Feb. 16, 2007

Box Score

OMAHA, Neb. – The Ohio State men’s hockey team jumped out to a 4-0 lead and then overcame a furious third-period rally by Nebraska-Omaha to hold on for a 4-3 win Friday at Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Neb., in the first game of a crucial two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association series. The teams square off again at 9:05 p.m. (ET) Saturday in Civic Auditorium in the final game of the series. The game Saturday will be televised on CSTV.

With the win, the Buckeyes moved into sole possession of fifth place in the CCHA, two points ahead of Nebraska-Omaha and one ahead of Western Michigan, a 4-3 winner over Michigan State Friday. A loss or tie by Alaska against Notre Dame Friday would clinch home ice for the Buckeyes in the first round of the CCHA playoffs.

The Buckeyes improved to 13-13-5 on the year (11-10-4 CCHA), while the Mavericks fell to 13-14-8 overall (10-11-4 CCHA).

The Buckeyes jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 10:03 of the first period on a goal by Andrew Schembri (Sr., Mississauga, Ontario). Schembri tucked home the rebound of a Tyson Strachan (Sr., Melfort, Saskatchewan) shot from close range, with John Dingle (Jr., Shaker Heights, Ohio) also notching an assist on the play. Ohio State extended its lead to 2-0 on a Corey Elkins (So., West Bloomfield, Mich.) power-play goal at 16:38 of the first. Schembri and Matt Waddell (Sr., Armstrong, British Columbia) picked up assists on the goal as Schembri found Elkins in the low slot. The Buckeyes controlled play the majority of the period, outshooting the Mavericks, 7-3.

Ohio State had the only goal of the second period, pushing its lead to 3-0 at the 15:05 mark. Strachan rifled in a shot from the point that deflected off UNO goalie Jeremie Dupont and in. Dingle and Mathieu Beaudoin (Sherbrooke, Quebec) assisted on the goal.

The Buckeye lead grew to 4-0 on a goal by defenseman Kyle Hood (Jr., Osoyoos, British Columbia) at 2:43 of the third period. Schembri collected his third point of the game with an assist, while Mathieu Picard (Fr., St. Isidore, Ontario) also garnered an assist. Nebraska-Omaha then cut the Buckeye lead to one with goals at 9:05, 11:39 and 16:27 of the third period. Scott Parse scored the first two goals for the Mavericks and Alex Nikiforuk added the third, a power-play strike. The Mavericks pulled Dupont for the extra attacker with 1:21 remaining and then had a 6-on-4 advantage after the Buckeyes were called for a penalty, but Ohio State was able to hold UNO scoreless to preserve the win.

Buckeye freshman goaltender Joseph Palmer (Yorkville, N.Y.) made 22 saves on the night, including 10 in the third period, and improved to 13-11-4 on the year. Dupont had 16 saves for UNO. Ohio State ended the game with 20 shots, while the Mavericks had 25.

The Buckeyes were 1-for-4 on the power play in the game and held UNO to one power-play goal on eight chances.

Game Notes
OSU forward Andrew Schembri had his seventh multiple-point game of the season with three points on a goal and two assists. The three points tied his career high, set four times prior. He is on a three-game scoring streak and has six points (2g, 4a) in the last three games combined.

Buckeye forward Tommy Goebel had his scoring streak stopped at a Buckeye season-high 12 games (5g, 9a).

Tyson Strachan had his second two-point game of the season and first since posting a goal and an assist at Bowling Green Nov. 17, 2006. It ties his career best, set two times prior.

John Dingle had two assists, marking the third two-assist game of his career and his second this season. He had two helpers Nov. 17, 2006 at Bowling Green.

The Buckeyes have at least one power-play goal in each of their last seven games.

Kyle Hood’s gamewinning goal was the 100th goal scored by the Buckeyes this season.

Post Game Quotes
Ohio State head coach John Markell
“It was a good win. The guys worked hard and did a lot of good things. We were able to stop them 5-on-5; we worked hard on that all week long. It’s a credit to our guys. We have to come back and get two points tomorrow. The pack (in the league standings) stayed with us.

“We have to be able to sustain our play for 60 minutes. It’s a continuing process. I thought we did better tonight than we did last weekend. We did well in front of a hostile crowd.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) The Automated ScoreBook Ohio State vs Nebraska-Omaha (Feb 16, 2007 at Omaha, Neb.)

Ohio State (13-13-5, 11-10-4CCHA) vs. Nebraska-Omaha (13-14-8, 10-11-4CCHA) Date: Feb 16, 2007 Location: Omaha, Neb. Arena: Omaha Civic Aud. Attendance:7814 Start time:7:05 End time:9:25 Total time:2:20

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

1st period – 1, OSU, Andrew Schembri/8 (Tyson Strachan/9, John Dingle/7) 10:03. 2, OSU, Corey Elkins/4 (Andrew Schembri/12, Matt Waddell/9) 16:38 (pp). Penalties – Mathieu Picard, OSU (boarding) 2:29; Mark Bernier, UNO (holding) 7:41; Alex Nikiforuk, UNO (tripping) 16:11; Johann Kroll, OSU (o-hooking) 18:44.

2nd period – 3, OSU, Tyson Strachan/4 (John Dingle/8, Mathieu Beaudoin/7) 15:05. Penalties – Bryce Anderson, OSU (cth roughing) 3:24; Matt McIlvane, OSU (roughing) 10:27; Mathieu Picard, OSU (o-holding) 19:10; Matt Waddell, OSU (cth roughing) 19:10; Phil Angell, UNO (cth roughing) 19:10; Matt Waddell, OSU (hitting after whistle) 19:10; Phil Angell, UNO (hitting after whistle) 19:10.

3rd period – 4, OSU, Kyle Hood/4 (Mathieu Picard/6, Andrew Schembri/13) 2:43. 5, UNO, Scott Parse/22 (Mike Eickman/3, Brian Marshall/19) 9:05 (delayed penalty). 6, UNO, Scott Parse/23 (Brian Marshall/20) 11:39. 7, UNO, Alex Nikiforuk/11 (Dan Charleston/17, Brian Marshall/21) 16:27 (pp). Penalties – Dan Knapp, UNO (cross-checking) 5:21; Scott Parse, UNO (cth high-sticking) 11:56; Andrew Schembri, OSU (slashing) 13:05; Matt Waddell, OSU (cross-checking) 15:07; Scott Parse, UNO (hitting after whistle) 15:07; Sean Collins, OSU (interference) 16:02; Tyson Strachan, OSU (hooking) 19:10; Tyson Strachan, OSU (cth roughing) 19:10; Bryce Anderson, OSU (10-minute misconduct) :00.

Shots on goal – OSU 7-7-6 20; UNO 3-9-13 25.

Power plays – OSU 1 of 4; UNO 1 of 8.

Penalties – OSU 13 (34 min); UNO 7 (14 min).

Goalies – OSU, Joseph Palmer 13-11-4 (59:54 minutes, 25 shots-22 saves) , EMPTY NET (00:06, 0-0); UNO, Jeremie Dupont 9-9-6 (58:29, 20-16) , EMPTY NET (01:31, 0-0).

Penalty shots – None.

A-7814 T-2:20 Three stars: 1. Scott Parse 2. Andrew Schembri 3. Brian Marshall Referee:Mark Wilkins Assistant Referee:Todd Lacina; Chad Evers Win-Joseph Palmer (13-11-4). Loss-Jeremie Dupont (9-9-6).