COLUMBUS, Ohio Behind a hat trick and four-point game from senior Corey Elkins, the No. 14 Ohio State men’s hockey team defeated Bowling Green, 7-1, in the OSU Ice Rink to advance to the quarterfinals of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association tournament. Ohio State, the tournament’s No. 5-seed, will travel to Fairbanks, Alaska, next weekend for a best-of-three series with the No. 4-seed Nanooks. The Buckeyes, now 22-12-4 on the year, beat the Falcons, 5-4, in the series opener. The No. 12 seed Falcons end their season 11-24-3.

The Buckeyes led 1-0 at the end of the first on Sergio Somma’s goal with 57 seconds remaining in the period. Elkins scored twice to put Ohio State up 3-0 before BG responded 28 seconds later to make the score 3-1. The Buckeyes then scored four unanswered goals to close out the game, including Elkins’ third of the night at 12:54 of the third.

In the first period, the teams were scoreless until Somma converted a partial breakaway at 19:03, taking a leadout pass from Zac Dalpe, with Shane Sims picking up the second assist on the play. Buckeye goalie Dustin Carlson stopped all 13 shots he saw in the period, with BG goalie Jimmy Spratt making eight saves. Ohio State stopped Bowling Green on three power-play chances, including a 5-on-3 more just over a minute,  with a fourth opportunity carrying over into the second.

Elkins scored his first of the game at 2:20 of the second, assisted by Corey Toy and Ian Boots. After Elkins’ goal, the game saw an eight-minute delay when a pane of glass had to be replaced behind the Buckeye net. Elkins added his second goal at 9:31, off passing plays with Hunter Bishop and Boots, to make the score 3-0. Nick Bailen answered 28 seconds later to put the Falcons on the board at 9:59. Matt Bartkowski added to the Buckeye lead at 12:18 with a power-play goal from the left point, assisted by John Albert and Dalpe. At the 14:21 mark of the period, players from both teams got together, with five fighting majors and game disqualifications handed out. The Falcons received an extra major and two-minute minor, giving the Buckeyes a 5-on-3 for two minutes and another three minutes of a 5-on-4 advantage. Sims converted from the right point at 19:08 during the 5-on-4, set up by Bartkowski and Albert, for the Buckeyes’ second power-play goal of the night. Ohio State outshot Bowling Green in the period, 14-8. The Buckeyes were 2-for-5 on the power play in the period. Bowling Green’s only chance was the carry-over from the first period.

Elkins completed his hat trick in the third with an unassisted goal at 12:54, stealing the puck in the Falcon zone. Mathieu Picard ended the scoring at 18:26 when he scored off a pass from Elkins on a 2-on-1, with Chris Reed on the second assist. Carlson made eight saves in the period, with Ohio State putting six shots on net. Ohio State was 0-for-3 on the power play in the stanza, including a chance that started with just 12 seconds left. Bowling Green was 0-for-2 on the power play.

For the game, each team had 29 shots. Carlson played all 60 minutes and had 28 saves. Spratt played the first 40 minutes and had 18 saves, allowing five goals. Nick Eno closed out the third period and had four saves, with two goals allowed, in 20 minutes.

Ohio State was 2-for-5 on the power play in the game, with Bowling Green 0-for-6.

Postgame Notes
Ohio State won its first CCHA playoff series since 2004-05. It will be the team’s first time in the quarterfinals since the league changed the playoff system in 2006.

The game was the last in Columbus for the Buckeye senior class of Elkins, Zach Pelletier and Nick Biondo.

Elkins’ four-point game was a career high. It was his second career hat trick and first since Nov. 17, 2006, also against Bowling Green. It was the Buckeyes’ second hat trick and four-point game this season, joining Kyle Reed, who had both against Miami last Friday (Feb. 27). Elkins now leads the team with 40 points (including 18 goals), the first 40-point year for a Buckeye since Tom Fritsche had 45 and Rod Pelley had 41 in 2004-05. He is on a five-game scoring streak, with 7-4-11 over the stretch.

Albert, Boots and Dalpe all ended the game with two assists. Albert is first on the squad with 28 assists. Bartkowski and Sims each had a goal and a helper.

Ohio State’s second-period power-play goal was their first in 28 chances.

Postgame Quotes
John Markell, Ohio State head coach
On the game
“Give credit where it is due. Our goaltender gave us the chance to get going and win tonight. I thought our guys played a solid game and I’m glad to be moving on. I thought Bowling Green came out to play and so did we. I like the energy the guys brought tonight. ”

On Dustin Carlson
“The star of the game was our goaltender who had a solid game.”

Nick Biondo, Ohio State senior forward
On the hitting early in the game
“We had to finish our hits today better than yesterday. I have to play physically because that’s a big part of my role on the team.”

On playing at Alaska in the quarterfinals
“We are happy we got the win and looking forward to the day off. We are ready to head out and face Alaska.”

Corey Elkins, Ohio State senior forward
On his last game at home
“It was a great way to end my last game at home. During the game, I didn’t even think about it being my last game in Columbus and only realized it when it was announced over the loud speaker.”
On playing well
“We had to get up on them early and figure out how to play against them.”

On the sweep
“This sweep is good for the long run. Being able to get this (the series) done in two games is good for extra rest and recovery. It also helps increase our confidence.”

Scott Paluch, Bowling Green head coach
On the game
“I loved the way we came out; we were very aggressive and ready to play. It was important for us to get the first goal though, and we didn’t do that. We just gave up too many chances in the second period that they capitalized on.”

On the difference between the Friday and Saturday games
“We could not capitalize on the few chances we had throughout the game. They did. If we had been able to get something out of the 5 on 3, the game might have been different.”



Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2008-09
Bowling Green vs #14 Ohio State (Mar 07, 2009 at Columbus, Ohio)

 Bowling Green (11-24-3) vs. Ohio State (22-12-4)
 Date: Mar 07, 2009  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Arena: OSU Ice Rink       
 Attendance:956   Start time:7:05 pm   End time:9:30 pm   Total time:2:25   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
 Bowling Green 0 1 0 1
 Ohio State 1 4 2 7
   1st period – 1, OSU, Sergio Somma/11 (Zac Dalpe/11, Shane Sims/17)
19:03. Penalties – Zac Dalpe, OSU (slashing) 11:46; Corey Toy, OSU
(hooking) 13:43; Zac Dalpe, OSU (slashing) 14:41; Chris Reed, OSU (cth
high-sticking) 19:42.

   2nd period – 2, OSU, Corey Elkins/16 (Corey Toy/10, Ian Boots/14)
2:20. 3, OSU, Corey Elkins/17 (Hunter Bishop/15, Ian Boots/15) 9:31.
4, BGSU, Nick Bailen/6 (Bryan Potacco/3) 9:59. 5, OSU, Matt
Bartkowski/4 (John Albert/27, Zac Dalpe/12) 12:18 (pp). 6, OSU, Shane
Sims/6 (Matt Bartkowski/14, John Albert/28) 19:08 (pp). Penalties –
James Perkin, BGSU (slashing) 6:05; Josh Boyd, BGSU (hooking) 11:12;
James Perkin, BGSU (fighting) 14:21; Zach Pelletier, OSU (fighting)
14:21; Kai Kantola, BGSU (fighting) 14:21; Ian Boots, OSU (fighting)
14:21; Kai Kantola, BGSU (disqualification) 14:21; Ian Boots, OSU
(disqualification) 14:21; James Perkin, BGSU (disqualification) 14:21;
Zach Pelletier, OSU (disqualification) 14:21; Kevin Schmidt, BGSU
(fighting) 14:21; Kevin Schmidt, BGSU (disqualification) 14:21; Jimmy
Spratt, BGSU (delay of game) 14:21.

   3rd period – 7, OSU, Corey Elkins/18 12:54. 8, OSU, Mathieu
Picard/6 (Corey Elkins/22, Chris Reed/11) 18:26. Penalties – James
McIntosh, BGSU (checking from behind) :47; Brennan Vargas, BGSU
(boarding) 3:21; John Albert, OSU (slashing) 7:30; Shane Sims, OSU
(charging) 13:51; James McIntosh, BGSU (goaltender interference)

   Shots on goal – BGSU 13-8-8 29; OSU 9-14-6 29.

   Power plays – BGSU 0 of 6; OSU 2 of 8.

   Penalties – BGSU 12 (57 min); OSU 10 (42 min).

   Goalies – BGSU, Jimmy Spratt 11-19-3 (40:00 minutes, 23 shots-18
saves) , Nick Eno (20:00, 6-4); OSU, Dustin Carlson 20-9-3 (60:00,

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-956  T-2:25   
 Three stars: 1. Corey Elkins    2. Matt Bartkowski    3. John Albert   
 Ref: Kevin Hall; Keith Sergott   Line: T.J. Likens; Mike Elder
 Win-Dustin Carlson (20-9-3).  Loss-Jimmy Spratt (11-19-3). 
 OSU advances to CCHA Tournament quarterfinals