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Ohio State vs. No. 2 Miami
Friday, Feb. 26 – 8:05 p.m.
Steve Cady Arena, Oxford, Ohio
Saturday, Feb. 27 – 8:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Follow Along
Television – CBS College Sports (Friday)
Webstream – Video.BigTenNetwork.com (Saturday)
Audio – wosu.org/hockey
Live Stats – OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Twitter.com/OhioStateHockey
Facebook.com/ohiostatemenshockey

Buckeye Slapshots

  • Sophomore Zac Dalpe enters the series in first place in the CCHA scoring race with 33 points, including a conference-best 17 goals, in league-games only. He leads the Buckeyes with 19 goals and 36 points on the year.
  • Junior Peter Boyd is first in the CCHA with 21 assists in conference play and is tied for eighth in the league in scoring in league action.
  • Former Buckeye Ryan Kesler is the first Ohio State player to skate for Team USA in the Olympics. He scored the empty-netter to seal Team USA’s victory over Canada last Sunday.
  • Buckeye senior Mathieu Picard will be honored in a pregame ceremony Saturday. He is the lone senior on the 2009-10 Ohio State squad.
  • The “AAA” line of Zac Dalpe, Peter Boyd and Sergio Somma has played together since late November. The trio has combined for 75 points in the 23 games since (3.26 points a game). The line has combined for 37 percent of the Buckeyes’ offensive production this year.
  • Each of the Buckeyes’ last four series has had a game go to a shootout, with Ohio State 2-2 in the shootout in those games.
  • Ohio State is 5-3-4 in the second half of the season.
  • Since returning from winter break, the Buckeyes are 18-for-63 on the power play, a success rate of 28.6 percent. The team has at least one power play goal in all but two games. Ten Buckeyes have a PPG since January, led by Zac Dalpe and Shane Sims with three each.
  • The Ohio Cup Trophy, given to the team in Ohio with the best record against its instate opponents, will be decided this weekend. Ohio State and Miami both swept Bowling Green earlier this year.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s hockey team (12-15-5, 10-11-5-3 CCHA) ends the regular season with a home-and-home series with the No. 2-ranked Miami RedHawks (23-5-6, 20-2-4-2 CCHA). The teams will meet in Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio, Friday and in Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday. Faceoff both nights is set for 8:05 p.m.

Follow Along
The game Friday will be televised live by CBS College Sports with Dave Starman and Matt Shepard on the call.

Audio for both games will be carried online at wosu.org/hockey, with Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye John Mowat calling the action.

A live audio/video webstream will be available for the game Saturday through Video.BigTenNetwork.com ($2.99).

Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio, Ohio State’s student-run radio station, will carry the action Saturday from Value City Arena online at OhioStateSports.net.

Links to live stats for both games can be found on the men’s hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

The Fun Stuff
Saturday is Fan Appreciation Night, with giveaways throughout the game, including pompoms. Tickets to the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four in Detroit will be given away and fans will have the chance to take their photo with the Mason Cup, the trophy awarded to the CCHA playoff champion.

After the game Saturday an autograph session will be held on the Schottenstein Center concourse, with players including Mathieu Picard, Matt Bartkowski, Zac Dalpe, Jeff McNeil, Brandon Martell and Jeff Michael.

Say Goodbye
Buckeye senior Mathieu Picard will be honored in a pregame ceremony Saturday in Value City Arena. A native of St. Isidore, Ontario, Picard is an alternate captain for the Buckeyes this season. He has played in 122 games for the Scarlet and Gray and has 16 goals (including two gamewinners), 22 assists and 38 points.

Remember Your BuckID
Ohio State students receive free admission to all Ohio State home games in Value City Arena during the regular season simply by presenting their BuckIDs at the Southwest Rotunda of the arena and having their IDs swiped.

Student seating is general admission (first come, first served) and located in Sections 111 and 117, with overflow seating in the upper deck. Block O, the student-led cheering section for the Buckeyes, will have seats in the first two rows of the student section to lead the group.

Get Your Tickets
Single-game tickets for all Ohio State regular-season games in Value City Arena are $11 for adults, $8 for senior citizens (62+) and $6 for students/children (not including Ohio State students). Tickets can be purchased online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, by calling Ticketmaster (1-800-745-3000) or in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or the Ohio State Ticket Office. Note there is an additional service charge per ticket on any purchases made online or through Ticketmaster.

Groups of 10 or more can buy tickets in advance for $4 each. For more information, contact Mike Johnson in the group sales office at 614-247-1984.

Last Time Out
The Buckeyes took five points at Western Michigan last weekend. The team won 3-1 in the opener and tied game two, 3-3, before winning the shootout, 1-0, in six rounds.

The CCHA Picture
The series this weekend wraps up CCHA regular-season play, with the first round of the league tournament next weekend when seeds 5-8 host seeds 9-12 in best-of-three series. The Top 4 have first-round byes and host the best-of-three quarterfinal series. The quarterfinal winners advance to the CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. (Teams are reseeded after each round.)

The Buckeyes enter the weekend in eighth place, two points back of seventh-place Michigan, four behind sixth-place Northern Michigan and six behind fifth-place Nebraska-Omaha, which has finished its league schedule. The Buckeyes are three points ahead of ninth-place Lake Superior State and five up on 10th-place Notre Dame. Wins are worth three points. If a game goes to a shootout each team gets one point, with the shootout winner getting an extra point in the league standings.

Buckeye Bio
Ohio State enters the weekend 12-15-5 overall and 10-11-5-3 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association play. The Buckeyes are scoring 2.78 goals a game while allowing 3.16 goals an outing. The team has converted 28-of-161 (17.4 percent) of its power-play chances and has stopped 132-of-177 (74.6 percent) opponent chances.

Sophomore forward Zac Dalpe is first with 19 goals and 36 points. Junior Peter Boyd is first with 22 assists and second with 28 points. Junior John Albert is third with 25 points and ranks second with 20 assists. Junior Sergio Somma is fourth with 24 points and is second on the squad with 11 goals. Junior Hunter Bishop ranks third with nine goals. Dalpe has a team-high seven power-play goals and junior Patrick Schafer is first with three game-winning tallies. Dalpe has a team-best +12 mark, followed by junior defenseman Chris Reed at +11.

Goalies junior Dustin Carlson and sophomore Cal Heeter have shared time this season, but Carlson started the last three games entering the series with the RedHawks. Carlson has a 2.78 goals-against average and .911 save percentage. Heeter is 9-6-2 with a 3.18 GAA and .897 svpct.

Trophy Collection
Each year Ohio State, Miami and Bowling Green compete for the Ohio Cup, the annual traveling trophy presented by Buckeye Sports Bulletin.

The Buckeyes captured the 2009 Ohio Cup, winning for the first time since 2004-05. Ohio State was declared the winner based on the third tiebreaker of goals for in Cup play. Ohio State and Miami tied at 3-1 in Cup play (Bowling Green was 0-4) and each was plus-6 in goal differential (OSU 23-17, Miami 18-12). Bowling Green is first with 13 Ohio Cup titles all-time. Miami had won the last three crowns.

Because of the unbalanced CCHA schedule that has Ohio State and Miami playing each other four times and Bowling Green twice, just this home-and-home series between the Buckeyes and RedHawks will count in the Ohio Cup standings, along with each team’s series with Bowling Green.

Ohio Cup plays comes down to this weekend, as both the Buckeyes and RedHawks swept the Falcons. Ohio State downed Bowling Green 7-2 and 4-3, with Miami beating BG 3-2 and 10-2.

Kes and the USA
Former Buckeye Ryan Kesler (2003), a current member of the Vancouver Canucks, is the first Buckeye to skate for Team USA in the Olympics. He sealed the team’s win against Canada last Sunday with an emtpy-net goal.

Four Ohio State women’s hockey players are skating in the Vancouver Games. Current freshman Minttu Tuominen joins former Buckeye Emma Laaksonen on Team Finland, which will play in the bronze medal game. Lisa Chesson is a defenseman on the U.S. Women’s Team and Tessa Bonhomme plays for the Canadian team. The two will face off in the gold medal game.

Bartkowski Honored
Ohio State sophomore Matt Bartkowski has been named the CCHA Defenseman of the Week, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced Monday.

On the road at Western Michigan, Bartkowski had an assist in each game, was +1 and blocked five shots. In the series opener he had the primary assist on the game’s second goal, Patrick Schafer’s eventual gamewinner and he blocked three shots. Saturday, Bartkowski assisted on Zac Dalpe’s game-tying goal with 1:36 remaining and he had another two blocks. The Buckeye penalty kill was 12-for-13 (.923) in the series, including a 6-for-6 performance Friday.

This is his third league award after being named CCHA Rookie of the Week twice last season.

Zac Attack
Sophomore Zac Dalpe improved his team-best goal total to 19 and his team point lead to 36 with three goals and an assist for four points at Western Michigan. He scored twice in the first game and tallied with 1:36 remaining in game two to force overtime.

Dalpe leads the CCHA in scoring in conference games with 33 points and 1.27 points per game and has a league-high 17 goals in conference play. Dalpe is tied for 15th nationally with .59 goals per game overall.

On a Roll
Juniors John Albert and Hunter Bishop both have points in six of their last seven games entering the Miami series. Albert is third on the team with 25 points and ranks second with 20 assists. Bishop is third on the team with nine goals and ranks fifth with 19 points.

Perani Cup Champion
Sophomore Zac Dalpe has clinched the Perani Cup for Ohio State. The league award is based on three star of the game honors during CCHA games, with five points for first place, three for second and one for third. There is an overall trophy, along with a winner for each team. Dalpe enters the Miami series with 33 points, ranking fourth in the CCHA. He has four first and third-star honors and three second-star accolades.

In all, 15 Buckeyes have earned Perani Cup honors this season. Sophomore goalie Cal Heeter is second with 14 points, followed by junior Peter Boyd with 13 and junior Sergio Somma with 10. Boyd is second with two first-star honors, with six others earning first-star honors once (Heeter, Somma, John Albert, Taylor Stefishen, Patrick Schafer and Mathieu Picard).

One-On-One
The Buckeyes are 3-2 in shootouts this season. Each of the last four series has had one game go to a shootout, with the Buckeyes 2-2 in the games. In overtime this season the Buckeyes are 1-1-5.

Against Western Michigan last Saturday Peter Boyd scored the only goal of the shootout in the sixth round. Buckeye goalie Dustin Carlson stopped all five shots he saw, including a save in round six to clinch the win.

Happy 50th
Juniors Shane Sims and Hunter Bishop both marked the 50th point of their Buckeye careers against Western Michigan Saturday. Sims has a 13-37-50 line in 108 games and Bishop has a 23-27-50 line in 68 games at Ohio State.

Happy 100th
Junior Patrick Schafer played in his 100th career game last Friday vs. Western Michigan and celebrated with a goal, his third of the season and the eventual gamewinner. All three of his goals this season are gamewinners.

It’s a Power Play Goal
The Buckeye power play now ranks second in CCHA play, converting 26-of-126 chances in conference action (20.3 percent). Since returning from winter break, the team is 18-for-63 overall, a success rate of 28.6 percent. On the year the squad is 28-for-161 (17.4 percent).

Vote for Zac
Sophomore Zac Dalpe, who leads the Buckeyes with 19 goals and 36 points, is on the ballot for the 2010 Hobey Baker Award fan vote. Now through March 7, fans can log on to HobeyBakerAward.com/voting each day to vote for Zac (scroll to the bottom to find his name). Dalpe leads the CCHA in scoring in conference-games only and is tied for fifth in the league in scoring overall with 36 points.

Ohio State vs. Miami
The Buckeyes entered the weekend trailing the all-time series with Miami, 57-60-11. In Columbus the Buckeyes are ahead 34-21-6 and in Oxford Miami holds a 37-19-4 edge.

Scoring vs. the RedHawks
Juniors John Albert and Kyle Reed each have 10 points vs. Miami – Albert has three goals and seven assists, Reed has seven goals and three assists.

In Earlier Action
The Buckeyes and RedHawks, rivalry partners for CCHA scheduling partners, met earlier this season, with Miami winning 6-0 in Columbus and 4-2 in Oxford to wrap up the first half of the season.

Wrap It Up
The Buckeyes and RedHawks also closed the regular season last year, with each winning on the road. The Buckeyes, led by Kyle Reed’s hat trick and four points, won 6-2 in Oxford and the RedHawks recorded a 7-5 victory in Columbus.

Miami Minutes
Miami enters the weekend 23-5-6 overall and 20-2-4 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association action. The RedHawks clinched the CCHA regular-season title two weeks ago and will have a bye in the first round of the conference tournament. Miami, which has been ranked first nationally for most of the season, had a 23-game conference unbeaten streak (19-0-4) ended last Saturday with a 4-2 loss to Nebraska-Omaha. The loss also ended an eight-game winning streak and an 11-game unbeaten streak.

The RedHawks average 3.50 goals a game to rank eighth nationally and are first in the NCAA with a 1.76 goals-against average as a team.The team is 35-for-187 (.187) on the power play this year and is fourth nationally with an 87.3 (165-for-189) penalty kill percentage.

Senior forward Jarod Palmer leads the RedHawks with 38 points and shares the team goal-scoring lead with junior Tommy Wingels with 15 each. Junior Andy Miele is second with 36 points, including a team-high 24 assists. Wingels is third with 35 points, followed by junior Carter Camper with 13 goals, 21 assists and 34 points. In all, 10 RedHawks have double-digit points.

In net, sophomore Cody Reichard has played in 21 games and has a 16-2-3 record, 1.45 goals-against average and .937 save percentage. Classmate Connor Knapp, the brother of Buckeye women’s hockey goalie Chelsea Knapp, is 7-3-3, with a 2.18 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.

What a Cluster
Ohio State and Miami are in the same CCHA scheduling cluster this season, joined by Western Michigan and Ferris State. Teams in the same schedule meet four times each season, twice at home and twice on the road. CCHA schools meet non-cluster opponents twice a year, rotating between sites.

This year, Miami is 7-0-3-1 in cluster play, Ferris State is 4-3-3-3, Ohio State is 4-4-2-1 and Western Michigan is 0-8-2. Rivalry partners Ferris State and Western Michigan are facing off to wrap up the 2009-10 regular-season slate.

Buckeyes vs. Redhawks in December
The Buckeyes were swept by No. 1-ranked Miami, falling 6-0 and 4-2, in a home-and-home series Dec. 11-12.

In the opener in Columbus Dec. 11, the Buckeyes trailed, 1-0, after the first and 2-0 after the second on power play goals. The RedHawks put the game out of reach with two goals in the first six minutes of the third period and added two more scores for the 6-0 final.

Tommy Wingels scored the first four goals for the RedHawks, including a natural hat trick of power play goals. He opened the scoring at 12:47 of the first and made the score 2-0 at 2:49 of the second period. In the third he completed his hat trick with a power-play tally at 3:14. Wingels added a fourth goal at 5:54 of the final period, pushing the score to 4-0. Pat Cannone tallied at 10:30 and Jarod Palmer had the final goal at 15:49.

For the game, the RedHawks outshot the Buckeyes, 33-17. Buckeye goalie Cal Heeter had 27 saves, including 15 in the second period. Cody Reichard had the shutout for Miami with 17 stops.

In game two Dec. 12 in Oxford, Ohio State carried a 2-0 lead into the third period but No. 1-ranked Miami powered to four goals in the final stanza to defeat the Buckeyes, 4-2. Buckeye junior goalie Dustin Carlson ended the game with 36 saves, while Hunter Bishop and Zac Dalpe scored for Ohio State.

The teams were scoreless after the first period before Ohio State opened the scoring in the second. John Albert picked off a RedHawk clearing attempt along the wall and found Bishop all alone at the far post for his fifth goal of the season. Dalpe put Ohio State ahead 2-0 with a power-play tally.

The top-ranked RedHawks outshot the Buckeyes, 17-9, in the third and outscored them, 4-0, for the comeback win. Miami got on the board at 7:07 of the period when Steven Spinell scored and at 11:43 Andy Miele tied it with a power-play goal. Miele put the RedHawks ahead for the first time at 17:41, redirecting a pass from Alden Hirschfeld through the slot. Jarod Palmer sealed the win with an empty netter with 27 seconds left in regulation.

Carlson ended the game with 36 saves in 59:48 between the pipes as Miami outshot Ohio State, 40-27. Connor Knapp had 25 stops for the RedHawks in 59:36.

Flashback
Ohio State was 1-0-1-1 at Western Michigan last weekend, the most points it has taken on the road this year.

The Buckeyes jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead and skated to a 3-1 victory over Western Michigan last Friday in Kalamazoo. It was the team’s first win in the first game of a road opener this season.
Zac Dalpe scored his first of two goals at 10:45 of the first period and Patrick Schafer put the Buckeyes ahead 2-0 with a tally at 15:09. There was no scoring in the second period. In the third, the Broncos drew within one on an extra-attacker goal from Max Campbell at 18:34 but John Albert set up Dalpe for an empty-netter at 19:07 to seal the win.

The Buckeyes outshot the Broncos, 35-34, in the game. Buckeye goalie Dustin Carlson had 33 saves in the win.

Neither team was able to score on the power play – Ohio State was 0-for-4 and held the Broncos scoreless on six chances.

In the second game, Ohio State rallied for a 3-3 tie with Western Michigan, as Zac Dalpe scored with 1:36 remaining off an assist from Ian Boots to deadlock the score. The Buckeyes won the shootout, 1-0 in six rounds, to earn the extra point in the league standings, with Peter Boyd scoring for the Buckeyes and goalie Dustin Carlson stopping all five shots on net.

The Broncos held a 2-1 lead after one period. WMU opened the scoring at 3:39 and at 11:38 Boyd set up Sergio Somma to tie the game. At 12:50 a Buckeye was given a major for checking from behind. The Buckeyes were able to stop the first 3:04 of the power play but Max Campbell scored at 15:55 to put Western Michigan back in the lead. Ohio State scored the only goal of the second period to tie the game when Hunter Bishop knocked in the rebound of a Dalpe shot.

The Broncos took a 3-2 lead at 5:12 of the third period on a Jared Katz score. The Buckeyes trailed until Boots carried the puck into the zone along the right wall after Matt Bartkowski forced a turnover and centered a pass to Dalpe, who slid it under Gill for the game-tying goal with 1:36 remaining.  

In overtime Dalpe drew a penalty with 2:38 remaining to put Ohio State on its sixth power play of the night. The Buckeyes had chances, putting five shots on net, but were unable to score.

The shootout went to six rounds, with Ohio State winning, 1-0. Gill made saves on the first five Buckeye skaters before Boyd scored to give Ohio State the lead. Carlson had five saves, with one shot going wide, including a pad save on Trevor Elias to clinch the win.

Each team ended the game with 37 shots, with both goalies making 34 stops in all 65 minutes.

The Buckeyes were 2-for-7 on the power play in the game and held the Broncos scoreless on six of seven chances.

Bonus Hockey
The Buckeyes have skated to a tie and shootout in each of their last four series. The team lost shootouts to both Ferris State (Jan. 30) and Nebraska-Omaha (Feb. 5) before winning against Alaska Feb. 13 and at Western Michigan last Saturday. The team’s won its first shootout of the year Oct. 31 at Notre Dame.

The team lost 2-1 in five rounds vs. Ferris State and then 3-2 in seven rounds at UNO, the longest shootout in program history.

The Buckeyes won 1-0 in three rounds vs. Alaska. Zac Dalpe had the lone goal for the Buckeyes, with goalie Dustin Carlson stopping two shots and poke-checking a skater before he could get a shot off. Against Western Michigan neither team was able to score until the sixth round when Peter Boyd tallied. Carlson made five saves in the shootout, with one shot going wide.

The team is 1-1-5 in overtime games this year. The squad lost in overtime at Ferris State and beat Bemidji State in the extra stanza.

Power Play Fun
The Buckeyes are 18-for-63 (28.6 percent) on the power play in the second half of the season, with a goal in 10 of the 12 games, including a stretch of nine-consecutive games with a power-play tally.

The squad was held scoreless at Western Michigan last Friday (0-for-4) but then converted 2-of-7 seven chances Saturday.

In the second half of the year both Zac Dalpe and Shane Sims have three power-play goals, with Dalpe leading the squad with seven overall.

On the PK
The Buckeye penalty kill was 6-for-6 last Friday at Western Michigan, its second-best performance this season after a 5-for-5 night vs. Denver Oct. 16. The squad was 6-for-7 in game two vs. the Broncos and now is 20-for-23 (87 percent) in the last four games combined.

Second Half Standouts
In the 12 games since January Zac Dalpe leads the Buckeyes with nine goals and 17 points. Three Buckeyes have 12 points – Hunter Bishop, John Albert and Peter Boyd, with Albert and Boyd ranking first with 11 assists each. Sergio Somma has five goals and 11 points, tying for second in goals with C.J. Severyn. Bishop is fourth with four tallies.

Top Heavy
Four Buckeyes – Zac Dalpe (36), Peter Boyd (28), John Albert (25) and Sergio Somma (24) – have 47.3 percent of the team’s 239 points this season.

Dalpe has 21 percent of the team’s 89 goals with 19, with Somma contributing 12 percent with 11. The two combine with Bishop (9) and Severyn (7) to generate 52 percent of the team’s goals this season.

Scoring Stats
After going through its first 25 games without scoring just three goals, the Buckeyes have three goals in five of their last seven games.

The Buckeyes have three or more goals in 10 of the 12 games since returning from break and are averaging 3.6 goals a game over the stretch. The Buckeye offense averaged just 2.3 goals a game in the first half of the season. The team is averaging 2.8 goals a game on the year.

AAA Line
The Buckeyes’ “AAA” line of alternate captains Sergio Somma, Zac Dalpe and Peter Boyd has been together since Nov. 14 and have combined for 75 points in the 23 games (3.26 points per game). Boyd has 27 points (5g, 22a) in the 23 games combined, Dalpe has 17 goals, 13 assists and 30 points and Somma has a 9-11-20 line.

The trio has a combined 88 of the Buckeyes’ 239 points this year, accounting for 37 percent of the team’s offensive production.

More Dalpe Data
CCHA Player of the Month for January sophomore Zac Dalpe, the Buckeyes’ leading scorer with 19 goals and 36 points, has points in 23 of 32 games this year. He has career highs for goals, assists (17), points, shots (130) and plus/minus (+12). He is tied for fifth in the CCHA in scoring overall, ranking second in goals and tying for fourth in power-play tallies.

In conference games only Dalpe leads the league in points (33) and goals (17).

Dalpe’s goal vs. Ferris State Jan. 29 was the 50th point of his career. He now has 61 career points in 69 games after a 13-12-25 line as a freshman last year that earned him a spot on the CCHA All-Rookie Team.

No. 12 On a Roll
Junior defenseman Matt Bartkowski has a point in nine of his last 13 games, with a 2-9-11 line over the stretch. He had a point in just five of the first 19 games of the season. He is first among the Buckeye defenseman in scoring with 16 points on the year, including 12 assists to rank fifth on the squad.

More for 44
Junior Sergio Somma is fourth on the team with 24 points, ranking second with 11 goals and ranking fourth with 13 assists. Somma has a point in eight of 11 games since returning from break and ended a three-game scoreless streak with a goal at Western Michigan last Saturday.

Somma now has matched his career best of 11 goals. He is one shy of his career-best 14 goals and 25 points set a season ago. He has seven multiple-point games on the year.
 
Here’s Johnny
After going scoreless at Michigan State Jan. 22-23, John Albert has a point in seven of his last eight games (1g, 6a), including an assist in each game at Western Michigan last weekend. He has gone more than one game without a point just twice this season. Albert is second on the team with 20 assists after leading the Buckeyes with 28 assists a year ago. Albert is fifth (tied) in the CCHA in conference games only with 18 helpers and ranks 10th in all games.

He is third for the Buckeyes with 25 points this season, his third season with at least 20 points for the Scarlet and Gray. Albert reached the 75-point mark in his career with his second assist vs. Bowling Green Jan. 8. He now has a 20-65-85 line in 115 games.

Shooting Stats
The Buckeyes are 6-3-4 when allowing 21-30 shots this season but are 3-11-1 when allowing 31-40. When giving up 41 or more, the team is 2-1. Western Michigan had 71 shots in the two games combined last week (34 Friday, 37 Saturday).

One On, One Off
Against Western Michigan, sophomore Taylor Stefishen was held scoreless in a series for the first time since Dec. 11-12. Through the first 10 games in the second half of the year he had a point in every other game, with two two-point games over the stretch. Stefishen now has a career-best five goals, eight assists and 13 points on the year.

Steady
Six Buckeyes have played in all 32 games this season – Zac Dalpe, John Albert, Peter Boyd, Sergio Somma, Matt Bartkowski and Chris Reed.

Boyd Business
Junior Peter Boyd ranks second for the Buckeyes with 28 points this year, ranking first on the team with a career-best 22 assists.

Boyd ranks eighth (tied) in scoring in CCHA games only with 27 points and leads CCHA players with 21 assists in conference play.

Boyd has at least one point in 16 of the last 23 games. He had a career-best seven-game point streak ended vs. Alaska Feb. 13 and ended a three-game scoreless streak with an assist at Western Michigan last Saturday.

The CCHA Offensive Player of the Week Jan. 31, Boyd has more than 20 points for the third time in his career. He has a 29-54-83 line in 115 games for the Scarlet and Gray.

Between the Pipes
Junior Dustin Carlson has started a season-high three-consecutive games for the Buckeyes, going 1-0-2 in the stretch with two shootout wins. Earlier this season Carlson held opponents to less than three goals a game but the Buckeyes scored fewer than two with him between the pipes, dropping him to 1-8 on the year.

In his last three starts Carlson has a 2.21 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.

Put Your Rally Caps On
Ohio State has come from behind to tie the game in the third period and force overtime in four of the five games that ended deadlocked this season. At Notre Dame Oct. 31 Zac Dalpe scored to tie the game at 2-all. Against Ferris State Jan. 30 Kyle Reed scored the final goal of the game in the third stanza. At Nebraska-Omaha Feb. 6 C.J. Severyn tied the game at 3-all in the final two minutes. At Western Michigan last Saturday Dalpe scored with 1:36 remaining to tie the score at 3.

Welcome to the Century Club
Nine Buckeyes have played in 100 or more games for the Scarlet and Gray. Mathieu Picard leads the team with 122 games for the Buckeyes, followed by Peter Boyd, John Albert and Sergio Somma with 115 each, Chris Reed with 113 career tilts and Shane Sims with 108 games played. Corey Toy played in his 100th game at Ohio State vs. Alaska last Saturday and Patrick Schafer marked his 100th game at Western Michigan last Friday. Kyle Reed is up next with 99 career games, followed by C.J. Severyn with 96.

On Friday … On Saturday
The Buckeyes are 5-10-1 in the first game of a weekend this year and 7-5-4 in game two. Six of the weekend finales have gone to overtime, with the Buckeyes 1-1-4 in those contests.

After the First … After the Second
The Buckeyes are 7-4-1 when ahead, 5-6-2 when trailing and 0-5-2 when tied after the opening 20 minutes of play this season.

Ohio State is 7-5-1 when leading after two periods of play and 4-2-3 when tied after the second and 1-8-1 when trailing after 40 minutes.

Career Leaders
Juniors John Albert leads the current Buckeyes with 85 career points, followed by junior Peter Boyd with 83. Sophomore Zac Dalpe is first with 32 goals, followed by Sergio Somma with 30 and Boyd with 29. Albert is first with 65 career assists, with Boyd second at 54. Somma is third with 65 points as a Buckeye, followed by Dalpe with 61.

Multiple Point Men
Sophomore