Feb. 27, 2013
Ohio State at #3 Miami
Steve Cady Arena - Oxford, Ohio
Friday, March 1 - 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, March 2 - 7:05 p.m.
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Radio: 1460 AM Columbus
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Television: Friday: TWC Sports Channel/STO Saturday: TWC SportsChannel
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Drop the Puck
The Ohio State men's hockey team (13-14-7, 12-9-5-1/t-4th CCHA) heads to Oxford, Ohio, to close its regular-season schedule with two games vs. No. 3-ranked Miami (21-8-5, 16-6-4-4/1st CCHA) this weekend. The teams will meet at 7:35 p.m. Friday and 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Steve Cady Arena.
Ohio State/IMG Radio will carry the action between the Buckeyes and RedHawks 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.
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will televise both games across the state on channel 311/1311 HD, with Sports Time Ohio (STO) picking up the Friday broadcast live and showing the Saturday game on tape delay at 9 p.m. that night. Replays of the games are scheduled for STO throughout the weekend. The games will be streamed for a fee through MURedHawks.com.
As always, links for audio, video and 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.
Last weekend, Ohio State clinched a Top 5 spot and first-round bye in the first round of the CCHA tournament. The squad will take on Ferris State in the quarterfinal round March 13-15, with the site to be determined based on results this weekend, when Ohio State plays at Miami and Ferris State plays at Michigan. The Bulldogs currently hold the edge in the first tiebreaker (league wins). The teams are tied in the second and third tiebreakers (head-to-head, goals for/against head to head). The fourth tiebreaker is based on each team's record against other conference teams, starting with the No. 1 seed.
The Buckeyes are 13-14-7 overall and 12-9-5-1 in CCHA play to stand in a tie for fourth place. The team is scoring 2.38 goals a game and allowing 2.41 goals an outing. The team is 19-for-143 (.133) on the power play and 108-for-127 (.850) on the penalty kill, tying for 14th in the NCAA.
Sophomores Ryan Dzingel and Tanner Fritz share the team point lead with 32 points each. Dzingel has a team-best 14 goals and Fritz is first with 22 assists. Fritz leads the CCHA in scoring in conference play with 30 points, with Dzingel third with 27. Sophomore Max McCormick is third with 24 points and second with 11 goals, followed by Fritz and junior Alex Szczechura with 10 goals each. Senior goalie Brady Hjelle has played in 28 games, starting 27, and has a 2.00 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.
Celebrate the Legacy
Ohio State is playing its final CCHA regular-season series this weekend, as this season marks the final campaign for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The CCHA's 42-year history includes eight NCAA national championships, 664 NHL draft picks (including 35 first-round picks), 33 combined Frozen Four appearances by nine teams, 179 All-Americans and 35 Stanley Cup champions.
Ohio State was a member of the league's inaugural season in 1971-72 (playing the first CCHA game Nov. 12, 1971 vs. St. Louis and winning the first CCHA title) and remained for two more years. The team then competed as an independent for three years before returning to the CCHA in 1976-77, where it has remained.
Last Time Out - Buckeyes Swept by Michigan
Friday: Ohio State lost to Michigan, 5-3, Friday in Value City Arena, as the Buckeyes were unable to overcome a 2-0 deficit entering the final period. The Buckeyes pulled within one three times in the third period, but the Wolverines responded each time for the conference win. Michigan scored later in the first and second periods before a Max McCormick goal just 57 seconds into the third drew Ohio State within one. Michigan regained its two-goal edge at 11:48 but Tanner Fritz answered with a shorthanded goal at 15:05. A Michigan goal just over two minutes later put the Wolverines ahead, 4-2, before Ryan Dzingel tallied an extra-attacker goal at 18:45 to again close the game to one. Michigan sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 50 seconds left in regulation.
Saturday: In its regular-season home finale, Ohio State lost to Michigan, 6-3, Saturday in Value City Arena in front of a season-high crowd of 9,278. The game marked Senior Night for the five members of the Buckeye senior class - Alex Carlson, Brady Hjelle, Devon Krogh, Brandon Martell and Jeff Michael - and the group was honored in a pregame ceremony. Buckeye sophomore Tanner Fritz led the team with two goals and three points, while classmate Max McCormick had a goal and an assist. The teams were tied at 2 after the first period, with Fritz scoring both goals for the Buckeyes. The teams traded goals in the second to enter the third period tied at 3. Michigan went ahead 4-3 with a goal at 5:25 of the third and made it a two-goal advantage at 11:20. The Wolverines sealed the win with an empty-net win to give UM a series sweep.
Buckeyes vs. RedHawks
All-time, Miami leads the series with Ohio State, 68-61-13. In Oxford, the RedHawks have a 41-21-4 advantage. The teams met in three-consecutive games in December. In Columbus, the squads tied 1-1 (with the RedHawks winning the shootout) and Miami then posted a 3-1 win. In the Pittsburgh College Hockey Showcase, Miami won 1-0. In the last games in Oxford, the Buckeyes won in overtime 3-2, Dec. 1, 2011 before Miami shut out Ohio State, 3-0, Feb. 24, 2012.
The Last Meeting
Ohio State and Miami last met Dec. 28 in the Pittsburgh College Hockey Showcase, with the RedHawks skating to a 1-0 win. Buckeye goalie Brady Hjelle had 25 saves, as Ohio State was shut out for the first time in 2012-13. The teams were scoreless through the first two periods before the RedHawks' Curtis McKenzie scored the eventual gamewinner just 14 seconds into the third period. Ohio State put 29 shots on net. Each team had two power play chances.
Miami enters the series 20-8-5 overall and is in first place in the CCHA with a 16-6-4-4 ledger, standing five points ahead of Western Michigan and six points up on Notre Dame entering the final weekend. The team averages 2.56 goals per game and is first in the NCAA in team defense, allowing 1.56 goals a game. The power play is 25-for-151 (.159) and the penalty kill is sixth nationally, stopping 140-of-157 opponent opportunities (.892). The squad is coming off a two-game sweep at Lake Superior State (5-4, 2-1).
Freshman Riley Barber is first on the team with 14 goals and 34 assists, followed by sophomore Austin Czarnik with 11 goals and 32 assists and a team-best 21 assists. In goal, freshman Ryan McKay has played in 15 games and has an NCAA-best 1.06 goals-against average and .962 save percentage. Classmate Jay Williams has a 1.89 goals-against average and .926 save percentage.
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. Through Tuesday, Dzingel was in the Top 8 of all vote-getters.
Hjelle, who has started 28 games for the Buckeyes and played in 27, is 15th in the NCAA with a 2.00 goals-against average and is eighth nationally with a .934 save percentage. He has allowed one goal or less in 15 games this year. Dzingel is first for the Buckeyes with 14 goals and shares the team lead with 32 points, ranking in the Top 3 in scoring in the CCHA.
Buckeye This and That
• Ohio State is 5-3-2 in its last 10 outings. In that stretch, the team is averaging 3.4 goals a game. The power play is 9-for-43 (.209) and the penalty kill has three shorthanded goals, stopping 31-of-37 opponent chances (.838). In those games, Tanner Fritz has a team-best nine assists and 15 points. Alex Szczechura is first with seven goals, followed by Fritz with six. Ryan Dzingel has 12 poits, with five goals and seven assists, while Max McCormick has 11 points, including eight helpers. Szczechura has 10 points.
• The Buckeye sophomore class ranks second in scoring nationally, combining for 117 points and 3.44 points per game. The squad's Top 3 scorers are all sophomores.
• A season-high crowd of 9,278 watched the Buckeyes and Michigan face off in Value City Arena Saturday night after a crowd of 6,772 Friday. Saturday's crowd was the largest since Jan. 13, 2012 when 9,828 were on hand to watch the Buckeyes and Wolverines.
• Ohio State has five shorthanded goals this season, the most since 2006-07 when the squad had 11. This season, Ryan Dzingel, Tanner Fritz, Tyler Lundey, Darik Angeli and Alex Lippincott have all scored shorthanded for the Buckeyes and Sam Jardine has two shorthanded assists. No Buckeye has had more than one shorthanded goal in a year since Tom Fritsche had two in 2007-08. The Buckeye record for shorthanded goals in a season is 16, set in 1982.
• Ohio State is holding opponents to 2.41 goals a game and has allowed one goal or less in 13 games this year.
• The Buckeyes have a power play goal in seven of the last 11 games (11-for-48, 22.9 percent) and were 1-for-11 vs. Michigan.
• Ohio State is second in the NCAA in minutes played, skating 2,075 minutes as a team. The squad has played 27 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 second in the NCAA behind Western Michigan's eight deadlocks.
• Ohio State's seven ties are the most in program history, topping the six the team had in 2009-10 and 1987-88.
• Every Buckeye skater has at least one point this year. Eighteen Buckeyes have at least one goal and all 23 skaters - along with goalie Brady Hjelle - have at least one assist.
• Just five Buckeyes - Ryan Dzingel, Tanner Fritz, Max McCormick, Craig Dalrymple and Justin DaSilva - have played all 34 games this season. Nine players have missed games with injury or illness during the year.
Between the Pipes
• Goalie Brady Hjelle, who has played in 28 games and started 27, is 15th in the NCAA and fifth in the CCHA with a 2.00 goals-against average. He is eighth in the NCAA and second in the league with a .934 save percentage. The senior has started 22 of the team's last 23 games and played in 23 of the last 24.
• In CCHA play, Hjelle is second with a 1.88 goals-against average and .938 save percentage. It is the ninth-best goals-against and seventh-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 13 of 22 league starts, with a league-best nine first-star honors and 57 Perani Cup points. He is 10 points ahead of Western Michigan goalie Frank Slubowski in the standings, clinching at least a share of the trophy. No Buckeye has ever won the overall Perani Cup title, which was instituted in 2000-01.
• Hjelle has an assist in two of the last five games, posting helpers at Alaska Feb. 9 and vs. Western Michigan Feb. 16. They were his first of the season and he now has three as a Buckeye. He had three his sophomore season at Minnesota Duluth.
• 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 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.
• Sophomore Tanner Fritz has nine points, with four goals and five assists, in his last three games combined and has a point in 10 of his last 12 games. He had a five-point weekend vs. Michigan, posting a goal and an assist in the opener and two goals and an assist for three points in game two. It was his second career two-goal game and first since Feb. 4, 2012 vs. Michigan State. Fritz has set career highs with 10 goals, 22 assists and 32 points this year, topping the 6-8-14 line he had as a freshman. Fritz is second in the NCAA with 11 third-period assists this year.
• Sophomore Ryan Dzingel has a point in each of the last five games (2g, 4a, 6p) and a point in 11 of the last 12 outings after a goal Friday and assist Saturday vs. the Wolverines. He has a team-high 14 goals and shares the point lead with Fritz with 32 points. Dzingel has surpassed his totals as a freshman of seven goals, 17 assists and a team-best 24 points.
• Sophomore Max McCormick is on a four-game point streak (3g, 4a, 7p) and has a point in 11 of the last 13 games. He ranks third on the squad with 24 points and is second with 11 goals, topping the 10 goals, 12 assists and 22 points he had a season ago.
• Fritz leads the CCHA with 30 points in conference play, along with a league-best 21 assists in CCHA action. Dzingel is third with 27 points in league action and tied for eighth with 10 goals, tying for third with 17 assists.
• Overall, Fritz and Dzingel are tied for second in scoring among all CCHA players, with Fritz ranking second with 22 assists and Dzingel tied for fifth with 14 goals. Dzingel's 18 assists are tied for fifth.
• Dzingel is tied for first in the CCHA and 10th in the NCAA in power play points with 15, including four goals and 11 assists. In league play, he is first with a 4-10-14 line.
• Junior Alex Szczechura has 10 goals and 19 points this season, ranking fourth on the team in points and tying for third in goals. He has a 7-3-10 line in his last 10 games combined, including a hat trick and four-point game vs. Western Michigan Feb. 16.
• Fritz has won a team-high 319 faceoffs (losing 281) this season and ranks third on the team with a .532 winning percentage. McCormick is first with a .589 percentage (56-39), while redshirt freshman Riley Simpson is second, going 127-105 (.547). Freshman Tyler Lundey is second with 180 faceoff wins.
On the Blueline
• Freshman Craig Dalrymple had an assist in each game vs. Michigan and leads Ohio State's defensemen with 11 points this season, including nine assists. He is tied for sixth in scoring among CCHA rookie defensemen overall and in CCHA play with seven points. He is fifth among league rookie blueliners with a +5 mark and stands third with a +7 rating in league games only.
• As a team, Ohio State has 499 recorded blocked shots, while its opponents have blocked 420 of its attempts. The squad ranks fifth nationally in total blocks by individuals (456) and 13th in blocks per game (13.41). Against Michigan, Ohio State had 19 blocks in game two, led by six from senior Brandon Martell.
• DaSilva leads the team (and is tied for eighth in the NCAA and tied for fourth in the CCHA) with 64 blocked shots, followed by sophomore Al McLean and Martell with 49 each, junior Curtis Gedig with 44, and freshman Craig Dalrymple with 36. Every Buckeye skater has at least one blocked shot this year. (Individual blocks were not recorded in the series at Minnesota Duluth).
• Junior Curtis Gedig is on a five-game point streak (2g, 4a, 6p) and is second in scoring lead among Buckeye defensemen with 10 points, including eight assists. Gedig has missed six of the last seven with an injury.
•Sophomore Clark Cristofoli had an assist and +1 mark vs. Michigan Saturday in his first outing since Dec. 29 vs. Penn State, giving him helpers in back-to-back games.
• Freshman defenseman Sam Jardine has an assist in six of his 14 games since returning from injury, including a helper Friday vs. Michigan, and has seven assists this year. He is eighth in scoring among CCHA rookie defensemen with six points in league play.
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