Ohio State Men's Hockey Team Travels to Face No. 2 Miami in Valentine's Day Matchup
Feb. 14, 2006
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The Buckeyes will wrap up the week with a two-game home series with Ferris State this weekend, hosting the Bulldogs at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 8:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena in Columbus.
Live stats from the game can be accessed from the men's hockey schedule page at ohiostatebuckeyes.com.
Last Time Out
The RedHawks were off last weekend. The team last played Feb. 3-4, splitting a two-game home series with Alaska Fairbanks. The Nanooks won the first game (4-3), before the RedHawks rebounded for a 2-1 victory.
A Look at the Buckeyes
The Buckeyes are averaging 2.6 goals a game and rank fifth in the country in scoring defense, allowing 2.12 goals an outing.
Sophomore forward Tom Fritsche leads the Buckeyes with 10 goals, 16 assists and 26 points. Junior forward Andrew Schembri is tied for second on the team with 18 points, is second with nine goals and fourth with nine assists. Injured forwards Domenic Maiani (5-13-18) and Mathieu Beaudoin (8-8-16) are tied for second and tied for fourth on the team in points, respectively. Junior defenseman Sean Collins leads the blueliners and is tied for fourth on the team with 16 points, including seven goals. Collins, sophomore defenseman Johann Kroll and junior forward Kenny Bernard are tied for the team lead with +16 marks this season.
In net, senior Dave Caruso has started 29 games, with a 1.91 goals-against average and .922 save percentage.
John Markell, a 1979 graduate of Bowling Green, is in his 11th full season at the helm of the Buckeyes. He has a career and school ledger of 214-187-36.
In the League
The Buckeyes have a one-point lead on ninth-place Alaska Fairbanks and Notre Dame (24 gp/21 points each).
The CCHA has changed the playoff format for this season. The Top 4 teams receive first-round byes, while teams 5-8 host 9-12 in first-round, best-of-three series. Those series winners advance to face the Top 4 teams (with the teams reseeded). The four second-round winners advance to the CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
A Look Back - Wisconsin 4, Ohio State 2
The Badgers took a 1-0 lead just 23 seconds into the game when Adam Burish scored. The Buckeyes had an apparent goal disallowed at the 5:34 mark, when the referees ruled the net had come off the moorings before the shot went in.
OSU tied the game at 1 when Dave Barton tallied at 11:11 of the second period. The Badgers regained the lead on a Kyle Klubertanz power-play goal with just over three minutes left in the second.
In the third, Andrew Joudrey pushed the UW lead to two (3-1) with a goal seven minutes in. Sam Campbell scored at 15:57 of the final period to make it a one-goal game, but the Badgers' Robbie Earl sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 58 seconds remaining.
OSU was outshot in the game, 31-20. The Buckeyes were scoreless on seven power-play chances and held the Badgers scoreless on 6-of-7 opportunities.
Buckeyes vs. RedHawks
OSU vs. MU This Season
A Familiar Foe
The game Tuesday marks the 19th time the Buckeye seniors will face off against the RedHawks. Since 2002-03, the seniors' first season, Ohio State is 10-6-2 vs. Miami.
Success vs. the RedHawks
A Valentine's Day Affair
A Look Back - OSU 3, Miami 0
John Dingle got the Buckeyes on the board just 2:01 into the game, putting in the rebound of a Sean Collins shot. In the second, Tom Fritsche scored at 10:19 when he banked the puck in off a RedHawk defender. In the third, Domenic Maiani completed a tic-tac-toe passing play with Sam Campbell and Fritsche.
Maiani and Fritsche each ended the game with two points on a goal and an assist, while senior Nate Guenin had two helpers.
OSU outshot Miami, 34-24, including 11-4 in the first period.
Ohio State stopped a four-game (0-2-2) winless streak vs. Miami with the win, dating back to a 2-2 tie March 5 to end regular-season play last year.
A Look at the Redhawks
The RedHawks lead the nation in team defense, allowing 1.76 goals a game. The squad averages 3.1 goals an outing. Miami also is first in the CCHA with an 89.2 percent mark on the penalty kill.
Nathan Davis leads the RedHawks with 15 goals and 27 points. Just behind Davis is senior defenseman Andy Greene, who has 17 assists to rank second on the team and is second with 25 points. Mitch Ganzak has a team-best 23 assists and is third with 24 points. Ryan Jones (13-9-22) and Matt Davis (14-6-20) also have hit the 20-point mark.
In net, the RedHawks have the top statistical goaltending duo in the nation. Charlie Effinger has started 13 games, with a 1.66 goals-against average, .937 save percentage and 8-2-3 ledger. Jeff Zatkoff has started 16 contests, posting a 1.75 gaa, .938 svpct. and 12-3-1 record.
Enrico Blasi, a 1994 graduate of Miami, is in his sixth year at the helm of the RedHawks. He has a school and career record of 124-112-23.
Watching the Buckeyes
A Rough Stretch
The Buckeye squad also is in the midst of a stretch of five consecutive games against teams currently ranked in the Top 10 in the nation. After splitting a two-game series at No. 8 Michigan, OSU lost to No. 10 Michigan State and No. 3 Wisconsin before traveling to No. 2 Miami Tuesday. Ohio State is 4-6-1 vs. ranked teams this season.
Lighting the Lamp
When Down a Man
Since returning to action after the December break, OSU has stopped 80-of-89 opponent chances (89.9 percent) in the 15 games combined. The squad has six games where it was perfect on the penalty kill in the stretch, including in two of the last three games (5-for-5 at Michigan/6-for-6 vs. Michigan State). OSU has not allowed more than one extra-man tally in any game since the December break.
Wisconsin's power-play goal last Saturday ended OSU's streak of consecutive penalty kills at 20, dating back to the game at Michigan Feb. 3.
A Streak to Stop
OSU last won back-to-back games in December, when it won three games in a row and had a five-game (3-0-2) unbeaten streak. The Buckeyes have split their last three two-game CCHA series.
O from the D
Wearing the Scarlet and Gray
Pelley is just the 28th Buckeye to play in 150 or more games in the Scarlet and Gray.
Senior Nate Guenin has played in 144 games for the Buckeyes.
A Tale of Two Teams
What a Difference a Month Makes
The Buckeyes have outshot their opponents, 1074-800, this season, averaging 33.6 shots a game and allowing 25.0.
Senior Rod Pelley leads the Buckeyes and the CCHA with 146 shots this season.
The Pillar Between the Pipes
Caruso, who has started 29-of-32 Buckeye games, has played more minutes (1724:47) than any other goalie ranked in the Top 14 in the nation in goals-against average. He is third nationally in minutes played, behind only Union's Kris Mayotte (1824:57) and Brad Roberts of Army (1732:27).
Caruso has dropped his goals-against average from a season-high of 2.41 Nov. 5 to an OSU program-record 1.91. His save percentage has gone up from a season-low .889 Nov. 15 to a career-best .922.
Caruso, who owns the two lowest single-season goals-against averages in OSU history, is Ohio State's all-time goals-against average leader, allowing just 1.99 goals a game in 89 games in the Scarlet and Gray.
Caruso's win Jan. 27 over Notre Dame was the 50th of his career and he now is one behind third-place John Dougan (1982-85) in program history for career goalie wins with 51. Caruso's former teammate Mike Betz set the program record with 73 wins from 2001-04, followed by Bill McKenzie with 54 from 1970-72 and Dougan (52).
Caruso made 28 saves in the Buckeyes' 1-0 win over Notre Dame Jan. 27 to tie the Ohio State records for both season (5) and career (11) whitewashes first set by former teammate Betz (2001-04).
Caruso has 2,036 saves to rank just outside the Top 10 in Ohio State history for career saves. Ray Aho ranks 10th with 2,109 stops from 1997-00.
The 2.12 goals against a game would set the program record for lowest single-season goals-against average. The 2002-03 squad holds the record, holding opponents to just 2.21 goals a game, a mark that ranked second in the NCAA that season.
In 32 games this season, the Buckeye squad has allowed more than two goals 11 times and more than three just seven times. The team is 1-10 when allowing three or more goals.
A Team Effort
Twelve Buckeyes have reached double-digits in points, while two others have nine points on the year. Tom Fritsche is the only Buckeye to hit the 20-point mark, with a team-best 26 points.
Wearing the Red, White and Green
Signoretti, who lettered from 1998-00, played in 132 games for the Buckeyes, ending his career with 13 goals, 62 assists and 75 points. He scored the overtime gamewinner vs. Michigan State to send the Buckeyes to the 1998 Frozen Four.
Signoretti plays for Cortina SG in Italy this season and has 5-17-22 totals in 36 games, along with 50 penalty minutes.
He is the first former Buckeye hockey player to play in the Olympic Games.
Carter Trevisani, who played nine games for Ohio State in 2000-01 but did not earn a letter, also is on Italy's Olympic team. He also is playing in Italy this season as a member of Asiago HC.
In the Bigs
Leader of the Pack
Fritsche has 4-5-9 totals in the last 11 games and has not gone more than one game without a point in the stretch.
In the Box
Guenin, who led the Buckeyes in penalty minutes in each of the last three years, is tied for first on the team with 27 penalties this season and has a team-high 81 penalty minutes.
On the Plus Side
Kroll was +5 in the win over the Wolverines Feb. 3 to set a career high and the Buckeyes' season best. It broke the mark of +4, set by Collins Oct. 29 at Western Michigan. Kroll's +5 rating is the Buckeyes' highest since at least the 2002-03 season.
Off to a Good Start
Close but No Cigar
On the Road Again
Joining the Century Club
A Century and a Half
Vote For Hobey
Each player in the nomination phase with at least 25 nominations was placed on the preliminary voting ballot. Preliminary voting began Jan. 16 and runs through March 5. Fans may cast one ballot per day for their first, second and third-place choices for the award. The fans' tally will be combined with the votes of the 58 Division I head coaches to determine the 10 finalists for the award.
Final voting is from March 17-27, where fans have the opportunity to cast their final ballot for the award. The results of the fan vote will be counted, along with the votes of the Hobey Baker Selection Committee, to determine the recipient of the 2006 award.
The State of Hockey in Ohio
I Feel a Draft
On the List
In the listing for North American skaters, defenseman Kevin Montgomery is rated 37th out of 210. Goalie Joe Palmer is seventh on the list of 30 goalies.
Fritsche is the fourth Buckeye to compete in the World Junior Championship, joining Ryan Kesler (2003, 04), Dave Steckel (2001, 02) and R.J. Umberger (2001, 02).
Picked by Your Peers
Both senior Nate Guenin and sophomore forward Tom Fritsche won two categories. Guenin was named the Hardest-Hitting Defenseman and Best Defenseman 1-on-1, while Fritsche was voted Best Stickhandler and Most Dangerous Leading a Rush.
Senior forward Rod Pelley won Best Wrist Shot and was first runner-up for Hardest Hitter (Forward). Dan Knapp tied for first runner-up in quickest release. Sophomore Domenic Maiani tied for second runner-up in the Best on Faceoffs category and junior defenseman Sean Collins was the second runner-up in Best Power-Play Pointman.
Senior Dave Caruso was voted Best Stickhandling Goalie and was second runner-up in both the Best Glove Hand and Toughest Goalie 1-on-1 categories.
Leading the Way
Senior Rod Pelley is in his second year as an alternate captain, while junior Sean Collins is in his first year wearing the `A'.
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