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Feb. 23, 2007

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to No. 10-ranked Michigan, 4-3, Friday at Value City Arena in the first game of a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association series. The teams square off again at 8:05 p.m. (ET) Saturday in Value City Arena in the final game of the CCHA regular season. The game will be televised on CSTV and the eight-member Buckeye senior class will be honored in a postgame ceremony.

The Buckeyes are 13-15-5 on the year (11-12-4 CCHA), while the Wolverines improved to 22-11-1 overall (18-8-1 CCHA). Ohio State currently sits tied for sixth in the CCHA standings with Nebraska-Omaha at 26 points, who is playing a late game at Alaska. With Western Michigan’s win over Lake Superior State, OSU will finish sixth or seventh in the CCHA standings, depending on the outcome of the games Saturday.

After the Michigan series, Ohio State will host the opening round of the CCHA playoffs Friday through Sunday (March 2-4). The Top 4 teams in the final CCHA standings earn byes in the first round of the league playoffs, while seeds 5-8 host 9-12 in best-of-three series. The winners of the first round series then travel to the Top 4 team sites for quarterfinal rounds. Those four best-of-three series winners advance to the CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Ohio State jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the Wolverines and led 2-1 after one period. Defenseman Kyle Hood (Jr., Osoyoos, British Columbia) put the Buckeyes up 1-0 with a power-play goal from the point at 17:05, with Tom Fritsche (Jr., Parma, Ohio) and Mathieu Beaudoin (Sr., Sherbrooke, Quebec) notching assists. The Buckeyes went up 2-0 at 19:09 of the first on Andrew Schembri’s (Sr., Mississaugu, Ontario) ninth goal of the season, assisted by Fritsche and defenseman Tyson Strachan (Sr., Melfort, Saskatchewan). Michigan was able cut the deficit in half, 2-1, right before the first-period buzzer, with Tim Miller scoring at 19:59 of the period. Ohio State outshot the Wolverines in the period, 15-9.

Michigan tied the game at 2-all early in the second, with Jack Johnson scoring on a breakaway just 29 seconds into the period. Ohio State responded and took a 3-2 lead on a Jason DeSantis (Jr., Oxford, Mich.) long-range strike at 3:27 of the second. Beaudoin and defenseman Matt Waddell (Sr., Armstrong, British Columbia) garnered assists on DeSantis’ third goal of the season. It was Beaudoin’s second assist of the night. The Wolverines again tied the score, 3-all, on a T.J. Hensick goal at 10:47 of the period. The Buckeyes continued to outshoot Michigan, 16-10 in the period and 31-19 through two periods.

The Buckeyes and Wolverines played over 18 minutes of scoreless hockey in the third period before Michigan’s Brandon Naurato notched the game-winner at 18:52 of the period. Michigan had 10 shots in the period, the Buckeyes seven. Ohio State pulled goalie Joseph Palmer (Yorkville, N.Y.) with 59 seconds remaining for the extra attacker, but were unable to score.

Palmer made 25 saves on the night and is 13-13-4 on the year. Billy Sauer had 35 saves for Michigan. Ohio State ended the game with 38 shots, while the Wolverines had 29.

The Buckeyes were 1-for-4 on the power play in the game and held Michigan scoreless on three chances.

Game Notes
OSU senior forward Andrew Schembri played in his 150th career game for the Buckeyes, third most among active players (Matt Waddell and Sean Collins, 153).

Buckeye forward Mathieu Beaudoin tallied two assists for his third multiple-point game of the season. Tom Fritsche had two assists for his third multiple-point game of the campaign.

The Buckeyes have at least one power-play goal in each of their last nine games.

The attendance of 13,296 was the largest for an OSU hockey game since Jan. 21, 2005 vs. Michigan (14,777).

Postgame Quotes
Ohio State head coach John Markell
On the game
“They capitalized on a couple of chances at the right time. The first goal had eyes and to give up a second goal right away didn’t help. It’s a 60-minute game and we didn’t play a complete 60 minutes. Both teams had their chances, they scored on theirs and we didn’t. I thought we played hard tonight though.”

Ohio State senior forward Mathieu Beaudoin
On the final couple minutes of the third period
“We were playing hard. They have so much skill offensively, you make one mistake and it’s a goal.”

On the pace of the game
“It was a lot of skating tonight. Playing 5-on-5 against them is tough. You’re always going back, back, back but I thought we forechecked well.”

On senior night Saturday night in Value City Arena
“It’s our last game in this building ever. We’ll be ready to play that’s for sure. We want to finish our careers here with a win.”

Ohio State senior defenseman Tyson Strachan
On Michigan
“You have to respect their speed at all times. They’re going to score on odd-man rushes and that’s what we need to avoid.”

On the intensity of the game
“It was a high intensity game, but all of the games at the end of the season are like this.”

On tomorrow’s game being senior night
“Tomorrow night epitomizes your whole career. That’s why you come to Ohio State for that game and this rivalry, and on senior night, we will leave it all on the line.”

Red Berenson, Head Michigan Coach
On Ohio State
“They had good momentum and got a lot of good shots through. They had the home-ice advantage, but we never got out of the game. Both of these teams were capable of winning tonight. Both teams were tired tonight. I like Ohio State; we both played great tonight.”

On how Michigan played
“We didn’t score on our best chances tonight, which has become kind of characteristic of our team. We just got some hard-working goals tonight. Coming out of the second period, the guys knew they had to play better. I think we are improving.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) The Automated ScoreBook #10 Michigan vs Ohio State (Feb 23, 2007 at Columbus, Ohio)

Michigan (23-11-1; 18-8-1) vs. Ohio State (13-15-5; 11-12-4) Date: Feb 23, 2007 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: Value City Arena Attendance:13296 Start time:7:05 pm End time:9:20 Total time:2:15

Goals by Period 1 2 3 Tot ———————————- Michigan………… 1 2 1 – 4 Ohio State………. 2 1 0 – 3

1st period – 1, OSU, Kyle Hood/5 (Tom Fritsche/5, Mathieu Beaudoin/8) 17:05 (pp). 2, OSU, Andrew Schembri/9 (Tom Fritsche/5, Tyson Strachan/10) 19:09. 3, UM, Tim Miller/6 (Jason Dest/9, Brandon Naurato/10) 19:59. Penalties – Tommy Goebel, OSU (hooking) :52; Brandon Naurato, UM (tripping) 1:38; Sean Collins, OSU (cross-checking) 10:58; Steve Kampfer, UM (holding) 15:59.

2nd period – 4, UM, Jack Johnson/15 (David Rohlfs/14, T.J. Hensick/38) :29. 5, OSU, Jason DeSantis/3 (Mathieu Beaudoin/9, Matt Waddell/11) 3:27. 6, UM, T.J. Hensick/17 (Matt Hunwick/19, Jack Johnson/16) 10:47. Penalties – Steve Kampfer, UM (tripping) 7:37; Zach Pelletier, OSU (roughing atw) 15:48; Jack Johnson, UM (roughing atw) 15:48; Mark Mitera, UM (tripping) 17:52; Joseph Palmer, OSU (holding) 18:43; Tim Miller, UM (roughing) 18:43.

3rd period – 7, UM, Brandon Naurato/11 (Tim Miller/14) 18:52. Penalties – Jason DeSantis, OSU (tripping) 1:10.

Shots on goal – UM 9-10-10 29; OSU 15-16-7 38.

Power plays – UM 0 of 3; OSU 1 of 4.

Penalties – UM 6 (12 min); OSU 5 (10 min).

Goalies – UM, Billy Sauer 22-11-1 (60:00 minutes, 38 shots-35 saves); OSU, Joseph Palmer 13-13-4 (59:01, 29-25) , EMPTY NET (00:59, 0-0).

Penalty shots – None.

A-13296 T-2:15 Three stars: 1. Brandon Naurato 2. Mathieu Beaudoin 3. T.J. Hensick Referee:Steve Piotrowski Assistant Referee:Kevin Langseth; John Philo Win-Billy Sauer (22-11-1). Loss-Joseph Palmer (13-13-4). ID-455344 Timeout Ohio State with 59 seconds left in third