Oct. 25, 2002

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team defeated Clarkson, 4-2, Friday night in Value City Arena. R.J. Umberger tallied two goals to pace the Buckeye attack, while freshman Dan Knapp and junior Daymen Bencharski each notched two assists.

The Buckeyes improve to 2-1-1 overall (1-0-1 CCHA). Clarkson, in its first regular-season game of the year, drops to 0-1-0 (0-0-0 ECAC). The teams will end the series at 3:05 p.m. Sunday in Value City Arena.

The first period ended tied at one. Clarkson got on the board first when Kevin O’Flaherty tipped a Trevor Edwards shot past OSU goalie Mike Betz at 6:53. The Buckeyes tied the game at the 16:17 mark, when Knapp won a faceoff back to Umberger at the point, who beat Clarkson goalie Mike Walsh up high for his second goal of the year. Each team had 12 shots in the period, while no penalties were called in the stanza.

OSU took its first goal of the lead just 1:11 into the game, as Knapp passed the puck out from behind the net to Dave Steckel just outside the crease and converted for his second goal of the year. Bencharski also assisted on the play. The Golden Knights tied the game at 6:36 on a goal by Jay Latulippe, but OSU’s Scott May scored just 20 seconds later, as he deflected a Paul Caponigri shot from the top of the crease. The Buckeyes outshot the Golden Knights, 13-10 and each team was 0-for-2 on the power play in the stanza.

There was no scoring in the third period until Umberger added an empty-net goal, assisted by Bencharski and Pete Broccoli, with 40 seconds remaining. The Buckeyes had four power-play chances in the third but were unable to convert. They outshot Clarkson, 11-6, in the third.

For the game, Betz posted 26 saves on 28 shots and Walsh had 32 stops. Both teams were scoreless on the power play. OSU was 0-for-6 and Clarkson was 0-for-4.

Umberger has at least one point in every game this season, while Knapp has five points in the last three games. Bencharski has six points in the last three outings.

Ohio State head coach John Markell
“I liked how we got stronger as the game went on. They took it to us in the first, but we made some adjustments and got stronger. Clarkson is a very good hockey club and their goalie played well tonight. It was their first game, so now we both get a day to think about things. We need to play three solid periods Sunday because we will face a better Clarkson team then. Hopefully we are improved as well.

“It helps us that we can roll out three sets of penalty killers. They did a good job of picking up and moving their feet, especially in the third period. We also rolled out four lines, which allows us to stay fresh mentally.”

Clarkson head coach Mark Morris
“I thought we played a really good first period. I realize they are blessed with some pretty talented players and we wanted to pressure their defensemen all night.

“We had too many penalties. It’s been a long couple of years in that department. We’ve been trying to avoid penalties at critical times.

“Give credit to Ohio State. They came out with a lot of tenacity but I thought we took it to them in the first. But, as soon as they scored their first goal they really got going. They’re a talented bunch. This is our first taste of defeat this year and it’s a little sour.”

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) Ohio State Hockey 2002-03 Clarkson vs Ohio State (Oct 25, 2002 at Columbus, Ohio)

Clarkson (0-1-0, 0-0-0 ECAC) vs. Ohio State (2-1-1, 1-0-1 CCHA) Date: Oct 25, 2002 Location: Columbus, Ohio Arena: Value City Arena Attendance:4930 Start time:7:05 pm End time:9:17 pm Total time:2:12

Goals by Period 1 2 3 Total Clarkson 1 1 0 2 Ohio State 1 2 1 4

1st period – 1, CLARKSON, Kevin O’Flaherty/1 (Trevor Edwards/1, Rob McFeeters/1) 6:53. 2, OSU, R.J. Umberger/2 (Dan Knapp/1) 16:17. Penalties –

2nd period – 3, OSU, Dave Steckel/2 (Dan Knapp/2, Daymen Bencharski/3) 1:11. 4, CLARKSON, Jay Latulippe/1 (Ken Scuderi/1, Zach Schwan/1) 6:36. 5, OSU, Scott May/1 (Paul Caponigri/2) 6:56. Penalties – Lee Spector, OSU (interference) 3:26; Jeff Genovy, CLARKSON (charging) 8:02; Mike Nagai, CLARKSON (high sticking) 13:18; Doug Andress, OSU (high sticking) 17:50.

3rd period – 6, OSU, R.J. Umberger/3 (Daymen Bencharski/4, Pete Broccoli/1) 19:20 (empty net). Penalties – Daymen Bencharski, OSU (roughing) :19; Jay Latulippe, CLARKSON (roughing) 1:17; Chris Blight, CLARKSON (tripping) 4:14; Chris Blight, CLARKSON (goaltender interference) 6:31; Dave Steckel, OSU (obstruction tripping) 6:53; Chris Blight, CLARKSON (high sticking) 14:38.

Shots on goal – CLARKSON 12-10-6 28; OSU 12-13-11 36.

Power plays – CLARKSON 0 of 4; OSU 0 of 6.

Penalties – CLARKSON 6 (12 min); OSU 4 (8 min).

Goalies – CLARKSON, Mike Walsh 0-1-0 (59:30 minutes, 35 shots-32 saves) , EMPTY NET (00:30, 0-0); OSU, Mike Betz 2-1-1 (60:00, 28-26).

A-4930 T-2:12 Three stars: 1. Dan Knapp 2. R.J. Umberger 3. Paul Caponigri Referee:John Murphy Assistant Referee:Brian Wisner; Brian Frerichs Win-Mike Betz (2-1-1). Loss-Mike Walsh (0-1-0).