Big Ten Hockey is Here! Buckeyes Face Wolverines in Inaugural Series
Nov. 27, 2013
Ohio State vs. No. 3 Michigan
Friday, Nov. 29, 7:05 p.m. (BTN/BTN2Go)
Yost Ice Arena - Ann Arbor, Mich.
Monday, Dec. 2 - 7:05 p.m. (Fox Sports Detroit & SportsTime Ohio)
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - After a bye week, the Ohio State men's hockey team (8-4-0, 0-0-0 B1G) is set to take on No. 3-ranked Michigan (8-2-1, 0-0-0 B1G) in its inaugural Big Ten Conference series. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. Friday in Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich., before facing off at 7:05 p.m. Monday in Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
The game Friday in Ann Arbor will be televised by BTN and available through BTN2GO via the web, smartphones and tablets. The game Monday will be televised by Fox Sports Detroit and SportsTime Ohio.
Ohio State/IMG radio will have the call for both games, over the air in Columbus at 1460 AM and online through the Buckeye Vision subscription package. Audio, video and live stats links for both games vs. Michigan, as well as all games throughout the season, are on the men's hockey schedule page or gameday page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with in-game updates also on Twitter @OhioState_MHKY.
B1G Play is Here
This season marks the first campaign for men's hockey as an official Big Ten sport. Ohio State is joined in the league by former Central Collegiate Hockey Association rivals Michigan and Michigan State, Wisconsin and Minnesota, who both used to compete in the WCHA, and Penn State, which is in its second year as a varsity program. The teams will each play a 20-game conference schedule, taking on each opponent twice at home and twice on the road. All six teams will travel to Saint Paul, Minn., for the inaugural Big Ten Hockey Tournament March 20-22, 2014 in the Xcel Energy Center.
Friday marks the first Big Ten Conference games. Minnesota hosts Wisconsin at 5 p.m. ET Friday in the inaugural contest, followed by the Buckeyes' game at Michigan at 7 p.m.
Ohio State, under first-year head coach Steve Rohlik, has won eight of its last nine games and is now 8-4 on the year after a two-game sweep of Canisius (3-0, 3-1) Nov. 8-9. The squad is averaging 3.58 goals a game to tie for ninth in scoring in the NCAA and allowing 2.75 a contest. Ohio State's power play is 10-for-63 (.159) and the penalty kill is 42-for-53 (.792).
Junior Ryan Dzingel leads the team with seven goals and 14 points, with classmate Max McCormick second in goals (5) and points (13). Junior Tanner Fritz is first with nine assists, followed by McCormick and senior Alex Szczechura with eight each. Szczechura is third with 12 points and tied with junior Darik Angeli, sophomore Tyler Lundey and freshman Nick Schilkey for third with four goals each. Fritz is fourth with 10 points despite missing five games because of injury. In goal, freshman Matt Tomkins has a 2.76 goals-against average and .910 save percentage but has not played since suffering an injury in the first period vs. Niagara Nov. 9. Freshman Logan Davis has picked up the Buckeyes' last three wins and has a .68 goals-against average and .966 save percentage.
In the B1G Rankings
Ryan Dzingel is tied for second in scoring among all Big Ten players with 14 points, with Max McCormick tied for fourth (13 points), Alex Szczechura tied for seventh (12 points) and Tanner Fritz tied for 10th with 10 points (second with 1.43 points per game).
Dzingel is tied with Michigan's Andrew Copp for first with seven goals, with McCormick's five tallies tied for fourth.
Fritz is third with nine assists and McCormick and Szczechura are tied for fourth with eight helpers each. Dzingel has seven assists to tie for 10th. Dzingel is tied for second nationally and stands first in the Big Ten with three gamewinning goals this season.
Nick Oddo is +10 to lead Ohio State and tie for fifth among all Big Ten players (the only non-Minnesota player in the Top 9).
Justin DaSilva's 20 blocked shots are tied for fourth, with Josh Healey, Curtis Gedig and Al McLean all tied for eighth with 18 blocked shots each.
Darik Angeli is second in faceoff winning percentage (.719) with a 46-18 mark. Brevig is tied for fourth in scoring among defensemen with six points, with Craig Dalrymple eighth with five points and DaSilva tied for ninth with four.
Among freshmen, Nick Schilkey is tied for fifth with seven points and Brevig is tied for eighth (second among defensemen).
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 defensemen 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.
Last Time Out - Ohio State Sweeps Canisius
The Buckeyes last played Nov. 15-16, closing out a seven-game homestand with a sweep of Canisius.
Game One (Ohio State 3, Canisius 0): Ohio State shut out Canisius, 3-0, Nov. 15 in Value City Arena. Freshman goalie Logan Davis, making his first career start, had 20 saves in the victory, while junior Ryan Dzingel and freshman Nick Schilkey each had a goal and an assist in the win. Ohio State led 1-0 after the first period on a goal by Dzingel, which stood as the gamewinner. The Buckeyes added goals in the second from defenseman Justin DaSilva and Schilkey to extend the lead to 3-0 after 40 minutes and neither team scored in the third. Davis stopped seven shots in the first and third periods and six in the second, backstopping Ohio State to its first shutout of the season. Ohio State outshot Canisius, 34-20, and blocked 21 Griffin attempts. Neither team was able to score on the power play, with Ohio State 0-for-4 and Canisius 0-for-3.
Game Two (Ohio State 3, Canisius 1): Ohio State skated to a 3-1 win over Canisius Nov. 16. The teams were scoreless through the first period. Ohio State took a 2-0 lead with goals early in the second period by senior Alex Szczechura and freshman Josh Healey, but Canisius answered less than three minutes later for a 2-1 game. The Buckeyes held the one-goal lead until junior Ryan Dzingel scored an empty-netter with .5 left in regulation. Junior Tanner Fritz had two assists to lead the Buckeyes. Freshman goalie Logan Davis made 22 stops in the Buckeye net for his third win of the year. As a team, the Buckeyes blocked 20 shots, led by junior Al McLean and Healey with four each and junior Justin DaSilva with three. The teams were again scoreless on the power play (Ohio State 0-for-3, Canisius 0-for-4).
Buckeyes vs. Wolverines
The series between Ohio State and Michigan dates to 1964, with the teams facing off 116 times in all. The Wolverines have a 72-33-11 record overall, leading 35-14-6 in Ann Arbor, 32-16-5 in Columbus and 5-3-0 in neutral site contests. Michigan leads 7-3 in the last 10 matchups (including wins in the last four games) and 13-7 in the last 20 contests. The teams met in one series in Columbus last year, with the Wolverines posting 5-3 and 6-3 wins Feb. 22-23 in Value City Arena. The squads last met in Ann Arbor Nov. 18-19, 2011, when Ohio State swept the Wolverines, 2-1 and 6-5.
Michigan, ranked No. 3 nationally, enters the series 8-2-1 overall, with a 6-0 victory over Niagara Friday in its last time out. The team averages 3.09 goals a game and is third in the country in scoring defense, holding opponents to 1.82 goals a game. Michigan is fifth nationally on the power play (12-for-43, .279) and is 44-for-52 (.846) on the penalty kill.
Sophomore Andrew Copp leads the Wolverines with seven goals and 12 points, with freshman JT Compher first with eight assists. Compher and junior Phil Di Giuseppe (4g, 6a) are tied for second with 10 points each. Senior Luke Moffatt and freshman Tyler Motte each are tied for second with five goals. Freshman Zach Nagelvoort is 5-2-0 on the year, picking up the shutout vs. the Purple Eagles, with a 1.48 goals-against average and .950 save percentage. Sophomore Steve Racine is 3-0-1, with a 2.44 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.
Buckeyes on a Roll of Late
Ohio State has won eight of its last nine games and the last five in a row. It is the first five-game winning streak for the squad since the team won nine consecutive games Oct. 28-Dec. 3, 2011. In the last five games, Ohio State is outscoring opponents, 4.0-1.0 goals a game, with Tanner Fritz leading the way with seven assists and eight points and Ryan Dzingel scoring six goals, followed by Max McCormick with five tallies. Going back to the last nine games, Ohio State is outscoring teams 3.9-1.9 goals a game. Dzingel has seven goals and 12 points in the stretch to lead the team, with Szczechura and Fritz first with seven assists and McCormick second in goals (5) and points (10).
Lighting the Lamp
The Buckeyes are averaging 3.58 goals a game, tying for ninth nationally in scoring offense. The squad has four or more goals in six of the last nine games and at least three in all but two games this year.
Led by the Juniors The Buckeye junior class is second in the nation with 64 combined points and 5.33 points per game this season. Rensselaer is first with 65 points (in two more games) and Cornell leads the NCAA with 5.55 points per game from its junior class. Five of the Buckeyes' top six scorers - Ryan Dzingel, Max McCormick, Tanner Fritz, Nick Oddo and Darik Angeli - are juniors, with the lone exception senior Alex Szczechura.
Ohio State has not allowed a power play goal in the last five games and has stopped the last 25 opponent chances, including holding Canisius scoreless on all seven chances in the series Nov. 15-16. The Buckeyes did not convert seven power play chances vs. Canisius after scoring on three of nine chances vs. Niagara in the previous series.
Between the Pipes
Against Canisius Nov. 15, freshman Logan Davis had 20 saves for the Buckeyes in his first collegiate start. It was the Buckeyes' first shutout this year and first since March 1 at Miami. Davis is the first Buckeye freshman to post a shutout since Joe Palmer blanked Lake Superior State Oct. 13, 2006 in his first career start (a 1-0 win). Davis, who saw his first game action for the Buckeyes Nov. 9 vs. Niagara when he came on in relief early in the first period, is 3-0 on the year with a .68 goals-against average and .966 save percentage.
Every Buckeye who has skated in more than six games has at least one point this year and all but two overall have gotten on the scoresheet. Al McLean picked up his first assist of the season Nov. 15 vs. Canisius, becoming the latest Buckeye to pick up a point.
Contributions from the Freshmen
All six Buckeye freshmen have seen game action this season, with the four skaters all picking up at least one goal and one assist. Nick Schilkey is first with seven points, followed by Drew Brevig (6 points), David Gust (3) and Josh Healey (3). Matt Tomkins and Logan Davis both have seen time between the pipes. Healey has a point in each of his last three games (1g, 2a) and scored his first career goal Nov. 16 vs. Canisius. Schilkey had a goal and an assist Nov. 15 vs. Canisius for his first multiple-point game as a Buckeye.
Dzingel on a Hot Streak
Ryan Dzingel enters the series with Michigan on five-game goal and point streaks, with a 6-1-7 line in the last five games combined. He has a point in all but two games this year and leads the team with seven goals and 14 points. Dzingel shared the team scoring lead as a freshman and had a team-best 16 goals and 38 assists as a sophomore last season.
Fritz Back to Form
Junior Tanner Fritz was injured Oct. 15 vs. Bowling Green and missed the next five games, returning Nov. 8 vs. Niagara. He has eight points in the last four games combined since returning, with three assists and four points in his first game back vs. Niagara and two helpers against Niagara Nov. 9 and Canisius Nov. 16. Fritz, who led the CCHA in scoring during conference play last year, had a team-best 26 assists a season ago and was second with 37 points.
McCormick on the Scoresheet
Junior Max McCormick has a point in all but three games this season, with three multiple-point nights. He scored two goals in each game vs. Niagara Nov. 8-9 and had two assists at Miami Oct. 12. McCormick is second on the team with 13 points, including five goals and eight assists.
Buckeyes Set or Near Career Marks Early
Junior Justin DaSilva, who had one goal in his first 63 games, scored his third of the season Nov. 15 vs. Canisius.
Sophomore Tyler Lundey, who had four goals in 38 games a season ago, has four through his first 12 games this year.
Junior Chad Niddery has a career-high two goals this season after one in his first 49 games.
Junior Nick Oddo has three goals, a career-high six assists and nine points through 12 games this year. His personal best was five goals and 10 points as a freshman and he had a 2-5-7 line while limited to 22 games a season ago.
Senior Travis Statchuk has four assists on the year, one shy of the career-high five he had as a sophomore in 2011-12.
Junior Darik Angeli has four goals to match his total in 31 games last year, three shy of the seven he had as a freshman.