Buckeyes Begin Postseason Play at Home vs. Ferris State
Ohio State swept Notre Dame in 2010 in its last postseason series in the OSU Ice Rink.
March 13, 2013
Ohio State vs. Ferris State
CCHA Tournament Quarterfinals
OSU Ice Rink - Columbus, Ohio
Friday, March 15 - 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 16 - 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 17 - 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
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The Ohio State men's hockey team (14-15-7, 13-10-5-1/4th CCHA) hosts Ferris State (15-14-5, 13-12-3-1/5th) in a CCHA tournament quarterfinal series this weekend. The No. 4-seed Buckeyes will take on the No. 5 Bulldogs in a best-of-three series at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday (and Sunday if necessary) in the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus. The series winner advances to the CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit March 23-24.
Ohio State/IMG Radio will carry the action between the Buckeyes and Bulldogs 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.
All quarterfinal games in the OSU Ice Rink will be streamed for free online through Buckeye Vision.
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Single-game tickets for the CCHA quarterfinal series are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. Everyone, regardless of age, must have a ticket. All seating is general admission and doors open 60 minutes prior to faceoff.
Tickets can be purchased online through Ticketmaster.com (go.osu.edu/CCHATix), by calling Ticketmaster (800-745-3000), in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or in person at the Ohio State Ticket Office in the southeast corner of the Schottenstein Center.
If a game three is needed, tickets will be available at Ticketmaster.com immediately after game two Saturday night. The ticket office in St. John Arena will open at 5:30 p.m. for sales and public will call Sunday.
The other quarterfinal matchups in the CCHA tournament include No. 1 Miami hosting Michigan State, which upset No. 6 seed Alaska on the road in three games in the first round, No. 2 Notre Dame hosting Bowling Green, which won in three games on the road at No. 8 Lake Superior State, and No. 3 Western Michigan taking on Michigan, which swept Northern Michigan in a first round series in Ann Arbor. (Note teams are reseeded after each round.) The Top 5 seeds all had byes in the first round.
Buckeyes Claim CCHA Honors
Led by senior goalie Brady Hjelle, a Top 3 finalist for CCHA Player of the Year honors and a First Team All-CCHA choice, a number of Buckeyes have been honored by the CCHA this week. Monday, defenseman Craig Dalrymple was named CCHA All-Rookie Team honorable mention and Tuesday sophomore forward Max McCormick was announced as the team's candidate for the CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Wednesday, Hjelle was named First Team All-CCHA, sophomore forward Tanner Fritz was honored as a Second Team All-CCHA selection and sophomore forward Ryan Dzingel picked up Honorable Mention All-CCHA accolades. Thursday, in addition to Hjelle's Top 3 standing for player of the year, head coach Mark Osiecki was named one of three finalists for CCHA Coach of the Year.
This is the first time Ohio State has placed two players on the first and/or second teams since 2005 when Nate Guenin and Rod Pelley were second-team selections. The last time the team had a first and second team choice was 2003 when RJ Umberger was a first-team honoree and Mike Betz was the second-team goalie. Hjelle is the first Ohio State player to earn first team all-league honors since Zac Dalpe in 2010 and the fourth Buckeye to nab a spot on the first team.
The Buckeyes are 14-15-7 overall and finished CCHA play in fourth place with a 13-10-5-1 ledger. The team is scoring and allowing 2.39 goals per game. Ohio State is 20-for-152 (.138) on the power play and 114-for-134 (.851) on the penalty kill. Last time out, the Buckeyes closed the regular season with a series split at No. 3-ranked Miami, winning the opener, 3-0, before falling in game two, 4-2.
Sophomore Tanner Fritz leads the team with 24 assists and 34 points, while classmate Ryan Dzingel is first with 14 goals and second with 33 points. Sophomore Max McCormick is third with 27 points and tied with junior Alex Szczechura for second with 12 goals each. Szczechura is fourth with 22 points. Senior goalie Brady Hjelle has played in 30 games, starting 29, and has a 2.00 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.
Celebrate the Legacy
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.
Noting the Buckeyes in the Postseason
Ohio State is 44-62-4 all-time in the CCHA tournament, with a 16-23 ledger in the quarterfinal round.
The squad is 21-5-3 at home in the postseason, with a 13-4-3 record in the OSU Ice Rink. Ohio State has won the last two series in the OSU Ice Rink, sweeping Notre Dame in 2010 and Bowling Green in 2009.
Ohio State earned a first-round bye and is hosting a quarterfinal round for the first time since the CCHA changed its postseason format for the 2005-06 campaign.
Last year, No. 9 seed Ohio State was swept at No. 8 Notre Dame, 2-0 and 4-2, in the first round of the CCHA tournament in South Bend, Ind.
The squad last played in the quarterfinals in 2009-10, sweeping Notre Dame at home in the first round to advance to the quarterfinals, where it lost in three games to top seed Miami.
The first-round series against Notre Dame in 2010 is the Buckeyes' last postseason series win. Ohio State defeated the Irish, 3-1 and 8-2, in that series.
Sixteen Buckeyes enter the series with Ferris State with postseason experience. Senior Devon Krogh has played a team-high eight games, followed by classmates Alex Carlson (6) and Brandon Martell (5). Krogh and Carlson both played against Notre Dame in the last CCHA tournament games in the OSU Ice Rink, while Martell was a healthy scratch and Jeff Michael was a backup goalie.
Ohio State vs. Ferris State in the Postseason
Ohio State is 7-4-2 all-time against Ferris State in the CCHA tournament. The teams last met in 2005-06, a two-game sweep by the Bulldogs in Big Rapids, Mich. The Buckeyes hosted the Bulldogs in Columbus the season before, winning in three games, including an overtime victory in the decisive game. The teams have met for three playoff series in the OSU Ice Rink, facing off in total goal semifinal series in 1980 (won by Ferris State) and 1981 (won by Ohio State). Ohio State swept a quarterfinal total goal series in 1984.
1980 CCHA Semifinals (total goals), OSU Ice Rink, Columbus, Ohio
3/7/80: #3 seed Ferris State 4, #2 seed Ohio State 4
3/8/80: Ferris State 8, Ohio State 4
1981 CCHA Semifinals (total goals), OSU Ice Rink, Columbus, Ohio
3/6/81: #3 Ferris State 3, #2 Ohio State 3
3/8/81: Ohio State 5, Ferris State 3
1984 CCHA Quarterfinals (total goals), OSU Ice Rink, Columbus, Ohio
3/2/84: #2 Ohio State 5, #7 Ferris State 2
3/3/84: Ohio State 6, Ferris State 1
1999 CCHA Quarterfinals, Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
3/12/99: #3 Ohio State 4, #6 Ferris State 2
3/13/99: Ohio State 3, Ferris State 1
2005 CCHA First Round, Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
3/11/05: #2 Ohio State 4, #11 Ferris State 2
3/12/05: Ferris State 1, Ohio State 0 OT
3/13/05: Ohio State 5, Ferris State 4 OT
2006 CCHA First Round, Ewigleben Ice Arena, Big Rapids, Mich.
3/3/06: #7 Ferris State 3, #10 Ohio State 0
3/4/06: Ferris State 2, Ohio State 1
Buckeyes vs. Bulldogs All-Time
Ohio State leads the series with Ferris State, 59-47-15, including 33-16-11 in Columbus. The teams met in Big Rapids earlier this season, splitting the series. Ohio State won the opener, 3-1, Jan. 11 before losing by the same score Jan. 12.
Ferris State, the NCAA runner-up a season ago, is 15-14-5 this season and finished fifth in the CCHA with a 13-2-3 ledger. The squad ended the regular season with two games at Michigan, falling 4-1 before skating to a 1-1 overtime tie. The Bulldogs average 2.62 goals a game and allow 2.38 an outing. The power play is 25-for-120 (.208) and the penalty kill is 133-for-155 (.858).
Junior Garrett Thompson is first on the team with 25 points and ranks second with 11 goals and 14 assists. Kyle Bonis has a team-best 17 goals and is second with 24 points. Travis Ouellette has 10 goals and 13 assists to rank third with 23 points. In goal, C.J. Motte is 14-13-5, with a 2.17 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.
Earlier This Season - Ohio State Splits Series with Ferris State
Behind 38 saves from senior goalie Brady Hjelle, and two goals from junior Chris Crane, Ohio State defeated Ferris State, 3-1, Jan. 11 at Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The Buckeyes led the Bulldogs 2-0 after the first period on goals by Crane and junior Alex Szczechura and the teams were scoreless in the middle stanza. Crane added his second of the game 1:52 into the third period to extend the Buckeye lead to 3-0. The Bulldogs got on the board at 11:13 but could get no closer, as Ohio State and Hjelle shut out Ferris State the rest of the way. Ohio State's penalty kill was 5-for-5 in the game and Ohio State blocked 17 shots.
In game two Jan. 12, Ohio State was unable to recover from a 2-0 first-period deficit and fell to Ferris State, 3-1. The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard at 13:33 and made it 2-0 32 seconds later. Neither team scored in the second. The Buckeyes cut the lead to 2-1 on a goal by Max McCormick at 7:54 of the third but could get no closer and the Bulldogs sealed the win with a late empty-net goal. Ohio State was outshot, 28-26, in the game, with Hjelle making 25 saves. Ohio State was scoreless on six power play chances and stopped the Bulldogs on two chances, including a five-minute major in the first period.
Last Time Out - Ohio State Closes Regular Season with Split at Miami
Behind 29 saves from senior Brady Hjelle, Ohio State shut out No. 3-ranked Miami, 3-0, March 1 in Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio. The line of junior Alex Szczechura and sophomores Tanner Fritz and Max McCormick paced the team with six points, as Szczechura and McCormick each had a goal and an assist and Fritz had two assists. The teams were scoreless in the first period before a power play goal by junior Chris Crane early in the second period put Ohio State ahead. Szczechura made it a two-goal game at 13:20 of the middle period and McCormick sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 1:19 left in regulation. The Buckeye special teams were 1-for-3 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill in the game.
In its final regular-season game in the CCHA March 2, Ohio State lost to league champion Miami, 4-2. Miami opened the scoring with a power play goal at 10:40 of the first period and made it 2-0 with a goal at 13:11 of the second stanza. The RedHawks added two more goals in the third for a 4-0 advantage. Ohio State scored twice late, with a power play goal from Craig Dalrymple and an even-strength tally Alex Szczechura, for the 4-2 final.
Buckeye This and That
Ohio State is 6-4-2 in its last 12 outings (after getting swept at Northern Michigan Jan. 18-19). In that stretch, the team is averaging 3.2 goals a game and allowing 2.8 an outing. The power play is 11-for-52 (.212) and the penalty kill has three shorthanded goals, stopping 37-of-44 opponent chances (.841). In those games, Tanner Fritz has a team-best 11 assists and 17 points. Max McCormick is second with 10 assists and 14 points, while Alex Szczechura has nine goals and is tied with Ryan Dzingel (5g, 8a) for third with 13 points each. Fritz and Szczechura are +8 in the stretch. Rookie defenseman Craig Dalrymple ranks fifth with eight points.
Ohio State has three or more goals in five of its last six games and is now averaging 2.39 goals a game on the season.
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's seven ties are the most in program history, topping the six the team had in 2009-10 and 1987-88.
The Buckeyes' fourth-place finish in the CCHA standings was the highest since the team was second in 2004-05. The only other time the team finished fourth was 2003-04, when it went on to win the CCHA postseason title, sweeping Bowling Green in the first round, defeating Notre Dame in overtime in the quarterfinals at Joe Louis Arena, topping Miami in overtime in the semifinals and downing Michigan in the championship game.
Ohio State is holding opponents to 2.39 goals a game and has allowed one goal or less in 14 games this year. The team is 16th in the NCAA in team defense. The team's four shutouts this season are the most since the 2008-09 squad had four whitewashes.
The Buckeyes have a power play goal in each of the last three and nine of the last 13 games (13-for-57, 22.8 percent). The squad was 2-for-9 at Miami.
The Buckeyes' 2.39 goals allowed per game average is the lowest for the program since the 2005-06 team limited opponents to 2.36 an outing.
Ohio State ranks 15th nationally on the penalty kill, stopping 85.1 percent (114-of-134) of its opponent chances. The team was 6-for-7 at Miami in its last time out.
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.
The Buckeye sophomore class ranks fifth in scoring nationally, combining for 124 points and 3.44 points per game. The squad's Top 3 scorers are all sophomores.
Just five Buckeyes - Ryan Dzingel, Tanner Fritz, Max McCormick, Craig Dalrymple and Justin DaSilva - have played all 36 games this season. Nine players have missed games with injury or illness during the year.
Ohio State had a season-low 16 shots in its 3-0 win at Miami March 1. It was the fewest for the squad since putting 16 on net Oct. 7, 2011 vs. Quinnipiac. The team's previous low this season was 19 vs. Western Michiga Feb. 15 in a 1-1 OT tie. Ohio State had 30 shots in game two at Miami and is averaging 29.4 shots a game on the year.
Ohio State's 3-0 win at Miami March 1 was its first over a Top 3 ranked team since winning at then-No. 2 Notre Dame, 4-3, Oct. 15, 2012. The shutout was the Buckeyes' first against Miami since Jan. 7, 2011 in Columbus (1-0). The win ended a five-game (0-4-1) winless streak for Ohio State vs. the RedHawks.
Between the Pipes
Goalie Brady Hjelle was named a Top 3 finalist for CCHA Player of the Year and the First Team All-CCHA goalie. He is the fourth Buckeye goalie to be named to the all-conference first team and the first since Jeff Maund in 1999. The last Buckeye netminder to garner all-league honors was second-team selection Mike Betz in 2003. Just one Buckeye - Paul Pooley in 1984 - has won CCHA Player of the Year honors.
Hjelle, who has played in 30 games and started 29, is 13th in the NCAA 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 24 of the team's last 25 games and played in 25 of the last 26.
In CCHA play, Hjelle finished second with a 1.89 goals-against average and .937 save percentage, along with a league-high four shutouts. He was a five-time CCHA Goalie of the Week.
Nationally, Hjelle's four shutouts in conference play ranked third across all leagues, while his conference goals against average ranked eighth and his save percentage was seventh.
Hjelle was the first or second star in 14 of 24 league starts, with a league-best 10 first-star honors and 62 Perani Cup points to win the Perani Cup (the first Buckeye to win the overall award, which began in 2000-01).
Hjelle is tied for fourth in the NCAA and tied for first in the CCHA with four shutouts overall this season. That mark ties for third in Ohio State history for a single season.
In his two-season Buckeye career, Hjelle has a 2.09 goals-against average and .932 save percentage, currently ranking first in program history in career save percentage and second in goals-against average. His season goals-against average (2.00) currently ranks second-best for a Buckeye in a single campaign while his .934 save percentage is first.
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 and has allowed two goals or less 20 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.
Buckeye sophomore forward Tanner Fritz won the CCHA scoring title, finishing the 28-game schedule with a league-best 32 points. He is the third Buckeye to win the crown, following Hugo Boisvert in 1998 and Paul Pooley in 1984. Fritz also led all CCHA players with 23 assists in conference action, the fourth Buckeye to pace the league in helpers (Peter Boyd '10, Boisvert '98, Paul Pooley '84). Fritz had two assists Friday at Miami and has a point in 11 of his last 14 games.
Fritz was named Second Team All-CCHA, the first Buckeye to earn second-team all-league honors since Sean Collins in 2007. He is the seventh Ohio State forward to earn a spot on the second team.
Fritz, who had two assists in the first game at Miami, leads Ohio State with 34 points on the year and is tied for 21st in the NCAA in assists per game (.67), posting a team-high 24. He had just six goals, eight assists and 14 points as a freshman last season. He has 11 points in his last five games combined (4g, 7a) and a point in 11 of his last 14 games.
Sophomore Ryan Dzingel was an Honorable Mention All-CCHA choice after tying for third in the CCHA with 28 points in conference action, tying for second in assists (18). He had a point in 21 of 28 league contests, including 12 of the last 14. He is the 29th Buckeye to earn all-league honorable mention accolades and the first since Matt Bartkowski in 2010.
Dzingel, who is second on the team with 33 points and first with 14 goals, had a five-game point streak ended March 1 at Miami but had an assist in game two vs. the RedHawks. 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 six-game point streak (4g, 6a, 10p) and has a point in 13 of the last 15 games. He ranks third on the squad with 27 points and is tied for second with 12 goals. McCormick had three points at Miami, with a goal and an assist in the opener and an assist in game two. McCormick finished CCHA play tied for eighth with 23 points, including 10 goals and 13 helpers.
Dzingel is tied for first in the CCHA and 14th in the NCAA in power play points with 16, including four goals and 12 assists. In league play, he finished first in points with a 4-11-15 line.
Junior Alex Szczechura, who had two goals and an assist in the series at Miami, has a career-high 12 goals, 10 assists and 22 points this season, ranking fourth on the team in points and tying for second in goals. He has a 9-4-13 line in his last 12 games combined, including a hat trick and four-point game vs. Western Michigan Feb. 16. He is +9 on the year to lead the Buckeye squad.
Fritz has won a team-high 348 faceoffs and taken a team-high 644 draws, with a .540 winning percentage. Tyler Lundey is second with 189 wins, followed by Travis Statchuk with 148 and Riley Simpson with 143.
Junior Chris Crane scored the Buckeyes' game-winning goal at Miami March 1, his sixth goal of the season and the fifth game-winner of his career.
On the Blueline
Freshman Craig Dalrymple was an Honorable Mention CCHA All-Rookie Team honoree and received votes for All-CCHA honors. He was fifth in scoring among league rookie defensemen with 10 points while playing in all 28 conrerence games. He is the 21st Buckeye to earn honorable mention all-rookie team accolades. His +9 mark in CCHA play was tied for eighth among all league blueliners and was second-best among freshmen.
Dalrymple was named the CCHA Defenseman of the Week March 4 after the Buckeyes' series at Miami. He had three points in the series, including his first two-point night with a goal and an assist March 2, blocked six shots and was +1 in each game.
Dalrymple leads the Buckeye freshmen and the Buckeye defensemen with 14 points, including 11 assists, and is on a four-game point streak, with a 1-4-5 line in the stretch. He is even or better in his last seven games, with a +1 or better mark in five. He is tied for fourth in scoring among CCHA rookie blueliners overall. His +7 mark on the season is third among CCHA rookie defensemen and tied for 12th among all CCHA blueliners.
As a team, Ohio State has 535 recorded blocked shots, while its opponents have blocked 448 of its attempts. The squad ranks seventh nationally in total blocks by individuals (492) and 10th in blocks per game (13.67). Against Miami, Ohio State had 19 blocks in game one and 17 in game two.
Sophomore DaSilva leads the team (and is 10th in the NCAA and sixth in the CCHA) with 70 blocked shots, followed by sophomore Al McLean and senior Brandon Martell with 49 each, junior Curtis Gedig with 48, and Dalrymple with 42. Every Buckeye skater has at least one blocked shot this year. (Individual blocks were not recorded in the series at Minnesota Duluth). Sophomore Tanner Fritz leads the Buckeye forwards with 26 blocked shots.
Junior Curtis Gedig, who received All-CCHA votes, had a five-game point streak (2g, 4a, 6p) ended March 1 at Miami. He is second in scoring lead among Buckeye defensemen with 10 points, including eight assists. Gedig has missed six of the last nine games with an injury.
Sophomore Clark Cristofoli has an assist in three of his last four games, with a +1 mark in three of his last four outings. His three helpers are a career best.
Freshman defenseman Sam Jardine ended CCHA play tied for ninth in scoring among league rookie blueliners with six assists in conference action.