Buckeyes Open Playoffs at Notre Dame
Max McCormick was tied for second among CCHA rookies in scoring in league play.

Feb. 29, 2012

Ohio State vs. No. 18 Notre Dame
CCHA Tournament, First Round
Game 1 - Friday, March 2 - 7:35 p.m.
Game 2- Saturday, March 3 - 7:35 p.m.
Game 3 (if needed) - Sunday, March 3 - 7:05 p.m.
Compton Family Ice Arena - Notre Dame, Ind.

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Buckeye Notes to Know
• Ohio State and Notre Dame met earlier this season in the final series in the Joyce Center, splitting the series Oct. 14-15.
• Ohio State and Notre Dame are meeting in the first round of the CCHA tournament for the second time in three years. The teams met in the OSU Ice Rink in 2010, a two-game Ohio State sweep. The Buckeyes are 4-0 vs. Notre Dame in postseason action.
• Four Buckeyes have hit the 20-point mark this season. Sophomore Chris Crane (with a team-best 14 goals) and freshman Ryan Dzingel (with a team-high 17 assists) share the scoring lead with 24 points, with senior Danny Dries and freshman Max McCormick next with 21 points each.
• McCormick ended CCHA play tied for second among league rookies in scoring with 20 points, with Dzingel fourth wtih 19 points. Ben Gallacher led the league's rookie defensemen in scoring with 11 points.
• Senior co-captain Sean Duddy is one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. A finance major set to graduate in March, he has a career-high 13 points this season. For more information, visit go.osu.edu/Vote4Duddy.

Drop the Puck
The Ohio State men's hockey team (15-13-5, 11-12-5-1/t-8th CCHA) opens CCHA postseason play with a first-round series at No. 18 Notre Dame (17-16-3, 12-13-3-0 CCHA/t-8th) this weekend. The No. 8-seeded Irish host the No. 9 seed Buckeyes in the best-of-three matchup, with the series winner advancing to the CCHA tournament quarterfinals.

The teams will meet at 7:35 p.m. Friday and Saturday and if needed, game three will be at 7:05 p.m. Sunday. All three games will be in Compton Family Ice Arena in Notre Dame, Ind.

Follow Along All
Buckeye postseason games will be covered by Ohio State/IMG College radio, with the games over the air in Columbus on 1460 AM and online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye John Mowat will call the action.

The game Saturday will be televised by Fox Sports Detroit Plus with Ken Daniels and Darren Eliot on the call and Shannon Hogan rinkside. The broadcast can be found on DirecTV channels 664 and 664-1 (HD) and on DISH Network on channels 442 and 9580 (HD). The Friday and Sunday (if necessary) games will be streamed for free on und.com

Links to audio, video and live stats for all Buckeye games can be found on the Buckeye Hockey Gameday page: http://go.osu.edu/mhkygamecenter.

The CCHA Playoffs
All 11 league teams qualify for the CCHA tournament. 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.

The first-round matchups include No. 6 Northern Michigan hosting No. 11 Bowling Green, No. 7 Lake Superior State hosting No. 10 Alaska and No. 8 Notre Dame hosting No. 9 Ohio State. The advancing teams will be reseeded for the quarterfinal round, where they will face No. 1 Ferris State, No. 2 Michigan or No. 3 Western Michigan. No. 4 Miami will host No. 5 Michigan State. The teams will again be reseeded for the semifinals.

Buckeye Brief
The Buckeyes are averaging 2.70 goals a game while allowing 2.61 an outing. The power play has 30 goals on 166 chances (.181) and the penalty kill has stopped 126-of-151 opponent opportunities (.834). The team is averaging 32.4 shots a game and averages 12.3 penalty minutes per outing.

Buckeye sophomore Chris Crane, first with 14 goals, and freshman Ryan Dzingel, with a team-best 17 assists, are tied for the team lead with 24 points each. Senior Danny Dries is second with 12 goals, followed by freshman Max McCormick with 10. Dries and McCormick are tied for third with 21 points each. Senior defenseman Sean Duddy is second with 13 assists, followed by Dries and junior defenseman Devon Krogh with 12 each. McCormick and defensemen sophomore Curtis Gedig and freshman Ben Gallacher are fourth with 11 helpers a piece. In goal, senior Cal Heeter has started 28 games and has a 2.45 goals-against average and .919 save percentage, along with a 13-9-5 ledger. Junior Brady Hjelle has played in eight games, with five starts, and has a 2.53 gaa. .922 svpct and 2-4 record.

Buckeyes in the Postseason
• Ohio State is 44-60-4 all-time in the CCHA tournament, including 15-17 in the first round of the tourney.
• The squad is 11-40 on the road in the league tournament.
• Last year, Ohio State was swept at Lake Superior State (4-0, 3-2). The team's last series win on the road was in 2002 when it swept Western Michigan (3-2 OT, 3-1).
• Ohio State has won first-round series two of the last three years, defeating Bowling Green in 2009 and Notre Dame in 2010.
• Twelve Buckeyes enter the series with Notre Dame with postseason experience. Senior Sean Duddy and junior Paul Kirtland lead the team with seven postseason games played for the Buckeyes, followed by junior Devon Krogh with six and senior Cory Schneider and junior Alex Carlson with five.
Danny Dries scored for the squad last season, with Cory Schneider and Alex Szczechura picking up assists. They are the only current Buckeyes with postseason points.

Buckeyes vs. Irish
All-time, Ohio State leads the series with Notre Dame, 33-29-9, but trails the series in Notre Dame, 13-14-4. Earlier this season, the Buckeyes and Irish split a series in South Bend Oct. 14-15, with ND winning game one 5-2 and Ohio State winning the second game 4-3. That series was the last played in the Joyce Center; Ohio State will be playing in Notre Dame's new arena for the first time.

Ohio State is 4-0 all-time vs. Notre Dame in the postseason. Ohio State defeated the Irish twice at Joe Louis Arena on championship weekend, with a 3-2 quarterfinal win in 2003 and a 6-5 OT win in 2004. The squads met in the first round in 2010, a two-game Ohio State sweep in the OSU Ice Rink (3-1, 8-2).

Buckeyes vs. Irish in October
The Buckeyes opened CCHA play with a series split at then-No. 2-ranked Notre Dame Oct. 14-15. The Buckeyes lost the opener, 5-2, but won game two, 4-3.

Oct. 14, Ohio State took a 2-0 lead midway through the first period on the strength of two goals from senior Danny Dries, but Notre Dame scored five unanswered for a win in the conference opener for both teams. Dries scored at 1:31 and 10:10 before Notre Dame cut the lead in half with a goal at 17:35 of the first. In the second, Ohio State held the one-goal advantage until there were four minutes remaining. With two Buckeyes in the penalty box, the Irish converted the 5x3 chance to tie the game at 2. Notre Dame scored 3:19 into the third period for its first lead of the game. The Irish added two more goals, including an empty-netter, for the 5-2 final. Buckeye goalie Brady Hjelle had 30 saves as Ohio State was outshot, 35-21.

Oct. 15, the Buckeyes led 2-0 after the first period on goals from freshman Matt Johnson and junior Devon Krogh and added tallies from rookies Max McCormick and Ryan Dzingel in the second for a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes. The Irish scored an early goal in the third for a 4-1 Buckeye advantage. Notre Dame then scored at 17:16 to draw within two and added an extra-attacker tally for a one-goal contest at 18:35, but Ohio State was able to shut the door and post the conference win. McCormick led the Buckeyes with three points in the contest, including two assists. Dzingel also had an assist for a two-point night.

Irish Info
Notre Dame is 17-16-3 this season and finished CCHA play tied for eighth with Ohio State with a 12-13-3-0 ledger. The squad is 2-6 in its last eight games and is 6-10 in the second half of the season, including a series split with Michigan State at home last weekend (W 2-0, L 2-4). The Irish are averaging 2.58 goals a game while allowing 2.78 an outing. The squad's power play is at 19 percent (33-for-174) and the penalty kill is at 81.5 percent (110-for-135). The team averages 28.8 shots and 13.1 penalty minutes per contest.

Sophomore T.J. Tynan leads the team with 27 assists and 40 points and shared the CCHA scoring title with 29 points in league play. Anders Lee is first with 15 goals (followed by Tynan with 13) and ranks second with 31 points. Riley Shehan (9g, 15a) and Billy Maday (9g, 13a) each have crossed the 20-point mark. In goal, Mike Johnson has played in 26 games and has a 9-10-3 record, 2.69 goals-against average and .883 save percentage. Steven Summerhays is 8-6-0 in 16 games played, with a 2.70 gaa and .895 svpct.

Former Ohio State All-American Paul Pooley, the only Buckeye hockey player to have his jersey retired (#22), is the associate head coach for the Irish. Pooley is Ohio State's all-time leading scorer with 270 points from 1981-84.

Last Time Out - Buckeyes vs. RedHawks
The Buckeyes lost both games of a home-and-home series with Miami last weekend to close out the regular season.

Game 1: Friday in Oxford, in a game televised by CBS Sports Network, the Buckeyes suffered a 3-0 loss. The team trailed 1-0 entering the third period before two RedHawk goals in the final 5:21 put the game out of reach. Buckeye senior goalie Cal Heeter had 36 saves in the contest.

Game 2: Saturday in Columbus, Miami skated to a 5-1 win over the Buckeyes in front of 8,404 fans. The game was tied early, with freshman Al McLean scoring on a 5-on-3 for Ohio State (assisted by Ryan Dzingel and Devon Krogh), but Miami scored twice in 33 seconds later in the period for a 3-1 lead after the first period and added two goals in the second en route to the win.

Noting the Ohio State Squad
• The four members of the Ohio State senior class were honored pregame last Saturday vs. Miami - Danny Dries, Sean Duddy, Cal Heeter and Cory Schneider and the team's parents were recognized at the first intermission. Sunday morning, the 2011-12 squad and many parents and family members of the team gathered for the second-annual Senior Breakfast. Former Buckeye Chris Olsgard (2001-04) addressed the group. Saturday vs. Miami, Ohio State faced a penalty shot for the first time since Oct. 15, 2009 vs. Denver. Vs. the RedHawks, Cal Heeter saved Blake Coleman's second-period attempt.
• The Buckeyes are 8-5-3 on the road this season, with a 1-3-3 ledger in the second half of the season. • Ohio State is 8-2-3 when scoring first this year and 7-11-2 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.
• 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 were 1-for-11 on the power play against Miami, with a 5-on-3 goal Saturday. The squad has at least one power-play tally in three of the last four games.
• Ohio State tied its season low with two penalties for four minutes at Miami Friday night, matching the low first set vs. Lake Superior State Dec. 3. The team averages 12.3 penalty minutes a game to rank 41st in the nation.
• 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 (2-9-1) and has one comeback tie when trailing after 40 minutes (0-12-1). Ohio State has trailed by a goal in seven of its last nine wins and was down in the third period against Western Michigan Feb. 15 in its last victory.
• The Buckeyes are 13th in the NCAA and second in the CCHA averaging 32.39 shots per game. The squad has more than 40 shots in five games this season. Ohio State was held to just 23 shots vs. Miami last Saturday.
• The Buckeyes have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 12 games.
• In the Perani Cup standings, awarded for three star of the game honors in CCHA play only, Chris Crane led the Buckeyes with 19 points to earn the team's trophy, followed by Danny Dries with 17 points, Cal Heeter with 16 and Max McCormick with 14. In all, 15 Buckeyes were 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. Final Perani Cup standings are online at collegehockeystats.net/perani.
• Ohio State players earned eight league player of the week nods in 2011-12, 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 13-9-5 on the year and has allowed two or fewer goals in 14 of his 28 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.
• Including 36 saves at Miami last Friday, Heeter has 30+ saves in seven of his last 14 games, including a season-high 38 vs. Bowling Green Jan. 8 in a 1-1 overtime tie.
• Heeter is ninth in the Buckeye record book with 39 wins, three behind eighth-place Jeff Maund.
• Heeter has 2,376 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 .915 save percentage third as well.
• Heeter has played 5143:26 between the pipes in his career, with Steve Jones up next 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 eight games, with a 2-4 record. He has a 2.53 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and one shutout.

On the Blue Line
• As a team, Ohio State is tied for 25th in the NCAA in scoring among defensemen with 70 points. Junior Devon Krogh leads the Buckeyes with 14 points, followed by sophomore Curtis Gedig and senior Sean Duddy in second with 13 points each and freshman Ben Gallacher right behind with 12. Rookie Al McLean has 11 points, including a power play goal last week, to rank fifth. Freshman Justin DaSilva has four assists and points, junior Brandon Martell has two helpers and freshman Clark Cristofoli has an assist.
• Krogh has a career-high 12 assists and 14 points this year, his first campaign with double digits. He had a helper on a power play goal last week vs. Miami.
• 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.
• Gedig leads the Buckeyes with 69 recorded blocked shots. Duddy is second with 48, followed by McLean with 41 (including four vs. Miami last Saturday). Krogh has 40 recorded blocked shots, followed by DaSilva with 39.
• McLean leads the Buckeyes with a +7 mark this season. He is +1 or better in 11 games this year and in seven of the last 17 games.
• Gallacher had a four-game assist and point streak, with five assists in the stretch, stopped in the first game at Miami. He has a 1-11-12 line on the year.
• Gallacher finished CCHA play first in scoring among rookie blueliners with 11 points, with McLean tied for second with nine.
• Duddy ended CCHA play tied for 13th in scoring among CCHA defensemen with 12 points in league play, with Gallacher, Gedig and Krogh all tied for 15th with 11 points.
• In all games, Gallacher is third among rookie defensemen in scoring, with McLean ranked fourth.

Up Front
• Four Buckeyes have hit the 20-point mark this season. Sophomore Chris Crane and freshman Ryan Dzingel are tied for first with 24, followed by senior Danny Dries and freshman Max McCormick tied for third with 21 each.
• McCormick is 11th in the NCAA in rookie points per game (.84). He had a five-game point streak, with 6-4-10 totals in the stretch (and multiple points in all but one game), ended in the first game at Miami and has a point on 11 of the Buckeyes' last 17 goals. McCormick is third on the team with 10 goals this season.
• Dzingel ranks 19th in the NCAA in rookie points per game (.77) and leads the Buckeyes with 17 assists this year, including a helper vs. Miami Saturday. Dzingel has a point in four of the last six games.
• Dries, second on the team with 12 goals and tied for third with 21 points, enters the series at Notre Dame with 97 career points. He missed the series with Miami because of an injury.
• Crane leads the Buckeyes with 14 goals and 24 points this year after posting just four goals and 10 points in 37 games a year ago.
• Junior Alex Lippincott has a career-best five goals, six assists and 11 points this season, with all 11 coming in his last 17 games.
• Crane and McCormick finished CCHA play tied for 20th in scoring with 20 points. Crane was tied for fifth with 12 goals, wtih McCormick tied for 12th with 10 and Dries tied for 17th with nine. Dzingel was tied for 11th with 14 assists in conference action. McCormick was tied for seventh in power play points (10) and Crane and Dzingel tied for 13th with nine each. McCormick tied for the league lead with six power-play goals, with Crane tied for sixth with five.

Noting the Newcomers
• In conference games, six of the top 19 rookie point scorers (and two of the Top 4) in the CCHA this season were from Ohio State - Max McCormick was tied for second (20), Ryan Dzingel was fourth (19) and Tanner Fritz and Darik Angeli were tied for 10th (13). Ben Gallacher tied for 14th with 11 points to lead CCHA rookies in scoring. Al McLean was tied for 18th with nine points, ranking second (tied) among blueliners.
• In all games, Ohio State has two of the Top 5 scorers, with Dzingel third (24) and McCormick tied for fifth (21). Angeli is 13th (15) and Fritz is tied for 14th (14). Gallacher has 12 points to rank third among blueliners and Al McLean is fourth in rookie defenseman scoring with 11.
• The Buckeye freshmen are second in the NCAA in scoring with 121 points and are second in the country in points per game by freshmen (3.67). Mercyhurst is first in both categories (140 points, 3.89 points per game). Ohio State and Mercyhurst are the only schools with more than 3.00 points per game by freshmen, with the next squad Miami at 2.86.
• Freshmen have eight of the Buckeyes' 14 game-winning goals this year, led by Darik Angeli, who is tied for eighth in the CCHA 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 12 of the 13 skaters each playing in at least 14 games. 

Buckeye Fans Helping Out

The Buckeyes' jersey auction at the game vs. Ferris State Jan. 21 resulted in $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 Thursday
Thursday, 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.