KALAMAZOO, Mich. The Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to Western Michigan, 4-2, Friday in Lawson Arena. The Buckeyes (2-10-1, 0-7-0 CCHA) and Broncos (4-7-0, 2-5-0 CCHA) will close out the two-game Central Collegiate hockey Association series at 7:35 p.m. Saturday in Lawson Arena.

Western Michigan opened the scoring 15:14 into the first period when Mike Lesperance scored from outside the crease off an assist from Jeff LoVecchio. The Buckeyes had two power-play chances in the period and stopped the Broncos on three opportunities. Ohio State put seven shots on net in the period and the Broncos had nine shots.

There was no scoring in the second period until the teams each tallied in the final 4:42. WMU went ahead 2-0 when Patrick Galivan scored from a scramble at 16:18. The Buckeyes cut the lead to one (2-1) when Tommy Goebel tallied on the power play with just 7.2 seconds remaining. Kyle Hood took a pass from Jason DeSantis and carried the puck toward the crease. WMU goalie Riley Gill was able to make the first save, but Goebel’s effort got the puck over the line for his team-best fifth goal of the season. The referee used video review following the goal to confirm the puck crossed the line, and the call stood. Ohio State had seven shots in the period and Western Michigan put five shots on net. The Buckeyes were 1-for-4 with the man advantage and WMU did not convert its one chance.

The Buckeyes tied the game 2:43 into the third period on John Albert’s first career goal. WMU goalie Gill went down to stop a DeSantis shot and Albert got to the rebound and put it into the basically empty net, with Goebel picking up the second assist. The Broncos went back ahead at 13:54. After the Buckeyes just missed the go-ahead goal, the Broncos’ Galivan led LoVecchio on a breakaway for the eventual gamewinner. Ohio State pulled goalie Joseph Palmer for the extra attacker with 1:10 left but the Broncos sealed the win on LoVecchio’s empty-netter with 18 seconds remaining. Ohio State outshot WMU in the period, 10-9, and each team was 0-for-1 on the power play.

Ohio State put 24 shots on net in the game, Western Michigan 23. Palmer made 19 saves in 59:08 for the Buckeyes. The Broncos’ Gill had 22 stops in all 60 minutes.

The Buckeyes were 1-for-7 on the power play in the game and stopped the Broncos on all five chances.

Game Notes
Senior defenseman Johann Kroll did not play vs. the Broncos because of injury, ending his consecutive games played streak at 130. He had not missed a game in his career prior to Friday.

With a goal and an assist, Goebel had his second two-point night in the last three games. He now has a team-best five goals and 10 points on the year. He is on a three-game scoring streak.

Albert’s goal was his first as a Buckeye. He is one of five OSU freshmen to record a goal this season.

DeSantis had his first two-assist game since Nov. 9, 2006 vs. Western Michigan. It was the fourth game with two helpers in his career. He has two-point outings in two of his last three games.

Hood is on a three-game scoring streak. His assist was the 50th point of his Buckeye career.

                         Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
                        Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2007-08
       Ohio State vs Western Michigan (Nov 23, 2007 at Kalamazoo, Mich.)

 Ohio State (2-10-1, 0-7-0 CCHA) vs. Western Michigan (4-7-0, 2-5-0)
 Date: Nov 23, 2007  Location: Kalamazoo, Mich.      Arena: Lawson Arena       
 Attendance:2303   Start time:7:35 pm   End time:9:45 pm   Total time:2:10   

 Goals by Period       1  2  3  Tot
 Ohio State……….  0  1  1 –  2
 Western Michigan….  1  1  2 –  4
   1st period – 1, WMU, Mike Lesperance/2 (Jeff LoVecchio/4, Nathan
Ansell/1) 15:14. Penalties – Chris Frank, WMU (interference) 1:04;
Corey Elkins, OSU (holding) 4:26; Peter Boyd, OSU (cth high-sticking)
7:15; Jeff LoVecchio, WMU (cth roughing) 10:33; Patrick Schafer, OSU
(hooking) 16:53.

   2nd period – 2, WMU, Patrick Galivan/2 (Jeff LoVecchio/5, Max
Campbell/6) 16:18. 3, OSU, Tommy Goebel/5 (Kyle Hood/4, Jason
DeSantis/4) 19:52 (pp). Penalties – Jeff Pierce, WMU (hooking) 4:38;
Kyle Hood, OSU (tripping) 5:01; Mike Lesperance, WMU (face-off
interference) 5:05; TEAM, WMU (too many on ice) 7:38; TEAM, OSU (too
many on ice) 12:27; Steve Silver, WMU (tripping) 18:48.

   3rd period – 4, OSU, John Albert/1 (Jason DeSantis/5, Tommy
Goebel/5) 2:43. 5, WMU, Jeff LoVecchio/4 (Patrick Galivan/12) 15:54.
6, WMU, Jeff LoVecchio/5 (Matt Clackson/2) 19:42 (empty net).
Penalties – Steve Silver, WMU (hooking) 7:08; Corey Toy, OSU (hooking)

   Shots on goal – OSU 7-7-10 24; WMU 9-5-9 23.

   Power plays – OSU 1 of 7; WMU 0 of 5.

   Penalties – OSU 6 (12 min); WMU 7 (14 min).

   Goalies – OSU, Joseph Palmer 2-9-1 (59:08 minutes, 22 shots-19
saves) , EMPTY NET (00:52, 0-0); WMU, Riley Gill 4-5-0 (60:00, 24-22).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-2303  T-2:10   
 Three stars: 1. Jeff LoVecchio    2. Patrick Galivan    3. Riley Gill   
 Referee:Kevin Hall  AR:Chris Davis; Neil Stafford
 Win-Riley Gill (4-5-0).  Loss-Joseph Palmer (2-9-1).