Press Box

Marquette, Mich

November 8, 2003


MARQUETTE, Mich.â€Ã‚“ Experience definitely overrode youth on Saturday night as the NorthernMichigan University hockey team left the ice in disappointment as they handed awin to The Ohio State University in front of 3,746 fans at the Berry EventsCenter.  The scoreboard read 6-1 at thefinal horn. OSU senior, Paul Caponigri was the star of the ice tonight producinga hat trick for the Buckeyes.  With theloss the â€Ã‚˜Cats fall to 4-4-0overall and 3-3-0 in theCCHA.  OSU is now 7-4-0 and 6-2-0in the conference.


In the first period Caponigri scored OSUâ€Ã‚™s first goal at 5:59 with Dave Steckel and Sean Collins on theassist.  Caponigri wouldnâ€Ã‚™t stop at thefirst goal for the opening period as he would shoot in the second for the firstplace CCHA team to up the score to 2-0.  The goal at 17:14was assisted by Collins and Doug Andress. NMU left the ice scoreless in hopes to answer back to the unwantedgoals.


The scarlet and gray of OSU came out in the second periodstill going strong with JB Bittner scoring their third goal of the night at 00:09. Collins would be in for his third assist of the night along with ScottMay to stretch the score to 3-0.

It wasnâ€Ã‚™t long before the Wildcats put a point up on the board.  Dirk Southern scored his fourth goal of theseason and NMUâ€Ã‚™s loan goal of the night on a power-play goal.  Nathan Oystrick and Jamie Milam assisted onthe goal as that would put the score at 3-1.


OSU wouldnâ€Ã‚™t stop at only three goals as they scored twomore in the second period before heading to the locker room.  At 13:50Caponigri scored his third goal of the night with an assist from Dan Knapp tomake the score to 4-1.  Reed Whitingscored for the Buckeyes at 19:46from Lee Spector and Daymen Bencharsk to make the second period score 5-1.


NMU came out defensively in the third period but remainedscoreless for the final 20 minutes.  Ohio Stateâ€Ã‚™s Matt Beaudoin scored thefinal goal of the night at 2:20 toseal the win at 6-1.  Andrew Schembri andDave Barton assisted on the play. 


Craig Kowalski, started his 100th game in goalfor the â€Ã‚˜Cats on Saturday night, played the majority of the game between thepipes making 16 saves.  Tuomas Tarrkiwould come in for the â€Ã‚˜Cats in the third period to defend the goal turning awaysix shots, to advance the â€Ã‚˜Cats save total to 22.  Mike Betz defended the net the entire gamefor the Buckeyes deflecting 13 shots. 


NMU converted one of their five chances on the power playand OSU was unable to convert any of the five chances they had with the extraman.


The Wildcats will hit the road for their next contest asthey will travel to Nebraska toplay Nebraska-Omaha on November 14-15.