Jan. 12, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Freshman goalie Mike Betz stopped 33-of-34 shots to lead the Ohio State men’s hockey team to a 3-1 win over No. 8 Michigan, tonight at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
The victory snapped a five-game winless streak against the Wolverines. It was the Buckeyes’ first win over Michigan since Feb. 6, 1999.
The Buckeyes ended a five-game losing streak overall with the victory. Ohio State improves to 11-9-1 overall, 8-6-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The Wolverines drop to 15-6-3, 9-4-1 in conference play.
After a scoreless first period, the Buckeyes scored the only goals of the second period to take a 2-0 lead. Miguel Lafleche tallied his fourth goal of the season, assisted by Nick Ganga and Eric Skaug, to put the Buckeyes on the board 1:42 into the stanza. Doug Andress scored a power-play tally at the 10:56 mark. Dave Steckel and Jean-Francois Dufour added assists on the play. The helper extended Steckel’s scoring streak to a team-best 11 games.
In the third period, the Wolverines’ Mike Komisarek tallied at the 5:31 mark to get within one (2-1). Michigan outshot Ohio State, 15-5, in the period, but could not get the puck past Betz. Steckel ended the scoring with an empty-net goal with one second remaining in the game.
The Buckeyes were a perfect 8-for-8 on the penalty kill and scored on 1-of-7 power-play opportunities.
Betz made 33 saves on 34 shots. Josh Blackburn stopped 18-of-20 Ohio State shots he faced in the game. The squads will close out the regular season series at 7:35 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.
OSU 3, UM 1 Jan. 12, 2001 Value City Arena Columbus, Ohio
Goals by Period 1 2 3 F UM 0 0 1 1 Ohio State 0 2 1 3
Shots by Period 1 2 3 F UM 9 10 15 34 Ohio State 7 9 5 21
Power Plays UM 0/3-0/2-0/3=0/8 OSU 0/3-1/4-0/0=1/7
Penalties/Minutes UM 3/6-4/8-0/0=7/14 OSU 3/6-2/4-3/6=8/16
Scoring Summary UM-OSU 1st Period No scoring 2nd Period 1:42 OSU 0-1 Lafleche 4 (Ganga, Skaug) 10:56 OSU 0-2 Andress 5 (Steckel, Dufour) pp 3rd Period 5:31 UM 1-2 Komisarek 3 (Jillson, Hilbert) 19:59 OSU 1-3 Steckel 10 (unassisted) en
Goalies UM Blackburn (58:48) 7-7-4-18 Empty Net (1:12) x-x-0–0 OSU Betz (60:00) 9-10-14–33