Ohio State 2012-13 Schedule Set
June 26, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - In 2012-13, the Ohio State men's hockey team will host 15 regular-season games in Columbus, while traveling for 21 contests including the Pittsburgh College Hockey Invitational. The Buckeyes, who will face six 2012 NCAA tournament teams during the regular season, will welcome Alaska, Northern Michigan, Miami, Lake Superior State, Notre Dame, Western Michigan and Michigan for two-game conference series and will also host Robert Morris as part of a home-and-home series.
After an exhibition game vs. Waterloo Oct. 7, Ohio State will travel for its first three series, starting at WCHA member Minnesota Duluth, the 2011 NCAA Champion and a 2012 NCAA tournament participant, Oct. 12-13, followed by a non-conference series at Quinnipiac, a member of the ECAC, Oct. 19-20. The Buckeyes will begin CCHA play with two games at Bowling Green Oct. 26-27.
After a bye week Nov. 2-3, Ohio State will open its home slate Nov. 9-10 with two games vs. Alaska, followed by a series with Northern Michigan Nov. 16-17. The squad will then hit the road for five games, taking on Lake Superior State Nov. 23-24 and Michigan State Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
A home-and-home series with non-conference foe Robert Morris, a member of Atlantic Hockey, is set for Dec. 7-8, with game two in Columbus. The first half of the season wraps up with Miami visiting Columbus for two games Dec. 14-15.
Ohio State will return to action Dec. 28-29 when it joins Robert Morris, Miami and Penn State, in its first year as a Division I program, in the Pittsburgh College Hockey Invitational at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, home of the NHL's Penguins. First-round matchups for the tournament have not yet been released.
Back-to-back road series open the second half of CCHA action for the Buckeyes, with two games at Ferris State Jan. 11-12 and a matchup with Northern Michigan Jan. 18-19.
Lake Superior State comes to town Jan. 25-26, the weekend NHL All-Star Game festivities will be held in Nationwide Arena. An afternoon game is planned for the Saturday matchup to allow fans to watch both the Buckeyes take on the Lakers and the NHL All-Star Skills Competition.
Three of the Buckeyes' four series in February will be at home. The squad will host Notre Dame Feb. 1-2 before traveling for a conference series at Alaska Feb. 8-9. Western Michigan visits Feb. 15-16 and Ohio State wraps up the regular-season home slate vs. Michigan Feb. 22-23. The final series of the conference schedule is two games at Miami March 1-2.
All 11 league teams will earn a spot in the CCHA tournament, with the Top 5 earning first-round byes and seeds 6-8 hosting 9-11 in first-round series. The Top 4 will host quarterfinal rounds, with those series winners advancing to the CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.