Nov. 9, 2006

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team fell by a score of 8-5 to Western Michigan in a CCHA game at Value City Arena Thursday. Four Buckeyes tallied multiple points, led by senior forward Andrew Schembri with three, but the Broncos scored three goals in the second and third periods to pull away with the win. Ohio State moves to 2-4-1 in the CCHA and 2-6-1 overall, while WMU is 3-4-0 in league games and 4-4-0 overall.

Ohio State took a 3-2 lead into the first intermission with two of its goals coming on the power play. Schembri (Mississauga, Ontario) opened the scoring for the Buckeyes at 7:32 with a 5-on-3 goal. Sean Collins (Sr., Troy, Mich.) and Corey Elkins (So., West Bloomfield, Mich.) each fired a shot on goal. Schembri picked up the second rebound and flicked it in.

Western evened the game at 1-all on a goal by Brian Bicek, his first of two in the game, at 9:53. OSU responded just under a minute later on another power play goal, this time by Elkins, to retake the lead a 2-1. Senior Kenny Bernard (Sarnia, Ontario) upped the lead to 3-1 with his first of two shorthanded goals at 17:14. Bernard scored on a breakaway with assists from Mathieu Beaudoin (Sr., Sherbrooke, Quebec) and Domenic Maiani (Jr., Shelby Township, Mich.). Paul Szczechura scored a 5-on-3 goal at 18:10 to cut the lead to 3-2 heading into the intermission. The Buckeyes outshot WMU 11-6 in the opening period.

Schembri scored just 32 seconds into the second period to increase the OSU lead to two goals once again with assists by Collins and fellow blueliner Jason DeSantis (Jr., Oxford, Mich.). Western Michigan scored three goals in the remaining minutes of the period, taking the lead for the first time in the game at 17:59 on a power play goal by Chris Clarkson.

The Broncos took their 5-4 lead into the second intermission with a 13-6 margin in shots for the period and 19-17 total after two.

Western Michigan pulled away in the third period with two goals in a two-minute period to up its lead to 7-4. Mike Lesperance scored at 8:04, followed by Jeff LoVecchio at 9:58. Bernard tallied his second shorthanded goal of the game at 16:47 with an assist by senior defenseman Matt Waddell (Armstrong, British Columbia), but Szczechura sealed the WMU win with a power play goal at 19:49 for an 8-5 final.

Schembri (2g, 1a), Bernard (2g), Elkins (1g, 1a) and Collins (2a) each registered multiple-point games. The two goals tied Schembri’s career high were a single-game career high for Bernard. It was the first goal and assist for Elkins in his career. Schembri also tied his career high for points in a game while Collins set a single-game season-high for assists and points.

The two shorthanded goals by Bernard were the fifth of his career. He scored three in last season to lead the Buckeyes. Ohio State has scored a total of five shorthanded goals this year.

Three Broncos scored three points apiece: Bicek (2g, 1a), Szczechura (2g, 1a) and Jeff Pierce (3a). Thirteen WMU players finished with at least one point.

Overall, Western Michigan had a 29-24 advantage in shots. The Buckeyes were 2-for-7 on the power play while the Broncos were 4-for-9.

Joseph Palmer (Yorkville, N.Y.) started in goal for Ohio State and made 17 saves with seven goals allowed in 49:58. Nick Filion (Cornwall, Ontario) played the final 10:02 with four saves. Palmer is 2-4-1 this season. WMU’s Riley Gill made 19 saves to move to 3-0-0.

Ohio State and Western Michigan conclude their series with a game at 7:05 Friday at Ohio Expo Center at the Ohio state fairgrounds.

Postgame Quotes

John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“They kept chipping it off the glass and they play a more open style of hockey. After we established a 4-2 lead, we took some lazy penalties. Give them credit, they put in eight goals.”

On the defense
“Scoring is not our problem. We will be having a meeting tonight to watch tape while it is fresh in everyone’s mind. We had too many misreads and took bad penalties.”

Kenny Bernard, senior forward
On the game
“We have to take the positives. It was a learning experience and I felt like we worked hard. We just have to go over some video and get ready for tomorrow.”

Andrew Schembri, senior forward
On scoring opportunities
“It is always good when teams can capitalize on chances. We need to crash the net – go to the paint and crash and bang the net.”

Jim Culhane, Western Michigan head coach
On the game
“We are very pleased to come in here and get a victory against a very tough Ohio State team. I never would have thought we would score eight goals.”

On his team
“We really just wanted to focus on ourselves. We had a short week with the travel and we wanted to get as much work in as we could by we still wanted to keep our guys fresh.”

On the win
“It is always good to get a win on the road. In this league, none of these games are easy. We did a good job on the power play but we need to be more disciplined because they got a couple of shorthanded goals.”

On his goalie
“Riley Gill has a done a good job for us. We have been rotating goalies but Riley did a good job for us tonight and he will get the start for us tomorrow.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) 2006-07 Ohio State Men’s Hockey Western Michigan vs Ohio State (Nov 09, 2006 at Columbus, Ohio) Western Michigan (4-4-0, 3-4-0 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (2-6-1, 2-4-1 CCHA) Date: Nov 09, 2006 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: Value City Arena Attendance:1956 Start time:7:05 pm End time:9:31 pm Total time:2:26

Goals by Period 1 2 3 Tot ———————————- Western Michigan…. 2 3 3 – 8 Ohio State………. 3 1 1 – 5

1st period – 1, OSU, Andrew Schembri/3 (Corey Elkins/1, Sean Collins/5) 7:32 (pp). 2, WMU, Brian Bicek/5 (Jeff Pierce/5, Ryan Mahrle/3) 9:53. 3, OSU, Corey Elkins/1 (Andrew Schembri/2, Domenic Maiani/5) 10:49 (pp). 4, OSU, Kenny Bernard/1 (Mathieu Beaudoin/1, Jason DeSantis/8) 17:14 (sh). 5, WMU, Paul Szczechura/3 (Jeff Pierce/6, Mark Letestu/6) 18:10 (pp). Penalties – Mathieu Picard, OSU (o-holding) 2:27; Chris Frank, WMU (cross-checking) 5:38; Jason Moul, WMU (high-sticking) 6:12; Brett John, WMU (boarding) 10:19; Chris Frank, WMU (cth elbowing) 13:54; Tyson Strachan, OSU (cross-checking) 16:37; Sean Collins, OSU (interference) 17:38.

2nd period – 6, OSU, Andrew Schembri/4 (Jason DeSantis/9, Sean Collins/6) :32. 7, WMU, Kevin Labatte/2 (Jeff LoVecchio/2, Chris Clackson/2) 5:02 (pp). 8, WMU, Brian Bicek/6 (Jeff Pierce/7, Chris Frank/2) 11:12. 9, WMU, Chris Clackson/1 (Tyler Ludwig/1, Kevin O’Connor/1) 17:59 (pp). Penalties – Kevin Labatte, WMU (hooking) 1:25; Tyson Strachan, OSU (boarding) 4:33; John Dingle, OSU (hooking) 13:31; Sean Collins, OSU (tripping) 13:54; Kevin Labatte, WMU (roughing) 15:55; Jason DeSantis, OSU (roughing) 15:55; Domenic Maiani, OSU (hooking) 17:06; Ryan Mahrle, WMU (cth roughing) 19:52.

3rd period – 10, WMU, Mike Lesperance/2 8:04. 11, WMU, Jeff LoVecchio/4 (Paul Szczechura/5, Sean Weaver/1) 9:58. 12, OSU, Kenny Bernard/2 (Matt Waddell/1) 16:47 (sh). 13, WMU, Paul Szczechura/4 (Brian Bicek/3, Ryan Mahrle/4) 19:49 (pp). Penalties – Matt Clackson, WMU (hooking) 10:44; Mathieu Beaudoin, OSU (interference) 16:14; TEAM, OSU (too many players on ice) 18:26; Matt Clackson, WMU (roughing) 20:00.

Shots on goal – WMU 6-13-10 29; OSU 11-6-7 24.

Power plays – WMU 4 of 9; OSU 2 of 7.

Penalties – WMU 9 (18 min); OSU 10 (20 min).

Goalies – WMU, Riley Gill 3-0-0 (60:00 minutes, 24 shots-19 saves); OSU, Nick Filion (10:02, 5-4) , Joseph Palmer 2-4-1 (49:58, 24-17).

Penalty shots – None.

A-1956 T-2:26 Three stars: 1. Brian Bicek 2. Jeff Pierce 3. Andrew Schembri Referee:Scott Hoberg Linesman:Brian Wisner; Brian Frerichs Win-Riley Gill (3-0-0). Loss-Joseph Palmer (2-4-1). 5 minute delay in the 3rd period to fix glass