Ice Hockey

Buckeyes Return Home to Host No. 6 Western Michigan

Script Ohio on Ice will be performed Saturday.
Script Ohio on Ice will be performed Saturday.

Feb. 13, 2013

Ohio State vs. No. 6 Western Michigan 
Value City Arena - Columbus, Ohio 
Friday, Feb. 15 - 7:05 p.m. 
Saturday, Feb. 16 - 7:05 p.m.

Follow Along
All Links: go.osu.edu/mhkygameday
Radio: 1460 AM Columbus 
Live Stats: Friday | Saturday
Webcast: BTDN on Buckeye Vision ($)
Twitter: @OhioState_MHKY | Facebook: OhioStateMensHockey | Instagram: OhioState_MHKY 

PDF: Ohio State Game Notes

WATCH: Coach Osiecki | Jardine

Drop the Puck
The Ohio State men's hockey team (12-12-6, 11-7-4-1 CCHA) opens a four-game homestand to close the home portion of its 2012-13 regular-season schedule this weekend. The Buckeyes will host No. 6-ranked Western Michigan (18-7-5, 14-5-3-1 CCHA) at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena.

Follow Along
For both games against Western Michigan, Ohio State/IMG Radio will carry the action over the air in Columbus on 1460 AM and live online on ESPNColumbus.com, with Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye John Mowat calling the action.

The games will be streamed online by BTDN on Buckeye Vision, available through a paid subscription package. Brad Comer and Matthew McGreevy will call the action Friday, with Matt Kraus joining Comer Saturday.

As always, links for audio, video and Game Tracker live stats are on the Buckeye Hockey Gameday page (go.osu.edu/mhkygameday) and the men's hockey schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. In-game updates are also on Twitter: @OhioState_MHKY.

Tickets! Get your Tickets!
Single-game tickets for the 2012-13 Ohio State men's hockey home schedule can be purchased at the arena on game night. Advance tickets can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, online at www.ticketmaster.com, in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or at the Ohio State University ticket office in the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Fans interested in a four or eight game mini plan package or group tickets should contact the athletic ticket sales staff for details. Account executives can be reached by phone (614-292-0043) or email (athleticsales@osu.edu).

Again this year, all Ohio State students receive free admission to regular-season home games with a valid BuckID.

Wear Your Youth Hockey Jersey, Receive Free Admission
Throughout the season, all hockey players eighth grade and under who wear their jerseys to hockey games at Value City Arena receive free admission (with a ticket-purchasing parent).

Script Ohio on Ice Between periods of the Buckeyes' game vs. Western Michigan Saturday, Script Ohio on Ice will be performed.

Can I Have Your Autograph?
Saturday night, sophomores Nick Oddo and Chad Niddery and freshmen Anthony Greco, Sam Jardine, Peter Megariotis, Collin Olson, Riley Simpson and Tyler Lundey will be signing autographs on the concourse level postgame.

Teddy Bear Toss
Monday, seven of the Buckeyes delivered the stuffed animals collected at the third-annual Teddy Bear Toss to the Ronald McDonald House. To see photos from the delivery, go online to: go.osu.edu/rmhpix0211. Thanks to all the fans who donated!

Buckeye Brief
The Buckeyes are 12-12-6 overall and 11-7-4-1 in CCHA play to stand in fifth place (one point back of fourth-place Ferris State and one point ahead of sixth-place Alaska with two games in hand on each). The team is scoring 2.27 goals a game and allowing 2.23 goals per game to rank eighth in the nation in team defense. The team is 17-for-124 (.137) on the power play and 96-for-112 (.867) on the penalty kill, tying for 13th in the NCAA.

Sophomore Ryan Dzingel is first with 28 points and 13 goals. Classmate Tanner Fritz leads the team with 17 assists and is second with 23 points. Max McCormick is second with eight goals and third with 17 points. Dzingel is fourth in scoring among CCHA players overall and tied for second in CCHA games only with 23 points. Fritz ranks tied for fourth in league play with 21 points and has a CCHA-best 16 assists. Overall, he is tied for 10th in points and fourth in assists. Senior goalie Brady Hjelle has played in 24 games, starting 22, and has a 1.78 goals-against average and .942 save percentage to rank ninth and fifth in the NCAA, respectively.

Buckeyes vs. Broncos
Ohio State trails the all-time series with Western Michigan, 60-65-12, but Ohio State is ahead in Columbus, 33-30-6. The last six games between the teams have all been in Kalamazoo. The last series in Columbus was Nov. 13-14, 2009, back-to-back 4-2 wins for Ohio State. Last season, Ohio State and Western Michigan split a series, with the Broncos winning game one in overtime, 3-2, before Ohio State posted a 4-3 victory in game two.

Bronco Bits
Western Michigan, ranked sixth in the nation, is 18-7-5 on the year and 14-5-3 in CCHA play. The squad had a six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) ended with a 4-0 loss to Miami Friday night. The squad beat the RedHawks, 2-0, in the series opener.

The Broncos are scoring 2.33 goals a game and third in the country in team defense, allowing 1.83 goals an outing. The power play is 29-for-153 (19 percent) and the penalty kill is 108-for-126 (85.7 percent), tying for 12th nationally.

Dane Walters leads the team with 12 goals and shares the point lead with Chase Balisy with 22 points each. Shane Berschbach is first wtih 14 assists, followed by Balisy and Dennis Brown with 13 and Mike Cichy with 12. Balisy is second with nine goals and Kenney Morrison is third with seven tallies.

Michigan Week Coming Up
Ohio State will close its regular-season home schedule with two games vs. Michigan next weekend (Feb. 22-23). Note the Friday game has a 6:35 p.m. puck drop and will be televised live on BTN. The Saturday contest starts at 7:05 p.m., with the team's seniors honored in a pregame ceremony.

Doors will open for both games 90 minutes prior to puck drop. Check the squad's facebook and twitter feeds and homepage on OhioStateBuckeyes.com next week for pregame specials on concessions.

A special That Team Up North ticket package has been created and includes four tickets for one of the hockey Buckeye games vs. Michigan as well as four tickets to the women's basketball game vs. Michigan March 3. For more information, visit: http://go.osu.edu/TTUNticketpackage.

Hockey Weekend Across America
This weekend marks the sixth annual Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by CCM Hockey and USA Hockey. It kicks off Friday with Wear Your Jersey Day, with Try Hockey Day Saturdan and Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes Day Sunday. For more information, visit hockeyweekendacrossamerica.com. 
 

Buckeye This and That
• Ohio State had its season-high four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1) ended with the loss to Alaska Friday night. The squad is 4-1-1 in its last six outings.
• Alaska tied a Buckeye opponent season high with six goals, matching Minnesota Duluth’s total in the season opener. It was just the fourth time this season Ohio State allowed more than three goals this season. The team is eighth nationally in team defense, giving up 2.23 goals a game. Alaska scored just one goal Saturday, the 12th time this year the Buckeyes allowed one goal or fewer.
• The Buckeyes were 7-for-7 on the penalty kill in the series at Alaska and are 96-for-112 this year to rank 13th (tied) in the NCAA with an 85.7 percent success rate.
• The Buckeyes have a power play goal in five of the last seven games (9-for-29, 31.0 percent) and were 1-for-6 at Alaska.
• Every Buckeye skater has at least one point this year. Eighteen Buckeyes have at least one goal and all 23 skaters have at least one assist.
• The Buckeyes had a season-low 20 shots Friday vs. Alaska and put 25 on net Saturday. The squad has 25 or fewer shots in each of its last three games after recording 32+ (including two 40+nights) in the four games prior. The squad is averaging 29.8 shots a game on the year.
• After opening the second half of the year with six-consecutive games away from Columbus, eight of the Buckeyes’ final 12 regular-season games are at home. The squad has back-to-back home series for just the second time this season before ending the year on the road at Miami.

Between the Pipes
• Goalie Brady Hjelle, who has played in 24 games and started 23, is ninth in the NCAA and fourth in the CCHA with a 1.78 goals-against average. He is fifth in the NCAA and second in the league with a .942 save percentage. The senior has started 18 of the last 19 games and played in 19 of the last 20. He has allowed more than one goal just 10 times this year.
• Hjelle has been named CCHA Goalie of the Week a league-high five times this year.
• Hjelle had a career-high 45 saves vs. Notre Dame Feb. 2, topping the 38 he had Jan. 11 at Ferris State. He has 11 games with 30 or more saves this season and has allowed two goals or less 18 times.
• In CCHA play, Hjelle has a league-best 1.57 goals-against average, .948 save percentage and three shutouts. It is the fifth-best goals-against and third-best save percentage mark among players across all leagues in the NCAA in conference games only.
• Hjelle has been the first or second star in 12 of 18 league starts, with a league-best eight first star honors and 52 Perani Cup points.
• Hjelle was the CCHA Goaltender of the Month for November. In November, he had a league-best .62 goals-against average and .978 save percentage, playing in five games (with four starts) and did not allow more than one goal in any appearance. He allowed three total goals, with two of the three on the power play.
• Freshman Collin Olson is the first Buckeye true freshman to see game time between the pipes for Ohio State since Cal Heeter in 2008-09. He started vs. Penn State Dec. 29, his first game action since Nov. 24 at Lake Superior State, and came on in relief Saturday at Alaska.
• Hjelle had an assist Saturday at Alaska, his first assist of the season and the second of his Buckeye career.

Up Front
• Sophomore Tanner Fritz had his career-high eight-game point streak ended Friday at Alaska, but opened the scoring for Ohio State Saturday with a goal on a major power play. He is second on the squad with 23 points, including a team-best 17 assists. As a freshman last year, he had six goals, eight assists and 14 points.
• Sophomore Ryan Dzingel had his six-game point streak stopped Friday vs. the Nanooks but responded with a goal and an assist Saturday. Dzingel leads the Buckeyes with 13 goals and 28 points, both career highs after seven goals and 24 points as a rookie.
• Sophomore Max McCormick has a point in seven of his last 10 games after an assist Friday vs. the Nanooks. He is third on the team with 17 points, ranking second with eight goals and third with nine assists. McCormick is fifth in the NCAA in faceoff winning percentage, with a 49-30 record (.620).
• Junior Alex Szczechura scored his seventh goal of the season Friday vs. Alaska. He has a point in four of his last six games (3g, 2a, 5p), with two two-point outings. Szczechura has a career-high eight assists and 15 points this season and has matched his career best with seven goals.
• Sophomore Darik Angeli scored his second goal in three games, and his third of the season, Saturday vs. Alaska. It was the fourth game-winning tally of his Buckeye career.
• In CCHA play only, Dzingel is tied for second in the conference with 23 points, tying for
sixth with nine goals and tying for fourth with 14 assists. He is tied for second with 12 power play points.
• Fritz is tied for fourth in scoring, and first in assists, in league play with 16 assists and 21 points.
• In all games, Dzingel is fourth in points, tied for third in goals and tied for seventh in assists among CCHA players, ranking tied for third with 13 power play points. Fritz is fourth in assists and tied for 10th in points overall.

On the Blueline
• As a team, Ohio State has 446 recorded blocked shots, while its opponents have blocked 375 of its attempts. Last Saturday at Alaska, the Buckeyes blocked 22 Nanook attempts, led by sophomore Al McLean with five and classmate Justin DaSilva with four. Friday the team blocked 21 Alaska shots, with forward Tanner Fritz leading the team with three blocks.
• DaSilva leads the team (and is tied for 11th in the NCAA) with 57 blocked shots, followed by McLean with 46, junior Curtis Gedig with 43, senior Brandon Martell with 38 and freshman Craig Dalrymple with 32. Every Buckeye skater has at least one blocked shot this year. (Individual blocks were not recorded in the series at Minnesota Duluth).
• Rookie Craig Dalrymple had an assist Saturday at Alaska and shares the lead among Buckeye blueliners with nine points, including seven assists. Dalrymple is tied for first in games played among CCHA rookie defensemen and is eighth in scoring among rookie D, tying for seventh in scoring in league play.
• Junior Curtis Gedig is on a four-game point streak (2g, 3a, 5p) and shares the scoring lead among Buckeye defensemen with nine points, including seven assists. Gedig has missed the last three games with an injury.
• Freshman defenseman Sam Jardine has an assist in five of his 10 games since returning from injury and has six assists this year.


 

 

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