Oct. 15, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Buckeye senior Rod Pelley’s unassisted goal early in the third period broke a 2-all tie, lifting No. 3/5 Ohio State to a 4-2 victory over No. 6 Colorado College Friday in Colorado Springs, Colo. The game marked the opening of the regular season for the Buckeyes, while the Tigers, a 2005 NCAA Frozen Four team, fall to 2-1 on the year.
The Buckeyes and Tigers will end the two-game series at 9:05 EDT Oct. 14 at Colorado Springs World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Pelley had a goal and an assist in the game for two points, while junior Andrew Schembri and sophomore Tom Fritsche each chipped in two helpers.
“It was a good road win against a very good hockey club,” John Markell, Ohio State head coach, said. “We have to take it for what it is – it’s our first game of the year and we won. Now we have to prepare ourselves for the next one. It’s just as important.”
The Tigers took the lead just 1:38 into the game, when Brett Sterling scored a power-play goal, set up by Joey Crabb and Lee Sweatt. Ohio State tied the game with a Tyson Strachan (Jr., Melfort, Saskatchewan) goal at 11:57. Pelley (Kitimat, British Columbia) won the faceoff and took the puck along the boards, winning the battle and passing to Strachan who had come in from the point and then beat CC goalie Matt Zaba with a high shot. Ohio State had 11 shots on goal in the period, CC six.
The Buckeyes took the lead 1:30 into the second period when Matt McIlvane (So., Naperville, Ill.) got a loose puck in the crease into the net with OSU on the power play. Andrew Schembri (Jr., Mississauga, Ontario) and Tom Fritsche (So., Parma, Ohio) assisted on the goal. Colorado College retied the game less than a minute later when Derek Patrosso scored, set up by Sterling, at 2:26. Each team had eight shots on net in the period.
In the third period, Pelley broke the tie when he picked up a CC clearing attempt just over the Tiger blue line and skated in alone down the left side, beating Zaba high at 4:48. Kyle Hood (So., Osoyoos, British Columbia) extended the Buckeye lead to 4-2 with a power-play goal at 10:11, taking passes from Fritsche and Schembri and scoring from the point. OSU was outshot in the period, 11-7.
The Buckeyes outshot the Tigers, 26-25. Buckeye senior goalie Dave Caruso (Roswell, Ga.) had 23 saves in the game in 60 minutes. Zaba had 22 stops in 58:48.
Ohio State converted 2-of-8 power-play chances and CC was 1-for-7.
Postgame Notes The game stopped Colorado College’s non-conference unbeaten streak at 20 (18-0-2), dating to a loss to Michigan in the 2003 NCAA tournament.
The win was OSU’s first in a season opener since downing Northern Michigan on the road to open the 2000-01 campaign. The Buckeyes were 0-3-1 in their last four season openers.
Former Buckeye football captain and All-American Randy Gradishar attended the game and visited with the team after the win.
Hockey Game Box Score (Final) Ohio State Hockey 2005-06 Ohio State vs Colorado College (Oct 14, 2005 at Colorado Springs, CO)
Ohio State (1-0-0) vs. Colorado College (2-1-0) Date: Oct 14, 2005 Location: Colorado Springs, CO Arena: World Arena Attendance:6129 Start time:7:37 pm End time:9:50 pm Total time:2:13
Goals by Period 1 2 3 Tot ———————————- Ohio State………. 1 1 2 – 4 Colorado College…. 1 1 0 – 2
1st period – 1, CC, Brett Sterling/1 (Joey Crabb/1, Marty Sertich/2) 1:38 (pp). 2, OSU, Tyson Strachan/1 (Rod Pelley/1) 10:57. Penalties – Sam Campbell, OSU (unsportsmanlike – diving) 1:28; Cody Lampl, CC (tripping) 2:58; James Brannigan, CC (cross-checking) 5:42; Rod Pelley, OSU (cross-checking) 8:42; Brandon Straub, CC (slashing) 15:33.
2nd period – 3, OSU, Matt McIlvane/1 (Andrew Schembri/1, Tom Fritsche/1) 1:30 (pp). 4, CC, Derek Patrosso/5 (Brett Sterling/4) 2:26. Penalties – Joey Crabb, CC (slashing) :38; Sean Collins, OSU (tripping) 4:27; Joey Crabb, CC (boarding) 5:20; Bryce Anderson, OSU (tripping) 17:02.
3rd period – 5, OSU, Rod Pelley/1 4:48. 6, OSU, Kyle Hood/1 (Tom Fritsche/1, Andrew Schembri/2) 10:11 (pp). Penalties – Bryce Anderson, OSU (tripping) 1:43; Dave Barton, OSU (interference) 6:34; Brett Sterling, CC (o-tripping) 7:37; Joey Crabb, CC (o-tripping) 8:51; Brian Salcido, CC (slashing) 11:54; Sean Collins, OSU (high-sticking) 19:12.
Shots on goal – OSU 11-8-7 26; CC 6-8-11 25.
Power plays – OSU 2 of 8; CC 1 of 7.
Penalties – OSU 7 (14 min); CC 8 (16 min).
Goalies – OSU, Dave Caruso 1-0 (60:00 minutes, 25 shots-23 saves); CC, Matt Zaba 2-1 (58:48, 26-22) , EMPTY NET (01:12, 0-0).
Penalty shots – None.
A-6129 T-2:13 Three stars: 1. Rod Pelley 2. Tyson Strachan 3. Brett Sterling Referee:Scott Zelkin Linesman:Patrick Colberg; Gary Pedigo Win-Dave Caruso (1-0). Loss-Matt Zaba (2-1). * Penalty called by AR Gary Pedigo CC timeout at 18:55 of third period