Buckeyes Announce 2011-12 Schedule
July 20, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's hockey team announced its 2011-12 schedule Tuesday. The Buckeyes, under second-year head coach Mark Osiecki, will host 16 games and travel for 17 contests.
The Buckeyes' Central Collegiate Hockey Association schedule includes four-game series with Michigan, Michigan State and Miami, with two home and two road games against each. The squad will host series with Alaska, Northern Michigan and Ferris State and will play road series at Notre Dame, Bowling Green, Lake Superior State and Western Michigan.
After beginning the season with an exhibition game against Windsor Oct. 1, the Buckeyes will host Quinnipiac in a non-conference series in Value City Arena Oct. 7-8. CCHA play opens with back-to-back road series for Ohio State, heading to Notre Dame Oct. 14-15 and Michigan State Oct. 20-21 in a Thursday/Friday series. October ends with the Buckeyes hosting Alaska Oct. 28 and either Oct. 27 or 29.
November opens with a non-conference road series at Alabama-Huntsville Nov. 4-5 before returning to Columbus Nov. 11-12 for a matchup vs. Northern Michigan. The final series in the month is at Michigan Nov. 18-19 with a bye Thanksgiving weekend.
Three of the Buckeyes' final four games in the first half of the season are in Columbus, hosting Lake Superior State Dec. 2-3 before a home-and-home series with Miami Dec. 9 in Columbus and Dec. 10 in Oxford.
The Buckeyes will return to action in the RMU Hockey Showcase at Consol Energy Center, home of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins. Ohio State and Robert Morris will meet at 7:35 p.m. Dec. 30.
The squad closes the regular season with 14 CCHA games, beginning on the road against Bowling Green Jan. 7-8 in a Saturday/Sunday set. A home series with Michigan follows Jan. 13-14 and Ferris State comes to Columbus the next week (Jan. 20-21). January wraps up with a two-game set at Lake Superior State Jan. 27-28.
Michigan State visits Columbus Feb. 3-4 for two games before three-consecutive road games at Western Michigan Feb. 10-11 and at Miami Feb. 24. The final game of the regular season will be against Miami in Columbus and is scheduled for Feb. 25.
All 11 CCHA teams qualify for postseason action. In the opening round, the Top 5 teams from the regular season receive byes, with seeds 6-8 playing host to seeds 10-12 in best-of-three series (12 at 6, 11 at 7, 10 at 8). The three series winners advance to take on the Top 3 seeds, along with seeds 4 and 5 facing off, in best-of-three series. The four quarterfinal series winners advance to the CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit to compete for the Mason Cup and the league's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
2011-12 Ticket Information Current season ticket holders will receive renewal invoices in July. Season tickets are currently on sale for new accounts. To speak with an account representative about ticket options, call 614-292-0043 or email AthleticSales@osu.edu. Tours can be arranged to view season ticket locations currently available.
Single-game tickets, as well as multi-game packages and group tickets, will go on sale at a later date - check OhioStateBuckeyes.com for information later this summer. Again this year Ohio State students are admitted free with a BuckID.