Ohio State Takes on Canisius This Weekend in VCA

Nov. 13, 2013

Ohio State vs. Canisius
Friday, Nov. 15, 7:05 p.m. 
Saturday, Nov. 16 - 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio 

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team (6-4-0, 0-0-0 B1G) closes out its seven-game homestand with two games against Canisius (2-5-0, 1-3-0 AHA) this weekend. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena.

Follow Along
Both games vs. Canisius will be broadcast online through the Buckeye Vision subscription package. Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio, Ohio State’s student-run radio station, will have the game online through OhioStateSports.net. 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.

Mid-Ohio Foodbank Drive
At both games this weekend, fans who donate two canned goods will receive a buy one, get one free ticket voucher for the game that night. All donations will benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Fans who already have tickets are welcome to bring items to donate to the foodbank.

Double the Fun
The Ohio State women’s hockey team is hosting Minnesota Duluth at 3:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena. Fans who attend the women’s game either day will receive a free ticket to the men’s game that night.

Family Night, Postgame Skate this Weekend
Friday vs. Canisius is Family Night. Fans will receive coupons to purchase four hot dogs, four drinks and one popcorn for $20.

Saturday is a postgame skate with the players on the Value City Arena ice. 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.

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.

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, has won six of its last seven games and is now 6-4 on the year after a two-game sweep of Niagara (4-1, 6-1). The squad is averaging 3.70 goals a game to tie for 11th in scoring in the NCAA and allowing 3.2 a contest. Ohio State’s power play is 10-for-56 (.179) and the penalty kill is 35-for-46 (.761) but held Niagara scoreless on 11 chances last weekend.

Junior Max McCormick is first on the team with 12 points and shares the team goal-scoring lead with classmate Ryan Dzingel with five goals each. Senior Alex Szczechura is first with eight assists and tied with Dzingel for second with 11 points each. McCormick and Tanner Fritz are second with seven helpers each, followed by Dzingel and junior Nick Oddo with six. Junior Darik Angeli and sophomore Tyler Lundey are tied for third with four goals apiece. In goal, freshman Matt Tomkins has a 2.76 goals-against average and .910 save percentage. He was injured Saturday vs. Niagara, is day to day and will probably not play this week vs. Canisius. Freshman Logan Davis saw his first collegiate action in relief last Saturday vs. Niagara, stopping 14-of-15 shots he faced.

Buckeyes vs. Golden Griffins
Ohio State and Canisius are meeting for the first time this weekend.

Canisius is a member of the Atlantic Hockey Association, where it is joined by Air Force, American International, Army, Bentley, Canisius, Connecticut, Holy Cross, Mercyhurst, Niagara, RIT, Robert Morris and Sacred Heart. Ohio State is 31-11-2 all-time vs. the current members of AHA, including sweeps of the RMU Colonials and Niagara Purple Eagles this year. Ohio State will host Mercyhurst Dec. 28-29 in its first series back from break.

A Buckeye at the Helm
Canisius is coached by former Buckeye Dave Smith. He was a four-year letterwinner for Ohio State from 1989-92 and posted 140 points, with 57 goals and 83 assists, in 126 career games, ranking 22nd in program history in career points. He was the Team MVP and led the squad in scoring in 1992 with 63 points, including a team-best 41 assists (the seventh-highest total for a single-season in program history). After graduating from Ohio State, Smith spent six years playing professional hockey, including five full years in the AHL. He also spent time coaching at Mercyhurst, Bowling Green and Miami. Smith is in his ninth season at the helm of the Golden Griffins and led the squad to its first conference title and NCAA appearance last season.

Golden Griffin Gossip
Canisius is 2-5 this year, with a 1-3 ledger in Atlantic Hockey Association play. The squad lost at Robert Morris, 6-1, last Friday before downing Mercyhurst, 4-3, Saturday. This marks the team’s second series in Ohio this season, after falling in two games at Miami Nov. 1-2 (3-0, 2-5). The squad is averaging 2.43 goals a game and allowing 3.86 a contest. The power play is 7-for-30 (.233) and the penalty kill is 23-for-33 (.697).

Senior Ben Danford leads Canisius with six assists and seven points and Kyle Gibbons and Patrick Sullivan share the team goal lead with three each. Matthew Grazen is second with five assists and tied with Gibbons for second with five points. In goal, Keegan Asmundson has played in three games and is 2-1, with a 2.33 goals-against average and .937 save percentage. Tony Capobiano is 0-4 and has a 4.79 gaa and .879 sv%. Cody Freeman, the son of former Buckeye letterwinner Mark Freeman who posted 135 points (58 goals, 77 assists) for Ohio State from 1978-81, is a junior on the Golden Griffins.