Oct. 24, 2013
Ohio State vs. Robert Morris
Friday, Oct. 25, 7:05 p.m. - Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Saturday, Oct. 26- 7:05 p.m. - 84 Lumber Arena, Pittsburgh, Pa.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team (0-3-0, 0-0-0 B1G) returns to action with a home-and-home series vs. Robert Morris (0-2-1, 0-0-1 AHA) this weekend. The teams will meet in Value City Arena in Columbus Friday and in 84 Lumber Arena in Pittsburgh Saturday. Puck drop both nights is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
For the game Friday in Columbus, Ohio State/IMG Radio will have the call on 1460 AM, with both an audio stream and live video available as part of the Buckeye Vision subscription package on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Saturday, RMUColonials.com will have live video, as well as radio on 970 AM ESPN in Pittsburgh and online. Audio, video and live stats links for both games this weekend, as well as all games throughout the season, are on the men’s hockey schedule page or gameday page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with ingame updates also on Twitter @OhioState_MHKY.
Tickets for all Buckeye hockey 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This season, when the Buckeyes score three goals in a game, all patrons in attendance will receive a coupon for free french fries from participating McDonald’s of Columbus and Central Ohio. If the Buckeyes hit the four-goal mark, the coupons will be upgraded to a free Big Mac instead of french fries.
For Raising Cane’s Power Plays this season, if the Buckeyes score on the power play, select fans in attendance will be rewarded with in-game prizes.
Youth hockey and the Buckeyes, Meet and Greets and Skates Scheduled
Again this year, any youth 13 or under wearing their youth jersey can receive one complimentary ticket to any regular season game in Value City Arena. The promotion is only available at the Schottenstein Center Box Office on game night.
On two nights - Nov. 9 vs. Niagara and Dec. 29 vs. Mercyhurst - all youth 13 and under wearing their youth jersey are invited to the Ohio State lockerroom postgame for a tour and meet and greet with select hockey players.
Postgame meet and greets for all fans, held on the concourse level postgame, are scheduled for Nov. 2, Nov. 9, Dec. 29, Feb. 1 and Feb. 15, with select players each night. Postgame skates are scheduled for Nov. 16 and Jan. 11 (fans must bring their own skates).
The Buckeyes are in a stretch of three games in five days - and seven in a nine-day period - with the series vs. Robert Morris Friday and Saturday, a game vs. Bowling Green Tuesday and two games at home vs. Minnesota Duluth Nov. 1-2.
Ohio State, under first-year head coach Steve Rohlik, is averaging 2.67 goals a game, led by senior Alex Szczechura and junior Darik Angeli with two each. Junior Max McCormick has a team-best three assists and is tied with Szczechura for first on the squad with three points each. In goal, sophomore Collin Olson started the first game, with freshman Matt Tomkins minding the net the last two outings. The squad is looking for its first win after losses in a home-and-home series vs. No. 2-ranked Miami Oct. 11-12 and at Bowling Green Oct. 15.
The Ohio State men’s hockey team is celebrating its first 50 years as a program this season. As part of the festivities, an All-Buckeye Team will be selected through a fan vote. One goalie, two defensemen and three forwards will be selected and recognized at the Buckeyes’ home game vs. Penn State Feb. 1.
Voting begins with the goalies, with the ballot for the netminders open now through Nov. 3. The defensemen will be up next, with that vote running Nov. 6-Dec. 3. Selection of the Top 3 forwards will open Dec. 16 and close Jan. 12. To vote, visit: go.osu.edu/Vote4AllBuckeyeTeam.
Votes should be based on a player’s performance during his time with the Buckeyes and based on his on-ice accomplishments. The nominees are all former Buckeyes who were first or second team all-conference selections and/or Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame inductees.
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. Colonials
All-time, the series between Ohio State and Robert Morris is tied, 3-3-2. Last season, the Colonials skated to a 3-2 win in Columbus Dec. 7 before the teams tied, 2-2, Dec. 8 in Pittsburgh. The series started in November 2007 with a 5-5 overtime tie in Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, followed by a 4-3 RMU win in Columbus. The next season the teams met in Mellon Arena Nov. 14 (a 4-0 Buckeye win) and then faced off in Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, a 7-4 Ohio State victory. The Colonials skated to a 4-3 win in Columbus Oct. 15, 2010 and Ohio State won 4-2 Dec. 30, 2011 in CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
The Last Time - Ohio State vs. Robert Morris
Last season, Ohio State was 0-1-1 vs. Robert Morris Dec. 7-8, 2012, falling 3-2 in Columbus in game one before coming from behind for a 2-2 OT tie in game two in Pittsburgh.
Game 1: Despite goals from Matt Johnson and Max McCormick and an 8-for-9 performance on the penalty kill, Ohio State suffered a 3-2 loss to Robert Morris Dec. 7 in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes took a lead just 1:51 into the contest on a Matt Johnson goal and killed off four penalties in the first period to maintain the advantage before an RMU goal with 35 seconds left in the period evened the score at 1. Ohio State again scored early in a period when McCormick tallied on the power play. A shorthanded goal by the Colonials, with Ohio State on a major advantage, again deadlocked the score late in the second. Robert Morris took its first lead of the night eight minutes into the third period when it scored on its eighth power play chance of the night. Ohio State put 20 shots on net in the third, and skated the final 1:41 with the net empty, but was unable to get the equalizer.
Game 2: Goals from defensemen Devon Krogh and Craig Dalrymple, along with 37 saves from Brady Hjelle, helped Ohio State rally from a goal down twice en route to a 2-2 overtime tie at Robert Morris Dec. 8 in 84 Lumber Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa. Ohio State trailed 1-0 after the first period but tied the game with a power play goal from Krogh at 4:50 of the second. The Colonials’ David Friedmann put RMU back head 1:53 into the second period and Robert Morris held on to the one-goal lead until Dalrymple scored off a faceoff win from Tyler Lundey with less than four minutes left in regulation. The teams combined for 77 shots in the game, with RMU edging the Buckeyes, 39-38.
Robert Morris is 0-2-1 on the year, with two 3-1 losses at Lake Superior State to open the year and a 3-3 tie vs. Niagara last Saturday to open Atlantic Hockey Association play. The Colonials, averaging 1.67 goals a game and allowing 3.0 an outing, have converted 3-of-20 power play chances (.150) and stopped 10-of-13 (769) opponent opportunities. Cody Wydo has scored two goals for the team, with Scott Jacklin leading the squad with three assists and four points. Terry Schafer has played all three games between the pipes and has a 3.29 goals-against average and .907 save percentage. Last year, Robert Morris was 20-14-4 overall and 13-11-3 in Atlantic Hockey. Wydo was first on the team with 21 goals and ranked second behind then-senior Adam Brace with 33 points. The squad also lost then-senior goalie Eric Levine, who played 35 games in net. Shafer saw action in four contests and had a 3.08 goals-against average and 1-2-0 ledger.