Oct. 27, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team extended its unbeaten streak to four games with a 4-3 victory over Clarkson Sunday afternoon in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes held a 4-1 lead midway through the third period and held on for the one-goal win. Miguel Lafleche scored the gamewinner for the Buckeyes on the power play in the third stanza.
With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 3-1-1 overall (1-0-1 CCHA) and complete the two-game sweep of Clarkson. The Golden Knights fall to 0-2-0 (0-0-0 ECAC). The Buckeyes will face two ECAC teams next weekend, as they play host to Cornell at 7:05 p.m. Friday (Nov. 1) and Colgate at 2:05 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 3) in Value City Arena.
OSU jumped out to a two-goal lead on goals by Chris Olsgard and Dave Steckel in the first period. Olsgard deflected a Reed Whiting shot past Clarkson goalie Dustin Traylen at 6:55, with Lee Spector also assisting on the goal. Steckel’s goal, a tip-in from the side of the crease, was set up by Paul Caponigri and Scott May. OSU held an 11-7 advantage in shots in the stanza and held Clarkson scoreless on two power-play chances.
Clarkson drew within one, 2-1, with a goal by Rob McFeeters just 21 seconds into the second period. OSU freshman Dan Knapp regained the Buckeyes’ two-goal lead with a goal at 8:05, assisted by Ryan Kesler and Doug Andress. The goal extended Knapp’s scoring streak to four games. OSU outshot the Golden Knights in the period, 13-11.
In the third period, Lafleche scored, set up by Caponigri and May, at the 9:01 mark with the Buckeyes on the power play. Clarkson scored the last two goals of the game for the final 4-3 score. Trevor Edwards tallied at 11:40 and Chris Blight ended the scoring with a power-play score at 17:23. In the period, the Buckeyes held Clarkson scoreless on a five-minute power play (including eight seconds of a 5×3 power play) after Eric Skaug was assessed a major for spearing at 12:16. The Golden Knights pulled Traylen for the extra attacker at the end of the period, but were unable to capitalize. The Golden Knights outshot OSU, 7-3.
OSU goalie Mike Betz posted 22 saves in the game. Traylen, who played 59:12, posted 23 stops.
The Buckeyes held Clarkson scoreless of 5-of-6 power play chances and were 1-for-3 with the man advantage.
Ohio State head coach John Markell
On the Penalties
“It was a scrappy game. Undiscerning penalties cost us. They cost us momentum and almost the game. We can turn this into a lesson. We had the opportunity to finish them and we did not. We have to turn a negative into a positive. We have to learn from it.”
“We should not have given them the chance to call the penalty.”
On the team’s penalty killing
“We have done a good job all year. We killed the five-minute penalty and scored a power play goal. We have four sets of penalty kill lines and it paid off today.”
On junior Dave Steckel
“He has been playing well all season and his line has been playing well.”
On the two-game series
“It was a good weekend. We can take a lot from it.”
Hockey Game Box Score (Final) Ohio State Hockey 2002-03 Clarkson vs Ohio State (Oct 27, 2002 at Columbus, Ohio)
Clarkson (0-2-0, 0-0-0 ECAC) vs. Ohio State (3-1-1, 1-0-1 CCHA) Date: Oct 27, 2002 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: Value City Arena Attendance:4927 Start time:3:05 pm End time:5:20 pm Total time:2:15
Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total Clarkson 0 1 2 3 Ohio State 2 1 1 4
1st period – 1, OSU, Chris Olsgard/1 (Reed Whiting/1, Lee Spector/1) 6:55. 2, OSU, Dave Steckel/3 (Paul Caponigri/3, Scott May/3) 11:48. Penalties – Reed Whiting, OSU (boarding) 13:56; Pete Broccoli, OSU (elbowing) 16:06.
2nd period – 3, CLARKSON, Rob McFeeters/1 (Jay Latulippe/1) :21. 4, OSU, Dan Knapp/4 (Ryan Kesler/4, Doug Andress/3) 8:05. Penalties – JB Bittner, OSU (roughing) 4:55; Chris Brekelmans, CLARKSON (roughing) 10:35; Matt Syroczynski, CLARKSON (charging the goaltender) 17:08.
3rd period – 5, OSU, Miguel Lafleche/2 (Paul Caponigri/4, Scott May/4) 9:01 (pp). 6, CLARKSON, Trevor Edwards/1 (Zach Schwan/2) 11:40. 7, CLARKSON, Chris Blight/1 (Mike Nagai, Jeff Genovy) 17:23 (pp). Penalties – TEAM, OSU (too many on ice) 4:36; Chris Bahen, CLARKSON (tripping) 8:35; Eric Skaug, OSU (spearing) 12:16; Eric Skaug, OSU (disqalification) 12:16; Pete Broccoli, OSU (cross-checking) 17:08; JB Bittner, OSU (roughing after the whistle) 19:35; Chris Blight, CLARKSON (roughing after the whistle) 19:35.
Shots on goal – CLARKSON 7-11-7 25; OSU 11-13-3 27.
Power plays – CLARKSON 1 of 6; OSU 1 of 3.
Penalties – CLARKSON 4 (8 min); OSU 8 (27 min).
Goalies – CLARKSON, Dustin Traylen 0-1-0 (59:12 minutes, 27 shots-23 saves) , EMPTY NET (00:48, 0-0); OSU, Mike Betz 3-1-1 (60:00, 25-22).
A-4927 T-2:15 Three stars: 1. Miguel Lafleche 2. Dave Steckel 3. Dan Knapp Referee:John Murphy Assistant Referee:Tony Molina; Jesse Berkebile Win-Mike Betz (3-1-1). Loss-Dustin Traylen (0-1-0).