Buckeyes Open Campaign with Exhibition Game Sunday
The Buckeyes open the season with an exhibition Sunday.
Oct. 5, 2012
Ohio State vs. Waterloo (Exhibition)
Sunday, Oct. 7 | 2:05 p.m. | Value City Arena | Columbus, Ohio
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Exhibition Kicks Off 2012-13
The Ohio State men’s hockey team begins its 2012-13 competition schedule with an exhibition game against Waterloo at 2 p.m. Sunday in Value City Arena.
Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio, Ohio State’s student-run radio station, will carry the action live at OhioStateSports.net. Live stats can be linked from the men’s hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and in-game updates will be provided on the Buckeye men’s hockey twitter feed: @OhioState_MHKY.
Single-game tickets for the 2012-13 Ohio State men’s hockey home schedule can be purchased at the arena on game night. Advance tickets can be purchased 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.
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 four or eight game mini plan package or group tickets should contact the athletic ticket sales staff for details. Account executives can be reached by phone (614-292-0043) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
Regular Season Starts With Six Road Games
After the exhibition game Sunday, Ohio State will open its regular season with back-to-back non-conference road series, traveling first to Minnesota Duluth of the WCHA and then heading to Connecticut for two games with Quinnipiac of the ECAC. CCHA play begins the following week when Ohio State plays at Bowling Green Oct. 26-27. After a bye week, the Buckeyes will open their home schedule with two games against Alaska Nov. 9-10. It is the longest stretch of road games to open the regular season since 1998-99, when the squad played its first nine games away from Columbus as the Schottenstein Center construction was being completed. That year, the first home game was Nov. 13 vs. Michigan State.
Back In VCA
After their opening stretch of road games, the Buckeyes will have back-to-back series in Columbus, hosting Alaska Nov. 9-10 and Northern Michigan Nov. 16-17. In all, Ohio State will host 15 regular-season games in VCA.
Watch the Buckeyes
On TV: Five Ohio State games are scheduled to be televised this season. BTN will cover the Nov. 30 game at Michigan State, along with home games vs. Miami Dec. 14 and Michigan Feb. 22. Ohio State will appear on Comcast twice, first against the Spartans Dec. 1 and then at home vs. the Wolverines Feb. 23.
Online: All Buckeye regular-season home games are scheduled to be streamed online through BTN.com or Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Most road games are scheduled to be streamed as well. Check the men's hockey schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com for links to all video streams, both home and away.
Nearly every Ohio State game this season - as well as all postseason contests - will be carried by The Ohio State-IMG Sports Network, on the radio on 1460 AM in Columbus and online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and 971thefan.com. Links to the internet streams will be on the men's hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com prior to each weekend. Coverage starts with the CCHA opener at Bowling Green Oct. 26-27. After that series, the only games missing from the schedule are the Three Rivers Classic tournament in Pittsburgh and the road series at Alaska in February. (Note the schedule is subject to change.)
The Waterloo Warriors, based in Waterloo, Ontario, compete in the Ontario University Athletics association. The squad opened this year with a trip to Europe, where it played three games in Germany Sept. 6-9. In conference action, the squad lost at McGill Sept. 21 and defeated Concordia, 6-5, Sept. 22.
Ohio State and Waterloo have played three times, with the Buckeyes winning the last game, an exhibition, 6-2, at the Ice Haus in Columbus Oct. 4, 2003. The teams first met in a two-game series in Columbus Nov. 3-4, 1979. Ohio State prevailed in both games, 10-5 and 10-2.
Ohio State returns 21 players from the 2011-12 squad, including seven of its top eight scorers. Last year, now-junior Chris Crane and 2012-13 sophomore Ryan Dzingel shared the scoring lead with 24 points each. Crane had a team-high 14 goals and Dzingel led the squad with 17 assists.
Six new players have joined the Ohio State roster for this season: two goalies, Collin Olson and Peter Megariotis, defensemen Craig Dalrymple and Sam Jardine and forwards Anthony Greco and Tyler Lundey.
They Come From All Over
Minnesota ranks first on the Ohio State roster with seven Buckeyes calling the state home, as well as head coach Mark Osiecki and associate head coach Steve Rohlik. Ohio natives are second with four players staying in their home state for college, followed by three Canadian provinces - Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario - with three Buckeyes each. Wisconsin, with Max McCormick and Tyler Lundey, is the only other state with multiple Buckeyes. Last season then-freshman Darik Angeli became the first Buckeye letterwinner from Colorado, while classmate Nick Oddo was the first Nebraska native to earn a letter in program history. Other states and provinces Buckeyes call home include Saskatchewan, Illinois and California.
Ohio State ranked second in the NCAA last year in points per game by rookies, totaling 122 as a group and averaging 3.49 points per game. Freshmen were four of the squad’s top six scorers. In CCHA play, forward Max McCormick tied for second among all league freshmen with 20 points, while Ryan Dzingel was fourth with 19 points and forwards Darik Angeli and Tanner Fritz tied for 10th with 13 points apiece. McCormick was 11th in the nation in points per game by rookies (.81), with Dzingel tied for 22nd (.73). McCormick earned a spot on the CCHA All-Rookie Team, while Dzingel and defenseman Al McLean were honorable mention picks.
Twenty of the 2011-12 Buckeyes were named Ohio State Scholar-Athletes for posting a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, including 15 returnees for 2012-13.
Follow the Buckeyes
Don’t forget to follow the Buckeyes throughout the year on social media: facebook.com/OhioStateMensHockey, Twitter/ @OhioState_MHKY and Instagram/@OhioState_MHKY and online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.