Feb. 7, 2004

Box Score

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – Buckeye sophomore forward Dan Knapp recorded his first career hat trick and added an assist for a career-best four-point night to lead the No. 13/14 Ohio State men’s hockey team to a 6-0 victory over Ferris State Saturday at Ewigleben Ice Arena. The win gives the Buckeyes a two-game split of the series with the Bulldogs.

Ohio State improved to 17-13-0 and 12-10-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The Bulldogs dropped to 14-13-3 and 9-12-1 in the league.

Freshman Andrew Schembri had a career-best two goals and three assists, while junior Thomas Welsh had his first career two-assist and multiple-point game. Seniors Scott May and Doug Andress each added two assists. Sophomore goalie Dave Caruso stopped all 26 Bulldog shots for the fourth shutout of his career.

Ohio State scored twice in the first 3:45 of the game and ended the first period leading, 2-0. Knapp (So., Rochester, Mich.) put the puck over FSU goalie Mike Brown who had dropped to block the low shot, just 27 seconds into the contest. Schembri (Fr., Mississauga, Ontario) and May (Sr., Surrey, British Columbia) picked up the assists on the goal after cycling the puck down low. Bryce Anderson (Fr., Waterloo, Iowa) redirected a Lee Spector (Jr., Buffalo Grove, Ill.) shot at the 3:45 mark for his second goal of the season. Chris Olsgard (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) had the second assist on the goal. Each team had nine shots on goal in the period. Ohio State stopped two Bulldog power plays and the Buckeyes’ first carried over into the second period.

Schembri scored twice in the second period. His first goal came at 9:47, assisted by Knapp, and was scored with the teams skating four-on-four. Schembri then scored a power play goal at 19:49, as he May put a pass through the crease Schembri put it in from the side of the net. Andress (Sr., Iroquois Falls, Ontario) had the second assist. The Buckeyes outshot the Bulldogs in the period, 20-7. Ohio State was 1-for-2 on the power play and held FSU scoreless on two chances.

In the third, Knapp added his second goal of the game at 1:16, knocking the rebound of a Rod Pelley (So., Kitimat, British Columbia) shot out of midair and into the net. Welsh (Jr., Regina, Saskatchewan) had the other assist on the goal. Knapp completed his hat trick at 9:30, tipping in an Andress shot with Ohio State on the power play; Welsh also assisted on the goal. In the period, the Buckeyes outshot the Bulldogs, 16-10.

Ohio State was 2-for-6 on the power play in the game and held Ferris scoreless on eight chances

Ohio State outshot the Bulldogs in the game, 45-26. In net, Caruso (So., Roswell, Ga.) made 26 saves for the fourth shutout of his saves for the Buckeyes. Brown stopped 33 Buckeye shots and allowed five goals. Swanson had six saves and allowed one goal.

Postgame Notes

Knapp’s hat trick was the first of his career and he had a career-best four points in the game. The game was his third multiple-point game of the season, but his first since Oct. 17 at Michigan State. It was the second multiple-goal game of his career; the first was Oct. 18, 2002 at Alaska Fairbanks.

Schembri’s three points were a career high and marked the first multiple-goal and multiple-point game of his Buckeye career. He had four points on the weekend after posting an assist Friday.

The hat trick was the second of the season for the Buckeyes. Paul Caponigri had the first Nov. 8 at Northern Michigan.

Ohio State stopped a five-game losing and six-game winless streak on the road against the Bulldogs with the win.

The six goals scored by Ohio State tied for the second most on the season and was the highest total since posting seven at Bowling Green Nov. 29.

The Buckeyes return to action with a two-game home series with Nebraska-Omaha next weekend. Ohio State and UNO will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13-14 in Value City Arena.

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2003-04 Ohio State vs Ferris State (Feb 7, 2004 at Big Rapids, Mich.)

Ohio State (17-13-0;12-10-0 CCHA) vs. Ferris State (14-13-3;9-12-1 CCHA) Date: Feb 7, 2004 Location: Big Rapids, Mich. Arena: Ewigleben Attendance:2269 Start time:7:05 PM End time:9:15 PM Total time:2:10

Goals by Period 1 2 3 Tot ———————————- Ohio State………. 2 2 2 – 6 Ferris State…….. 0 0 0 – 0

1st period – 1, OSU, Dan Knapp/5 (Andrew Schembri/8, Scott May/14) :27. 2, OSU, Bryce Anderson/2 (Lee Spector/4, Chris Olsgard/4) 3:45. Penalties – Andrew Schembri, OSU (cs) 9:55; Scott May, OSU (cross-checking atw) 15:02; Brett Smith, FSU (co) 19:33.

2nd period – 3, OSU, Andrew Schembri/7 (Dan Knapp/15) 8:47. 4, OSU, Andrew Schembri/8 (Scott May/15, Doug Andress/17) 19:50 (pp). Penalties – Dan Knapp, OSU (hooking) 1:38; Mark Bomersback, FSU (holding) 7:14; Matt Waddell, OSU (roughing) 7:14; Reed Whiting, OSU (obstruction-holding) 16:30; Jeff Legue, FSU (tripping) 18:08; Greg Rallo, FSU (roughing) 20:00; Sean Collins, OSU (roughing) 20:00.

3rd period – 5, OSU, Dan Knapp/6 (Rod Pelley/7, Thomas Welsh/3) 1:16. 6, OSU, Dan Knapp/7 (Doug Andress/18, Thomas Welsh/4) 9:30 (pp). Penalties – Reed Whiting, OSU (obstruction-hooking) 1:34; Mike Kinnie, FSU (slashing) 3:22; Doug Andress, OSU (interference) 4:09; Derrick McIver, FSU (contact to head-elbowing) 6:53; Jeff Legue, FSU (co) 8:05; Dan Knapp, OSU (unsportsmanlike conduct) 11:23; Reed Whiting, OSU (cs) 12:14; Giovanni Flamminio, FSU (roughing) 17:02; Kenny Bernard, OSU (roughing) 17:02; Zac Pearson, FSU (charging) 17:52.

Shots on goal – OSU 9-20-16 45; FSU 9-7-10 26.

Power plays – OSU 2 of 6; FSU 0 of 8.

Penalties – OSU 11 (22 min); FSU 9 (18 min).

Goalies – OSU, Dave Caruso 4-1-0 (59:55 minutes, 26 shots-26 saves) , EMPTY NET (00:05, 0-0); FSU, Mike Brown 14-13-3 (46:24, 38-33) , Matt Swanson (13:25, 7-6) , EMPTY NET (00:11, 0-0).

A-2269 T-2:10 Three stars: 1. Dan Knapp 2. Andrew Schembri 3. Dave Caruso Referee:Matt Shegos Assistant Referee:John Philo; Keith Sergott Win-Dave Caruso (4-1-0). Loss-Mike Brown (14-13-3). Ohio State snaps Ferris State’s five game home series winning streak. Ohio State is ranked 13th nationally.