Feb. 20, 2004

Box Score

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The No. 12 Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to Western Michigan, 4-1, Friday in Lawson Arena, ending the Buckeyes’ three-game winning streak. The teams will close out the series at 8:05 p.m. Saturday in Lawson.

Ohio State falls to 19-14-0 and 14-11-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The Broncos improve to 16-13-3, 12-10-2 in league play.

There was no scoring in the first period and the Broncos were scoreless on the one power-play chance of the period. The Broncos outshot the Buckeyes, 8-6.

The Buckeyes took the lead 1:12 into the second period on Sean Collins’ (Fr., Troy, Mich.) shot from the point got through for the first goal of his Buckeye career. Senior Reed Whiting (Rochester, Minn.) picked up the assist on the goal. The Buckeyes had a goal disallowed about 11 minutes into the period, as it was ruled it was tipped in with a high stick. Ohio State put seven shots on net in the period, WMU nine. The Buckeyes were scoreless on their one power play chance and held WMU scoreless on three chances.

In the third, the Broncos scored four goals, by Jeremy Cheyne at 9:38, Brent Walton at 12:55, Lucas Drake at 14:21 and Jeff Campbell at 15:05. OSU was outshot in the period, 17-7. OSU was 0-for-3 on the power play and WMU was scoreless on two power plays.

Buckeye sophomore goalie Dave Caruso (Roswell, Ga.) made 28 saves while allowing four goals. For the Broncos, Scott Foster made 19 saves on 20 Buckeye shots.

In the game, Ohio State was scoreless on four power-play chances and did not allow a goal on six Bronco power plays.

Postgame Notes
The loss marked the first time in 53 games the Buckeyes lost when leading after two periods; the squad was 49-0-4 in the situation in the last two-plus years. The team’s last loss when leading after two was March 11, 2001 at Nebraska-Omaha. Goalie Dave Caruso’s winning streak was stopped at five.

Buckeyes Scott May (five games), Andrew Schembri (five games), Dan Knapp (four games) and Paul Caponigri (two games) all had scoring streaks stopped in the loss.

The loss ended OSU’s six-game winning streak against the Broncos and its four-game winning streak in Kalamazoo.

The Buckeyes remain in fourth place in the CCHA following the loss, three points behind third-place Michigan State.

OSU’s 20 shots was its lowest total since it was held to 16 at Colgate Nov. 21.

The Broncos’ four goals in the third were the most allowed by the Buckeyes in a single period this season.

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2003-04 Ohio State vs Western Michigan (2-20-04 at Kalamazoo, Mich.)

Ohio State (19-14-0, 14-11-0) vs. Western Michigan (16-13-3, 12-10-2) Date: 2-20-04 Location: Kalamazoo, Mich. Arena: Lawson Attendance:3036 Start time:7:35 End time:9:58 Total time:2:23

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

1st period – Penalties – Tyson Strachan, OSU (holding) 4:33; Matt Beaudoin, OSU (cross-checking) 9:32; Brent Walton, WMU (obstruction-hooking) 9:32; Reed Whiting, OSU (cth-highsticking after the whistle) 15:47; Jeremy Cheyne, WMU (cth-highsticking after the whistle) 15:47.

2nd period – 1, OSU, Sean Collins/1 (Reed Whiting) 1:12. Penalties – Matt Waddell, OSU (obstruction-tripping) 5:15; Mat Ponto, WMU (obstruction-holding) 9:54; Matt Beaudoin, OSU (interference) 15:31; Rod Pelley, OSU (charging) 17:54.

3rd period – 2, WMU, Jeremy Cheyne/13 (Brent Walton) 9:38. 3, WMU, Brent Walton/13 (Lucas Drake, Paul Szczechura) 12:55. 4, WMU, Lucas Drake/8 (Vince Bellissimo, Pat Dwyer) 14:21. 5, WMU, Jeff Campbell/12 (Brent Walton, Paul Davies) 15:05. Penalties – Jeremy Cheyne, WMU (cross-checking) 1:12; Dan Knapp, OSU (roughing) 5:40; Jeremy Cheyne, WMU (high sticking) 7:11; Bryce Anderson, OSU (holding) 10:33; Brett John, WMU (roughing) 19:04; Rod Pelley, OSU (checking from behind) 19:19; Bryce Anderson, OSU (sw) 20:00; Trevor Cook, WMU (sw) 20:00.

Shots on goal – OSU 6-7-7 20; WMU 8-9-15 32.

Power plays – OSU 0 of 4; WMU 0 of 6.

Penalties – OSU 10 (20 min); WMU 7 (14 min).

Goalies – OSU, Dave Caruso 6-2-0 (60:00 minutes, 32 shots-28 saves); WMU, Scott Foster 13-9-3 (59:54, 20-19) , EMPTY NET (00:06, 0-0).

A-3036 T-2:23 Three stars: 1. Brent Walton 2. Scott Foster 3. Lucas Drake Referee:Steve Piotrowski Assistant Referee:Bruce Vida Jr.; Kevin Langseth Win-Scott Foster (13-9-3). Loss-Dave Caruso (6-2-0).