Ohio State opens play vs. Michigan State Thursday
Script Ohio, 50th Anniversary Celebration highlight series
Teams to meet for first time as Big Ten foes
Superhero quality he would want is super strength ... highlight of hockey career was winning Quebec pee wee tournament in 2001 ... says best player he has skated with is Nick Petrecki and would most like to skate with Gary Roberts ... father got him started playing hockey at age 4 ... most prized possession is his bike ... says best thing he can cook is chicken and potatoes ... first job was as a dish washer at his parents' restaurant ... favorite player is Mario Lemieux because "he is a legend in Pittsburgh and the best player of all-time" ... Pick one: Ice cream flavor - chocolate; Holiday - Christmas; Game to play as a kid - dodgeball; Old-school television show - MacGyver; American from history - General Douglas MacArthur; Musical group - Throwdown; Professional Team - Pittsburgh Penguins; Sport other than hockey - football ... most important pregame ritual is a nap and meal ... would like to change places for a day with Bruce Wayne ... biggest risk he has taken is bungee jumping.
Ohio State Career: Named an alternate captain during sophomore campaign and wore an 'A' as a junior.
2009-10 (Junior Season): Fourth on team with career-high 29 points, ranking second with career-best 15 goals and fourth with 14 assists, while playing in all 39 games; +10 on the year to rank third ... scored overtime gamewinner against Miami in CCHA quarterfinals March 13 to tie series at one game apiece (+1 in the game) ... career-high seven-game scoring streak with 4-6-10 totals Jan. 9-Feb. 6 ... three points, with two goals (one on the power play) and an assist, along with a +2 mark vs. Notre Dame March 6; +1 in the series opener vs. the Irish March 5 ... three points in series at Nebraska-Omaha Feb. 5-6; had two-goal game in opener, along with +1 mark, and an assist in game two ... three-point weekend vs. Ferris State Jan. 29-30; had a goal, assist and +2 mark in the opener and an assist in game two ... three points in series at Michigan State Jan. 22-23; assist in opener and 1-1-2 line in game two, including empty-net goal to seal win; +1 in the contest ... three points, with two goals, at Ferris State Nov. 21; career-high +4 vs. the Bulldogs ... scored on the power play at Western Michigan Feb. 20 ... goal and an assist, along with +2 mark, vs. Michigan Dec. 4 ... two assists to match personal best against Denver Oct. 16 ... scored gamewinner with less than three minutes left in 5-4 victory over Northern Michigan Nov. 7, also had an assist in the game ... goal in each, game at Lake State Oct. 23-24 and at Miami Feb. 26 ... +10 on the year and +1 or better in 16 games ... 116 shots on the year, with career-high eight at Nebraska-Omaha Feb. 5 seven against Michigan State Jan. 23 and Miami March 14 and six vs. the Spartans Jan. 22.
2008-09 (Sophomore Season): Played in all 42 games ... named an alternate captain Feb. 21 prior to the finale of the Michigan series ... 25 points, on 11 goals and 14 assists ... four power-play tallies ... had a point in nine of last 14 games (5-7-12) ... two assists and +2 mark at Alaska March 14 to match career highs for assists, points and +/- ... scored goal with less than a minute remaining in first period vs. Bowling Green March 7 to put Buckeyes ahead in eventual 5-4 win; +1 in the game ... scored gamewinner at Miami Feb. 27 just 16 seconds after RedHawks had tied score and was +1 in the contest; assist vs. RedHawks Feb. 28 in regular-season finale ... assist in each game vs. Michigan Feb. 20-21, +1 in series opener with assist on Corey Toy's shorthanded goal; set up John Albert's second-period game that tied the score at 2 in game two ... goal in series opener vs. Notre Dame Feb. 6 and assist on Picard's empty-net goal in upset win in series finale Feb. 8; +1 in each game ... three-game goal-scoring streak Dec. 6-13 ... two goals at Alaska Jan. 31, including a power-play goal, to match career best; +1 vs. the Nanooks ... assist and +2 mark at Bowling Green Jan. 9; scored power-play goal vs. Falcons Jan. 10 ... three points in series vs. Bentley Dec. 12-13; tied career high with two points on a goal and an assist in series opener and added a power-play goal in game two ... goal and +2 mark vs. Robert Morris Dec. 6 ... two points in season opener vs. Miami Oct. 10, with goal and an assist ... career-high two assists at Michigan Oct. 31 ... power-play goal vs. Nebraska-Omaha Nov. 28 ... other assists came vs. Lake State Oct. 18, at Denver Oct. 25 and at Michigan State Feb. 13 ... 15 games with +1 or better mark ... played in 50th career game Nov. 7 vs. Michigan State ... Buckeye Sports Bulletin Icer of the Month for February; had a point in seven of eight games during the month and was even or better in all eight outings.
2007-08 (Freshman Season): Played in all 41 games, with eight goals, eight assists and 16 points ... first career goal came on the power play vs. Wisconsin in Lefty McFadden tournament championship game Oct. 13 ... career-best two goals vs. Robert Morris Nov. 18 ... two points against Alaska Jan. 5 with third-period gamewinning goal and an assist ... first career assist came on Peter Boyd's overtime winner vs. St. Lawrence Dec. 7 ... goal in each game at Michigan Nov. 30-Dec. 1, including third-period gamewinner in series opener ... point in each game at Alaska Dec. 14-15, with power-play goal in game one and assisting on game-tying goal in game two ... had a stretch with assists in four-of-five games Jan. 25-Feb. 9, with helpers in each game at Lake Superior State Jan. 25-26, an assist vs. Bowling Green Feb. 2 and assists in both games at Nebraska-Omaha Feb. 8-9 ... tallied at Notre Dame Feb. 23 ... four power-play goals on the year ... second on team with 106 shots, including seven at Northern Michigan March 9 in the playoffs ... +2 at Michigan Dec. 1 and at Nebraska-Omaha Feb. 9 and +1 in eight other games.
Prior to Ohio State: Spent two seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL ... 2007 USHL All-Star ... second on the squad with 51 points and had a team-best 32 goals, including 10 power-play scores, while playing in 47 games in 2006-07 ... ranked fourth on the squad with 46 points as a rookie in 2005-06, tying for third with 20 goals and adding 26 assists in 58 games ... placed first at 2001 Quebec International Pee Wee Tournament with the Pittsburgh Amateur Penguins ... played with the Capital District Selects in the EJHL before joining the Gamblers ... also played baseball ... graduated from Plum Senior High in 2005.
Off the Ice: Son of Mark and Susan, who both are self-employed ... mother is an Ohio State alumna ... has a brother, Vinnie ... favorite things to do besides hockey are watch movies, play video games and people watch.
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