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No. 15 Buckeyes Take on No. 18 Broncos in Kalamazoo

Freshman Ryan Dzingel leads the Buckeyes with 15 assists and is tied for second with 21 points.
Freshman Ryan Dzingel leads the Buckeyes with 15 assists and is tied for second with 21 points.

Feb. 9, 2012

No. 15 Ohio State vs. No. 18 Western Michigan
Friday, Feb. 10 - 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11 - 7:05 p.m.
Lawson Ice Arena, Kalamazoo, Mich.

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Drop the Puck
The No. 15-ranked Ohio State men's hockey team (14-10-5, 10-9-5-1 CCHA) will take on No. 18 Western Michigan (14-11-5, 11-8-3-3 CCHA) in a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association series this weekend. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Follow Along
Both games this weekend can be heard on 1460 AM in Columbus, with Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye Paul Caponigri on the call. WMUBroncos.com will have a paid webstream for both nights, as well as live stats. Links for audio, video and stats can be found on the men's hockey gameday page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com: http://go.osu.edu/mhkygamecenter. In-game updates can also be found on Twitter @OhioState_MHKY.

A Look Ahead
The series this weekend is the Buckeyes' last regular-season two-game road series. The squad will have a bye next weekend (Feb. 18-19) and then close out the conference slate with a home-and-home series against Miami Feb. 24-25. In game one, the Buckeyes and RedHawks will meet at 6:05 p.m. in Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio, with the game televised live on CBS Sports. Game two is set for 7:05 p.m. in Value City Arena in Columbus and marks Senior Night for the Buckeyes, as well as the Sell Out the Schott.

The CCHA tournament starts the next week (March 2-4). The teams that finish first through fifth receive a first-round bye, with teams 6-8 hosting schools 9-11 in best-of-three series. The quarterfinal round will be March 9-11, with the Top 3 teams hosting the advancing schools from the first round and the fourth seed hosting the fifth seed. The four series winners will travel to Joe Louis Arena in Detroit for the CCHA semifinals March 16, with the championship game March 17.

In the Rankings
The Buckeyes moved to the No. 15 spot in the USCHO.com poll Monday and are the first team receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. The squad has been in USCHO's Top 15 since Nov. 14 and this is the first time since that week the team is not in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15.

The CCHA Standings
With 36 points, Ohio State is tied for fourth in the CCHA standings with Notre Dame and Miami. The trio is two points behind third-place Michigan and three back of second-place Western Michigan, with Ferris State in first place five points ahead. Ohio State, Miami and Alaska each have four league games remaining, while the other eight schools each have six CCHA games left. The first place through eighth place teams are separated by just six points.

Buckeye Brief
The Buckeyes are averaging 2.83 goals a game while allowing 2.48 an outing. The power play has 25 goals on 146 chances (.171) and the penalty kill has stopped 115-of-137 opponent opportunities (.839). The team is averaging 33.2 shots a game and averages 12.7 penalty minutes per outing. The squad is looking to end a 10-game winless streak (0-6-4).

Buckeye sophomore Chris Crane leads the team with 14 goals and 24 points. Freshman Ryan Dzingel is first with 15 assists and tied with senior Danny Dries for second with 21 points. Dries is second with 12 goals and freshman Max McCormick is third with eight tallies. Defensemen Sean Duddy (12), Devon Krogh (11) and Curtis Gedig (11) are second and tied for third, respectively, in assists, with Crane and McCormick tied for fourth with 10 each. In goal, senior Cal Heeter has started 24 games and has a 2.22 goals-against average and .925 save percentage, along with a 12-6-5 ledger. Junior Brady Hjelle has played in seven games, with five starts, and has a 2.76 gaa. .916 svpct and 2-4 record.

Last Time Out
The Buckeyes were swept by Michigan State at home last weekend, with 6-3 and 3-2 losses. It was the first home sweep for Ohio State since losing to Quinnipiac Oct. 8-9, 2009 to open the 2009-10 campaign.

FRIDAY: In the series opener, Ohio State held 2-0 and 3-1 leads but the Spartans scored five unanswered goals for a 6-3 victory. The Buckeyes scored twice in the first 4:19 of the game, on goals by Alex Lippincott and Max McCormick. At 14:26 Spartans cut the lead to 2-1 with a goal but Ryan Dzingel answered less than three minutes later for a 3-1 Buckeye advantage after the opening 20 minutes. The Spartans outscored Ohio State 5-0 to close out the game, with three goals in the second period and two goals in the third. The second-period tallies came in the final 9:34 of the period and gave Michigan State a 4-3 lead. A goal at 14:15 of the third by Chris Forfar extended the advantage to 5-3 and Matt Berry closed the scoring with an empty-net tally at 18:04. Ohio State outshot Michigan State, 44-34, in the contest.

SATURDAY: Two Tanner Fritz second-period goals drew Ohio State within one but the Buckeyes could not get the equalizer and lost to Michigan State, 3-2. The line of Fritz and freshman classmates Max McCormick and Ryan Dzingel had all six points for the Buckeyes, with McCormick and Dzingel each picking up two assists. Michigan State led 1-0 after the first period on a power play goal and extended the lead to 3-0 in the second with a goal at 1:57 of the period and a power-play tally at 13:25. Ohio State responded 58 seconds after MSU's third goal when Fritz tallied, making it a 3-1 game and Fritz's second goal came at 17:49 to make it a one-goal deficit. Ohio State outshot Michigan State, 12-4, in the third period and had three power play chances but the Spartan defense held strong and led the squad to the one-goal victory.

Buckeyes vs. Broncos
The Broncos lead the all-time series with Ohio State, 64-59-12, including a 34-25-6 mark in Kalamazoo. The last four games between the teams have been in Kalamazoo, with the squads tied 1-1-2 in the stretch. Feb. 19-20, 2010, Ohio State won 3-1 and the teams skated to a 3-3 tie (and Ohio State won the shootout) in game two. Last year, WMU won 4-2 Jan. 14, 2011 and the teams then tied 2-2, with Ohio State winning the shootout, Jan. 15.

Western Wisdom
Western Michigan, ranked 18th by USCHO, is 14-11-5 this season and 11-8-3 in the CCHA to stand in second place. The squad has split its last two series, including a 2-1 win and 4-1 loss at home against Alaska last week. The Broncos are averaging 2.67 goals a game and holding opponents to 2.33 goals an outing. The power play is 23-for-132 (.174) and the penalty kill is 106-for-122 (.869). The team averages 11.6 penalty minutes per game.

Sophomores Chase Balisy and Shane Berschbach are tied for first on the team with 25 points each. Berschbach has a team-best 17 assists and is third with eight goals, while Balisy is second with nine goals and 16 assists. Junior Dane Walters leads the squad with 12 goals and is third with 21 points. Sophomore Dennis Brown is third with 15 assists. In net Frank Slubowski is 10-8-3, with a 2.10 goals-against average and .904 save percentage. Nick Pisellini is 4-3-2 and has a 2.41 gaa and .903 svpct.

Ice Duchenne 2012
This weekend across the CCHA, the coaching staffs of all 11 teams will band together to help raise awareness for Duchenne (pronounced doo-shin) muscular dystrophy. The Ice Duchenne project is spearheaded by Western Michigan assistant coach Rob Facca, whose 4 year old son Louie has been diagnosed with Duchenne's. For more information, visit WMUBroncos.com.

Noting the Ohio State Squad
• Ohio State enters the Western Michigan series on a 10-game winless streak (0-6-4). It is the longest winless streak since an 11-game stretch (0-10-1) Oct. 19-Nov. 23, 2007. That streak was ended with a 3-0 win at Western Michigan Nov. 24, 2007.
• The Buckeyes are 7-3-3 on the road this season, with an 0-1-3 ledger in the second half of the season. The team’s last road win was in overtime at Miami Dec. 10.
• After scoring four goals in a four-game stretch, with one shutout, Jan. 7-15, the Buckeyes have scored 15 goals in their last six games combined (2.5 goals per game). The team had five goals in the series with Michigan State. In its 10-game winless streak, the Buckeyes have totaled 19 goals (1.9 goals per game).
• Michigan State’s six goals last Friday were a Buckeye opponent season high. The team had allowed five goals in three games this year. The team has allowed three or more goals in seven of the last eight games combined and is now allowing 2.48 goals a game to rank 15th nationally. The squad allowed more than two goals just six times in its first 21 contests.
• The Buckeyes are ninth in the NCAA and first in the CCHA averaging 33.21 shots per game and are averaging 37.7 a game over their last three games, including 44 in the series opener vs. Michigan State. The team has outshot its opponents in each of the last six games. Western Michigan lead the country in shots allowed, holding opponents to just 23.0 shots on goal a night.
• Ohio State’s power play was scoreless in both games vs. Michigan State (0-for-14) and has converted just twice in the last five games.
• Ohio State is 7-2-3 when scoring first this year and 7-8-2 when the other team opens the scoring.
• The Buckeyes are 8-2-1 when leading after the first period and 8-0-2 when ahead after 40 minutes. When tied after the first and second, the team is 4-1-3 and 6-1-2, respectively. The squad has rallied twice when down after the first stanza (2-7-1) and has one comeback tie when trailing after 40 minutes (0-9-1).
• In the Perani Cup standings, awarded for three star of the game honors in CCHA play only, Chris Crane leads the Buckeyes and is 10th in the CCHA with 19 points. Danny Dries is second for the Buckeyes and tied for 13th in the league with 17 points, with Cal Heeter third for the Buckeyes (and 19th in the league) with 16 points. In all, 14 Buckeyes have been named a star of the game at least once this season, with Heeter honored in six contests and Crane and Dries honored in five outings. Complete Perani Cup standings are online at collegehockeystats.net/perani.
• Ohio State players have earned seven league player of the week nods, led by Cal Heeter, a two-time CCHA Goaltender of the Week. Nick Oddo, the league’s rookie of the month for December, joins Max McCormick and Ryan Dzingel as rookie of the week selections, Alex Lippincott was named the offensive player of the week and Devon Krogh has been lauded as the league’s defenseman of the week.

Between the Pipes
• Senior goalie Cal Heeter is 12-6-5 on the year and has allowed two or fewer goals in 14 of his last 20 starts, with two shutouts and six games with just one goal against. He had a 10-game unbeaten streak and eight-game winning streak ended against Miami Dec. 9.
• Heeter is in the Top 20 nationally in goals-against average (2.22), save percentage (.925) and winningn percentage (.630).
• Heeter has 30+ saves in five of his last 11 games, including a season-high 38 vs. Bowling Green Jan. 8 in a 1-1 overtime tie. He is 17th in the country with 654 saves and 14th in minutes played (1429:18).
• Heeter is on the fan ballot for the 2011-12 Hobey Baker Award. To vote for Cal, visit http://go.osu.edu/voteforcal_hobeybaker.
• Heeter has moved into a tie for ninth in the Buckeye record book with 38 wins, four behind eighth-place Jeff Maund.
• Heeter has 2,272 career saves and know ranks eighth in program history in career saves, recently passing Dave Caruso, who had 2,213 from 2003-06, and John Dougan who had 2,215 from 1982-85. Next up is Mike Blake at No. 8 with 2,587. Heeter’s career goals-against average of 2.52 currently ranks third in the OSU record books, with his .916 save percentage third as well.
• Heeter has played 4930:09 between the pipes and is closing in on Dougan in sixth place with 5051:22. The all-time leader is Mike Betz, who playedd 8519:34 in four years, the only Buckeye goalie with more than 6000 minutes played.
• Junior Brady Hjelle, who transferred to Ohio State entering this year, has started five games for the Buckeyes and has seen action in seven games, with a 2-4 record. He has a 2.76 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and one shutout.

On the Blue Line
• As a team, Ohio State is tied for 15th in the NCAA in scoring among defensemen with 63 points. Sophomore Curtis Gedig and junior Devon Krogh are first with 13 points, followed by senior Sean Duddy with 12 points. Freshmen Al McLean and Ben Gallacher each have nine points. Freshman Justin DaSilva has four assists and points, junior Brandon Martell has two helpers and freshman Clark Cristofoli has an assist.
• Junior defenseman Devon Krogh has assists in two of his last three games and now has a career-high 11 assists and 13 points this year, his first campaign with double digits.
• Gedig has a career-high 13 points, including 11 assists. He has an assist in three of his last six outings and is now one shy of the career-high 12 helpers he had as a freshman.
• Gedig leads the Buckeyes with 61 recorded blocked shots. Duddy is second with 42, followed by DaSilva with 38, Krogh with 37 and McLean with 36.
• Duddy has 12 assists this season after entering the year with nine helpers (and 10 points) in his career. He had a seven-game assist streak ended in game two at Bowling Green Jan. 18 but has an assist in 10 of his last 20 outings. In conference play, Duddy is tied for 15th in the CCHA with 11 assists. • Gedig and Duddy each have 11 points in CCHA games to tie for 10th in scoring among league blueliners, with Krogh tied for 14th with 10 points.
• McLean shares the Buckeye lead with a +8 mark this season. He is +1 or better in 11 games this year and in seven of the last 13 games.
• McLean and Gallacher are fourth among CCHA rookie defensemen in scoring with nine points each. In CCHA play, Gallacher is tied for first with eight points, with McLean tied for third with seven points.

Up Front
• Sophomore Chris Crane leads the Buckeyes with 14 goals and 24 points this year, tying for 13th in the CCHA in points and ranking third (tied) in the league in goals. He had just four goals and 10 points in 37 games a year ago. In conference play Crane is second with 12 goals and tied for eighth with 20 points. He has a point in 10 of the last 15 games, with a goal in eight of those outings. Crane has six power-play goals to tie for third in the CCHA, with five in CCHA action to tie for first. His 10 power-play points are tied for eighth among league players overall.
• The line of freshmen Max McCormick, Tanner Fritz and Ryan Dzingel had all six points for the Buckeyes Saturday night with Michigan State, with Fritz potting both goals. The line produced two goals Friday night vs. the Spartans and had a three-goal night (with McCormick scoring all three) in the team’s contest at Lake Superior State the game prior (Jan. 28).
• Fritz has a 4-5-9 line in his last seven games combined after two goals Saturday vs. Michigan State. It was his first career two-goal game and he has multiple points in three of his last five outings. He has 14 points this season, with six goals and eight assists.
• McCormick has 4-3-7 totals in his last three games with back-to-back two-point games. Saturday was his second two-assist game this season and first since Oct. 15 at Notre Dame. He is fourth on the team with 18 points and third with eight goals this year.
• Dzingel had three points on the weekend vs. Michigan State. He leads the Buckeye rookies with 21 points and has a team-best 15 assists. It was his second career two-assist night and first multiple-point outing since he had a four-point night at Michigan Nov. 19. Dzingel has four multiple-point games this year. Dzingel is 17th (tied) in the NCAA in rookie points per game (.78).
• Dzingel had three points on the weekend vs. Michigan State. He leads the Buckeye rookies with 21 points and has a team-best 15 assists. It was his second career two-assist night and first multiple-point outing since he had a four-point night at Michigan Nov. 19. Dzingel has four multiple-point games this year. Dzingel is 17th (tied) in the NCAA in rookie points per game (.78).

Noting the Newcomers
• In conference games, four of the top eight rookie point scorers (and three of the Top 5) in the CCHA this season are from Ohio State - Max McCormick is second (17), Ryan Dzingel is tied for third (16), Tanner Fritz is fifth (13) and Darik Angeli is tied for sixth (12). In all games, Dzingel is third (21), McCormick is fifth (18) and Angeli and Fritz are tied for 12th (14).
• The Buckeye freshmen are second in the NCAA in scoring with 108 points and are second in the country in points per game by freshmen (3.72). Mercyhurst is first in both categories (121 points, 4.03 points per game).
• Freshmen have eight of the Buckeyes’ 14 game-winning goals this year, led by Darik Angeli, who is tied for 17th nationally with three. Ryan Dzingel and Nick Oddo each have two GWG and Chad Niddery scored the OT winner Dec. 10 at Miami. Rookie defenseman Ben Gallacher recorded the Buckeyes’ game-tying goal vs. Alaska Oct. 27 and Max McCormick had the game-tying goal at Bowling Green Jan. 7 and vs. Ferris State Jan. 21.
• Nine of the 12 Buckeye rookies have scored a goal this season, with all 11 rookies who have played in more than two games posting at least one collegiate point.
• Thirteen new faces are on the Buckeye roster this year, with 12 freshmen and a junior goalie. All 13 have seen action in at least two games, with 11 playing in more than eight contests.
• The freshmen range in age from 18 (Riley Simpson, who turned 18 at the end of November) to 21 (Chad Niddery, Darik Angeli, Nick Oddo, Justin DaSilva). Simpson is the youngest player in the CCHA (according to collegehockeystats.net). There were nine 18-year olds playing in the league at the start of the season.

Duddy a Lowe’s Senior Class Award Finalist
Senior co-captain defenseman Sean Duddy has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 20 candidates announced in October. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I men’s ice hockey head coaches’ votes to determine the winner.

Duddy is in his second year as a captain for the Buckeyes. A finance major scheduled to graduate in March, he has a 3.97 cumulative grade-point average and is a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honoree, as well as a 2011 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District IV First Team selection. He has served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Board since 2009 and participates in numerous community service ventures. Duddy has battled back from two serious injuries to be a consistent player for the Buckeyes. He has skated in 118 career games, recording 22 points, including 21 assists, and a +13 career mark. This season he has a career-best 12 assists and points. For more information on the award, visit seniorCLASSaward.com. To vote for Duddy, visit go.osu.edu/Vote4Duddy.


 

 

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