January 30, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes took control of the game early with four first period goals on their way to a dominating 8-0 victory over Western Michigan. With the win, OSU’s record runs to 15-10-4 (13-6-3 CCHA), while the Broncos fall to 3-16-6 (2-13-6).

The Buckeyes let Western Michigan know immediately that they would be a force in this game, as 31 seconds into the contest Dan Cousineau (Sr., Waterloo, Ontario) scored to give OSU a lead they never relinquished. Seven minutes after the Cousineau goal, Ryan Skaleski (Sterling Heights, Mich.) took a pass from Hugo Boisvert (Jr., St. Eustache, Quebec) and scored past WMU goalie Jeff Reynaert to make the score 2-0.

The offensive extravaganza continued later in the first period when Boisvert, having already assisted on OSU’s first two goals, added a power-play goal to push the lead to 3-0. Ohio State’s Hobie Baker candidate had eye-popping numbers in the first period, finishing up with one goal and three assists.

While the hero of the second period changed, the results remained the same. Ryan Jestadt (Jr., Western Springs, Ill.) scored at the 8:12 and then again at the 17:10 mark to put Ohio State up by a score of 6-0. It marked the first time in his Buckeye career that Jestadt had a multiple-goal game. Jestadt started double-shifting late in the game, and it appeared as if the move would pay off as he put the puck in the net with two minutes left in the third period. However, before the puck went into the goal, the referee ruled the net was off its morings, disallowing the goal.

While the stars on the offensive end were vast, the defensive standout was obvious — Jeff Maund (So., Mississauga, Ontario). The OSU goalie polished off his third shutout of season by recording 25 saves on 25 shots.

Ohio State now takes to the road for one of the biggest trips of the season. The Buckeyes take on Bowling Green on Friday and second place Michigan on Saturday. They return to Value City Arena on February 19 against Ferris State. Score by period

Western Michigan 0 0 0 0Ohio State 4 2 2 8

Shots on goal –WMU 25; OSU 35

Saves –WMU: Reynaert (20:00), 4; Barnes (40:00), 23; OSU: Maund (60:00), 25

Power Plays –WMU 0 for 5, OSU 1 for 5

Penalties/Minutes –WMU 9/18; OSU 9/18

Records –WMU: 3-16-6, 2-13-6 CCHA; OSU; 15-10-4, 13-6-3 CCHA

Attendance –11,128