Buckeyes Back on the Road at No. 9 Wisconsin

Jan. 22, 2014

Ohio State vs. No. 9 Wisconsin
Friday, Jan. 24 - 8 p.m. CT/9 p.m. ET
Saturday, Jan. 25 - 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET
Kohl Center - Madison, Wis.

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• Live Stats: Friday Saturday
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• Television: Friday - BTN | Saturday - Fox Sports Wisconsin+
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's hockey team (11-8-1, 1-4-1-0 B1G) travels to Madison, Wis., to take on No. 9-ranked Wisconsin (13-6-1, 4-2-0-0 B1G) in the first meeting between the teams as Big Ten Conference foes this weekend. The Buckeyes and Badgers will face off at 8 p.m. CT/9 p.m. ET Friday and 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET Saturday in the Kohl Center (capacity 15,237; 200' x `97).

Follow Along
The game Friday will be televised live on BTN and available through the BTN2Go website and mobile app (depending on cable provider). It is part of BTN's Frozen Friday doubleheader and follows a 6:30 p.m. ET matchup between Michigan and Michigan State. B1G hockey coverage begins on BTN at 6 p.m. ET Friday with the pregame show.

The game Saturday will be broadcast by Fox Sports Wisconsin+ and available through BTN2Go.

IMG/Ohio State radio, with Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye John Mowat on the call, will carry the action over the air in Columbus on 1460 AM. The broadcast is, also available as part of Buckeye Vision subscriptions.

Audio, video and live stats links for the games vs. Wisconsin, as well as all games throughout the season, are on the men's hockey schedule or gameday pages (go.osu.edu/mhkygameday) on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with in-game updates also on Twitter @OhioState_MHKY.

Buckeye Snapshot
Ohio State, under first-year head coach Steve Rohlik, is 11-8-1 on the year and looking to get back on the winning trend a three-game winless streak after a tie vs. Michigan State and two losses at No. 1-ranked Minnesota. Three of the team's four losses in conference play have been by one goal (4-3 OT and 5-4 vs. Michigan, 1-0 vs. Minnesota). The squad is averaging 3.55 goals a game to tie for fourth in scoring in the NCAA and is allowing 2.80 a contest. Ohio State's power play is 20-for-90 (.218), ranking ninth nationally and first in the Big Ten, and the penalty kill is 62-for-77 (.805). The team averages 10.7 penalty minutes per game and 34.1 shots on goal per outing.

Junior Ryan Dzingel leads the team with 13 goals and 28 points and is tied for first with 15 assists. Junior Max McCormick is second with seven goals and 20 points and tied for third with 13 assists. Senior Alex Szczechura comes in third with 19 points and is tied for third with 13 helpers. Juniors Nick Oddo and Tanner Fritz are tied for fourth with 18 points each. Oddo has six goals and 12 assists, while Fritz has three goals and a team-high tying 15 assists. Szczechura, Oddo and freshman Nick Schilkey are tied for third with six goals each. Oddo is first on the squad with a +17 mark and sophomore defenseman Craig Dalrymple is second with a +11 rating. Junior Justin DaSilva has blocked a team-best 42 shots and senior blueliner Curtis Gedig is second with 33. In goal, three freshmen have picked up wins for the Buckeyes. Matt Tomkins has a 2.45 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in 12 games (11 starts). Christian Frey joined the team in December and started both games vs. Mercyhurst Dec. 28-29 for his first collegiate game action. He played Saturday at Minnesota and has a 3.07 goals-against average and .903 save percentage. Logan Davis came on in relief Nov. 9 and started the next four games after Tomkins was injured, posting a 2.21 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and one shutout.

Buckeyes vs. Badgers
Ohio State and Wisconsin have met 11 times, but just three meetings have been since 1969. The squads faced off eight times between 1965 and 1969, with the Badgers winning all eight matchups (four in Madison, three in Columbus, one neutral site). The recent series began March 26, 2004 in the NCAA tournament, a 1-0 Badger win in Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y., in the NCAA East Regional semifinal. The teams then met outdoors, skating in the Frozen Tundra College Hockey Classic in front of 40,890 fans in Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., with Wisconsin winning 4-2. The last matchup was Oct. 13, 2007, a 5-3 victory for the Buckeyes in the Lefty McFadden Hockey Invitational in the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio.

Badger Bites
Wisconsin, ranked ninth nationally, is 13-6-1 overall this season and 4-2-0-0 in Big Ten play, with sweeps of Penn State and Michigan and two losses to Minnesota. The Badgers have won nine of their last 10 games and are coming off a bye week. The team last played Jan. 10-11, sweeping Michigan in Madison, 5-2 and 3-1. Wisconsin is tied for fourth nationally, averaging 3.55 goals a game, and is allowing 2.70 a contest. The team's power play is 12-for-78 (.154) and the penalty kill is 64-for-77 (.831).

Michael Mersch leads the Badgers and the Big Ten with 14 goals and has a team-best 24 points. Mark Zengerle is first with 19 assists and second with 21 points on the year. Tyler Barnes is second in goals (9) and third in points (18). In all, 10 Badgers have 10 or more points through the team's first 20 games. Between the pipes, Joel Rumpel has played 12 games and has a 1.85 goals-against average and .932 save percentage (ranking in the top seven nationally in both categories) to go with his 10-1-0 ledger.

Wisconsin Connections
First-year Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik was a four-year letterwinner for the Badgers and is a 1990 graduate of Wisconsin, earning his degree in communications/journalism. He wore the captain's C as both a junior and senior in 1989 and `90, respectively. Rohlik was a senior on the 1990 squad that won the NCAA title and WCHA regular-season and tournament crowns, earning league tourney MVP honors. The Badgers competed in the NCAA tournament each of his last three years and won the 1988 conference playoff championship. Rohlik skated in 166 games at Wisconsin, scoring 34 goals and adding 47 assists for 81 points and received the team's Fenton Kelsey Jr., Most Competitive Player honor in 1990. Rohlik's first collegiate coaching job was on the Badgers' staff in 1990-91.

Two Buckeyes - Max McCormick, a native of De Pere, and Tyler Lundey, from Middleton - are Wisconsin natives.

The Last Time - Ohio State vs. Wisconsin
Ohio State and Wisconsin last met Oct. 13, 2007 in the championship game of the Lefty McFadden Hockey Invitational in Dayton, Ohio. Against then-No. 14-ranked Wisconsin, Ohio State jumped out to a two-goal lead less than four minutes into the game on goals by senior Matt McIlvane and freshman Sergio Somma. Wisconsin got on the board at 8:50 before Buckeye freshman Patrick Schafer tallied unassisted at 16:03 to put the Buckeyes back ahead. Wisconsin's Ben Street closed out the first with a goal at 17:48, sending the teams into the dressing room with the Buckeyes ahead, 3-2. The Badgers tied the game just 2:20 into the second on Kyle Turis' tally. The game remained 3-all until Ohio State senior John Dingle scored on the power play at 18:29 of the second, giving OSU a 4-3 lead. Corey Elkins scored the lone goal of the third period for the 5-3 final. Buckeye goalie Joseph Palmer made 27 saves in the win, including 10 in the third period.

Last Time Out - Ohio state Falls at No. 1 Minnesota
Game 1: Minnesota 1, Ohio State 0 - In front of 45,021 fans, Ohio State lost to No. 1-ranked Minnesota, 1-0, Friday in the Hockey City Classic in TCF Bank Stadium. After a scoreless first period, the Gophers netted the only goal of the game early in the second. Each team had just five shots on goal in the third and the Gophers outshot the Buckeyes, 26-21, for the game. Buckeye freshman goalie Matt Tomkins had 25 saves in the matchup, allowing just one goal for the second game in a row. There were just three power plays and five penalties called in the game; Ohio State was scoreless on one chance with the man advantage and held the Gophers scoreless on two opportunities. The crowd was the largest in history for an Ohio State game (and a hockey game in the state of Minnesota).
Game 2: Minnesota 4, Ohio State 2 - The Buckeyes lost game two to the Gophers, 4-2, Saturday in Mariucci Arena. The Buckeyes led 2-0 at 14:16 of the first period on goals by Nick Oddo and Drew Brevig (on the power play), but the Gophers' Sam Warning responded just 24 seconds after Brevig's tally to make it a 2-1 game after the first period. Warning scored twice in the second period, tying the game at 1:34 and giving the Gophers the lead at 8:42 on the power play, to complete a hat trick. Seth Ambroz secured the win for the Gophers with a tally at 7:13 of the third period. The Buckeyes were outshot, 32-27, in the contest. Each team was 1-for-3 on the power play. Freshman Christian Frey started in goal for Ohio State and made 28 saves.