Buckeyes Host Badgers, Teddy Bear Toss in VCA This Weekend

Feb. 12, 2014

Ohio State vs. Wisconsin
Friday, Feb. 14 - 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday, Feb. 15 - 8 p.m. ET
Value City Arena - Columbus, Ohio

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• Ohio State Game Notes: PDF
• Live Stats: Friday Saturday
• Radio: 1460 AM & Online Friday Saturday
• Online and Mobile: Friday - Buckeye Vision Saturday - NBC Live Extra  
• Television: Friday - None| Saturday - NBCSN 
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's hockey team (14-9-3, 4-5-3-2 B1G) returns to Columbus to host No. 8 Wisconsin (16-8-2, 7-4-1-0 B1G) this weekend in a Big Ten Conference series. The Buckeyes and Badgers will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena. The games close out the regular season series between the teams, who split two games in Madison Jan. 24-25.

Follow Along
The game Friday will streamed online and available through Buckeye Vision, BTN.com and InsideBadgerSports.com subscriptions.

Saturday, the game will be televised by NBCSN with Dan Kelly and Rob Andringa calling the action.

IMG/Ohio State radio, with Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye Chris Olsgard 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.

Teddy Bear Toss
The game Friday marks the program's fourth-annual Teddy Bear Toss. Fans are encouraged to bring a new stuffed animal (wrapped in a plastic bag) to toss on the ice during the first intermission. The stuffed animals will be collected and donated to children at Ronald McDonald House and Nationwide Children's Hospital. More than 1,700 stuffed animals have been collected from the Teddy Bear Toss the last three years combined.

Date Night, Cowbells and Meet and Greet in VCA
A Valentine's Day Date Night promotion is available Friday. Fans will receive coupons when they enter the arena to purchase two hot dogs, a large soda and a popcorn for $14. Saturday is a cowbell giveaway and marks the final meet and greet with select members of the team postgame on the concourse level.

Ticket Talk
Tickets for all Buckeye hockey home games can be purchased at the arena on game night, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, online at ticketmaster.com, in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or at the Ohio State University ticket office in the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Single-game tickets are $11 for adults and $8 for student/youth and seniors.

All Ohio State students will receive free admission to regular-season home games with a valid BuckID.

Any youth 13 or under wearing their youth jersey can receive one complimentary ticket to any regular season game in Value City Arena. The promotion is only available at the Schottenstein Center Box Office on game night.

Fans interested in group tickets should contact the athletic ticket sales staff for details. Account executives can be reached by phone (1-800-GOBUCKS; select option 2) or email (athleticsales@osu.edu). There is a 10-ticket minimum for the group rate, with tickets as low as $6.60 each.

The More the Buckeyes Score ...
This season, when the Buckeyes score three goals in a game, all patrons in attendance will receive a coupon for free french fries from participating McDonald's of Columbus and Central Ohio. If the Buckeyes hit the four-goal mark, the coupons will be upgraded to a free Big Mac instead of french fries. For Raising Cane's Power Plays this season, if the Buckeyes score on their first power play of the game, fans in attendance will receive a coupon for a free chicken finger, while select fans in attendance will receive a buy one, get one combo offer coupon.

Buckeye Snapshot
Ohio State, under first-year head coach Steve Rohlik, is 14-9-3 on the year and enters the series vs. Wisconsin on a five-game unbeaten streak (3-0-2). The team is 4-5-3-2 in Big Ten play, with three of the losses by one goal.

The squad is averaging 3.50 goals a game to rank first in the Big Ten and fifth (tied) in the NCAA in scoring offense and is allowing 2.65 a contest. Ohio State's power play is 27-for-116 (.233), ranking fifth nationally and first in the conference, and the penalty kill is 80-for-99 (.808). The team averages 10.9 penalty minutes per game and 33.8 shots on goal per outing, allowing 30.3 shots per game.

Junior Ryan Dzingel leads the team with 17 goals, 20 assists and 37 points. Junior Max McCormick is second in goals (10) and points (25) and tied for third in assists (15), with classmate Tanner Fritz second with 19 assists and third with 24 points. Junior Nick Oddo has 22 points to rank fourth, along with 15 assists to tie for third. Freshman Nick Schilkey is third with eight goals and leads the Buckeye rookies with 18 points. Senior Alex Szczechura has also hit the 20-point mark, ranking fifth in points with seven goals and 13 assists. Oddo is first with a +21 mark with Dzingel second at +13. Junior Justin DaSilva has blocked a team-high 63 shots. In goal, three freshmen have picked up wins for the Buckeyes. Christian Frey joined the team in December and has started eight contests (including the last five), with a 5-1-2 ledger, 2.15 goals-against average and .935 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 - Buckeyes Rally for Two Ties, Two Shootout Wins at Michigan State
Ohio State earned four points in the Big Ten Conference standings last weekend against Michigan State. The Buckeyes came from behind in the third period last Friday and Saturday, tying the Spartans 2-2 each night. The Buckeyes then prevailed in both shootouts to pick up the extra point in the standings.

Game 1: With two power play goals in the final 1:34 of regulation - including the game-tying tally with 1.7 seconds left on the clock - Ohio State rallied for a 2-2 tie at Michigan State Friday in Munn Ice Arena. The Buckeyes then won the shootout, 2-1 in five rounds, to pick up the extra point in the Big Ten standings. After a scoreless first period, Michigan State scored at 7:44 of the second for a 1-0 lead and extended the advantage to 2-0 at 8:19 of the third. With time winding down, Ohio State pulled its goalie for the extra attacker and drew a penalty. With Ohio State skating 6-on-4, junior Tanner Fritz put Ohio State on the board at 18:26 and senior Alex Szczechura netted the gametying tally with 1.7 seconds left on the clock and Ohio State again skating 6-on-4, on the power play and with the net empty. Neither team was able to score in overtime, ending the game as a tie for NCAA purposes. The game went to a shootout to determine who would receive the the extra point in the Big Ten standings. After Michigan State and Buckeye freshman Nick Schilkey traded goals in the first round, neither team could convert in the next three. In the fifth round, Buckeye freshman goalie Christian Frey made a save and Fritz scored for an Ohio State shootout win.
Game 2: With two goals from junior Matt Johnson, two assists from senior Alex Lippincott and 30 saves from freshman Christian Frey, Ohio State skated to a 2-2 tie and shootout win at Michigan State Saturday. Johnson scored an early first-period goal but the Spartans' Greg Wolfe scored two power play goals in the second period to give MSU a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes. In the third, Lippincott set up Johnson for a goal at 11:01, tying the game at 2. Neither team was able to score in overtime and for the third consecutive game between the teams, the game went to a shootout. In the first round Nick Schilkey scored to put the Buckeyes ahead and Frey stopped all three Spartan attempts to secure the Buckeye shootout win.

Buckeyes vs. Badgers
Ohio State and Wisconsin have met 13 times, but just five 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 prior to this year was Oct. 13, 2007, a 5-3 victory for the Buckeyes in the Lefty McFadden Hockey Invitational in the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. Three weeks ago, the teams split their first Big Ten Conference series, with the Badgers winning game one, 5-3, before a 3-1 Buckeye win in game two. The win was the Buckeyes' second in the all-time series vs. UW.

Badger Bites
Wisconsin, ranked eighth nationally, is 16-8-2 overall this season and stands in second place in the Big Ten with a 7-4-1 ledger. The team is coming off a two-game home sweep of then-No. 1 ranked Minnesota, with back-to-back 2-1 wins. Wisconsin is averaging 3.23 goals a game to rank 13th nationally and is allowing 2.58 goals a contest. The team is 14-for-90 on the power play (.156) and 91-for-107 (.850) on the penalty kill. Tyler Barnes is third with 21 points, with 10 goals and 11 assists. In all, eight Badgers have 10+ assists.

Michael Mersch and Mark Zengerle are tied for third with 25 points each, with Mersch scoring a team-high 15 goals. Zengerle leads the Big Ten with 21 assists. In goal, Joel Rumpel is fourth nationally with a 1.90 goals-against average and sixth with a .933 save percentage, along with a 13-3-1 ledger.

The Last Time - Ohio State Splits Series at No. 9 Wisconsin
Game 1: Wisconsin 5, Ohio State 3 - Ohio State lost its first Big Ten Conference game against Wisconsin, 5-3, Jan. 24 in the Kohl Center. The Badgers scored early in the first but Ohio State junior Ryan Dzingel tied the game with a power play goal at 14:42 of the period. The Buckeyes took a 2-1 lead at 10:55 of the second when Nick Schilkey converted on the power play. The Badgers then scored twice in 2:47 to tie the game and take the lead, with Morgan Zulinick tallying at 14:30 and Tyler Barnes scoring at 17:17. Just 42 seconds into the third period, Joe Faust extended Wisconsin's lead to two (4-2). At 17:33, Buckeye freshman David Gust scored an unassisted shorthanded goal to make it a one-goal game (4-3), but UW scored on the same power play at 18:29 to seal the win. Shots were 29-26 in favor of Wisconsin.
Ohio State 3, Wisconsin 1 - Ohio State defeated the Badgers 3-1, Jan. 25 in the Kohl Center. After a scoreless first period, Wisconsin took the lead at 10:03 of the second period. Buckeye freshman Nick Schilkey tied the game less than two minutes later and Nick Oddo scored the eventual gamewinner less than four minutes after that for a 2-1 Buckeye lead through two periods. The Buckeyes shut out the Badgers in the third period and Darik Angeli sealed the win with an empty net goal with 12 seconds remaining. Buckeye freshman goalie Christian Frey made a career-high 36 saves in the win, including 17 in the first period.

Complete game notes in the PDF above