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Dec. 6, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior R.J. Umberger recorded four points and goalie Mike Betz made 19 saves to lead the No. 14-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team to a shutout of No. 11 Miami, 4-0, Friday in Value City Arena. The shutout was Betz’s first of the season and the first ever for OSU over the RedHawks.

The win improves the Buckeyes record to 9-4-1 overall and 6-2-1 in CCHA play. The RedHawks drop to 12-4-1 overall and 7-3-1 in the league. The teams will end the two-game series at 8:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.

There was no scoring in the first period. The Buckeyes put nine shots on goal in the stanza and held the RedHawks to four shots on net. The Buckeyes blocked seven of Miami’s attempts in the period.

OSU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second period. Umberger tipped in a Pete Broccoli shot at 9:33 of the stanza for his first score of the game. Eric Skaug also assisted on the play. Ryan Kesler added to OSU’s lead, picking up the puck after an Umberger faceoff win at the left faceoff circle in Miami’s zone, and sliding it under Miami goalie David Burleigh at 15:47. OSU outshot the RedHawks, 9-5, in the period.

In the third period, Umberger put OSU up, 3-0, putting in a loose puck from just outside the Miami crease. Dan Knapp and Kesler assisted on the play, as they each got shots on Burleigh that were saved before Umberger’s goal. Dave Steckel ended the scoring for the Buckeyes at the 8:39 mark with a power-play goal. Umberger took a shot off a Steckel faceoff win that was saved and Steckel was there to put in the rebound. OSU outshot the RedHawks, 12-10, in the stanza.

OSU held Miami scoreless on all five of its power play chances, including a five-minute stop after Luke Pavlas was assessed a five-minute major and game disqualification for elbowing at the 17:03 mark of the second period. The Buckeyes were 1-for-5 with the man advantage.

Betz stopped all 19 shots he faced for his seventh career shutout. Burleigh played 48:39 for Miami, stopping 23 shots. David Bowen played the last 11:21 and made three saves.

Postgame quotes
Ohio State head coach John Markell
“We got a break at the right time tonight. Our penalty kill was the key to the game. In the first period we got the fundamentals together. At the beginning of the second period we found our legs.

“I think Miami is a very good hockey club and they are going to play even better tomorrow.

“I compliment our guys on staying structured at the end of the game.”

Junior forward R.J. Umberger
“I have been working hard and Coach Markell said all I needed to do was just get a cheap goal and then it would all come together.

Junior goalie Mike Betz
“You always like to put the zero on the board. It is a confidence builder.

“We expect the same kind of the game tomorrow night but even harder. You could even tell just shaking their hand after the game.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) Ohio State Hockey 2002-03 Miami vs Ohio State (Dec 06, 2002 at Columbus, Ohio)

Miami (12-4-1, 7-3-1 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (9-4-1, 6-2-1 CCHA) Date: Dec 06, 2002 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: Value City Arena Attendance:5823 Start time:7:05 pm End time:9:06 pm Total time:2:01

Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total Miami 0 0 0 0 Ohio State 0 2 2 4

1st period – Penalties – Rod Pelley, OSU (elbowing) 3:28; Matt Davis, MIA (obstruction-hooking) 10:58.

2nd period – 1, OSU, R.J. Umberger/7 (Pete Broccoli/4, Eric Skaug/5) 9:33. 2, OSU, Ryan Kesler/4 (R.J. Umberger/7) 15:47. Penalties – Nate Guenin, OSU (tripping) 6:01; Daymen Bencharski, OSU (slashing) 9:56; Luke Pavlas, OSU (elbowing major) 17:03; Luke Pavlas, OSU (disqualification) 17:03.

3rd period – 3, OSU, R.J. Umberger/8 (Dan Knapp/9, Ryan Kesler/11) 2:36. 4, OSU, Dave Steckel/6 (R.J. Umberger/8) 8:39 (pp). Penalties – Stephen Dennis, MIA (boarding) 2:46; Dan Knapp, OSU (slashing after the whistle) 6:20; Danny Stewart, MIA (slashing after the whistle) 6:20; Stephen Dennis, MIA (obstruction tripping) 8:35; Danny Stewart, MIA (interference) 9:07; Chris Busby, MIA (cross-checking) 14:50; Nate Guenin, OSU (roughing) 17:30.

Shots on goal – MIA 4-5-10 19; OSU 9-9-12 30.

Power plays – MIA 0 of 5; OSU 1 of 5.

Penalties – MIA 6 (12 min); OSU 7 (25 min).

Goalies – MIA, David Burleigh 11-4-1 (48:39 minutes, 27 shots-23 saves) , David Bowen (11:21, 3-3); OSU, Mike Betz 7-3-1 (60:00, 19-19).

A-5823 T-2:01 Three stars: 1. Mike Betz 2. R.J. Umberger 3. Dave Steckel Referee:Steve McInchak Assistant Referee:Brian Hill; Ken Landis Win-Mike Betz (7-3-1). Loss-David Burleigh (11-4-1).