Ice Hockey

Buckeyes Kick Off 2013-14 with Exhibition Game vs. Toronto Saturday

Steve Rohlik leads the Buckeyes into the Big Ten in his first year as head coach.
Steve Rohlik leads the Buckeyes into the Big Ten in his first year as head coach.

Oct. 4, 2013

RELATED INFO
• Buckeye Hockey Gameday Page: go.osu.edu/mhkygameday
• Ohio State vs. Toronto Live Stats: Gametracker
• Video preview: Coach Rohlik
• Video preview: Captains Gedig, Dzingel and Fritz
• B1G Hockey PSA: http://youtu.be/jBEYwKb0ngY
• Compete 2013-14 schedule: go.osu.edu/mhkysked1314
• Ticket information: go.osu.edu/hkytix083013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team will kick off the 2013-14 campaign with an exhibition game vs. Toronto at 3:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena. Note the game time has been changed; it was previously scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start.

Follow Along
For the exhibition game Saturday vs. Toronto, Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio, Ohio State’s student-run online radio station, will broadcast: OhioStateSports.net. Gametracker livestats will be available through OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with updates on Twitter @OhioState_MHKY.

Buckeyes vs. RedHawks Next Week
The Buckeyes open the regular season with a home-and-home non-conference series against No. 2-ranked Miami Oct. 10-11. The Buckeyes and RedHawks will meet at 7:05 p.m. Oct. 10 in VCA in Columbus before facing off in Oxford at 7:05 p.m. Oct. 11.


 

 

Hockey in Columbus
In all, Ohio State will host 22 games during the inaugural season of Big Ten hockey. Two games vs. the other five Big Ten opponents are on the slate for the Buckeyes in Columbus, along with four non-conference series, single games vs. three teams and the exhibition tilt. All games will be played in Value City Arena, except for the March 2 game vs. Michigan, slated for Nationwide Arena.

Ticket Talk
Tickets for all home games can be purchased at the arena on game night, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, online at www.ticketmaster.com, in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or at the Ohio State University ticket office in the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Single game tickets are $11 for adults and $8 for student/youth and seniors.

Again this year, all Ohio State students will receive free admission to regular-season home games with a valid BuckID.

Fans interested in season tickets, a 10-game mini plan that includes all 10 Big Ten games in Columbus or group tickets should contact the athletic ticket sales staff for details. Account executives can be reached by phone (1-800-GOBUCKS; select option 2) or email (athleticsales@osu.edu).

B1G Hockey is Here
This season marks the first campaign for men’s hockey as an official Big Ten sport. Ohio State is joined in the league by former Central Collegiate Hockey Association rivals Michigan and Michigan State, Wisconsin and Minnesota, who both used to compete in the WCHA, and Penn State, which is in its second year as a varsity program. The teams will each play a 20-game conference schedule, taking on each opponent twice at home and twice on the road. All six teams will travel to Saint Paul, Minn., for the inaugural Big Ten Hockey Tournament March 20-22, 2014 in the Xcel Energy Center.

The first Big Ten Hockey Media Day was held Sept. 19 in Saint Paul, where all six league coaches and student-athletes from each team met with media members and TV partners to talk about the upcoming season. For a recap of the Buckeyes’ day, including photos and video, go online: go.osu.edu/B1GMediaDay.

Buckeyes vs. Varsity Blues
Ohio State is 3-1 all-time vs. Toronto. The teams last met Oct. 10, 1997, a 7-5 Buckeye win to kick off the season. The Buckeyes blanked the Varsity Blues Oct. 16, 1993 (4-0) and won in overtime the year before (5-4) Oct. 17, 1992. In November 1973, the Buckeyes fell to Toronto, 3-1, in a Thanksgiving tournament in Canton, N.Y.

It's Official
Saturday is the first day of official practice for Division I men's hockey around the country. The players have been holding captains practices, working with strength and conditioning coach Brian Unverferth and going on the ice with the coaches a limited number of hours each week.

Captain Gedig Joined by Alternates Dzingel and Fritz
After a team vote, Buckeye senior Curtis Gedig was named captain of the 2013-14 squad. He will be joined by juniors Ryan Dzingel and Tanner Fritz, who will wear the alternate captain "A" on their sweaters.

Gedig and Dzingel will be wearing a letter for a second-consecutive year after serving as captains for a majority of the 2012-13 season. Fritz wore a ‘C’ for a few series last year. Dzingel, McCormick Pick Up Preseason Honors Junior forwards Ryan Dzingel and Max McCormick were named to the Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch List, the Big Ten Conference announced at its media day. The 13-player team was selected by the six league head coaches.

Dzingel, from Wheaton, Ill., led the Buckeyes in scoring last year with 38 points, including a team-high 16 goals. He was an honorable mention All-CCHA choice after posting 28 points, with 18 assists, during the 28-game conference slate. Dzingel has played in 73 games for the Scarlet and Gray and has 23 goals, 39 assists and 62 points in his career.

De Pere, Wis., native McCormick had 31 points, on 15 goals and 16 assists, as a sophomore in 2012-13, including 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points in 28 conference games. McCormick has played 67 games as a Buckeye, with a 25-28-53 line.

Buckeyes in the Pros
When the NHL season starting earlier this week, five former Buckeyes were on NHL rosters. Defensemen Nate Guenin and Matt Bartkowski are with the Colorado Avalanche and Boston Bruins, respectively. R.J. Umberger returns to the Columbus Blue Jackets, while Ryan Kesler is with the Vancounver Canucks. Zac Dalpe joined Kesler in the Canuck organization after a trade from Carolina at the end of the preseason and was on the team’s NHL roster to start the year.

Behind the Bench
Steve Rohlik is in his first season at the helm of the Buckeyes and as a collegiate head coach. He spent the last three years as the associate head coach for the Buckeyes after 10 years on the staff at Minnesota Duluth.

Brett Larson joined the team over the summer as the associate head coach. An alum of Minnesota Duluth who spent time behind the bench with his alma mater, including its NCAA title run in 2010, Larson was the head coach and general manager of the Sioux City Musketeers in the USHL the last two years.

Joe Exter returns for a third season with the Buckeyes. A standout collegiate goalie who led Buckeye goalie Brady Hjelle to first team All-America honors last season, Exter came to Ohio State from the U.S. National Team Development Program.

Top 8 Scorers Back
Ohio State returns its Top 8 scorers from the 2012-13 campaign. Junior Ryan Dzingel had a team-high 16 goals and 38 points a year ago, while classmate Tanner Fritz led the team with 26 assists and was second with 37 points. Junior Max McCormick was second with 15 goals and third with 16 assists and 31 points. Senior Alex Szczechura also had double-digit goals a season ago (12) and was fourth with 23 points. Sophomore Craig Dalrymple led the Buckeye blueliners and freshmen with 14 assists and 17 points in 2012-13. Senior Curtis Gedig had a 3-12-15 line, followed by sophomores Anthony Greco (5-6-11) and Tyler Lundey (4-6-10).

Letterwinners Return
In all, 19 letterwinners return from the 2012-13 team that reached the CCHA semifinals – 12 forwards, six defensemen and one goalie.

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