Feb. 1, 2003
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Junior goalie Mike Betz made 23 saves to lead the No. 10-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team to a 2-0 shutout win over CCHA-opponent Notre Dame. The win gives OSU three points on the weekend, as the Buckeyes and Irish tied the opener, 3-3.
The Buckeyes had a solid defensive effort, stopping the Irish on eight power-play chances, including four in the third period. The shutout was Betz’s second of the year and the eighth of his career.
The win improves the Buckeyes to 18-6-3 on the year and 12-4-2 in the CCHA. The Irish fall to 9-13-6 overall, 7-10-3 in conference play. OSU moves to second place in the CCHA following a Michigan loss to Ferris State.
The Buckeyes return to action with a two-game home series against Western Michigan. OSU and the Broncos will face off at 7:05 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8 in Value City Arena.
OSU dominated the first period, outshooting the Irish, 20-4. Paul Caponigri got the Buckeyes on the board with his ninth goal of the year, as he stole the puck in the Notre Dame zone and beat ND goalie Morgan Cey high. The Irish did not have a shot until the 14:03 mark, when OSU goalie Mike Betz made a glove save on Rob Globke.
Ryan Kesler gave the Buckeyes a two-goal lead at the 5:01 mark of the second period, scoring on the power play following a roughing penalty to Cey. Dave Steckel got the puck to R.J. Umberger at the side of the net, who passed it to Kesler right in front of Cey. Cey made the original stick-save, but the puck got past and into the net for Kesler’s seventh goal of the season. OSU killed all four Notre Dame power-play chances in the stanza and scored on its lone chance. Notre Dame put 13 shots on net, while OSU had six.
There was no scoring in the third period, as the teams each went 0-for-4 on the power play. The Buckeyes had 17 shots in the period and held the Irish to just six.
The Buckeyes had 43 shots on net in the game, with Cey making 41 saves.
Hockey Game Box Score (Final) Ohio State Hockey 2002-03 Ohio State vs Notre Dame (Feb 01, 2003 at Notre Dame, Ind.)
Ohio State (18-6-3/12-4-2) vs. Notre Dame (9-13-6/7-10-3) Date: Feb 01, 2003 Location: Notre Dame, Ind. Arena: Joyce Center Attendance:2721 Start time:7:05 p.m End time:9:15 p.m Total time:2:10
Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total Ohio State 1 1 0 2 Notre Dame 0 0 0 0
1st period – 1, OSU, Paul Caponigri/9 14:48. Penalties – Neil Komadoski, ND (cross-checking) 2:48; John Wroblewski, ND (obstruction-hooking) 6:11; Chris Olsgard, OSU (slashing) 10:11; Brett Lebda, ND (slashing) 10:11.
2nd period – 2, OSU, Ryan Kesler/7 (R.J. Umberger/17, Dave Steckel/5) 5:01 (pp). Penalties – JB Bittner, OSU (roughing) :18; Morgan Cey, ND (roughing) 3:45; Dave Steckel, OSU (roughing) 6:53; Pete Broccoli, OSU (boarding) 8:18; R.J. Umberger, OSU (roughing) 13:05.
3rd period – Penalties – Paul Caponigri, OSU (checking from behind) :54; Paul Caponigri, OSU (unsportsmanlike conduct) 2:54; Paul Caponigri, OSU (hooking) 8:07; Brett Lebda, ND (cross-checking) 10:18; Joe Zurenko, ND (roughing) 13:07; JB Bittner, OSU (cross-checking) 16:02; Neil Komadoski, ND (high sticking) 18:53; Tom Galvin, ND (slashing) 19:46; Tom Galvin, ND (cross-checking) 19:46.
Shots on goal – OSU 20-6-17 43; ND 4-13-6 23.
Power plays – OSU 1 of 6; ND 0 of 8.
Penalties – OSU 9 (18 min); ND 9 (21 min).
Goalies – OSU, Mike Betz 13-4-3 (60:00 minutes, 23 shots-23 saves); ND, Morgan Cey 8-11-7 (60:00, 43-41).
A-2721 T-2:10 Three stars: 1. Mike Betz 2. Paul Caponigri 3. Morgan Cey Referee:Mark Wilkins Assistant Referee:Brian Troester; Brent Gawlik Win-Mike Betz (13-4-3). Loss-Morgan Cey (8-11-7).