January 23, 1999
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The largest crowd to attend a college hockey game in an on-campus arena saw the Ohio State Buckeyes skate to a 1-1 tie with their archrivals, the Michigan Wolverines, before 17,249 at Value City Arena.
The Buckeyes were trailing late in the contest when defenseman Ryan Jestadt (Jr., Western Springs, Ill.) took a pass from Hugo Boisvert (Jr., St. Eustache, Quebec) in the slot and wristed it past Wolverine goalie Josh Blackburn. The goal came with 1:10 remaining in the game and Jeff Maund preparing to leave the net for an extra attacker. It marked the second time this year Jestadt has provided late game heroics. On November 20 against Miami, he scored with five seconds left to tie that game, which was eventually won by Ohio State in overtime.
Michigan got on the board 3:10 into the second period when center Mike Comrie scored to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead.
The star of the game for Ohio State was goaltender Jeff Maund (So., Mississauga, Ontario). On several occasions in the first period, Maund was able to turn away shots from close range to keep the game scoreless. On the night, Maund had 29 saves on 30 shots. He has grown very comfortable between the pipes at Value City Arena, ending tonights game with a goals against average hovering around the 1.20 mark.
Scoring opportunities for the Buckeyes were few and far between until they broke through late in the game. Perhaps the best chance they had to get on the board came late in the second period when Eric Meloche (Jr., Rosemere, Quebec) skating past two Michigan defenseman, went behind the net and attempted a wrap-around shot. Meloches shot just missed banking off of Blackburns pads and going into the net.
With the tie, Ohio State takes over sole possession of third place in the CCHA standings. They are one point ahead of fourth-place Notre Dame, who lost tonight. The top four teams in the conference standings at the end of the regular season gain home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Ohio State has off until Friday, January 29, when they open up a two-game weekend series with Western Michigan. Face-off time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Value City Arena. Tickets information can be obtained from calling the OSU Ticket Office at 292-2624 or 1-800-GOBUCKS.
Michigan 0 1 0 0 – 1 Ohio State 0 0 1 0 – 1
1st period NO SCORING
2nd period UM – Comrie (13) – (Koch, Langfeld), 3:10
3rd period OSU – Jestadt (4) – (Boisvert, Meloche), 18:50
Overtime NO SCORING Shots on goal – Michigan 30; Ohio State 26
Saves – Michigan (Blackburn) 25; Ohio State (Maund) 29
Power Plays – Michigan 0 for 9; Ohio State 0 for 8
Penalties/Minutes Michigan 11/22; Ohio State 12/24
Records – Michigan 17-5-3, 14-3-2 CCHA; Ohio State 13-10-4, 11-6-3 CCHA
Attendance – 17,249 (new on-campus college hockey record)