Feb. 21, 2004

Box Score

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The No. 12 Ohio State men’s hockey team earned a series split with the Western Michigan Broncos after a 5-1 win Saturday in Lawson Arena. Five Buckeyes scored in the game – Bryce Anderson, Paul Caponigri, Doug Andress, Matt Beaudoin and Scott May; Andress added an assist for a team-best two points.

Ohio State improves to 20-14-0 and 15-11-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The Broncos drop to 16-14-3 and 12-11-2 in league play.

Freshman Bryce Anderson (Waterloo, Iowa) got Ohio State on the board 7:01 into the game, as he deflected a Thomas Welsh (Jr., Regina, Saskatchewan) shot with OSU on the power play. Tyson Strachan (Fr., Melfort, Saskatchewan) had the second assist on the play. Paul Caponigri (Sr., Oak Park, Ill.) made it 2-0 Ohio State with a goal at 11:16. Senior defenseman Doug Andress (Iroquois Falls, Ontario) chipped the puck out of the OSU zone off the glass to Caponigri streaking down the middle, who beat WMU goalie Scott Foster on a breakaway for his 14th goal of the year. The Buckeyes put nine shots on goal in the period, WMU 13. OSU was 1-for-2 on the power play in the period and stopped three Bronco chances.

Andress scored the only goal of the second period, as he kept the puck in at the point and his shot beat Foster at 1:21. The Broncos had 12 shots in the period and held the Buckeyes to three. Ohio State was scoreless on two power-play opportunities and WMU could not convert on its three chances.

Matt Beaudoin (Fr., Rock Forest, Quebec) made the scored 4-0 with a breakaway goal of his own at 6:41 of the third, assisted by Rod Pelley (So., Kitimat, British Columbia) and Dave Barton (Fr., Calgary, Alberta). Vince Bellissimo got the Broncos on the board with a power-play goal at 12:36 of the period. Scott May (Sr., Surrey, British Columbia) scored OSU’s fifth goal at 17:06, scoring on an empty net after the Broncos pulled their goalie for the extra attacker. Reed Whiting (Sr., Rochester, Mich) assisted on the goal. OSU outshot WMU in the period, 6-5. OSU did not score on its one power-play chance in the period, while the Broncos were 1-for-3.

Buckeye senior goalie Mike Betz (Elizabeth, Pa.) made 29 saves and allowed just one goal. For the Broncos, Scott Foster made 13 saves on 18 OSU shots.

In the game, Ohio State was 1-for-5 the power play and the Broncos scored once on nine chances.

Postgame Notes
Caponigri’s first-period goal was his 14th of the season, marking a career best. He had 13 in each of his first two seasons.

On the weekend, OSU stopped 14-of-15 Bronco power play chances (93.3 percent).

The win gives the Buckeyes 20 victories on the year, marking their third consecutive 20-win season. It is the first time Ohio State has had three 20-win years in a row since 1979-81. OSU has five 20-win seasons under ninth-year head coach John Markell.

May’s goal gave him 30 points on the year, marking his third consecutive 30-point season.

Ohio State has a bye next week (Feb. 27-28) and ends the regular season with a home-and-home series against Miami. The Buckeyes and RedHawks will meet at 7:35 p.m. Friday, March 5 in Oxford, Ohio, and at 8:05 p.m. Saturday, March 6 in Columbus, Ohio.

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2003-04 Ohio State vs Western Michigan (Feb 21, 2004 at Kalamazoo, MI)

Ohio State (20-14-0, 15-11-0) vs. Western Michigan (16-14-3, 12-11-2) Date: Feb 21, 2004 Location: Kalamazoo, MI Arena: Lawson Attendance:3321 Start time:8:05 End time:10:25 Total time:2:20

Goals by Period 1 2 3 Tot ———————————- Ohio State………. 2 1 2 – 5 Western Michigan…. 0 0 1 – 1

1st period – 1, OSU, Bryce Anderson/4 (Thomas Welsh, Tyson Strachan) 7:01 (pp). 2, OSU, Paul Caponigri/14 (Doug Andress) 11:16. Penalties – Jeremy Cheyne, WMU (high sticking) 5:25; Scott May, OSU (cross-checking) 11:40; Paul Szczechura, WMU (tripping) 12:53; Scott May, OSU (obstruction-hooking) 13:54; Dave Barton, OSU (obstruction-hooking) 16:44; Reed Whiting, OSU (cross-checking) 16:58; Vince Bellissimo, WMU (cross-checking) 16:58.

2nd period – 3, OSU, Doug Andress/2 1:21. Penalties – Jeremy Cheyne, WMU (high sticking) 2:25; Sean Collins, OSU (high sticking) 6:39; Ryan Mahrle, WMU (obstruction-tripping) 8:58; Reed Whiting, OSU (interference) 12:37; Rod Pelley, OSU (charging) 15:17; Kenny Bernard, OSU (10-minute misconduct) 15:17.

3rd period – 4, OSU, Matt Beaudoin/3 (Rod Pelley, Dave Barton) 6:41. 5, WMU, Vince Bellissimo/12 (Pat Dwyer, Jeff Campbell) 12:36 (pp). 6, OSU, Scott May/12 (Reed Whiting) 17:06 (empty net). Penalties – Reed Whiting, OSU (cross-checking) 2:52; Lucas Drake, WMU (hit after whistle) 9:48; Scott May, OSU (hit after whistle) 9:48; Pat Dwyer, WMU (cross-checking) 9:48; Paul Caponigri, OSU (obstruction-tripping) 11:38; Chris Olsgard, OSU (cth-highsticking after the whistle) 18:21; Brett John, WMU (cth-highsticking after the whistle) 18:21; Lee Spector, OSU (cth-highsticking after the whistle) 18:21; Kevin Labatte, WMU (cth-highsticking after the whistle) 18:21; Sean Collins, OSU (slashing) 18:29; Jeremy Cheyne, WMU (slashing) 18:29; Bryce Anderson, OSU (checking from behind) 19:33; Bryce Anderson, OSU (game misconduct) 19:33; Reed Whiting, OSU (charging) 19:50.

Shots on goal – OSU 9-3-6 18; WMU 13-12-5 30.

Power plays – OSU 1 of 5; WMU 1 of 9.

Penalties – OSU 17 (53 min); WMU 10 (20 min).

Goalies – OSU, Mike Betz 14-12-0 (60:00 minutes, 30 shots-29 saves); WMU, Scott Foster 13-10-3 (59:35, 17-13) , EMPTY NET (00:25, 0-0).

A-3321 T-2:20 Three stars: 1. Mike Betz 2. Doug Andress 3. Paul Caponigri Referee:Steve Piotrowski Assistant Referee:Bruce Vida Jr.; Kevin Langseth Win-Mike Betz (14-12-0). Loss-Scott Foster (13-10-3).