Nov. 5, 2004
COLUMBUS, OH (November 5) - Domenic Maiani scored twice, and Rod Pelley scored his NCAA best sixth power play goal to propel the Ohio State Buckeyes past the Sacred Heart Pioneers 5-1 in non-conference action on Friday night.
Kevin LaPointe (Quebec City, QC) kept the Pioneers in the game early, as OSU peppered the Sacred Heart keeper with 24 first period shots. The only shot to beat LaPointe came off the stick of Pelley at the 18:14 mark for a 1-0 Buckeye lead.
The Buckeyes continued their strong play into the second period as they limited the Pioneers to just eight shots on goal during the first two periods, compared to the 37 Ohio State fired. LaPointe stood strong between the pipes in the second period, turning away 12 of the 13 shots he faced in the stanza. The only goal of the second period, the eventual game winner, was scored by Maiani, with assists going to Tom Fritsche and Nate Guenin.
Ohio State broke the game open in the third period when Maiani scored his second, followed by a goal by John Dingle to put OSU up 4-0.
Kalen Wright (Candle Lake, SK) got the Pioneers on the board at the 12:32 mark. Garrett Larson (Rycroft, AB) took a pass from Andrew Billinghurst (Fort Collins, CO) and sent it across to a cutting Wright. Wright then fired the puck onto OSU goalie Ian Keserich who was unable to control the rebound, which Wright knocked in. It was Wrights third tally of the season.
Ohio State would slam the door on any Pioneer hopes of a comeback as Matt Beaudoin intercepted a SHU clearing pass and fired a laser past LaPointe to close out the scoring.
LaPointe ended the night making 43 saves in taking the loss, while Keserich needed only 16 saves to pick up the victory.
Sacred Heart and Ohio State will lock up again on Saturday night, a game which can be heard on WHRT and online by clicking on the "Audio" link at the top of the page. Face off is at 7:00 pm with the pre-game show starting at 6:40 pm.