Buckeyes Set for B1G Series at Michigan State

Feb. 5, 2014

Ohio State vs. Michigan State
Friday, Feb. 7 - 6:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, Feb. 8 - 4 p.m. ET
Munn Ice Arena - East Lansing, Mich.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's hockey team (14-9-1, 4-5-1-0 B1G) travels for two Big Ten Conference games at Michigan State (8-13-4, 2-5-3-3 B1G) this weekend. The teams will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday in Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich.

Follow Along
The game Friday will be televised by BTN as part of its Frozen Friday doubleheaders with Fred Pletsch and Dan Kelly on the call. Saturday, the game will be broadcast by Fox Sports Detroit+ and picked up by SportsTime Ohio, with Dan Dickerson and Manny Legace calling the action. Both game will be available through BTN2Go online and mobile.

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. Michigan State, 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 14-9-1 on the year and coming off a series sweep of Penn State in Columbus. The squad is 4-5-1-0 in Big Ten play, with three of the losses by one goal.

The squad is averaging 3.62 goals a game to rank fifth in scoring in the NCAA and is allowing 2.71 a contest. Ohio State's power play is 25-for-110 (.227), ranking seventh nationally and first in the Big Ten, and the penalty kill is 74-for-91 (.813). The team averages 11.0 penalty minutes per game and 32.8 shots on goal per outing.

Junior Ryan Dzingel leads the team with 17 goals and 36 points and is tied with classmate Tanner Fritz for first with 19 assists. Junior Max McCormick is second with 10 goals and 24 points and fourth with 14 helpers. Fritz has 23 points to rank third, followed by Nick Oddo with 22 points, including 15 assists to rank third. Freshman Nick Schilkey is third with eight goals on the year, followed by Oddo and junior Darik Angeli with seven each. Oddo is first with a +20 mark with Dzingel second at +13. Junior Justin DaSilva has blocked a team-high 55 shots. In goal, three freshmen have picked up wins for the Buckeyes. Christian Frey joined the team in December and has started six contests (including the last three), with a 5-1 ledger, 2.19 goals-against average and .936 save percentage. Matt Tomkins has a 2.66 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 13 games (12 starts). Logan Davis has played in five games, with four starts, posting a 2.21 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and one shutout.

Last Time Out - Ohio state Sweeps Penn State
Game 1 - Ohio State 5, Penn State 1: Behind 46 saves from freshman goalie Christian Frey and 11 points from its junior class, Ohio State downed Penn State, 5-1, Friday in the first Big Ten game between the schools. The Buckeyes led 1-0 after the first period on a Max McCormick goal at 9:30. In the second, Matt Johnson and McCormick scored 26 seconds apart for a 3-0 Buckeye lead and Ryan Dzingel tallied shorthanded to put Ohio State up 4-0 after two periods. Penn State got on the board at 3:55 of the third but Dzingel converted when Penn State pulled its goalie with 12 minutes remaining and the teams skating 4-on-4 to put the Buckeyes on top, 5-1. Frey made 17 saves in the first period, 10 in the second and 19 in the third for the win.
Game 2 - Ohio State 5, Penn State 2: Ohio State scored five unanswered goals to defeat Penn State, 5-2, and earn a series sweep of the Nittany Lions Saturday afternoon in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes gave up two goals early in the first period to Penn State but scored three times in the second, including back-to-back power play goals from Tanner Fritz and Ryan Dzingel less than two minutes apart, to tie the game and then take the lead. Sophomore Anthony Greco's goal with 1:07 left in the second broke the two-all tie and stood as the gamewinner. Max McCormick scored early in the third for a 4-2 advantage and Darik Angeli sealed the win with an empty-net goal late in the third. Dzingel, the Big Ten's leading scorer, had a team-best three points on a goal and two assists. Fritz had a goal and a helper for two points and freshman Nick Schilkey picked up two assists. The game marked the first time Ohio State won when trailing after one period since a 6-3 victory vs. Western Michigan Feb. 16, 2013 after being down 2-1. The Buckeyes are 1-4-1 on the year when trailing after the first 20 minutes and were 4-9-2 a season ago.

Buckeyes vs. Spartans
In a series that started in 1964, Ohio State trails Michigan State, 30-82-9, including 11-45-3 in East Lansing. In the last 10 games, Ohio State is 5-4-1 vs. the Spartans (including 3-0-1 in the last four games) and the teams are tied, 9-9-2, in the last 20 meetings. The squads met in East Lansing last season, with the Buckeyes sweeping the Spartans, 1-0 and 3-1, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2012. The teams met in early January in Columbus, with Ohio State winning game one, 5-3, before a 1-1 tie (MSU shootout win) in game two.

Spartan Story
Michigan State is 8-13-4 on the year and 2-5-3 in the Big Ten. The squad is looking to end a four-game winless streak, with two losses to Michigan (at Joe Louis Arena 2-1, in East Lansing 5-2) before a tie and shootout win (2-2) and 1-0 loss at Minnesota. The Spartans are 13th in the NCAA in team defense, allowing 2.36 goals a game, and scoring 2.20 an outing. The power play is 14-for-103 (.136) and the penalty kill is 79-for-97 (.814). The team averages 10.0 penalty minutes per game and puts 29.6 shots on goal per outing.

Greg Wolfe leads the Spartans with 17 points and eight goals and is fourth with nine assists. Jake Chelios has a team-best 14 assists and is second with 16 points. Michael Ferrantino (7g, 7a) and Lee Reimer (4g, 10a) are tied for third with 14 points each. Dean Chelios is second with 11 assists and fifth with 12 points. In goal, Jake Hildebrand is 7-11-4 with a 2.25 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage that ranks 12th nationally.

Earlier This Season - Ohio State 1-0-1 vs. Michigan State
The Buckeyes hosted Michigan State in the first Big Ten Conference series between the teams Jan. 10-11 in Value City Arena. The squad came from behind each night, downing the Spartans, 5-3, in game one and rallying for a 1-1 tie in game two. Game One - Ohio State 5, Michigan State 3: Ohio State came from a goal down to defeat Michigan State, 5-3, in game one. Junior Ryan Dzingel led the Buckeyes with a hat trick and four points in the win. Ohio State led 1-0 after the first period on a goal from Alex Szczechura but the Spartans scored back-to-back goals in the second period to take a 2-1 lead with five minutes left in the stanza. Dzingel tallied his first goal of the game 1:54 later for a 2-2 game but the Spartans answered with a tally with 37 seconds left in the period to carry a 3-2 lead into the third. Junior Nick Oddo scored just 17 seconds into the third to tie the game at 3 and Dzingel scored 1:13 after to push Ohio State ahead, 4-3. Dzingel completed his hat trick - the first in Big Ten Conference history - with less than five minutes in regulation, giving the Buckeyes a two-goal cushion. Freshman goalie Matt Tomkins had 33 saves in his first game since Nov. 9. Oddo had two assists for a three-point night. Max McCormick had a two-assist night and Szczechura added an assist for two points.
Game Two - Ohio State 1, Michigan State 1 OT (MSU wins shootout, 3-2 in six rounds): Ohio State rallied for a 1-1 overtime tie with Michigan Saturday in VCA. The Spartans led 1-0 after the first period on a goal from Matt Berry and maintained the lead through the second. In the third, Anthony Greco found Darik Angeli in front and he was able to net the game-tying goal at 8:10. Neither team was able to score the rest of the way, including through a five-minute overtime, and the game went to a shootout. The Spartans scored in round one before neither team scored on its next four shots. Tanner Fritz tied the shootout for the Buckeyes in round three to extend the shootout and MSU and Nick Schilkey traded goals in round four. Neither team scored in round five and MSU's Tanner Sorenson scored in round six to put Michigan State back in the lead and MSU goalie Jake Hilderbrand made a save on the Buckeyes to clinch the extra point in the Big Ten standings. Tomkins made 26 saves for the Buckeyes in net.

For complete notes, updated bios and stats, click the PDF above