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Buckeyes Heading to The Joe for CCHA Championship

Ohio State beat Ferris State in the CCHA tournament quarterfinals, two games to one.
Ohio State beat Ferris State in the CCHA tournament quarterfinals, two games to one.

March 21, 2013

CCHA Championship
Semifinals - Saturday, March 23
#3 Ohio State vs. #2 Notre Dame - 1:05 p.m.
#1 Miami vs. #4 Michigan - 4:35 p.m.
Championship - 2:05 p.m. Sunday, March 24
Joe Louis Arena - Detroit, Mich.

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Drop the Puck
The Ohio State men’s hockey team (16-16-7, 13-10-5-1/4th CCHA) heads to the CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit this weekend. The No. 3 seed Buckeyes will face No. 2 Notre Dame (23-12-3, 17-8-3-2/2nd) in the first semifinal at 1:05 p.m. Saturday, followed by a semifinal game at 4:35 p.m. between No. 1 seed Miami (24-10-5, 17-7-4-4 CCHA) and No. 4 seed Michigan (17-18-3, 10-15-3-3 CCHA). The semifinal winners will meet at 2:05 p.m. Sunday for the 42nd and final league title and the CCHA’s berth in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

Ohio State, a two-time winner of the CCHA postseason tournament (1972, 2004), is making its first trip to “The Joe” since 2005.

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The semifinal games will be televised by Fox Sports Detroit Plus, with Fox Sports Ohio carrying the Ohio State vs. Notre Dame game live around the state. The championship game will be carried by Fox Sports Detroit. The games may be available on other Fox Sports channels around the country, fans can check their local listings for their area. Ben Holden and Darren Eliot will call the action with Shannon Hogan rinkside.

Ohio State/IMG Radio will carry all Ohio State postseason action 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.

As always, available 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.

Ticket Info
Tickets for the CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena can be purchased online: http://go.osu.edu/CCHAtix. To purchase tickets in the Ohio State sections, fans should enter code “CCHA.”

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 regular-season and tournament titles) 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. Ohio State also won the Mason Cup as the league’s postseason champion in 2004.

Buckeye Brief
The Buckeyes are 16-16-7 overall and finished CCHA play in fourth place with a 13-10-5-1 ledger. The team is scoring 2.41 goals a game and allowing 2.38 goals per contest. Ohio State is 25-for-163 (.153) on the power play and 122-for-144 (.847) on the penalty kill.

Sophomores Ryan Dzingel, Tanner Fritz and Max McCormick lead the team in scoring. Dzingel and McCormick are tied for first with 15 goals and Fritz has a team-best 25 assists. Dzingel has a team-high 37 points, followed by Fritz with 36 and McCormick with 31. Junior Alex Szczechura is third with 12 goals and fourth with 23 points and has a team-best +8 mark. Craig Dalrymple leads the freshmen and defensemen in points with 17. Junior Curtis Gedig is second in scoring among defensemen with 15 points and Dalrymple and Gedig are tied for second with a +7 rating. Senior goalie Brady Hjelle has played in 33 games, starting 32, and has a 2.00 goals-against average and .935 save percentage.

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 with postseason CCHA accolades. Defenseman Craig Dalrymple was named CCHA All-Rookie Team honorable mention and 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. 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.

Buckeyes Beat Bulldogs to Advance to the Joe
No. 4 seed Ohio State defeated No. 5 seed Ferris State in a CCHA tournament quarterfinal best of three series, 2-1, in the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus last weekend to advance to the CCHA semifinals. The Bulldogs won game one, 4-2, before Ohio State tied the series with a 3-1 victory in game two and clinched the series with a 3-2 win in game three.
Game 1: Ferris State took a 1-0 lead in the CCHA tournament quarterfinal series with a 4-2 win Friday night in the OSU Ice Rink. Ferris State’s Kyle Bonis scored the lone goal of the first period. In the second, Ohio State scored twice in the first seven minutes of the period to take a 2-1 lead. Max McCormick tallied at 1:13, followed by a Tanner Fritz power-play goal at 6:55. Less than two minutes later (8:29), Justin DeMartino tied the game at 2 and just 1:24 into the third he put Ferris State back in the lead. Ohio State was unable to get the equalizer and Bonis netted his second of the game with 24 seconds left and the Ohio State net empty. Shots were 30-22 in favor of the Buckeyes.
Game 2: Saturday in the OSU Ice Rink, Ohio State scored three unanswered goals to force game three against Ferris State. The Bulldogs netted an early power-play goal but Ohio State responded with a PPG of its own from Ryan Dzingel to tie the game. Max McCormick scored the go-ahead goal at 14:30 of the second period and Nick Oddo sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 44 seconds left in regulation. Ohio State outshot Ferris State, 38-28, including 12-5 in the first period. Buckeye senior goalie Brady Hjelle had 27 saves in the contest.
Game 3: Behind 47 saves from Brady Hjelle, a third-period goal from rookie Anthony Greco and three assists from Ryan Dzingel, Ohio State defeated Ferris State, 3-2, in game three. The teams were tied at 2 after the first period. Max McCormick put Ohio State on the board just 1:32 into the game with a power play goal before the Bulldogs scored twice in 59 seconds to tie the game (at 13:31) and take the lead (at 14:30). Curtis Gedig tied the game at 2 with a power play goal with 1:10 remaining in the opening period. The teams were scoreless in the second period, with Hjelle stopping all 21 shots he faced. In the third, Greco put in the rebound of a Dzingel shot 3:33 into the stanza and the goal stood as the gamewinner as the Buckeyes and Hjelle held the Bulldogs off the scoreboard. Hjelle had 12 saves in the first period and 14 in the third.

Noting the Buckeyes in the Postseason
• 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 squad 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, defeating Miami in overtime in 2004 and Michigan State in 2005.
• 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. The squad has played in the tournament championship game (excluding round robin and total goals matchups) four times, with a 2-2 mark. The squad lost championship games to Michigan State in 1998 (in two overtimes) and to Michigan in 2005 (4-2).
• Ohio State entered the CCHA tournament as the No. 4 seed for just the second time in program history. The last time was in 2003-04, when the squad won the CCHA Super Six championship. That season, the squad became the first team in the nation to win its conference tournament after playing three games in three days for the title. It was the first school from outside the state of Michigan to win the CCHA championship since Bowling Green in 1988. That year, Ohio State beat No. 5 Notre Dame in the quarterfinals in overtime, 6-5 and No. 2 Miami in the semifinals in overtime, 4-3, before topping No. 1 seed Michigan 4-2 for the championship. The team did not lead the Irish or RedHawks until scoring the gamewinner in OT.
• Ohio State earned a first-round bye and hosted a quarterfinal round for the first time since the CCHA changed its postseason format for the 2005-06 campaign.
• The Buckeyes’ series win vs. Ferris State was its first series victory since sweeping Notre Dame in the first round in 2010.

Buckeyes vs. Irish
The Buckeyes lead the series with Notre Dame, 34-31-10, including 4-2-0 in the postseason. Ohio State swept the Irish in a first-round series Columbus in 2010 before the Irish swept the Buckeyes in South Bend in 2012 in a first round set. 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 defeated the Irish in overtime, 6-5, en route to the Mason Cup. Earlier this season, was 1-0-1 vs. Notre Dame in Columbus, with a 4-2 win and 2-2 OT tie.

A Look Back - Ohio State 1-0-1 vs. Notre Dame
Ohio State earned four CCHA points against then-No. 9/11 Notre Dame, with a 6-3 win in the opener Feb. 1 before a 2-2 overtime time Feb. 2. Notre Dame picked up the other league point with a 1-0 win in the shootout in four rounds.
Game One: A five-goal second period – including four power-play tallies – lifted Ohio State to a 6-3 win over Notre Dame Feb. 1 in Value City Arena. After trailing 1-0 following the first period, Ohio State scored three goals in a 2:03 span while on a major power play to take a 3-1 lead just 3:12 into the second period. The Irish responded with two goals in a 54-second span to deadlock the game at 3. The Buckeyes then broke the tie with a goal at 16:05 of the period and regained their two-goal advantage 1:46 later with a power play score. The final goal was an empty-net tally in the final minute of regulation to seal the win. Sophomore Nick Oddo led Ohio State with three points on a goal and two assists, while classmate Ryan Dzingel scored twice. Junior Curtis Gedig had two assists and junior Alex Szczechura, sophomore Justin DaSilva and freshman Anthony Greco each had a goal and an assist for a two-point night. Buckeye goalie Brady Hjelle had 29 saves in the victory.
Game Two: Behind a then-career-high 45 saves from senior goalie Brady Hjelle, Ohio State skated to a 2-2 overtime tie with Notre Dame Feb. 2. The Irish won the shootout, 1-0 in five rounds, to pick up the extra point in the CCHA standings. Ohio State led 1-0 in the first period on a shorthanded goal by sophomore Darik Angeli but the Irish tallied with seven seconds left in the stanza to tie the game. The teams traded power play goals in the second, with Sam Calabrese putting Notre Dame ahead at 11:22 and freshman Craig Dalrymple responding for the Buckeyes at 18:55. Hjelle had 14 saves in the third period, and added four in overtime, to preserve the tie.

Irish Info
Notre Dame is coming off a two-game sweep of Bowling Green in the CCHA quarterfinals in South Bend, Ind., with a 1-0 overtime win in game one and 3-2 victory to clinch the series. The squad was 17-8-3 in the CCHA to finish second and is 23-12-3 overall this year. The Irish average 2.95 goals a game and allow 2.21 an outing. The squad is 30-for-164 on the power play (.183) and 126-for-154 (.818) on the penalty kill.

Anders Lee leads Notre Dame with 19 goals and 37 points and shares the assist lead with Jeff Costello, Robbie Russo and Sam Calabrese with 18 each. Bryan Rust is second with 32 points and 15 goals and ranks third with 17 assists. Mario Lucia is third with 12 tallies. In goal Steven Summerhays is 19-11-2, with a 1.99 goals-against average and .921 save percentage. Mike Johnson is 4-1-1 and has a 2.36 gaa and .907 sv%.

Buckeyes vs. RedHawks
All-time, Miami leads the series with Ohio State, 69-62-13. The teams have met five times this season, with Miami leading the series, 3-1-1. In a series in Columbus Dec. 14-15, the teams tied 1-1 before the RedHawks won the series finale 3-1. The teams then met in the Three Rivers Classic in Pittsburgh, a 1-0 RedHawk win. The squads wrapped up the regular season March 1-2 in Oxford, Ohio, with Ohio State winning the opener, 3-0, before Miami claimed game two, 4-2, to clinch the CCHA regular-season title.

In the postseason, Ohio State is 3-7 vs. the RedHawks. The teams last met in the 2010 CCHA Quarterfinals in Oxford. Miami won game one (6-2) before Ohio State tied the series with a 5-4 overtime win. The RedHawks won the series with a 2-1 game three victory. The teams met at Joe Louis Arena just once, a 4-3 OT win for the Buckeyes in 2004. The RedHawks swept the Buckeyes in Oxford in 1997 and 1993 and in 1983 the teams split a series in Columbus, with Ohio State winning game one, 6-2, and Miami claiming game two, 6-4. The Buckeyes advanced to the CCHA semifinals after winning the total goals series vs. the RedHawks.

Miami Minute
Miami advanced to The Joe for the fourth-consecutive year with a 2-1 series win over Michigan State in Oxford, Ohio. The Spartans won game one, 3-0, before the RedHawks posted back-to-back 4-1 victories. The RedHawks won the CCHA regular-season title with a 17-7-4 ledger and are 24-10-5 overall. The team scores 2.54 goals a game and allows 1.62 goals an outing to rank second nationally. The power play is 26-for-166 (.157) and the penalty kill is 157-for-178 (.882).

Riley Barber leads Miami with 15 goals, 23 assists and 38 points, with Austin Czarnik second with 14 goals, 22 assists and 36 points. Cody Murphy is third with 10 tallies and Matthew Caito is third with 15 helpers. In goal, Ryan McKay is 12-5-2, with a 1.20 goals-against average and .954 save percentage to lead the NCAA. Jay Williams is 12-5-3 and has a 1.89 gaa and .926 sv%.

The Last Series - Ohio State and Miami Split Series
Ohio State and Miami closed out the regular season with a series in Oxford, Ohio, March 1-2. The Buckeyes won the opener, 3-0, before Miami won game two, 4-2.
Game 1: 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.
Game 2: 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.

Buckeyes vs. Wolverines
The Wolverines lead the all-time series with Ohio State, 72-33-11, with a two-game sweep of the Buckeyes Feb. 22-23 (5-3, 6-3). In the postseason, the Buckeyes are 2-10 vs. the Wolverines. Ohio State’s two victories both came at Joe Louis Arena, winning 4-2 in both the 1998 CCHA Semifinals and the 2004 CCHA Championship. Michigan swept Ohio State in two-game series in Ann Arbor in 1991, 1992 and 1995 and downed the Buckeyes in the 2003 CCHA Semifinals and 2005 CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Wolverine Wisdom
Michigan entered the postseason as the No. 7 seed in the CCHA tournament, winning two series to advance to championship weekend. The team swept Northern Michigan in Ann Arbor, 3-2 and 6-2, before winning two road games at No. 3 seed Western Michigan (4-3, 5-1). The squad is 17-18-3 overall and finished seventh in the CCHA with a 10-15-3 record. The team is averaging 3.21 goals a game and has allowed 3.29 an outing. The power play is 30-for-158 (.190) and the penalty kill is 129-for-152 (.849).

Alex Guptill is first on the team with 14 assists and 33 points and is tied for second with Phil Di Guiseppe for second with 19 assists each, behind leader Cristoval Nieves (21). A.J. Treais and Nieves are tied for second with 29 points, followed by Di Giuseppe with 19. In goal, Steve Racine is 11-5-3 with a 2.66 goals-against average and .895 save percentage. Adam Janecyk is 3-7-0 with a 3.46 gaa and .892 sv%, while Jared Rutledge has a 3-6-0 ledger, 4.24 gaa and .854 sv%.

Earlier This Season - Buckeyes Swept by Wolverines
In the regular-season matchup between Ohio State and Michigan, the Wolverines swept the Buckeyes in Columbus Feb. 22-23 with 5-3 and 6-3 wins.
Game 1: Ohio State lost to Michigan, 5-3, Feb. 22 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.
Game 2: In its regular-season home finale, Ohio State lost to Michigan, 6-3, Feb. 23 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.

Buckeye This and That
• The Buckeyes’ 16 wins this season are the most for the team since the 2008-09 squad had 23. The last three teams all finished the year with 15 victories (15-18-6/2009-10, 15-18-4/2010-11, 15-15-5/2011-12).
• Ohio State is 8-5-2 in its last 15 outings (after getting swept at Northern Michigan Jan. 18-19). In that stretch, the team is averaging 3.1 goals a game and allowing 2.7 an outing, with the power play 15-for-63 (.238). In those games, Tanner Fritz has a team-best 19 points, Max McCormick is second with 18 points and Ryan Dzingel is third with 17. Fritz ranks first with 12 assists, followed by Dzingel and McCormick with 11 each. Junior Alex Szczechura has a team-high nine goals in the stretch and Fritz and McCormick are second with seven tallies each.
• Ohio State has a power play goal in each of its last six games (7-for-25, 28 percent) and in 12 of the last 16 games (17-for-66/25.8 percent). The squad was 4-for-11 (36.4 percent) in its series vs. Ferris State.
• Ohio State has three or more goals in six of its last eight games and is now averaging 2.4 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 Buckeyes’ 2.38 goals allowed per game average is the lowest for the program since the 2005-06 team limited opponents to 2.36 an outing. The squad is 14th nationally in team defense this season. The team’s four shutouts this year are the most since the 2008-09 squad had four whitewashes.
• The Buckeye sophomore class ranks fourth in scoring nationally, combining for 136 points and 3.49 points per game. The squad’s Top 3 scorers are all sophomores.
• 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 39 games this season. Nine players have missed games with injury or illness during the campaign.
• Ohio State allowed a season-high 49 shots against Ferris State last Sunday. The team is allowing 31.1 shots on goal this season, while putting 29.6 shots on net.
• Ohio State was 8-6-4 at home this season, with an 8-8-3 ledger in road games. The squad is 0-2 in neutral-site matchups, losing both games at the Three Rivers Classic in Pittsburgh in December.
• The Buckeyes are 7-1-0 when leading after the first period this season, but 4-9-2 when trailing after the first and 5-6-5 when the squads are tied after the first 20 minutes.
• Ohio State has posted an 11-0-1 ledger when ahead after two periods but is 0-10-2 when trailing after 40 minutes. The team is 5-6-4 when deadlocked with its opponent entering the third period.

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. Zac Dalpe was a finalist for the 2010 honor.
• Hjelle, who has played in 33 games and started 32, is 14th in the NCAA with a 2.00 goals-against average. He is eighth in the NCAA and second in the league with a .935 save percentage. The senior has started 27 of the team’s last 28 games.
• Hjelle had a career-high 47 saves in the Game Three win over Ferris State (stopping all 35 shots he faced in the last two periods, with 21 second-period saves). It topped the previous high of 45 he had vs. Notre Dame Feb. 2.
• He has 13 games with 30 or more saves this season and has allowed two goals or less 22 times.
• Hjelle has 930 saves this season, the third-highest total for a Buckeye in the last 10 years behind Dustin Carlson’s 1,014 in 2008-09 and Cal Heeter’s 1,009 in 2010-11.
• 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 2.08 goals-against average and .933 save percentage, currently ranking first in program history in career save percentage and second in goals-against average, while his five shutouts are tied for fifth. 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 and his four shutouts are tied for third.
• 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.

Up Front
• Sophomore Max McCormick extended his point streak to nine (7g, 7a, 14p) with four points (and a goal in each game) vs. Ferris State in the quarterfinals. He is second on the team with 14 goals and ranks third with 30 points, all career highs. He has a point in 16 of the last 19 outings. McCormick finished CCHA play tied for eighth in the league with 23 points, including 10 goals and 13 helpers. He is tied for 10th in the CCHA in points and tied for sixth in goals.
• 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 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 had a goal in the opener vs. Ferris State and a helper in game three and has a point in 13 of his last 17 games. He is second on the squad with 36 points and has a team-best 25 assists, ranking tied for fourth and second in the CCHA, respectively. He had just six goals, eight assists and 14 points as a freshman last season.
• 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 had four points in the series with Ferris State, with a goal in game two and career-high three assists in game three (a point on each goal in the 3-1 win). He took over the team point lead with 37, tying for first with 15 goals and ranking second with 22 assists. He has a point in 14 of the last 17 games. Dzingel has surpassed his totals as a freshman of seven goals, 17 assists and a team-best 24 points.
• Dzingel’s three assists were a career high, topping the two-assist games he had six times prior (including twice this year). It was the second three-assist game for the Buckeyes this season after Fritz had three Feb. 16 vs. Western Michigan. • Dzingel (37) and Fritz (36) have the most points for a Buckeye since All-American Zac Dalpe had 45 in 2010.
• Dzingel is first in the CCHA and tied for fifth in the NCAA in power play points with 19, including five goals and 14 assists. In league play, he finished first in power play points with a 4-11-15 line.
• Junior Alex Szczechura is tied for fourth in the NCAA with seven game-winning assists and has eight total game-winning points this season. He has a career-high 12 goals, 11 assists and 23 points this season, ranking fourth on the team in points third in goals. He has a 9-5-14 line in his last 15 games combined, including a hat trick (the first of his career) and four-point game vs. Western Michigan Feb. 16. Szczechura is +8 on the year to lead the Buckeye squad.
• Fritz has won a team-high 388 faceoffs and taken a team-high 705 draws, with a .540 winning percentage. Tyler Lundey is second with 208 wins, followed by Travis Statchuk with 151 and Riley Simpson with 148.
• Freshman Anthony Greco scored the gamewinner in the third period Sunday vs. Ferris State. He has five goals, five assists and 10 points this season. The goal was his first since Feb. 1 vs. Notre Dame and was his second gamewinner this year.
• Junior Nick Oddo sealed the win for the Buckeyes with an empty-net goal vs. Ferris State in game two. It was his second goal this season and first since Feb. 1 vs. Notre Dame.

On the Blueline
• Junior Curtis Gedig, who received All-CCHA votes, had five points in the quarterfinal series vs. Ferris State to lead the Buckeyes. He had an assist in the first game, two helpers in game two and a goal and an assist in game three. He now has a 3-12-15 line this season, ranking second in scoring among Buckeye blueliners, setting a personal best in goals and matching his assist totals from both his freshman and sophomore campaigns. Gedig missed six games with an injury in the later part of the season.
• 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 conference 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 leads the Buckeye freshmen and the Buckeye defensemen in scoring with 17 points, including 14 assists, and is on seven-game point and assist streaks, with a 1-7-8 line in the stretch. He is even or better in nine of his last 10 games, with a +1 or better mark in six. He is tied for fourth in scoring among CCHA rookie blueliners and tied for 12th in scoring among all league defensemen. His +7 mark on the season is third among CCHA rookie defensemen, tied for fifth among CCHA freshmen and tied for 10th among all CCHA blueliners.
• As a team, Ohio State has 575 recorded blocked shots, while its opponents have blocked 493 of its attempts.
• Sophomore DaSilva leads the team with 73 blocked shots, followed by sophomore Al McLean with 54, Gedig with 53, senior Brandon Martell with 49 each and Dalrymple with 48. 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 27 blocked shots.
• Freshman defenseman Sam Jardine ended CCHA play tied for ninth in scoring among league rookie blueliners with six assists in conference action.

Up Next
The winner of the series between Ohio State and Ferris State will advance to the CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit March 23-24. Semifinal games are scheduled for 1:05 and 4:35 p.m. March 23, with the championship tilt at 2:05 p.m. March 24.


 

 

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