Feb. 18, 2007
OMAHA, Neb. – The Ohio State men’s hockey team dropped a tough 2-1 overtime decision to Nebraska-Omaha Saturday at Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Neb., in the final game of a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association series.
The teams split the series after the Buckeyes posted a 4-3 win Friday, a victory that clinched home ice in the first round of the CCHA playoffs. The Buckeyes are 13-14-5 on the year (11-11-4 CCHA), while the Mavericks improved to 14-14-8 overall (11-11-4 CCHA). Ohio State and UNO sit tied for sixth in the CCHA standings with 26 points, one point behind fifth-place Western Michigan.
The Buckeyes wrap up the regular season at home next Friday and Saturday (Feb. 23-24) against rival Michigan at Value City Arena. The teams will face off at 7:05 p.m. Friday and at 8:05 p.m. Saturday. The Saturday game will be televised on CSTV.
After the Michigan series, Ohio State will host the opening round of the CCHA playoffs March 2-4. The Top 4 teams in the final CCHA standings earn byes in the first round of the league playoffs, while seeds 5-8 host 9-12 in best-of-three series. The winners of the first round series then travel to the Top 4 team sites for quarterfinal rounds. Those four best-of-three series winners advance to the CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
Things didn’t start out well for the Buckeyes Saturday as UNO jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 22 seconds into the game on a goal by Alex Nikiforuk. Ohio State outshot the Mavericks 10-6 in the period.
The second period saw Ohio State tie the game at 1-all on a Mathieu Beaudoin (Sr., Sherbrooke, Quebec) power-play goal at 13:00 of the stanza. Matt Waddell (Sr., Armstrong, British Columbia) and Jason DeSantis (Jr., Oxford, Mich.) worked the puck at the points and then to Beaudoin in the left circle ,where his one-timer snuck through the pads of Maverick goalie Jeremie Dupont. The Buckeyes were outshot in the period, 13-6. The Buckeyes held UNO scoreless on five power-play chances in the stanza.
Neither team could score in the third period, as the squads combined for just five shots (UNO 3, OSU 2) and the contest headed to overtime. The Mavericks tallied the game-winner just 29 seconds into the 5-minute overtime, as Bryan Marshall put in the rebound of a Nikiforuk shot. UNO had the only three shots of the OT period.
Buckeye freshman goaltender Joseph Palmer (Yorkville, N.Y.) made 23 saves on the night and is 13-12-4 on the year. Dupont ad 17 saves for UNO. Ohio State ended the game with 18 shots, while the Mavericks had 25.
The Buckeyes were 1-for-9 on the power play in the game, while UNO was 0-of-9.
Beaudoin tallied his 11th goal of the year and is tied for the team lead with Tommy Goebel.
DeSantis notched his team-leading 20th assist of the year, while Matt garnered his 10th assist of the season.
The Buckeyes have at least one power-play goal in each of their last eight games.
The Buckeyes stopped 16-of-17 UNO power-play chances in the series. The Mavericks entered the weekend first in the CCHA on the power play. UNO had just two shots on its nine power-play opportunities in the game Saturday.
Hockey Game Box Score (Final) The Automated ScoreBook Ohio State vs Nebraska-Omaha (Feb 17, 2007 at Omaha Neb.)
Ohio State (13-14-5, 11-11-4CCHA) vs. Nebraska-Omaha (14-14-8, 11-11-4CCHA) Date: Feb 17, 2007 Location: Omaha Neb. Arena: Civic Auditorium Attendance:7864 Start time:8:10 pm End time:10:40 pm Total time:2:30
Goals by Period 1 2 3 OT Tot ————————————- Ohio State………. 0 1 0 0 – 1 Nebraska-Omaha…… 1 0 0 1 – 2
1st period – 1, UNO, Alex Nikiforuk/12 (Scott Parse/27, Brent Kisio/2) :22. Penalties – Mike Eickman, UNO (o-holding) 2:59; Ed Del Grosso, UNO (o-tripping) 4:49; Sean Collins, OSU (holding) 6:30; Juha Uotila, UNO (o-tripping) 11:17; Mick Lawrence, UNO (o-holding) 16:36.
2nd period – 2, OSU, Mathieu Beaudoin/11 (Matt Waddell/10, Jason DeSantis/20) 13:00 (pp). Penalties – Jason DeSantis, OSU (cross-checking) :53; TEAM, UNO (too many players on ice) 3:13; Mathieu Beaudoin, OSU (cth cross-checking) 3:17; Dan Knapp, UNO (cth roughing) 9:12; Jason DeSantis, OSU (holding) 9:12; Johann Kroll, OSU (roughing) 9:56; Mark Bernier, UNO (o-tripping) 12:22; Mathieu Picard, OSU (o-holding) 13:46; Jason DeSantis, OSU (interference) 17:32.
3rd period – Penalties – John Dingle, OSU (o-holding) :42; Mathieu Picard, OSU (o-hooking) 3:40; Dan Charleston, UNO (hooking) 4:13; Jason DeSantis, OSU (hooking) 8:54; Scott Parse, UNO (hitting after whistle) 8:54; TEAM, UNO (too many players on ice) 10:52; Matt Waddell, OSU (cross-checking) 13:00; Mark Bernier, UNO (interference) 13:21.
OT period – 3, UNO, Brian Marshall/10 (Alex Nikiforuk/29, Dan Knapp/4) :29. Penalties –
Shots on goal – OSU 10-6-2-0 18; UNO 6-13-3-3 25.
Power plays – OSU 1 of 9; UNO 0 of 9.
Penalties – OSU 11 (22 min); UNO 11 (22 min).
Goalies – OSU, Joseph Palmer 13-12-4 (60:29 minutes, 25 shots-23 saves); UNO, Jeremie Dupont 10-9-6 (60:22, 18-17) , EMPTY NET (00:07, 0-0).
Penalty shots – None.
A-7864 T-2:30 Three stars: 1. Brian Marshall 2. Alex Nikiforuk 3. Mathieu Beaudoin Referee:Mark Wilkins Assistant Referee:Todd Lacina; Chad Evers Win-Jeremie Dupont (10-9-6). Loss-Joseph Palmer (13-12-4).