Favorite part of hockey is an overtime win ... one thing he can't live without is "hockey of course" ... superhero quality he would want is to be Superman ... lucky number is 1 because he has always worn it ... started playing hockey at age 4; father was involved coaching local hockey and got him into the game, along with friends and family members ... lives in downtown St. Louis ... favorite hockey player is Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks; likes to watch him because of his size and style of play ... Pick one: Ice cream flavor - chocolate with chocolate covered almonds; Game to play as a kid - baseball; Buckeye hockey jersey - scarlet and gray throwbacks; Movie - Joe Dirt; Television show - Top Gear; Professional team - Manchester United; Homecooked meal - pesto gnocchi; Celebrity - Mark Wahlberg; Snack food - Cheetos; Sport other than hockey - beach volleyball; Vacation spot - Dominican Republic; Rink - Affton Ice Rink; Newspaper - The Riverfront Times ... hidden talent is being able to lay on the couch for hours without moving ... most important pregame ritual is nap time ... best thing about being a Buckeye is the facilities ... one person he would like to trade places for a day with is Derek Jeter ... greatest risk taken is leaving senior year of high school for Junior A ... goes through a series of visualizations before a game ... first pro sports event he attended was a St. Louis Blues game.
Ohio State Career:Voted team MVP as a junior ... five-time CCHA Goalie of the Week and a national player of the week honoree ... a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten choice ... at mid-way point of senior year is third in program history in both save percentage (.915) and goals-against average (2.54); 10th in career wins (37).
2011-12 (Senior Season, through 12/10/11): CCHA Goaltender of the Week 11/1, 12/5 ... Special Mention CCHA Goalie of the Month in October and November ...Started 15-of-18 games (DNP 10/14 at Notre Dame, 11/4 at Alabama-Huntsville, 12/10 at Miami); 2.11 GAA, .926 svpct. and 11-2-1 record; 10-game unbeaten streak (9-0-1) 10/21-12/3 ...2nd in NCAA in winning percentage, 15th in gaa, 13th in save percentage; 4th in CCHA in gaa, 3rd in svpct, 1st in win% ...In CCHA games 4th in gaa (2.17) and svpct (.924) and 1st in win% (.792) ...58 saves on 61 shots in series vs. LSSU 12/2-3 to earn CCHA Goalie of the Week honors; had second career assist in game 1 vs. the Lakers; 29 saves in each game, with 1 goal allowed in game 2 ...Back-to-back shutouts in starts 10/27 vs. Alaska and 11/5 at UAH; shutout streak was ended at 151:58 in the first period vs. Northern Michigan 11/11 ...29 saves on 30 shots in 2-1 win at Michigan 11/18 ...Held Northern Michigan to 1 goal in each game 11/11-12 ...20 saves in shutout at Alabama-Huntsville 11/5 ...CCHA Goaltender of the Week after 61 saves on 63 shots for .96 GAA and .968 svpct vs. Alaska 10/27-28; 34 saves in opener with 2 goals allowed and win in shootout; shutout in game two with 27 saves ...35 saves on 36 shots in win vs Bobcats (10/7) ...25 saves in win at No. 2 Notre Dame (10/15) ...26 saves in win at Michigan State (10/21).
2010-11 (Junior Season): Started all 37 games ... ended year with 2.30 goals-against average, ranking 18th in the NCAA ... GAA is sixth all-time in the OSU record book ... .923 save percentage was 11th in the nation and is the second-best in Buckeye history ... ranked seventh in the NCAA with 2191:54 minutes played (fifth-most for a Buckeye); led nation in minutes played through the first round of the postseason ... had 1,009 saves during the year, ranking seventh nationally and first in the CCHA (sixth-most in Ohio State history); saves were third in the NCAA after one week of postseason action ... allowed just two goals in series sweep of Miami Jan. 7-8 to earn CCHA Goaltender of the Week, INCH National Player of the Week and USCHO First Star of the Week accolades; 1.00 goals-against and .969 save percentage in the series; had 40 saves in 1-0 shutout victory in opener and then 23 saves as Buckeyes came from behind to win ... CCHA Goalie of the Week after holding Lake Superior State to three goals (two even strength) in a 1-0-1 weekend Feb. 18-19; .945 save percentage in the series; allowed just one goal in opener ... CCHA Goaltender of the Week after allowing just two goals in season-opening series at Quinnipiac Oct. 8-9; had 37 saves in the opener and posted shutout with 32 saves in game two ... held Notre Dame to one goal on 36 shots Jan. 21 ... allowed just one goal, making 29 saves, in 1-0 OT loss at Alaska Jan. 28 ... career-high tying 46 saves (on 48 shots) vs. Michigan Dec. 4 ... 65 saves vs. Ferris State Feb. 24-25, allowing four goals ... allowed just three goals in series vs. Alabama-Huntsville Nov. 5-6 and in series vs. Michigan State Feb. 4-5 ... first star in 2-1 loss at Michigan Feb. 12 wtih 30 saves ... saves on all three Nanook attempts in shootout Nov. 26 ... recorded 1,000th career save in third period vs. Michigan Dec. 4 ... played in 50th career game Jan. 22 vs. Notre Dame and made 50th career start Feb. 11 at Michigan ... Honorable Mention CCHA Player of the Month and Buckeye Sports Bulletin Icer of the Month in both December and February ... an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2009-10 (Sophomore Season): Was 9-5-2 on the year, with a 3.19 goals-against average and .899 save percentage ... CCHA Goalie of the Week after career-high 46 saves (on 49 shots) in win over No. 10 Ferris State Jan. 29 ... five-game unbeaten stretch Oct. 16-Nov. 14 ... two games with 40+ saves ... started career-high four-consecutive games 11/28-12/11; started second game of series through first eight two-game series of the year ... in net for sweep vs. Bowling Green Jan. 8-9, making 44 saves in the series ... blanked No. 3 Denver Oct. 16 with then-career-high 39 saves, marking first career shutout ... stopped career-best 42 shots in win over Michigan Dec. 4 ... 36 saves in win over Western Michigan Nov. 14 ... Made two saves in shootout victory at Notre Dame Oct. 31 ... 37 saves in overtime loss at Ferris State Nov. 21 ... allowed just one goal in overtime win vs. Bemidji State Nov. 28 ... stopped 34-of-36 shots in 2-1 loss to Michigan Dec. 5 ... first career assist vs. Bowling Green Jan. 8 ... received Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honors.
2008-09 (Freshman Season): Played in five games, with three starts, posting two wins ... made first career start at No. 2-ranked Denver Oct. 25, stopping 36-of-39 shots in Buckeyes' 4-3 comeback win ... started Dec. 13 vs. Bentley, posting 29 saves and allowing two goals (one PPG) in 3-2 OT win, playing 61:08 total ... played in relief in NCAA tournament vs. Boston University March 28, making 10 saves and allowing one goal in 31:05 ... saw first action vs. Lake Superior Oct. 17 in relief, playing final 18:02 and making 10 saves on 11 shots, allowing just one power-play goal ... started at Michigan Nov. 1 and made 12 saves ... earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades.
Prior to Ohio State: Spent 2007-08 with the St. Louis Bandits in the North American Hockey League ... played in 34 regular-season games, with a 25-6-1 record, 2.43 goals-against average and .917 save percentage ... the team won the NAHL's Robertson Cup Championship ... played in seven postseason games, with a 6-1 ledger, 2.00 goals-against average and .927 save percentage ... named a top prospect all-star for the North Division and to the Robertson Cup all-tournament team in 2008 ... spent 2006-07 with the Wichita Falls Wildcats in the NAHL, with a 3.15 gaa and .896 svpct. ... won Mid-States High School Championship in 2004 and 2005 and 2006 USA Junior B National Championship with the St. Louis Junior Blues (BSHL) ... graduated from Ritenour High School in St. Louis in 2007, also attended Christian Brothers College High School (St. Louis) and Rider High School (Wichita Falls, Texas).
Off the Ice: Son of Jack, a high school teacher, and Holly, a college professor ... has an older sister, Zoe, a student at Lindenwood ... family has two dogs, Budweiser and Butler, and two cats, Nikolai and Remy ... enjoys biking, playing beach volleyball and soccer, working out and going poolside.
Career Milestones First Start - Oct. 25, 2008 at Denver First Win - Oct. 25, 2008 at Denver Save No. 1,000 - Dec. 4, 2010 vs. Michigan 50th Game - Jan. 22, 2011 vs. Notre Dame 50th Start - Feb. 11, 2011 at Michigan
Career Shutouts Oct. 16, 2009 vs. Denver (39 saves) Oct. 9, 2010 at Quinnipiac (32 saves) Jan. 7, 2011 vs. Miami (40 saves) Oct. 28, 2011 vs. Alaska (27 saves) Nov. 5, 2011 at Alabama-Huntsville (20 saves)
Career Highs Saves,Game - 46 (2x, 1/29/10 vs. Ferris State; 12/4/10 vs. Michigan) 30+ Save Games - 24 (3/2012, 14/2011, 6/2010, 1/2009) 40+ Save Games - 4 (2/2011, 2/2010)