Drop the Puck The Ohio State men’s hockey team hosts No. 19 Northern Michigan in a two-game CCHA series in Value City Arena this weekend. The Buckeyes (2-2-3, 1-0-2-1 CCHA) and Wildcats (4-3-2, 2-2-1-0 CCHA) will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Follow Along For both games vs. Northern Michigan, Ohio State/IMG Radio will carry the action over the air in Columbus on 1460 AM and live online on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and ESPNColumbus.com, with Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye John Mowat on the call.
Both games against the Wildcats will be streamed online and accessible through the Buckeye Vision subscription package, which gives access on both OhioStateBuckeyes.com and BTN.com (Ohio State content only).
The Buckeye Hockey Gameday page (go.osu.edu/mhkygameday) and the men’s hockey schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com has links to video, audio and live stats links for both games this weekend.
Double the Hockey in VCA This weekend, the No. 8/9 Ohio State women’s hockey team will host Wisconsin in Value City Arena, marking the first women’s games in VCA. Fans who attend the women’s game Friday will receive two free tickets for the men’s game vs. Northern Michigan Friday night. Fans who attend the women’s game Saturday will receive two free tickets to the men’s game that night and also a free water bottle (while supplies last).
Ticket Info Single-game tickets for the 2012-13 Ohio State men’s hockey home schedule can be purchased at the arena on game night and are $11 for adults and $8 for youth. Advance tickets can be purchased 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.
Again this year, all Ohio State students will receive free admission to regular-season home games with a valid BuckID. Students in eighth grade and younger who wear their youth team hockey jerseys to Value City Arena on game night also receive free admission.
Fans interested in season tickets, a four or eight game mini plan package or group tickets should contact the athletic ticket sales staff for details. Account executives can be reached by phone (614-292-0043) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Group tickets (10 or more) are available starting at $6 each when purchased in advance.
Movember The Buckeyes are growing mustaches as part of the Movember movement to help raise money and bring awareness to men’s health issues. Fans can follow along with their progress online: go.osu.edu/mhkymovember, with photos updated weekly.
Buckeyes in Brief The Buckeyes enter the weekend 2-3-3 and are 1-1-2-1 in the CCHA after a 1-1 overtime tie/shootout win and 3-1 loss at home vs. Alaska last week. The squad is fourth in the CCHA in team defense, holding opponents to 2.38 goals per game, while scoring 1.62 an outing. The power play scored its second goal last Saturday vs. Alaska (2-for-38/5.3%), while the penalty kill is 33-for-40 (82.5%) and has allowed just two goals in the last six games.
Sophomore Max McCormick leads the squad with three assists and five points, with classmate Matt Johnson leading the team with three goals. Sophomores Tanner Fritz and Ryan Dzingel are tied four second with four points, posting two goals and two assists each. In goal, senior Brady Hjelle and freshman Collin Olson have split time. Hjelle is 1-1-2 with a 1.92 goals-against average and .939 save percentage, while Olson is 1-2-1, posting a 2.47 gaa and .928 svpct.
Between the Pipes Ohio State goalies senior Brady Hjelle and freshman Collin Olson have split starts the first four series. Hjelle is second in the CCHA and 12th in the NCAA with a 1.92 goals-against average and ranks first in the league and seventh nationally with a .939 save percentage. He had 34 saves on 35 shots in the Buckeyes’ 1-1 overtime tie vs. Alaska last week and added four saves in the shootout win. He has allowed two goals in his last three starts combined and has 30-plus saves in three of four starts on the year. In his two CCHA starts Hjelle has a .48 goals-against average and .983 save percentage.
Olson has a 2.47 goals-against average to rank second among CCHA rookies and his .928 save percentage is first among league freshmen. He had a career-high 42 saves in the Buckeyes’ 3-1 loss last Saturday vs. Alaska.
Last Time Out - Buckeyes vs. Nanooks Game 1: Ohio State opened its home schedule with a 1-1 tie and shootout win vs. Alaska Friday night in Value City Arena. After a scoreless first period, Alaska took a 1-0 lead on Colton Parayko’s 5-on-3 power play goal 5:05 into the second period. Buckeye sophomore Max McCormick scored just 15 seconds into the third period to deadlock the game and neither team was able to break the tie the rest of the way. The game went to a shootout to determine the extra CCHA point. Riley Simpson put Ohio State on the board in the first round and Ryan Dzingel scored the shootout winner in the sixth round after a save by Hjelle to open the round. Hjelle had 34 saves in the game, with Alaska goalie John Keeney making 33 stops. Ohio State was 0-for-8 on the power play in the contest, with Alaska 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
Game 2: Despite 42 saves from freshman goalie Collin Olson and a first-period 5-on-3 power play goal from junior Chris Crane, the Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to Alaska, 3-1, Saturday night in VCA. The teams combined for 34 shots in the first period, with Olson stopping all 16 shots he faced. The Nanooks scored the only goal of the second period on the power play to tie the game at 1. Alaska took its first lead 7:39 into the third period and sealed the win with a shorthanded goal with 1:18 remaining in regulation. The Buckeye penalty kill was 6-for-7 in the game and stopped an extended 5-on-3 in the second period along with a major power play.
Buckeyes vs. Wildcats Ohio State trails the all-time series with Northern Michigan, 35-36-3, but leads in Columbus, 23-9-1.The Buckeyes swept the Wildcats in Columbus last year with back-to-back 4-1 wins Nov. 11-12. The squads will meet in Marquette Jan. 18-19.
Wildcat Writeup Northern Michigan, ranked 19th in the USCHO.com poll, enters the series 4-4-2 overall and 1-3-2 in the CCHA. The squad is coming off a loss and tie at Miami (L 2-4, T OT 2-2/SL). The squad was swept at home by Notre Dame to open its CCHA schedule before going 1-0-1 (T OT 4-4/SL, W 4-3) vs. Michigan in Marquette the next week. The squad is averaging 2.6 goals a game while allowing 3.1 an outing. The power play is 17.1 percent (7-for-41) and the penalty kill is 74.4 percent (29-for-39).
Matt Thurber leads the team with 11 assists and 12 points. Cohen Adair has a team-best five goals, followed by Reed Seckel and Ryan Daugherty with four each. In goal Jared Coreau has a 4-4-2 record, with a 2.97 goals-against average and .902 save percentage.
Buckeyes vs. Wildcats in 2011-12 The Buckeyes posted back-to-back 4-1 wins at home against Northern Michigan Nov. 11-12, 2011 in the last series between the teams.
In game one Nov. 11, 2011, a three-goal third period lifted Ohio State to a 4-1 victory over No. 14/15 Northern Michigan. The Wildcats had the only first-period goal for a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes. Just 1:16 into the second Buckeye Alex Szczechura tied the game at 1-all. The game remained deadlocked until Chris Crane’s tally with the Buckeyes on a major power play in the third. Cory Schneider then scored an even-strength goal at 17:28 and tallied with the Wildcat net empty at 18:51. Ohio State outshot the Wildcats, 38-13, in the win, including 33-7 over the final two periods (21-4 in the third). Crane had a goal and an assist for a two-point game, while defenseman Al McLean had two helpers in the victory.
In game two, Ohio State led the game 1-0 after the opening period and 2-0 after the second stanza on goals by Danny Dries and Nick Oddo. The Wildcats cut the lead in half with a tally at 3:12 of the third period but Ohio State responded with a power-play goal from Curtis Gedig 1:02 later to regain the two-goal advantage and added a tally from Alex Lippincott at 7:06 for a three-goal lead. Gedig, Lippincott, Oddo and Dries each added an assist in the game for a two-point night. Goalie Cal Heeter had 18 saves, as Ohio State outshot the Wildcats, 38-19.
BUCKEYE THIS AND THAT • Sophomore Max McCormick leads the Buckeyes with five points and has a point in five of eight games on the year. He scored the game-tying goal in the third period vs. Alaska Friday night. • The Nanooks’ power play goal Friday night was the first allowed by the Buckeyes in five games and ended a streak of 16-consecutive penalties killed. The team was 9-for-11 on the penalty kill in the series with the Nanooks, including holding them scoreless on a major opportunity. • Ohio State is in the midst of a four-game homestand. After the series vs. the NMU Wildcats, the squad will hit the road for games at Lake Superior State and Michigan State before returning home to host Robert Morris in game one of a home-and-home series. Prior to the new year, the team’s final two games in Columbus will be Dec. 14-15 when it hosts Miami. Eight of the squad’s last 12 games will be home games to close out the regular season. • Ohio State’s shootout win vs. Alaska Friday night was its first since defeating the Nanooks in a shootout Oct. 27, 2011. The team lost its first shootout of this season and its final four last year. Riley Simpson and Ryan Dzingel scored in the shootout vs. Alaska. • Junior Curtis Gedig’s assist vs. Alaska Friday was his first of the season and Chris Crane netted his first goal of the season Saturday. In all 15 Buckeyes have at least one point this year. • Senior Devon Krogh, who returned to the lineup Friday night after missing five games with injury, marked the 100th game of his Buckeye career and leads the current squad in career games played. • Ohio State has been held to one goal in five of its last six games. • Just three Buckeyes have multiple goals this season - Matt Johnson is first with three, while Ryan Dzingel, Tanner Fritz and Max McCormick each have lit the lamp twice. Four other Buckeyes have scored this season. • Ohio State has been outshot in all but one game this year. The team is averaging 26.8 shots on goal per game while allowing 33.9 a contest. • As a team, Ohio State has 130 recorded blocked shots, while its opponents have blocked just 83 of its attempts. Justin DaSilva is first with 17 recorded blocked shots and Curtis Gedig is second with 10, followed by Craig Dalrymple and Sam Jardine with seven each. All but two Buckeyes skaters have at least one blocked shot. (Individual blocks were not recorded in the series at Minnesota Duluth). • Each of the four Buckeye rookie skaters has recorded his first career point (if not more) so far this season. Anthony Greco scored the team’s first goal of the year in the season opener at Minnesota Duluth Oct. 12 and Tyler Lundey and Craig Dalrymple had assists in the contest. Sam Jardine posted his first point at Quinnipiac Oct. 20. Greco had the squad’s first two-assist game of the year with two helpers at Bowling Green Oct. 27, while Lundey had his first collegiate goal vs. the Falcons that same night. (Greco and Jardine are both currently out with injuries.)