Men's Hockey Completes Sweep of Notre Dame, 5-3

Feb. 3, 2001

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio - R.J. Umberger tallied a goal and three assists and Paul Caponigri recorded two goals and an assist, to lead the Ohio State men's hockey team to a 5-3 win over Notre Dame at Value City Arena. The win completed a two-game weekend sweep of the Irish for the Buckeyes, who won the series-opener, 5-2.

With the win, the Buckeyes move to 14-10-2 overall, 11-7-2 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The Irish fall to 6-21-5, 3-14-4 in conference play. The Buckeyes are 3-0-1 vs. Notre Dame this season.

The Irish got on the board first with an Aaron Gill power-play goal 5:14 into the period, but Ohio State scored the last three goals of the first period for a 3-1 lead.

Umberger scored a power-play tally at the 6:32 mark, assisted by Caponigri and Jean-Francois Dufour, for the Buckeyes' first score. Scott May tallied at the 13:49 mark for Ohio State, assisted by Dufour and Umberger.

Caponigri scored two-consecutive power-play goals to put Ohio State up, 4-1. Umberger and Doug Andress posted the assists on both Caponigri goals. His tallies came at 17:12 in the first period and 9:03 in the second stanza.

Ryan Dolder scored on the power play 9:44 into the second period to get the Irish within two (4-2). Ohio State's Luke Pavlas tallied his second goal of the season, assisted by Miguel Lafleche, at the 14:25 mark for the Buckeyes' final score.

Notre Dame's Dan Carlson posted the only goal of the third perid when he tallied at the 13:44 mark. Ohio State's Dave Steckel did not record a point in the game, ending his team-best scoring streak at 15 games. He has been held scoreless in just five of 22 games this season.

The Buckeyes' Mike Betz stopped 29-of-32 Notre Dame shots in the win, while his counterpart, Tony Zasowski, made 24 saves on 29 shots in the game.

The Buckeyes converted 3-of-7 power-play opportunities. Notre Dame was 2-for-6 with the man advantage.

Ohio State next competes Feb. 9-10 when they play a home-and-home series with Miami. The squads will play at 7:35 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 in Columbus, Ohio, before traveling to Oxford, Ohio for a 7:35 p.m. tilt Saturday, Feb. 10.

OSU 5, ND 3 Feb. 3, 2001 Value City Arena Columbus, Ohio

Goals by Period 1 2 3 F ND 1 1 1 3 Ohio State 3 2 0 5

Shots by Period 1 2 3 F ND 12 10 10 32 Ohio State 8 12 9 29

Power Plays ND 2/6 OSU 3/7

Penalties ND 12/32 OSU 11/30

Scoring Summary ND-OSU 1st Period 5:14 ND 1-0 Gill 10 (Nielsen, Galvin) pp 6:32 OSU 1-1 Umberger 12 (Caponigri, Dufour) pp 13:49 OSU 1-2 May 6 (Dufour, Umberger) 17:12 OSU 1-3 Caponigri 9 (Umberger, Andress) 2nd Period 9:03 OSU 1-4 Caponigri 10 (Andress, Umberger) 9:44 ND 2-4 Dolder 13 (Nielsen, Gill) 14:25 OSU 2-5 Pavlas 2 (Lafleche) 3rd Period 13:44 ND 3-5 Carlson 13 (Dolder)

Goalies ND Zasowski (58:21) 5-10-9--24 Empty Net (1:39) x-x-0--0 OSU Betz (60:00) 11-9-9--29

Perani Cup Three Stars of the Game 1. R.J. Umberger, OSU 2. Paul Caponigri, OSU 3. Doug Andress, OSU