Dec. 3, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior Rod Pelley scored a power-play goal in the third period to lift the Ohio State men’s hockey team to a 2-1 win over Central Collegiate Hockey Association rival Alaska Fairbanks Friday in front of 7,529 fans in Value City Arena.
The victory lifts Ohio State’s season record to 10-4-1 overall and 8-2-1 in league play. The Nanooks fall to 6-5 on the year and 5-4 in the CCHA. The teams will end the two-game series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.
UAF took a 1-0 lead 6:36 into the game, as Ryan McLeod scored with the teams skating four aside. Each team was scoreless on two power-play chances in the period. The Buckeyes outshot the Nanooks in the period, 10-7.
In the second, Buckeye senior JB Bittner (Pittsburgh, Pa.) tied the game at 1 with an unassisted goal at the 4:33 mark of the second period following a faceoff deep in the UAF zone. OSU stopped the Nanooks on four power-play chances in the period, including an extended 5-on-3 advantage, and the Buckeyes were 0-for-2 on the power play. The Buckeyes put 15 shots on net in the period and UAF had four.
Ohio State took the lead as Buckeye junior Pelley (Jr., Kitmat, British Columbia) scored his 10th goal of the season, and team-best eighth power-play tally, on a pass from Nate Guenin (Jr., Aliquippa, Pa.) at 10:35. Sophomore Bryce Anderson (Waterloo, Iowa) also assisted on the goal. OSU was outshot in the period, 11-7. The Nanooks were scoreless on three power-play chances in the period, including ending the game with the man advantage. At one point, Bittner blocked four consecutive Nanook shots on the penalty kill. UAF pulled goalie Wylie Rogers for the extra attacker as well (for a total of 46 seconds) but was unable to get the equalizer.
Buckeye goalie Dave Caruso (Jr., Roswell, Ga.) had 21 saves in the win. UAF’s Rogers made 30 saves in 59:14 in net.
The Buckeyes were 1-for-7 on the power play in the game and stopped the Nanooks on all nine power-play chances.
OSU moves to 6-0 at home this season and extends its home winning streak to 11 games overall.
The Buckeyes have won the last three games against UAF, all in Columbus. The Buckeyes swept the Nanooks with 4-2 and 3-2 wins last year (Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2003).
Pelley’s 10 goals tie his career high, set last season.
OSU remains in first place in the CCHA with an 8-2-1 record, one point ahead of Michigan.
Ohio State head coach John Markell
On the game “Our penalty kill came to play tonight. We got clutch goals. We were rusty in the first period. We weren’t in sync early and we weren’t able to get into it until as the game went on because it was interrupted by penalty kills and power plays.”
On Ohio State’s play
“I see how much they want it when one guy blocks four shots in a row. Our guys challenged them (UAF). They made the right reads and we blocked shots.”
On preparing for Saturday night
“I guess we made it exciting for the fans at the end. It was a good win. We’ll try to keep what we did well.”
Ohio State senior forward JB Bittner
On banging his stick on the ice after blocking four shots
“I was just excited. I heard the bench yelling. It was a spur of the moment thing. I actually broke my stick, but I didn’t notice until after the play. I was just pumped about the play.”
On Ohio State’s penalty killing
“Our penalty kill changed a little this week. We were letting teams set up too easily.”
On UAF goaltender Wylie Rogers
“He’s played well. That was a point-of-emphasis on the scouting report. We knew he was good, but I think the way they play defense and block shots has something to do with it as well.”
On Ohio State’s play early
“In the first period, we made some mental mistakes. As the period went on, we got better.”
Ohio State forward Rod Pelley
On Ohio State playing after having time off
“I think we got the rust out in the first period. They were driving at us when they saw that. When the second period came on, I think we found ourselves more.”
Alaska Fairbanks Head Coach Tavis MacMillan
On the game
“It was the game I expected it to be. I thought there were going to be a lot of penalties and there were. The only disappointment for us was on our power play.”
On Ohio State’s play
“We just got outworked. They are a very good team. They are the best team we have seen this season.”
On Ohio State’s penalty kill
“Their penalty kill is good, but we knew what they were going to do and we did not execute. They had more shots killing penalties than we had on the power play. That’s just work ethic.”
Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Hockey 2004-05
Alaska Fairbanks vs #9 Ohio State (Dec 03, 2004 at Columbus, Ohio)
Alaska Fairbanks (6-5-0; 5-4-0 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (10-4-1; 8-2-1 CCHA)
Date: Dec 03, 2004 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: Value City Arena
Attendance:7529 Start time:7:05 pm End time:9:28 pm Total time:2:23
Goals by Period 1 2 3 Tot
Alaska Fairbanks…. 1 0 0 – 1
Ohio State………. 0 1 1 – 2
1st period – 1, UAF, Ryan McLeod/4 (Kelly Czuy/9, Cramer Hickey/4)
6:36. Penalties – Matt Beaudoin, OSU (checking from behind) :28; Matt
McIlvane, OSU (contact to head-roughing) 4:49; Kyle Greentree, UAF
(holding) 6:17; Adam Powell, UAF (contact to head-roughing) 9:08.
2nd period – 2, OSU, JB Bittner/7 4:33. Penalties – Brandon
Gawryletz, UAF (holding) 1:36; Andrew Schembri, OSU (holding the
stick) 5:41; Tyson Strachan, OSU (holding) 8:29; Andrew Schembri, OSU
(slashing) 15:25; Matt Beaudoin, OSU (hooking) 16:29; Jason
Grinevitch, UAF (hooking) 16:29; JB Bittner, OSU (cross-checking)
16:51; Rod Pelley, OSU (boarding) 17:19; Darcy Campbell, UAF
(interference) 17:19; Cramer Hickey, UAF (cross-checking) 19:37.
3rd period – 3, OSU, Rod Pelley/10 (Nate Guenin/3, Bryce
Anderson/3) 10:35 (pp). Penalties – Darcy Campbell, UAF (interference)
1:48; Jason Grinevitch, UAF (elbowing) 9:46; Kelly Czuy, UAF (hooking)
12:29; Matt Beaudoin, OSU (interference) 15:21; Sean Collins, OSU
(hooking) 16:43; Sean Collins, OSU (slashing) 18:43; Rod Pelley, OSU
(roughing) 20:00; Kyle Greentree, UAF (high sticking) 20:00.
Shots on goal – UAF 7-4-11 22; OSU 10-15-7 32.
Power plays – UAF 0 of 9; OSU 1 of 7.
Penalties – UAF 10 (23 min); OSU 12 (24 min).
Goalies – UAF, Wylie Rogers 5-3-0 (59:14 minutes, 32 shots-30
saves) , EMPTY NET (00:46, 0-0); OSU, Dave Caruso 8-3-1 (60:00,
Penalty shots – None.
Three stars: 1. JB Bittner 2. Rod Pelley 3. Wylie Rogers
Referee:Brett Klosowski Assistant Referee:Brian Frerichs; Brian Wisner
Win-Dave Caruso (8-3-1). Loss-Wylie Rogers (5-3-0).