Buckeyes vs. Bulldogs in Big Rapids
The Buckeyes are returning to CCHA action with back-to-back road series.
Jan. 10, 2013
Ohio State at Ferris State
Ewigleben Ice Arena - Big Rapids, Mich.
Friday, Jan. 11 - 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 12 - 7:05 p.m.
WATCH: Coach Osiecki Previews Series
Buckeye Notes to Know
• Ohio State has had a rotating system of captains this season. Serving as captains this week are juniors Curtis Gedig and Travis Statchuk and sophomores Ryan Dzingel and Matt Johnson.
• Senior goalie Brady Hjelle enters the weekend first in the NCAA with a 1.43 goals-against average, while his .951 save percentage is second.
• Sophomore leading scorer Ryan Dzingel is coming off his first career hat trick in the Buckeyes’ last game. He leads Ohio State with nine goals and 17 points this season.
• Hjelle and Dzingel are both on the ballot for the fan vote for the 2013 Hobey Baker Award. For more information, or to vote, visit: go.osu.edu/osuvote4hobey.
• Ohio State is playing its first CCHA games since Dec. 14-15 vs. Miami. The team has back-to-back league series on the road to open the second half of conference play.
• Ohio State head coach Mark Osiecki returned from his stint with Team USA at the World Junior Championship with a gold medal, his third time winning a medal (and second gold) as a member of the U.S. staff.
Drop the Puck
The Ohio State men’s hockey team (7-8-5, 6-3-3-1 CCHA) is back in CCHA play, heading to Ferris State (9-8-3, 7-6-1-0 CCHA) in the first of back-to-back road series. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.
For both games at Ferris State, Ohio State/IMG Radio will carry the action over the air in Columbus on 1460 AM and live online on ESPNColumbus.com, with Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye John Mowat calling the action.
The games will be streamed online for a fee through the Bulldog Sports Network.
As always, links for audio, video and game tracker live stats are on the Buckeye Hockey Gameday page (go.osu.edu/mhkygameday) and the men’s hockey schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
The Buckeyes are 7-8-5 overall and 6-3-3-1 in CCHA play to stand in a tie for fourth place with Ferris State. The squad last played Dec. 28-29, losing to No. 5 Miami (1-0) and Penn State (5-4) in the Three Rivers Classic in CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The squad is scoring 1.95 goals a game and allowing 2.05 goals per game to rank eighth in the nation in team defense. The team is 8-for-83 (.096) on the power play and 66-for-79 (.835) on the penalty kill.
Sophomore Ryan Dzingel is first with 17 points and nine goals and ranks second with eight assists, while classmate Tanner Fritz is first with 10 assists and second with 13 points. Sophomore Max McCormick, third with 10 points, is second with six goals, followed by Matt Johnson with five. Senior goalie Brady Hjelle has played in 14 games, starting 13, and has a 1.43 goals-against average and .951 save percentage to rank first and second in the NCAA, respectively. Freshman Collin Olson has played seven games and has a 3.08 goals-against average and .905 save percentage. Johnson is first with a +8 mark, followed by defensemen Curtis Gedig and Craig Dalrymple at +7.
Wearing the C
Ohio State has rotated captains this season, switching the trio about every two series. For the first two series of the year at Minnesota Duluth and Quinnipiac, seniors Alex Carlson and Brandon Martell were joined by sophomore Matt Johnson wearing the ‘C’, while juniors Alex Lippincott and Travis Statchuk and sophomore Max McCormick donned the letter vs. Bowling Green and Alaska. Senior Devon Krogh, junior Chris Crane and sophomore Ryan Dzingel served as captains vs. Northern Michigan and at Lake Superior State and juniors Curtis Gedig and Alex Szczechura and sophomore Tanner Fritz served as captains at Michigan State and retained the ‘C’s for the series with Robert Morris.
For the series vs. Miami Dec. 14-15 and the Three Rivers Classic Dec. 28-29, Gedig, Statchuk and Dzingel reprised their roles as captains, the first second-time selections of the season. Gedig, Statchuk and Dzingel will be joined by Johnson as captains for the series at Ferris State this week. This is the first time four Buckeyes will wear a ‘C’ in a series.
Osiecki Wins Gold Medal with Team USA At World Junior Championship
Ohio State third-year head coach Mark Osiecki served on the coaching staff for Team USA at the World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, his third time with the U.S. program in the prestigious tournament. Team USA defeated Sweden, 3-1, Jan. 5 to claim the title. Osiecki has been a part of three medal-winning squads, returning with gold in 2010 and bronze in 2011. The 2010 and ‘11 tournaments marked the first time the U.S. medaled in back-to-back years.
Buckeyes on the Hobey Fan Ballot
Fan voting for the 2013 Hobey Baker Award opened earlier this week, with Buckeye senior goalie Brady Hjelle and sophomore forward Ryan Dzingel on the ballot. Fans can vote daily through March 10. The fans’ vote accounts for a full one percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting the 2013 award recipient. The link to vote is: go.osu.edu/osuvote4hobey.
Hjelle, who has started 13 games for the Buckeyes and played in 14, leads the NCAA with a 1.43 goals-against average and is second nationally with a .951 save percentage. He has allowed one goal or less in 10 games this year. Dzingel is first for the Buckeyes with nine goals and 17 points. Three of his goals have been game-winners (including in both 1-0 Ohio State wins this year), tying him for sixth in the NCAA and first in the CCHA.
Buckeyes vs. Bulldogs
Ohio State leads the series with Ferris State, 58-46-15, but trails in Big Rapids, 24-30-4. Last year, the teams met in Columbus Jan. 20-21, 2012. The Bulldogs won the opener, 4-3, before the teams skated to a 3-3 OT tie and FSU won the shootout in game two. The squads last met in Big Rapids Oct. 22-23, 2010, splitting a series. Ferris State won game one, 2-1, and Ohio State won the second night, 5-3.
Ferris State enters the weekend 9-8-3 overall and is 7-6-1 in the CCHA, tying for fourth place with Ohio State. The squad last played Jan. 5, shutting out Michigan State, 3-0, at home. The team played in the Florida College Classic over break, falling to Cornell, 5-3, before beating Minnesota Duluth, 6-2. The Bulldogs are averaging 3.0 goals a game and holding opponents to 2.45 goals an outing. The power play is 17-for-71 , ranking fifth (tied) in the NCAA at 23.9 percent, and the penalty kill is 74-for-89 (.831).
Junior Garrett Thompson and senior Kyle Bonis are tied for first with nine goals each and sophomore Jason Binkley has a team-best 10 assists. Thompson is first with 16 points, with Bonis second with 15. Senior Travis Ouellette is second with nine assists and third with 13 points. In goal sophomore C.J. Motte has played in 19 games and has an 8-8-3 ledger, 2.25 goals-against average and .926 save percentage. Freshman Charles Williams is 1-0-0, with time in three games, and has a 2.14 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.
Looking Back - Ohio State vs. Ferris State in 2012
The Buckeyes were 0-1-1-0 at home vs. Ferris State Jan. 20-21, 2012, with a 4-3 loss in the opener and 3-3 overtime tie and shootout loss in game two in Value City Arena.
In the opener, Ohio State scored three unanswered goals but it wasn’t enough as its comeback bid fell short in a 4-3 defeat. Ohio State trailed 4-1 after the second period, with Tanner Fritz scoring for Ohio State, and drew within one with two goals in less than three minutes (from Chris Crane and Darik Angeli) in the third period. The Buckeyes had a late major power play - which turned into a 5-on-3 advantage - but were unable to get the equalizer.
In the series finale, Ohio State battled back from a one-goal deficit three times, skating to a 3-3 tie with the Bulldogs. Ferris State won the shootout, 2-0 in three rounds, to clinch the extra point in the CCHA standings. The teams were tied after the first period. The Bulldogs opened the scoring at 7:02 before Fritz tied the game 2:26 later. The teams were scoreless in the second period, with each goalie making 12 saves. In the third, Ohio State rallied to tie the game twice. FSU’s Kyle Bonis gave the Bulldogs their second lead of the night just 1:10 into the period. Ferris State maintained the lead until Buckeye Danny Dries scored shorthanded at the 10:10 mark. The Bulldogs responded with a power play goal at 13:09 but Max McCormick deadlocked the game for the third time at 16:38. Neither team could score in overtime, with Ohio State controlling play and putting four shots on net.
Hat Trick Leads to Player of the Week Accolades
After recording his first career hat trick, sophomore Ryan Dzingel was named the CCHA Postgame Offensive Player of the Week Jan. 2. 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 Dec. 29 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.
Buckeye This and That
• Ohio State lost to Miami, 1-0, Dec. 28, marking the first time the team was shut out this season. The team has been held to two or fewer goals in five of its last six games. The Buckeyes then matched their season best with four goals vs. Penn State Dec. 29, scoring more than two goals for the sixth time this year.
• Ohio State ranks seventh nationally (fourth in the CCHA) in team defense, holding opponents to 2.05 goals a game. The team has held opponents to one goal or less in six of the last 12 games.
• The five goals scored by Penn State Dec. 29 were the most allowed by the Buckeyes since the season-opening 6-3 loss at Minnesota Duluth Oct. 12. The squad has allowed more than two goals just five times this season.
• Ohio State’s penalty kill has held its opponent scoreless in five of the last nine games (85.2 percent, 23-for-27). The squad has not allowed more than one power play goal since giving up five in the season-opening series at Minnesota Duluth (three in the first game, two in the second game). The team was 3-for-4 in the Three Rivers Classic, giving up only a 5-on-3 goal.
• Ohio State is averaging 4.8 penalties and 12.4 penalty minutes per game. The squad has had just 12 penalties for 24 minutes in the last five games combined, with a season-low tying two penalties for four minutes in three of those five outings (and 3-for-6 in the other two).
• Ohio State played 11 of its first 18 games away from Columbus and the second half of the year begins with six games away from Value City Arena. Eight of the team’s final 12 games will be at home.
• In scoring among sophomores nationally, Ohio State’s class ranks ninth, averaging 2.65 points a game, combining for 53 points. Sophomores are the Top 4 point scorers on the squad this year.
• Ohio State, Bowling Green, Canisius, Clarkson and Wisconsin lead the nation with five ties each this season.
• After Ohio State was held to less than 30 shots in three-consecutive games, including back-to-back games with 23 shots, the Buckeyes put 40 shots on net vs. Penn State. The squad is averaging 29.9 shots a game, while allowing 30.6.
• Twenty-one Buckeye skaters have at least one point this year. Fourteen Buckeyes have at least one goal and 21 have at least one assist.
Between the Pipes
• Goalie Brady Hjelle, who has played in 14 games and started 13, is first in the NCAA with a CCHA-best 1.43 goals-against average and is second in the NCAA (and first in the league) with a .951 save percentage. The senior has started eight of the last nine games and played in nine of the last 10. He has allowed more than one goal just four times in 14 appearances this year.
• His three shutouts are tied for fourth in the NCAA and first in the CCHA.
• In CCHA play, Hjelle has a league-best .79 goals-against average, .972 save percentage and three shutouts.
• Hjelle has seven games with 30 or more saves, including a season high and career-high tying 37 vs. Robert Morris Dec. 8.
• Hjelle has been the first or second star in all eight league starts.
• Hjelle is a three-time CCHA Goaltender of the Week and was the CCHA Goaltender of the Month for November. In November, he had a league-best .62 goals-against average and .978 save percentage, playing in five games (with four starts) and did not allow more than one goal in any appearance. He allowed three total goals, with two of the three on the power play.
• Freshman Collin Olson is the first Buckeye true freshman to see game time between the pipes for Ohio State since Cal Heeter in 2008-09. He started vs. Penn State Dec. 29, his first game action since Nov. 24 at Lake Superior State.
• Ryan Dzingel had the Buckeyes’ first hat trick of the season - and the first of his career - Dec. 29 vs. Penn State. Max McCormick scored the Buckeyes’ last hat trick, tallying three times at Lake Superior State Jan. 28, 2012.
• Dzingel’s hat trick ended a season-high four-game scoreless streak for the sophomore. He had an eight-game scoring streak Nov. 10-Dec. 7, with a 4-7-11 line in the stretch. He has been held off the scoresheet in just two series this season. Dzingel leads the Buckeyes with 17 points and a career-high nine goals.
• Dzingel has a team-best three gamewinning goals (tying for sixth nationally), including the gamewinners in both of the Buckeyes’ 1-0 victories this season. All three of his GWG have been in league play to rank first.
• Junior Alex Szczechura has a point in seven of his last 11 games and has a 2-6-8 line on the year to tie for fourth on the squad. He scored an extra-attacker goal vs. Penn State in the Buckeyes’ last time out Dec. 29.
• Sophomore Tanner Fritz has points in six of the last 13 games, with four two-point games in the stretch. He is second on the team with 13 points and first with 10 assists.
• Freshman Tyler Lundey has eight points, with three goals and five assists, to lead the Buckeye rookies in scoring. He is tied for ninth in the CCHA in scoring among freshmen overall.
• In all games, Dzingel is tied for seventh in scoring among CCHA players. Dzingel is tied for fourth in goals, with and Max McCormick tied for 16th. Fritz is 11th (tied) in assists.
• In CCHA games only, Dzingel is tied for sixth with 12 points and Fritz is tied for eighth with 11 points. Fritz is tied for third with nine assists, with Dzingel tied for 11h with seven. Dzingel is tied for ninth with five goals in league play and McCormick is tied for 16th with four tallies. Dzingel is tied for ninth in power play points (5).
• Sophomore Matt Johnson, who is third on the team with five goals and ranks fourth (tied) on the squad with eight points after an assist vs. Penn State, is tied for 10th in the CCHA with a +8 mark overall.
On the Blueline
• Against Penn State Dec. 29, defensemen sophomore Clark Cristofoli, junior Curtis Gedig and freshman Craig Dalrymple all had an assist.
• Dalrymple leads the Buckeye defensemen in scoring with six points, on a goal and five assists. He is tied for sixth in scoring among CCHA rookie blueliners (and tied for 13th among all CCHA freshmen).
• Dalrymple and Gedig are tied for second on the team with +7 marks, tying for 12th in the CCHA (and ranking fourth among CCHA blueliners). Dalrymple is +9 in league play only, tying for fifth among league players, ranking first among rookies and tying for second among blueliners. Gedig’s +6 mark in league play is tied for ninth and tied for fourth among defensemen.
• As a team, Ohio State has 311 recorded blocked shots, while its opponents have blocked 245 of its attempts. Justin DaSilva is first with 38 blocked shots, followed by Al McLean with 35, Brandon Martell with 33 and Gedig with 31. Every Buckeye skater has at least one blocked shot this year. (Individual blocks were not recorded in the series at Minnesota Duluth).
• The Buckeyes blocked 23 shots as a team vs. Miami Dec. 28, led by Al McLean with six and Brandon Martell and Gedig with five each. Against Penn State, Martell and DaSilva each had four blocks.
• Cristofoli's assist vs. Penn State was his first point of the year and his first helper since Oct. 21, 2011 at Michigan State.
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