March 19, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the final CCHA Championship, the Ohio State men’s hockey team will take on Notre Dame in the semifinals at 1:05 p.m. Saturday at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The second semifinal matchup features Miami facing Michigan at 4:35 p.m. The semifinal winners will meet at 2:05 p.m. Sunday, with the winner earning the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
Ohio State fans interested in attending the games in Detroit and sitting in the reserved Ohio State sections are encouraged to use the link below with the special offer code CCHA to order tickets. Each participating school has been allotted 200 lower bowl tickets at $25 and 100 upper bowl tickets at $10.
The semifinal games will be televised live by Fox Sports Detroit PLUS, with the championship broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit. Fox Sports Ohio has also picked up the coverage of the semifinal game between the Buckeyes and Irish and will carry it live throughout the state. Ohio State radio (1460 AM Columbus, espncolumbus.com) will carry all Buckeye action in the postseason.
Tournament website on CCHA.com
Championship weekend kicks off with the CCHA Awards show at Fox Theater in Detroit Thursday. The league’s postseason award winners will be recognized, with Buckeye senior goalie Brady Hjelle a finalist for CCHA Player of the Year honors and Mark Osiecki is a finalist for CCHA Coach of the Year accolades. Details on the show, including how to purchase tickets, are available here: http://www.ccha.com/fans_invited_to_2013_ccha_awards_show.aspx.
CCHA Media Call
Mark Osiecki, Ohio State head coach, and sophomore forward and leading scorer Ryan Dzingel participated in the CCHA media conference call today. Listen to the interviews HERE.
Ohio State (16-16-7), which finished the regular season fourth in the CCHA with a 13-10-5-1 ledger, is the No. 3 seed in the championship after defeating Ferris State in the quarterfinal round in three games. After dropping the first game, 4-2, the Buckeyes downed the Bulldogs 3-1 in game two to tie the series and then won game three, 3-2, behind 47 saves from Hjelle. The Buckeyes are making their first appearance at The Joe since 2005. Ohio State has played in the CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena 11 times. The team is 3-7 in CCHA semifinal games at JLA (and 11-12 in the arena all-time) but has won its last two semifinal matchups (2004, ’05). Ohio State has won the league’s postseason title twice, capturing the first trophy in 1972 at St. Louis Arena in St. Louis, Mo., and the 2004 Mason Cup in Detroit.
No. 9-ranked Notre Dame (17-8-3-2) is the No. 2 seed and finished second in the regular-season standings with a 17-8-3-2 record. The Irish swept Bowling Green in the quarterfinals with 1-0 OT and 4-3 victories. Notre Dame last played at The Joe in 2011.
This season, Ohio State and Notre Dame met in Columbus Feb. 1-2, with the Buckeyes winning 6-3 in the opener before the teams skated to a 2-2 OT tie in the second game. The Buckeyes are 4-2 all-time vs. Notre Dame in the postseason. The teams have met twice in first-round series. The Buckeyes swept the Irish in Columbus in 2010 before the Irish posted a sweep of the Buckeyes in South Bend in 2012. The teams’ other two matchups came in the CCHA quarterfinals at Joe Louis Arena. In 2003 the Buckeyes topped the Irish, 3-2, and in 2004 the Buckeyes downed the Irish in overtime, 6-5, en route to the Mason Cup.
No. 1 seed and regular-season champion Miami (24-10-5, 17-7-4-4 CCHA) defeated Michigan State in three games in the quarterfinal round to reach The Joe for the fourth-consecutive year. The Spartans won the opener, 3-0, before Miami posted back-to-back 4-1 victories. Michigan (17-18-3, 10-15-3-3 CCHA) is the No. 4 seed. The Wolverines entered the tournament as the No. 7 seed before sweeping Northern Michigan in a first-round series (3-2, 6-2) in Ann Arbor and winning two games at No. 3 seed Western Michigan (4-3, 5-1) to advance to The Joe for the 24th-consecutive year.