COLUMBUS, Ohio  With seven third-period goals, including five on the power play, the Ohio State men’s hockey team broke open a close game and downed Bentley, 10-1, Friday in Value City Arena in the opening game of a two-game series. The Buckeyes (10-6-1, 6-5-1-1), who are on a five-game winning streak overall and winners of their last six at home, will meet the Falcons (6-7-1, 5-4-1 AHA) at 8:05 p.m. Saturday in VCA to close out the first part of the season.

The 10 goals tied the Value City Arena record, first set by the Buckeyes Nov. 28, 2000 vs. Findlay in a 10-0 win. In all, 15 Buckeyes had at least one point in the win, with eight posting two or more. Four Buckeyes had three-point nights, as senior Corey Elkins had two goals and an assist and sophomores Peter Boyd and John Albert and freshman Ian Boots each had a goal and two helpers. Sophomores Erick Belanger, C.J. Severyn and Sergio Somma each added a goal and an assist in the win. Freshman Taylor Stefishen had two assists, marking the first two helpers of his career.

The Falcons opened the scoring on Pat Percella’s goal from in close at 5:25 of the first period. The Buckeyes took the lead with two goals in 1:08. Somma scored his fifth goal of the season at 10:47, stripping the puck from the goalie at the side of the net and scoring from a sharp angle before the goalie could get back in position. Elkins followed with a goal at 11:55. Boots passed out from behind the net to Elkins in the crease and his shot went off a Falcon defender and in for his fifth goal of the year. The Buckeyes were outshot in the period, 14-6, with goalie Dustin Carlson making 13 saves, including on the last 11 shots he faced. The Buckeyes had two power-play chances in the period. Bentley had one chance that carried into the second period.

Ohio State led 3-1 after the second period. Senior captain Zach Pelletier scored his second goal of the season at 3:56, backhanding in the rebound of a Severyn shot from just outside the crease. Stefishen had the second assist, marking the first helper of his career. Severyn’s assist was his first of the year. The Buckeyes controlled play for much of the period, outshooting Bentley, 17-9, with BU goalie Joe Calvi making 16 stops. Bentley had the only power-play chances of the period.

Severyn scored just 10 seconds into the third period to extend the Buckeye lead to 4-1, assisted by Stefishen and freshman Mike Folkes, who marked his first career point. Boots scored at 4:50, assisted by Belanger and Elkins, as Ohio State took a four-goal lead (5-1). RMU replaced starter Calvi in goal with Nick Moise after the Buckeyes’ fifth goal.

The Buckeyes then scored five-consecutive power-play goals, beginning with Albert’s tally on a delayed penalty at 12:11, assisted by Boyd and sophomore Shane Sims. After the goal, two Bentley players were assessed 5-minute majors (one for spearing, one for checking from behind), giving the Buckeyes a 5-on-3 for 5 minutes. The Buckeyes scored twice in 35 seconds, as Boyd and Albert set up sophomore Hunter Bishop at 13:11 and Elkins followed at 13:46, assisted by freshman defenseman Matt Bartkowski and Boots. An Ohio State player took an interference penalty during the 5-on-3 but Ohio State was able to add a fourth power-play goal on the 4-on-3 advantage when Boyd scored, on assists from Somma and Albert. Two Falcons were assessed elbowing minors at 18:27 and sophomore Belanger scored his first-career goal on a delayed penalty during the ensuing 5-on-3, on assists from freshman defenseman Sean Duddy and sophomore Kyle Reed, at 19:46. The Buckeyes outshot Bentley in the period, 19-5, and were 5-for-9 on the power play in the period.   

The Buckeyes outshot the Falcons, 42-28, in the game. Carlson had 27 saves for the Buckeyes in 59:43 between the pipes. Calvi took the loss and had 21 saves in 44:50, allowing five goals. Moise played the final 15:10 and made 11 stops on 16 shots.

The Buckeyes tied the Value City Arena record with five power-play goals on 11 chances. Bentley was scoreless on two opportunities.

Postgame Notes
In addition to his first career goal, Belanger had his first career multiple-point game. He has 1-3-4 totals in his last four games combined.

Bishop has a goal in four-consecutive games.

Albert had his third-consecutive game with multiple points with a career-best three points. His two assists tied his personal best, set five times before. He is on a five-game scoring streak, with a 3-6-9 line, and has seven points in his last three games combined.

Boots has at least one point in each of the last five games, with a 3-5-8 line. He had a career-best three points and tied his career high with two assists vs. Bentley.

Severyn has four goals and five points in his last four games combined, with back-to-back two-point games.

Shane Sims is on a three-game scoring streak (1-2-3), with Duddy posting an assist in his last two games.

Boyd has back-to-back three-point games, setting his career high. He has five two-assist games in his career, with three this season.

Stefishen and Folkes both had their first career assist, with Folkes marking his first career point.

Elkins’ three-point game matched his career high, first set at Bowling Green Nov. 17, 2006.

Somma has a goal in three of his last four games. He had this third two-point game of the season and the fifth of his career

VCA Records Set
Goals in a Period, 7 (5/4x, last vs. Northern Michigan Nov. 14, 2004)
Assists in a Game, 17 (16/2x, last vs. Miami Oct. 21, 2004)
Points in a Game, 27 (25/2x, last vs. Miami Oct. 21, 2004)
Points in a Period, 21 (13/2x, last vs. Miami Oct. 21, 2004)
VCA Records Tied
Goals in a Game, 10 (vs. Findlay Nov. 28, 2000)
Power-Play Goals in a Game, 5 (vs. Sacred Heart Nov. 6, 2004)

John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On tonight’s game
“The 10-1 finish was not an indication of the game. I’m happy with it, why wouldn’t I be, but they out-competed us for two periods. It was a finals week game.”

On Ohio State’s composure
“The guys still want to find a way to score. That is bordering immature. I still want to see better puck movement. We just have to continually teach. There was a little chirping going on in the end because of what was happening. When you have penalties like spearing, charging and checks from behind that will happen. It was a spirited affair though.”

On looking ahead to Saturday night
“Bentley will come back more composed. We have to be ready for a hard-fought game. It might be an opportunity to give more guys playing time. We only gave up one goal. Dustin (Carlson) made good saves. It is just important to keep building.”

Peter Boyd, Ohio State sophomore forward
On the game
“We got back to our game plan in the third period and it showed tonight. We were outplayed in the first couple of periods but we will watch the tape and look to improve. Dusty’s big saves were the difference in the game. We need to give the same effort tomorrow because we need to be ready for this team.”
On player emotions in the third period
“I think its part of the game. Bentley was obviously frustrated in the third period because they played the first two so well. I thought our guys stuck to the game plan and were not focused with other things after the whistle was blown.”
On Dustin Carlson’s performance
“Dusty’s save in the first period turned the game right around because it could have been 2-0. I have all the confidence in the world in him. He is my roommate when we travel and his preparation is outstanding. I expect him to do that every night we play.”

Corey Elkins, Ohio State senior forward
On Ohio State
“Guys are starting to connect and that is what it takes to win. All quality teams have everyone chipping in and I think we are finding some good team chemistry.”

Ryan Soderquist, Bentley head coach
On the game
“We played pretty solid hockey for a couple periods but we gave up an early goal in the third period and you can’t do that. I think that is where we fell apart. Our goaltending was average and we gave up a couple of soft goals and it is hard to play 5-on-3 for that long at the end of a game. This is the first time this season we let our emotions get to us and part of that many be playing on a bigger stage than we are used to. I don’t think the scoreboard represents what we can do.”


Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2008-09
Bentley vs Ohio State (Dec 12, 2008 at Columbus, Ohio)

 Bentley (6-7-1, 5-4-1 AHA) vs. Ohio State (10-6-1,6-5-1-1 CCHA)
 Date: Dec 12, 2008  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Arena: Value City Arena   
 Attendance:2495   Start time:7:05 pm   End time:9:23 pm   Total time:2:18   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
 Bentley 1 0 0 1
 Ohio State 2 1 7 10
   1st period – 1, BEN, Pat Percella/5 (Brendan Harrison/4, Justin
Kemmerer/4) 5:25. 2, OSU, Sergio Somma/4 10:47. 3, OSU, Corey Elkins/5
(Ian Boots/8) 11:55. Penalties – Jeff Gumaer, BEN (slashing) 5:51;
Marc Menzione, BEN (hooking) 14:54; Kyle Reed, OSU (interference)

   2nd period – 4, OSU, Zach Pelletier/2 (C.J. Severyn/1, Taylor
Stefishen/1) 3:56. Penalties – Mike Folkes, OSU (tripping) 14:56.

   3rd period – 5, OSU, C.J. Severyn/4 (Taylor Stefishen/2, Mike
Folkes/1) :10. 6, OSU, Ian Boots/5 (Erick Belanger/3, Corey Elkins/10)
4:50. 7, OSU, John Albert/5 (Peter Boyd/8, Shane Sims/5) 12:11 (pp).
8, OSU, Hunter Bishop/6 (Peter Boyd/9, John Albert/10) 13:11 (pp). 9,
OSU, Corey Elkins/6 (Matt Bartkowski/5, Ian Boots/9) 13:46 (pp). 10,
OSU, Peter Boyd/6 (Sergio Somma/6, John Albert/11) 16:38 (pp). 11,
OSU, Erick Belanger/1 (Sean Duddy/2, Kyle Reed/4) 19:46 (pp).
Penalties – Jeff Gumaer, BEN (charging) 6:28; Anthony Canzoneri, BEN
(boarding) 10:58; Bobby Preece, BEN (spearing) 12:11; Bobby Preece,
BEN (disqualification) 12:11; Anders Olson, BEN (checking from behind)
12:11; Anders Olson, BEN (game misconduct) 12:11; Hunter Bishop, OSU
(interference) 15:09; Brendan Harrison, BEN (elbowing) 18:27; Brendan
Harrison, BEN (10-minute misconduct) 18:27; Erik Peterson, BEN
(elbowing) 18:27; Ryan Kayfes, BEN (elbowing) 19:46; Mike Folkes, OSU
(grasping the facemask) 19:46; Ryan Kayfes, BEN (roughing) 19:46; Mike
Folkes, OSU (roughing) 19:46; Pat Percella, BEN (roughing) 19:46; Zach
Pelletier, OSU (roughing) 19:46.

   Shots on goal – BEN 14-9-5 28; OSU 6-17-19 42.

   Power plays – BEN 0 of 2; OSU 5 of 11.

   Penalties – BEN 14 (58 min); OSU 6 (12 min).

   Goalies – BEN, Nick Moise (15:10 minutes, 16 shots-11 saves) , Joe
Calvi 4-3-0 (44:50, 26-21); OSU, Dustin Carlson 9-3-0 (59:43, 28-27) ,
EMPTY NET (00:17, 0-0).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-2495  T-2:18   
 Three stars: 1. None    2. None    3. None   
 Ref: Dean Sanborn; Neil Stafford   Line: Tony Molina; Jared Reid
 Win-Dustin Carlson (9-3-0).  Loss-Joe Calvi (4-3-0). 
 Bentley Timeout at 4:50 of the 3rd Period