Jan. 2, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - After recording his first career hat trick, Ohio State sophomore forward Ryan Dzingel has been named the CCHA Postgame Offensive Player of the Week, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced Wednesday. Wheaton, Ill., native Dzingel, the Buckeyes' leading scorer, had three goals and was +2 vs. Penn State in the Three Rivers Classic in Pittsburgh.
Dzingel's three goals led the league over the weekend and he shared the CCHA lead with three points as teams returned from their winter breaks. Against the Nittany Lions Saturday in CONSOL Energy Center, Dzingel scored three even-strength goals. He put Ohio State on the board 3:56 into the game, drew the squad within one early in the second and again cut into the Nittany Lions' lead in the third. It was his second career multiple-goal game and first since Nov. 19, 2011 at Michigan. Max McCormick scored the Buckeyes' last hat trick at Lake Superior State Jan. 28, 2012.
An Ottawa Senators draft pick, Dzingel leads the Buckeyes with a career-best nine goals and is first on the team with 17 points. He is tied for fifth in the CCHA in points and tied for fourth in goals; his hat trick was the second by a CCHA player this season. In conference games only, Dzingel has 12 points to tie for fifth among CCHA players while his five goals are tied for eighth and his seven assists are tied for 10th.
The Buckeyes are off this weekend before returning to CCHA action with two games at Ferris State Jan. 11-12.