Oct. 13, 2011
Ohio State at # 2 Notre Dame
Friday, Oct. 14 - 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15 - 7:05 p.m.
Joyce Center - Notre Dame, Ind.
• The games this weekend are the last for the Joyce Center, the home of Notre Dame hockey for the last 43 years, as the Irish get set to open a new facility. Ohio State and Notre Dame faced off in the final series in the OSU Ice Rink in December 1998 before Ohio State moved into Value City Arena. Both teams advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four in the final full year in their old building.
• The series this weekend opens conference play for both schools. Ohio State dropped its CCHA opener at Ferris State last year, but rebounded to win game two of the series.
• Ohio State had 11 freshmen skate in the season-opening series vs. Quinnipiac - eight forwards and three defensemen. Six recorded their first collegiate points, led by Ryan Dzingel who had a goal in each game and added an assist for a team-best three point weekend.
Drop the Puck
The Ohio State men's hockey team opens CCHA play at No. 2 Notre Dame this weekend. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Joyce Center in Notre Dame, Ind.
On Radio, TV and the Web
The Ohio State-IMG Sports Network will carry both games this weekend. The call will be available over the air on 1460 AM in Columbus and online for free at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye Paul Caponigri will call the action.
The game Friday will be streamed through UND.com. The contest Saturday will be televised by Comcast (Channel 900 in Michigan). Live stats from the series can be found on the schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or UND.com.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes opened the 2011-12 campaign with a 1-1 weekend against Quinnipiac, winning the opener, 2-1, before falling in game two, 4-3. Friday night, freshman Ryan Dzingel's third-period 5-on-3 power-play goal broke a 1-all tie and stood as the game winner, while senior goalie Cal Heeter had 35 saves in the Buckeye net.
Saturday, the Bobcats jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first period but the Buckeyes scored two second-period goals to cut the lead in half, with Matt Johnson and Cory Schneider tallying. In the third period, Dzingel scored an extra-attacker goal with less than a minute remaining to make the score 4-3. The Buckeyes had a few more chances, but could not get the equalizer.
It was the third-consecutive season Ohio State and Quinnipiac opened the season with a series. The win was the Buckeyes' first in a season opener since defeating Mercyhurst in 2007 in the Lefty McFadden Invitational. The Buckeyes defeated Wisconsin the next night to claim the tournament trophy.
Buckeyes vs. Irish
All-time, Ohio State leads the series with Notre Dame, 32-28-9, but trails the series in Notre Dame, 12-13-4. In CCHA regular-season play, Oho State leads 25-22-9. The last series on Irish ice was Oct. 30-31, 2009. In that matchup, Notre Dame won game one, 3-1, before the teams tied, 2-2, in game two and Ohio State won the shootout.
Last Time vs. Notre Dame
Last season, the Buckeyes split a home series with then-No. 8 ranked Notre Dame Jan. 21-22 in Value City Arena.
With points from 11 players, including six different goal scorers, Ohio State defeated Notre Dame, 6-1, in game one. The Buckeyes opened the scoring on a Paul Kirtland goal 4:50 into the game and the Irish tied the score at 1-all with a 5x3 goal at 18:11 of the first. In the second Danny Dries and Peter Boyd scored twice in 13 seconds to put Ohio State ahead. The Buckeyes added three goals in the third - from Travis Statchuk (on the power play), C.J. Severyn and John Albert - for the 6-1 win. Goalie Cal Heeter had 35 saves in the game.
In game two, the Irish opened the scoring with just 22 seconds remaining in the first period and extended the lead to 2-0 with a power-play goal 1:28 into the second stanza. Shane Sims responded 1:04 later with a power-play goal of his own, but Notre Dame regained the two-goal edge at 4:35, just 2:03 after Sims' tally. The final goal came at 15:56 of the third.
Notre Dame is ranked second nationally and was picked to finish first in the CCHA in both the media and coaches preseason polls. The Irish are expected to be led by 2011 CCHA Rookie of the Year T.J. Tynan and classmate Anders Lee, both preseason All-CCHA selections. Notre Dame was 25-14-5 last year and advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four, falling to Minnesota Duluth in the semifinals, 4-3. The team was second in the CCHA regular season with an 18-7-3-2 ledger.
The squad is coming off a 1-1 weekend at defending national champion Minnesota Duluth, dropping the opener 4-3 before rallying for a 5-3 victory Saturday night. In the series, Tynan had a team-best three assists and four points, with Lee scoring twice and adding an assist for three points. Billy Maday also had three pionts with a goal and two helpers. Steven Summerhays and Mike Johnson each played one game in goal, with Summerhays picking up the win Saturday with 21 saves. Johnson had 27 saves in the Friday loss.
• Ohio State had 11 freshmen play in the series with Quinnipiac, with four picking up their first career point. Friday, Ryan Dzingel had the first goal for the rookie class, scoring the gamewinner, with Darik Angeli netting the first assist. Max McCormick and Ben Gallacher each had an assist as well. Saturday, Matt Johnson recorded his first goal and assist, while Dzingel and Chad Niddery each had their first helper.
• Ryan Dzingel led the Buckeyes with three points in the series with the Bobcats, with a goal in each game and an assist Saturday.
• With a goal and assist each Saturday, Matt Johnson and Ryan Dzingel each had the first multiple-point games of their careers and for a Buckeye this year.
• Brady Hjelle, a junior in his first season at Ohio State, saw his first regular-season game action for the Scarlet and Gray Saturday night vs. Quinnipiac. He had 25 saves in the game and stopped the last 19 shots he saw after coming in late in the first period.
• Other Buckeyes to see their first collegiate game action included Riley Simpson, Nick Oddo, Tanner Fritz, Justin DaSilva and Clark Cristofoli.
Other Notes from the Quinnipiac Series
• Senior goalie Cal Heeter had 35 saves Friday, the 22nd time in his career he had 30 or more saves.
• Junior Alex Carlson had his first assist since Jan. 2 vs. Army with a helper Friday. He added another assist Saturday and now has multiple assists in a season for the first time.
• Sophomore Travis Statchuk had his first point since Jan. 21 vs. Notre Dame with an assist Saturday.
• Junior Devon Krogh was a team-best +3 against Quinnipiac Saturday night. He has been +2 or better in a game five times, including a +5 mark as a freshman against Michigan.
Leaders of the Pack
Seniors Sean Duddy and Cory Schneider were voted team captains for the 2011-12 edition of the Buckeyes. Duddy is in his second year as a captain, the 13th Buckeye to serve as captain at least two times.
The Buckeye Makeup
The Buckeyes return 15 letterwinners from a season ago, including nine forwards, four defensemen and two goalies. The squad adds 13 newcomers - 12 freshmen and junior goalie Brady Hjelle. The squad is dominated by underclassmen and includes just four seniors.
Duddy A Candidate for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Sean Duddy, a senior co-captain and defenseman for the Ohio State men's hockey team, is a candidate for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced last week. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Duddy is in his second year as a captain for the Buckeyes. A finance major scheduled to graduate in March, he has a 3.97 cumulative grade-point average and is a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honoree, as well as a 2011 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District IV First Team selection. He has served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Board since 2009 and participates in numerous community service ventures. Duddy has battled back from two serious injuries to be a consistent player for the Buckeyes. He has skated in 91 career games, recording a goal and nine assists for 10 points and is +9 in his career.
Duddy is one of 20 candidates for the honor. The list will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, with those names be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, Division I men's coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2012 NCAA Men's Frozen Four®, which will be held April 5 and 7 in Tampa.
On the Staff
Mark Osiecki is in his second year at the helm of the Buckeyes. Mark Osiecki is in his second year at the helm of the Buckeyes. The program had two staffing changes over the summer. Joe Exter has joined the program as an assistant coach, coming to Ohio State after spending the last four years with the U.S. National Team Development Program. He was a standout goalie at Merrimack and also has been an assistant coach in the USHL with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and at American International College. Exter has been on the U.S. staff at the World Junior Championship since 2009 and will reprise that role again this year. Layne LeBel, the team's volunteer coach in 2010-11, is now the Buckeyes' director of hockey operations. LeBel, who coached with Osiecki in the USHL with Green Bay and also coached at Notre Dame, will handle video operations for the Buckeyes along with other administrative duties.
In the Bigs
Seven Buckeyes began the year on NHL rosters - Nate Guenin/Anaheim, Matt Bartkowski/Boston, Zac Dalpe/Carolina, R.J. Umberger/Columbus, Rod Pelley/New Jersey, Dave Steckel/Toronto, Ryan Kesler/Vancouver (inj). Guenin scored for the Ducks in their season opener, marking his first NHL goal.
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 for FREE at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Links to the internet streams will be on the men's hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Herb Howenstine will be calling play-by-play, with former Buckeyes John Mowat, Luke Pavlas and Paul Caponigri providing analysis. The network will do all remaining games except the series at Alabama-Huntsville and Lake Superior State and the single game at Robert Morris.
Watch the Buckeyes
On TV: Ohio State is scheduled for six televised games this year. After three games on Comcast (Saturday at Notre Dame, Oct. 20 at Michigan State and Nov. 18 at Michigan), Ohio State will appear on BTN Jan. 13 when it hosts Michigan. The Frozen Diamond Faceoff against the Wolverines Jan. 15 will be televised by FS Plus and CBS Sports will carry the game at Miami Feb. 24.
Online: All Buckeye regular-season home games are scheduled to be streamed online, with the exception of the Jan. 13 game vs. Michigan that will be televised live on BTN. The games will be streamed through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com or BTN.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.
Become a Fan and a Follower
Keep up with the Buckeyes on the internet. Weekly and special releases, statistics, biographies and more can be found on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, the official site of Ohio State athletics. The team has an official facebook page - facebook.com/OhioStateMensHockey, as well as a twitter feed - twitter.com/OhioState_MHKY. To receive weekly email updates about the team, email BuckeyeHockeyReport@buckeyes.ath.ohio-state.edu.
The Buckeyes will remain on the road, traveling to Michigan State for two games Oct. 20-21. The team will be back in Columbus Oct. 27-28 when it hosts Alaska in the home conference opener. Game time for the Thursday/Friday series is 7:05 p.m. each night.
My Gameday - Tim Adams