Dec. 7, 2002

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 14-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team completed a two-game sweep of the No. 11 Miami RedHawks with a 5-3 victory Saturday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes were led by junior R.J. Umberger, who posted three points in the game for a seven-point weekend. Chris Olsgard scored the gamewinner for the Buckeyes in the third period.

The Buckeyes improve to 10-4-1 overall and 7-2-1 in CCHA play. The RedHawks drop to 12-5-1 overall and 7-4-1 in the league. The weekend sweep moves OSU into a tie for third place in the league.

The Buckeyes dominated the early part of the first period, putting eight shots on net before Miami had one of its own. The RedHawks got on the board first, however, as Matt Davis scored on the power play at the 12:59 mark. The Buckeyes’ best chance came when Daymen Bencharski beat Miami goalie David Burleigh but hit the post. OSU outshot the RedHawks in the period, 10-6.

OSU tied the game in the second period when Umberger beat Burleigh through the five-hole from the right point after a Scott May faceoff win at the 8:20 mark. OSU outshot the RedHawks in the period, 13-4.

The game opened up in the third period, as the teams combined for six goals. Miguel Lafleche gave OSU its first lead of the game 33 seconds into the stanza with OSU on the power play. Lafleche took a pass from Paul Caponigri and beat Burleigh high; Umberger also assisted on the goal. The RedHawks responded with a goal by Greg Hogeboom at the 4:58 mark. Dave Steckel regained the Buckeyes’ lead with a shorthanded goal at 7:44 after stealing the puck deep in the RedHawk zone. Miami tied the game again, as Mike Kompon scored less than a minute later (8:21).

With OSU on the power play, Chris Olsgard took a long pass from Ryan Kesler and skated in on Burleigh, sliding the puck past the RedHawk goalie for the eventual gamewinner. Pete Broccoli also assisted on the goal, which was scored at 14:23. May put the game out of reach with a power-play tally of his own with just 42 seconds remaining, as he one-timed a pass from Caponigri on a two-on-one. Umberger set up the play, leading Caponigri into the RedHawk zone. OSU put 10 shots on net in the stanza, Miami nine.

The Buckeyes scored a season-high four power play goals, as they converted four of 11 power-play chances. OSU held Miami scoreless on 7-of-8 opportunities and stopped 12-of-13 RedHawk power-play chances in the two-game series.

In net, OSU goalie Mike Betz recorded the win, making 16 saves. Burleigh had 28 saves in the loss.

The Buckeyes return to action with a two-game home series against Nebraska-Omaha next weekend. The squads will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 and at 8:05 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 in Value City Arena.

Postgame quotes
Ohio State head coach John Markell
“We had the chance to put away the game. The game changed dramatically in each period. I thought we had the opportunity to score four or five goals more goals in the game.

“Our guys settled down at the end of the game and played a little better.

“Miami is a good hockey club. When you are playing within the CCHA you have to defend your home ice. They have guys that can score, who have a lot of talent. It was a good game and definitely better than last night’s game.

“We have skilled players. If you try to antagonize us then we are going to respond. A lot of guys stepped up tonight and scored goals. You need depth in a team and we showed that tonight. We had a good team effort and we ended it with a win.”

Ohio State junior forward R.J. Umberger
“I work hard at practice getting everything I can out of it and it has definitely paid off.

“It is always good for the team to have a lot of special-team goals.”

Ohio State junior forward Chris Olsgard
“It is always going to be a physical game when you play an instate rival and a team in the CCHA. It feels good to come out and get both wins.”

Miami head coach Enrico Blasi
“I thought it was a good game. It was a lot more intense tonight (than last night).

“I thought both goalies played well and we killed a lot of shots. When you are killing penalties it is hard to generate shots.

“I thought it was two good teams and you have to come to play every night and it is always tough playing a team in the CCHA.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) Ohio State Hockey 2002-03 Miami vs Ohio State (Dec 07, 2002 at Columbus, Ohio)

Miami (12-5-1, 7-4-1 CCHA) vs. Ohio State (10-4-1, 7-2-1 CCHA) Date: Dec 07, 2002 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: Value City Arena Attendance:6634 Start time:8:05 pm End time:10:13 pm Total time:2:08

Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total Miami 1 0 2 3 Ohio State 0 1 4 5

1st period – 1, MIA, Matt Davis/5 (Greg Hogeboom/11, Mike Kompon/17) 12:59 (pp). Penalties – Matt Davis, MIA (obstruction-cross checking) 1:23; John Lenz, MIA (obstruction-holding) 6:25; Pete Broccoli, OSU (tripping) 10:55; Eric Skaug, OSU (obstruction-kneeing) 11:42; Pete Broccoli, OSU (holding) 16:57.

2nd period – 2, OSU, R.J. Umberger/9 (Scott May/14) 8:20 (pp). Penalties – Chris Knupp, MIA (charging the goaltender) 3:31; Todd Grant, MIA (obstruction-hooking) 8:16; Mike Kompon, MIA (slashing goaltender) 8:38; Chris Michael, MIA (boarding) 11:12; Daymen Bencharski, OSU (slashing) 12:12; Daymen Bencharski, OSU (10-minute misconduct) 12:12; Chris Michael, MIA (obstruction-hooking) 14:25; TEAM, OSU (delaying the game) 17:17; Andy Greene, MIA (high sticking) 17:37; Ben Tharp, MIA (playing without a helmet) 18:42.

3rd period – 3, OSU, Miguel Lafleche/6 (Paul Caponigri/10, R.J. Umberger/9) :33 (pp). 4, MIA, Greg Hogeboom/11 (Pat Levendusky/5, Mike Kompon/17) 4:58. 5, OSU, Dave Steckel/7 7:44 (sh). 6, MIA, Mike Kompon/11 (Greg Hogeboom/14, Chris Michael/11) 8:21. 7, OSU, Chris Olsgard/4 (Ryan Kesler/12, Pete Broccoli/5) 14:23 (pp). 8, OSU, Scott May/4 (Paul Caponigri/11, R.J. Umberger/10) 19:18 (pp). Penalties – Miguel Lafleche, OSU (interference) 6:19; Nate Guenin, OSU (interference) 10:42; Todd Grant, MIA (cross-checking) 12:25; Dan Knapp, OSU (holding the stick) 14:38; Mike Kompon, MIA (roughing) 17:57.

Shots on goal – MIA 6-4-9 19; OSU 10-13-10 33.

Power plays – MIA 1 of 8; OSU 4 of 11.

Penalties – MIA 11 (22 min); OSU 9 (26 min).

Goalies – MIA, David Burleigh 11-5-1 (59:18 minutes, 33 shots-28 saves) , EMPTY NET (00:42, 0-0); OSU, Mike Betz 8-3-1 (60:00, 19-16).

A-6634 T-2:08 Three stars: 1. R.J. Umberger 2. Chris Olsgard 3. Greg Hogeboom Referee:Steve McInchak Assistant Referee:Brian Hill; Ken Landis Win-Mike Betz (8-3-1). Loss-David Burleigh (11-5-1).