Nov. 29, 2003

Box Score

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Six Buckeyes posted two points and 12 Buckeyes had at least one point, led by senior Dave Steckel’s two shorthanded goals, to lead the No. 8/9 Ohio State men’s hockey team a 7-0 win over Bowling Green Saturday at BGSU Ice Arena.

Steckel’s two shorthanded goals in the game tied an OSU record, set by Paul Pooley Feb. 14, 1981 also vs. Bowling Green in the BGSU Ice Arena. Steckel had two goals, Scott May and Nate Guenin had a goal and an assist each, while Dave Barton, Sean Collins and Paul Caponigri each had two helpers.

Mike Betz stopped 26 Bowling Green shots to record his 10th career shutout and second on the season. He now is tied with Bill McKenzie for the OSU career shutout record.

The win improves the Buckeyes’ record to 11-5-0 on the year overall and 8-3-0 in the CCHA to remain in first place. The Falcons fall to 3-7-5 and 2-6-2 in league play on the season.

In the first period, the teams were scoreless. The teams each had a number of chances, but each was unable to convert. The Falcons had a goal disallowed with 2:33 remaining, as it was ruled the puck was batted in with a hand. OSU goalie Mike Betz (Sr., Elizabeth, Pa.) stopped all 12 Falcons shots in the period, while at the other end BGSU’s Jordan Sigalet saved seven Buckeye shots.

The Buckeyes dominated the second period, ending the stanza with a 4-0 lead. Scott May (Sr., Surrey, British Columbia) got the Buckeyes on the board 3:20 into the game, taking passes from Dave Barton (Fr., Calgary, Alberta) and Sean Collins (Fr., Troy, Mich.) and drawing Sigalet out of the net before sliding the puck into the net. Dave Steckel added to the Buckeye lead with his first goal of the game at 8:41, as Paul Caponigri (Sr., Oak Park, Ill.) led Steckel into the BGSU zone with OSU shorthanded. Matt Waddell (Fr., Armstrong, British Columbia) scored his first career goal at 16:28 with OSU on the power play, taking assists from Doug Andress (Sr., Iroquois Falls, Ontario) and Barton and beating Sigalet, as the puck hit the post and bounced out before going in off the goalie’s skate. Steckel scored his second shorthanded goal of the game and the period with just 33 seconds remaining in the stanza, forcing a turnover in the neutral zone and skating in alone on Sigalet before beating him with a wrist shot. OSU outshot the Falcons in the period, 11-8.

Nate Guenin (So., Aliquippa, Pa.) made the score 5-0 with an even strength goal 9:44 into the third period, as his slap shot from in front of the net beat the goalie high. JB Bittner scored OSU’s second power-play of the game less than a minute later, as his shot from the point got through. Caponigri and Guenin assisted on the play. Andrew Schembri (Fr., Mississauga, Ontario) scored his first career power-play goal at 14:44, pushing in a Collins pass. Rod Pelley (So., Kitimat, British Columbia), who won the faceoff to start the play, had the second assist.

OSU was 3-for-7 on the power play and stopped the Falcons on seven chances.

Betz stopped 26 BGSU shots in the game. Sigalet had 19 saves on 26 Buckeye shots.

The Buckeyes will play their last home game of 2003 next weekend, as it has a home-and-home series with Miami. The Buckeyes and RedHawks will face off at 7:05 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 in Value City Arena in Columbus and at 7:35 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 in Goggin Ice Arena in Oxford, Ohio.

Steckel’s two shorthanded goals are a career high. He is the first Buckeye to have multiple shorthanded goals in a season since Jean-Francois Dufour and Eric Meloche each had two in the 1999-00 season.

Steckel had back-to-back multiple-goal games, as he also scored twice against Cornell.

This marks the third consecutive game the Buckeyes have scored at least six goals against Bowling Green. OSU swept the Falcons by scores of 6-3 and 6-1 Jan. 16-17 in Value City Arena.

Barton’s two assists marked the second two-point night of his career and his first since Nov. 15 vs. Michigan.

Waddell’s goal was the first of his career.

The Buckeyes power-play goals marked the first time since Oct. 31-Nov. 1 vs. UAF the squad had a power-play tally in back-to-back games. The squad also scored with the man advantage at Cornell. It was the first time the team scored three power-play tallies since Jan. 7 against Findlay.

May’s two points give him 96 (36-60) points in his career, just four shy of the 100-point mark. He has a team-best four-game scoring streak, with 2-5-7 totals in the stretch.

OSU’s four goals in the second period were a team season-high this season. The squad had scored three in a period twice before.

Bittner’s power-play goal was his team-best sixth of the season. He entered the weekend tied for second in the nation in the category.

OSU’s seven goals were a season high. It was the most since tallying nine in a 9-0 victory over Wayne State Nov. 9, 2001.

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2003-04 Ohio State vs Bowling Green (Nov 29, 2003 at Bowling Green, Ohio)

Ohio State (11-5-0, 8-3-0 CCHA) vs. Bowling Green (3-7-5, 2-6-2 CCHA) Date: Nov 29, 2003 Location: Bowling Green, Ohio Arena: BGSU Ice Arena Attendance:2532 Start time:7:05 pm End time:9:16 pm Total time:2:11

Goals by Period 1 2 3 Tot ———————————- Ohio State………. 0 4 3 – 7 Bowling Green……. 0 0 0 – 0

1st period – Penalties – Alex Rogosheske, BGSU (high sticking) 7:42; Chris Olsgard, OSU (hooking) 14:10; Scott May, OSU (roughing after the whistle) 19:35.

2nd period – 1, OSU, Scott May/5 (Dave Barton/4, Sean Collins/4) 3:20. 2, OSU, Dave Steckel/9 (Paul Caponigri/7) 8:41 (sh). 3, OSU, Matt Waddell/5 (Doug Andress/10, Dave Barton/5) 16:28 (pp). 4, OSU, Dave Steckel/10 19:27 (sh). Penalties – Rich Meloche, BGSU (tripping) 4:51; Kenny Bernard, OSU (roughing) 8:15; Dan Knapp, OSU (elbowing) 11:52; Jon Sitko, BGSU (holding) 14:49; Nate Guenin, OSU (high sticking) 18:24.

3rd period – 5, OSU, Nate Guenin/2 (Matt Beaudoin/3, Scott May/8) 9:44. 6, OSU, JB Bittner/10 (Paul Caponigri/8, Nate Guenin/10) 10:27 (pp). 7, OSU, Andrew Schembri/2 (Sean Collins/5, Rod Pelley/4) 14:44 (pp). Penalties – Dave Steckel, OSU (hit after whistle) 6:31; Alex Rogosheske, BGSU (obstruction-holding) 6:31; Dan Knapp, OSU (slashing) 7:07; Jon Sitko, BGSU (elbowing) 10:13; James Unger, BGSU (slashing) 11:37; Don Morrison, BGSU (high sticking) 14:17; Jon Sitko, BGSU (cross-checking) 14:31; Dave Barton, OSU (cross-checking) 15:36; Kenny Bernard, OSU (charging) 15:36; Jeremy Bronson, BGSU (sa) 15:36.

Shots on goal – OSU 7-11-8 26; BGSU 12-8-6 26.

Power plays – OSU 3 of 7; BGSU 0 of 7.

Penalties – OSU 9 (21 min); BGSU 9 (18 min).

Goalies – OSU, Mike Betz 9-4-0 (60:00 minutes, 26 shots-26 saves); BGSU, Jordan Sigalet 3-7-5 (60:00, 26-19).

A-2532 T-2:11 Three stars: 1. Dave Steckel 2. Mike Betz 3. Paul Caponigri Referee:Steve Piotrowski Linesman:Bruce Vida; Ken Landis Win-Mike Betz (9-4-0). Loss-Jordan Sigalet (3-7-5).