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Feb. 12, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Freshman Tom Fritsche had two assists, classmate Kyle Hood had the gamewinning goal and junior goalie Dave Caruso made 26 saves as the No. 7 Ohio State men’s hockey team downed Bowling Green, 3-2, Saturday in front of 11,570 fans in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes clinch at least second place in the final CCHA regular-season standings with the victory.

The win, Ohio State’s sixth in a row, gives OSU a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association sweep of the Falcons after a 3-2 victory Friday. The win moves the Buckeyes’ record to 22-7-3 on the year, 19-4-1 in league play. Second-place Ohio State remains one point behind first-place Michigan in the league standings, as the Wolverines swept Nebraska-Omaha in Omaha, Neb., this weekend, including a 4-3 win Saturday. The Falcons fall to 13-11-4 on the year and 10-9-3 in the conference.

The win over BG also clinches the 2005 Ohio Cup for the Buckeyes, as they are 3-0 in cup play. The Falcons end the year with a 1-2-1 ledger and Miami stands at 0-2-1. The OSU at Miami game officially closes out the Ohio Cup competition for the year.

Ohio State got on the board 2:46 into the game, as Matt Beaudoin (So., Rock Forest, Quebec) scored on the power play, taking a cross-crease pass from Andrew Schembri (So., Mississauga, Ontario) and burying the puck for his 12th power-play goal of the year. Fritsche (Fr., Parma, Ohio) had the second assist on the goal. Tyson Strachan (So., Melfort, Saskatchewan) made the score 2-0 with his first goal of the season. Domenic Maiani (Fr., Shelby Township, Mich.) caused a turnover in the neutral zone and Strachan picked up the puck and skated in on a breakaway, sliding the puck under BGSU goalie Jordan Sigalet at 14:37. The Buckeyes outshot the Falcons in the period, 16-7.

Kyle Hood (Fr., Osoyoos, British Columbia) made the score 3-0 with a power-play goal 5:02 into the second period, with his shot getting through from the point. Matt Waddell (So., Armstrong, British Columbia) and Fritsche assisted on the goal. Bowling Green got on the board at 12:57, when Alex Foster scored. Bowling Green had 11 shots on goal in the period, Ohio Sate 10. The Buckeyes held BGSU scoreless on four power-play chances in the period, including a 5-on-3 advantage for 44 seconds.

BGSU’s Jonathan Matsumoto scored the only goal of the third period, as he scored on the power play at 8:27 to cut OSU’s lead to one (3-2). The Falcons pulled goalie Jordan Sigalet with 22 seconds remaining, but could not get the puck past Caruso (Jr., Roswell, Ga.). The Buckeyes outshot the Falcons in the period, 12-10.

In the game, Ohio State converted 2-of-7 power-play chances in the game and stopped BGSU on 7-of-8 chances.

Ohio State outshot Bowling Green, 38-28, in the contest. Caruso made 26 saves in all 60 minutes, while Sigalet made 35 saves in 59:38 in net.

Postgame Notes
Ohio State returns to action when it travels to face Michigan State next weekend. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 18 and Feb. 19 in Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich.

The Buckeyes have not finished as high as second in the final CCHA standings since back-to-back years in 1983 and 1984 they ended the year tied for second.

The attendance of 11,570 was the third highest in Value City Arena this season, behind only the 14,777 vs. Michigan Jan. 21 and the 12,391 against the Wolverines Jan. 22. Over 20,000 fans watched OSU and BGSU play this weekend, after 9,638 were in attendance Friday.

Ohio State has won nine consecutive games against Bowling Green, including the last seven in Columbus.

The sweep was OSU’s third consecutive and the Buckeyes’ seventh in league play this year .

Hood has a three-game scoring streak and has 4-6-10 totals in his last eight games combined, including three two-point outings.

Beaudoin moved into a tie for the team goal scoring lead with Rod Pelley with his 18th tally of the year. Beaudoin has a team and league-best 12 power-play goals this season, tying for 10th in the OSU record book for ppg in a campaign. He had a team-best three goals in the series vs. the Falcons.

Caruso’s 20 wins on the season rank tied for fourth all-time in OSU history for goalie wins in a season (with Mike Betz in 2002 and 2003 and Jeff Maund in 1999). Caruso’s 34 career wins rank ninth in program history.

Fritsche now has a team-best 27 assists on the year, ranking seventh in OSU history for assists by a freshman in a campaign.

Waddell has an assist in five of the last six games.

The Buckeyes were 2-for-7 on the power play against the Falcons, the 16th time this season the squad has more than one power-play goal. During the six-game winning streak, OSU has converted 37.5 percent (12-for-32) of its power-play opportunities.

Ohio State’s six-game winning streak is its longest of the season and matches the six-game streak the 2003-04 squad put together en route to the CCHA Super Six title, posting six wins from March 6-March 20, 2004.

Ohio State is 7-1 in one-goal games this season and has three consecutive 3-2 victories.

Postgame Quotes
Bowling Green head coach Scott Paluch
On the game
“I thought the game was very similar to last night. Sigalet once again gave us a tremendous opportunity to come back and get the win.”

On Ohio State
“Ohio State is clearly one of the top teams in the country. They have a top-notch goaltender in Caruso. They are quick and physical. OSU is not a team you want to fall three goals behind and then think that’s the best way to earn points. Their special teams were the difference over the weekend.”

Ohio State head coach John Markell
On the game
“It was a mirror image (from the game Friday), but we played a better game. BG stayed steady throughout. We really played for 60 minutes doing things right. You need everything against a team like BG. It’s hard to put away a game late in the season, they know what is at stake.”

On Bowling Green
“It’s hard to keep a 3-1 lead, it’s very hard to hold. BG kept coming. They were all work. Obviously, you know a push is coming you just do not know when. They are the hardest working team in this league that I have seen.”

Ohio State freshman Kyle Hood
On the power play
“It’s an honor to be on the ice with the skilled guys on the power play. We’ve been working hard all year and we’re really proud that we’ve been clicking lately.”

On the Ohio State defense
“The D played a good game. Bowling Green got a lot of shots and the one they really did, Fritsche cleared it. The forwards really trust our defenders and in turn, our defensemen trust our goalie.”

Ohio State freshman Tom Fritsche
On Bowling Green
“We knew they were going to come harder. They didn’t want to be swept; no one wants to. On Saturday everyone comes harder because the other team will.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) Ohio State Hockey 2004-05 Bowling Green vs #7 Ohio State (Feb 12, 2005 at Columbus, Ohio)

Bowling Green (13-11-4, 10-9-3 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (22-7-3, 19-4-1 CCHA) Date: Feb 12, 2005 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: Value City Arena Attendance:11570 Start time:7:05 pm End time:9:21 pm Total time:2:16

Goals by Period 1 2 3 Tot ———————————- Bowling Green……. 0 1 1 – 2 Ohio State………. 2 1 0 – 3

1st period – 1, OSU, Matt Beaudoin/18 (Andrew Schembri/17, Tom Fritsche/26) 2:46 (pp). 2, OSU, Tyson Strachan/1 (Domenic Maiani/10) 14:37. Penalties – Don Morrison, BGSU (obstruction-tripping) 2:17; Andrew Schembri, OSU (hooking) 4:12; Nate Guenin, OSU (cross-checking) 5:59; Jon Sitko, BGSU (obstruction) 8:23; Kyle Hood, OSU (obstruction) 19:20.

2nd period – 3, OSU, Kyle Hood/5 (Matt Waddell/8, Tom Fritsche/26) 5:02 (pp). 4, BGSU, Alex Foster/5 (Jonathan Matsumoto/12, Jon Sitko/4) 12:57. Penalties – Johann Kroll, OSU (obstruction) :46; Rich Meloche, BGSU (interference) 3:02; Bryan Dobek, BGSU (holding) 10:25; Don Morrison, BGSU (interference) 14:18; Matt Waddell, OSU (hooking) 16:40; Sean Collins, OSU (cth-cross checking) 17:24.

3rd period – 5, BGSU, Jonathan Matsumoto/13 (Mike Falk/8, Mike Nesdill/2) 8:27 (pp). Penalties – Matt McIlvane, OSU (obstruction-holding) 2:35; Don Morrison, BGSU (charging) 2:35; Matt Waddell, OSU (boarding) 8:15; Rod Pelley, OSU (charging) 13:07; Bryan Dobek, BGSU (tripping) 15:46; Mike Nesdill, BGSU (holding) 16:51.

Shots on goal – BGSU 7-11-10 28; OSU 16-10-12 38.

Power plays – BGSU 1 of 8; OSU 2 of 7.

Penalties – BGSU 8 (16 min); OSU 9 (18 min).

Goalies – BGSU, Jordan Sigalet 13-8-3 (59:38 minutes, 38 shots-35 saves) , EMPTY NET (00:22, 0-0); OSU, Dave Caruso 20-5-3 (60:00, 28-26).

Penalty shots – None.

A-11570 T-2:16 Three stars: 1. Dave Caruso 2. Kyle Hood 3. Jonathan Matsumoto Referee:Matt Shegos Assistant Referee:Chris Davis; John Philo Win-Dave Caruso (20-5-3). Loss-Jordan Sigalet (13-8-3).