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No. 17 Buckeyes Close Out Regular Season vs. No. 15 Miami

The Ohio State hockey class of 2012.
The Ohio State hockey class of 2012.

Feb. 22, 2012

No. 17 Ohio State vs. No. 15 Miami
Friday, Feb. 24 - 6:05 p.m.
Steve Cady Arena - Oxford, Ohio
Saturday, Feb. 25 - 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena - Columbus, Ohio

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Drop the Puck
The No. 17-ranked Ohio State men's hockey team (15-11-5, 11-10-5-1 CCHA) wraps up the regular season with a home-and-home series vs. No. 15 Miami (19-13-2, 13-11-2-1 CCHA). The teams will meet at 6:05 p.m. Friday night in Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio. Saturday, the squads will face off at 7:05 p.m. in Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Follow Along
The game Friday will be televised by CBS Sports Network, with Dave Starman and Eric Frede and Shireen Saski on the call. The game Saturday will be streamed online through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckyes.com and on BTN.com in the enhanced BTDN coverage. Ohio State radio will carry both games live on 1460 AM in Columbus and online through Buckeye Vision, with Herb Howenstine and John Mowat calling the action. Live stats can be linked from the men's hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. All online links and series information can be found on the Buckeye Hockey Gameday page - http://go.osu.edu/mhkygamecenter.

The Fun Stuff
The game Saturday is Senior Night for the four members of the Buckeye hockey senior class. Fans should arrive early to be in their seats in time for the pregame ceremony honoring Danny Dries, Sean Duddy, Cal Heeter and Cory Schneider.

Rally towels will be handed out to the first 5,000 fans, with thundersticks also handed out and give aways throughout the game. Postgame, there will be an autograph session with the full team. Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee will drop the puck pregame. The Ohio State dance team will be in attendance, along with the Ohio State athletic pep band.

Thanks Seniors
The four members of the 2012 Ohio State senior class will be honored pregame Saturday in Value City Arena.

Danny Dries (Lake Orion, Mich.) has played in 133 collegiate games and has 97 points, with 48 goals and 49 assists. He is in his second year as a Buckeye and has posted a 27-21-48 line in 62 games with the Scarlet and Gray. This is his fourth 20-point campaign for the two-time CCHA Offensive Player of the Week; he is tied for third on the team with 21 points, ranking second with 12 goals. Dries, scheduled to graduate this spring, is an Academic All-Big Ten choice, an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

Sean Duddy (Ann Arbor, Mich.) is in his second year as a captain for the Buckeyes. A finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award (vote for him - go.osu.edu/Vote4Duddy), he has played in 120 games in his career and has 23 points, including 22 assists. He is having a career year statistically, with 13 assists this season. Duddy, a finance major who will graduate at the end of winter quarter, is a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection and a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, as well as a first team CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District recipient.

Cal Heeter (St. Louis, Mo.) has been the Buckeyes’ starter in net the past two seasons and has played in 90 games in his career. He is in the Top 20 nationally in goals against average and save percentage this season. In his career, he has moved into Ohio State’s Top 10 in career saves, wins and minutes played and is among the all-time leaders in save percentage and goals-against average. A five-time CCHA Goalie of the Week and the team’s MVP in 2011, Heeter is on the Hobey Baker Award Fan Ballot this season (vote for him - go.osu.edu/Vote4Heeter). Heeter, on pace to graduate at the end of spring quarter, is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten choice.

Cory Schneider (Rochester, N.Y.) is a captain for Ohio State this season. He has played in 108 games and has 22 points, including 10 goals and 12 assists. He has been a key component of the Buckeye penalty killing unit in his career and is one of the league’s top defensive forwards. A three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten choice, Schneider will graduate at the end of winter quarter.

The Playoff Race
Ohio State enters the last weekend of the regular season in seventh place in the CCHA but can finish anywhere from a tie for third to ninth. Ferris State has already clinched at least a share of the regular-season title but the rest of the standings through ninth place have yet to be decided. FSU and Michigan both have clinched a first round bye for the CCHA tournament, with the Bulldogs the only team to lock up home ice for the quarterfinals. Alaska has ended its conference slate and will finish 10th, with Bowling Green locked in 11th.

The Top 5 teams get first-round byes, with teams 6-8 hosting 9-11 in best-of-three series. Teams 1-4 host quarterfinal series, with seed 5 playing at No. 4 and the three first-round series winners playing at the other sites. The four quarterfinal winners advance to championship weekend at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

In the Rankings
The Buckeyes have been ranked 17th in the USCHO.com poll the last two weeks and are receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15. The squad is 18th in the Inside College Hockey power rankings. The Buckeyes has been in USCHO’s Top 15 since Nov. 14 and have been ranked as high as second nationally in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.

Buckeye Brief
The Buckeyes are averaging 2.84 goals a game while allowing 2.52 an outing. The power play has 29 goals on 155 chances (.187) and the penalty kill has stopped 122-of-146 opponent opportunities (.836). The team is averaging 32.8 shots a game and averages 12.6 penalty minutes per outing.

Buckeye sophomore Chris Crane leads the team with 14 goals and 24 points. Freshman Ryan Dzingel is first with 16 assists and ranks second with 23 points. Senior Danny Dries and freshman Max McCormick are tied for third with 21 points each. Dries is second with 12 goals, followed by McCormick with 10. Senior defenseman Sean Duddy is second with 13 assists, followed by McCormick, junior defenseman Devon Krogh, sophomore defenseman Curtis Gedig and freshman defenseman Ben Gallacher with 11 each. In goal, senior Cal Heeter has started 26 games and has a 2.28 goals-against average and .923 save percentage, along with a 13-7-5 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 - Buckeyes Split with Broncos
Before its bye week Feb. 18-19, Ohio State was 1-1 on the road at Western Michigan. The Broncos won the opener in overtime, 3-2, Feb. 10 before Ohio State rallied for a 4-3 win Feb. 11.

Game One: The Buckeyes rallied from a goal down twice, but Western Michigan potted the gamewinning goal 3:20 into overtime for the 3-2 conference victory Feb. 10. The teams were scoreless after the first period. In the second, the teams traded early goals, with Matt Tennyson scoring on the power play for WMU at 1:38 and Cory Schneider tallying for Ohio State at 4:21. The Broncos regained the lead when Kyle O’Kane scored at 14:59. Ohio State tied the game at 9:25 of the third period when Al McLean found Max McCormick for a power play goal. In overtime, the Buckeyes controlled play early but the Broncos were able to get to a puck near the front of the net and Dane Walters scored to give Western Michigan the win. Ohio State goalie Cal Heeter had 34 saves between the pipes.

Game Two: Two Alex Carlson goals in the final 5:24 of the third period helped Ohio State to a 4-3 victory over No. 18 Western Michigan Feb. 11. The Buckeyes led 2-0 midway through the first period on power play goals by freshmen Max McCormick and Ryan Dzingel 1:09 apart. The Broncos then scored the next three goals, beginning with a tally from Chase Balisy at 17:58 of the first. Neither team scored in the second period and Ohio State carried its 2-1 lead into the third period. In the third, Western Michigan scored twice in less than a minute for a 3-2 lead at 8:31 of the stanza. At 14:36 Carlson scored on the power play and he notched the gamewinner at 16:31, assisted by Alex Lippincott. McCormick and Dzingel both had a goal and an assist, while freshman defenseman Ben Gallacher had two assists. The win ended the Buckeyes’ 11-game winless streak (0-7-4).

Buckeyes vs. RedHawks
The Buckeyes trail the all-time series with the RedHawks, 61-64-12, but lead 36-22-7 in Columbus. The teams met in December, with each winning on the other’s home ice. The RedHawks ended Ohio State’s 11-game unbeaten streak with a 5-3 victory Dec. 9 before Ohio State closed out the first half of the season with a 3-2 win in overtime Dec. 10.

Ohio State vs. Miami in December
The Buckeyes and Miami split a home-and-home series Dec. 9-10 to wrap up the first half of the season. Ohio State lost the opener in Columbus, 5-3, to end its 11-game unbeaten streak and nine-game winning streak but rebounded with a 3-2 overtime victory on the road.

In game one in Value City Arena Dec. 9, Miami opened the scoring at 3:47 of the first period but Buckeye freshman Darik Angeli responded just 29 seconds later to tie deadlock the game at 1. The RedHawks tallied just 1:33 into the second period for a 2-1 lead and did not relinquish the advantage the rest of the way. The teams traded goals in 53 seconds late in the period, with Miami scoring shorthanded at 17:00 for a 3-1 lead and Buckeye rookie Nick Oddo answering with a power-play goal at 17:53 to draw the Buckeyes within one. The RedHawks score an early goal in the third for another two-goal lead (4-2). Sophomore Chris Crane scored for Ohio State to make it a one-goal game at 9:16, but Miami tallied at 14:20 for a third two-goal lead and Ohio State could get no closer. Ohio State was 1-for-6 on the power play and stopped the RedHawks on all five power-play chances.

In game two in Oxford Dec. 10, freshman Chad Niddery’s overtime goal gave Ohio State a 3-2 road victory over Miami. The Buckeyes battled back from a goal down twice en route to the victory. Against Miami, the Buckeyes answered RedHawk goals within three minutes twice to force overtime. The teams were scoreless after the opening 20 minutes. In the second, the RedHawks opened the scoring at 11:14 before a goal by freshman Tanner Fritz at 12:56 to tie the game at 1. In the third, Miami converted once on a major power play when Reilly Smith scored at 8:21. The Buckeyes held off the RedHawks for the final 1:33 of the advantage and then scored less than a minute later when senior Danny Dries tallied at 10:32 for a 2-2 game. The final goal came one second after a Buckeye power play expired in overtime and was scored after an Alex Carlson faceoff win deep in the RedHawk zone. Buckeye junior goalie Brady Hjelle had 27 saves in the win.

RedHawk Reader
Miami enters the weekend on a four-game winning streak and is 19-13-2 overall, with a 13-11-2 ledger in CCHA play to stand in fifth place. The RedHawks can finish as high as second to as low as a tie for eighth. The team is coming off a two-game home sweep of Notre Dame, with 3-0 and 4-1 wins. The RedHawks are averaging 2.79 goals a game and holding opponents to 2.15 an outing. The squad’s power play is at 14.2 percent (20-for-141) and the penalty kill is 145-for-170 (.853).

Junior Reilly Smith is first on the team with 23 goals and 32 assists, while freshman Austin Czarnik is second with 25 points, including a team-high 18 assists. Senior Alden Hirschfeld and freshman Blake Coleman are second with nine goals each. In goal seniors Cody Reichard and Connor Knapp have split time. Reichard is 8-7-2, with a 2.51 goals-against average and .898 save percentage. Knapp is 11-6-0, with a 1.65 gaa and .934 svpct.

Buckeye Fans Helping Out
The Buckeyes’ jersey auction at the game vs. Ferris State Jan. 21 resulted in nearly $3,800 in donations sent to Defending the Blue Line charities.

At the team’s Teddy Bear Toss Feb. 4 vs. Michigan State, more than 750 stuffed animals were collected after they were tossed on the ice after the Buckeyes’ first goal. The bears and other assorted animals will be delivered by the players to Ronald McDonald House in Columbus.

Season Tickets for 2012-13 On Sale March 1
March 1, Ohio State men’s hockey season ticket packages will go on sale for new accounts. To schedule a tour and pick out seats, fans should contact the Ohio State athletic ticket sales department at 614-292-0043.

Noting the Ohio State Squad
• With the week off, Ohio State held its second-annual bowling outing last week. Brandon Martell and Chris Crane were on the winning team for the second time, joined by freshmen Matt Johnson and Nick Oddo. Crane was the high scorer, with a team-best 220 in one round.
• Ohio State had an 11-game winless streak (0-7-4) ended with its 4-3 victory at Western Michigan in its last game (Feb. 11). It was 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 8-4-3 on the road this season, with a 1-2-3 ledger in the second half of the season.
• Ohio State had three power play goals in the win at Western Michigan, marking the third time this season the Buckeyes had at least three power play tallies. The team had a season-best four vs. Alaska Oct. 28 and scored three times with the man advantage Nov. 19 at Michigan. The squad was 4-for-9 in the series with Western Michigan after going 0-for-14 the week before against Michigan State.
• Ohio State is 8-2-3 when scoring first this year and 7-9-2 when the other team opens the scoring.
• Ohio State’s 15 wins this year tie the mark the squad had each of the last two seasons. The team was 15-18-4 a year ago and 15-18-6 in 2009-10. The squad last passed the 15-win mark in 2008-09 when the team was 23-15-4 and earned a spot in the NCAA tournament.
• The Buckeyes are 9-2-1 when leading after the first period and 9-0-2 when ahead after 40 minutes. When tied after the first and second, the team is 4-2-3 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 (0-10-1). Ohio State has trailed by a goal in seven of its last nine wins and was down in the third period against Western Michigan.
• The 3-2 overtime loss at Western Michigan Feb. 10 was the Buckeyes’ first overtime defeat since falling at Alaska, 1-0, Jan. 28, 2011. Ohio State is 1-1-5 in overtime this year.
• The Buckeyes are 12th in the NCAA and first in the CCHA averaging 32.84 shots per game. The squad has more than 40 shots in two of the last five games.
• The Buckeyes have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 10 games.
• The Buckeyes were outshot in game one at Western Michigan (37-25), the first time the team was outshot in seven games. The team had just 25 shots on net, the lowest since putting 20 on net at Bowling Green Jan. 7. In game two, the Buckeyes outshot the Broncos, 30-24.
• In the Perani Cup standings, awarded for three star of the game honors in CCHA play only, Chris Crane leads the Buckeyes and is 15th in the CCHA with 19 points. Danny Dries is second for the Buckeyes and tied for 20th in the league with 17 points, with Cal Heeter third for the Buckeyes with 16 points. In all, 15 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 eight league player of the week nods, led by Cal Heeter, a two-time CCHA Goaltender of the Week and Max McCormick a two-time rookie of the week. Nick Oddo, the league’s rookie of the month for December, and Ryan Dzingel also have been 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 13-7-5 on the year and has allowed two or fewer goals in 14 of his last 22 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 (2.28), save percentage (.923) and winning percentage (.620).
• Including 34 saves in the opener at Western Michigan, Heeter has 30+ saves in six of his last 12 games, including a season-high 38 vs. Bowling Green Jan. 8 in a 1-1 overtime tie. He is 18th in the country with 709 saves and 20th in minutes played (1552:29).
• 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 is ninth in the Buckeye record book with 39 wins, three behind eighth-place Jeff Maund.
• Heeter has 2,372 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. 7 with 2,587. Heeter’s career goals-against average of 2.53 currently ranks third in the OSU record books, with his .916 save percentage third as well.
• Heeter has played 5053:20 between the pipes and just passed Dougan in sixth place with 5051:22. Next up is Steve Jones at 5383:23. The all-time leader is Mike Betz, who played 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 20th in the NCAA in scoring among defensemen with 68 points. Sophomore Curtis Gedig, junior Devon Krogh and senior Sean Duddy share the team lead with 13 points each, with freshman Ben Gallacher right behind with 12. Rookie Al McLean has 10 points to rank fifth. Freshman Justin DaSilva has four assists and points, junior Brandon Martell has two helpers and freshman Clark Cristofoli has an assist.
• Gallacher is on a four-game assist and point streak, with five assists in the stretch. He had three assists in the series at Western Michigan, including his second career two-assist and two-point outing in game two. He has a 1-11-12 line on the year.
• Gedig has a career-high 13 points, including 11 assists. He is one shy of the career-high 12 helpers he had as a freshman.
• Duddy has 13 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 11 of his last 22 outings.
• Krogh has a career-high 11 assists and 13 points this year, his first campaign with double digits.
• Gedig leads the Buckeyes with 66 recorded blocked shots. Duddy is second with 45, followed by DaSilva with 38 and Krogh and McLean with 37 each.
• McLean leads the Buckeyes with a +8 mark this season. He is +1 or better in 11 games this year and in seven of the last 15 games.
• Gallacher leads CCHA rookies in scoring in conference games with 11 points. Overall, he is third in scoring among league freshmen, with McLean tied for fourth overall and in CCHA contests.

Up Front
• Four Buckeyes have hit the 20-point mark this season. Sophomore Chris Crane is first with 24, followed by freshman Ryan Dzingel with 23 and senior Danny Dries and freshman Max McCormick tied for third with 21 each.
• McCormick had three points, with two goals and an assist, in the series at Western Michigan to pick up CCHA Rookie of the Week accolades. McCormick enters the Miami series on a five-game point streak, with 6-4-10 totals in the stretch (and multiple points in all but one game). He has a point on 11 of the Buckeyes’ last 16 goals. McCormick is third on the team with 10 goals this season and is tied for third with 21 points.
• Junior Alex Carlson scored the Buckeyes’ game tying and gamewinning goals in a 1:55 span in the last 6:00 of the third period at Western Michigan Feb. 11. It was the first two-goal and multiple-point game of his Buckeye career. He now has a career-high three goals and eight points this season.
• Sophomore Chris Crane leads the Buckeyes with 14 goals and 24 points this year, ranking seventh (tied) in the league in goals, with 12 in CCHA play to tie for fourth. He had just four goals and 10 points in 37 games a year ago.
• Senior Cory Schneider’s goal in the opener at Western Michigan was his fourth of the year, matching his career high.
• Dzingel had his fifth multiple-point outing with a goal and an assist Feb. 11 at Western Michigan. He is second on the team with 23 points, including a team-best 16 assists. Dzingel ranks 17th in the NCAA in rookie points per game (.79) and is third in the CCHA in rookie scoring.
• Junior Alex Lippincott had an assist on the gamewinning goal in game two at Western Michigan. He has a career-best five goals, six assists and 11 points this season, with all 11 coming in his last 16 games.
• Dries, second on the team with 12 goals and tied for third with 21 points, enters the Miami series with 97 career points.

Noting the Newcomers
• In conference games, four of the top 10 rookie point scorers (and two of the Top 3) in the CCHA this season are from Ohio State - Max McCormick is second (20), Ryan Dzingel is third (18) and Tanner Fritz and Darik Angeli are tied for fifth (13). Ben Gallacher is tied for 12th to lead CCHA rookies in scoring.
• In all games, Ohio State has two of the Top 4 scorers, with Dzingel third (23) and McCormick fourth (21). Angeli is tied for 12th (15) and Fritz is tied for 14th (14). Gallacher has 12 points to rank third among blueliners and Al McLean is tied for fourth in rookie defenseman scoring with 10.
• The Buckeye freshmen are second in the NCAA in scoring with 119 points and are second in the country in points per game by freshmen (3.84). Mercyhurst is first in both categories (131 points, 3.85 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.


 

 

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