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Jan. 8, 2005

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 9/10 Ohio State men’s hockey team, led by two goals and three points from sophomore Matt Beaudoin, topped Ferris State, 3-1, Friday in Value City Arena in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association matchup.

The Buckeyes improve to 13-5-3 on the year and 10-2-1 in the CCHA. Ferris State, whose five-game (4-0-1) unbeaten streak and three-game winning streak were ended, drops to 8-11-2 and 3-8-2 in league play. The teams will end the series at 7:35 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.

There was no scoring in the first period until Beaudoin (Rock Forest, Quebec) converted a Rod Pelley pass with OSU on the power play. Sean Collins (So., Troy, Mich.) had the second assist on the goal, which came at 17:27. Buckeye junior goalie Dave Caruso (Roswell, Ga.) stopped all 15 Ferris State shots in the period. OSU had eight shots on net in the stanza.

Buckeye sophomore Kenny Bernard (Sarnia, Ontario) made the score 2-0 4:25 into the second period, as he pushed a Beaudoin pass under FSU goalie Mike Brown from right in front of the crease for his first goal of the season. Andrew Schembri (So., Mississauga, Ontario) also assisted on the tally. Each team had seven shots on goal in the period.

In the third, FSU’s Mark Bomersback got the Bulldogs on the board at the 4:03 mark, assisted by Adam Miller and Matt Stefanishion. Beaudoin responded, however, scoring less than five minutes later. Schembri and Nate Guenin (Jr., Aliquippa, Pa.) had the assists on the goal. OSU put 14 shots on net in the period and FSU had eight. FSU outshot OSU in the game, 30-29. Caruso had 29 saves in 60 minutes. Brown made 26 saves in 58:12 in net.

The Buckeyes scored once on four power-play chances and held the Bulldogs scoreless on all six opportunities. OSU had seven penalties for 14 minutes, while FSU had six for 12 minutes.

Postgame Notes
The Buckeyes tied the program record for consecutive home wins with their 13th victory in a row in Value City Arena. The record first was set from Nov. 21, 1969-Feb. 6, 1970. OSU has not lost at home since being swept by Michigan State Jan. 23-24, 2004. OSU is 8-0 at home this season and won its last five games in VCA last season.

Beaudoin’s three points marked his first multiple-point game of the season. In three games against Ferris State this year, he has five points, including four goals.

The game was the third consecutive contest the Buckeyes did not allow a power-play goal. OSU stopped Minnesota State on nine chances Dec. 29 and Colorado College on six attempts Dec. 30 before holding the Bulldogs scoreless on six power-play chances.

The game was televised live by CSTV: College Sports Television. It was OSU’s third consecutive televised game.

The two assists in the game tied Schembri’s career best, set twice before. Beaudoin’s two goals tied a career best set March 18, 2004 against Notre Dame in the CCHA Super Six Quarterfinals.

OSU now leads the series with Ferris State, 52-33-10, including 28-10-7 in Columbus. The Buckeyes have won the last 10 games against the Bulldogs in Columbus. The game marked the first time Ferris State played in Value City Arena since Feb. 15-16, 2002, a stretch of almost three years. OSU swept a two-game series from the Bulldogs earlier this season, posting a 4-2 win Oct. 15 and a 4-3 victory in overtime Oct. 16.

Postgame Quotes
Ohio State head coach John Markell
On the game
“We played sluggish tonight. Caruso came up big for us. The defense played very well, but we were not so great on offense. Some guys who did not play well in the beginning of the season really stepped up tonight.”

On the game Saturday night
“We need to raise the energy level. Ferris is a good hockey club and they will want a win tomorrow, so we need to be prepared. We need to get a healthy, energetic lineup out there.”

Sophomore forward Andrew Schembri
On playing after break
“I always seem to be able to turn it up after having a break. When I return I seem to raise the level of my game.”

On the team’s goal late in the first period
“It was great for us to score on the power play. It was definitely nice when you don’t play your best period to be up 1-0.”

Junior goaltender Dave Caruso
On Ferris State
“They are a great team. They are going to want to win tomorrow night, especially since they are on the road. They are going to play similar tomorrow, so we need to bring intensity.”

Ferris State head coach Bob Daniels
On the game
“It was a very evenly matched game. They carried it in the first, we carried it in the second and we both carried it in the third. It was very even overall. They did a better job at finishing than we did. I was disappointed our power play didn’t score. Not only did we not score, I don’t think we really generated anything from the power play. Overall, though, I’d say it was an even match.

“We killed a lot of penalties either in the first or the early second. It is a good thing to kill penalties, but we just didn’t seem to click on the power play.

“I don’t put a lot of stock into one game. We didn’t really play well last weekend, but the weekend before that we had been playing well. We did really well tonight. I think it was a good quality game. I don’t like to worry about the wins or the losses. I worry about performance and I think our kids performed well tonight.”

Ferris State center Jeff Legue
On his game “I’m becoming confident in my game. I think my speed is taking me to a higher level. In practices I work hard and I really think that is what will help build up my strength.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) Ohio State Hockey 2004-05 Ferris State vs #9 Ohio State (Jan 07, 2005 at Columbus, Ohio)

Ferris State (8-11-2, 3-8-2 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (13-5-2, 10-2-1 CCHA) Date: Jan 07, 2005 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: Value City Arena Attendance:4502 Start time:8:08 pm End time:10:40 pm Total time:2:32

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

1st period – 1, OSU, Matt Beaudoin/7 (Rod Pelley/10, Sean Collins/11) 17:27 (pp). Penalties – Nate Guenin, OSU (interference) 3:41; Matt Rutkowski, FSU (tripping) 6:07; Jeff Legue, FSU (hooking) 16:31.

2nd period – 2, OSU, Kenny Bernard/1 (Matt Beaudoin/5, Andrew Schembri/7) 4:25. Penalties – Alex Spezia, FSU (holding) 6:50; Alex Spezia, FSU (holding) 10:44; Matt Waddell, OSU (obstruction-hooking) 13:12; TEAM, OSU (too many on ice) 15:48; Johann Kroll, OSU (checking from behind) 18:45.

3rd period – 3, FSU, Mark Bomersback/5 (Adam Miller/4, Matt Stefanishion/6) 4:03. 4, OSU, Matt Beaudoin/8 (Andrew Schembri/7, Nate Guenin/6) 8:50. Penalties – Nate Guenin, OSU (obstruction-tripping) 10:55; Jeff Legue, FSU (interference) 11:11; Tom Fritsche, OSU (tripping) 11:53; Domenic Maiani, OSU (roughing) 17:11; Matt York, FSU (holding the stick) 17:11.

Shots on goal – FSU 15-7-8 30; OSU 8-7-14 29.

Power plays – FSU 0 of 6; OSU 1 of 4.

Penalties – FSU 6 (12 min); OSU 7 (14 min).

Goalies – FSU, Mike Brown 6-8-2 (58:12 minutes, 29 shots-26 saves) , EMPTY NET (01:48, 0-0); OSU, Dave Caruso 11-3-3 (60:00, 30-29).

Penalty shots – None.

A-4502 T-2:32 Three stars: 1. Matt Beaudoin 2. Dave Caruso 3. Mark Bomersback Referee:Steve Piotrowski Assistant Referee:Kevin Langseth; Justin Perrone Win-Dave Caruso (11-3-3). Loss-Mike Brown (6-8-2).