Dec. 4, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Buckeye sophomore defenseman Sean Collins had a career-best four points to lead the No. 9/10 Ohio State men’s hockey team to a win over Alaska Fairbanks, 5-2, Saturday in Value City Arena. For the Buckeyes, Dan Knapp chipped in two goals, while John Dingle had two assists and Domenic Maiani had a goal and an assist.
The win gives the Buckeyes a two-game sweep of the Nanooks. OSU improves to 11-4-1 on the year (7-0 in Value City Arena) and 9-2-1 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association play. UAF drops to 6-6 on the year and 5-5 in league play.
The first period ended tied at 1 as the teams traded power-play goals. Jared Sylvestre put in the rebound of a Darcy Campbell shot to put UAF on the board at 8:55. Knapp (Jr., Rochester Hills, Mich.) then knotted the game at 15:51, taking a pass from Nate Guenin (Jr., Aliquippa, Pa.) and beating UAF goalie Wylie Rogers from the side of the net with OSU on a 5-on-3 advantage. Dingle (Fr., Shaker Heights, Ohio) had the second assist on the goal. UAF put 18 shots on net in the period and OSU had nine.
The Buckeyes outscored the Nanooks in the second period, 3-1, to take a 4-2 lead. UAF’s Kelly Czuy scored unassisted just 39 seconds into the stanza to put UAF up, 2-1. OSU then scored four unanswered goals. Maiani (Shelby Township, Mich.) scored at 11:58 to tie the game at 2, assisted by Collins (Troy, Mich.) and Dingle. Lee Spector (Sr., Buffalo Grove, Ill.) then scored at 16:08, with assists from Matt Beaudoin (So., Rock Forest, Quebec) and Collins. Knapp ended the scoring in the period with a power-play goal with 47 seconds left in the period, putting in the rebound of a Collins shot. UAF outshot OSU in the period, 15-13.
Collins scored the only goal of the third period at the 10:09 mark with the Buckeyes on a 5-on-3 power play. Rod Pelley (Jr., Kitimat, British Columbia) and Maiani picked up the assists on the goal. Ohio State had 12 shots on goal in the period, UAF had six.
In the game, the Buckeyes were outshot, 39-34. Junior Dave Caruso (Jr., Roswell, Ga.) had a career-best 37 saves in the win. Rogers made 29 saves in the game for the Nanooks.
Ohio State scored three times on eight power-play chances and UAF was 1-for-7.
The Buckeyes close out the first part of the season with a two-game series at Clarkson next weekend. The Buckeyes and Golden Knights will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Potsdam, N.Y.
OSU moved to 7-0 at home this season and extended its home winning streak to 12 games overall. The team’s last loss at home came Jan. 24, 2004 to Michigan State (3-0). This season, Ohio State has outscored opponents at home, 35-9, and has allowed more than one goal just twice.
The Buckeyes are on a four-game winning streak against Alaska Fairbanks, with all four wins coming in Columbus.
Collins’ four points are a career best, while his three assists tie a career high. He had a three-assist and point game Nov. 8, 2003 at Northern Michigan.
The game marked the third four-point night for a Buckeye this season. Matt McIlvane had four points (1-3) against Miami Oct. 21, while Tom Fritsche had four assists and points vs. Sacred Heart Nov. 6. Collins’ four points tie the Value City Arena record set 16 times before.
Four Buckeyes now share the team scoring lead with 16 points each – Pelley (10-6), Knapp (7-9), Maiani (7-9) and Fritsche (1-15). JB Bittner is two points behind with 14 (7-7), while Collins is the sixth Buckeye to reach double-digits in points with 11 (2-9).
Spector’s game-winning goal was his second of the season. He shares the team lead with Pelley, who had the gamewinner in the series opener vs. UAF. Spector is a team-best +9 this season.
Dingle’s assists marked the first helpers of his Buckeye career. He had three goals before posting the assists vs. the Nanooks.
OSU remains in first place in the CCHA with a 9-2-1 record, one point ahead of Michigan, who swept Notre Dame this weekend and has two games in hand on the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes were outshot for the just the fifth time this season and the first time since Oct. 30 at Western Michigan.
Ohio State was 3-for-8 on the power play in the game. In the last three games, the team has scored on 7-of-23 power-play chances, a 30.4 percent success rate.
Ohio State head coach John Markell
On the game
“I thought we got timely goals. Power-play goals always help. I thank Dave Caruso for that game. He gave us the opportunity to win.”
On goalie Dave Caruso
“He was steady all weekend. He gave us the opportunity to win early. The guys worked hard and we came back to win. He was steadfast.”
On defenseman Sean Collins
“Sean Collins was the best player on the ice, besides Dave Caruso. He’s an important part of our system. I’m glad he came back from injury (suffered at Nebraska-Omaha Nov. 19).”
On Ohio State’s positives
“Our power play played well. They scored when they had to. We settled down and hustled to rebounds. We knew we would have to score rebounds to score on their goalie and we did. We came on in the second period. We were able to get back to the system that allowed us to be successful earlier this season.”
Ohio State junior forward Dan Knapp
On Ohio State getting good bounces
“I think it’s about hard work. Tonight guys were aggressive. When you work hard, you get bounces.”
On Ohio State’s success at home
“Deep down inside we take pride. This is our home and we’ve got to defend it. We want to make it a point that it’s not easy for other teams to win here.”
On Ohio State’s hosting the 2005 NCAA Frozen Four
“It’s always in the back of your mind. It would be an awesome opportunity to play here in the Frozen Four. We have the team that could do it if we work hard.”
Ohio State sophomore defenseman Sean Collins
On the last time he scored four points in a game
“I can’t remember the last time I scored four points in a game. It might have been peewee. I’ve been a defenseman all my life. I’ve never been a glory boy who had a chance to score.”
Alaska Fairbanks head coach Tavis MacMillan
On Alaska Fairbanks’ performance in the first period
“In the first period I thought we played well. We played with energy and I thought we won the races to the puck. Even with the tied game I felt really good. We are not mentally tough when things don’t go our way. We really looked like a young team out there.”
On the team’s preparation for Northern Michigan next weekend
“Northern Michigan is a good team. I think I picked them as the Top 2 or 3 team in the CCHA. They have depth and big time players. We just have to be focused this week and learn from our mistakes.”
Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Hockey 2004-05
Alaska Fairbanks vs #9 Ohio State (Dec 04, 2004 at Columbus, Ohio)
Alaska Fairbanks (6-6-0, 5-5-0 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (11-4-1, 9-2-1 CCHA)
Date: Dec 04, 2004 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: Value City Arena
Attendance:5449 Start time:7:05 pm End time:9:29 pm Total time:2:24
Goals by Period 1 2 3 Tot
Alaska Fairbanks…. 1 1 0 – 2
Ohio State………. 1 3 1 – 5
1st period – 1, UAF, Jared Sylvestre/3 (Darcy Campbell/3, Jason
Grinevitch/5) 8:55 (pp). 2, OSU, Dan Knapp/6 (Nate Guenin/4, John
Dingle/1) 15:51 (pp). Penalties – Dan Knapp, OSU (hooking) 7:28; Matt
Waddell, OSU (hooking) 8:43; Curtis Fraser, UAF
(unsportsmanlike-diving) 8:43; Bryce Anderson, OSU (holding) 13:20;
Darcy Campbell, UAF (holding the stick) 14:08; Ryan McLeod, UAF
(tripping) 14:34; Rod Pelley, OSU (obstruction-hooking) 17:57.
2nd period – 3, UAF, Kelly Czuy/5 :39. 4, OSU, Domenic Maiani/7
(Sean Collins/7, John Dingle/2) 11:58. 5, OSU, Lee Spector/3 (Matt
Beaudoin/3, Sean Collins/8) 16:08. 6, OSU, Dan Knapp/7 (Sean
Collins/9) 19:13 (pp). Penalties – Matt Waddell, OSU (holding) 4:04;
Cramer Hickey, UAF (holding) 7:32; Sean Collins, OSU
(obstruction-holding) 12:16; Kelly Czuy, UAF (tripping) 13:36; Nathan
Fornataro, UAF (tripping) 17:49; JB Bittner, OSU (unsportsmanlike
conduct) 19:49; Ryan McLeod, UAF (unsportsmanlike conduct) 19:49.
3rd period – 7, OSU, Sean Collins/2 (Rod Pelley/6, Domenic
Maiani/9) 10:09 (pp). Penalties – Adam Powell, UAF (holding) 5:37;
Dave Barton, OSU (interference) 5:37; Corbin Schmidt, UAF (high
sticking) 7:04; Darcy Campbell, UAF (holding) 9:50; Kelly Czuy, UAF
(slashing) 14:06; Tyson Strachan, OSU (10-minute misconduct) 14:06;
Curtis Fraser, UAF (10-minute misconduct) 14:06; Lee Spector, OSU
(interference) 16:48; Dave Barton, OSU (interference) 19:55.
Shots on goal – UAF 18-15-6 39; OSU 9-13-12 34.
Power plays – UAF 1 of 7; OSU 3 of 8.
Penalties – UAF 12 (35 min); OSU 11 (30 min).
Goalies – UAF, Wylie Rogers 5-4-0 (59:52 minutes, 34 shots-29
saves) , EMPTY NET (00:08, 0-0); OSU, Dave Caruso 9-3-1 (60:00,
Penalty shots – None.
Three stars: 1. Sean Collins 2. Dan Knapp 3. John Dingle
Referee:Brett Klosowski Assistant Referee:Brian Frerichs; Brian Wisner
Win-Dave Caruso (9-3-1). Loss-Wylie Rogers (5-4-0).