Feb. 14, 2004

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Buckeye freshman Andrew Schembri, sophomore Dan Knapp and senior Scott May each scored a goal and an assist and senior Paul Caponigri had three helpers as the No. 14/15 Ohio State men’s hockey team topped Nebraska-Omaha, 4-3, Saturday in Value City Arena. The win gives the Buckeyes a two-game sweep of the Mavericks.

With the win, Ohio State improved to 19-13-0 and 14-10-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The Mavericks dropped to 6-19-5, 4-16-4 in league play.

Schembri (Fr., Mississauga, Ontario) continued his hot streak, scoring just 28 seconds into the game on the power play. Bryce Anderson (Fr., Waterloo, Iowa) followed with a goal exactly a minute later. The Mavericks got on the board with a power-play goal of their own at 4:59, scored by Alex Nikiforuk. Knapp (So., Rochester, Mich.) and May (Sr., Surrey, British Columbia) scored power-play goals at 8:18 and 14:23, respectively, to send OSU into the lockerroom with a 4-1 lead after one. Caponigri (Sr., Oak Park, Ill.) assisted on three of the goals in the stanza, while Schembri, Knapp and May each had an assist for a two-point period. The Buckeyes outshot the Mavericks in the period, 13-10.

The Mavericks scored the only goals of the second period to cut the Buckeyes’ lead to one, 4-3. Scott Parse scored at the 4:05 mark, before Mike Lefley tallied at 13:45. Each team had nine shots on goal in the period.

There was no scoring in the third. The Mavericks outshot the Buckeyes in the period, 6-5. Ohio State held UNO scoreless on two power-play chances and could not score on its one attempt.

Ohio State was 3-for-8 on the power play in the game; UNO went 1-for-5. The Mavericks had 19 penalties for 62 minutes in the game, while the Buckeyes had 11 for 22.

Buckeye sophomore goalie Dave Caruso (Roswell, Ga.) made 22 stops on 25 UNO shots. For the Mavericks, Kris Tebbs started and played the first 8:18, making four saves and allowing three goals. Chris Holt played 50:58, allowing one goal (the gamewinner) and making 19 saves.

Ohio State returns to action with a two-game series on the road at Western Michgian. The Buckeyes and Broncos will meet at 8:05 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 and 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Postgame Notes
Caponigri’s three assists in the first tied the Value City Arena record for assists in a period. It was the third time the feat was accomplished; May was the last to do it (Feb. 22, 2003 vs. Bowling Green).

Caruso assisted on Knapp’s goal, marking the first point of his Buckeye career.

May has two points in each of his last five games, with three two-assist games, a two-goal night and the 1-1-2 performance vs. the Mavericks. He leads OSU with 11 multiple-point games on the year.

Schembri has a five -game point streak, with 6-3-9 totals during the stretch. He has three consecutive multiple-point outings.

Knapp has a four-game scoring streak and has 5-4-9 totals in the three games combined.

The sweep was OSU’s fifth sweep of a CCHA series this season. OSU also won two games against Michigan State, Alaska Fairbanks, Bowling Green and Lake Superior State.

Ohio State has won its last four games against the Mavericks and improved to 6-1-1 against UNO at home.

Since being put on a line together in the last game at Ferris State, the trio of Knapp, May and Schembri has combined for 11 goals, 10 assists and 21 points in three games.

Caponigri’s three assists tied his career high, set at Nebraska-Omaha March 9, 2001.

Ohio State stands in third place in the CCHA, pending the outcome of the Michigan State at Alaska Fairbanks game at 11:05 EST Saturday.

Postgame Quotes
Ohio State head coach John Markell
On the game
“It was disappointing we weren’t able to put the game away. After the first period, we were up 4-1, but we needed to respond better than we did in the second. UNO played a good game; they got in deep and tried to out muscle us and it was working.”

Senior forward Scott May
“The power plays really helped us to gain confidence. We started to move the puck well, especially on the 5-on-3 play. I think we’ve finally found something that works. We need to stick with what we’re doing now.”

Senior forward Paul Caponigri
“When you have so many penalties in a game, you need to stay disciplined. If you keep a step ahead, you don’t notice the clutching and the grabbing. You have to stay focused and not let it get to you.”

UNO head coach Mike Kemp
On the end of the first period
“We had to play smart and get back to basics and we had to do it with a short bench. We had to pull together. From that standpoint, I was very proud of our team.

On the penalties
“There were a lot of them right from the start of the game. We knew the game was going to be called tight and we had to play that way.”

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

Nebraska-Omaha (6-19-5, 4-16-4 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (19-13-0,14-10-0 CCHA) Date: Feb 14, 2004 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: Value City Arena Attendance:4601 Start time:7:07 pm End time:9:30 pm Total time:2:23

Goals by Period 1 2 3 Tot ———————————- Nebraska-Omaha…… 1 2 0 – 3 Ohio State………. 4 0 0 – 4

1st period – 1, OSU, Andrew Schembri/11 (Scott May/18, Dan Knapp/17) :28 (pp). 2, OSU, Bryce Anderson/3 (Paul Caponigri/13, Doug Andress/19) 1:28. 3, UNO, Alex Nikiforuk/5 (Andrew Wong/12, Jason Krischuk/8) 4:59 (pp). 4, OSU, Dan Knapp/9 (Paul Caponigri/13, Dave Caruso/1) 8:18 (pp). 5, OSU, Scott May/11 (Andrew Schembri/9, Paul Caponigri/15) 14:23 (pp). Penalties – Ryan Bennett, UNO (cth-roughing) :06; Bryce Anderson, OSU (cth-roughing) 2:23; Sean Collins, OSU (cross-checking) 4:10; Andrew Wong, UNO (hooking) 7:33; Mike Gabinet, UNO (slashing) 8:56; Dave Steckel, OSU (hit after whistle) 8:56; David Morelli, UNO (hit after whistle) 8:56; Paul Caponigri, OSU (slashing) 8:56; Mike Gabinet, UNO (hit after whistle) 8:56; Andrew Schembri, OSU (slashing) 10:31; Josh Weeks, UNO (slashing) 10:31; Brett Davis, UNO (obstruction-tripping) 13:07; Josh Weeks, UNO (slashing) 13:55; Thomas Welsh, OSU (obstruction-tripping) 16:27; Scott Parse, UNO (hit after whistle) 16:27; Ryan Bennett, UNO (10-minute misconduct) 20:00; Alex Nikiforuk, UNO (10-minute misconduct) 20:00; Alex Nikiforuk, UNO (hit after whistle) 20:00.

2nd period – 6, UNO, Scott Parse/13 (Andrew Wong/13) 4:05. 7, UNO, Mike Lefley/9 (David Morelli/8, Brent Kisio/9) 13:45. Penalties – Jason Krischuk, UNO (holding) 10:29; Scott Parse, UNO (10-minute misconduct) 13:32; Doug Andress, OSU (cth-high sticking) 13:53; Chris Olsgard, OSU (hit after whistle) 19:56; Chris Claffey, UNO (hit after whistle) 19:56.

3rd period – Penalties – Sean Collins, OSU (obstruction-hooking) :39; Paul Caponigri, OSU (cross-checking) 8:18; Dan Hacker, UNO (slashing) 19:39; Dave Steckel, OSU (slashing) 20:00; Bobby Henderson, UNO (slashing) 20:00; Bobby Henderson, UNO (roughing) 20:00; Bobby Henderson, UNO (roughing) 20:00.

Shots on goal – UNO 10-9-6 25; OSU 13-9-5 27.

Power plays – UNO 1 of 5; OSU 3 of 8.

Penalties – UNO 19 (62 min); OSU 11 (22 min).

Goalies – UNO, Kris Tebbs (08:18 minutes, 7 shots-4 saves) , Chris Holt 3-11-2 (50:58, 20-19) , EMPTY NET (00:44, 0-0); OSU, Dave Caruso 6-1-0 (59:31, 25-22) , EMPTY NET (00:29, 0-0).

A-4601 T-2:23 Three stars: 1. Scott May 2. Andrew Schembri 3. Andrew Wong Referee:Steve Piotrowski Assistant Referee:Ken Landis; Justin Perrone Win-Dave Caruso (6-1-0). Loss-Chris Holt (3-11-2).