Oct. 29, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Defending national champion Maine tallied two goals in a two-minute span in the third period, rallying to defeat Ohio State 3-2 before 7,707 at Value City Arena.%^$

%^$The Black Bears (4-0-0), ranked second in the USCHO poll and third in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll, entered the third period in a 1-1 tie with the Buckeyes, but OSU (2-5-0) grabbed the lead on a power play goal from Nick Ganga with 9:20 remaining.%^$

%^$Maine quickly answered to tie the game on an unassisted goal by Martin Kariya at the 7:24 mark, and the Black Bears tallied the eventual game-winning goal at the 5:21 mark on a goal from Cory Larose. Maine goaltender Matt Yeats survived a flurry of shots over the final few minutes to preserve the victory for the Black Bears.%^$

%^$Maine did not put its first shot on goal until the 13:56 mark of the first period, yet jumped out to a first period lead on a goal by Doug Janik.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes tied the score in the second. Jason Selleke passed the puck from the corner to the top of the OSU zone to Jason Crain who put a shot on goal. A perfectly positioned Eric Meloche tipped the puck past Yeats at the 8:55 mark, breaking an Ohio State scoring drought that lasted 160 minutes and 35 seconds and spanned four games. It marked Meloche’s fourth goal of the year.%^$

%^$Ohio State goaltender Ray Aho had a fine game for the Buckeyes, stopping 29 of the 32 shots he faced.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes and Black Bears square off again Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Value City Arena.%^$