Buckeyes score game's last four goals to capture win; Seniors Johnson and Fritz each post two points
Duluth, Minnesota, native participates in Senior Q&A
Ohio State will face Wisconsin for inaugural crown Saturday
Ohio State opens play vs. Michigan State Thursday
Teams set to meet Saturday and Sunday in VCA
Buckeye Hockey 2015 Senior Breakfast
Ohio State defeated the Wolverines 5-3 Feb. 20. (Photo credit Michael Griggs)
Ohio State 3, Michigan State 0
2014-15 Big Ten Opener (MSU 3, OSU 1). Photo credit Michael Griggs.
Notre Dame 3, Ohio State 1
Attended Boston Bruins development camp in Summer 2012 and Anaheim Ducks rookie camp in Summer 2013 ... attracted to Ohio State for the education, tradition and campus ... started skating at age 2 and began playing hockey at 3 with influence from his father ... favorite player is Nicklas Lidstrom because of his style of play and the way he conducts himself on and off the ice ... has worked at hockey campus teaching skills to young kids in the summer ... Pick one: Television show - Friday Night Lights; Movie - Law Abiding Citizen; Celebrity - Steve Carell; Homecooked meal - chicken parmesan; Snack food - peanut butter pretzel nuggets; Ice cream flavor - French vanilla; Book - Coming Back Stronger by Drew Brees; Rink - Xcel Energy Center; Vacation spot - Florida; Music - John Mayer; Professional team - Montreal Canadians; Sport other than hockey - tennis.
Ohio State Career: Honorable mention CCHA All-Rookie team selection ... a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2013-14 (Junior Season): Played in 31-of-37 games (DNP Oct. 26 at Robert Morris, Oct. 29 vs. Bowling Green, Nov. 9 vs. Niagara, Dec. 28 vs. Mercyhurst, Jan. 11 vs. Michigan State, Jan. 17 at Minnesota) ... 52 blocked shots, including eight vs. Minnesota in Big Ten Tournament semifinal game March 21 ... also +1 vs. the Gophers ... five blocks at Michigan Nov. 29, four vs. Niagara Nov. 8 and in both games vs. Canisius Nov. 15-16 ... assist and +2 vs. Canisius Nov. 15 ... +2 mark against Minnesota Duluth Nov. 2 ... +1 Oct. 15 at Bowling Green, Oct. 25 vs. Robert Morris, Jan. 31 vs. Penn State, Feb. 8 at Michigan State, Feb. 28 at Michigan and March 8 vs. Minnesota ... an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2012-13 (Sophomore Season): Played in 32 games (missed games because of injury vs. Michigan Feb. 22-23 and at Miami 1-2) ... helper vs. Ferris State March 15 in CCHA quarterfinals ... assist Jan. 12 at Ferris State, with +1 mark Jan. 11 vs. the Bulldogs ... +1 rating Oct. 13 at Minnesota Duluth, Oct. 26 at Bowling Green and Feb. 9 at Alaska ... 54 recorded blocked shots on the year to rank second on the team; six vs. Miami Dec. 28 in Three Rivers Classic and had eight in series at Michigan State, with five in opener Nov. 30 ... also recorded five blocks at Alaska Feb. 9 ... Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honoree and Academic All-Big Ten choice.
2011-12 (Freshman Season): Played in 31-of-35 games ... 11 points, with three goals and eight assists ... finished CCHA play tied for second in scoring among rookie blueliners (8) and tied for 18th among all rookies en route to honorable mention CCHA All-Rookie Team honors ... seventh in scoring among rookie defensemen in all games ... scored first career goal at Bowling Green Jan. 7; +1 in both games vs. BG Jan. 7-8; five blocked shots in series ... even or better in 20 of last 26 games with 11 games +1 or better in stretch ... scored power play goal and blocked four shots vs. Miami Feb. 25 ... goal and +1 with three blocked shots Jan. 28 at Lake Superior State ... two assists and +2 Nov. 11 vs. Northern Michigan; +1 in game two vs. NMU ... assist and +1 Nov. 5 at Alabama-Huntsville, Dec. 30 vs. Robert Morris and Jan. 20 vs. Ferris State ... assist vs. Notre Dame Oct. 14 in first collegiate game ... +2 in 3-2 OT win at Miami Dec. 10 ... helper in win at Michigan Nov. 18 ... +2 Oct. 28 vs. Alaska and +1 Dec. 2 vs. Lake Superior State ... third on team with 44 recorded blocked shots, including 4 at Notre Dame Oct. 15, vs. Alaska Oct. 28 and vs. Miami Feb. 25 ... earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades.
Prior to Ohio State: Spent 2001-2011 with the Omaha Lancers in the USHL and had eight assists and points while limited to 17 games ... during 2009-10 season, played 51 games for the Wenatchee Wild of the NAHL and had four goals, 16 assists and 20 points, along with a +19 mark ... named to the NAHL All-Rookie Team ... graduated from Duluth East High School in 2009 ... the Greyhounds participated in the 2009 Minnesota Class AA state tournament ... also played golf, tennis and baseball.
Off the Ice: Son of David and Jackie ... father played hockey at St. Cloud State ... brother, William, is a 2011 graduate of St. Olaf College ... cousin, Dave Watters, played hockey at Harvard ... business - finance major ... enjoys playing tennis and spending time at the lake.