?We?ve been building since I?ve been here at Ohio State and I truly believe this is the year it will all come together.?
Traveled to Tanzania the past two summers on medical and educational mission trip with Siouxland Tanzania Educational and Medical Ministries (STEMM), a group out of Sioux City ... organized a dinner in February 2003 that raised over $9,000 for the children of Tanzania ... one of 15 nominees for the 2003 Hockey Humanitarian award, given annually to college hockey?s finest citizen ? speaks ?butchered Swahili? ? favorite hockey player is Jean-Sebastien Giguere because ?he has an amazing knack of keeping things in perspective and is fundamentally sound.? ? describes himself as a goalie as ?focused, athletic and quick? ? played on the same teams with NHL players Rusty Klesla (Columbus Blue Jackets), Ruslan Fedotenko (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Scott Clemmensen (New Jersey Devils), as well as CCHA student-athletes A.J. Kratofil (Miami), Pat Levendusky (Miami) and Matt Ciancio (Northern Michigan) ? Favorites: Book ? ?Lord of the Rings?; Music ? Pearl Jam, Our Lady Peace, Stone Temple Pilots and The Clarks; Movies ? ?Fight Club? and ?Snatch?; Television Show ? ?Jeff Corwin Experience?; Actress ? Natalie Portman; Actor ? Brad Pitt; Team ? Pittsburgh Penguins; Athlete ? JB Bittner; Quote ? ?Preach the gospel every day ? use words if you must.?
Ohio State Career
OSU?s all-time leader in career wins with 56 ? also owns the record for lowest single-season goals-against average (2.24), set in 2003; career gaa ranks second (2.62) ? won the squad?s Bobby Brown MVP Award the past two seasons as voted on by his teammates ? has eight shutouts in his career, two short of the all-time OSU record of 10 ? has posted 20 wins in each of the past two seasons, a mark that is tied for fourth in Buckeye history ? 2,624 career saves rank sixth in program history. 2002-03 (Junior Season) Started 35-of-43 games and made 36 appearances ? 20-11-5 on the year with a career and OSU single-season best 2.24 gaa, as well as a .904 save percentage ? named to the All-CCHA Second Team ... won the CCHA?s Goaltender of the Year Award for his league-best goals-against average of 2.16 in conference play ... named the winner of the CCHA?s Mike and Marian Ilitch Humanitarian Award for his work with and for the children of Tanzania ... recorded both wins against UNO in the first round of the playoffs to tie and then take over the OSU record for career wins by a goalie with 55; broke Bill McKenzie?s record of 54 that had stood since 1972 ... ranked first in the CCHA and fifth in the nation in goals-against average ? posted 50th career win vs. WMU Feb. 7 ... earned CCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors Feb. 3 for performance at Notre Dame; had a .956 save percentage and a 1.45 gaa, as well as a 23-save shutout vs. the Irish ... first shutout of the year came against Miami Dec. 6 with 19 saves ... allowed more than three goals just six times and posted 12 one-goal games ... allowed just two goals combined, one in each game, in the second series vs. Miami ... had season-high 44 saves in the season-opener at Minnesota ... did not start against Colgate, stopping consecutive games started streak at 71 ... played in 100th game Feb. 15 vs. Miami ? Bobby Brown MVP Award winner and Buckeye Sports Bulletin Icer of the Month for March. 2001-02 (Sophomore Season) Started every game for the squad ? goals-against average of 2.60 was the fourth-best in a single season in program history at the time, while 20 wins tied for fourth (with Jeff Maund) all-time ? 947 saves ranked ninth in program history ? outstanding in the postseason, recording a goals-against average of 2.22 ? allowed just three goals in 139:31 of play in the playoff series at WMU; had a goals-against average of 1.29 and a save percentage of .929 in the series ... had five shutouts on the season (tied for the second highest total in the CCHA), posting one each vs. UNO, vs. WSU, vs. NMU, vs. Cornell and vs. LSSU ... five shutouts set the OSU program record for blankings in a season ... allowed two goals combined in the series vs. LSSU, matching performance against Northern Michigan ... stopped 66-of-71 shots in the UNH tourney to earn all-tournament team honors ... had 45 saves against UNH, the second-highest total of his career ... earned CCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors Nov. 12 after allowing just one goal in two games vs. Wayne State ... allowed two or less goals in 18-of-40 games ? second in the nation in minutes played and tied for fourth in shutouts according to uscho.com ? won the team?s Bobby Brown Most Valuable Player Award as voted on by his teammates ? Buckeye Sports Bulletin Icer of the Month for November after posting a goals-against average of 1.32 and a save percentage of .953 during the month. 2000-01 (Freshman Season) Started 36-of-37 games in goal, sitting out only the game against Findlay Nov. 28 ? had a goals-against average of 3.00, the sixth-lowest in program history at the time (minimum 10 games) ? posted 16 wins, the then-ninth-highest win total in program history for a single season ? had 927 saves, ranking ninth all-time in the single-season record book ? ranked third in the CCHA conference games with 697 saves ? earned CCHA Rookie of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week honors during the season ? stopped 58 shots in Ohio State?s overtime win over Maine Oct. 27 and 32 in the second game against the Black Bears (a 2-0 loss) to earn rookie of the week accolades ? 58 saves were just eight short of the all-time program record of 66 and the save total was the third-highest in the NCAA during the season ? made 25 saves against Lake Superior State Nov. 11 for first career shutout and CCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors ? allowed only one goal in six games and had six two-goal outings ? assists came against Bowling Green (Nov. 19) and Cornell (Dec. 27) ? stopped 37-of-40 shots in Ohio State?s overtime win at Miami Feb. 10 ? had 30 or more saves in eight outings.
Prior To Ohio State
Played two seasons for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL ? posted a goals-against average of 2.71 and save percentage of .903 in 50 games during 1999-00 ? recorded six shutouts ? set the team record for goals-against average (2.46) ? played in USA Hockey?s Select 15, 16 and 17 Festivals for the Mid-American district ? coached in Sioux City by Dave Hakstol ? greatest sports thrill was shutting out the Lincoln Stars in Lincoln when facing elimination in the 1998 USHL playoffs ? also played baseball ? a 1999 graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School.
Off The Ice
Son of Ron and Debbie Betz ? has two sisters, Melissa (24), a 2002 graduate of Ohio State who is in her second year of medical school at Wright State, and Kristen (14) ? born March 31, 1981 in Pittsburgh, Pa. ? hobbies are playing the guitar and music ? plans after graduation include pursuing hockey professionally, spending a few years in Catholic relief services and then becoming a high school teacher and/or college coach ? nickname is Betzy.
Career Overall Statistics Season GP/GS Min. W L T GA GAA Svs. Pct. 2000-01 36/36 2177:53 16 17 2 109 3.00 927 .895 2001-02 40/40 2423:44 20 16 4 105 2.60 947 .900 2002-03 36/35 2140:12 20 11 5 80 2.24 750 .904 Totals 112/111 6741:49 56 44 11 294 2.62 2624 .899
Career CCHA Statistics Season GP/GS Min. W L T GA GAA Svs. Pct. 2000-01 28/28 1694:10 13 13 2 84 2.97 697 .892 2001-02 28/28 1693:49 12 12 4 75 2.66 640 .895 2002-03 24/23 1416:49 14 6 4 51 2.16 489 .906 Totals 80/79 4804:48 39 31 10 210 2.62 1826 .897
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