Feb. 19, 2013
Ohio State vs. Michigan
Value City Arena - Columbus, Ohio
Friday, Feb. 22 - 6:35 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 23 - 7:05 p.m.
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Radio: 1460 AM Columbus
Live Stats: Friday | Saturday
Television: Friday/BTN | Saturday/Comcast (Channel 900 in Mid-Michigan)
Webcast (Saturday only: Buckeye Vision ($)
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Drop the Puck
The Ohio State men’s hockey team (13-12-7, 12-7-5-1 CCHA) ends the home portion of its 2012-13 regular-season schedule with a series against Michigan (10-18-2, 7-15-2-2 CCHA) at 6:35 p.m. Friday and 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.
Saturday night, the five members of the Ohio State senior class - Alex Carlson, Brady Hjelle, Devon Krogh, Brandon Martell and Jeff Michael - will be honored in a pregame ceremony. The group has been a part of 58 wins and each is an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
For both games against 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 game Friday will be televised by BTN, with Dan Kelly and Rob Andringa calling the action and Lisa Byington rinkside. The Saturday contest will be televised by Comcast (Channel 900 in mid-Michigan), with Ben Holden and Sean Ritchlin on the call. The game will also be available through the Buckeye Vision subscription service on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
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.
Friday is the Buckeye hockey program’s centennial game as the Ohio State Department of Athletics is celebrating its 100th year as a department and membership in the Big Ten Conference. Throughout the season for all sports, fans can log on to OhioStateBuckeyes.com/100 to learn more about the history of the Ohio State Athletics Department, including timelines, by the numbers, video and historical images from the past 100 years.
Scarlet Out the Schott
Buckeye fans are encouraged to wear Scarlet to the game Saturday night to “Scarlet Out the Schott.”
Can I Have Your Autograph?
Saturday night, the members of the entire Buckeye squad will be available for autographs on the concourse level.
Have Dinner at the Schott
Doors will open for both games 90 minutes prior to puck drop. For the first 30 minutes (5-5:30 p.m. Friday, 5:30-6 p.m. Saturday), fans can receive 50 percent off a food and beverage order (excluding alcoholic beverages) by presenting a coupon, available online: http://go.osu.edu/MHKYSchottDinner.
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.
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 group tickets should contact the athletic ticket sales staff for details. Account executives can be reached by phone (614-292-0043) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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).
The Buckeyes are 13-12-7 overall and 12-7-5-1 in CCHA play to stand in a tie for fourth place, with two games in hand on Ferris State, the team it is tied with, and Alaska, the squad two points behind. The team is scoring 2.34 goals a game and allowing 2.22 goals per game to rank seventh in the nation in team defense. The team is 18-for-132 (.136) on the power play and 104-for-121 (.860) on the penalty kill, tying for ninth in the NCAA.
Sophomore Ryan Dzingel is first with 30 points and 13 goals. Classmate Tanner Fritz leads the team with 20 assists and is second with 27 points. Dzingel and Fritz are tied for first in the CCHA in points in league play with 25 each. Overall, Dzingel is tied for third in the league in scoring, with Fritz tied for sixth. Junior Alex Szczechura is second with 10 goals, followed by sophomore Max McCormick with nine. Senior goalie Brady Hjelle has played in 26 games, starting 25, and has a 1.79 goals-against average and .941 save percentage to rank 10th and sixth in the NCAA, respectively.
Last Time Out - Buckeyes Earn Four Points vs. WMU
The Buckeyes were 1-0-1 vs. No. 6-ranked Western Michigan over the weekend, skating to a 1-1 tie Friday before using a four-goal second period en route to a 6-3 win Saturday.
Friday: Behind 30 saves from senior goalie Brady Hjelle and a goal from freshman Tyler Lundey, Ohio State skated to a 1-1 overtime tie with No. 6-ranked Western Michigan Friday in Value City Arena. The Broncos won the shootout, 2-1 in four rounds, to earn the extra CCHA point. The teams were scoreless after the first period before Lundey put Ohio State on top at 5:57 of the second. The Broncos tied the game on a Matt Stewart tally at 14:06. Neither team was able to score the rest of the way, with Hjelle stopping 13 shots in the third.
Saturday: The Buckeye line of junior Alex Szczechura and sophomores Tanner Fritz and Max McCormick combined for 11 points, leading Ohio State to a 6-3 victory over No. 6-ranked Western Michigan Saturday. Szczechura notched his first career hat trick and four-point night, while Fritz had a goal and three assists for four points and McCormick had a three-point outing with a goal and two assists. The Buckeyes came from a goal down twice, closing out the game with four unanswered tallies for the win. Szczechura put Ohio State on the board just 1:44 into the contest but the Broncos tied the game at 4:18 and pushed ahead at 13:34 of the opening period. At 11:34 of the second Fritz knotted the game at 2 but the Broncos scored a power play goal 42 seconds later for a 3-2 advantage. Just 1:20 later Ohio State answered with a power play goal of its own from Szczechura, tying the game at 3. A little more than a minute after that McCormick put Ohio State in the lead and sophomore Darik Angeli made it a two-goal advantage 3:05 later, with Ohio State taking a 5-3 lead into the second intermission. Szczechura completed his hat trick at 5:22 of the third, the only goal of the stanza. Senior defenseman Brandon Martell had two assists
Buckeyes vs. Wolverines
The Wolverines lead the all-time series with Ohio State, 70-33-11, but in the last 10 are ahead by two, 6-4, and lead in the last 20, 12-8. Last season, each team posted a sweep, with Ohio State winning 2-1 and 6-5 in Ann Arbor Nov. 18-19 and the Wolverines winning in Columbus, 4-0, and then a neutral-site win in the Frozen Diamond Faceoff Classic outdoor game in Cleveland, 4-1.
Michigan enters the series 10-18-2 overall and 7-15-2-2 in the CCHA. The Wolverines, coming off a bye week, lost two games at Notre Dame Feb. 8-9 (7-4, 6-4) in their last time out. The squad is averaging 2.93 goals a game to rank second in the CCHA and allowing 3.63 an outing. The power play is 21-for-126 (.167) and the penalty kill is 98-for-119 (.824).
Cristoval Nieves leads the team with 23 points and 15 assists, while A.J. Treais is first wtih 11 goals and tied with Jacob Trouba and Phil Di Giuseppe for second with 20 points each. Nieves and Trouba are second with eight goals each, with Derek DeBlois third with seven tallies. Di Giuseppe is second with 14 assists, followed by Trouba with 12 and Alex Guptill and Kevin Lynch with 11 each. In goal, three players have split time. Steve Racine is 4-5-2, with a 3.11 goals-against average and .880 save percentage, Adam Janecyk is 3-7-0, posting a 3.46 gaa and .802 save% and Jared Rutledge has a 3-6-0 ledger, 4.24 gaa and .854 sv%.
Buckeye This and That
• Ohio State is 5-1-2 in its last eight outings, its best stretch of games this year.
• The Buckeyes are undefeated in Value City Arena in 2013, going 4-0-2 in its six home games the second half of the campaign.
• The team is averaging 3.5 goals a game in the last eight outings, holding opponents to 2.4 a game, and the power play is 25 percent (8-for-32). Alex Szczechura, Ryan Dzingel and Tanner Fritz all have 10 points in the last eight games combined, with Szczechura leading with seven goals, Fritz posting seven assists and Dzingel netting a four goals and six helpers.
• Ohio State allowed a power play goal for the first time in four games Saturday vs. Western Michigan. The squad was 8-for-9 vs. the Broncos and in the last four games is 15-for-16 (.938). The team is ninth in the NCAA, stopping 104-of-121 (86.0 percent) opponent chances.
• The Buckeyes had a season-low 19 shots Friday vs. Western Michigan and ended a streak of four-consecutive games with 25 or fewer shots with 39 shots vs. the Broncos Saturday.
•Ohio State is tied for seventh in the NCAA in team defense, holding opponents to 2.22 goals a game. The squad has allowed one goal or less in 13 games this year.
• The Buckeyes have a power play goal in six of the last nine games (10-for-37 27 percent) and were 1-for-8 vs. Western Michigan.
• Every Buckeye skater has at least one point this year. Eighteen Buckeyes have at least one goal and all 23 skaters - and goalie Brady Hjelle - have at least one assist.
• 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.
• Ohio State leads the country in minutes played, skating 1,955 minutes as a team. The squad has played 25 60-minute games as well as seven games with full five-minute overtimes. Ohio State is one of seven teams with seven ties this year to rank first in the NCAA.
Buckeyes on the Hobey Fan Ballot
Buckeye senior goalie Brady Hjelle and sophomore forward Ryan Dzingel are on the ballot for fan voting for the 2013 Hobey Baker Award. Fans can vote daily through March 10 (http://go.osu.edu/osuvote4hobey). The fans’ vote accounts for a full one percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting the 2013 award recipient.
Hjelle, who has started 26 games for the Buckeyes and played in 25, is 10th in the NCAA with a 1.79 goals-against average and is sixth nationally with a .941 save percentage. He has allowed one goal or less in 15 games this year. Dzingel is first for the Buckeyes with 13 goals and 30 points and ranks in the Top 3 in scoring in the CCHA.
Between the Pipes
• Goalie Brady Hjelle, who has played in 26 games and started 25, is 10th in the NCAA and third in the CCHA with a 1.79 goals-against average. He is sixth in the NCAA and second in the league with a .941 save percentage. The senior has started 20 of the team’s last 21 games and played in 21 of the last 22. He has allowed more than one goal just 11 times this year.
• In CCHA play, Hjelle is second with a 1.61 goals-against average and .946 save percentage. It is the sixth-best goals-against and fifth-best save percentage mark among players across all leagues in the NCAA in conference games only.
• 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 12 games with 30 or more saves this season (including Friday vs. Western Michigan) and has allowed two goals or less 19 times.
• Hjelle has been the first or second star in 13 of 20 league starts, with a league-best eight nine star honors and 57 Perani Cup points. He is 20 points ahead of the second-place player in the standing entering the series with Michigan.
• 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 has an assist in two of the last three games, posting helpers at Alaska Feb. 9 and vs. Western Michigan Saturday. They were his first of the season and he now has three as a Buckeye. He had three his sophomore season at Minnesota Duluth.
• Saturday vs. Western Michigan, Ohio State’s line of junior Alex Szczechura and sophomores Tanner Fritz and Max McCormick combined for 11 points. Szczechura notched his first career hat trick and four-point night, while Fritz had a goal and three assists for four points and McCormick had a three-point outing with a goal and two assists.
• Szczechura’s hat trick was the first of his career and his third career multiple-goal game (second this season after two tallies vs. Lake Superior State Jan. 26). It was his first career game with three or more points after eight two-point outings. Szczechura now has 10 goals and 19 points this season, ranking second and fourth on the team, respectively. He has a 7-3-10 line in his last eight games combined. It was the Buckeyes’ second hat trick this year after Ryan Dzingel scored three times vs. Penn State Dec. 29.
• Fritz had his first career four-point night and second three-assist game after three helpers at Lake Superior State Jan. 28, 2012. He is first on the team with 20 assists and ranks second with 27 points. Fritz has a point in 10 of his last 12 games (4g, 10a, 14p). As a freshman last year, he had six goals, eight assists and 14 points. Ten of Fritz’s 20 assists have come in the third period, tying for second in the NCAA in third-period assists.
• Sophomore Max McCormick has a point in nine of his last 12 games after four points in the series with Western Michigan, posting an assist Friday before a goal and two assists Saturday. The Saturday game was his third three-point night but first since Jan. 28, 2012 at Lake Superior State. McCormick is third on the team with nine goals and 21 points. McCormick is fifth in the NCAA in faceoff winning percentage, with a 54-33 record (.621).
• Sophomore Ryan Dzingel leads the Buckeyes with 30 points and 13 goals and has an assist in each of his last three games. He is on a three-game point streak (1g, 3a, 4p) and has a point in nine of the last 10 games. He has posted career highs after seven goals and 24 points as a rookie.
• Freshman Tyler Lundey scored the Buckeye goal in the 1-1 tie vs. Western Michigan Friday. He leads the Buckeye freshmen with 10 points this season, including six assists.
• Saturday vs. the Broncos. Fritz and McCormick both were +4 in the game, with Szczechura +3. All three marked career highs.
• Sophomore Darik Angeli scored his third goal in four games, and his fourth of the season, Saturday vs. Western Michigan.
• In CCHA play only, Dzingel and Fritz are tied for second among all league players with 25 points each. Fritz is first with 19 assists, with Dzingel’s 16 helpers tied for second. Dzingel and Szczechura are tied for 10th with nine goals in league play. Dzingel is tied for first in power play points (13) and game-winning goals (3).
• Overall, Dzingel is tied for third among league players in points, with Fritz tied for sixth. Fritz is tied for second in helpers, with Dzingel tying for fifth. Dzingel ranks fourth (tied) in goals and Szczechura is tied for 13th in tallies. Dzingel’s 14 power play points are tied for first.
On the Blueline
• As a team, Ohio State has 474 recorded blocked shots, while its opponents have blocked 399 of its attempts. The squad ranks fifth nationally in total blocks and 12th in blocks per game (13.47).
• DaSilva leads the team (and is 10th in the NCAA and fourth in the CCHA) with 62 blocked shots, followed by Al McLean with 40, junior Curtis Gedig with 43, senior Brandon Martell with 42 and freshman Craig Dalrymple with 33. Every Buckeye skater has at least one blocked shot this year. (Individual blocks were not recorded in the series at Minnesota Duluth).
• Martell had his first career multiple-point game Saturday vs. Western Michigan with two assists. He now has a personal-best three assists on the year. He was a career-high tying +2 in the game.
• Rookie Craig Dalrymple 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 eighth 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 five games with an injury.
• Freshman defenseman Sam Jardine has an assist in five of his 12 games since returning from injury and has six assists this year. He was +3 in the series with Western Michigan, with a +2 mark in game two. He has six assists on the year, ranking 10th in scoring among CCHA freshmen D.
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