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No. 12 Buckeyes Open CCHA Series with 3-2 Win over Bowling Green


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No. 12 Buckeyes Open CCHA Series with 3-2 Win over Bowling Green

March 12, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Freshman Bryce Anderson's second-period goal stood as the gamewinner as the No. 12 Ohio State men's hockey defeated Bowling Green, 3-2, Friday in Value City Arena. The win gave the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association tournament first-round best-of-three series.

The No. 4-seed Buckeyes improved to 22-15-0 on the year, while the No. 9-seed Falcons drop to 11-17-9. The teams will face off for game two at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena. If necessary, game three will be at 7:05 p.m. Sunday in VCA.

Ohio State ended the opening period with a 2-0 lead. Matt Beaudoin (Fr., Rock Forest, Quebec) opened the scoring with a goal at 9:04, as he took assists from Dave Steckel (Sr., West Bend, Wis.) and Doug Andress (Sr., Iroquois Falls, Ontario). The assist was Steckel's 100th career point. Paul Caponigri (Sr., Oak Park, Ill.) scored at 19:20, picking off a Falcon clearing attempt and getting the puck past BGSU goalie Jordan Sigalet at 19:19 for his 15th goal of the year. BGSU jumped out to an 8-1 advantage in shots in the period, but OSU outshot the Falcons the rest of the way, 14-2, for a 15-10 edge in the period.

Anderson (Fr., Waterloo, Iowa) scored 4:04 into the middle period to put the Buckeyes up by three. Steckel's pass sent Anderson in alone on Sigalet, who beat the Falcon goalie with a backhand. Sean Collins (Fr., Troy, Mich.) had the second assist on the goal. OSU put 14 shots on net in the period; BGSU had 10.

The Falcons cut OSU's lead to one with two goals in a 1:11 span early in the third period. Mark Wires tallied at 3:51, followed by a Ryan Barnett score at 5:02. BGSU pulled Sigalet with 1:15 remaining for the extra attacker, but the Buckeyes held on for the win. OSU outshot the Falcons in the period, 11-10.

Buckeye goalie Mike Betz (Elizabeth, Pa.) stopped 28-of-30 Falcon shots, while Sigalet made 37 saves on 40 Buckeye attempts.

The Buckeyes did not score on their one power-play chance in the game and stopped the Falcons on all three of their chances.

Postgame Notes
Steckel is the 50th member of the Ohio State 100-point club and joins classmates Scott May and Caponigri. Steckel ended the game with 101 points to tie for 48th all-time.

Steckel had his third multiple-point game against Bowling Green this season. On the year, he has three goals, four assists and seven points in three games vs. the Falcons and has been named the first star of the game in all three contests.

Collins extended his career-best scoring streak to three, with 1-3-4 totals. Steckel is on a three-game scoring streak, with 1-3-4 in the stretch. Andress has back-to-back games with an assist.

The winner of the best-of-three series advances to the CCHA Super Six at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit March 18-20.

Postgame Quotes
Bowling Green University head coach Scott Paluch
On the game
"I think we did a lot of things necessary to win a hockey game. We gave up too many second chances in the first and second periods. Ohio State is a deep team and they will capitalize on any chances you give them. But overall, I liked the way our team was playing. We created some good chances and gave ourselves some opportunities."

Ohio State head coach John Markell
On the Buckeyes' performance
"We weren't paying attention to detail. We didn't play a 60-minute hockey game. I give Bowling Green credit. They came in and played hard. We'll take the win, but will prepare for a tough game tomorrow."

On goalie Mike Betz
"Mike is a true senior and leader of our team. There are a lot of guys in that dressing room who can thank him for his performance and leadership."

Senior forward Dave Steckel
On the game
"I feel the same way coach does about the game. It didn't feel like a win in the lockerroom. We had a lot of lapses mentally - we gave up zones by bad passing and didn't get the puck in deep."

On Mike Betz
"He's awesome. He's the backbone of the team. Mike had a lot of great saves. I give him sole credit for keeping the score 3-0 going into the third."

Freshman forward Bryce Anderson
On his goal
"It was a good play by Steckel. He was able to turn the puck up in transition right away. I just made a move and buried it."
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No. 12 Men's Hockey Completes Series Sweep of BGSU with 5-2 Win

Buckeyes advance to CCHA Super Six for third consecutive year

March 13, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Buckeye senior forward Dave Steckel scored two goals, including the gamewinner, to give the No. 12 Ohio State men's hockey a two-game CCHA first-round series sweep of Bowling Green with a 5-2 win. The Buckeyes move on to the CCHA Super Six at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit for the third year in a row.

The No. 4-seed Buckeyes improved to 23-15-0 on the year, while the No. 9-seed Falcons end their season at 11-18-9. Ohio State won all four games against the Falcons this season and has won the last seven overall vs. BGSU.

Steckel had a game-high two goals, while freshman defenseman Sean Collins and senior defenseman Doug Andress each had a goal and an assist for two points.

Collins (Troy, Mich.) opened the scoring with a goal 7:54 into the game, assisted by Rod Pelley and Daymen Bencharski (Sr., Beaverlodge, Alberta). Steckel (Sr., West Bend, Wis.) made the score 2-0 at 16:42, with JB Bittner (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Doug Andress (Sr., Iroquois Falls, Ontario) assisting. OSU controlled the play in the period, outshooting the Falcons, 15-4.

There was no scoring in the second period until Mike Falk tallied at 16:42 of the third to cut the Buckeyes' lead to one. OSU put 17 shots on net in the period, BGSU eight.

In the third, OSU outscored the Falcons, 3-1, for the 5-2 final. Steckel scored at 6:44, putting in the rebound of a Collins shot, with Matt Beaudoin (Fr., Rock Forest, Quebec) also assisting. The Falcons had a five-minute power play at 12:26, when Collins was assessed a major for spearing and scored once on the man advantage. The Falcons pulled goalie Jordan Sigalet for the extra attacker early in the power play, but Scott May (Sr., Surrey, British Columbia) put the Buckeyes up by three (4-2) with a shorthanded, empty-net, unassisted goal. BGSU's Steve Brudzewski scored a power-play goal at 16:07, but Andress ended the scoring three minutes later with an empty-net, unassisted tally. OSU outshot BGSU in the period, 13-5.

Buckeye goalie Mike Betz (Elizabeth, Pa.) made 13 saves and allowed two goals. Senior Kelly Holowaty (Sr., Regina, Saskatchewan) played the last 53 seconds, stopping two shots in his first appearance of the year. For the Falcons, Sigalet made 40 stops and allowed three goals.

The Buckeyes were scoreless on five power plays; BGSU was 1-for-5.

Postgame Notes
The Buckeyes are advancing to the CCHA Super Six for the third year in a row. The tournament will be held March 18-20. Ohio State's opponent will not be known until the end of play Sunday, as three CCHA first-round series are not yet decided. No. 2-seed Miami and No. 3-seed Michigan State already have advanced.

The last time the Buckeyes advanced out of the first round of the CCHA tournament three consecutive years was from 1982-85.

Steckel had his fourth multiple-point game against Bowling Green this season. On the year, he has five goals, four assists and nine points in four games vs. the Falcons and has been named the first star of the game in all four contests.

Collins is on a four-game scoring streak, with 2-4-6 totals. Steckel also has a four-game scoring streak, with 3-3-6 totals. Beaudoin has points in back-to-back games (1-1-2). Andress has a three-game streak, with 1-3-4 totals.

Holowaty saw his first game action of the year and his first since Feb. 9, 2002 at Alaska Fairbanks.

Postgame Quotes
Bowling Green State head coach Scott Paluch
On Ohio State's performance in the game
"Ohio State did a tremendous job coming into the game with killer instinct in a two-game series. Ohio State used their size well and controlled a good portion of the game. You have to give them a lot of credit."

On special teams in the game
"Our penalty kill was a real bright spot. OSU has good weapons on the power play and their penalty kill was outstanding as well."

Ohio State head coach John Markell
On the difference in the game tonight compared to the team's performance last night
"I think we competed harder tonight. Bowling Green came to play tonight. They gave everything plus more. We persevered through a lot of stuff. Toward the end we played with our size better. It was a good college hockey game."

Senior forward Dave Steckel
On the Buckeyes' performance tonight
"We did the same thing from last night, but we played smarter with the puck and we played with less mental mistakes."

Senior defenseman Doug Andress
On the Buckeyes' dominance most of the game
"We stayed focused and stayed with our game plan by pounding in our shots."
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I know squat about the college hockey playoffs...I assume the Super Six tournament is round-robin or the top two seeds get byes. Is the winner of the CCHA tournament the NCAA champion, or do a a couple of teams from the CCHA go to the NCAA playoffs (I thought there were more than one college hockey association). Please educate a moron on this...
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The CCHA is our conference for hockey, just like the B10. The winner of the CCHA tourney gets an automatic bid to the NCAA tourney, which has 16 teams and is formatted just like the basketball one. The Super Six CCHA championship does have two top seeds get byes as you correctly guessed. We will not get a bye because we were seeded 4th but MSU was 3rd and Miami was 2nd and they have already won their series too. Michigan, the top seed, is tied 1-1 with Nebraska-Omaha and if they win, will bump us down another notch.

The NCAA tourney than has at-large bids just like the basketball, and they use RPI or something following the same idea. Right now OSU is projected by USCollegeHockey.com as the #11 team which would give us a #3 seed for the NCAAs...of course, this will change based on the results of the conference tournaments. As I understand it though, the Bucks are a pretty good bet to get into the tournament even if they lose the first game in Detroit. I could be wrong about that though.

We have only won the CCHA Tournament once, in 1972.

BTW, I was at the games both nights and I don't understand why only 2000 people showed up. The tickets were only $4 more than usual. There were 8000 there last Saturday for Miami. I guess people thought that BG sucked and we would easily win...I don't know. It was unfortunate.
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The Bucks will play Thursday at 7:35 against Notre Dame. If they win and Northern Mich beats MSU, they would play Miami on Fri in the semis. If they win but so does MSU, then they play M*ch*g*n.
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