Buckeyes Hand No. 12 Michigan State First Home Loss with 4-1 Victory

Dec. 2, 2006

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Ohio State men's hockey team handed 12th-ranked Michigan State its first home loss of the season with a 4-1 victory Saturday at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich. Freshman goaltender Joseph Palmer made 39 saves and the OSU special teams scored two shorthanded goals and two power play goals for the win. The Buckeyes split the series with the Spartans and improve to 5-8-3 overall (5-5-2 CCHA) while MSU is 7-7-1 (5-5-1 CCHA).

Ohio State got out to a 2-0 lead with two shorthanded goals on the same minor penalty. For the second game in a row, the Buckeyes scored just before the end of the first period to take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. Senior forward Kenny Bernard (Sarnia, Ontario) stripped the puck from an MSU defenseman in the neutral zone and skated it in toward the left side of the slot. He passed the puck across to Domenic Maiani (Jr., Shelby Township, Mich.), who fired it in top shelf at 19:48 for the first shorthanded goal of his career and fourth goal of the season.

In the opening minute of the second period while still killing off the same penalty, senior defenseman Matt Waddell (Armstrong, British Columbia) dumped the puck around the boards and it was picked up by classmate Bryce Anderson (Waterloo, Iowa) who scored on a breakaway at just :42 the for the second shorthanded goal of his career and first lamplighter of the season. The assist was Waddell's third of the year.

Ohio State upped its lead to 3-0 with a power play goal at 10:28. Freshman defenseman Kevin Montgomery (Rochester, N.Y.) passed the puck from the top of the right circle across to Tyson Strachan (Sr., Melfort, Saskatchewan). He blasted a shot from the top of the left circle that was tipped in by Matt McIlvane (Jr., Naperville, Ill.). The goal was McIlvane's third goal of the year with the man-advantage and fifth overall to tie for the team lead. It was the fourth assist of the season for Montgomery and Strachan. With three goals allowed, Michigan State pulled starting goaltender Jeff Lerg at 10:28 and put in Bobby Jarosz.

Ohio State held its 3-0 lead into the second intermission with a 27-26 edge in shots. The Buckeyes were 1-for-3 on the power play with 10 shots.

Michigan State erased the shutout with a power play goal 1:47 into the third period. Palmer (Yorkville, N.Y.) made two saves but the third Spartan attempt by Bryan Lerg found its way into the back of the net. He was assisted by Chris Mueller and Nick Sucharski.

Senior Andrew Schembri (Mississauga, Ontario) put the game away with a power play goal at 18:51. He picked up the puck from junior Jason DeSantis (Oxford, Mich.) and skated end-to-end, shooting the puck in from the left circle for a final of 4-1.

Palmer stopped 39 of 40 shots faced, including 15 of 16 MSU power play shots, to improve to 5-6-2. Lerg picked up the loss for the Spartans, finishing with 18 saves, and is 7-7-1. Overall, the Buckeyes totaled 36 shots and were 2-for-4 on the power play while holding Michigan State to just 1-for-6.

Ohio State ends its road swing with a home-and-home series against in-state rival Miami Dec. 8-9. The Buckeyes return to Value City Arena Friday for the first time since Nov. 9 with a 7:05 p.m. game against the RedHawks. The homecoming in short lived, though, as OSU then heads to Oxford for an 8:05 p.m. game Saturday. That game will be televised on CSTV.

Game Notes

Eight Buckeyes had a point in the game with no player recording multiple points. Five of the players who scored were seniors (Schembri, Bernard, Anderson, Waddell and Strachan).

The shorthanded goals by Domenic Maiani and Bryce Anderson increased Ohio State's season total to eight, the most in the nation (at the end of the game).

Kevin Montgomery extended his assist streak to three games. He has had four assists - the first assists of his career - during that span.

Jason DeSantis increased his team-leading assist total to 14 with a helper on the last OSU goal.

The Buckeye penalty kill was 11-for-12 in the series.

Tyson Strachan was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct for hitting from behind.

Joseph Palmer earned the first star of the game for the fourth time this season.

Sean Collins was held scoreless to end his point streak at five games.

Hockey Game Box Score (Final) 2006-07 Ohio State Men's Hockey Ohio State vs #12 Michigan State (Dec 02, 2006 at East Lansing, Mich.)

Ohio State (5-8-3, 5-5-2 CCHA) vs. Michigan State (7-7-1, 5-5-1 CCHA) Date: Dec 02, 2006 Location: East Lansing, Mich. Arena: Munn Ice Arena Attendance:5522 Start time:7:05 pm End time:9:25 pm Total time:2:20

Goals by Period 1 2 3 Tot ---------------------------------- Ohio State.......... 1 2 1 - 4 Michigan State...... 0 0 1 - 1

1st period - 1, OSU, Domenic Maiani/4 (Kenny Bernard/7) 19:48 (sh). Penalties - Tim Crowder, MSU (interference) 5:11; Kevin Montgomery, OSU (holding) 16:41; Johann Kroll, OSU (slashing) 18:44.

2nd period - 2, OSU, Bryce Anderson/1 (Matt Waddell/3) :42 (sh). 3, OSU, Matt McIlvane/6 (Tyson Strachan/4, Kevin Montgomery/4) 10:28 (pp). Penalties - Mathieu Beaudoin, OSU (holding) 4:11; Brandon Gentile, MSU (boarding) 8:31; Jim McKenzie, MSU (cth roughing) 12:28; Domenic Maiani, OSU (slashing) 12:28; Domenic Maiani, OSU (tripping) 12:28; Chris Mueller, MSU (o-holding) 13:55; Tyson Strachan, OSU (checking from behind) 18:42; Tyson Strachan, OSU (game misconduct) 18:42.

3rd period - 4, MSU, Bryan Lerg/8 (Chris Mueller/6, Nick Sucharski/3) 1:47 (pp). 5, OSU, Andrew Schembri/5 (Jason DeSantis/14) 18:51 (pp). Penalties - Brandon Gentile, MSU (cross-checking) 16:25; Chris Mueller, MSU (hitting after whistle) 17:39; Tommy Goebel, OSU (hitting after whistle) 17:39; Chris Mueller, MSU (slashing) 17:39.

Shots on goal - OSU 13-14-9 36; MSU 11-15-14 40.

Power plays - OSU 2 of 4; MSU 1 of 6.

Penalties - OSU 8 (27 min); MSU 7 (14 min).

Goalies - OSU, Joseph Palmer 5-6-2 (60:00 minutes, 40 shots-39 saves); MSU, Jeff Lerg 7-7-1 (30:28, 21-18) , Bobby Jarosz (29:32, 15-14).

A-5522 T-2:20 Three stars: 1. Joseph Palmer 2. Kenny Bernard 3. Domenic Maiani Referee:Mark Wilkins Linesman:Tony Molina; Justin Perrone Win-Joseph Palmer (5-6-2). Loss-Jeff Lerg (7-7-1).