Oct. 30, 2014
Date: Friday, October 31 / Saturday, November 1 | Time: 7:35 p.m. ET | Venue: HarborCenter | Location: Buffalo, N.Y.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s hockey team returns to action with two games against Canisius this weekend. The Buckeyes (1-3-0, 0-0-0 B1G) and Golden Griffins (4-2-0, 3-1-0 AHA) will face off at 7:35 p.m. Friday and Saturday in HarborCenter in Buffalo, N.Y.
Both games this weekend will be streamed online for a fee through AmericaOneSports.com/GoGriffs.com. A free radio broadcast can be accessed on GoGriffs.com, along with live stats. In-game updates will be on the Buckeye Hockey Twitter page: @OhioState_MHKY and all links are on the Buckeye Hockey Gameday page: go.osu.edu/mhkygameday.
The game Friday between Ohio State and Canisius is the first college game in new HarborCenter in downtown Buffalo, which opens Friday after 20 months of construction. The $172.2 million facility, 20 stories in all, includes two NHL-sized ice rinks on the sixth and seventh floors of the building. It is connected to First Niagara Center by a bridge to make it the only three-rink complex in the NHL. The facility also includes a hockey academy, sports performance training center and restaurant, with a hotel set to open next year. HarborCenter will host youth hockey tournaments, with the first this weekend.
Ohio State, coming off a bye week, is 1-3 this season after losses to Miami in a home-and-home series Oct. 17 (5-1 in Columbus) and Oct. 18 (2-1 in Oxford). The squad started the season with a split of a series vs. Providence in Columbus, winning in overtime 5-4 and falling in overtime, 2-1, in Columbus. The team is averaging 2.0 goals a game and allowing 3.2 a contest. The power play is 5-for-15 (.333 percent) and the penalty kill is 10-for-13 (.769).
Senior Tanner Fritz has a team-best six points and shares the assist lead with freshman Matthew Weis with four each. Junior Anthony Greco leads the squad with four goals and is tied with Weis for second in points with four. In goal, Christian Frey and Matt Tomkins have split time. Frey is 1-1 with a 3.02 goals-against average and .935 save percentage, while Tomkins has a 3.38 gaa and .887 sv%. The squad has blocked 86 shots, led by sophomore Drew Brevig and senior Justin DaSilva with 14 each.
The Series – Ohio State vs. Canisius
Ohio State and Canisius met for the first time last season, with Ohio State sweeping the series in Columbus Nov. 15-16, 2013, 3-0 and 3-1.
The Buckeyes are 35-11-2 all-time vs. the current teams in Atlantic Hockey: Air Force (14-6), Army (2-0), Bentley (2-0), Canisius (2-0), Holy Cross (1-0), Mercyhurst (4-1), Niagara (3-1), Robert Morris (5-3-2) and Sacred Heart (2-0), with no games played vs. American International or RIT. Ohio State will take on Mercyhurst Jan. 2-3 in Erie, Pa.
Ohio State and Canisius Last Season
The Buckeyes swept Canisius Nov. 15-16, 2013 in Columbus in the first series between the teams.
Game One (Ohio State 3, Canisius 0): Ohio State shut out Canisius, 3-0, Nov. 15 in Value City Arena. Logan Davis, making his first career start, had 20 saves in the victory, while Ryan Dzingel and 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 Alex Szczechura and Josh Healey, but Canisius answered less than three minutes later for a 2-1 game. The Buckeyes held the one-goal lead until Dzingel scored an empty-netter with .5 left in regulation. Tanner Fritz had two assists to lead the Buckeyes. 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 Al McLean and Healey with four each and DaSilva with three. The teams were again scoreless on the power play (Ohio State 0-for-3, Canisius 0-for-4).
Last Time Out
Ohio State was swept by Miami in a home-and-home series Oct. 17-18. The RedHawks won 5-1 in Columbus and 2-1 in Columbus. Game One (Miami 5, Ohio State 1): In game one vs. Miami Oct. 17, the Buckeyes lost 5-1. Ohio State fell behind 2-0 after the first 20 minutes on two power play goals from the RedHawks and Miami extended the lead to 3-0 after 40 minutes with a third power play marker. Ohio State’s Drew Brevig scored on the power play 33 seconds into the third period for a 3-1 game, but Miami answered at 5:18 and added a late goal for the 5-1 final. The RedHawks ended the game 3-for-5 on the power play, with Ohio State 1-for-4. The Buckeyes had seven penalties for 36 minutes in the game. Game Two (Miami 2, Ohio State 1): Despite 60 saves from sophomore goalie Christian Frey, the Buckeyes lost to Miami, 2-1, Oct. 18 in Oxford. The Buckeyes led 1-0 after the first period on a goal from Anthony Greco. In the second, the RedHawks scored at 11:58 and 13:58 to tie the game and take the lead. Neither team scored in the third. Ohio State was 1-for-3 on the power play in the game and held Miami scoreless on its one chance.
60 saves for Frey