes were shut out.

POSTGAME QUOTES

Michigan head coach Red Berenson
On the game:
“We’ve been struggling with our five-on-five play. Coming into the game we knew Ohio State does a good job in capitalizing on their five-on-five play. We knew we weren’t safe with a 2-0 lead; the game was in doubt until the third period.”

On goaltender Al Montoya
“Al wasn’t happy with the first 10 games of the season. He came out tonight very determined to eliminate costly mistakes. He really helped us dominate the game.”

Ohio State head coach John Markell
On the game:
“I don’t know why we always come out flat. I give all the credit to Michigan; we were shut down once they posted their third goal. I was disappointed with our puck possession and how we played in our own end. We didn’t focus on good solid hockey play, where you force the other team to make decisions.”

On the game Saturday:
“The wonderful thing about hockey is we have the opportunity to even up the series. We can still end up in first place after this weekend if we play well tomorrow night.”

Ohio State junior forward JB Bittner:
“I think a lot of our players were playing against the “M” on the jersey instead of playing against the other team in the first period. We came out hard, but we couldn’t score. They outworked us and they deserved to win.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2003-04 #5 Michigan vs #13 Ohio State (Nov 14, 2003 at Columbus, Ohio)

Michigan (9-2-0, 5-2-0 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (7-5-0, 6-3-0 CCHA) Date: Nov 14, 2003 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: Value City Arena Attendance:9954 Start time:8:06 pm End time:10:19 pm Total time:2:13

Goals by Period 1 2 3 Tot ———————————- Michigan………… 2 0 2 – 4 Ohio State………. 0 0 0 – 0

1st period – 1, UM, Mike Brown/2 (Dwight Helminen/2, Eric Nystrom/5) 8:18. 2, UM, Nick Martens/1 (T.J. Hensick/10, Jason Ryznar/1) 17:14. Penalties – Chris Olsgard, OSU (cross checking after the whistle) 12:14; T.J. Hensick, UM (hit after whistle) 12:14; Eric Nystrom, UM (cross-checking) 13:57; Matt Waddell, OSU (slashing) 19:17; Andrew Ebbett, UM (slashing) 19:17.

2nd period – Penalties – Sean Collins, OSU (high sticking) :50; Matt Hunwick, UM (cross-checking) 2:58; Dave Barton, OSU (goaltender interference) 5:13; Tim Cook, UM (high sticking) 7:56; Eric Werner, UM (obstruction-hooking) 16:26; JB Bittner, OSU (obstruction-hooking) 17:02.

3rd period – 3, UM, Dwight Helminen/2 (Milan Gajic/4, Mike Brown/1) 5:59. 4, UM, T.J. Hensick/5 (Michael Woodford/4, Matt Hunwick/4) 16:13. Penalties – Chris Olsgard, OSU (cross-checking) 11:00.

Shots on goal – UM 8-13-10 31; OSU 9-16-5 30.

Power plays – UM 0 of 4; OSU 0 of 4.

Penalties – UM 6 (12 min); OSU 6 (12 min).

Goalies – UM, Al Montoya 9-2-0 (60:00 minutes, 30 shots-30 saves); OSU, Mike Betz 6-4-0 (60:00, 31-27).

A-9954 T-2:13 Three stars: 1. Al Montoya 2. Dwight Helminen 3. Mike Brown Referee:Steve Piotrowski Linesman:John Philo; Kevin Langseth Win-Al Montoya (9-2-0). Loss-Mike Betz (6-4-0).