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Oct. 28, 2005

Box Score

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The No. 4 Ohio State men’s hockey team fell to Western Michigan, 5-1, Friday at Lawson Arena. The Buckeyes fall to 2-2-1 on the year and 1-1-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The Broncos improve to 1-2 and 1-0 in league play.

The teams will end the two-game series at 7:35 p.m. Saturday in Lawson Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich.

There was no scoring in the first period. Ohio State outshot the Broncos, 10-4, and each team was 0-for-3 on the power play.

The Buckeyes ended the second period down, 3-0. WMU got on the board 1:17 into the period, when Mike Erickson scored a power-play goal, set up by Paul Szczechura and Ryan Mahrle. The Broncos’ Jeff Pierce scored an unassisted goal at 14:18. With the Buckeyes killing off a 5-minute major, Szczechura scored a power-play goal at 15:52 to put WMU ahead by three. OSU had 14 shots in the period, the Broncos seven.

Western scored the first two goals of the third period. Jeff Lovecchio scored shorthanded at 8:12, followed by an Erickson power-play tally at 10:38. Andrew Schembri (Jr., Mississauga, Ontario) broke up the shutout at 15:13, assisted by Dave Barton (Jr., Calgary, Alberta). The Buckeyes outshot the Broncos in the period, 13-5.

The Buckeyes put 37 shots on net and held the Broncos to 16. Dave Caruso (Sr., Roswell, Ga.) started the game in net for the Buckeyes, playing the first 35:52, allowing three goals and making five saves. Ian Keserich (So., Parma, Ohoi) played the final 24:08, making six saves and allowing two goals. Daniel Bellissimo made 36 saves in 60 minutes in

Ohio State was scoreless on 12 power play chances. Western Michigan was 3-for-9.

Game Notes The Buckeyes have outshot their opponents in all five games this season, holding each team to 25 or less shots. The Broncos had a Buckeye opponent season-low 16 shots on net.

The five goals allowed by the Buckeyes were the most since Michigan State downed the Buckeyes, 6-3, Feb. 18, 2005. OSU had held its first opponents to two goals or less in each of the first four games this season.

The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Buckeyes against Western Michigan. After a 6-3 loss Oct. 29, 2004, the Buckeyes posted a 5-2 win in game two of the series in Kalamazoo. OSU swept the series in Columbus Jan. 28-29, with 4-3 and 7-0 wins.

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) Ohio State Hockey 2005-06 #4 Ohio State vs Western Michigan (Oct 28, 2005 at Kalamazoo, Mich.)

Ohio State (2-2-1, 1-1-1CCHA) vs. Western Michigan (1-2-0, 1-0-0CCHA) Date: Oct 28, 2005 Location: Kalamazoo, Mich. Arena: Lawson Arena Attendance:2960 Start time:7:35 pm End time:10 pm Total time:2:25

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

1st period – Penalties – Daryl Moore, WMU (slashing) 2:30; Chris Frank, WMU (holding) 4:58; Kenny Bernard, OSU (interference) 5:18; Matt McIlvane, OSU (cth high-sticking) 11:14; TEAM, OSU (too many players on ice) 14:33; Reid Yantzi, WMU (interference) 17:41.

2nd period – 1, WMU, Mike Erickson/1 (Paul Szczechura/2, Ryan Mahrle/2) 1:00 (pp). 2, WMU, Jeff Pierce/1 14:18. 3, WMU, Paul Szczechura/1 (Brent Walton/1, Mike Erickson/3) 15:52 (pp). Penalties – Johann Kroll, OSU (holding the stick) :44; Jason Moul, WMU (slashing) 1:17; Chris Frank, WMU (interference) 1:52; Chris Frank, WMU (interference) 9:15; Nate Guenin, OSU (hitting from behind) 14:41; Nate Guenin, OSU (game misconduct) 14:51; Matt Waddell, OSU (hooking) 16:51; Daryl Moore, WMU (tripping) 17:42.

3rd period – 4, WMU, Jeff Lovecchio/1 (Paul Szczechura/3) 8:14 (sh). 5, WMU, Mike Erickson/2 (Paul Szczechura/4, Brent Walton/2) 10:38 (pp). 6, OSU, Andrew Schembri/2 (Dave Barton/1) 15:13. Penalties – Chris Frank, WMU (interference) 3:45; Chris Frank, WMU (hooking) 5:54; Jonathan Lupa, WMU (slashing) 7:29; Sean Collins, OSU (holding the stick) 9:01; Nathan Ansell, WMU (roughing atw) 12:39; Andrew Schembri, OSU (roughing atw) 12:39; Jason Moul, WMU (cth elbowing) 16:32; Domenic Maiani, OSU (interference) 17:49; Chris Frank, WMU (slashing) 18:53.

Shots on goal – OSU 10-14-13 37; WMU 4-7-5 16.

Power plays – OSU 0 of 12; WMU 3 of 9.

Penalties – OSU 10 (31 min); WMU 13 (26 min).

Goalies – OSU, Dave Caruso 2-2-1 (35:52 minutes, 8 shots-5 saves) , Ian Keserich (24:08, 8-6); WMU, Daniel Bellissimo 1-1-0 (60:00, 37-36).

Penalty shots – None.

A-2960 T-2:25 Three stars: 1. Daniel Bellissimo 2. Mike Erickson 3. Paul Szczechura Referee:Steve Piotrowski Linesman:Kevin Langseth; Chris Davis Win-Daniel Bellissimo (1-1-0). Loss-Dave Caruso (2-2-1).