Oct. 29, 2004

Box Score

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The No. 13-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team fell to Western Michigan, 6-3, Friday at Lawson Arena in Kalamazoo. The teams were tied at two at the end of the second period, but the Broncos outscored OSU, 4-1, in the third period for the win.

The Buckeyes and Broncos will end the two-game series at 7:35 p.m. Saturday in Lawson Arena.

The loss, Ohio State’s first in Central Collegiate Hockey Association play this season, drops the Buckeyes to 4-3 on the year and 4-1 in the CCHA and ends the team’s winning streak at four. The Broncos improve to 2-3 overall and in the conference.

Rod Pelley (Jr., Kitimat, British Columbia) put the Buckeyes on the board 11:59 into the game, intercepting a Bronco clearing pass in their zone and beating goalie Daniel Bellissimo with a wrist shot. Each team was 0-for-4 on the power play in the period. WMU outshot OSU, 12-9.

The second period ended with the score tied at 2. Vince Bellissimo scored both goals for WMU. The Broncos tied the game with a power-play goal at 7:43, followed by an unassisted shorthanded goal at 9:48. Senior JB Bittner (Pittsburgh, Pa.) tied the game at 14:20 with his third goal of the year, as he put in the rebound of a Dan Knapp (Jr., Rochester, Mich.) shot. Sean Collins (So., Troy, Mich.) picked up the second assist on the goal. The Buckeyes were outshot in the period, 9-8.

The Broncos broke the game open in the third. The Buckeyes’ Johann Kroll (Plymouth, Minn.) scored his first career goal just 1:04 in, as his shot from the point floated into the net. Andrew Schembri (So., Mississagua, Ontario) and Domenic Maiani (Fr., Shelby Township, Mich.) assisted on the goal, as Maiani won the faceoff in the Broncos’ zone and got the puck to Schembri, who passed to Kroll at the point. The Broncos tied the game at 3 with a power-play goal by Brent Walton at 7:39. WMU then took its first lead of the game (4-3) when Jeff Pierce scored at 10:46. Brian Bicek made the score 5-3 with a goal at 13:47. Bellissimo ended the scoring with an empty-net goal at 17:24, as OSU had pulled goalie Dave Caruso (Jr., Roswell, Ga.) for the extra skater with the Buckeyes on the power play. Each team had 11 shots on goal in the period.

The Buckeyes were outshot in the game, 32-28. Caruso made 26 saves and allowed five goals in 59:17, while D. Bellissimo had 25 stops in all 60 minutes.

Ohio State was held scoreless on eight power-play chances and WMU went 2-for-8.

Postgame Notes
The power-play goal scored by the Broncos in the second period stopped OSU’s streak of consecutive power plays killed at 25.

Pelley extended his goal and point streaks to five (6-3-9). Maiani is on a three-game point streak (2-3-5).

The Broncos’ shorthanded goal was the first allowed by the Buckeyes this season. The game was the first time the Buckeyes were held scoreless on the power play since going 0-for-10 in a loss to St. Cloud State Oct. 10.

The six goals allowed by the Buckeyes were the most since Michigan scored seven Jan. 10, 2003 in a 7-1 Buckeye loss.

Hockey Game Box Score (Final)

Ohio State Hockey 2004-05

#13 Ohio State vs Western Michigan (Oct 29, 2004 at Kalamazoo, MI)

Ohio State (4-3-0, 4-1-0) vs. Western Michigan (2-3-0, 2-3-0)

Date: Oct 29, 2004 Location: Kalamazoo, MI Arena: Lawson Arena

Attendance:2012 Start time:7:35 End time:9:55 Total time:2:20

Goals by Period 1 2 3 Tot


Ohio State………. 1 1 1 – 3

Western Michigan…. 0 2 4 – 6

1st period – 1, OSU, Rod Pelley/6 11:59. Penalties – Jason Moul,

WMU (obstruction-hooking) 2:12; Dan Knapp, OSU (hooking) 2:45; Johann

Kroll, OSU (hooking) 3:11; Mike Lesperance, WMU (checking from behind)

7:49; Kyle Hood, OSU (slashing) 9:00; Kyle Hood, OSU (slashing) 14:15;

Kyle Bushee, WMU (hooking) 16:49; Brian Bicek, WMU (tripping) 19:21;

Dan Knapp, OSU (roughing after the whistle) 20:00; Pat Dwyer, WMU

(roughing after the whistle) 20:00.

2nd period – 2, WMU, Vince Bellissimo/3 (Pat Dwyer/3, Daryl

Moore/2) 7:43 (pp). 3, WMU, Vince Bellissimo/4 9:48 (sh). 4, OSU, JB

Bittner/3 (Dan Knapp/6, Sean Collins/4) 14:10. Penalties – Andrew

Schembri, OSU (hooking) 1:48; Mike Erickson, WMU (hooking) 3:07;

Andrew Schembri, OSU (cross-checking) 6:54; Ryan Mahrle, WMU

(obstruction-tripping) 9:01; Nate Guenin, OSU (obstruction-tripping)

14:33; Daryl Moore, WMU (roughing after the whistle) 15:59; Sean

Collins, OSU (roughing after the whistle) 15:59.

3rd period – 5, OSU, Johann Kroll/1 (Andrew Schembri/2, Domenic

Maiani/3) 1:04. 6, WMU, Brent Walton/6 (Mike Erickson/5, Kyle

Bushee/2) 7:39 (pp). 7, WMU, Jeff Pierce/1 (Paul Szczechura/6, Jim

McNamara/1) 10:46. 8, WMU, Brian Bicek/1 (Pat Dwyer/4) 13:47. 9, WMU,

Vince Bellissimo/5 (Brent Walton/4) 17:24 (empty net). Penalties –

Bryce Anderson, OSU (holding) 6:19; Nathan Ansell, WMU (roughing after

the whistle) 11:10; Domenic Maiani, OSU (roughing after the whistle)

11:10; Jonathan Lupa, WMU (cross-checking) 11:24; Paul Szczechura, WMU

(roughing) 15:22; Matt Waddell, OSU (roughing after the whistle)

18:00; Matt Waddell, OSU (10-minute misconduct) 18:00; Kevin Labatte,

WMU (roughing after the whistle) 18:00; Jason Moul, WMU (roughing

after the whistle) 18:00; Kevin Labatte, WMU (10-minute misconduct)

18:00; Jason Moul, WMU (10-minute misconduct) 18:00.

Shots on goal – OSU 9-8-11 28; WMU 12-9-11 32.

Power plays – OSU 0 of 8; WMU 2 of 8.

Penalties – OSU 13 (34 min); WMU 15 (46 min).

Goalies – OSU, Dave Caruso 4-2-0 (59:17 minutes, 31 shots-26 saves)

, EMPTY NET (00:43, 0-0); WMU, Daniel Bellissimo 2-2-0 (60:00, 28-25).

A-2012 T-2:20

Three stars: 1. Vince Bellissimo 2. Pat Dwyer 3. Brent Walton

Referee:Craig Lisko Linesman:Randy Chin; Brent Gawlik

Win-Daniel Bellissimo (2-2-0). Loss-Dave Caruso (4-2-0).