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July 27, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A minimum of 21 home games in luxurious Value City Arena highlight the 1999-00 Ohio State hockey schedule, released today. The University of Maine, which topped Ohio State in the first round of the 1999 NCAA Tournament and went on to capture the National Championship, arch-rival Michigan, Notre Dame, and Bowling Green will each visit Columbus for two games. After two exhibition games on Oct. 2 (Wayne State) and Oct. 3 (Windsor), the Buckeyes will open the regular season home schedule Oct. 15-16 with a pair of 7:05 p.m. games against Western Michigan.%^$

%^$WOSU Radio (820 AM) will embark on its second season of broadcasting live Ohio State hockey action this year. Herb Howenstine and John Mowat will call the majority of the games. WOSU will air 28 regular season contests, beginning with an Oct. 15 game against Western Michigan. The station will also carry any postseason games involving Ohio State.%^$

%^$The CCHA has adopted a new scheduling format using “clusters,” giving Ohio States slate a different look than in years past. Nebraska-Omaha becomes the 12th member of the conference this year, and the schools have been broken down into three groups, or “clusters”, of four. OSU joins Michigan, Bowling Green, and Miami to form one cluster, and each of those four schools will play each other four times – twice at home and twice on the road – this season. CCHA teams that are not in the same cluster as Ohio State will face the Buckeyes only twice.%^$

%^$Unlike last year when OSU played just 17 games at home and 24 on the road, the 1999-00 schedule calls for at least 19 games at home and 15 away from Columbus. Ohio States first road trip will be its longest, however. On Oct. 8-9, the Buckeyes will travel 3,024 miles each way to meet Alaska-Fairbanks in a two-game series.%^$

%^$For the second straight season, Ohio State will play in a Holiday tournament. The Buckeyes will travel to Burlington, Vt. on Dec. 29-30 to play in the Vermont Hockey Classic. OSU will face the host Catmounts in the opening round and Dartmouth in the final round.%^$

%^$The 1999-00 schedule features four teams that qualified for the 1999 NCAA Tournament – Maine, Michigan, Michigan State, and Northern Michigan. In addition to the Black Bears, OSU will face non-conference opponents Mercyhurst (Nov. 30), Vermont (Dec. 29), Dartmouth (Dec. 30), Colgate (Jan. 7), and Cornell (Jan. 8). The Buckeyes went 1-1-1 against those teams last season. %^$

%^$Season ticket information for Ohio State hockey can be obtained by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS. %^$

%^$1999-2000 Ohio State Men’s Ice Hockey Schedule%^$

%^$DATE OPPONENT ARENA LOCATION TIME%^$Oct. 2 Wayne State Value City Arena Columbus, Ohio 7:05 p.m.%^$Oct. 3 Windsor Value City Arena Columbus, Ohio 2:05 p.m.%^$Oct. 8 Alaska-Fairbanks Big Dipper Arena Fairbanks, Alaska 7:05 p.m.%^$Oct. 9 Alaska-Fairbanks Big Dipper Arena Fairbanks, Alaska 3:05 p.m.%^$Oct. 15 Western Michigan% Value City Arena Columbus, Ohio 7:05 p.m.%^$Oct. 16 Western Michigan% Value City Arena Columbus, Ohio 7:05 p.m.%^$Oct. 22 Michigan State% Munn Ice Arena East Lansing, Mich. 7:05 p.m.%^$Oct. 23 Michigan State% Munn Ice Arena East Lansing, Mich. 7:05 p.m.%^$Oct. 29 Maine% Value City Arena Columbus, Ohio 7:05 p.m.%^$Oct. 31 Maine% Value City Arena Columbus, Ohio 2:05 p.m.%^$

%^$%^$Nov. 5 Michigan% Yost Ice Arena Ann Arbor, Mich. 7:35 p.m.%^$Nov. 6 Michigan% Value City Arena Columbus, Ohio 7:05 p.m.%^$Nov. 12 Northern Michigan% NMU Events Center Marquette, Mich. 7:05 p.m.%^$Nov. 13 Northern Michigan% NMU Events Center Marquette, Mich. 7:05 p.m.%^$Nov. 19 Nebraska-Omaha% Value City Arena Columbus, Ohio 7:05 p.m.%^$Nov. 20 Nebraska-Omaha% Value City Arena Columbus, Ohio 7:05 p.m.%^$Nov. 30 Mercyhurst Value City Arena Columbus, Ohio 7:05 p.m.%^$

%^$%^$Dec. 3 Miami% Goggin Ice Arena Oxford, Ohio 7:05 p.m.%^$Dec. 5 Miami% Value City Arena Columbus, Ohio 2:05 p.m.%^$Dec. 29 Vermont* Gutterson Fieldhouse Burlington, Vt. 7 p.m.%^$Dec. 30 Dartmouth* Gutterson Fieldhouse Burlington, Vt. 4 p.m.%^$

%^$%^$Jan. 7 Colgate Value City Arena Columbus, Ohio 7:05 p.m.%^$Jan. 8 Cornell Value City Arena Columbus, Ohio 8:05 p.m.%^$Jan. 14 Bowling Green% BGSU Ice Arena Bowling Green, Ohio 7:35 p.m.%^$Jan. 15 Bowling Green% Value City Arena Columbus, Ohio 7:05 p.m.%^$Jan. 21 Michigan% Value City Arena Columbus, Ohio 7:05 p.m.%^$Jan. 29 Michigan% Yost Ice Arena Ann Arbor, Mich. 7:05 p.m.%^$

%^$%^$Feb. 4 Notre Dame% Value City Arena Columbus, Ohio 7:05 p.m.%^$Feb. 5 Notre Dame% Value City Arena Columbus, Ohio 7:05 p.m.%^$Feb. 11 Lake Superior% Value City Arena Columbus, Ohio 7:05 p.m.%^$Feb. 12 Lake Superior% Value City Arena Columbus, Ohio 7:05 p.m.%^$Feb. 18 Ferris State% Ewigleben Ice Arena Big Rapids, Mich. 7:05 p.m.%^$Feb. 19 Ferris State% Ewigleben Ice Arena Big Rapids, Mich. 7:05 p.m.%^$Feb. 25 Bowling Green% Value City Arena Columbus, Ohio 7:05 p.m.%^$Feb. 26 Bowling Green% BGSU Ice Arena Bowling Green, Ohio 7:35 p.m.%^$Feb. 29 Miami% Value City Arena Columbus, Ohio 7:05 p.m.%^$ %^$Mar. 4 Miami% Goggin Ice Arena Oxford, Ohio 7:05 p.m.%^$Mar. 10-12 CCHA Quarterfinals Campus Sites Campus Cities 7:05 p.m.%^$Mar. 14 CCHA Tournament Play-In TBA TBA 7:05 p.m.%^$Mar. 17 CCHA Semifinals Joe Louis Arena Detroit, Mich. 5:05/8:35 p.m.%^$Mar. 18 CCHA Championship Joe Louis Arena Detroit, Mich. 7:35 p.m.%^$Mar. 24-25 NCAA West Regional Mariucci Arena Minneapolis, Minn. TBA%^$Mar. 25-26 NCAA East Regional Pepsi Arena Albany, N.Y. TBA %^$Apr. 7 & 9 NCAA Frozen Four Providence CivicCntr Providence, R.I. TBA%^$

%^$%^$All Times Local.%^$ Exhibition Games %^$* Vermont Hockey Classic%^$% Game Broadcast Live on WOSU Radio (820 AM)%^$%^$

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