Dec. 14, 2001
Big Rapids, Mich. – The No. 12 Ohio State men’s hockey team fell to Central Collegiate Hockey Association -foe Ferris State, 5-2, tonight at Ewigleben Ice Arena. R.J. Umberger led the Buckeyes with two goals in the game.
With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 9-5-1 overall and 6-4-1 in CCHA play. The Bulldogs improve to 8-7-1, 6-7-1 in league play.
The Buckeyes and Bulldogs wrap up the two-game series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Ewigleben Ice Arena.
The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead in the first period. Phil Lewandowski tallied on the power play at the 6:15 mark, assisted by Carter Thomson and Derek Nesbitt. Nesbitt scored a goal of his own at the 8:41 mark, assisted by Trevor Large. The Buckeyes outshot the Bulldogs, 15-9, in the stanza.
In the second period, both teams tallied twice. Each time the Buckeyes would draw within one, the Bulldogs would respond with a goal shortly after to end the period up, 4-2. Umberger opened the scoring for the Buckeyes with a goal 9:34 into the stanza, beating FSU goalie Mike Brown 5-hole, assisted by Mike McCormick and Jason Crain. After the Buckeyes were called for too many men on the ice, FSU responded with a its second power-play tally of the game, scored by Chris Kunitz and assisted by Matt York and Rob Collins at 13:15. Umberger tallied his second goal of the game at the 14:17 mark. JB Bittner won a faceoff to Umberger in the offensive zone and Umberger beat Brown to bring the score to 3-2. The Bulldogs ended the scoring with a shorthanded goal by Kunitz at 14:17, assisted by Collins.
In the third period, there was no scoring until the Bulldogs’ Collins recorded a short-handed, empty net goal at the 18:11 mark for his third point of the game. The Buckeyes outshot Ferris State, 9-7, in the stanza. The Buckeyes were 0-for-3 on the power play in the period. The Buckeyes were 0-for-5 on the power play while the Bulldogs scored on 2-of-4 chances. Ohio State outshot the Bulldogs, 33-29, in the game.
OSU goalie Mike Betz recorded 24 saves in the loss, with Brown stopping 31 Buckeye shots.
Hockey Game Box Score (Final) Ohio State Hockey Ohio State vs FSU (Dec 14, 2001 at Big Rapids, Mich.)
Ohio State (9-5-1, 6-4-1 CCHA) vs. FSU (8-7-1, 6-7-1 CCHA) Date: Dec 14, 2001 Location: Big Rapids, Mich. Arena: Ewigleben Ice Arena Attendance:1249 Start time:7:35 pm End time:10:04 pm Total time:2:31
Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total Ohio State 0 2 0 2 Ferris State 2 2 1 5
1st period – 1, FSU, Phil Lewandowski/5 (Carter Thomson/2, Derek Nesbitt/6) 6:15 (pp). 2, FSU, Derek Nesbitt/4 (Trevor Large/2) 8:41. Penalties – Mike Kinnie, FSU (hooking) 2:27, Jason Crain, OSU (cross-checking) 5:40.
2nd period – 3, OSU, R.J. Umberger/7 (Mike McCormick/7, Jason Crain/5) 9:34. 4, FSU, Chris Kunitz/14 (Matt York/9, Rob Collins/18) 13:15 (pp). 5, OSU, R.J. Umberger/8 (JB Bittner/3) 14:17. 6, FSU, Chris Kunitz/15 (Rob Collins/19) 14:50 (sh). Penalties – TEAM, OSU (too many on ice) 12:00, Chad McIver, FSU (cw) 14:27, Eric Skaug, OSU (hit after whistle) 16:43, Trevor Large, FSU (tripping) 19:57.
3rd period – 7, FSU, Rob Collins/10 18:11 (empty net) (sh). Penalties – Rob Collins, FSU (high sticking) 15:29, Derrick McIver, FSU (hitting from behind) 17:38, Chris Olsgard, OSU (slashing) 19:00, Mike Kinnie, FSU (high sticking) 19:25, Daymen Bencharski, OSU (high sticking) 19:25, Matt York, FSU (roughing) 19:49, Ryan Smith, OSU (roughing) 19:49, Matt York, FSU (10-minute misconduct) 19:49, Scott Titus, OSU (slashing) 20:00.
Shots on goal – OSU 15-9-9 33, FSU 9-13-7 29.
Power plays – OSU 0 of 5, FSU 2 of 4.
Penalties – OSU 7 (14 min), FSU 8 (24 min).
Goalies – OSU, Mike Betz 9-5-1 (59:36 minutes, 28 shots-24 saves) , EMPTY NET (00:24, 0-0), FSU, Matt Brown 4-4-0 (60:00, 33-31).
A-1249 T-2:31 Three stars: 1. Chris Kunitz 2. R.J. Umberger 3. Rob Collins Referee:Steve Piotrowski Assistant Referee:Brian Hill, Chris Davis Win-Matt Brown (4-4-0). Loss-Mike Betz (9-5-1). Ferris State snaps its three-game losing streak. Ohio State ranked 12th nationally.