Ohio State opens play vs. Michigan State Thursday
Script Ohio, 50th Anniversary Celebration highlight series
Fritz and Dzingel lead Ohio State with three points each
Student-Athletes from 17 sports received their degrees
Drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the sixth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft with the 175th overall pick and has attended Thrashers' development camp ... favorite part of hockey is scoring goals and setting up goals ... one thing he can't live without is his family ... superhero quality he would want is to fly ... lucky number is 15 because it has been his hockey number for as long as he has known ... best thing he can cook is microwavable cups of mac and cheese ... played with classmate CJ Severyn with the NTDP and came out of the same junior program as classmates Patrick Schafer and Chris Reed ... began playing hockey at age 3 after telling his parents he wanted to play the sport ... favorite player is Martin St. Louis, because he likes how he plays ... Pick one: Ice cream flavor - chocolate; Holiday - Christmas; Buckeye jersey - old-school gray; Spot on campus - the Oval; Ohio State tradition - Michigan week; Sport other than hockey - basketball; Old school television show - Double Dare; Movie - Wedding Crashers; Music - Kenny Chesney ... says best thing about being a Buckeye is the tradition ... notes winning silver medal at the Under-18 World Championship as his greatest athletic achievement to date ... if the team is at home, plays basketball before a game ... first pro sport event he attended was a Cleveland Indians game and childhood hero was Jim Thome ... .
Ohio State Career: Honorable mention All-CCHA selection as a sophomore ... 2009 preseason second team All-CCHA ... a two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten selection ... 90 career points to lead all Buckeye returnees ... winner of Scarlet and Gray Award in 2010, as voted by off-ice officials.
2009-10 (Junior season): Tied for second on the team with 24 assists, ranking third with 30 points, while playing in all 39 games ... points in 26 of 39 games on the year, including in 12 of the last 15 games ... went more than one game without a point just three times ... finished year tied for 15th in CCHA in points in conference-games only (23), ranking eighth (tied) with 19 assists; in all games was 21st (tied) in scoring and 11th (tied) in helpers ... five points in series with Bowling Green Jan. 8-9; had career-best four assists and points in opener and added a helper in game two; +4 in the series, with +3 mark in first game ... two-point game vs. Northern Michigan Nov. 7, with an unassisted goal and an assist ... assist in each game at Western Michigan Feb. 19-20, with a +1 mark in series opener ... helper on Kyle Reed's OT gamewinner vs. No. 6 Bemidji State Nov. 28 ... ended year with an assist in each of the last four games (vs. Notre Dame March 6, at Miami March 12-14) ... assist in each game vs. Western Michigan Nov. 13-14, vs. Ferris State Jan. 29-30 and at Nebraska-Omaha Feb. 5-6; also had a helper at Miami Dec. 12 and vs. Notre Dame March 6 ... scored extra-attacker goal vs. Michigan Dec. 5 ... scored first career shorthanded goal vs. Quinnipiac Oct. 8 in season opener ... tallies vs. Alaska Feb. 13 and at Miami Feb. 26 ... power-play goal at Notre Dame Oct. 30 ... +1 or better in 14 games ... played in 100th career game Dec. 4 vs. Michigan ... received Scarlet and Gray Award.
2008-09 (Sophomore Season): Led the squad with 28 assists and was second with 39 points; added 11 goals to set career highs in all three categories en route to earning honorable mention All-CCHA accolades ... +12 on the year while playing in all 42 games ... tied for team lead with three game-winning goals and had 12 multiple-point games ... tied for third in league in assists and sixth (tied) in CCHA in points overall ... in league-games only, tied for fourth in points (9-20-29), tied for sixth in assists, fifth in game-winning goals (3) and 10th (tied) in plus/minus (+10) ... two helpers vs. Bowling Green March 7; +2 in playoff series opener vs. Falcons March 6 ... three assists in series with Miami Feb. 27-28; two assists and +2 mark in road game Feb. 27 and helper in Columbus ... scored goal to tie game at 2 vs. Michigan Feb. 21, +1 in the game ... four points in series with Notre Dame Jan. 6/8; three points, on a goal and an assist (in 10:12 span during second period) in 4-1 win in finale, also blocked three shots and was +2; had an assist in series opener ... three assists in series at Alaska Jan. 30-31; single assist in opener before two helpers in series finale ... career-best and team season-high three assists at Bowling Green Jan. 10 in 4-3 OT win; game-winning goal in opener vs. Falcons Jan. 9 ... goal, assist and +2 at Ferris State Jan. 16 ... seven-game point streak Nov. 22-Jan. 2 with 4-8-12 line ended vs. Clarkson Jan. 3 ... goal and an assist for two points vs. Army Jan. 2, also +2 vs. the Black Knights ... three points in win vs. Bentley Dec. 12 with a power-play goal and two assists; added helper in game two vs. Falcons for four-point weekend ... two assists vs. Robert Morris Dec. 6 in return to hometown of Cleveland ... three points in sweep of Nebraska-Omaha; two goals Nov. 29 vs. Mavericks, scoring twice in last five minutes to tie and win game; assist Nov. 28 vs. UNO; +3 in series, with +2 mark in game two ... two points and +2 in each game vs. Miami Oct. 10-11; two assists in home opener vs. RedHawks and goal and an assist in Oxford ... scored third-period gamewinner against Lake State Oct. 18, assist against Lakers in series opener Oct. 17 ... goal vs. Western Michigan Jan. 24 ... assist and +2 mark at Michigan Oct. 31 ... helper at Northern Michigan Nov. 21 ... +1 or better in 16 games (including 11 of last 27) ... 50th career point came at Alaska Jan. 31 on an assist ... earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors and was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team ... Buckeye Sports Bulletin Icer of the Month for October after starting year with seven points in seven games (2g, 5a) and a +6 mark.
2007-08 (Freshman Season): Played in all 41 games as a rookie, leading the team with 17 assists and adding four goals for 21 points ... tied for 14th among CCHA rookies in points in league games and ranked 18th (tied) among league freshmen in points overall ... points and +1 or better in eight of the last 15 games ... career-best two assists in each game at Lake Superior State Jan. 25-26 ... two points, on a goal and an assist, vs. Nebraska-Omaha Nov. 9 ... had an assist in each game of the Lefty McFadden Tournament Oct. 12-13 in first collegiate games, including a helper on the third-period gamewinner vs. Mercyhurst Oct. 12 for first career point ... three-game assist streak, with a helper in each game at Alaska Dec. 14-15 and vs. Harvard in the Ohio Hockey Classic Dec. 29; extended point streak to season-high four with goal vs. Miami in OHC final Dec. 30 ... first career goal came at Western Michigan Nov. 23 ... set up Tommy Goebel's last-second gamewinner vs. Northern Michigan Feb. 16 ... tallied 59 seconds into game vs. Miami Feb. 26 ... third on team with 103 shots, including personal-high seven at Alaska Dec. 14 and six at LSSU Jan. 26 and vs. Northern Michigan Feb. 15 ... +1 in four-consecutive games Feb. 26-March 8 and even or better in 13 of last 15 games ... +2 in each game at Lake State ... 10 penalty minutes on the year and named the winner of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for the men's hockey team ... an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete ... invited to 2008 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp over the summer.
Prior to Ohio State: Spent two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program ... played in 47 games in 2006-07, posting 33 points, including 10 goals and 23 assists with the Under-18 Team ... with the Under-17 Team in 2005-06, had 46 points, including 30 assists, in 55 games to rank second on the squad ... won silver medal with Team USA at 2007 IIHF World Under-18 Championship ... also won silver at 2006 World Under-17 Challenge, recording nine points in the seven games combined ... played for the Cleveland Barons in 2004-05, recording 94 points in 67 games ... graduated from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School ... also attended Lake Catholic (Ohio) High School.
Off the Ice: Son of John and Cindy ... has three older sisters, Tiffany, Heather and Sarah ... favorite things to do are golfing, bowling and hanging out with friends.
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