COLUMBUS, Ohio For the second-consecutive game, the No. 11/12 Ohio State men’s hockey team skated to a 2-2 overtime tie and then won the ensuing shootout to earn two Central Collegiate Hockey Association points, as Ohio State and Western Michigan tied 2-2 Friday in Value City Arena. Ohio State now is unbeaten in its last 13 games (11-0-2), with two overtime wins and two shootout wins in the stretch.

On goals from Buckeyes Patrick Schafer and Ian Boots, Ohio State led 1-0 in the first and 2-1 in the second but the Broncos tied the game each time. Ohio State won the shootout, 2-1, in five rounds, as Corey Elkins and John Albert scored and for the Buckeyes and goalie Dustin Carlson made three saves.

The teams will close out the series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena. Ohio State now is 16-6-3 on the year and 9-5-3-3 in the CCHA. Western Michigan is 6-13-6 and 3-9-5-1 in conference play.

The Buckeyes jumped on the board just 23 seconds into the game. Peter Boyd got the puck back to Corey Toy at the point and Schafer redirected the puck behind the goalie from the right post for his third goal of the season. Western Michigan tied the game at 1 at the 6:15 mark when Patrick Galivan’s shot went off Greg Squires’ skate at the side of the net. Ohio State took the only two penalties of the period and was able to kill off both power plays. The Buckeyes had six shots in the period and Western Michigan put five on net.

The teams were tied after the second period, scoring 59 seconds apart. The Buckeyes regained the lead on Boots’ goal at 16:02, as Hunter Bishop sent him down the left side and his shot beat WMU goalie Riley Gill on the short side. Elkins had the second assist on the goal, Boots’ ninth tally of the year. The Broncos tied the game on Galivan’s breakaway goal at 17:01, with Squires and Max Campbell picking up the assists. The Buckeyes put 13 shots on net, with the Broncos recording eight shots on goal. The Buckeyes stopped the only power-play chance in the period and the Broncos had a second opportunity carry over into the third.

The teams were unable to score through the third period and overtime, forcing the shootout. The Buckeyes outshot Western in the third, 12-8. Each team had three power-play chances in the stanza, but could not convert. 

The Buckeyes controlled play in overtime, outshooting the Broncos, 6-1, and had a power-play chance, but could not record their third overtime victory of the year.

Elkins opened the shootout with a win and Western’s Squires shot wide. In the second round, Carlson and Gill made saves on Boyd and Galivan, respectively. After Bishop was stopped by Gill in the third round, Max Campbell extended the shootout with a goal. Each goalie made a save in the fourth round, as Sergio Somma shot for Ohio State and Kyle O’Kane was WMU’s shooter. Albert put Ohio State back ahead with a move to draw the goalie out before putting the puck five-hole. Carlson stopped Cam Watson to secure the win.

In the game, Ohio State outshot Western Michigan, 37-22. Carlson made 20 saves in all 65 minutes and Gill had 35 stops in 65:00.

The Buckeye penalty kill was outstanding, stopping all six Bronco chances. The Buckeyes were 0-for-4 with the man advantage.
Postgame Notes

Ohio State has won all three shootouts this season and is 2-0-3 in overtime.

Toy has an assist in four-consecutive games and in six of the last seven outings.

Elkins leads the team with 27 points and shares the assist lead with Albert with 17 each. He is on a three-game scoring streak with a point in nine of the last 10 games.

Ohio State is unbeaten in its last 10 games in Value City Arena (9-0-1).

Bishop is on a three-game scoring streak and has a point in 11 of the last 12 games. He is tied for third on the team with 21 points.

Postgame Quotes
John Markell, Ohio State head coach

On the play of the team
“It felt like a win tonight. We can play better and they played how we expected. We didn’t fight hard enough for the puck and I really thought we played like a young team tonight.”

On the play of the line of Zach Pelletier, Nick Biondo and Mathieu Picard
“They did well until they got caught up feeding the puck to the middle of the ice. I had to take a timeout after that to make sure that they didn’t do it again. But we got through it and we didn’t spend too much time in our own end.”

Corey Elkins, Ohio State senior forward
On his attempt to lift the puck into the goal from behind the net
“I was just standing behind the net and thought I’d give it a try. I try it a bit in practice too.”

John Albert, Ohio State sophomore forward
On the play of the team
“I don’t think we played to our potential tonight. We should come out tomorrow with some real fire in us though.”

Jim Culhane, Western Michigan head coach
On viewing the game as a tie or loss
“That seems to be something that everyone in the conference is trying to get their minds around. Both teams played well and the way our conference is set up, Ohio State gets the extra point. I’m proud of our effort but disappointed we don’t get that other point and they do.”

On the play of his top line
“That line has been playing well of late. All the guys have offensive instinct and they made plays tonight, especially on the second goal. There was a great hit by (Chris) Frank that set up that second score.”

Patrick Galivan, Western Michigan senior forward
On viewing the game as a tie or loss
“We look at it as a tie but we definitely think of it as a loss. We have to have the attitude tomorrow to come back and get three of four points on the weekend.”

On the disappointment of losing in a shootout
“We’re disappointed to lose in the shootout but we did a great job of playing well in OT compared to last year. We can’t the loss get to us and just have to keep coming and playing hard.”  

On the play of Riley Gill
“He definitely was the key to the game. He kept us in the game there in the third period when OSU was playing well.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2008-09
Western Michigan vs #11 Ohio State (Jan 23, 2009 at Columbus, Ohio)

 Western Michigan (6-13-6,3-9-5-1 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (16-6-3,9-5-3-3 CCHA)
 Date: Jan 23, 2009  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Arena: Value City Arena   
 Attendance:4513   Start time:7:05 pm   End time:9:26 pm   Total time:2:21   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 OT Total
 Western Michigan 1 1 0 0 2
 Ohio State 1 1 0 0 2
   1st period – 1, OSU, Patrick Schafer/3 (Corey Toy/9, Peter Boyd/13)
:23. 2, WMU, Greg Squires/4 (Patrick Galivan/11, Max Campbell/3) 6:15.
Penalties – Ian Boots, OSU (hooking) 1:47; Matt Bartkowski, OSU
(tripping) 14:44.

   2nd period – 3, OSU, Ian Boots/9 (Hunter Bishop/11, Corey
Elkins/17) 16:02. 4, WMU, Patrick Galivan/8 (Greg Squires/10, Max
Campbell/20) 17:01. Penalties – Corey Elkins, OSU (holding) 6:25; Sean
Weaver, WMU (delay of game) 19:00; Hunter Bishop, OSU (delay of game)
19:00; John Albert, OSU (checking) 19:15.

   3rd period – Penalties – Ian Boots, OSU (cth roughing) 4:55; Chris
Frank, WMU (tripping) 5:36; Ian Slater, WMU (holding) 10:35; Corey
Toy, OSU (hooking) 16:10; Tyler Ludwig, WMU (hooking) 17:45.

   OT period – Penalties – Jordan Collins, WMU (tripping) 1:13.

   Shots on goal – WMU 5-8-8-1 22; OSU 6-13-12-6 37.

   Power plays – WMU 0 of 6; OSU 0 of 4.

   Penalties – WMU 5 (10 min); OSU 7 (14 min).

   Goalies – WMU, Riley Gill (65:00 minutes, 37 shots-35 saves); OSU,
Dustin Carlson (65:00, 22-20).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-4513  T-2:21   
 Three stars: 1. Riley Gill    2. Patrick Galivan    3. Ian Boots   
 Ref: Matt Shegos; Neil Stafford   Line: Brian Frerichs; Joseph Hutek
 Western Michigan-Riley Gill (5-7-2).  Ohio State-Dustin Carlson (14-3-2). 
 Ohio State wins shootout, 2-1 (five rounds)      
 OSU timeout 14:18/3rd                            
 WMU timeout 3:53/OT