Ohio State vs. Ferris State Thursday, Feb. 24 – 7:05 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 – 7:05 p.m. Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
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Ohio State vs. Ferris State – The Series 2010-11: Tied 1-1 at Ferris State 2, Ohio State 1 (Oct. 22) Ohio State 5, at Ferris State 3 (Oct. 23) 2009-10: Ferris State won 2-1-1 Overall: Ohio State leads 57-43-13 In Columbus: Ohio State leads 33-14-9 In Big Rapids: Ferris State leads 29-23-4 Neutral Site: Ohio State leads 1-0-0
Buckeye Slapshots • The series this weekend is the final regular-season action for the Buckeyes in 2010-11. • The Buckeye senior class ranks fifth in scoring in the nation this season, combining for 135 points on the year. • Sergio Somma had three points last weekend to join classmates John Albert and Peter Boyd in the Ohio State ‘Century Club.” • Junior goalie Cal Heeter is first in the NCAA in minutes played and ranks fourth with 877 saves. • The Buckeyes are outscoring opponents 40-26 in the third period this year but have been outscored in both the first (22-18) and second (31-29) periods. • This is the first Thursday/Friday series for the Buckeyes this year. The team had two Thursday games a season ago.
Drop the Puck The Ohio State men’s hockey wraps up the regular season with a series against Ferris State in Value City Arena this week. The Buckeyes (15-15-3, 10-13-3-2 CCHA) and Bulldogs (16-14-4, 11-12-3-2 CCHA) will meet at 7:05 p.m. Thursday and Friday in Value City Arena.
Both games will be streamed for a fee through BigTenNetwork.com. Friday, WBNS AM will have the radio call on 1460 in Columbus and on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The Thursday game can be heard on OhioStateSports.net. Live stats can be accessed from OhioStateBuckeyes.com and CCHA.com, with in-game updates also on Twitter @OhioState_MHKY.
Big Ten and Sugar Bowl Champs The Ohio State football team will be honored at the game Thursday. A select group will drop the puck in a pregame ceremony and the group will be recognized on the ice after the first period.
The 2010 Big Ten trophy will be on the concourse to fans to take photos with before the game.
You Can Win … Thursday is Student Appreciation Night in Value City Arena. Students can enter to win an official Buckeye jersey as well as $75 gift cards to the Official Team Shop.
Friday is Fan Appreciation Night. There will be giveaways and prizes throughout the game.
Autograph Seekers After the game Friday, an autograph session with all 25 members of the Ohio State men’s hockey squad will be held on the concourse.
Buckeye Snapshot Ohio State is 15-13-3 this season and 10-13-3-2 in CCHA action. The team is averaging 2.73 goals a game while allowing 2.42. On the power play, the Buckeyes are 25-for-145 (17.2 percent) and on the penalty kill the team is 115-for-139 (82.7 percent). The team can finish anywhere from fourth to 10th in the final CCHA standings, depending on results from around the league this weekend.
Senior forward John Albert is first on the team with 34 points and 22 assists, ranking third with 12 goals. Senior forward Sergio Somma is second with 31 points and leads the squad with 17 goals. Junior forward Danny Dries is second in goals (14) and third in points with 26. Senior forward Peter Boyd is fourth with 10 goals and 25 points and tied for third in assists with senior defenseman Shane Sims with 15 each. Sims leads the blueliners in scoring with 17 points.
In net, junior Cal Heeter has started all 33 games, with a 2.31 goals-against average, .921 save percentage and NCAA-best 877 saves.
Flashback The Buckeyes were 1-0-1 against Lake Superior State over the weekend in Value City Arena. In the opener Friday the teams tied 1-1, with John Albert scoring the lone goal for the Buckeyes. The game went to a shootout, with the Lakers winning 1-0 in three rounds to earn the extra point in the CCHA standings.
Saturday, the Buckeyes allowed two goals in the first 1:07 but then responded with five unanswered for a win. Corey Toy opened the scoring, with Sergio Somma tying the game in the second period and Danny Dries putting Ohio State ahead (2-1) at 12:00 of the second stanza. Chris Crane (power play) and Peter Boyd (empty net) added insurance markers in the third.
The CCHA Picture Postseason positions for the CCHA come down to this weekend’s results for all but two teams. Miami is locked in the third spot, with Bowling Green in 11th. Ohio State can finish anywhere from fourth to tied for ninth. The conference title will go to either Notre Dame, currently in first place with 56 points, or Michigan, in second place with 55.
Should teams end the regular season tied in the standings, the first tiebreaker is wins in conference play. Toy, Heeter Honored Junior Cal Heeter and senior Corey Toy were named CCHA Goaltender and Defenseman of the Week, respectively, the conference announced Monday. The duo helped the Buckeyes to a 1-0-1 record against Lake Superior State, allowing just three goals in the series.
Heeter was undefeated on the weekend, allowing three goals. He had a league-best 1.48 goals-against average for the weekend and was second in save percentage at .945 (first among goalies who played two games). Against the Lakers Friday Heeter allowed just one goal, making 27 saves in an overtime tie. Saturday the Lakers scored twice in the first 1:07 (including a power-play goal at :37), but Heeter then shut out the Lakers the rest of the game, making 25 saves, until he was replaced by senior Dustin Carlson for the final 3:30. Heeter and the Buckeyes were 7-for-8 on the penalty kill in the series, including 4-for-4 Friday.
Toy had three points in the Buckeyes’ series weekend with Lake Superior State. Friday he assisted on John Albert’s first-period goal and was +1. Saturday, Toy matched his career high, first set in March 2009, with a goal and an assist and was a team-high +2. The tally was his first since March 6, 2009 and cut the LSSU lead to one (2-1) in the Buckeyes’ come-from-behind win.
No. 44 Hits 100 Senior Sergio Somma had three points in the win over Lake Superior State Friday to hit the 100-point mark for his career. He scored on the power play in the second period and then assisted on a goal by Danny Dries (the eventual gamewinner) to hit the century mark. Somma added an assist on Chris Cranes power-play goal in the third.
Somma has a team-best and career-high 17 goals this year and ranks second on the team with a career-best 31 points after two 20-point seasons. Ten of his goals are on the power play to lead the squad and the CCHA and rank fifth (tied) nationally.
Somma’s goal against the Wolverines was the 50th of his career. He is the first Buckeye with 50 career goals since Paul Caponigri (53) and Dave Steckel (50) in 2003-04.
Somma has six points in his last five games combined, with the three-point night vs. Lake State and two-point games against Michigan State Feb. 5 and Michigan Feb. 11. He has a team-high nine multiple-point games this season.
Between the Pipes Buckeye junior goalie Cal Heeter leads the country in minutes played (1951:34) and is fourth with 877 saves. He has a 2.31 goals-against average and .921 save percentage. Heeter played in his 50th game as a Buckeye vs. Notre Dame Jan. 29 and made his 50th career start Feb. 11 at Michigan. He has two shutouts this season and has held opponents to two or less goals 17 times.
Heeter is on the ballot for the fan vote for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, the trophy bestowed to the top player in college hockey each year. Fans can visit http://go.osu.edu/hobeyvoteforcal each day to cast a vote for Heeter
De-Fense! Ohio State and goalie Cal Heeter held the Lakers to just three goals last weekend. The squad is 13th in the NCAA, allowing just 2.42 goals a game. The squad, and Cal Heeter, have held their opponents to two or less goals in five of the last six games. It is the lowest goals-against total for the team since the 2005-06 squad allowed 2.36 goals an outing.
On the PK Lake Superior State’s power-play tally in the first period Saturday ended a streak of 21 consecutive power plays stopped by the Buckeyes. The squad had not allowed a power-play goal in the last five games. The Buckeyes are tied for 24th in the NCAA with an 82.7 penalty-kill percentage.
On the Offense The Buckeyes scored more than three goals for just the third time in the last 12 games with the 5-2 victory Saturday over Lake Superior State. The squad is averaging 2.7 goals a game.
The power play was 2-for-3 Saturday vs. the Lakers, ending a streak of three-consecutive games without a PPG.
The Seniors Ohio State has nine seniors (eight skaters) on the squad, including four of the Top 5 scorers. The group of Sergio Somma, John Albert, Peter Boyd and Shane Sims has combined for 41 goals, 66 assists and 107 points, with each playing in all 33 games. The other skaters in the class (C.J. Severyn, Chris Reed, Kyle Reed and Corey Toy) have a 9-18-27 line together, each playing in at least 26 games.
In all, the Buckeye seniors have 135 points, an average of 4.09 a game, to rank fifth in the NCAA in points by seniors per team.
No. 15 John Albert leads the Buckeyes with 22 assists and 34 points and is third with a career-high 12 goals. He has at least 20 points in each of his four years skating for the Scarlet and Gray, with at least 30 in each of his last three years.
Albert has a point in all but 10 games this year and has gone back-to-back games without a point just once (Nov. 12-13 at Michigan State). Against Lake Superior State Albert had the lone goal Friday and had an assist Saturday. Getting It Done Late … The Buckeyes are outscoring their opponents in the third period, 40-26, this season and held Lake Superior State scoreless in the final stanza last weekend. The squad has 47 goals in the first and second periods combined (18 in the first, 29 in the second after a five-goal second vs. Army Jan. 2), and have 43 in the third period (40) and overtime (3) combined. The squad scored a season-high five third-period goals against Miami Jan. 8.
The Century Club Seniors John Albert and Peter Boyd both hit the 100-point mark in the first half of the season and were joined by classmate Sergio Somma last Saturday. They are the first Buckeyes to join the Century Club since 2008.
Boyd had three assists and points in the series with Michigan Dec. 3-4 to hit the 100-point mark in his career. Albert hit triple digits vs. Alabama-Huntsville Nov. 6. Somma had three points vs. Lake Superior State Feb. 19, with an assist for his 100th point. The last Buckeye team to have more than one player pass the 100-point mark was in 2004 (Paul Caponigri, Scott May and Dave Steckel). With Albert, Boyd and Somma, there now are 55 members of the Ohio State ‘Century Club.’
Albert is first for the current Buckeyes with 124 points, the most for a Buckeye since the 2004 squad when Caponigri had 132 and May had 117. Boyd has 113 points as a Buckeye. Somma leads the current Buckeyes with 51 career goals, while Albert is first with 91 assists for the Scarlet and Gray. Albert is five assists away from tying for 10th in program history. Boyd has 38 goals and 75 assists to rank second in both categories among current Buckeyes.
Happy 150 Buckeye seniors Peter Boyd, John Albert and Sergio Somma all played in the 150th games of their careers vs. Michigan State Feb. 4, becoming the 38th, 39th and 40th Buckeyes to play in at least 150 games all-time. Mark Anderson is the program’s leader with 167 games as a Buckeye from 1985-88. The last Buckeyes to play at least 150 games were Matt McIlvane (156) and Johann Kroll (153), who finished their careers in 2008. Senior Shane Sims enters the weekend with 148 games played, while Chris Reed has skated in 146 contests for the Scarlet and Gray.
Boyd, Albert and Somma each have played in 155 games and need two more games each to break into the Top 10 in program history.
The Rookies Four Buckeye freshmen have skated in at least 29 games this season, with each posting at least six points as they have combined for a 15-27-41 line. Forward Alex Szczechura (7g, 6a) leads the rookies with 13 points, followed by defenseman Curtis Gedig with 12 points on 12 assists. Forward Chris Crane (4g, 5a) has nine points and Alex Lippincott (4g, 4a) has eight. Travis Statchuk has been limited to 20 games because of injury and has a goal and three assists for four points. Rookie Brendan Arniel played his first game as a Buckeye vs. Alaska Nov. 27.
Lippincott had an assist and Crane scored a power-play goal against Lake Superior State last Saturday.
Buckeyes vs. Bulldogs Ohio State is 58-44-13 all-time vs. Ferris State, including 33-14-9 in Columbus. The teams met in Columbus last year, with Ohio State winning 5-3 Jan. 29 and the squads tying, 3-3, before the Bulldogs won the shootout, Jan. 30. In game one the Buckeyes led 2-1 after the first period and 3-2 after the second. The Bulldogs cut the lead to one (4-3) at 12:29 of the third but Peter Boyd scored to give the Buckeyes a two-goal lead. Buckeye goalie Cal Heeter made 46 saves in the contest. In game two, the Buckeyes trailed after the first (1-0) and second (3-2) periods but Kyle Reed scored early in the third to deadlock the score at 3-all.
Earlier this Year Ohio State and Ferris State are meeting for the second time this season. The squads first faced off in Big Rapids Oct. 22-23 to open CCHA play. After dropping the opener, 2-1, the Buckeyes responded with a 5-3 win in game two for a series split. The Bulldogs scored 1:48 into the game before Ohio State scored twice (Danny Dries, Shane Sims) before the end of the period to go ahead, 2-1. In the second Ferris State scored twice to regain the lead, 3-2. In the third, the Buckeyes scored three unanswered goals for the victory. After Sergio Somma tied the score at 3, John Albert put the Buckeyes ahead at 10:51 and sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 29 seconds remaining.
Ferris Facts Ferris State is 16-14-4 on the year and coming off two losses at home to Notre Dame (3-2, 5-2). The squad is averaging just 2.38 goals a game but ranks fourth in the NCAA in team defense, giving up just 2.18 goals a contest.
Senior defenseman Zach Redmond is first on the team with 13 assists and 20 points and tied for second with seven goals while playing. Senior forward Mike Embach has a team-high eight tallies and is second with 18 points, tying junior defenseman Chad Billins for second with 10 assists. In goal senior Pat Nagle has a 2.00 goals-against average to rank fourth nationally and .923 save percentage. The 20 – and 30 – Point Clubs • Two Buckeyes, seniors John Albert and Sergio Somma, have crossed the 30-point mark this year, while two others, junior Danny Dries and senior Peter Boyd, have hit the 20-point mark. Albert is first on the squad with 34 points, followed by Somma with 31, Dries with 26 and Boyd with 25. • Albert is seventh in the CCHA in points overall, with Somma tied for ninth, Dries 16th and Boyd 21st. • Somma is first on the team with 17 goals to rank fourth (tied) in the CCHA. Dries is second with 14 and stands 10th (tied) in the conference, with Albert 14th (tied) with 12. • With 22 assists, Albert stands seventh in the CCHA this season. • In conference games only Albert (10g, 16a) is tied for eighth with 26 points, with Somma tied for 10th with 24 (12g, 12a) points. Somma is sixth (tied) in goals, with Albert and Dries tied for 10th with 10 each. Albert’s 15 assists in CCHA play are tied for seventh. • Somma has a team-best nine multiple-point games, with Albert and Dries tied for second with six. • Albert and Boyd both now have at least 20 points in all four of their seasons with the Buckeyes, with Albert posting three 30-point campaigns. Somma has crossed the 20-point mark three times. Dries has posted at least 20 points in each of his first three collegiate seasons.
Power Play Leaders Sergio Somma is first in the CCHA and tied for fifth nationally with 10 power-play goals, with Dries tied for 11th in the CCHA with five PPG. Among CCHA power-play leaders, Dries (5-7-12), Somma (10-2-12) and Albert (2-10-12) are tied for seventh.
Leaders on the Blue Line Shane Sims is first among Buckeye defensemen with 17 points on the year. He is tied for second on the team with 15 assists, tying for 20th in the CCHA in helpers in all games. Among conference defensemen Sims is ninth in points, ranking fourth (tied) in helpers. In CCHA games only Sims is tied for 10th in scoring among defensemen with a 2-10-12 line. He is tied for first for the Buckeyes with a +10 mark.
Curtis Gedig is tied for second among CCHA rookie defensemen in scoring and assists.
Buckeye This and That • Nine of the Buckeyes’ 15 losses this season have been by one goal. The team’s two-goal losses at Western Michigan and Michigan State included empty-net tallies. • The Buckeyes are 12-0 when scoring four or more goals this year, but 3-15-3 when held to three or less. • Every Buckeye skater that has played at least two games this season has at least one point. Eighteen have scored a goal, with 21 recording at least one assist. • Shane Sims leads the Buckeyes with 72 recorded blocked shots; Corey Toy is second with 37, followed by Curtis Gedig with 35. John Albert leads the forwards with 27 recorded blocks. • Chris Crane’s goal Saturday vs. Lake Superior State was his first tally since Nov. 12 at Michigan State. • Danny Dries has a team-high four game-winning goals each this season. • The Buckeyes are 5-1-1 when leading after the first period, but 5-8-1 when even after 20 minutes. It is 5-6-1 when trailing after the first stanza, including a win Saturday vs. Lake State. • Ohio State is 3-1-3 in overtime this season, with wins against Michigan State, Michigan and Bowling Green and a loss at Alaska. The squad won shootouts vs. both Alaska and Western Michigan before losing a shootout against Lake Superior State. Alex Szczechura has two of the overtime winners, with Danny Dries recording the other.
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Up Next This week wraps up regular-season play. Ohio State will either be in action next weekend in the CCHA tournament first round or will have a bye and return to play in the quarterfinals March 11-13.