Jan. 15, 2005

Box Score

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The No. 12 Ohio State men’s hockey team, behind three assists from Andrew Schembri, defeated Notre Dame, 4-1, Friday in the Joyce Center in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association matchup. Tom Fritsche and Matt Beaudoin each chipped in a power-play goal and an assist in the victory, as OSU was 3-for-6 with the man advantage.

The win improves the Buckeyes’ record to 14-6-3 and 11-3-1 in CCHA play. The Irish drop to 5-12-5 overall and 3-10-4 in the league. The teams will end the two-game series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at the Joyce Center.

The teams traded power-play goals to end the first period tied at 1. The Irish got on the board at 15:52, as Wes O’Neill scored with ND skating 5-on-3 and one of the Buckeye penalty killers without a stick. Ohio State scored with just 44 seconds remaining in the period to knot the score. Tom Fritsche’s (Fr., Parma, Ohio) shot snuck in from close range for his fourth goal of the season, assisted by Matt Beaudoin (So., Rock Forest, Quebec) and Andrew Schembri (So., Mississauga, Ontario). OSU was outshot in the period, 10-8.

OSU scored the only goal of the second period. Nate Guenin (Jr., Aliquippa, Pa.) put a slap shot into the net off a pass from Dan Knapp (Jr., Rochester, Mich.), with Rod Pelley (Jr., Kitimat, British Columbia) picking up the second assist on the goal. The Buckeyes had the puck in the Irish zone most of the period, outshooting ND, 11-2.

Bryce Anderson (So., Waterloo, Iowa) gave OSU a two-goal lead with a power-play goal at 16:19, as he deflected a Schembri backhand pass over ND goalie David Brown’s right shoulder. Fritsche had the second assist, as he got the puck to Schembri at the side of the net. Beaudoin then made the score 4-1 with a power-play goal of his own, as he worked to put his own rebound over a sprawled Brown. Schembri also assisted on that score, for a career-best three helpers in the game, and Kenny Bernard (So., Sarnia, Ontario) had the second assist. Each team had seven shots on net in the period.

OSU outshot ND in the game, 26-19. Buckeye junior goalie Dave Caruso (Roswell, Ga.) had 18 saves in all 60 minutes and Brown made 22 saves in 59:50.

The Buckeyes were 3-for-6 on the power play, including 2-for-4 in the third period. The Irish scored once on six chances.

Postgame Notes
Notre Dame’s first-period power-play goal ended OSU’s streak of consecutive penalties killed at 29. The Buckeyes had not allowed a power-play tally in the last four games. The streak dated back to OSU’s loss at Clarkson Dec. 11.

Schembri’s three assists were a career best. His three points tied his career high, first set at Ferris State Feb. 7, 2004. He has five assists in his last three games combined.

OSU stopped a four-game (0-2-2) road winless streak with the win. OSU now is 5-4-2 on the year in road games.

Notre Dame’s 19 shots marked the third time this season OSU held an opponent under 20 shots on net, but the first time since Sacred Heart had 17 Nov. 5.

OSU tied the series with Notre Dame, 23-23-6 (according to the OSU record books). OSU has a three-game winning streak against the Irish.

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) Ohio State Hockey 2004-05 #12 Ohio State vs Notre Dame (Jan 14, 2005 at Notre Dame, Ind.)

Ohio State (14-6-3/11-3-1) vs. Notre Dame (5-12-5/3-10-4) Date: Jan 14, 2005 Location: Notre Dame, Ind. Arena: Joyce Center Attendance:2433 Start time:7:35 pm End time:9:48 pm Total time:2:13

Goals by Period 1 2 3 Tot ———————————- Ohio State………. 1 1 2 – 4 Notre Dame………. 1 0 0 – 1

1st period – 1, ND, Wes O’Neill/6 (Cory McLean/10, Noah Babin/4) 15:52 (pp). 2, OSU, Tom Fritsche/4 (Matt Beaudoin/6, Andrew Schembri/9) 19:16. Penalties – Lee Spector, OSU (interference) 14:39; Nate Guenin, OSU (holding) 15:37; Noah Babin, ND (tripping) 18:53.

2nd period – 3, OSU, Nate Guenin (Rod Pelley, Dan Knapp) 10:22. Penalties – Victor Oreskovich, ND (hooking) :39; Nate Guenin, OSU (interference) 12:04; Johann Kroll, OSU (boarding) 16:33.

3rd period – 4, OSU, Bryce Anderson/5 (Tom Fritsche/20, Andrew Schembri/10) 16:19 (pp). 5, OSU, Matt Beaudoin/9 (Andrew Schembri/11, Kenny Bernard/2) 18:24 (pp). Penalties – Joe Zurenko, ND (tripping) 2:33; Bryce Anderson, OSU (holding the stick) 3:30; Dave Caruso, OSU (roughing) 9:09; Noah Babin, ND (hooking) 11:04; Victor Oreskovich, ND (high sticking) 15:33; Brock Sheahan, ND (slashing) 17:54.

Shots on goal – OSU 8-11-7 26; ND 10-2-7 19.

Power plays – OSU 2 of 4; ND 1 of 6.

Penalties – OSU 6 (12 min); ND 6 (12 min).

Goalies – OSU, Dave Caruso 12-4-3 (60:00 minutes, 19 shots-18 saves); ND, David Brown 2-6-1 (59:50, 26-22) , EMPTY NET (00:10, 0-0).

Penalty shots – None.

A-2433 T-2:13 Three stars: 1. Tom Fritsche 2. Andrew Schembri 3. Wes O’Neill Referee:Matt Shegos Assistant Referee:Dave Kronenberg; Keith Sergott Win-Dave Caruso (12-4-3). Loss-David Brown (2-6-1).