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Game Notes (1/22): Michigan vs. Ohio State

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01-23-2005, 06:16 AM
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Game Notes (1/22): Michigan vs. Ohio State

This series, which was a rematch of the CCHA Super Six Championship game, was the marquee CCHA matchup of the weekend. On Friday night, the Buckeyes handed the Wolverines a stinging defeat at Value City Arena in Columbus. On Saturday night, Michigan would return the favor in what could be summed up as one of the wackiest games in the always-unpredictable CCHA conference between two teams who simply don’t like one another. Sadly, this series would be the only regular season meeting between the two teams this year.

The game opening period did not feature any scoring and the play was somewhat choppy, lacking any consistent flow by either team. At the 1:14 mark, OSU freshman defenseman John DeSantis would draw the first penalty of the game on a tripping call. OSU, who came into the game as the most penalized team in the nation, would find themselves in familiar territory. For much of the game, the Buckeyes were very effective on their penalty killing. The first Michigan power play was disorganized and had trouble getting set up. The Wolverines would not score on the first power play opportunity but they would get another shot at the 4:26 mark, when sophomore defenseman Tyson Strachan (CAR) would be sent off for a cross-check. Once again, the Buckeyes did a nice job of disrupting the Wolverines power play. Michigan junior goaltender Al Montoya (NYR) didn’t see much work in the opening period, having only faced five shots. His counterpart, OSU junior Dave Caruso was the busier of the two netminders, having to come up with some big saves when needed. The period ended without much fanfare.

The second period was a very scenario, particularly where the Wolverines were concerned. At the 3:29 mark, junior Nate Guenin (NYR) would be sent off for a hold, putting the Wolverines on the power play once again. This time, Michigan would make him pay dearly. At the 4:59 mark, freshman Chad Kolarik (PHX) would get Michigan on the board first. The play starts off with a junior Jeff Tambellini (LA) making a nice dish to senior Eric Nystrom (CGY), who is parked just to the left of Caruso. Nystrom spots Kolarik on the opposite side, on the doorstep and virtually untouched. He dishes the puck over to him and Kolarik proceeds to fire it into the open side for the score. Tambellini and Nystrom would draw the assists. Just 15 seconds later on the same power play at the 5:15 mark, Tambellini would extend Michigan’s lead. The goal was a great individual effort by Tambellini. He drives hard to the net and makes a nice move to get around Caruso’s attempt stick-check and proceeds to tuck it in via five-hole for the score. Freshman Kevin Porter (PHX) and junior Andrew Ebbett would draw the assists. With the two goal lead, the Wolverines had finally came to life. They began skating more (and harder), opening up the ice more and taking charge. The Buckeyes meanwhile were trying to just survive. The flood gate that was opened back around the five minute mark would continue to generate more scoring opportunities for the Wolverines and they were going to take full advantage of it. At the 9:52 mark, it was senior Jason Ryznar’s (NJ) turn to get into the scoring act. The play begins with Ebbett’s feed to Ryznar from behind the OSU net. Ryznar, upon receiving the puck, proceeds to put on a nice spin move in front of the OSU net to flip the puck over Caruso’s shoulder for the score. Ebbett and senior Milan Gajic (ATL) would draw the assists. The score was now 3-0 Michigan. Almost immediately after the Ryznar goal, OSU was given a glorious opportunity to get on the scoreboard when Kolarik was sent off on a checking from behind call. The Wolverines did a nice ob of shutting down the Buckeyes power play. At the 12:12 mark, Kolarik would redeem himself when he notched his second goal of the period. The play began with a well-timed home run pass by sophomore T. J. Hensick, who saw the Kolarik was coming out of the penalty box. Hensick dishes up a perfect pass to Kolarik. Kolarik leaves the penalty box like a shot out of a cannon, gets the puck and makes a beeline to the OSU net. When he gets there, he flips a shot over Caruso for the score. Hensick and Ryznar would draw the assists. Towards the latter stages of the period, things would begin to get chippy. At the 16:24 mark, Michigan senior defenseman Nick Martens and OSU junior Rod Pelley would get into a shoving match that would result in the two being sent off on matching roughing minors. With more room to skate, Michigan found another opportunity to put more points on the board. At the 17:00 mark, senior defenseman Eric Werner would do just that. The play began with nice pass from behind the OSU net by Nystrom to Werner who was stationed just to the right of Caruso. Werner takes the Nystrom pass and makes a nice spin move to fire a one-timer past Caruso for the score. Nystrom and Ryznar would draw the assists. The score was now 5-0 and OSU head coach John Markell decided to give Caruso an early shower. Enter freshman Ian Keserich (COL). Keserich made two keys saves very late in the period to try and stop the bleeding. When the buzzer sounded to end the period, all hell would begin to break loose as players from each team squared off. When the players were finally separated and sent to their respective dressing rooms, Gajic and OSU senior Lee Spector would be assessed matching roughing minors. Kolarik and OSU freshman defenseman Johann Kroll wouldn’t get off that easy. Both players were ejected, each with five minute majors and game misconducts. Fortunately for both teams, no one received a game-disqualification.

The third period would see a desperate OSU team trying to climb back from a 5-0 deficit. It was slow in coming but the Buckeyes slowed attempted to chip away at Michigan’s lead and confidence. The Wolverines made the mistake of not keeping up the pressure on OSU and began to lay back. At the 3:40 mark, Werner would be sent off on a charging call and OSU finally saw their chance. At the 4:33 mark, sophomore Matt Beaudoin, who has been on fire of late for OSU, backhands a rebound shot past Montoya for the score. The play began with freshman defenseman Kyle Hood blasting a shot from the point that Montoya could not corral, thus giving up the rebound. Hood and fellow sophomore Bryce Anderson would draw the assists on Beaudoin’s goal. The goal gave the Buckeyes the much-needed lift that they wanted but they were still down 5-1. At the 7:32 mark, Pelley would score the first of his two consecutive goals for OSU. The play began with a faceoff win by senior JB Bittner back to Strachan. Strachan fires a shot from the point. Once again, Montoya would give up a juicy rebound. Pelley darts to the net untouched and fires the rebound shot past Montoya for the score. Strachan and Bittner would draw the assists. The score was now 5-2 OSU. At the 10:46 mark, things would get chippy once again. Michigan sophomore defenseman Matt Hunwick (BOS) and diminutive OSU sophomore Andrew Schembri along with Beaudoin would all be sent off for various infractions. This gave Michigan a power play opportunity, but it would be one that they would squander. With just over 10 seconds left in their power play, Hensick would be sent off for taking an unnecessary cross-check, eventually putting OSU on the power play. The very next play would be another OSU tally. Bittner once again won the draw, this time back to Pelley at the point. Pelley proceeded to fire the shot that made its way not only to the Michigan net but got behind Montoya. The shot was one that Montoya clearly miscalculated and would’ve loved to have back. Bittner drew the lone assist on Pelley’s second tally of the night. The score was now 5-3 Michigan. The Wolverines got a glorious opportunity to put the game out of reach for OSU in the latter stage of the period when Hensick came in on Keserich on a breakaway chance. Keserich played it perfectly, staying with Hensick every step of the way. Hensick attempted to get around Keserich to try and tuck in the far (left) side of the net, but Keserich did an outstanding job of getting his pad out to make the save. With roughly one minute left in regulation and down two goals, Keserich was pulled for the extra attacker. Michigan finally got their act together and did whatever they could to preserve their lead. At the 19:49 mark, Nystrom would fire a long shot from the OSU goal line that looked to be making it into the empty net on its own, Hensick who was breaking towards the empty OSU, proceeds to make sure it goes in by tapping it in for the score. Nystrom drew the lone assist on the empty netter. The game would end 6-3 Michigan.

The win wasn’t pretty for Michigan but they were glad to have it. Michigan head coach Red Berenson isn’t likely to be thrilled with the way the game was played in the third period, but at least it’s a win. For Michigan, kudos goes to Eric Nystrom (CGY) who played an outstanding game for the Wolverines. While he didn’t score a goal, he did notch three helpers and was solid at both ends of the ice, being involved in virtually every aspect of play. For OSU, kudos goes to Rod Pelley and Ian Keserich (COL). Pelley, who notched two of the Buckeyes’ goals was the catalyst to jumpstart the Buckeyes in the third and just seemed to be all over the ice. Keserich, who came in relief of Caruso, was terrific despite the limited amount of work. He made some key saves and the sensational stop on Hensick.

The Wolverines return home where they’ll host NMU at Yost Arena next weekend. The Buckeyes, who put up a valiant fight and got a split in this series will stay at home and will welcome WMU to Value City Arena next weekend.



[1 – 0 UM] Chad Kolarik [PPG] (Eric Nystrom, Jeff Tambellini)
[2 – 0 UM] Jeff Tambellini (Kevin Porter, Andrew Ebbett)
[3 – 0 UM] Jason Ryznar (Andrew Ebbett, Milan Gajic)
[4 – 0 UM] Chad Kolarik (T. J. Hensick, Jason Ryznar)
[5 – 0 UM] Eric Werner [4 x 4] (Jason Ryznar, Eric Nystrom)


[5 – 1 OSU] Matt Beaudoin [PPG] (Bryce Anderson, Kyle Hood)
[5 – 2 OSU] Rod Pelley (Tyson Strachan, JB Bittner)
[5 – 3 OSU] Rod Pelley (JB Bittner)
[6 – 3 UM] T. J. Hensick [EN] (Eric Nystrom)


[UM] Al Montoya – 26 saves on 29 shots in win

[OSU] Dave Caruso – 18 saves on 23 shots in loss
[OSU] Ian Keserich – 11 saves on 1 shots in no decision

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Nice to see Ryznar finally staying healthy for a season and playing so well offensively. I've always thought highly of him as a prospect, but his injury woes seemed to hinder his development. But he looks like he's back on track now. What do you think the max potential for Rynzar is Oilers Chick???

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