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Jan. 29, 2005

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Buckeye freshman Tom Fritsche had a hat trick and an assist, sophomore Matt Beaudoin had two goals and a helper for a six-point weekend and junior goalie Dave Caruso had 28 saves and two assists to lead the No. 9/10 Ohio State men’s hockey team to a 7-0 win over Western Michigan Saturday in Value City Arena. The win gives the Buckeyes a two-game sweep of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association series after a 4-3 victory in the opener Friday.

Ohio State improves to 18-7-3 on the year and remains in second place in the CCHA with a 15-4-1 ledger. The Broncos fall to 10-13-1 on the year and 5-12-1 in league play. Ohio State won the season series with the Broncos, 3-1.

The Buckeyes ended the first period with a 3-0 lead. Kyle Hood (Fr., Osoyoos, British Columbia) put the Buckeyes on the board at 2:56 with a power-play goal, as his shot from the point went off goalie Daniel Bellissimo and in. Tom Fritsche and goalie Dave Caruso picked up the assists on the goal, which came on the Buckeyes’ first power-play of the game. Fritsche then scored back-to-back goals. His first came on the Buckeyes’ second power-play attempt, as his shot went through the five-hole and in. Andrew Schembri (So., Mississauga, Ontario) and Beaudoin (So., Rock Forest, Quebec) assisted on the goal, which came at 17:00. Fritsche scored an unassisted goal at 18:19, picking up a loose puck in the Bronco end. The Buckeyes put 15 shots on net in the period, WMU nine.

Ohio State began the second period down a man for four minutes, but was able to kill the power plays and score a goal in the process. Beaudoin picked the puck up in the Buckeye zone, after touches by Caruso and Sean Collins (So., Troy, Mich.), and scored his second shorthanded goal of the season. Fritsche completed his hat trick with a score at 5:42, with assists from Tyson Strachan (So., Melfort, Saskatchewan) and Matt Waddell (So., Armstrong, British Columbia). D. Bellissimo was replaced in goal by Eric Marvin after the goal. Beaudoin ended the scoring in the period with a power-play goal at 17:24. Hood and Schembri picked up the assists on the score, which made OSU 3-for-3 on the power play. The Broncos outshot OSU in the period, 11-8.

Collins made the score 7-0 with a goal 4:14. Following a JB Bittner (Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) faceoff win in the WMU zone, Rod Pelley’s (Jr., Kitimat, British Columbia) shot was saved and the rebound came to Collins at the left point, whose shot went through. The Buckeyes outshot the Broncos in the period, 9-8.

The Buckeyes converted 3-of-6 power-play chances in the game and held the Broncos scoreless on six chances.

Caruso made 28 saves for his second shutout of the season in 59:53. D. Bellissimo has 13 saves and allowed five goals in 25:42 and Marvin made 12 saves, allowing two goals, in 34:18 of relief.

Postgame Notes
Beaudoin extended his goal-scoring streak to four, with six goals in the stretch, including four power-play scores and a shorthanded goal. He is second on the team with a career-best 15 goals, is tied with Pelley with 10 power-play goals and has a team-best two shorthanded goals. He marked his second consecutive three-point night, ending the weekend with a team-best six points.

Caruso’s shutout was his second of the season and his first since Nov. 13 against Northern Michigan. He now has six in his career, one behind Jeff Maund for third all-time in the Buckeye record books.

Caruso had a career-best two assists in the game and now has a career-high three on the season.

Fritsche’s game marked his second four-point night of the season, with his first coming against Sacred Heart Nov. 6 (0-4-4). It is OSU’s second hat trick of the season and the first since Dan Knapp (Jr., Rochester, Mich.) scored three times against SHU Nov. 6.

In the last four games, Ohio State has converted 11 of its last 24 power-play chances, a success rate of 45.8 percent. The team has improved to 22.7 percent on the year.

The Buckeyes held the Western Michigan power play, which came into the series first in the league, scoreless on 10 chances in the series.

Beaudoin now has a team-best two shorthanded goals on the year. OSU now has seven shorthanded goals on the year.

Ohio State won the season series with the Broncos, 3-1. The teams split a two-game series in Kalamazoo, Mich., earlier this season, with WMU winning the opener, 6-3, Oct. 29 and OSU coming back for a 5-2 victory in game two Oct. 30.

Schembri had two assists in the win for a five-point weekend, after posting a goal and two helpers in the opener.

Hood has a four-game scoring streak, with 2-4-6 totals. He tied his career mark with two points in the 7-0 victory.

The Buckeyes’ seven goals were the most they have scoring since a 7-1 win over Sacred Heart Nov. 6. The team had a season-best nine goals in a win over Miami Oct. 21.

Postgame Quotes
Ohio State Head Coach John Markell
On the game
“Tonight the defensemen were moving their feet and the forwards were able to move into the box. In the second period last night we were looking for goals and I think we found them tonight. We are always looking for consistency from the team and we did that tonight We had a good team effort and that is how you compete in the league.”

On Tom Fritsche, Ohio State freshman forward
“Tom finishes plays and moves his feet. That finally paid off for him tonight. He was following shots and shooting the puck. He brought it to the table. It was nice to see him have a night like this. It will really build his confidence.”

Freshman Forward Tom Fritsche
On his performance
“It feels great to get a hat trick. I think I have only had three in my career while playing in juniors. It is an amazing feeling.”

Junior Goalie Dave Caruso
On the shutout
“The guys played well in front of me. I give credit to the defense and our forwards. It was a good win.”

Sophomore forward Matt Beaudoin
On the game
“We felt a little slow coming in here after playing Michigan last weekend. There seems to be something clicking between myself, Tom (Fritsche) and (Andrew) Schembri on the power play. Every shot seemed to find its way into the net tonight. We just need to keep doing that.”

Western Michigan Head Coach Jim Culhane
On the game
“I give Ohio State all the credit. There was a huge difference in the outcome of the game tonight. Ohio State was able to win loose puck battles, which allowed Ohio State to come out with a win. We felt like we wanted the win, but didn’t perform on the ice. We did not come to the same level as Ohio State.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) Ohio State Hockey 2004-05 Western Michigan vs #9 Ohio State (Jan 29, 2005 at Columbus, Ohio)

Western Michigan (10-13-1, 5-12-1 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (18-7-3, 15-4-1 CCHA) Date: Jan 29, 2005 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: Value City Arena Attendance:6365 Start time:7:05 pm End time:9:21 pm Total time:2:16

Goals by Period 1 2 3 Tot ———————————- Western Michigan…. 0 0 0 – 0 Ohio State………. 3 3 1 – 7

1st period – 1, OSU, Kyle Hood/3 (Tom Fritsche/24, Dave Caruso/2) 2:56 (pp). 2, OSU, Tom Fritsche/5 (Andrew Schembri/14, Matt Beaudoin/9) 17:00 (pp). 3, OSU, Tom Fritsche/6 18:19. Penalties – Pat Dwyer, WMU (interference) 1:21; Kyle Hood, OSU (obstruction-holding) 7:16; Jeff Pierce, WMU (checking from behind) 15:42; Kenny Bernard, OSU (roughing after the whistle) 19:37; Brian Bicek, WMU (roughing after the whistle) 19:37; Rod Pelley, OSU (slashing) 20:00; Rod Pelley, OSU (cth-roughing atw) 20:00.

2nd period – 4, OSU, Matt Beaudoin/14 (Sean Collins/15, Dave Caruso/3) 3:01 (sh). 5, OSU, Tom Fritsche/7 (Tyson Strachan/2, Matt Waddell/5) 5:42. 6, OSU, Matt Beaudoin/15 (Kyle Hood/11, Andrew Schembri/14) 17:24 (pp). Penalties – Nate Guenin, OSU (interference) 8:24; Vince Bellissimo, WMU (hooking) 15:29; Lee Spector, OSU (roughing the goalie) 18:09.

3rd period – 7, OSU, Sean Collins/6 (Rod Pelley/12, JB Bittner/11) 4:14. Penalties – Vince Bellissimo, WMU (cross-checking) :35; Brian Bicek, WMU (contact to head-roughing) 11:12; Jason DeSantis, OSU (slashing) 13:44; Kevin Labatte, WMU (slashing) 13:44; Bryce Anderson, OSU (checking from behind) 16:06; Brian Bicek, WMU (interference) 17:37; Nate Guenin, OSU (contact to head-high sticking) 19:58; Vince Bellissimo, WMU (contact to head) 19:58.

Shots on goal – WMU 9-11-8 28; OSU 15-8-9 32.

Power plays – WMU 0 of 6; OSU 3 of 6.

Penalties – WMU 9 (18 min); OSU 9 (18 min).

Goalies – WMU, Eric Marvin (34:18 minutes, 14 shots-12 saves) , Daniel Bellissimo 10-12-1 (25:42, 18-13); OSU, Dave Caruso 16-5-3 (59:53, 28-28) , EMPTY NET (00:07, 0-0).

Penalty shots – None.

A-6365 T-2:16 Three stars: 1. Tom Fritsche 2. Matt Beaudoin 3. Dave Caruso Referee:Stephen McInchak Assistant Referee:Brent Gawlik; Kevin Langseth Win-Dave Caruso (16-5-3). Loss-Daniel Bellissimo (10-12-1).