Buckeyes Continue Homestand vs. Niagara this Weekend

Nov. 6, 2013

Ohio State vs. Niagara
Friday, Nov. 8, 7:05 p.m. 
Saturday, Nov. 9 - 8:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio 

• Buckeye Hockey Gameday Page: go.osu.edu/mhkygameday
• Ohio State Game Notes: PDF
• Video Preview: Coach Rohlik | Tomkins
• Live Stats: Friday | Saturday
• Live Video ($): Friday | Saturday
• Radio Friday: Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio 
• Radio Saturday: 1460 AM Columbus and Online
• Compete 2013-14 schedule: go.osu.edu/mhkysked1314
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team (4-4-0, 0-0-0 B1G) continues its seven-game homestand with two games vs. Niagara (1-4-1, 1-1-1 AHA) this weekend. The Buckeyes and Purple Eagles will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 8:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.

Follow Along
Friday night, Scarlet and Gray Sport Radio (ohiostatesports.net) will have the audio call, with a webcast available through the Buckeye Vision Subscription package. Saturday, Ohio State/IMG Radio will have the call on 1460 AM in Columbus, with an audio stream available as part of the Buckeye Vision subscription package on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The Big Ten Digital Network will produce the Saturday matchup, available online at video.btn.com. Buckeye Vision subscribers can watch the same live online broadcast through OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

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.

Parking Advisory
With men's hockey, women's hockey and women's volleyball all playing at home at 7 p.m. Friday, and home games throughout the day Saturday (including a men's basketball game at noon in Value City Arena), traffic is expected to be a little heavier than usual around the arena Saturday. Parking details and a map are here.  

Youth Hockey and the Buckeyes
Saturday is the first Youth Hockey Night of the season. All youth 13 and under wearing their youth hockey jersey are invited to the Ohio State lockerroom postgame for a tour and meet and greet with select hockey players. The second Youth Hockey Night is scheduled for Dec. 29 vs. Mercyhurst.

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.

Meet and Greet Scheduled Saturday
Postgame Saturday, select members of the Ohio State men’s hockey team will be available on the concourse level for a meet and greet with fans.

Postgame meet and greets are also scheduled for 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).

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.

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 began with the goalies and the ballot for the defenseman opened Wednesday and will be open through 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.

Buckeye Snapshot
Ohio State, under first-year head coach Steve Rohlik, is coming off a series split with No. 20-ranked Minnesota Duluth and has won four of its last five games. The squad is averaging 3.38 goals a game to tie for 13th in scoring in the NCAA and allowing 3.75 a contest. Junior Ryan Dzingel has eight points and is tied with classmate Max McCormick for the team lead with six assists each. Junior Darik Angeli and sophomore Tyler Lundey are tied for first with four goals apiece, while McCormick and junior Nick Oddo (3g, 4a) are tied for second with seven points. Oddo and senior Alex Szczechura are tied for third with three goals each. In goal, freshman Matt Tomkins has a 3.04 goals-against average and .901 save percentage. Oddo is first on the team with a +7 rating and senior defenseman Curtis Gedig is first with 14 blocked shots, followed by junior Justin DaSilva with 13.

Buckeyes vs. Purple Eagles
Ohio State and Niagara have met just twice. The teams first faced off Oct. 31, 1998, a 6-3 Purple Eagle victory at Marine Midland Arena in Buffalo, N.Y. Oct. 31, 2000, Ohio State skated to a 4-1 win in Value City Arena.

Niagara Notice
Niagara, which last played Oct. 25 and 27 in Colorado, losing games at Denver (5-1) and Air Force (7-4) is 1-4-1 on the year and 1-1-1 in Atlantic Hockey play. The team is averaging 2.5 goals a contest, while allowing 3.83 an outing. The power play is 3-for-29 (.103) and the penalty kill is 20-for-31 (.645). Mike Conderman is first on the team with three goals and share the point lead with Kevin Rand, who has a team-high three assists. Two freshmen have split time in goal. Adrian Ignagni is 1-2-1, with a 2.98 goals-against average and .914 save percentage. Jackson Teichroeb is 0-2-0, posting a 4.74 gaa and .869 save percentage.