Ohio State opens play vs. Michigan State Thursday
Buckeyes and Gophers close Ohio State home slate
Jardine scores first goal, Niddery post two assists, Tomkins makes 34 saves
B1G games set for Friday in Ann Arbor, Sunday in Columbus
Ohio State and Wisconsin to meet Friday and Saturday
Ohio State 2, No. 1 Minnesota 2, OSU wins shootout
Inaugural Big Ten Hockey Game in Columbus
Sister Kara is a redshirt junior defenseman on the Ohio State women's hockey team ... began playing hockey at the age of 4 because a neighborhood friend got him into the game ... attracted to Ohio State because of the sports facilities and campus ... loves to play golf away from hockey ... hidden talent is ping pong ... favorite player growing up was Mike Modano because he was a leader and played big in important games ... Pick One: Movie - Olympus has Fallen; Television Show - Breaking Bad; Musician - Luke Bryan; Professional Team - Chicago Blackhawks; Athlete - Patrick Kane; Home cooked meal - Chicken and dumplings; Celebrity - Bradley Cooper; Snack food - Goldfish; Ice cream flavor - Oreo; Sport other than hockey - golf; Vacation spot - Paw Paw Lake in Michigan; Rink - Arctic Ice in Orland Park; Place hockey has taken you - Canada.Career at Ohio State: 2013-14 (Freshman Season): Played in 10-of-16 games (DNP 10/11 vs. Miami, 10/15 at Bowling Green, 10/26 at Robert Morris, 11/8 vs. Niagara, 11/15 vs. Canisius, 11/29 at Michigan); four goals and three assists for seven points, t-2nd among OSU rookies in points (t-13th in B1G); enters MSU series on 3-game goal-scoring streak ... three points in series vs. Mercyhurst 12/28-29; one goal in game one, a goal and an assist for two points in game two; +1 in each game ... Goal 12/2 vs. Michigan ... assisted on Josh Healy's goal on 11/16 vs. Canisius, with +1 mark for the contest ... one goal and assist on 10/29 vs. Bowling Green for first collegiate points, with +2 mark.
Prior to Ohio State: Played for the Fargo Force in the USHL the past two seasons ... fourth on the team in scoring, skating in 64 games with 21 goals and 28 assists for 49 points ... played in 43 regular season games during the 2011-12 season with Fargo, tallying 14 goals and 16 assists for 30 points ... 15 points in 13 games during the 2013 USHL Playoffs, ranking second in playoff scoring in the USHL ... team advanced to the Clark Cup final in 2013 ... spent two seasons with the Chicago Fury AAA U18 team ... graduated from Marist High School in 2012.
Off the Ice: Son of Dave and Kelly ... three older sisters: Dana, Jena and Kara ... Jena attends Chicago Kent Law School ... majoring in business administration.