BIG RAPIDS, Mich. Behind three assists from Shane Sims and a goal and an assist from both Corey Elkins and John Albert, the Ohio State men’s hockey team downed Ferris State, 6-2, Friday in Ewigleben Ice Arena. Ohio State trailed in the first period 1-0 and 2-1 but scored five unanswered for the win. In all, 12 Buckeyes had at least a point.

The Buckeyes, who move their winning streak to 11 and improve to 16-6-1 on the year and 9-5-1-1 in conference play, and Bulldogs (10-11-4, 7-8-2-0 CCHA) will close out the Central Collegiate Hockey Association series at 5:05 p.m. Saturday in Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids.

In a quick first period, the teams combined for five goals and the Buckeyes led 3-2 after one. The Bulldogs opened the scoring on Jordie Johnston’s unassisted goal at 2:32 following a turnover in the Buckeye zone. Peter Boyd scored for the Buckeyes at 5:45 to tie the game. John Albert, coming into the Bulldog zone after a line change, picked up the puck along the far boards. He found Boyd at the right post, who waited for Ferris goalie Pat Nagle to go down before lifting the puck into the net for his eighth goal of the year. The Bulldogs’ second goal of the game came on the power play at 9:35, when Zach Redmond’s shot from the point got through. Ohio State tied the game at 2 as Corey Elkins’ shot from the wall deflected off a Bulldog defender and into the net with Ohio State on the power play. Shane Sims had the assist on the goal, extending his point streak to nine. The Buckeyes took their first lead of the game at 18:26. C.J. Severyn was able to corral the puck score from the right post, with assists going to Mathieu Picard and Sean Duddy. The Buckeyes put 11 shots on net in the first period, with Ferris State getting 10 on net. Ohio State scored on 1-of-2 power-play chances in the period and the Bulldogs converted their only chance.

The Buckeyes were ahead 4-2 after the second. Hunter Bishop extended the Buckeye lead to two when Elkins got to the puck to him down low and Sims picked up the second assist on the goal. Nagle made a save, but Bishop was there to jam in the rebound for his 10th goal of the season. The only penalties called in the period were coincidental minors at 19:07. Buckeye goalie Dustin Carlson stopped all 16 shots he faced in the period. Ohio State had 10 shots on net.

Ian Boots scored the Buckeyes’ fifth goal of the game at 1:58. After a pass from d-partner Matt Bartkowski, Corey Toy’s shot from the right point went wide and bounced off the boards to Boots at the left post. Boots was able to backhand the puck into the net with Nagle out of position. The Buckeyes scored just 1:04 after Taylor Nelson replaced Nagle in net as Albert tallied from in close, assisted by Sims and Zac Dalpe with the teams skating 4-on-4. The Buckeye defense stopped a 5-on-3 chance for 1:14 late in the period as Ferris State was 0-for-2 on the power play in the third. The Buckeyes had one power-play chance. Ohio State outshot Ferris State, 9-6, in the stanza.

For the game, the Bulldogs outshot the Buckeyes, 36-32. Carlson had 30 saves in all 60 minutes in net. Ferris State’s Nagle took the loss, making 19 saves and giving up five goals in 41:54. Nelson had 5 saves and gave up one goal in 18:02.

Each team was 1-for-3 on the power play in the game.
Postgame Notes
Ohio State has won its last 11 games overall, the nation’s longest active winning streak, and 14 of its last 15. It is the longest winning streak since winning 13 in a row Oct. 7-Nov. 19, 1983.

Sims had a career-high three assists and points and tied the team’s season-best for assists. He is on a nine-game point streak (3-11-14). He has multiple points in four of his last six games.

Albert has 2-4-6 points in his last three games combined.

Elkins had his sixth multiple-point game this season.

Boyd is on a three-game scoring streak (2-3-5).

The win ended a six-game losing streak for the Buckeyes vs. Ferris State and a four-game losing streak in Big Rapids.

Dalpe had his goal-scoring streak ended at three but moved his point streak to four.

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2008-09
#14 Ohio State vs Ferris State (Jan 16, 2009 at Big Rapids, Mich.)

 Ohio State (16-6-1; 9-5-1-1 CCHA) vs. Ferris State (10-11-4;7-8-2-0 CCHA)
 Date: Jan 16, 2009  Location: Big Rapids, Mich.     Arena: Ewigleben Ice Arena
 Attendance:1237   Start time:7:05 pm   End time:9:10 pm   Total time:2:05   

 Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total
 Ohio State 3 1 2 6
 Ferris State 2 0 0 2
   1st period – 1, FSU, Jordie Johnston/2 2:32. 2, OSU, Peter Boyd/8
(John Albert/17) 5:45. 3, FSU, Zach Redmond/2 (Brendan Connolly/13)
9:35 (pp). 4, OSU, Corey Elkins/9 (Shane Sims/12) 14:49 (pp). 5, OSU,
C.J. Severyn/6 (Mathieu Picard/5, Sean Duddy/3) 18:26. Penalties –
Zach Pelletier, OSU (hooking) 8:26; Justin Lewandowski, FSU
(goaltender interference) 13:39; Aaron Schmit, FSU (high sticking)

   2nd period – 6, OSU, Hunter Bishop/10 (Corey Elkins/16, Shane
Sims/13) 2:19. Penalties – Brendan Connolly, FSU (holding) 19:07;
Shane Sims, OSU (tripping) 19:07.

   3rd period – 7, OSU, Ian Boots/8 (Corey Toy/7, Matt Bartkowski/8)
1:58. 8, OSU, John Albert/8 (Shane Sims/14, Zac Dalpe/5) 3:02.
Penalties – Jordie Johnston, FSU (roughing atw) 1:58; Mike Folkes, OSU
(roughing atw) 1:58; Evan Case, FSU (slashing) 10:05; Sergio Somma,
OSU (slashing) 10:05; Taylor Nelson, FSU (slashing) 13:32; J.T.
Dahlinger, FSU (roughing atw) 16:09; Zach Pelletier, OSU (roughing
atw) 16:09; Derek Graham, FSU (roughing atw) 16:09; Shane Sims, OSU
(roughing atw) 16:09; Sean Duddy, OSU (roughing atw) 16:09; C.J.
Severyn, OSU (roughing the goalie) 16:56.

   Shots on goal – OSU 11-10-9 30; FSU 10-16-6 32.

   Power plays – OSU 1 of 3; FSU 1 of 3.

   Penalties – OSU 8 (16 min); FSU 8 (16 min).

   Goalies – OSU, Dustin Carlson 14-3-0 (60:00 minutes, 32 shots-30
saves); FSU, Taylor Nelson (18:02, 6-5) , Pat Nagle 6-8-2 (41:54,
24-19) , EMPTY NET (00:04, 0-0).

   Penalty shots – None.

 A-1237  T-2:05   
 Three stars: 1. Shane Sims    2. Corey Elkins    3. John Albert   
 Ref: Kevin Hall; Dean Sanborn   Line: Chris Davis; Chris Max
 Win-Dustin Carlson (14-3-0).  Loss-Pat Nagle (6-8-2).