Feb. 10, 2007

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team wrapped up two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association sweep of Northern Michigan with a 4-1 win Saturday at Value City Arena.

With the win, the Buckeyes moved into a tie for fifth-place in the CCHA with Nebraska-Omaha. Ohio State travels to Omaha next weekend (Feb. 16-17) for a two-game CCHA series. The Buckeyes improved to 12-13-5 on the year (10-10-4 CCHA), while the Wildcats fell to 12-20-2 overall (9-16-1 CCHA).

The Buckeyes tallied the only goal of the first period, as Andrew Schembri (Sr., Mississauga, Ontario) scored a power-play goal at 16:24, assisted by Corey Elkins (So., West Bloomfield, Mich.). The Buckeyes controlled play the majority of the period, outshooting the Wildcats, 9-2.

Ohio State pushed its lead to 2-0 just 24 seconds into the second period when Tommy Goebel (Jr., Parma, Ohio) backhanded in the rebound of a Sean Collins (Sr., Troy, Mich.) shot that came off the backboards. The goal extended Goebel’s team-best point streak to 12 games. Tom Fritsche (Jr., Parma, Ohio) picked up the second assist on the goal. Each team had 11 shots on net in the period.

In the third, Ohio State went ahead 3-0 at 2:39. On a wrap-around, the puck took a funny bounce to Schembri behind the net, who passed to Sam Campbell (Jr., Hamilton, Ontario) in the slot. Campbell beat NMU goalie Bill Zaniboni high for this second goal of the season. Zach Tarkir put the Wildcats on the board at 5:01 with a power-play goal from the right point. The Buckeyes added an empty-net, power-play goal at 19:33 of the third, with John Dingle (Jr., Shaker Heights, Ohio) scoring the goal on a dump-in and Tyson Strachan (Sr., Melfort, Saskatchewan) garnering the assist. Buckeye freshman goaltender Joseph Palmer (Yorkville, N.Y.) was outstanding in the period, making 17 saves to preserve the Buckeye lead. Palmer made 30 saves on the night and improved to 12-11-4 on the year. Zaniboni also had 30 saves for Northern. Ohio State ended the game with 34 shots, while the Wildcats had 31.

The Buckeyes were 2-for-7 on the power play in the game, while Northern was 1-of-4.

Game Notes
Buckeye forward Tommy Goebel tallied a goal on the night to run his point streak to a Buckeye season-high 12 games (5g, 9a). One of the assists on Goebel’s goal was by OSU defenseman Sean Collins, giving Goebel (11g, 14a) and Collins (8g, 17a) a team-high 25 points on the year. Goebel’s goal also moved him into the team lead with 11, one more than senior forward Mathieu Beaudoin.

OSU forward Andrew Schembri had his sixth multiple-point game of the season with a goal and assist. He has 18 points on the year (7g, 11a).

Buckeyes seniors Sean Collins and Matt Waddell each played in their 150th career game Saturday.

With the win, Ohio State now has won 10-consecutive games against Northern Michigan in Columbus. The Buckeyes are 6-0 in Value City Arena vs. the Wildcats.

The Buckeyes are on a five-game (4-0-1) unbeaten streak in VCA and are undefeated in their last seven games in Columbus (6-0-1). The sweep of the Wildcats was the Buckeyes second home sweep this season.

Post Game Quotes
Ohio State head coach John Markell
On the game
“I thought Northern Michigan came here a much better team than we played up there (in November). In the third period I thought (Joseph) Palmer made some tremendous plays and we survived. It was tough hockey but we took care of our opportunities and took two more points tonight.”

Ohio State senior defenseman Sean Collins
On Ohio State as a team
“We have a veteran team. We have our ups and downs, but it comes downs to systems and being on the same page.”

On Ohio State’s urgency this weekend
“We have a really big board in the locker room with the CCHA standings on it. There are 4-5 teams right in the mix. We knew how big this weekend was. We are fighting for home ice every night.”

Ohio State senior forward Kenny Bernard
On the play of freshman goaltender Joseph Palmer
“He is playing outstanding and his confidence is contagious to the team.”

Northern Michigan head coach Walt Kyle
On the game
“We played hard tonight and had a ton of good chances. We competed hard and did a much better job on our power play. A building doesn’t beat you, a team does.”

On Ohio State
“They are a way different team with (Tom) Fritsche. He is one of the best in college hockey because he brings 185 pounds of heart.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) The Automated ScoreBook Northern Michigan vs Ohio State (Feb 10, 2007 at Columbus, Ohio)

Northern Michigan (12-20-2; 9-16-1) vs. Ohio State (12-13-5; 10-10-4) Date: Feb 10, 2007 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: Value City Arena Attendance:6548 Start time:8:05 End time:10:20 Total time:2:15

Goals by Period 1 2 3 Tot ———————————- Northern Michigan… 0 0 1 – 1 Ohio State………. 1 1 2 – 4

1st period – 1, OSU, Andrew Schembri/7 (Corey Elkins/3) 16:24 (pp). Penalties – Sean Collins, OSU (cross-checking) 2:43; Derek May, NMU (interference) 11:09; Bobby Selden, NMU (interference) 13:24; Tommy Goebel, OSU (o-hooking) 14:17; Zach Tarkir, NMU (o-holding) 14:46; Tim Hartung, NMU (interference) 18:34; Mathieu Beaudoin, OSU (slashing) 20:00.

2nd period – 2, OSU, Tommy Goebel/11 (Sean Collins/17, Tom Fritsche/4) :24. Penalties – Matt Siddall, NMU (contact to the head) 9:39; Tyson Strachan, OSU (roughing) 19:46; Matt Siddall, NMU (roughing) 19:46; Matt Siddall, NMU (roughing) 19:46.

3rd period – 3, OSU, Sam Campbell/2 (Andrew Schembri/11) 2:39. 4, NMU, Zach Tarkir/6 (Rob Lehtinen/8, Mike Santorelli/16) 5:01 (pp). 5, OSU, John Dingle/5 (Tyson Strachan/8) 19:33 (empty net) (pp). Penalties – Jason DeSantis, OSU (tripping) 3:48; Tommy Goebel, OSU (roughing) 13:36; Zach Tarkir, NMU (roughing) 13:36; Dave Barton, OSU (tripping) 16:15; Mike Santorelli, NMU (slashing) 17:57; Jason DeSantis, OSU (roughing) 18:46; Darin Olver, NMU (roughing) 18:46.

Shots on goal – NMU 2-11-18 31; OSU 9-11-14 34.

Power plays – NMU 1 of 4; OSU 2 of 7.

Penalties – NMU 10 (20 min); OSU 8 (16 min).

Goalies – NMU, Bill Zaniboni 11-18-2 (57:53 minutes, 33 shots-30 saves) , EMPTY NET (02:07, 0-0); OSU, Joseph Palmer 12-11-4 (59:52, 31-30) , EMPTY NET (00:08, 0-0).

Penalty shots – None.

A-6548 T-2:15 Three stars: 1. Andrew Schembri 2. Joseph Palmer 3. Bill Zaniboni Referee:Matt Shegos Assistant Referee:Bruce Vida; Tony Molina Win-Joseph Palmer (12-11-4). Loss-Bill Zaniboni (11-18-2). ID-455342 Timeout Northern Michigan with 19:36 in second