Ohio State opens play vs. Michigan State Thursday
Ohio State makes first trip to University Park
Jardine scores first goal, Niddery post two assists, Tomkins makes 34 saves
Ohio State and Wisconsin to meet Friday and Saturday
Johnson scores both Buckeye goals, assisted by Lippincott; Frey makes 30 saves and stops three shootout attempts
Johnson and Krogh - Quinnipiac Postgame Press Conference Oct. 8
Introduced to hockey at age 5 by his parents, who were hoping it would use up some of his neverending energy ... Joe Sakic is his favorite player because of his long career in the NHL and his skills as an all-around player ... many summer jobs include work at youth hockey camps, repairing hockey rinks, working for a construction company and as a server on a river boat cruise ... Pick one: Television show - Swamp People and Two and a Half Men; Movie - Transformers; Athlete - Brett Hull; Celebrity - Jessica Alba; Ice cream flavor - cookie dough; Snack food - pot stickers; Homecooked meal - mom's chicken enchiladas; Vacation spot - Grandparents' house in California; Music - Luke Bryan; Professional team - Penguins; Sport other than hockey - football.
Ohio State Career: Voted squad's 2011-12 Unsung Hero by his teammates.2013-14 (Junior Season): Played in 33-of-37 games (DNP Dec. 28 vs. Mercyhurst, Jan. 11 vs. Michigan State, Jan. 24 at Wisconsin, March 7 vs. Minnesota) ... five goals and four assists for nine points ... scored both goals in 2-2 overtime tie at Michigan State Feb. 8; +2 in the game ... two-point game vs. Robert Morris Oct. 25 with a goal and an assist, posting a +3 rating ... assist and +2 vs. Michigan March 2 ... goal and +1 vs. Penn State Jan. 31 and Nov. 9 vs. Niagara ... assist and +1 rating Dec. 29 vs. Mercyhurst, with two blocked shots ... helper vs. Bowling Green Oct. 29.
2012-13 (Sophomore Season): Played in 35 of 40 games ... five goals and four assists for nine points ... assist, +1 Feb. 9 at Alaska ... assist and +1 mark Dec. 29 vs. Penn State in Three Rivers Classic ... goal Dec. 7 vs. Robert Morris, +1 in both games vs. the Colonials Dec. 7-8 ... assist, +1 at Michigan State Dec. 1 ... tally and +2 mark Nov. 23 at Lake Superior State ... assist and +1 rating vs. Northern Michigan Nov. 17 ... scored Oct. 12 at Minnesota Duluth and Oct. 27 at Bowling Green; +2 vs. the Falcons ... netted third period game-tying tally Oct. 19 at Quinnipiac; +1 vs. the Bobcats ... +1 Jan. 11 at Ferris State ... wore captain's C in four series.
2011-12 (Freshman Season): Played in 28-of-35 games ... missed time with injury ... three goals, two assists and five points on the year ... goal and an assist vs. Quinnipiac Oct. 8 for first collegiate point and multiple-point game; +2 in the game ... scored shorthanded goal to seal win at Michigan State Oct. 21, +1 in the game ... tally in win at Notre Dame Oct. 15 ... assist and +1 at Alabama-Huntsville Nov. 5 ... +3 in series vs. Northern Michigan Nov. 11-12, with +2 mark in game 1 ... voted squad's 2012 Unsung Hero by his teammates.
Prior to Ohio State: Spent three years in the USHL, skating with the Waterloo Black Hawks in 2008-09 before playing two seasons with the Tri-City Storm ... alternate captain for the Storm ... played in 56 regular-season games, with nine goals, 14 assists and 23 points, along with 62 penalty minutes in 2010-11 ... received Grinder of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year accolades in 2011 ... 9-3-12 line in 55 regular-season games for the Storm in 2009-10 ... received Most Inspirational Award in both 2010 and `11 ... traded to the Storm to begin the 2009-10 campaign ... played and had eight points, including six assists, in 40 games for Waterloo in 2008-09 ... named Waterloo's Hardest Worker ... skated for Stillwater High School where he was named Varsity MVP, all-conference and elite league with 12 goals, 12 assists and 24 points while serving as a captain in 2007-08 ... graduated from Stillwater High School in 2009 ... also played football.
Off the Ice: Has a younger brother, Anthony ... consumer and family financial services major ... in his spare time enjoys working on his truck, hunting and boating.