KALAMAZOO, Mich. Three Buckeyes scored goals, another five added assists and goalie Joseph Palmer made 16 saves as the Ohio State men’s hockey team shut out Western Michigan, 3-0, Saturday night in Lawson Arena. The win gives the Buckeyes a split of the two-game series.

Two Buckeye freshmen combined for the first goal of the game at 2:46, marking the first career point for each. Defenseman Corey Toy gloved the puck down at the Western Michigan blueline on a Bronco clearing attempt. His shot was saved, but forward Brad Gorham got to the rebound and put it home for his first career goal. The Buckeyes controlled play through much of the period, outshooting the Broncos 10-2 at one point and 13-6 for the period. Ohio State had the only power-play chance in the period.

Ohio State carried the 1-0 lead through the second period. The Buckeyes outshot the Broncos, 10-3, but were unable to add to their advantage. Freshman Peter Boyd came close to putting OSU up by two, but his shot just 1:30 in hit the post. Each team was 0-for-2 on the power play in the period. The Buckeyes held the Broncos scoreless on a 51-second 5-on-3 advantage.

Sophomore Mathieu Picard put Ohio State up 2-0 just 1:03 into the third. Senior Kyle Hood got the puck down low to classmate Matt McIlvane, who passed to Picard in front for his second goal of the season. Kyle Reed made the score 3-0 at 14:22. Peter Boyd led Reed through the neutral zone into a partial breakaway. Reed was dragged down while shooting for a delayed penalty and the puck pounced off the goalie’s stick and into the net. Junior Corey Elkins picked up the second assist on the goal. Palmer stopped all seven Bronco shots in the period. Ohio State put six shots on net in the period. Ohio State did not score on its one power-play chance and held WMU scoreless on two opportunities, including an advantage to close out the game.

Ohio State outshot the Broncos, 29-16. Palmer made 16 saves in all 60 minutes for the Buckeyes. The Broncos’ Gill had 26 stops in 60 minutes

Each team was 0-for-4 on the power play in the game.

Game Notes
The Buckeyes will remain on the road as they travel to Michigan for two games in Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich., next weekend. The teams will meet at 7:35 p.m. Friday in a game televised by FSN Detroit. Saturday, the teams will meet at 7:35 p.m. with Comcast Local televising the contest.

Gorham scored on his first career shot. He is the sixth Buckeye freshman to score a goal this year.

The shutout was the second of Palmer’s career and his first since blanking Lake Superior State, 1-0, Oct. 13, 2006. It also was OSU’s first shutout since that game.

With an assist, Hood extended his scoring streak to four.

Elkins’ assist was his first of the season.

Postgame Quotes

Ohio State Head Coach John Markell
“They came through and they did the little things that we had to do to get it done. Any less than that, you’re not going to get it done.”
Ohio State Goalie Joseph Palmer on the shutout
“Our defense were great. They got pucks deep, got pucks out, we blocked a ton of shots. The guys in front of me definitely played great.”
Ohio State Freshman Brad Gorham on his first career goal
“It felt good. It felt really good just to get the monkey off my back and not worry about it anymore.”

                         Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
                        Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2007-08
       Ohio State vs Western Michigan (Nov 24, 2007 at Kalamazoo, Mich.)

 Ohio State (3-10-1, 1-7-0 CCHA) vs. Western Michigan (4-8-0, 2-6-0 CCHA)
 Date: Nov 24, 2007  Location: Kalamazoo, Mich.      Arena: Lawson Ice Arena   
 Attendance:1985   Start time:7:35 pm   End time:9:40      Total time:2:05   

 Goals by Period       1  2  3  Tot
 Ohio State……….  1  0  2 –  3
 Western Michigan….  0  0  0 –  0
   1st period – 1, OSU, Brad Gorham/1 (Corey Toy/1) 2:46. Penalties –
Matt Clackson, WMU (unsportsmanlike conduct) 3:10; Mathieu Picard, OSU
(unsportsmanlike conduct) 3:10; Matt Clackson, WMU (tripping) 5:37.

   2nd period – Penalties – John Dingle, OSU (cth high-sticking) 9:34;
Mathieu Picard, OSU (high-sticking) 10:44; Chris Clackson, WMU
(cross-checking) 13:10; Patrick Galivan, WMU (hooking) 15:56.

   3rd period – 2, OSU, Mathieu Picard/2 (Matt McIlvane/5, Kyle
Hood/5) 1:03. 3, OSU, Kyle Reed/2 (Peter Boyd/3, Corey Elkins/1) 14:22
(delayed penalty). Penalties – Brad Gorham, OSU (holding) 2:32; Tyler
Ludwig, WMU (holding) 6:47; Kyle Hood, OSU (tripping) 18:36.

   Shots on goal – OSU 13-10-6 29; WMU 6-3-7 16.

   Power plays – OSU 0 of 4; WMU 0 of 4.

   Penalties – OSU 5 (10 min); WMU 5 (10 min).

   Goalies – OSU, Joseph Palmer 3-9-1 (60:00 minutes, 16 shots-16
saves); WMU, Riley Gill 4-6-0 (60:00, 29-26).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-1985  T-2:05   
 Three stars: 1. Joseph Palmer    2. Brad Gorham    3. Riley Gill   
 Referee:Kevin Hall  AR:Chris Davis; Neil Stafford
 Win-Joseph Palmer (3-9-1).  Loss-Riley Gill (4-6-0).