Dec. 1, 2011
Buckeye hockey is back in action this weekend. No. 7-ranked Ohio State will host No. 11 Lake Superior State at 7:05 p.m. Friday and at 8:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.
Friday, Script Ohio on Ice will be performed after the second period and Saturday there will be an autograph session postgame with Danny Dries, Curtis Gedig and Devon Krogh.
Tickets can be purchased from OhioStateBuckeyes.com prior to the weekend or at the arena on gamenight. As always, Ohio State students are admitted free with a valid BuckID. In addition, every youth hockey player 13 and under wearing his or her youth hockey association jersey will be admitted free.
For fans unable to get to the arena, the radio broadcast can be heard in Columbus on 1460 AM or free online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Both games will be streamed online and available through the Buckeye Vision subscription service. For audio, video and live stats links, visit the Ohio State men's hockey Game Day page: http://go.osu.edu/mhkygamecenter.
As the Buckeyes get set to take on the Lakers, senior co-captain Cory Schneider checks in with the team's weekly blog - including the final Movember standings.
Hi everyone, it's great to be back blogging again. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday. We also had the holiday off so a lot of guys were able to spend Thanksgiving with their families for the first time in a while which was awesome.
Only a couple things to report from the bye week. First we had a 4 on 4 tournament last week where my team, the Hartford Whalers, came out victorious in the championship game. The Whalers consisted of Darik Angeli, Chris Crane, Tanner Fritz, Justin DaSilva, Matt Johnson, Nick Oddo and Alex Carlson, Jeff Michael in net, and Travis Statchuk who was claimed off of waivers right before the start of playoffs. In the finals, The Montreal Maroons were defeated by the Whalers, 3-2. The Maroons went 5-0-1 in the regular season, and after the final game the Maroon's player/coach Sean Duddy refused to comment on his team's epic collapse in the postseason. Trainer Chris Hite was not surprised by the collapse as he is used to his Washington Capitals dominating the regular season and choking in the playoffs.
After a few days off we came back and started practicing again on Sunday. Everyone was excited to be back with the boys again. It is rumored that during break team meathead Matt Johnson ate an entire 10 lb turkey on Thanksgiving and washed it all down with a muscle milk protein shake. Can't say I'm surprised at all by that. Anyways, it's been a really good week so far as we prepare to play a very good Lake Superior team so everyone has been focused and working hard all week.
Now, it's time for what everyone has been waiting for: The final edition of the Movember Power Rankings. It's been a great month of mustache growth by all the guys and even the coaches. If you haven't already, please go to http://us.movember.com to donate to the cause. Every dollar makes a difference!
A big scandal came out this week when it was learned some of the guys started growing their mustaches before the start of November, including last week's #1 Paul Kirtland. After long debate about disqualification, officials decided to look the other way and everyone is eligible to be ranked. However, the early starters will forever be labeled with an asterisk.
Since these are the final rankings, I have enlisted the help of my fellow seniors. Sean Duddy, Danny Dries, Cal Heeter, and I each voted for our top and bottom 5 mustaches and here are the results:
Official Movember ESPN/USA Today Seniors Poll (points in parentheses)
1. Paul Kirtland* (19) - Almost disqualified but remained in the top spot this week and takes the title.
2. Me (16) - As the hair gets thinner on my head, the mustache seems to get thicker. You have to make sacrifices I guess.
3. Justin DaSilva (9) - Been consistent all month but couldn't crack the Top 2
4. Matt Johnson (8) - If bench pressing could help grow a mustache he would have won the competition November 1st.
5. Nick Oddo (3) - Wasn't ranked all month but made a late surge and cracked the Top 5. Authorities are investigating for performance enhancers.
Honorable Mention: Danny Dries and Cal Heeter - Greasy
1. Al McLean (4) - Asked for a shout out in the blog this week so congrats, you made the bottom 5.
2. Curtis Gedig (5) - Unfortunately his clap bomb goal this month didn't give his stache any momentum
3. Chris Crane (6) - Phantom mustache
3. Alex Carlson (6) - Haunted all month by the dye accident and never could recover
4. Chad Niddery (14) - Shaved early. Nothing else needs to be said
5. Ryan Dzingel (20) - Shaved earlier than Nids
Thanks everyone for following along and hope to see you all at the games this weekend. To keep up with everything that is Ohio State Hockey you can follow us on twitter @OhioState_MHKY and like Ohio State Men's Hockey on Facebook. You can also follow me on twitter @Schneids_23. Go Bucks!
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