COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s hockey team was defeated by Nebraska-Omaha, 5-2, Thursday in the opener of a Central Collegiate Hockey Association series in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes (2-7, 0-5 CCHA) and Mavericks (2-4, 1-4 CCHA) will close out the series at 7:05 p.m. Friday in VCA.

There was no scoring in the first period. The Buckeyes were unsuccessful on two power-play chances and stopped the Mavericks on their one chance. Buckeye sophomore goalie Joseph Palmer stopped all 10 UNO shots, while the Mavericks’ Jerad Kaufmann made nine saves.

The teams combined for six goals in the second period, with Nebraska-Omaha taking a 4-2 lead into intermission. Alain Goulet opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 1:12. Ohio State responded quickly, as sophomore Mathieu Picard knocked the rebound of a freshman Patrick Schafer shot out of midair and into the net at 2:58. Senior Tom Fritsche picked up the second assist on the goal. UNO then scored three-consecutive goals to take a 4-1 lead. Jeric Agosta scored shorthanded at 4:53, followed by JJ Koehler’s tally 1:18 later. Brandon Scero tacked on a power-play goal at 8:39. Following the goal, Palmer was replaced by freshman Dustin Carlson in the Buckeye net, marking Carlson’s first collegiate appearance. Fritsche scored a shorthanded goal at 12:25, taking a lead pass from senior Matt McIlvane and deking Kaufmann for his second goal of the season. Freshman Erick Belanger also assisted on the goal. The Mavericks outshot the Buckeyes, 13-11, in the period. UNO converted 2-of-4 power-play chances and Ohio State was 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

The only goal of the third period came at 16:26, when Scero scored unassisted on the power play. The Mavericks had seven shots in the period and Ohio State had three.

Ohio State was outshot in the game, 30-23. Palmer played the first 28:39 for Ohio State, making 14 saves and allowing four goals. Carlson played the final 31:21, posting 11 saves and allowing one tally. Kaufmann made 21 saves in 59:53 for the Mavericks.

UNO converted 3-of-8 power-play chances in the game and held Ohio State scoreless on seven opportunities.

Postgame Notes
Carlson made the first appearance of his collegiate career. He is the 13th Buckeye freshman to see game action this season.

Both of Fritsche’s goals this season have come shorthanded. He has three SHG in his career. He has a current team-best 94 career points (29g, 65a). It was his first two-point game of the season and his first multiple-point game since posting two assists vs. Michigan Feb. 23. He has a team-best four assists and six points on the year.

Belanger’s assist was the first point of his Buckeye.

Ohio State has lost its last seven games overall.

Postgame Quotes
John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On his team’s performance
“There aren’t too many positives to take from tonight. Everyone played poorly from the goaltender on out. Consistency is what wins games in this league. We had a few good shifts but we just couldn’t sustain them.”
On game two of the series
“We have to get two points tomorrow night. It’s as simple as that. We need to get shots on net. That’s how you score goals. We can’t have all our shots get blocked.”
Tom Fritsche, senior forward
On Ohio State’s poor start to the season
“We knew our schedule was tough. Minnesota and Miami are always difficult but we know we can play well. We played well against Wisconsin and it’s frustrating because we know we can do a lot better.”
On Ohio State being a young team
“I don’t want to use youth as an excuse. The older guys want to win really bad and the young guys are doing the best they can. Tonight we played bad, it’s as simple as that.”
On how Ohio State can improve
“We’re frustrated and really disappointed. We all need to go home and look in the mirror and decide if we want to work hard. If you don’t work hard you are going to get beat in this league no matter who you are playing.”
Mike Kemp, Nebraska-Omaha head coach
On Nebraska-Omaha’s performance
“Honestly, I think it was about the way we have played all season. While we haven’t had success in the win-loss area, we have had a steady defense from a young team. It was nice to have a night of scoring like tonight.”
On the second period
“Going into the second period we went in knowing both teams played a solid period. We want to continue doing what we were in the first. We got our chance on the power play and got a few more breaks and took advantage of them.”
Brandon Scero, senior forward
On the team’s performance
“We are playing really well right now. We get chances and we bury them. The players are stepping up and it feels great to play well. When we got our shorthanded goal, it really gave us a spark and it just went from there.”
On his goals
“They were all just a little bit of luck. In one of the goals, I stepped up and made a poke to make the play. As a team, we are burying the opportunity to score. It feels really good to get on the board.”
Dan Swanson, sophomore forward
On the goals he was involved in
“On the first one, I knew Jeric (Agosta) was flying and I was there to fly up the ice with him. I just had to find his stick and he made a nice move on the goalie. With the second goal, there was a scrum on the boards and JJ (Koehler) did a great job getting out of the scrum. He made the play and it was a great shot.”

                         Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
                        Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2007-08
         Nebraska-Omaha vs Ohio State (Nov 08, 2007 at Columbus, Ohio)

 Nebraska-Omaha (2-4-0, 1-4-0 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (2-7-0, 0-5-0 CCHA)
 Date: Nov 08, 2007  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Arena: Value City Arena   
 Attendance:1667   Start time:7:05 pm   End time:9:10 pm   Total time:2:05   

 Goals by Period       1  2  3  Tot
 Nebraska-Omaha……  0  4  1 –  5
 Ohio State……….  0  2  0 –  2
   1st period – Penalties – Bryan Marshall, UNO (tripping) 3:43; Kyle
Hood, OSU (boarding) 5:22; Bryan Marshall, UNO (interference) 11:00.

   2nd period – 1, UNO, Alain Goulet/2 (Brandon Scero/3, Bryan
Marshall/7) 1:12 (pp). 2, OSU, Mathieu Picard/1 (Patrick Schafer/1,
Tom Fritsche/4) 2:58. 3, UNO, Jeric Agosta/1 (Dan Swanson/2) 4:53
(sh). 4, UNO, JJ Koehler/1 (Dan Swanson/3, Pasko Skarica/2) 6:11. 5,
UNO, Brandon Scero/1 (Bryan Marshall/8, Alain Goulet/2) 8:39 (pp). 6,
OSU, Tom Fritsche/2 (Matt McIlvane/3, Erick Belanger/1) 12:25 (sh).
Penalties – John Dingle, OSU (hitting from behind) :23; Dan
Charleston, UNO (hooking) 4:03; Johann Kroll, OSU (boarding) 8:08;
Bill Bagron, UNO (hooking) 9:45; Kyle Hood, OSU (hooking) 11:01; Corey
Toy, OSU (hitting from behind) 14:33; Mark Bernier, UNO (interference)
17:10; John Dingle, OSU (cth roughing) 20:00.

   3rd period – 7, UNO, Brandon Scero/3 16:26 (pp). Penalties – Johann
Kroll, OSU (interference) 6:39; Matt Ambroz, UNO (interference) 12:55;
Chris Reed, OSU (unsportsmanlike – diving) 15:36; Tomas Klempa, UNO
(hooking) 18:47.

   Shots on goal – UNO 10-13-7 30; OSU 9-11-3 23.

   Power plays – UNO 3 of 8; OSU 0 of 7.

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

   Goalies – UNO, Jerad Kaufmann 2-2-0 (59:53 minutes, 23 shots-21
saves) , EMPTY NET (00:07, 0-0); OSU, Joseph Palmer 2-7-0 (28:39,
18-14) , Dustin Carlson (31:21, 12-11).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-1667  T-2:05   
 Three stars: 1. Brandon Scero    2. Tom Fritsche    3. Alain Goulet   
 Referee:Stephen McInchak  AR:Kevin Langseth; Mike Klinger
 Win-Jerad Kaufmann (2-2-0).  Loss-Joseph Palmer (2-7-0).