OMAHA, Neb. – Led by two goals from Sergio Somma and four assists from Zac Dalpe, the Ohio State men’s hockey team skated to a 5-all tie with Nebraska-Omaha Friday in front of an announced attendance of 13,147, the largest in Qwest Center Omaha history for the hockey Mavericks. After UNO scored three-consecutive goals, including the go-ahead goal early in the third period, C.J. Severyn scored for the Buckeyes on the power play with 1:34 left in the third period to force overtime. Neither team was able to score in the extra 5-minute period and UNO won the shootout, 3-2 in seven rounds, to claim the extra point in the CCHA standings

The Buckeyes, unbeaten in their last four games (2-0-2) are now 11-13-3 on the year and 9-9-3-1 in the CCHA, and Mavericks (13-12-6, 9-11-2-2 CCHA) will close out the series at 7:05 p.m. CT Saturday in Qwest Center Omaha.

Ohio State led 2-0 just 1:56 into the game. Hunter Bishop scored 34 seconds into the contest, deflecting a Shane Sims shot from the point with John Albert on the second assist. Somma put in his own rebound at 1:56, off assists from Dalpe and Peter Boyd. Joey Martin made the score 2-1 with a goal at 6:17 but Somma responded just seven seconds later. Dalpe passed out from behind the net to Somma, whose shot beat the goalie high on the glove side. At 11:22 Matt Ambroz scored to cut the Buckeye lead to 3-2. There was just one penalty called in the period, with the Mavericks outshooting the Buckeyes, 13-8, in the stanza.

The game was tied after the second period, 4-4. Kyle Reed extended the Buckeye lead to 4-2, Ohio State’s third two-goal lead of the night, at 6:51 of the middle stanza. He scored on the power play off an assist from Patrick Schafer, with Dalpe on the other helper. The Mavericks’ Terry Broadhurst scored the next three goals, all on the power play and assisted by Eric Olimb, to give Nebraska-Omaha its first lead of the night. He scored at 11:03 of the second, followed by a goal at 17:18 to tie the game for the first time (4-4).

At 5:15 of the third period Broadhurst completed the hat trick, putting UNO ahead, 5-4. With time winding down the Mavericks took a tripping penalty and the Buckeyes converted just eight seconds later. Dalpe got the puck to Bartkowski at the point and he passed to Severyn at the post. He was able to score before UNO goalie Jeremie Dupont could cover. The Buckeyes carried play through much of the third as UNO tried to protect its lead, outshooting the Mavericks, 11-4.

Each team had two shots on net in overtime, but could not convert. The Buckeyes went to a shootout for the second-consecutive games. After both teams did not score in the first two rounds, including a save from Buckeye goalie Cal Heeter on UNO’s first attempt, Dalpe and John Kemp traded goals in round three. The next round saw saves from each goalie before Bishop scored for OSU and Joey Martin answered for the Mavericks in the fifth round. Neither team scored in the sixth round. In the seventh Dupont made a save on Bartkowski before Rich Purslow tallied for the Mavericks to end the shootout.

The Buckeyes were 2-for-4 on the power play in the game, with UNO 3-for-5.

Ohio State outshot the Mavericks, 34-27. Heeter played all 65 minutes and had 22 saves. Dupont, in net for 65:00, had 29 stops. 

Postgame Notes
Dalpe had his second four-point game of the season and of his career with a personal-high four assists in the game. He has a team-high and career-high 15 goals and 31 points this season. He is on a four-game scoring streak (3-5-8) and has a point in seven of the last eight games (6g, 7a, 13p).

Somma, on a six-game scoring streak with four goals, five assists and nine points, had the fourth two-goal game of his career and the first since Nov. 21 at Ferris State. He is second on the team with 10 goals this year and is third with 22 points.

Boyd is on a six-game scoring streak with a 1-9-10 line during the stretch. He leads the squad with 20 assists and is second with 26 points.
Ohio State has a power-play goal in eight-consecutive games (14-45/.311).

Ohio State is 1-2 in shootouts this year, winning at Notre Dame and losing two-consecutive shootouts to Ferris State and Nebraska-Omaha. In overtime the squad is 1-1-3, with a win vs. Bemidji State and loss to Ferris State.

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2009-10
Ohio State vs Nebraska-Omaha (Feb 05, 2010 at Omaha, NE)

 Ohio State (11-13-3,9-9-3-1CCHA) vs. Nebraska-Omaha (13-12-6,9-11-3-2CCHA)
 Date: Feb 05, 2010  Location: Omaha, NE             Arena: Qwest Center Omaha 
 Attendance:13417   Start time:7:35      End time:10:15     Total time:2:40   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 OT Total
 Ohio State 3 1 1 0 5
 Nebraska-Omaha 2 2 1 0 5
   1st period – 1, OSU, Hunter Bishop/6 (Shane Sims/9, John Albert/17)
:34. 2, OSU, Sergio Somma/9 (Zac Dalpe/13, Peter Boyd/19) 1:56. 3,
UNO, Joey Martin/7 (Matt Ambroz/7, Eddie DelGrosso/16) 6:17. 4, OSU,
Sergio Somma/10 (Zac Dalpe/14, Peter Boyd/19) 6:34. 5, UNO, Matt
Ambroz/9 (Nick Fanto/9, Eddie DelGrosso/17) 11:22. Penalties – Corey
Toy, OSU (holding) 14:29.

   2nd period – 6, OSU, Kyle Reed/3 (Patrick Schafer/8, Zac Dalpe/15)
6:51 (pp). 7, UNO, Terry Broadhurst/6 (Matt Ambroz/11, Eric Olimb/10)
11:03 (pp). 8, UNO, Terry Broadhurst/7 (Eric Olimb/11, Joey Martin/12)
17:18 (pp). Penalties – John Kemp, UNO (cross-checking) 5:05; Matt
Bartkowski, OSU (roughing atw) 5:27; Mark Bernier, UNO (roughing atw)
5:27; John Albert, OSU (roughing atw) 5:27; Kyle Ensign, UNO (roughing
atw) 5:27; Jeff McNeil, OSU (tripping) 9:38; Shane Sims, OSU (roughing
atw) 10:52; Nick Fanto, UNO (roughing atw) 10:52; Mike Folkes, OSU
(grasping the facemask) 16:24; Eric Olimb, UNO (cth high-sticking)

   3rd period – 9, UNO, Terry Broadhurst/8 (Brandon Richardson/12,
Matt Ambroz) 5:15 (pp). 10, OSU, C.J. Severyn/7 (Matt Bartkowski/9,
Zac Dalpe/16) 18:26 (pp). Penalties – Corey Toy, OSU (checking from
behind) 3:54; Peter Boyd, OSU (hooking) 5:51; Matt Ambroz, UNO (delay
of game) 7:40; Mark Bernier, UNO (tripping) 18:18.

   OT period – Penalties –

   Shots on goal – OSU 8-13-11-2 34; UNO 13-8-4-2 27.

   Power plays – OSU 2 of 4; UNO 3 of 5.

   Penalties – OSU 8 (16 min); UNO 7 (14 min).

   Goalies – OSU, Cal Heeter (65:00 minutes, 27 shots-22 saves); UNO,
Jeremie Dupont (65:00, 34-29).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-13417  T-2:40   
 Three stars: 1. Terry Broadhurst    2. Eric Olimb    3. Zac Dalpe   
 Ref: Neil Stafford; Kevin Hall   Line: Nathan Stanton; Scott Fitzpatrick
 Ohio State-Cal Heeter (9-5-2).  Nebraska-Omaha-Jeremie Dupont (4-3-2). 
 UNO wins shootout, 3-2 in seven rounds          

Shootout Summary:
OSU – John Albert – MISSED (post)
UNO – Alex Hudson – MISSED (save)
OSU – Taylor Stefishen – MISSED (save)
UNO – Terry Broadhurst – MISSED (wide)
OSU – Zac Dalpe – MADE
UNO – John Kemp – MADE
OSU – Sergio Somma – MISSED (save)
UNO – Eddie DelGrosso – MISSED (save)
OSU – Hunter Bishop – MADE
UNO – Joey Martin – MADE
OSU – Peter Boyd – MISSED (save)
UNO – Matt Ambroz – MISSED (save)
OSU – Matt Bartkowski – MISSED (save)
UNO – Rich Purslow – MADE