Jan. 28, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomores Matt Beaudoin and Andrew Schembri each had three points to lead the No. 9/10 Ohio State men’s hockey team to a 4-3 victory over Western Michigan in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association game. The Broncos tied the game 3:20 into the third period, but Beaudoin responded with his second goal of the night less than two minutes later to regain the lead OSU would not relinquish.
Ohio State improves to 17-7-3 on the year and in second place in the CCHA with a 14-4-1 ledger, three points behind Michigan, who lost to Northern Michigan. The Broncos drop to 10-12-1 on the year and 5-11-1 in league play. The teams will complete the two-game series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.
The teams traded goals in the first period before Buckeye Matt Beaudoin (So., Rock Forest, Quebec) gave OSU a 3-2 lead with 45 seconds remaining in the stanza. Vince Bellissimo got the Broncos on the board just 3:16 into the game with the teams skating 4-on-4. Andrew Schembri (So., Mississauga, Ontario) responded at 6:36, putting the rebound of a Kyle Hood (Fr., Osoyoos, British Columbia) shot in from in front of the crease with OSU on the power play. Beaudoin had the second assist on the goal, as he won the faceoff to start the play. Pat Dwyer regained the WMU lead (2-1) with a score at 15:10. Dave Barton (So., Calgary, Alberta) then tied the game at 18:08, finishing a 2-on-1 with Tom Fritsche (Fr., Parma, Ohio) that was started with an outlet pass by Kenny Bernard (So., Sarnia, Ontario). With OSU on the power play, Beaudoin took a pass from Nate Guenin (Jr., Aliquippa, Pa.) and beat goalie Daniel Bellissimo from in close. Schembri picked up the second assist on the goal. The Buckeyes were outshot in the period, 15-14. There was no scoring in the second. The Buckeyes controlled the majority of the play, outshooting the Broncos, 12-6, but could not get the puck past D. Bellissimo.
Kevin Labatte scored 3:20 into the third period to tie the game at 3. Beaudoin responded just 1:52 later, as Schembri tipped the rebound of a Matt Waddell (So., Armstrong, British Columbia) shot to Beaudoin, who converted for the gamewinner. The Broncos pulled D. Bellissimo with 51 seconds remaining, but the Buckeye defense held strong and Buckeye goalie Dave Caruso (Jr., Roswell, Ga.) made two saves to preserve the win. Western Michigan had 11 shots in the period, OSU seven.
The Buckeyes converted 3-of-5 power-play chances in the period and stopped the Broncos, who came into the game first in the league on the power play, scoreless on four chances.
Caruso made 29 saves on 32 Bronco shots in the game, while D. Bellissimo had 29 saves on 33 Buckeye attempts.
Beaudoin extended his goal-scoring streak to four, with all four goals coming on the power play. He is second on the team in goals with 13 and second in power-play tallies with nine. He has 4-2-6 totals in his last three games.
Rod Pelley’s scoring streak was ended at six, while Bryce Anderson’s point-streak was stopped at five.
Barton’s first-period goal was the first of his career.
In the last three games, Ohio State has converted eight of its last 18 power-play chances, a success rate of 44.4 percent.
Ohio State is 2-1 against the Broncos this season. 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’s three points tied his career best, set twice before, including two weeks ago at Notre Dame.
Beaudoin marked his second three-point game of the season and his second two-goal game of the year. He scored twice against Ferris State Jan. 7 and added an assist in that game for a three-point night.
Ohio State Head Coach John Markell
On the game
“I thought we played sluggish in the first period, but were able to score timely goals. I thought both teams competed hard in the last period. We had good all around play, but we only played for 40 minutes.”
On missed chances in the second period
“Unfortunately we missed opportunities in the second for goals. It was a challenging game. I was happy we won the game and I compliment our players. Western Michigan is a good club and they will be ready to play again tomorrow.”
Senior Forward JB Bittner
On Ohio State’s performance
“I don’t think we were prepared in the beginning, but the power plays came through for us. I think we were prepared as far as X’s and O’s, but not mentally. Defensively, we stepped up in the second period. Western Michigan has some of the best forwards in the nation, so it was a task for the defense.”
Western Michigan Head Coach Jim Culhane
On the game
“Both teams played hard. I think we just ran out of time. Ohio State capitalized on its opportunities and made some crucial scores with their power-play goals. We will get some rest and we will be ready to play tomorrow night. This is a tough place to play.”
Hockey Game Box Score (Final) Ohio State Hockey 2004-05 Western Michigan vs #9 Ohio State (Jan 28, 2005 at Columbus, Ohio)
Western Michigan (10-12-1, 5-11-1 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (17-7-3, 14-4-1 CCHA) Date: Jan 28, 2005 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: Value City Arena Attendance:3764 Start time:7:05 pm End time:9:16 pm Total time:2:11
Goals by Period 1 2 3 Tot ———————————- Western Michigan…. 2 0 1 – 3 Ohio State………. 3 0 1 – 4
1st period – 1, WMU, Vince Bellissimo/10 (Pat Dwyer/13, Nathan Ansell/4) 3:16. 2, OSU, Andrew Schembri/3 (Kyle Hood/10, Matt Beaudoin/8) 6:36 (pp). 3, WMU, Pat Dwyer/5 (Mat Ponto/2, Vince Bellissimo/14) 15:10. 4, OSU, Dave Barton/1 (Tom Fritsche/23, Kenny Bernard/4) 18:08. 5, OSU, Matt Beaudoin/12 (Nate Guenin/7, Andrew Schembri/12) 19:15 (pp). Penalties – Nate Guenin, OSU (contact to head-high sticking) 1:17; Brian Bicek, WMU (goaltender interference) 2:28; Daryl Moore, WMU (obstruction-holding) 6:29; Sean Collins, OSU (contact to head-high sticking) 8:36; Tyson Strachan, OSU (hit after whistle) 15:10; Mat Ponto, WMU (hit after whistle) 15:10; Vince Bellissimo, WMU (hooking) 18:50.
2nd period – Penalties – Bryce Anderson, OSU (tripping) 12:54; Jason Moul, WMU (contact to head-high sticking) 15:46.
3rd period – 6, WMU, Kevin Labatte/3 (Jason Moul/3, Trevor Cook/1) 3:20. 7, OSU, Matt Beaudoin/13 (Andrew Schembri/13, Matt Waddell/4) 5:12 (pp). Penalties – Paul Szczechura, WMU (cross-checking) 3:47; Bryce Anderson, OSU (boarding) 8:25; Vince Bellissimo, WMU (roughing after the whistle) 20:00; Nate Guenin, OSU (roughing after the whistle) 20:00; Matt Waddell, OSU (roughing after the whistle) 20:00; Pat Dwyer, WMU (roughing after the whistle) 20:00; Matt Waddell, OSU (10-minute misconduct) 20:00; Vince Bellissimo, WMU (10-minute misconduct) 20:00; Pat Dwyer, WMU (10-minute misconduct) 20:00; Nate Guenin, OSU (10-minute misconduct) 20:00.
Shots on goal – WMU 15-6-11 32; OSU 14-12-7 33.
Power plays – WMU 0 of 4; OSU 3 of 5.
Penalties – WMU 10 (36 min); OSU 9 (34 min).
Goalies – WMU, Daniel Bellissimo 10-11-1 (59:09 minutes, 33 shots-29 saves) , EMPTY NET (00:51, 0-0); OSU, Dave Caruso 15-5-3 (60:00, 32-29).
Penalty shots – None.
A-3764 T-2:11 Three stars: 1. Matt Beaudoin 2. Vince Bellissimo 3. Andrew Schembri Referee:Stephen McInchak Assistant Referee:Brent Gawlik; Kevin Langseth Win-Dave Caruso (15-5-3). Loss-Daniel Bellissimo (10-11-1).