Oct. 19, 2011
Ohio State at Michigan State
Thursday, Oct. 20 - 7:05 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 21 - 7:05 p.m.
Munn Ice Arena - East Lansing, Mich.
• The Buckeyes head to Michigan State 2-2 on the year, with splits against Quinnipiac and Notre Dame. Three of the four games have been decided by one goal.
• Ohio State has 13 newcomers this season, including 12 freshmen. The freshmen are averaging 4.0 points a game, in the Top 3 in the nation for points by a rookie class.
• Freshmen lead the Buckeyes in goals (Ryan Dzingel with 3, assists (Max McCormick with 3) and points (Dzingel with 5).
• Ohio State trails the all-time series (which began in 1964) with Michigan State by a wide margin, but is 13-11-1 vs. the Spartans in the last 25 meetings. The teams, which split series in East Lansing and Michigan State last year, will meet later this year on Buckeye home ice.
• Ohio State is playing back-to-back Thursday/Friday series to avoid conflicts with home football games (both night games vs. Wisconsin).
Drop the Puck
The Ohio State men's hockey team (2-2, 1-1 CCHA) heads to East Lansing, Mich., for its second-consecutive conference road series. The Buckeyes will take on Michigan State (1-3, 0-2 CCHA) at 7:05 p.m. Thursday and Friday in Munn Ice Arena.
Follow From Home
The Ohio State-IMG Sports Network will carry both games this week. 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 John Mowat will call the action.
Both games will be streamed online through MSUSpartans.com, with the game Thursday available free of charge. The Thursday contest will be televised by Comcast (Channel 900 in mid-Michigan). Matt Shepard and Lyle Phair will call the action with Rob Otto rinkside.
Live stats links for the series can be found on the schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. A live national scoreboard is available online at collegehockeyinc.com. Updates also are posted on Twitter/OhioState_MHKY.
The Buckeyes, under second-year head coach Mark Osiecki, are 2-2 on the year after splitting their first two series (home vs. Quinnipiac, at Notre Dame). The team has averaged 2.75 goals a game, while allowing 3.25. The power play is at 22.2 percent, with four goals on 18 chances, and the penalty kill is 23-for-27 (.852).
Freshman Ryan Dzingel has a team-best three goals and five points, with classmate Max McCormick first on the squad with three assists, ranking second with four points. Senior Danny Dries and freshman Matt Johnson each have two goals. In all, 13 Buckeyes have at least one assist, with Dzingel and junior Alex Carlson each recording two.
Between the pipes, senior Cal Heeeter has started three games and has a 3.19 goals-against average and .901 save percentage. Junior Brady Hjelle, with two games played, has a 2.82 gaa and .917 svpct.
McCormick Nabs CCHA Rookie of the Week Honors
Max McCormick, a freshman forward for the Buckeyes, was named the CCHA Gongshow Gear Rookie of the Week. He had a team-best three points in the Buckeyes' series split at then-No. 2 ranked Notre Dame. McCormick, from De Pere, Wis., had the first goal and multiple-point game of his collegiate career Saturday night in the Buckeyes' 4-3 road victory over the Irish. He had a hand in the Buckeyes' first three goals as they jumped out to an eventual 4-0 lead over Notre Dame. McCormick had the primary assist on Matt Johnson's goal to open the scoring at 6:20 of the first and the first assist on Devon Krogh's power-play goal less than six minutes later. McCormick then scored a power-play goal of his own, his first career tally, at 5:06 of the second. He was named the Perani Cup First Star of the Game for his efforts and his three points led all CCHA rookies on the weekend.
Buckeyes vs. Spartans
The Spartans lead the series with the Buckeyes, 79-25-8, but in the last 10 matchups the series is much closer, with Ohio State ahead, 5-4-1, and Ohio State is 13-11-1 in the last 25 matchups. In East Lansing, Michigan State holds a 44-8-3 advantage, although the teams have split three of the last four series on MSU home ice.
Last year, Ohio State and Michigan State split two series. The teams met Nov. 12-13, 2010, in East Lansing, with OSU winning the first night in overtime, 4-3, before falling in game two, 4-0. The Spartans shut the Buckeyes out in the next game (2-0 Feb. 4) but Ohio State closed the season series with a 4-2 victory.
Michigan State, under first-year head coach Tom Anastos, is 1-3 on the year, opening the year 1-1 in the Ice Breaker in Grand Forks, N.D., with a loss to Boston College (5-2) and win over Air Force in overtime (3-2). The team dropped two one-goal games at Lake Superior State last weekend (5-4, 3-2) to open its conference schedule. The Spartans are averaging 2.75 goals a game and allowing 3.75. The power play is 4-for-17 (.235) and the penalty kill is 9-for-10 (.900).
Senior Brett Perlini is first on the squad with three assists and five points and is joined by sophomores Lee Reimer and Greg Wolfe for the team lead with two goals each. Will Yanakeff and Drew Palmisano have each played two games in net. Yanakeff has a 3.50 goals-against average and .887 save percentage, with Palmisano posting a 4.03 gaa and .869 svpct.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes opened CCHA play with a series split at then-No. 2-ranked Notre Dame last weekend. The Buckeyes lost the opener, 5-2, but won game two, 4-3.
Friday, Ohio State took a 2-0 lead midway through the first period on the strength of two goals from senior Danny Dries, but Notre Dame scored five unanswered for a win in the conference opener for both teams. Dries scored at 1:31 and 10:10 before Notre Dame cut the lead in half with a goal at 17:35 of the first. In the second, Ohio State held the one-goal advantage until there were four minutes remaining. With two Buckeyes in the penalty box, the Irish converted the 5x3 chance to tie the game at 2. Notre Dame scored 3:19 into the third period for its first lead of the game. The Irish added two more goals, including an empty-netter, for the 5-2 final. Buckeye goalie Brady Hjelle had 30 saves as Ohio State was outshot, 35-21.
Saturday, the Buckeyes led 2-0 after the first period on goals from Matt Johnson and Devon Krogh and added tallies from Max McCormick and Dzingel in the second for a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes. The Irish scored an early goal in the third for a 4-1 Buckeye advantage. Notre Dame then scored at 17:16 to draw within two and added an extra-attacker tally for a one-goal contest at 18:35, but Ohio State was able to shut the door and post the conference win. McCormick led the Buckeyes with three points in the contest, including two assists. Dzingel also had an assist for a two-point night. The win Saturday was the Buckeyes' first over a team ranked second nationally since March 13, 2010 when it defeated Miami in the CCHA tournament quarterfinals.
• Thirteen new faces are on the Buckeye roster this year, with 12 freshmen and a junior goalie. All 13 have seen action in at least two games, with seven posting at least one point.
• Ryan Dzingel leads the rookies (and the Buckeyes) with three goals and five points, while Max McCormick is first on the team with three assists. Dzingel, McCormick and Matt Johnson all have potted their first collegiate goals. Other freshmen with assists include Matt Johnson, Darik Angeli, Al McLean, Chad Niddery and Ben Gallacher.
• McLean played in his first games last week at Notre Dame, while the others each skated in at least one game in the season-opening series vs. Quinnipiac.
• The class was ranked 14th by InsideCollegeHockey.com in their annual recruiting rankings, with Gallacher rated as the 20th-best defenseman.
• The freshmen range in age from 17 (Riley Simpson, who turns 18 in November) to 21 (Niddery, Angeli, Nick Oddo, Justin DaSilva). Simpson is the youngest player in the CCHA (according to collegehockeystats.net). There are currently nine 18-year olds playing in the league.
• The 12 freshmen are the most for the Buckeyes since the 2004-05 team welcomed 11 rookies.
• Dzingel had a goal and an assist Saturday at Notre Dame and has two two-point games in his four-game collegiate career.
• Dzingel is tied for second in the nation with two game-winning goals, with the GWG in both Buckeye victories this year. He is tied for fifth nationally in points per game among rookies (1.25). McCormick is tied for 11th (1.00).
• The Buckeyes are tied for third in the NCAA in scoring among freshman classes, averaging 4.00 points a game (through four games). Providence is first (6.50/two games), with Michigan second (4.50/4 games) and Minnesota (4 gp) tied with Ohio State.
Buckeye This and That
• With two tallies at Notre Dame last Friday, senior Danny Dries had the third two-goal game of his Ohio State career and first since Jan. 1 at Vermont. They were his first goals of the campaign.
• Sophomore defenseman Curtis Gedig marked his first assist of the year in the opener at Notre Dame. It was his first assist since Jan. 21 vs. the Irish. He had 12 helpers as a freshman last season.
• Ohio State has been outshot in all four games this season, allowing an average of 33.0 a game while putting 20.2 on net per game. Dries leads the Buckeyes with 17 shots, while no other Ohio State player has reached double-digits yet this season.
• With three points Saturday, freshman Max McCormick had the first three-point game for a Buckeye this season.
• Three of the four power-play goals in the series with Notre Dame were scored 5-on-3, with two for the Irish and one for Ohio State.
• Junior defenseman Devon Krogh's goal at Notre Dame Saturday was his first since Oct. 9, 2010 at Quinnipiac.
• The Buckeyes are in their only stretch of back-to-back CCHA road series this season. The team will play its next two conference series at home, hosting Alaska Oct. 27-28 and Northern Michigan Nov. 11-12 (sandwiched around a trip to Alabama-Huntsville).
• Three of the Buckeyes' four games this season have been decided by one goal, with Ohio State 2-1 in those contests. The team was 4-10 in one-goal games a year ago.
In the Pros
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.
At least six Buckeyes are on AHL rosters - Sean Collins/Hershey, Tyson Strachan/San Antonio, John Albert and Jason DeSantis/St. John's and Mathieu Beaudoin/Portland. Guenin was assigned to the AHL's Syracuse Crunch earlier this week.
In the ECHL, 10 former Buckeyes were on opening-night rosters - Patrick Schafer/Alaska, Chris Reed and Matt McIlvane/Cincinnati, Corey Toy/Greenville, Shane Sims/Gwinnett, Dustin Carlson/Ontario, Joe Palmer/Reading, Johann Kroll/South Carolina, Dave Caruso/Trenton and CJ Severyn/Utah.
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.
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 be back in Columbus Oct. 27-28 when they host Alaska in the home conference opener. Game time for the Thursday/Friday series is 7:05 p.m. each night.
Oct. 28 is a Buckeye Spooktacular. There will be Halloween festivities throughout the game and children and students are encouraged to wear their costumes to the game. There will be trick or treating on concourse, with special treats for children dressed in costume. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Following the game, there will be a Skate with the Buckeyes for fans who bring their own skates. Skate will not be available to rent at the arena.