Feb. 13, 2004

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Buckeye freshman Andrew Schembri scored twice, while linemates Dan Knapp and Scott May each chipped in two points, to lead the No. 14/15 Ohio State men’s hockey team to a 3-1 victory over Nebraska-Omaha Friday in Value City Arena.

With the win, Ohio State moved to 18-13-0 and 13-10-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The Mavericks fell to 6-18-5, 4-15-4 in league play.

The teams will complete the season series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.

Schembri (Fr., Mississauga, Ontario) scored twice in the first period to stake the Buckeyes to a 2-0 lead at the end of one. Schembri’s first goal came after Scott May (Sr., Surrey, British Columbia) forced a turnover and passed the puck to him; Schembri skated in alone on UNO goalie Chris Holt and beat him high at 4:11. Schembri’s second goal came at 8:08, as Dan Knapp (So., Rochester, Mich.) passed the puck to May at the side of the net. May got the puck to Schembri at the other side of the net, who put it in the net for his 10th goal of the year. OSU outshot the Mavericks in the period, 11-7.

Knapp scored the only goal of the second, tipping a Tyson Strachan (Fr., Melfort, Saskatchewan) shot past Holt at 11:25, four seconds after a Buckeye power-play expired. Paul Caponigri (Sr., Oak Park, Ill.) had the second assist on the goal. The Buckeyes put 11 shots on net in the period, UNO 10. OSU stopped all four Maverick power chances in the period, including a 45-second 5-on-3 advantage.

In the third, the Mavericks scored the only goal, when Kaleb Betts tallied at 12:29 following a turnover in the Buckeye zone. UNO outshot the Buckeyes, 8-5, in the period. The Mavericks pulled Holt with 1:17 left for the extra attacker, but the Buckeye defense held strong and did not allow a shot on goal. Each team was 0-for-1 on the power play in the period.

In the game, the Buckeyes were scoreless on five power-play chances and held the Mavericks, who came into the game second in the league in power-play percentage overall, scoreless on six chances.

The Buckeyes outshot the Mavericks in the game, 27-25. Sophomore goalie Dave Caruso (So., Roswell, Ga.) made 24 stops on 25 UNO shots, while Holt had 24 saves on 27 shots in 58:43 in net.

Postgame Notes
The contest marked the 150th career game played for Buckeye seniors May and Doug Andress.

The goal allowed by Caruso at the 12:29 mark of the third period ended his shutout streak at 142:04.

May has two points in each of his last four games, with three two-assist games and a two-goal night. He leads OSU with 10 multiple-point games on the year.

Schembri has a four-game point streak, with 5-2-7 totals during the stretch. He has back-to-back two-goal nights.

Knapp has a three-game scoring streak and has 4-3-7 totals in the three games combined.

Since being put on a line together in the last game at Ferris State, the trio of Knapp, May and Schembri has combined for eight goals and seven assists in two games. The rest of the squad has a goal and nine helpers in the two games.

Ohio State has won its last three games against the Mavericks and improved to 5-1-1 against UNO at home.

Postgame Quotes
Ohio State head coach John Markell
On the game
“We got two points tonight. We didn’t play as complete as we did last Saturday. Tonight we taught ourselves another lesson and we will have to learn from it in the next 24 hours. We have to keep executing.

“It was a chippy game. We put ourselves in the box but responded to what we needed to do. In the second period we have four penalty kills and that got to us. We can’t have that. We have to pick up our game for tomorrow. We have to play more like we did in the first period and stay out of the box.

“They (Nebraska-Omaha) put in a good effort and finished their checks. They played consistently.”

On sophomore goalie David Caruso:
“We played solid tonight. He only made one mistake and had a big save on a breakaway.

On freshman forward Andrew Schembri
“He had a good first period. He is a young guy and has to realize you have to continue that kind of play in the second and third periods. He is learning what he has to do to maintain that intensity for the whole game and it’s our job to help him do that.”

Ohio State sophomore forward Dan Knapp
On Andrew Schembri’s goals
“Anyone who has two goals, especially with two in the first, should be a little selfish with the puck. I told him that in the third period. It’s not easy to get a hat trick, especially as a freshman and especially as a Buckeye. We like to see him shoot the puck. He is a scorer. There is always tomorrow.

On his goal in the second period
“We did good work down in the corner and it just happened to be a floater. I just put a stick on it. It is always nice to get some insurance.”

Ohio State freshman forward Andrew Schembri
On his goals in the first period
“They were quick. I just jumped on the first one and was able to get a breakaway. On the second, Knapp got May the puck and he found me back-door and I just tapped it in.

On getting a possible hat trick
“It would have been nice especially since I have never had one. It’s always hard to get the third and maybe one day it will happen. It was in my head the rest of the game but I still wanted to play solid.”

Nebraska-Omaha head coach Mike Kemp
On the game
“The Buckeyes came out and played a sound, solid hockey game. I think the game was a microcosm for our entire season. We made errors and the end result of those errors was the puck in the back of our net. We had two bad turnovers and Schembri was able to capitalize on each of them. Our guys were too patient. They held the puck too long and didn’t take opportunities. At this point, we’re not fighting for home ice, we’re just fighting for survival.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2003-04 Nebraska-Omaha vs #14 Ohio State (Feb 13, 2004 at Columbus, Ohio)

Nebraska-Omaha (6-18-5, 4-15-4 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (18-13-0,13-10-0 CCHA) Date: Feb 13, 2004 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: Value City Arena Attendance:5511 Start time:7:06 pm End time:9:13 pm Total time:2:07

Goals by Period 1 2 3 Tot ———————————- Nebraska-Omaha…… 0 0 1 – 1 Ohio State………. 2 1 0 – 3

1st period – 1, OSU, Andrew Schembri/9 (Scott May/16) 4:11. 2, OSU, Andrew Schembri/10 (Scott May/17, Dan Knapp/16) 8:08. Penalties – Bobby Henderson, UNO (hit after whistle) :22; John Thomas, UNO (cross-checking) 13:28; Lee Spector, OSU (hooking) 17:27; Bobby Henderson, UNO (cross-checking) 19:59.

2nd period – 3, OSU, Dan Knapp/8 (Tyson Strachan/3, Paul Caponigri/12) 11:25. Penalties – Chris Olsgard, OSU (holding) 4:49; Rod Pelley, OSU (roughing after the whistle) 8:59; Mike Eickman, UNO (roughing after the whistle) 8:59; Andrew Wong, UNO (holding) 9:21; Andrew Schembri, OSU (obstruction-tripping) 13:45; Dan Knapp, OSU (cth-roughing) 16:32; Reed Whiting, OSU (cth-roughing) 17:47.

3rd period – 4, UNO, Kaleb Betts/7 (Scott Parse/17) 12:29. Penalties – Dan Knapp, OSU (tripping) 13:42; Scott Parse, UNO (slashing) 16:18.

Shots on goal – UNO 7-10-8 25; OSU 11-11-5 27.

Power plays – UNO 0 of 6; OSU 0 of 5.

Penalties – UNO 6 (12 min); OSU 7 (14 min).

Goalies – UNO, Chris Holt 3-10-2 (58:43 minutes, 27 shots-24 saves) , EMPTY NET (01:17, 0-0); OSU, Dave Caruso 5-1-0 (60:00, 25-24).

A-5511 T-2:07 Three stars: 1. Andrew Schembri 2. Dan Knapp 3. Scott May Referee:Steve Piotrowski Assistant Referee:Ken Landis; Justin Perrone Win-Dave Caruso (5-1-0). Loss-Chris Holt (3-10-2).