Teams close series - and Buckeyes' home slate - Saturday on Senior Night
Buckeyes and Gophers close Ohio State home slate
Jardine scores first goal, Niddery post two assists, Tomkins makes 34 saves
Tomkins makes 35 saves, Szczechura scores on the power play and in the shootout
B1G games set for Friday in Ann Arbor, Sunday in Columbus
Drafted in the seventh round of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks (No. 199 overall) and has attended the team's development camp ... started playing hockey at age 5 because it is just something everyone does in his community ... attracted to Ohio State because of the coaches, culture, academics and campus ... did not decide he wanted to be a goaltender until he was 11 ... played against Buckeye Sam Jardine in the past, duo also attended Chicago's rookie camp together ... teammates with Buckeye classmate Josh Healey in Sherwood Park ... favorite player is Carey Price because that is who he tries to model his game after ... Pick One: Movie - Never Back Down; Television show - Prison Break; Musician - Jay-Z; Professional Team - Los Angeles Dodgers; Athlete - Usain Bolt; Homecooked meal - chicken and pasta; Celebrities - Bradley Cooper/Justin Timberlake; Snack food - trail mix; Ice cream flavor - strawberry; Sport other than hockey - basketball; Vacation spot - Kelowna, B.C.; Rink - Rexall Place; Book/magazine - Hockey News or GQ; Place hockey has taken you - Chicago.
Career at Ohio State: 2013-14 (Freshman Season): Played in 9 of 16 games, starting 8 (DNP 10/11 vs. Miami, missed four games 11/15-12/2 because of injury, returned to bench in Mercyhurst series) ... 30 saves on 31 shots in win vs. Niagara 11/8; injured early in game two vs. Niagara 11/9 (stopped only shot faced) ... Career-high 39 saves (on 41 shots) in win over No. 20 Minnesota Duluth 11/2 ... 28 saves in win vs. Bowling Green 10/29 ... two wins vs. Robert Morris 10/25-26; came on in relief in opener and stopped 26-of-27 shots for first collegiate win; 21 saves in game two victory ... Made first collegiate start 10/12 at Miami, with 32 saves ... Also started 10/15 at Bowling Green.
Prior to Ohio State: Spent two years playing for the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the AJHL ... during 2012-13 campaign, posted a 2.56 goals-against average and .924 save percentage with four shutouts, ranking second in the league ... save percentage ranked fourth among AJHL goaltenders ... finished the regular season with the third-most minutes played among league goaltenders ... named to the 2011-12 AJHL All-Rookie All Star Team ... during 2011-12 season, played in 33 games for the Crusaders, posting a 3.41 goals-against average and .894 save percentage ... 2009-10 Midget AAA Provincial Champion in Alberta.
Off the Ice: Son of Michael and Lana ... has two siblings, Mitchell (16) and Sarah (14) ... enjoys being at the lake during the summer and wakeboarding ... economics major.