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Jan. 21, 2005

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The attendance of 14,777 was the fourth highest in Value CityArena history. The four biggest crowds all have watched Ohio Statetake on Michigan, including an NCAA indoor, on-campus record 17,343Jan. 21, 2000. The arena opened for hockey in January 1999.Caruso’s win was the 28th of his career, tying him with Mike Bales(1990-92) for 10th all-time in OSU history. The Buckeyes and Carusoallowed just one goal for the third consecutive game. Michiganentered the game first in the nation in goals per game (4.38) andaveraging 5.0 goals a game in conference play. Ohio State improvedto 9-1 at home this season and rebounded after suffering its firsthome loss of the season against Ferris State in overtime Jan. 8.The four power-play goals scored by the Buckeyes marked the secondtime this season the team has scored at least four power-playtallies. OSU was 5-for-6 against Sacred Heart Nov. 6. Collins hadhis second consecutive two-point game after posting a goal and anassist in OSU’s win at Notre Dame Jan. 15. The game vs. theWolverines marked his third game this season with two or moreassists. Fritsche extended his scoring streak to four, with 1-4-5totals during the stretch. Anderson also has a four-game scoringstreak (3-1-4), while Pelley has a five-game scoring streak(3-2-5). In the CCHA, Michigan now is 15-2 with 30 points in firstplace, followed by Ohio State with a 13-3-1 ledger and 27 points.Nebraska-Omaha, with a 9-7-1 record, has 19 points in third place.Ohio State improved to 5-1-2 against ranked teams this season.