Buckeyes and UMD Bulldogs Slated for Series in VCA this Weekend
The Buckeyes and Bulldogs split a series in Duluth last year.

Oct. 30, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's hockey team (3-3-0, 0-0-0 B1G) will host No. 20 Minnesota Duluth this weekend as part of a seven-game homestand for the squad. The Buckeyes will take on the Bulldogs (3-2-1, 1-1-0 NCHC) at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena in Columbus.

Follow Along
Ohio State/IMG Radio will have the call for both games on 1460 AM in Columbus, with an audio stream available as part of the Buckeye Vision subscription package on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. BTDN, BTN's digital network, will broadcast the games and it will be available both on BTN.com and as part of the Buckeye Vision subscription package. 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.

Buckeye Snapshot
Ohio State, under first-year head coach Steve Rohlik, enters the series vs. Minnesota Duluth on a three-game winning streak, with a sweep of a home-and-home series vs. Robert Morris last weekend and a 5-3 win over Bowling Green Tuesday. The squad is averaging 3.4 goals a game to tie for 16th in the NCAA. Junior Ryan Dzingel has a team-best six assists and seven points after a three-point night vs. the Falcons. Juniors Darik Angeli and Nick Oddo are tied for second with six points each, with Angeli leading the squad with four goals, followed by Oddo with three. Junior Max McCormick is second with five assists and tied with senior Alex Szczechura (2g, 3a) for fourth with five points each. In goal, freshman Matt Tomkins picked up the last three wins and has a 3.25 goals-against average.

Busy Buckeyes In Columbus
The Buckeyes are in a stretch of five games in a nine-day period - with a series vs. Robert Morris last Friday and Saturday, a game vs. Bowling Green Tuesday and the two games at home vs. Minnesota Duluth Friday and Saturday.

The Buckeyes opened a seven-game homestand Tuesday with a 5-3 win over Bowling Green and host seven of their last eight games before December break. The team will host two-game series each of the next three weekends, facing Minnesota Duluth this weekend, Niagara Nov. 8-9 and Canisius Nov. 15-16. The squad will then have a bye weekend before its first Big Ten Conference game at Michigan Nov. 29. The team will then close the first half of the season vs. the Wolverines Dec. 2 in Columbus.

Ticket Talk
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 (athleticsales@osu.edu).

The More the Buckeyes Score ...
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 their first power play of the game, fans in attendance will receive a coupon for a free chicken finger, while select fans in attendance will receive a buy one, get one combo offer coupon.

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 Saturday vs. Minnesota Duluth, 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).

All-Buckeye Team
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.

Last Time Out: Ohio State Downs Bowling Green, 5-3
Ohio State posted its third consecutive win, defeating Bowling Green, 5-3, Tuesday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes gave up an early goal to Bowling Green (2-2-2, 0-0-0 WCHA) before tying the game on freshman forward David Gust's first career tally late in the first period. Junior forward Ryan Dzingel gave the Buckeyes their first lead of the game late in the second period. In the third, the Falcons scored at 1:37 to deadlock the score at 2-all, but Ohio State junior forward Nick Oddo responded less than a minute later to push Ohio State ahead. The Falcons again tied the game on a goal at 6:36 of the third, but Buckeye junior forward Chad Niddery netted the eventual gamewinner a little more than three minutes later and an empty-net goal from junior forward Darik Angeli sealed the Buckeye victory.

Dzingel led the Buckeyes with a season-best three points on a goal and two assists, extending his assist streak to four and netting his first goal of the year. Gust, Angeli (who also is on a four-game point streak) and Oddo each had an assist for a two-point game, with Gust marking the first points of his Ohio State career. Sophomore blueliner Craig Dalrymple had a career-high two assists in the contest and joined Dzingel with a team-best +3 mark.

Buckeyes vs. Bulldogs
Ohio State and Minnesota Duluth are meeting for the second year in a row after facing off on the Bulldogs' home ice last season. The Buckeyes lead the series, 3-1-1, including a 3-2 victory last season in game two. UMD won the opener, 6-2, Oct. 12, 2012. The series between the teams started Dec. 29, 1974, a 3-3 tie in a tournament in St. Louis. In December 1979 Ohio State posted a 6-1 road win. The teams faced off in the Ohio Hockey Classic Dec. 29, 2006 in Nationwide Arena in Columbus, a 4-1 Ohio State victory. This weekend marks the first time the teams will meet in

The Last Time
Ohio State opened the 2012-13 season with a series split at No. 12/13 Minnesota Duluth Oct. 12-13, 2012 at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn. The Buckeyes dropped the opener, 6-2, before winning the finale, 3-2.

In game one, the teams were tied 1-1 just 2:56 into the game, with Buckeye Anthony Greco tallying the squad's first goal of the year, before the Bulldogs went on a three-goal run, including two goals in 20 seconds, to take a 4-1 lead after the first 20 minutes. Matt Johnson scored the lone goal of the second period to draw the Buckeyes within two, but UMD scored two power play goals in the third period and outshot Ohio State 14-6 in the stanza to seal the non-conference win.

In game two, a third-period goal from Max McCormick lifted Ohio State to a 3-2 win. The Buckeyes held a 2-0 advantage after the first period on goals by Alex Carlson and Tanner Fritz before the Bulldogs tied the game with two power play scores in the second period. Early in the third McCormick and Fritz converted a 2-on-1 to put Ohio State back on top and the Ohio State defense held strong to close out the nonconference victory. Collin Olson made 26 saves between the pipes for Ohio State. Fritz led the Buckeyes with two points in the game.

Bulldog Bio
Minnesota Duluth, a member of the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference, is 3-2-1 on the year and 1-1 in conference play with a series split at Colorado College. The team is coming off a home split with Notre Dame, falling in game one 3-2 before winning 4-1 Saturday. The Bulldogs average 2.5 goals a game and are allowing 1.67 an outing to tie for third nationally in team defense. The power play is 3-for-33 (.091), but the penalty kill is 33-for-36 (.917), ranking fifth in the NCAA. Joe Basaraba, Kyle Osterberg and Alex Iafallo all have two goals and two assists and are tied with Caleb Herbert for first on the team with four points each. Herbert and Carson Soucy each have a team-high three assists and Justin Crandall has a team-best three goals. In the net, Matt McNeely and Aaron Crandall have each played three games. McNeely has a 1-1-1 record, along with a 1.64 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. Crandall is 2-1-0, with a 1.68 gaa and .921 sv%.

Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik spent 10 years as an assistant coach at Minnesota Duluth under head coach Scott Sandelin. The Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA tournament twice during his tenure, including a Frozen Four appearance in 2004. Ohio State associate head coach Brett Larson, in his first year with the Buckeyes, is a graduate of Minnesota Duluth and coached at his alma mater for three seasons. He was on the staff when the Bulldogs won the 2011 NCAA Championship, as well as the 2009 WCHA playoff title (with Rohlik). Larson skated in 133 games for UMD, with 24 goals, 43 assists and 67 points, and was a team captain as a senior.

Streaking Buckeyes
Freshman Drew Brevig (1g, 3a, 4p), junior Darik Angeli (3g, 2a, 5p) and junior Ryan Dzingel (1g, 5a, 6p) each career four-game point streaks into the series with Minnesota Duluth. Angeli and Dzingel have a point in five of six games this season.

Oddo Named B1G First Star of the Week Junior forward Nick Oddo was named the Big Ten First Star of the Week for the week ending Oct. 27, the Big Ten Conference announced Tuesday. Each week throughout the 2013-14 season, the Big Ten will name a first star, second star and third star to honor top individual performers from across the conference. Oddo is the first Ohio State player to be named a Big Ten Star of the Week.

Oddo had three points to help lead the Buckeyes to a home-and-home series sweep of Robert Morris. He was the only Big Ten player to register multiple goals on the weekend. Oddo matched his career high with three points in the Buckeyes' come-from-behind win Friday in Columbus, as he and linemates Travis Statchuk and Matt Johnson combined for three goals and eight points. Oddo's first goal against the Colonials cut the Buckeyes' deficit to 2-1 and he then scored the go-ahead goal early in the second period for a 3-2 Ohio State advantage. He was +3 in the game to match his career best.

Columbus a Frozen Four Finalist
Columbus is one of 10 finalists to host a NCAA Men's Frozen Four in 2014-18, the NCAA announced Wednesday. The bid was for Nationwide Arena. Ohio State hosted the 2005 edition of the Frozen Four in Value City Arena, the last time the event was held on a campus. Joining Columbus as a host city finalists are Boston, Buffalo, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh , Washington, D.C., Saint Paul, Chicago and Tampa. The sites selected will be announced Dec. 11 via webcast on NCAA.com. In all, Columbus is a finalist for eight championships and the state of Ohio was the state with the most finalist selections (24).

Buckeye This and That
• Ohio State is averaging 3.7 goals a game, ranking 12th in the NCAA. The team has four or more goals in each of its last three games, including two five-goal outings (vs. Robert Morris, vs. Bowling Green). • The Buckeye power play is 7-for-36 (.194) this season and was held scoreless with the man advantage for the first time in five games Tuesday vs. Bowling Green. Sophomore Tyler Lundey has two of the Buckeye power play goals, while Alex Szczechura, Darik Angeli, Anthony Greco, Nick Schilkey and Drew Brevig have the others.
• Freshman goalie Matt Tomkins has picked up the win in each of the last three games. He had 28 saves Tuesday vs. Bowling Green, just shy of the career-high 32 he had at Miami in his first collegiate action Oct. 12.
• Junior Darik Angeli leads the Buckeyes with four goals (in six games) this year. He had four tallies a season ago, and lit the lamp 11 times as a freshman. Angeli had two points vs. Bowling Green Tuesday, his first two-point night since Jan. 20, 2012 vs. Ferris State and the third multiple-point outing of his career.
• Junior Ryan Dzingel took over the team scoring lead with three points vs. Bowling Green Tuesday, including his first goal of the year. He has a point in all but one game this season and in each of the last four outings. Dzingel led the squad with 16 goals and 38 points in 2012-13 and has seven points - including a team-high six assists - this year.
• Freshman Drew Brevig has four points this year to lead the Buckeye rookies, with a goal and three assists. He is on a four-game point streak.
• Freshman David Gust posted the first points of his Ohio State career Tuesday vs. Bowling Green, scoring in the first period to tie the game at one then adding an assist in the third. Buckeye freshmen have combined for four goals, five assists and nine points this year.
• Sophomore Craig Dalrymple had two assists in the win vs. Bowling Green, the first two-assist game of his Buckeye career and second two-point night. Dalrymple led the Buckeye blueliners in scoring with 17 points last year and has four this season.
• Junior Chad Niddery scored the third-period gamewinning goal against Bowling Green, notching his second tally of the year. He had just one goal in his first two years (49 games) as a Buckeye.
• Junior Nick Oddo has six points this year in the first six games. He entered the season with 17 points in his first 54 games for the Scarlet and Gray, including seven (2g, 5a) last year. He leads the 2013-14 squad with a +5 rating and is +12 as a Buckeye.
• Senior Alex Szczechura and junior Max McCormick both had four-game point streaks stopped vs. Bowling Green Tuesday. The duo are tied for fourth on the squad with five points each, with McCormick second with five assists.