Dzingel Tabbed Big Ten Second Star of the Week
Jan. 14, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ryan Dzingel, a junior forward on the Ohio State men's hockey team, was named the Big Ten Second Star of the Week, the Big Ten Conference announced Tuesday. Dzingel led the Buckeyes with a hat trick and four points in the team's series vs. Michigan State.
Dzingel, a native of Wheaton, Ill., had his second career hat trick in the Buckeyes' 5-3 win over Michigan State Friday. He added an assist for the second four-point night of his Ohio State career, and the first since November 2011. His second goal of the game came early in the third period and was the gamewinner, while he completed his hat trick with less than four minutes remaining to seal the Buckeyes' win. The points extended his point streak to a career-high 10 and he was +3 in the game to match his personal best.
Dzingel, who has 12 goals, eight assists and 20 points in his last 11 games combined, is first in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA with 1.50 points per game, while he average a Big Ten-best .72 goals a game to tie for fourth nationally. Dzingel leads all Big Ten players with 27 points overall and is second with 13 goals. He is first among Big Ten players with 2.00 points per game in league games only and is second with eight points and five goals.
This is the second Big Ten Star of the Week honor for Dzingel this season, as he was also honored Dec. 31. In all, Ohio State has seven Big Ten Star of the Week honors this year. Nick Oddo is a two-time honoree (Oct. 29, Dec. 31) and the other Buckeyes recognized are Tanner Fritz (Nov. 12), Max McCormick (Nov. 12) and Logan Davis (Nov. 19).
Ohio State hits the road for its next four games, beginning with a series vs. No. 1 Minnesota in Minneapolis this weekend. The Buckeyes and Gophers will meet at 9 p.m. ET Friday and 6 p.m. ET Saturday. Friday is the Hockey City Classic outdoor game at TCF Bank Stadium and will be televised by BTN. Saturday will be televised by Fox Sports North and SportsTime Ohio. Ohio State/IMG Radio will have the call on 1460 AM in Columbus and online through Buckeye Vision both nights.