KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Ohio State men’s hockey team rallied for a 3-3 tie with Western Michigan, as Zac Dalpe scored with 1:36 remaining off an assist from Ian Boots to deadlock the score. The Buckeyes won the shootout, 1-0 in six rounds, to earn the extra point in the league standings, with Peter Boyd scoring for the Buckeyes and goalie Dustin Carlson stopping all five shots on net.

The Broncos held a 2-1 lead after one period. WMU opened the scoring at 3:39 when Cam Watson scored off an assist from Chris Clackson. At 11:38 Boyd went down the right wing and around the Bronco defensemen, passing to classmate Sergio Somma streaking to the net. He redirected the puck and it went into the net for the power-play tally before WMU goalie Riley Gill could get into position. At 12:50 a Buckeye was given a major for checking from behind. The Buckeyes were able to stop the first 3:04 of the power play but Max Campbell scored from a bad angle at 15:55 to put Western Michigan back in the lead. Shots were 13-10 in favor of the Broncos in the period.

Ohio State scored the only goal of the second period to tie the game. With Ohio State on the power play Hunter Bishop was able to knock the rebound of a Zac Dalpe shot in, after John Albert got the puck to Dalpe. The teams combined for 28 shots in the period, with Western Michigan outshooting Ohio State, 15-13.

The Broncos took a 3-2 lead at 5:12 of the third period when Jared Katz scored. The Buckeyes trailed until Boots carried the puck into the zone along the right wall after Matt Bartkowski forced a turnover and centered a pass to Dalpe, who slid it under Gill for the game-tying goal with 1:36 remaining. Carlson stopped 10-of-11 shots in the period, with Gill making six saves.

In overtime Dalpe drew a penalty with 2:38 remaining to put Ohio State on its sixth power play of the night. The Buckeyes had chances, putting five shots on net, but were unable to score.

The shootout went to six rounds, with Ohio State winning, 1-0. Gill made saves on the first five Buckeye skaters before Boyd scored to give Ohio State the lead. Carlson had five saves, with one shot going wide, including a pad save on Trevor Elias to clinch the win.

Each team ended the game with 37 shots, with both goalies making 34 stops in all 65 minutes.

The Buckeyes were 2-for-7 on the power play in the game and held the Broncos scoreless on six of seven chances.

Postgame Notes
Ohio State will close out the regular season with a home-and-home series with Miami next weekend. The teams will meet in Oxford, Ohio, on the RedHawks’ home ice Friday and in Columbus Saturday. Gametime both nights is 8:05 p.m., with the Friday game televised live on CBS College Sports.

Dalpe improved his team-best goal total to 19 and his team point lead to 36. He leads the CCHA in scoring in conference games with 33 points and has a league-high 17 goals.

Sims and Bishop both marked the 50th point of their Buckeye careers. Sims has a 13-37-50 line in 108 games and Bishop has a 23-27-50 line in 68 games at Ohio State.

The Buckeyes are 3-2 in shootouts this season. Each of the last four series has had one game go to a shootout, with the Buckeyes 2-2 in the games. In overtime this season the Buckeyes are 1-1-5.

Boyd improved his team-best assist total to 22 and is first in the CCHA with 21 helpers in league play.

Somma’s goal was his 11th of the season, marking a career high. He is second on the team in goals.

Bishop and Albert both have a point in seven of their last eight games.

Bartkowski has a point in nine of the last 13 games and now leads the Buckeye defensemen with 16 points.

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2009-10
Ohio State vs Western Michigan (Feb 20, 2010 at Kalamazoo, Mich.)

 Ohio State (12-15-5, 10-11-4-3) vs. Western Michigan (8-18-6, 4-17-5-1)
 Date: Feb 20, 2010  Location: Kalamazoo, Mich.      Arena: Lawson Ice Arena   
 Attendance:2602   Start time:7:35 pm   End time:10:00     Total time:2:25   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 OT Total
 Ohio State 1 1 1 0 3
 Western Michigan 2 0 1 0 3
   1st period – 1, WMU, Cam Watson/5 (Chris Clackson/6) 3:39. 2, OSU,
Sergio Somma/11 (Peter Boyd/22, Shane Sims/10) 11:38 (pp). 3, WMU, Max
Campbell/6 (Derek Roehl/5, Dane Walters/6) 15:55 (pp). Penalties –
Ross Henry, WMU (o-holding) 10:33; Kyle Reed, OSU (checking from
behind) 12:50; Kyle Reed, OSU (game misconduct) 12:50; C.J. Severyn,
OSU (cth elbowing) 19:45.

   2nd period – 4, OSU, Hunter Bishop/9 (Zac Dalpe/17, John Albert/20)
8:03 (pp). Penalties – TEAM, OSU (too many players on ice) 2:05; Mike
Levendusky, WMU (hooking) 7:47; Cam Watson, WMU (high sticking) 12:48;
TEAM, OSU (too many players on ice) 18:09.

   3rd period – 5, WMU, Jared Katz/8 (Greg Squires/19, Jordan
Collins/4) 5:12. 6, OSU, Zac Dalpe/19 (Ian Boots/2, Matt
Bartkowski/12) 18:24. Penalties – Ian Boots, OSU (hooking) 1:56; Tyler
Ludwig, WMU (interference) 2:37; Chris Clackson, WMU (interference)
7:49; Cam Watson, WMU (holding) 9:41; Shane Sims, OSU (cross-checking)

   OT period – Penalties – Mike Levendusky, WMU (holding) 2:22.

   Shots on goal – OSU 10-15-7-5 37; WMU 13-13-11-0 37.

   Power plays – OSU 2 of 7; WMU 1 of 7.

   Penalties – OSU 7 (25 min); WMU 7 (14 min).

   Goalies – OSU, Dustin Carlson (65:00 minutes, 37 shots-34 saves);
WMU, Riley Gill (65:00, 37-34).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-2602  T-2:25   
 Three stars: 1. Peter Boyd    2. Zac Dalpe    3. Riley Gill   
 Ref: Dean Sanborn; Todd Lacina   Line: Joshua Wesley; Rodney Tocco
 Ohio State-Dustin Carlson (3-9-3).  Western Michigan-Riley Gill (7-15-5). 
 OSU Wins shootout 1-0 in six rounds