Oct. 19, 2002
FAIRBANKS, Alaska – The Ohio State men’s hockey team scored six consecutive goals, including two each by Daymen Bencharski and freshman Dan Knapp, to beat Alaska Fairbanks, 6-3, in the CCHA opener for both schools. Bencharski (2 goals, 1 assist) and freshman Ryan Kesler, who had three assists, led the team with three points each in the game.
The win evens the Buckeyes record at 1-1-0 overall (1-0-0 CCHA). UAF drops to 1-2-0, 0-1-0 CCHA. The teams will complete the two-game series at 11:05 p.m. EDT Saturday at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks.
The only goal of the first period was scored by the Nanooks, as Blaine Bablitz scored on the power play 2:09 into the game. UAF outshot the Buckeys, 12-9.
UAF went up by two with a goal at 9:12 of the second period by Ryan Lang. The Buckeyes got on the board just 34 seconds later with a power-play goal by Daymen Bencharski, his first of the year, at 9:46. Scott May passed the puck to Paul Caponigri in the Buckeye zone and Caponigri carried the puck the length of the ice, passing to Bencharski just outside of the crease. OSU outshot the Nanooks in the period, 15-8.
It was all Buckeyes in the third, as they took the lead and put the game away with five consecutive goals in the stanza. Miguel Lafleche opened the scoring with a goal just 2:07 into the period, assisted by Doug Andress and Kesler. At the 5:29 mark, Dave Steckel scored, as Eric Skaug led May through the neutral zone, who then passed the puck to Steckel for the breakaway. The assist marked the 50th point of May’s Buckeye career. Knapp scored his first collegiate goal at 8:43, with helpers from Bencharski and Kesler. Bencharski scored his second power-play tally of the contest at 11:28, set up by R.J. Umberger. Knapp closed out the OSU scoring as he deflected an Andress slapshot past UAF goalie Preston McKay. Kelser also assisted on the goal. The Nanooks closed out the game with a goal by Jared Sylvester with 38 seconds remaining.
In net, OSU goalie Mike Betz had 27 saves on 30 UAF shots. The Buckeyes put 36 shots on McKay, who stopped 30.
The Buckeyes stopped 7-of-8 Nanook power play chances and were successful on two of their seven opportunities.
Hockey Game Box Score (Final) Ohio State Hockey 2002-03 Ohio State vs Alaska Fairbanks (Oct 18, 2002 at Fairbanks, Alaska)
Ohio State (1-1-0, 1-0-0 CCHA) vs. Alaska Fairbanks (1-2-0, 0-1-0 CCHA) Date: Oct 18, 2002 Location: Fairbanks, Alaska Arena: Carlson Center Attendance:4261 Start time:7:05 End time: Total time:
Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total Ohio State 0 1 5 6 Alaska Fairbanks 1 1 1 3
1st period – 1, UAF, Blaine Bablitz (A)/1 (Ryan Campell/2) 2:05 (pp). Penalties – Dave Steckel, OSU (hooking) 1:42; Paul Caponigri, OSU (hooking) 4:14; Lee Spector, OSU (kneeing) 10:05; Jordan Hendry, UAF (high sticking) 10:10; Dave Steckel, OSU (interference) 19:27.
2nd period – 2, UAF, Ryan Lang/1 (Tom Herman/1) 9:12. 3, OSU, Daymen Bencharski/1 (Scott May/1, Paul Caponigri/1) 9:46 (pp). Penalties – Pete Broccoli, OSU (obstruction) 4:20; Ryan Lang, UAF (elbowing) 6:17; Aaron Voros, UAF (high sticking) 11:58; Alex Staudt, UAF (holding the stick) 18:33; Ryan Lang, UAF (elbowing) 9:12; Ryan Campell, UAF (obstruction) 20:00.
3rd period – 4, OSU, Miguel Lafleche/1 (Doug Andress/1, Ryan Kesler/1) 2:07. 5, OSU, Dave Steckel/1 (Scott May/1, Eric Skaug/1) 5:29. 6, OSU, Dan Knapp/1 (Daymen Bencharski/1, Ryan Kesler/2) 8:43. 7, OSU, Daymen Bencharski/1 (R.J. Umberger/1) 11:28 (pp). 8, OSU, Dan Knapp/2 (Doug Andress/2, Ryan Kesler/3) 16:44. 9, UAF, Jared Sylvestre/2 (Russell Spence/3) 19:22. Penalties – Daymen Bencharski, OSU (checking from behind) 6:23; Nate Guenin, OSU (roughing) 6:23; Paul Austin, UAF (roughing) 6:23; Nate Guenin, OSU (high sticking) 6:43; Aaron Voros, UAF (high sticking) 11:03; Scott Titus, OSU (hk) 12:51.
Shots on goal – OSU 9-15-12 36; UAF 12-8-10 30.
Power plays – OSU 2 of 7; UAF 1 of 8.
Penalties – OSU 9 (18 min); UAF 8 (16 min).
Goalies – OSU, Mike Betz 1-1-0 (60:00 minutes, 30 shots-27 saves); UAF, Preston McKay 1-1-0 (60:00, 36-30).
A-4261 T- Three stars: 1. Daymen Bencharski 2. Dan Knapp 3. Blaine Bablitz (A) Referee:Steve McInchak Assistant Referee: Win-Mike Betz (1-1-0). Loss-Preston McKay (1-1-0).