Buckeyes Take on No. 3 Michigan in First B1G Game in Columbus
Dec. 1, 2013
Ohio State vs. No. 3 Michigan
Monday, Dec. 2 - 7:05 p.m. (Fox Sports Detroit & SportsTime Ohio)
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team (8-5-0, 0-1-0-0 B1G) hosts No. 3-ranked Michigan (9-2-1, 1-0-0 B1G) Monday in the inaugural Big Ten Conference game in Columbus. Faceoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. in Value City Arena. The game closes a two-game series between the teams and wraps up the first half of the Buckeyes’ schedule.
The game between Ohio State and Michigan Monday will be televised by Fox Sports Detroit and picked up by SportsTime Ohio. Dan Dickerson (play by play) and Darren Elliot (analysis) will call the action. The game is scheduled to be on DirecTV channel 663 and DISH Network channel 430 as well.
Ohio State/IMG radio will have the call, over the air in Columbus at 1460 AM and online through the Buckeye Vision subscription package. Herb Howenstine and Buckeye alum John Mowat will provide play by play and analysis, respectively.
Audio, video and live stats links for the game 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.
The Fun Stuff
At the game Monday, Script Ohio on Ice will be performed during the first intermission (the band will face sections 121-124). Brutus Buckeye will be available for holiday photos pregame and cowbells will be handed out to the first 2,500 fans in attendance.
Dropping the Puck
Buckeye All-American and current Columbus Blue Jacket forward RJ Umberger is scheduled for a ceremonial puck drop Monday as Big Ten Conference action starts in Columbus. Umberger skated for the Buckeyes from 2001-03 and was a Second Team All-American in 2003, as well as a First Team All-CCHA selection and Top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. He compiled 129 points (58 goals, 71 assists) in his three years at Ohio State and was the 2001 CCHA Rookie of the Year. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Umberger earned his Ohio State degree in June 2011. He served as a volunteer coach for the Buckeyes last year during the NHL lockout.
Umberger was selected No. 16 overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, the highest draft pick in Ohio State history. He skated for the Philadelphia Flyers for three seasons before being traded to Columbus in June 2008. He is in his sixth year with the Blue Jackets and has six goals, eight assists and 14 points in 27 games this season. In his NHL career, Umberger has 157 goals and 189 assists for 346 points in 626 games.
An online-only Black Friday deal is available for tickets to the game Monday. Tickets are $6 each (service fees may apply). Visit go.osu.edu/beatmichigantickets and use offer code BIGTEN.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
Ohio State, under first-year head coach Steve Rohlik, has won eight of its last 10 games and is now 8-5 on the year. The squad is averaging 3.54 goals a game to rank ninth in scoring in the NCAA and is allowing 2.85 a contest. Ohio State’s power play is 12-for-65 (.185) and the penalty kill is 45-for-57 (.789).
Junior Ryan Dzingel leads the team with eight goals and shares the point lead with classmate Max McCormick with 15 points each. McCormick is second with six goals and third with nine assists, behind Tanner Fritz (11) and Alex Szczechura (10). Szczechura is third with 14 points and Fritz ranks fourth with 12 points. In goal, freshman Matt Tomkins has a 2.76 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in nine games but has not played since suffering an injury early in the first period vs. Niagara Nov. 9. Freshman Logan Davis came on in relief vs. Niagara and has started the last three games. He has played in nearly four total games (239:31), with a 1.50 goals-against average, .938 save percentage and one shutout.
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.
Minnesota defeated Wisconsin 4-1 Friday at home for the first Big Ten Conference win and downed the Badgers, 4-3, Saturday for the weekend sweep.
Last Time Out - Michigan 4, Ohio State 3 OT
Ohio State and Michigan faced off Friday night in the inaugural Big Ten game for both programs. Ohio State came back from a goal down three times, but the Wolverines prevailed, 4-3, with an overtime tally. Michigan scored 2:51 into the game for an early lead but Ryan Dzingel knotted the score with a power-play goal at 15:46 of the first. The Wolverines scored a power play goal of their own at 6:41 of the second but Ohio State again converted on the power play, with Max McCormick scoring at 14:26. Michigan’s Alex Guptill scored with 17 seconds left in the second for a 3-2 UM lead after 40 minutes. Michigan maintained its one-goal advantage until 16:47 of the third, when Tanner Fritz forced a turnover and set up Anthony Greco for a game-tying (3-3) tally. In overtime, Michigan’s Andrew Copp gave the Wolverines the win, getting through the Buckeye defense for a breakaway and scoring at 3:38. For Ohio State, Fritz and Alex Szczechura both had two assists in the game, with McCormick adding an assist for a two-point night. Ohio State was outshot, 38-35, with freshman Logan Davis making 34 saves and stopping a second-period penalty shot. The penalty shot was the first againt the Buckeyes since Cal Heeter made a save vs. Miami Feb. 25, 2012. The Buckeyes converted their two power play chances, with Michigan 1-for-4.
The overtime loss was the first for the Buckeyes since Jan. 10, 2012 at Western Michigan. The team tied all seven overtime contests last season.
Buckeyes vs. Wolverines
The series between Ohio State and Michigan dates to 1964, with the teams facing off 117 times in all. The Wolverines have a 73-33-11 record overall, leading 36-14-6 in Ann Arbor, 32-16-5 in Columbus and 5-3-0 in neutral site contests. Michigan leads 8-2 in the last 10 matchups (including wins in the last five games). 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.
In the B1G Rankings
• Ryan Dzingel and Max McCormick are tied for third in scoring among all Big Ten players with 15 points, with Alex Szczechura tied for fifth (14 points) and Tanner Fritz tied for ninth with 12 points (first with 1.50 points per game).
• Dzingel is tied with Michigan’s Andrew Copp for first with eight goals, with McCormick’s six tallies tied for fourth.
• Fritz is third with 11 assists, Szczechura is fourth (10) and McCormick is tied for fifth (9).
• Dzingel is tied for second nationally and tied for first in the Big Ten with three gamewinning goals this season. His three power play goals are tied for third in the Big Ten.
• Nick Oddo is +10 to lead Ohio State and rank sixth among all Big Ten players (the only non-Minnesota player in the Top 12).
• Justin DaSilva’s 26 blocked shots are second, with Al McLean and Curtis Gedig tied for fourth with 23 each.
• Darik Angeli is first in faceoff winning percentage (.662) with a 47-24 mark. McCormick is ninth (42-31, .575). Travis Statchuk is ninth with 78 faceoff wins.
• Brevig is tied for sixth in scoring among defensemen with six points, with Craig Dalrymple tied for eighth with five points.
• 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 Tuesday. Selection of the Top 3 forwards will open Dec. 16 and close Jan. 12. To vote, visit: go.osu.edu/Vote4AllBuckeyeTeam.
Michigan, ranked No. 3 nationally, is 9-2-1 overall. The team averages 3.17 goals a game and is fifth in the country in scoring defense, holding opponents to 1.92 goals a game. Michigan is third nationally on the power play (13-for-47, .277) and is 44-for-54 (.815) on the penalty kill.
Sophomore Andrew Copp leads the Wolverines with eight goals and 13 points, with freshman JT Compher first with nine assists and second with 12 points. Senior Luke Moffatt and freshman Tyler Motte are tied for second with five goals. Freshman Zach Nagelvoort is 6-2-0 on the year with a 1.65 goals-against average and .945 save percentage. Sophomore Steve Racine is 3-0-1, with a 2.44 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.
Ohio State was 2-for-2 on the power play vs. Michigan and is now 12-for-65 (.185) this season. Alex Szczechura leads the team with five assists and six points on the power play, while Ryan Dzingel is first with three power play tallies, followed by Nick Schilkey and Tyler Lundey with two PPG each.
Michigan converted its second power play chance Friday, ending a streak of 26 consecutive penalties killed by Ohio State and ending a stretch of five-consecutive games the team did not allow a goal on the penalty kill. The Buckeyes were 3-for-4 on the penalty kill vs. the Wolverines and are 25-for-26 (.962) in the last six games combined.
Ohio State had 30 recorded blocked shots in the game at Michigan Friday, with 13 players blocking at least one Wolverine attempt. Junior Justin DaSilva led the team with six blocks, with senior Curtis Gedig and sophomore Al McLean blocking five each. Seniors Travis Statchuk and Alex Szczechura and sophomore Tyler Lundey led the forwards with two blocks each.
DaSilva leads the Buckeyes and is second in the Big Ten with 26 blocked shots this season. Gedig and McLean are tied for second on the squad (and fourth in the Big Ten) with 23, followed by freshman Josh Healey with 19.
Dzingel on a Hot Streak
Ryan Dzingel enters the Monday game with Michigan on six-game goal and point streaks, with a 7-1-8 line in the last six games combined. He has a point in all but two games this year and leads the team with eight goals, sharing the Big Ten lead, and is tied for first on the squad with 15 points. Dzingel shared the team scoring lead as a freshman and had a Buckeye-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 10 points (1g, 9a) in the last five games combined since returning, with three assists and four points in his first game back vs. Niagara and two helpers against Niagara Nov. 9, Canisius Nov. 16 and Michigan Friday. 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. This season, he leads the Big Ten with 1.38 assists and 1.50 points per game.
McCormick on the Scoresheet
Junior Max McCormick has a point in all but three games this season, with four multiple-point nights, including a goal and an assist at Michigan Friday. He scored two goals in each game vs. Niagara Nov. 8-9 and had two assists at Miami Oct. 12. McCormick is tied for first on the team with 15 points, including six goals and nine assists. He had career highs of 15 goals, 16 assists and 31 points last year.
Szczechura Posting Points
Senior Alex Szczechura has a point in five of the last six games, with three multiple-point outings in the stretch. He had two assists Friday vs. Michigan and Nov. 9 vs. Niagara and three helpers against the Purple Eagles Nov. 8. Szczechura is second on the team with 10 assists this season, one shy of the career-best 11 he had as a junior last year.
Buckeyes on a Roll of Late
Ohio State has won eight of its last 10 games but had a five-game winning streak ended vs. Michigan Friday. Through the last 10 games, Ohio State is outscoring teams 3.8-2.1 goals a game. Dzingel has eight goals and 13 points in the stretch to lead the team, with Szczechura and Fritz first with nine assists and McCormick second in goals (6) and points (12).
Lighting the Lamp
The Buckeyes are averaging 3.54 goals a game, ranking ninth nationally in scoring offense. The squad has four or more goals in six of the last 10 games and at least three in all but two games this year.
Led by the Juniors
The Buckeye junior class is third in the nation with 69 combined points and ranks second with 5.31 points per game this season (through 13 games). Mercyhurst is first with 78 points in 15 games and Air Force ranks second with 70 points in 14 games. Cornell leads the NCAA with 5.33 points per game from its junior class.
Between the Pipes
Freshman Logan Davis had a career-high 34 saves at Michigan, his first game with 30-plus saves. 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 3-1 on the year with a 1.50 goals-against average and .938 save percentage. Against Canisius Nov. 15 in his first collegiate start, Davis stopped all 20 shots he faced for the Buckeyes’ first shutout of the season. 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).
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.
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.
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 13 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 13 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.
Close It Out
The game vs. Michigan Monday is the Buckeyes’ final game before its December break. The team will be off until hosting Mercyhurst Dec. 28-29 in Value City Arena. Following the series with the Lakers, Ohio State will close the regular season with 18-consecutive Big Ten Conference games, followed by the Big Ten Tournament March 20-22 in Saint Paul, Minn.