Buckeyes Open Campaign with Home-and-Home Series vs. No. 2 Miami

Oct. 10, 2013

Ohio State vs. No. 2 Miami
Friday, Oct. 11, 7:05 p.m. - Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Saturday, Oct. 12 - 7:05 p.m. - Steve Cady Arena, Oxford, Ohio


• Buckeye Hockey Gameday Page: go.osu.edu/mhkygameday
• Ohio State Game Notes: PDF
• Ohio State vs. Miami Live Stats: Friday | Saturday
• Ohio State vs. Miami Live Video: Friday | Saturday
• Ohio State vs. Miami Radio: 1460 AM and Online: Friday | Saturday
• Video preview: Coach Rohlik
• Video preview: Seniors Statchuk and Szczechura
• Compete 2013-14 schedule: go.osu.edu/mhkysked1314
• Ticket information: go.osu.edu/hkytix083013
• Follow the Buckeyes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's hockey team takes on No. 2-ranked Miami in a home-and-home series this weekend to open the 2013-14 campaign. The teams will meet Friday in Value City Arena in Columbus and Saturday in Steve Cady Arena in Oxford. Puck drop both nights is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Follow Along 
The game Friday in Columbus will be broadcast on OhioStateBuckeyes.com as part of the Buckeye Vision subscription package, while the Saturday contest will be streamed through MURedHawks.com. Ohio State/IMG Radio will carry both matchups, over the air on 1460 AM in Columbus and online through Buckeye Vision. Live stats links both nights can be found on the men's hockey schedule page or gameday page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Updates will also be on Twitter @OhioState_MHKY.

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).

Behind the Bench
The game Friday is the first for Steve Rohlik as a collegiate head coach, who is in his first season at the helm of the Buckeyes. 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 during 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 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.

Open It Up
• The Buckeyes are 26-21-3 all-time in season openers, including a loss at Minnesota Duluth to open the 2012-13 campaign.
• The last time the squad opened its campaign at home was in 2011-12, a 2-1 victory over Quinnipiac. • Ohio State and Miami have faced off to open a year just once, a 3-3 overtime tie Oct. 10, 2008. Ohio State won a shootout in that contest, the first shootout in CCHA history. Ohio State has opened its home slate vs. the RedHawks twice, falling to Miami Oct. 19, 2007 (5-1) and topping the RedHawks, 9-3, Oct. 21, 2004.
• Since 1999-00, the Buckeyes' first full season in Value City Arena, Ohio State is 6-4-4 in its first home game of the season.

Busy Buckeyes
The Buckeyes are in a stretch of three games in five games, with the series vs. Miami Friday and Saturday and then a game at Bowling Green Tuesday. The squad will then be off until Oct. 25 when it opens a home-and-home weekend series with Robert Morris. That series begins a stretch of five games in nine days for Ohio State.

Home Sweet Home
Ohio State opens the year with nine of its first 12 games - and 14 of the next 18 - in Columbus. The squad's first two-game road trip is Jan. 17-18 when it plays at Minnesota in its first two-game Big Ten series on the road.

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.

Buckeye Broadcasts
This season, 14 of the Buckeyes' 20 Big Ten Conference games - at least one from 9 of 10 series - will be televised, with coverage on BTN, ESPNEWS, NBCSN, SportsTime Ohio and Fox Sports (North and Detroit). Home games not on television will be streamed online through the Buckeye Vision subscription package on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and/or BTN.com. The availability of non-televised road games online is dependent on the host school.

Again this year, Ohio State/IMG Radio will carry the majority of the Buckeye contests, including all postseason action. The games will be available over the air in Columbus on 1460 AM and online as part of the Buckeye Vision subscription package.

Games home and away will have live stats and updates on Twitter @OhioState_MHKY.

Prior to each game and series, links to follow along are available on the men's hockey schedule page and the men's hockey gameday page (go.osu.edu/mhkygameday) on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. A PDF schedule with current broadcast information is available online as well (go.osu.edu/mhkyskedpdf).

Buckeyes vs. RedHawks
All-time, Miami leads the series with Ohio State, 69-62-13. In Columbus, the Buckeyes have had the advantage, 36-24-8, while the RedHawks are ahead in the series in Oxford, 42-22-4. The teams met five times last season and Ohio State was 1-3-1 in those matchups. The squads last met March 1-2 in Oxford, a 3-0 Buckeye win in the opener before a 4-2 Miami victory in the season finale. In Columbus last year, the squads skated to a 1-1 tie Dec. 14 before a 3-1 RedHawk win Dec. 15. The teams also met in the Three Rivers Classic in Pittsburgh Dec. 28, a 1-0 win for Miami. This is the first time Ohio State and Miami are meeting not as members of the same conference since a 1-1 overtime tie in Columbus Nov. 27, 1979.

RedHawk Reader
Miami enters the season ranked No. 2 in the preseason polls and as the favorite in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference preseason media poll. The RedHawks are joined in the new league by North Dakota, St. Cloud State, Denver, Western Michigan, Minnesota Duluth, Colorado College and Nebraska-Omaha.

Miami returns 20 players from its 2012-13 squad that reached the NCAA tournament and won the CCHA regular-season crown. Among the returnees are goalies Ryan McKay and Jay Williams, CCHA Player of the Year Austin Czarnik who had a team-best 40 points and league rookie of the year Riley Barber.

Last Time Out: Ohio State 9, Toronto 1
In Value City Arena Saturday, Ohio State skated to a 9-1 win over Toronto in an exhibition game. Twelve Buckeyes had a point in the game, with seven picking up multiple points. Junior Tanner Fritz had a team-best four points on two goals and two assists, while sophomore Craig Dalrymple recorded two goals and an assist for three points. Senior Alex Szczechura and juniors Max McCormick and Justin DaSilva each had three points on a goal and two helpers. Senior Alex Lippincott scored twice in the victory. In goal, sophomore Collin Olson and Matt Tomkins split time. Ohio State's power play was 1-for-6, with the penalty kill a perfect 8-for-8.

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).

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

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.

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.

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.

Buckeyes in the Pros
On opening day of the NHL campaign, 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.