Buckeyes and Falcons Set to Meet Tuesday
Captain Curtis Gedig
Oct. 10, 2013
Ohio State vs. Bowling Green
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7:07 p.m. - BGSU Ice Arena, Bowling Green, Ohio
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team will take on Bowling Green at 7:07 p.m. Tuesday in the BGSU Ice Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio. The non-conference game opens a home-and-home series between the teams, with the game in Columbus set for 7:05 p.m. Oct. 29 in Value City Arena.
BGSUFalcons.com will have live audio and video ($) of the game Tuesday, along with live stats. The links can be found on the men’s hockey schedule page or gameday page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Updates will also be on Twitter @OhioState_MHKY.
The Buckeyes are in a stretch of three games in five days, with a series vs. Miami Friday and Saturday and the 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 first 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 an exhibition tilt. All games will be played in Value City Arena, except for the March 2 game vs. Michigan, slated for Nationwide Arena.
With two of their three non-conference games vs. instate foes Miami and Bowling Green, Ohio State will leave Ohio for just two games (at Robert Morris, at Michigan) in the first half of the season.
Buckeyes vs. Falcons
All-time, Ohio State and Bowling Green have met 174 times (dating to 1966), with the Falcons ahead, 93-72-9, inclduing 56-27-6 in Bowling Green. In the last 16 meetings, however, Ohio State is ahead, 12-1-3. The teams have tied three of the last four matchups. In Bowling Green last year, Ohio State skated to a 1-0 win Oct. 26 before the squads tied, 1-1, Oct. 27. This is the seventh-consecutive game between the teams in Bowling Green.
The game Tuesday is the first time the teams are meeting as non-conference foes since Jan. 16, 1976. Ohio State and Bowling Green were founding members of the CCHA in 1971-72. The Buckeyes skated as an independent in 1973-74 and 1974-75, but rejoined in 1975-76 and remained in the league until last season.
The Last Time - Ohio State vs. Bowling Green
Behind 25 saves from Brady Hjelle and an unassisted Ryan Dzingel goal in the first period, Ohio State skated to a 1-0 win at Bowling Green Oct. 26, 2012 in the BGSU Ice Arena. Ohio State outshot Bowling Green, 28-25. Hjelle had eight saves in the first, 10 in the second and seven in the third. Neither team was able to score on the power play - Ohio State was 0-for-3 and Bowling Green was 0-for-5.
Ohio State rallied from a two-goal deficit en route to a 3-3 overtime tie at Bowling Green in game two Oct. 27. Ohio State trailed 2-0 early in the second period but scored three times in a 3:13 span midway through the stanza to tie the game and take the lead, with goals from Matt Johnson, Tanner Fritz and Tyler Lundey. A Bowling Green goal at 12:21 of the third period deadlocked the score at 3-all and neither team was able to find the back of the net the rest of the way. The Falcons won the shootout, 1-0 in four rounds, to determine the extra point in the CCHA standings. Buckeye goalie Collin Olson had a career-high 36 saves in the game.
Bowling Green, now a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, is 0-1-1 this season, skating to a 3-3 tie at Union before a 5-2 setback to the Dutchmen the next night on the road. The Falcons return 23 letterwinners from their 2012-13 team that was 15-21-5 overall and 10-15-3 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Among the returnees are Ryan Carpenter, who had 33 points a season ago, with 18 goals and 15 assists. Goaltender Tommy Burke, who was 5-6-2 last year, with a 2.57 goals-against average, also returns.
Last Time Out
Ohio State lost both games of a home-and-home series to No. 2-ranked Miami over the weekend. In the season opener for both teams Friday, the RedHawks skated to a 6-2 win in Value City Arena. Miami scored two 5-on-3 goals in a 1:04 span to lead 2-0 after the opening period and carried the advantage into the second intermission. The Buckeyes tied the game less than three minutes into the third period, with Darik Angeli scoring 20 seconds in and Chad Niddery lighting the lamp at 2:53. However, the RedHawks responded on the next shift, with Cody Murphy putting Miami back ahead (3-2) 29 seconds later. Miami regained its two-goal advantage at 7:39 and added late goals, including a third power play tally, for the final.
Saturday in Oxford, the RedHawks led 2-1 after the first period, with senior Alex Szczechura scoring late in the stanza. Miami extended the lead to 3-1 at 13:34 of the second but Szczechura netted his second of the game, again assisted by juniors Tanner Fritz and Max McCormick, for a 3-2 contest. Riley Barber responded less than a minute later on the power play (18:34) for a 4-2 Miami lead after two periods. In the third, extended the lead to 6-2, with a shorthanded, empty-net score at 17:14, before Tyler Lundey scored on the power play for the Buckeyes at 17:31 for the 6-3 final.
Freshmen in the Mix
Five Buckeye rookies saw action in the series vs. Miami. Forward Nick Schilkey and defenseman Drew Brevig skated in both contests, with Schilkey picking up an assist in game two for his first collegiate point. Saturday, Matt Tomkins made his first collegiate start between the pipes (making 32 saves) and defenseman Josh Healey and forward David Gust both skated in the contest.
Buckeye This and That
• Junior Chad Niddery’s goal Friday vs. Miami was the second of his career and first since Dec. 10, 2011 at Miami.
• The line of senior Alex Szczechura and juniors Tanner Fritz and Max McCormick combined for six points Saturday at Miami, with Szczechura scoring twice and Fritz picking up the first assist on both goals.
• Senior Alex Szczechura notched his third career multiple-goal outing Saturday at Miami. He had a hat trick vs. Western Michigan Feb. 16, 2013 with two goals against Lake Superior State Jan. 26, 2013 and Michigan State Nov. 12, 2010 as a freshman. Szczechura had a career-high 12 goals last season.
• Junior Tanner Fritz, who led the Buckeyes with 26 assists a season ago, had two Saturday at Miami, the 13th multiple-point game of his career and seventh multiple-assist outing. Classmate Max McCormick, who had 16 helpers in 2012-13, also had two assists vs. Miami, his 11th career multiple-point outing and his fourth career two-assist game.
• Sophomore Craig Dalrymple had an assist in each game vs. Miami and has at least one point in 9 of his last 10 games dating back to last season. He had seven-game assist and point streaks ended in the Buckeyes’ final game last season. He led the Buckeye rookies and blueliners with 17 points in 2012-13.
• Sophomore goalie Collin Olson started Friday night vs. Miami, his first start since Dec. 29, 2012 vs. Penn State and his first game action since Feb. 23 vs. Michigan State.
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.
Behind the Bench
The game Friday vs. Miami was 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.