COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s hockey team (11-14-3, 9-10-3-1 CCHA) returns to Columbus for its final two-game home series of the regular season. The Buckeyes will take on the Alaska Nanooks at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena.
The game Friday will be televised by the Big Ten Network, with game two streamed on the internet at video.bigtennetwork.com ($2.99). Both games can be heard live on the internet at wosu.org/hockey and at ohiostatesports.net.
Live stats can be found on the men’s hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Proud of Those Who Serve
Feb. 5-13 is Military Appreciation Week at Ohio State. At home athletics events during the week, including the hockey game Saturday, items (ie food, hygiene, drinks, entertainment) will be collected for Operation Buckeye. For a complete list of needed items, click on the Military Appreciation Week button on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
The week began with a wrestling match vs. Michigan Feb. 5, men’s volleyball vs. St. Francis Feb. 6 and men’s basketball vs. Iowa Feb. 7. It also includes women’s basketball vs. Purdue Thursday and men’s lacrosse vs. Villanova Saturday. The hockey game vs. Alaska Saturday wraps up the week.
The Puck Drop
Buckeye football head coach Jim Tressel and Michael Leach, a Wounded Warrior, will drop the ceremonial puck pregame Saturday as part of Military Appreciation Week.
The Fun Stuff
There will be an autograph session with juniors C.J. Severyn, Shane Sims and Corey Toy following the game Saturday.
Ohio State is 11-13-3 this season and is 9-10-3-1 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association play, standing in 10th place but just six points out of fourth with games in hand on fourth-place Alaska and Nebraska-Omaha and eighth-place Notre Dame. The Buckeyes are scoring 2.82 goals a game while allowing 3.21 goals an outing. The team has converted 25-of-145 (17.2 percent) of its power-play chances and has stopped 112-of-154 (72.7 percent) opponent chances.
Sophomore forward Zac Dalpe is first with 15 goals and 31 points. Junior Peter Boyd is first with 21 assists and second with 27 points. Juniors Sergio Somma and John Albert are in third and fourth with 23 and 22 points, respectively. Somma is second with 10 goals, followed by junior Hunter Bishop with eight and junior C.J. Severyn with seven. Albert is second with 18 assists, followed by Dalpe with 16 and Somma with 13. Dalpe has a team-high six power-play goals and shares the team lead with Patrick Schafer with two gamewinners a piece. Dalpe has a team-best +11 mark, followed by Boyd at +10.
Goalies junior Dustin Carlson and sophomore Cal Heeter have shared time this season, rotating starts throughout the first 16 games of the year and the last three series. Carlson has a 2.94 goals-against average and .906 save percentage. Heeter is 9-5-2 with a 3.19 GAA and .899 svpct.
Juniors Peter Boyd and Sergio Somma both enter the series with Alaska on seven-game scoring streaks. Boyd has a 1-10-11 line over the stretch, with at least one assist in each game, while Somma has a 4-6-10 ledger.
Junior Hunter Bishop has a four-game point streak with a goal and three assists, while junior John Albert has an assist in each of his last four games. Junior C.J. Severyn is on a three-game goal-scoring streak. Junior defenseman Shane Sims has points in back-to-back games (2g, 1a).
A Streak Ended
The Buckeyes had their season-high four-game unbeaten streak ended with a 4-3 loss to Nebraska-Omaha Saturday. The Buckeyes were 2-0-2 over the last four games, with ties and shootout losses in back-to-back games vs. Ferris State and Nebraska-Omaha.
It’s a Power Play Goal
The Buckeye power play was 4-for-9 in the series at Nebraska-Omaha (44.4 percent), extending their streak of games with a power-play goal to nine (16-50/.320), dating to the game at Miami Dec. 12 to wrap up the first half of the season. The 5-on-3 goal Saturday vs. the Mavericks was their fourth of the season and first since Oct. 30 at Notre Dame. The squad was held scoreless on the power play in five games before beginning the streak at Miami Dec. 12.
For the year, the team is now at 17.2 percent (25-of-145). In conference games only the squad ranks second, converting 20.5 percent (23-of-112).
Ohio State vs. Alaska
All-time, Ohio State leads the series with Alaska, 23-21-3, but the team lost the 2008-09 series, 2-3.
In Columbus, Ohio State leads 13-6-1. The teams last met on the Buckeyes’ home ice Jan. 4-5, 2008, with each team posting a win (UA 4-2, OSU 5-2).
The Series in 2008-09
The Buckeyes and Nanooks met twice in six weeks in Fairbanks last season. In the regular season the squads split the series Jan. 30-31, with the Nanooks winning game one, 4-1, and the Buckeyes posting a 6-2 victory in game two.
The Buckeyes finished one point behind Alaska in the CCHA standings and traveled there for the CCHA quarterfinals after sweeping Bowling Green in the first round, while the Nanooks had a bye. Alaska won the first game, 4-0, and Ohio State won game two (4-2) to tie the series. In game three Alaska scored in the final minute for a 1-0 win to advance to the CCHA Championship semifinals at Joe Louis Arena.
Buckeyes vs. Nanooks
Junior Sergio Somma has a team-high four goals and eight points vs. the Nanooks. Junior John Albert has five assists to lead the Buckeyes. Somma and junior Peter Boyd each have four helpers vs. Alaska.
Alaska, which has spent time ranked in the Top 20 in the nation this season, enters the weekend 11-9-8 overall and stands tied for fourth place in the CCHA with an 8-9-7-4 ledger. The team will close out conference action next weekend at home against Lake Superior State. The squad is 3-6-3 on the road this year, with a 6-3-5 leger at home and 2-0-0 mark in neutral-site matches. The team was 1-0-1-0 vs. Michigan State last weekend at home, downing the Spartans, 2-0, in the opener before losing the shootout after tying, 1-1.
The Nanooks average 2.46 goals a game while allowing 2.46 an outing. The squad has converted 17.5 percent of its power-play chances (27-for-154) and has stopped 84 percent of its opponents’ opportunities (100-of-119).
Freshman Andy Taranto and senior Dion Knelsen lead the Nanooks with 26 points each. Sophomore defenseman Joe Sova is first among the UA blueliners with a 4-13-17 line. Knelsen is first on the team with 15 goals, followed by Taranto with nine. Taranto leads the team with 17 assists, with classmate Nik Yaremchuk second with 14 and Sova with 13. In all, seven Nanooks have double-digit points.
Sophomore goalie Scott Greenham has played 28 games, with a 2.31 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. Freshman Steve Thompson has seen action in two contests, with a 3.53 GAA and .853 save percentage.
Dallas Ferguson, a 1996 graduate of Alaska, is in his second year as the head coach of his alma mater. He led the team to a 17-16-6 mark in his first year at the helm.
The Extra Session
Ohio State is 1-1-3-1 in overtime this year. After winning its first shootout of the year 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 squad lost in overtime at Ferris State and beat Bemidji State in the extra stanza.
Another 4A Game
Sophomore Zac Dalpe had four assists in the game at Nebraska-Omaha last Friday, tying his career high for points and setting a personal-best for assists. It was the third four-assist game for a Buckeye this season, joining Peter Boyd Nov. 21 at Ferris State and John Albert Jan. 8 vs. Bowling Green. Boyd’s four-helper night was the Buckeyes’ first since Feb. 24, 2007. Since 2001 there have been just seven four-assist games for the Buckeyes, with four this season.
The Buckeyes scored in the first minute in both games vs. the Mavericks. Hunter Bishop scored Friday 34 seconds into the contest and C.J. Severyn tallied 15 seconds into the game Saturday.
Two for Two
Junior forward Sergio Somma had his fourth career two-goal game Friday at Nebraska-Omaha. It was his second this season and first since Nov. 21 at Ferris State.
Junior defenseman Shane Sims scored a career-high two goals (both on the power play) against Nebraska-Omaha last Saturday. He leads the Buckeyes defensemen with 14 points this year.
A Look Back – OSU at UNO
The Buckeyes were 0-1-1 at Nebraska-Omaha last week. In the first game the team rallied to tie, 5-5, before losing the shootout to give the Mavericks the extra point in the CCHA standings. The Mavericks won the second game, 4-3, with two third-period goals.
In the opener, the Buckeyes led 2-0 just 1:56 into the game on goals by Hunter Bishop and Sergio Somma. The Mavericks scored at 6:17 to make it 2-1 but Somma responded just seven seconds later for a 3-1 Buckeye lead. Matt Ambroz scored the final goal of the first period to give Ohio State a 3-2 edge after one. In the second Kyle Reed scored on the power play at 6:51 to again give the Buckeyes a two-goal lead (4-2). UNO’s Terry Broadhurst then scored three power-play goals to give the Mavericks a 5-4 lead. He tallied at 11:03 and 17:18 of the second and put UNO on top for the first time 5:15 into the third. C.J. Severyn scored for the Buckeyes with 1:34 remaining to tie the game at 5-all.
Neither team was able to score through overtime, sending the game to a shootout. The Mavericks won in seven rounds, 3-2. Zac Dalpe, who had four assists in the game, and Bishop scored for the Buckeyes.
In game two, Ohio State led 2-1 after the end of the first on goals from C.J. Severyn (just 16 seconds into the game) and Sims at 7:44. UNO’s Eddie DelGrosso cut the Buckeye lead to one with a goal at the 12:15 mark of the first. Sims added his second power-play tally of the night at 5:18 of the second to give Ohio State a 3-1 lead. The Mavericks drew within one again with a goal at 13:01 of the second and tied the game at 3-all just 56 seconds in the third period. Jeric Agosta had the gamewinner at the 8:38 mark of the third.
The Buckeyes “AAA” line of alternate captains Sergio Somma, Zac Dalpe and Peter Boyd combined for eight points against Nebraska-Omaha Friday. They have been together since Nov. 14 and have combined for 68 points in the 18 games (3.78 points per game). Boyd has 25 points (5g, 20a) in the 18 games combined, Dalpe has 13 goals, 12 assists and 25 points and Somma has an 8-10-18 line.
The line has a combined 79 of the Buckeyes’ 205 points this year, accounting for 38 percent of the team’s offensive production.
Three of the Buckeyes’ four alternate captains – Sergio Somma, Zac Dalpe and Peter Boyd – were put on a line together against Northern Michigan Nov. 14 and they have combined to produce 70 points in the 19 games since (3.68 points per game). The line had 10 points at Nebraska-Omaha last weekend, including eight in the win last Friday. Boyd has 26 points (5g, 21a) in the 19 games combined, Dalpe has 13 goals, 12 assists and 25 points and Somma has a 8-11-19 line.
The line has a combined 81 of the Buckeyes’ 214 points this year, accounting for 38 percent of the team’s offensive numbers.
On The Offensive
The Buckeyes have three or more goals in seven of the eight games since returning from break and are averaging 4.1 goals a game over the stretch. The Buckeye offense averaged just 2.3 goals a game in the first half of the season.
Since break Zac Dalpe has a team-best five goals and 12 points. Peter Boyd is first with 10 assists and second with 11 points. Sergio Somma has a 4-6-10 line and Hunter Bishop (3g, 6a) and John Albert (9a) each have nine points. C.J. Severyn has eight points and is second with five goals.
Put Your Rally Caps On
Ohio State has come from behind to tie the game in the third period and force overtime in all three 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. Last week at Nebraska-Omaha C.J. Severyn tied the game at 3-all in the final two minutes.
CCHA Player of the Month for January sophomore Zac Dalpe, the Buckeyes’ leading scorer with 15 goals and 31 points, has points in 20 of 28 games this year. He has career highs for goals, assists (16), points, shots (111) and plus/minus (+11). He is tied for fourth in the CCHA in scoring overall, tying for fourth in goals and tying for third in power-play tallies.
In conference games only Dalpe leads the league in both points (28) and points per game (1.27). He is tied for first with 13 goals and tied for sixth with 15 assists. His five power play goals are tied for fifth and he is tied for third with 11 power-play points. He has a +12 rating to tie for sixth.
Dalpe’s goal vs. Ferris State Jan. 29 was the 50th point of his career. He now has 56 career points in 65 games after a 13-12-25 line as a freshman last year that earned him a spot on the CCHA All-Rookie Team.
Junior Peter Boyd is on a seven-game scoring streak, including three points against Nebraska-Omaha last weekend with three assists. He leads the Buckeyes and is second in the CCHA with a career-best 21 assists. His 27 points are tied for 11th in overall games in the league.
Boyd ranks second (tied) in scoring in CCHA games only with 26 points and is second in points per game (1.18). He leads all CCHA players with 20 assists in conference play and is tied for sixth with a +12 rating.
Boyd has at least one point in 15 of the last 19 games. His current seven-game point streak comes after a three-game scoreless streak Dec. 11-Jan. 8.
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 29-53-82 line in 111 games for the Scarlet and Gray.
More for 44
Junior Sergio Somma is third on the team with 23 points, ranking second with 10 goals and ranking fourth with 13 assists. After going scoreless in four games, Somma is on a seven-game point (4-6-10) streak. He has an assist in six of his last seven games.
He is 14th in the CCHA in scoring in conference games with a 10-10-20 line, ranking 11th in goals.
Somma is one shy of the career-best 11 goals and 13 assists he had last season. He has a team-high seven multiple-point games on the year.
Vote for Pics
Senior Mathieu Picard is on the ballot for the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four Skills challenge. Visit www.ncaa.com/frozenfourskillschallenge and click on ‘men’s west to help Picard, the Buckeyes’ lone senior, earn a spot on the squad. Buckeye women’s hockey seniors Raelyn LaRocque and Rachel Davis are on the women’s west squad ballot.
The Frozen Four Skills Challenge will be held April 9 at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich., and will highlight the “Friday Night at the Frozen Four.”
The Buckeyes now rank second in the CCHA in conference games only in team offense (3.14 goals per game) and power play (20.5 percent).
Seven Buckeyes have played in all 28 games this season – Zac Dalpe, John Albert, Peter Boyd, Sergio Somma, Matt Bartkowski, Mathieu Picard and Chris Reed.
The Buckeyes are 6-2-3 when allowing 21-30 shots this season but are 2-11-0 when allowing 31-40. When giving up 41 or more, the team is 2-1. Nebraska-Omaha had 39 shots on net in the last time out.
20 Lights the Lamp
Junior C.J. Severyn has seven goals this season, with six coming in the last 12 games. He enters the series with Alaska on a three-game goal-scoring streak. He has a personal-best four assists and has 11 points, one shy of the career-high he had last year. Severyn had a career-high three points against Bowling Green Jan. 8 with a goal and two assists.
One On, One Off
Sophomore Taylor Stefishen has a point in every other game over the last eight games. He has two two-point games over the stretch. Stefishen now has a career-best five goals, seven assists and 12 points on the year.
After going scoreless at Michigan State, John Albert has an assist in each of his last four games. It was just the second time this year he went more than one game without a point and the first time since the second and third games of the year. He is second on the team with 18 assists after leading the Buckeyes with 28 assists a year ago.
Albert is eighth (tied) in the CCHA in assists overall and is tied for fourth in CCHA games only with 16. He is tied for third for the Buckeyes with 22 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 19-63-82 line in 111 games.
Dalpe Deemed the Best
Forward Zac Dalpe of Ohio State has been named the RBC Financial Group CCHA Player of the Month for January, the league announced Wednesday. This is the first time Dalpe has earned the honor in his career.
Dalpe led the Buckeyes to a 4-1-1 record in January while averaging 1.33 points per game, which tied for the conference lead. He also shared the league lead with five goals in January and added three assists for eight points. Half of Dalpe’s points originated from a Buckeye power play that operated at a conference-best 28.9 percent success rate in the month. He also helped the Buckeyes build a 2-1-1 record against teams ranked in the Top 10 nationally.
The sophomore began the month with a four-point effort in a series sweep of Bowling Green Jan. 8-9 including two goals in the second game. His third-period power-play goal gave OSU a 2-1 advantage in a Jan. 23 road victory over No. 10 Michigan State, 4-2. Dalpe registered a 2-1-3 scoring line in the final weekend of January as the Buckeyes took four of six points from No. 10 Ferris State.
Vote for Zac
Sophomore Zac Dalpe, who leads the Buckeyes with 15 goals and 27 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 Dalpe (scroll to the bottom to find his name).
Sims on the Scoresheet
Junior Shane Sims leads the Buckeye defensemen with 14 points this season, including nine assists. He has five goals, with four power-play tallies. Sims has a point in four of his last five games, with a 3-3-6 line in the stretch.
Multiple Point Men
Junior Sergio Somma leads the Buckeyes with seven multiple-point games this season, while his linemates Peter Boyd and Zac Dalpe are tied for second with six multiple-point games each, followed by Hunter Bishop with four. Another eight Buckeyes have at least one game with more than one point.
No. 12 On a Roll
Junior defenseman Matt Bartkowski has a point in six of his last nine games, with a 2-6-8 line over the stretch. He had a point in just five of the first 19 games of the season. He is second among the Buckeye defenseman in scoring with 13 points on the year, including nine assists.
Welcome to the Century Club
Seven Buckeyes have played in 100 or more games for the Scarlet and Gray. Mathieu Picard leads the team with 121 games for the Buckeyes, followed by Peter Boyd, John Albert and Sergio Somma with 111 each, Chris Reed with 109 career tilts and Shane Sims with 104 games played. Corey Toy has played in 98 games at Ohio State, followed by Patrick Schafer with 97 career games and Kyle Reed with 95.
Juniors John Albert and Peter Boyd lead the current Buckeyes with 82 career points each. Boyd and classmate Sergio Somma are first with 29 career goals, followed by sophomore Zac Dalpe with 28. Albert is first with 63 career assists, with Boyd second at 53. Somma is third with 64 points as a Buckeye, followed by Dalpe with 56.
Defenseman Devon Krogh leads the Buckeye rookies with three goals and eight points this year. He has a point in five of his last nine games, with three goals, three assists and six points.
Four Buckeyes – Zac Dalpe (31), Peter Boyd (27), Sergio Somma (23) and John Albert (22), – have 48 percent of the team’s 214 points this season.
Dalpe has 19 percent of the team’s 79 goals with 15. He has combined with Somma (10), Bishop (8) and Severyn 7) to generate 51 percent of the team’s goals this season.
On Friday … On Saturday
The Buckeyes are 4-9-1 in the first game of a weekend this year and 7-5-2 in game two. Four of the weekend finales have gone to overtime, with the Buckeyes 1-1-2 in those contests.
After the First … After the Second
The Buckeyes are 6-4-1 when ahead, 5-6-1 when trailing and 0-4-1 when tied after the opening 20 minutes of play this season.
Ohio State is 6-5-0 when leading after two periods of play and 4-2-2 when tied after the second and 1-7-1 when trailing after 40 minutes.
A Tough Road
The Buckeyes lost two games against No. 1-ranked Miami to wrap up the first half of the year. The squad played 10 of its first 20 games against teams in the Top 20 to close the first half, including six against teams in the Top 6 at the time of the game. The team has played squads ranked 10th in two of its four series to open the second half of the year, splitting at No. 10 Michigan State and going 1-0-1 vs. No. 10 Ferris State.
Using the current USCHO.com rankings, the team hosted No. 2 Denver Oct. 15-16 and traveled to Grand Forks, N.D., for the Subway Holiday Classic over Thanksgiving where it faced the host No. 11-ranked Fighting Sioux and No. 5 Bemidji State. The Buckeyes opened the year vs. Quinnipiac, which has been ranked as high as fourth and faced off against No. 14 Ferris State on the road. Miami is currently ranked first nationally. Five of the Buckeyes’ opponents have been ranked in the Top 4 at some point this season. Michigan, a team the Buckeyes split with in December, is now ranked 19th.
Buckeyes in the Bigs
R.J. Umberger, the first former Buckeye to play for Columbus and an alternate captain for the Blue Jackets, has played in 60 games for the Blue Jackets, with 41 points on 19 goals and 22 assists. He has played in 370 NHL games in his career, with an 94-109-203 line.
Ryan Kesler, an alternate captain for the Canucks, has played in 58 games and has 51 points, with 36 assists. Kesler, who is featured in the NHL 2K10 commercial, has skated in 378 NHL contests with an 80-111-191 line.
Rod Pelley, now a member of the New Jersey Devils, has played in 46 NHL games this season and has two goals, five assists and seven points. He recently spent time on injured reserve but was activated Jan. 30. He has skated in 113 NHL games, all with the Devils, and has nine assists and 13 points.
Washington Capital David Steckel has seen action in 59 games this year, has four goals and six assists for 10 points and is among the NHL leaders in faceoff win percentage. He is in his third full season with the Caps and has played in 214 NHL games, with 41 points, on 17 goals and 24 assists. He recently signed a three-year extension with the Capitals.
Tyson Strachan has played in seven NHL games with the St. Louis Blues this year, posting two assists. He was called up recently and played Jan. 28 vs. Edmonton. He has played in 37 NHL games and has five helpers.
Former Buckeye defenseman Nate (Nathan) Guenin was called up to the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this season and skated in his first two games for his hometown team before he was returned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the AHL. He has played in 14 NHL games, posting two assists.
Corey Elkins, who finished his Ohio State career a season ago, was called up to the Los Angeles Kings in December and scored a goal in his second NHL game. He has been up and down between the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs and the Kings since. He has skated in three NHL contests.
Congrats to Kes
Ryan Kesler, who played for the Buckeyes in 2002-03, was named to the US Olympic Team for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, USA Hockey announced New Year’s Day.
A two-time participant in the World Junior Championship and a U.S. National Team Development Team product, he is believed to be the first former Buckeye to play for the US team. Kesler represented the United States in the 2006 Men’s World Championship, the 2003 and ’04 World Junior Championship and the 2002 Men’s World Under-18 Championship.
Kesler, who was selected by Vancouver in the first round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft (No. 23 overall), is in his sixth season in the NHL, all with the Canucks. An alternate captain for the Canucks, he was a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Award, given to the league’s top defensive forward, last season.
Former Buckeye Andre Signoretti competed for Italy in the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Italy.
Kesler is one of four CCHA players on Team USA, joining goaltender Ryan Miller (Michigan State) and defensemen Mike Komisarek (Michigan) and Jack Johnson (Michigan). They join Canadian defensemen Duncan Keith (Michigan State) and Dan Boyle (Miami) as CCHA alums competing in Vancouver this February.
Ohio State has earned six league player of the week accolades this year. Devon Krogh is a two-time CCHA Rookie of the Week, Zac Dalpe and Peter Boyd have been the offensive player of the week, Shane Sims received defenseman of the week honors and Cal Heeter was named the CCHA Goalie of the Week.
Ohio State has rallied for a win or tie in eight games this year. At Lake Superior State the team was down 2-0 and 3-2 before winning 4-3 Oct. 24. At Notre Dame Ohio State trailed 1-0 and 2-1 but tied the game at 2-all and then won the shootout to earn two points. Against Northern Michigan Nov. 14 the Buckeyes rallied three times (down 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3) for the 5-4 win. Nov. 13 vs. Western Michigan the Buckeyes were down 1-0 after the first and second periods but scored three times in 49 seconds for a 4-2 win. Nov. 29, the squad trailed Bemidji State, 1-0, before tying the game in the second period and winning in overtime, 2-1. At Michigan State Jan. 23 the Buckeyes trailed 1-0 after the first but tied it in the second and took the lead 37 seconds into the third period. The Spartans tied the game midway through the period before Patrick Schafer’s goal with 1:07 left gave Ohio State the win. Against Ferris State Jan. 30 Ohio State trailed 2-0 in the second before deadlocking the score at 2-2. In the third the Buckeyes were behind 3-2 before Kyle Reed’s goal tied the game that eventually went to a shootout. At Nebraska-Omaha last Saturday the Buckeyes gave up a two-goal lead but C.J. Severyn’s goal with 1:34 left tied the game at 5-all.
Break it Down
Mathieu Picard is the lone senior for the Buckeyes this season. The St. Isidore, Ontario, native is joined by 13 juniors, eight sophomores and six freshmen.
Six current Buckeyes have been selected in the NHL draft – Zac Dalpe (2nd round/Carolina), Shane Sims (5th round/New York Islanders), Taylor Stefishen (5th round/Nashville), John Albert (6th round/Atlanta), Matt Bartkowski (7th round/Florida) and C.J. Severyn (7th/Calgary). Kyle Reed attended the Atlanta Thrashers’ prospect camp over the summer as an undrafted player, while Hunter Bishop was an invitee to the Montreal Canadiens’ camp and goalie Dustin Carlson skated at the Washington Capitals’ camp.
Behind the Bench
Two of the three two-time captains for the Buckeyes are now behind the bench for the Buckeyes. Steve Brent is in his 10th year as an assistant after rejoining the staff a year ago. JB Bittner, who served as the team’s video coordinator last season after ending his professional career, is now a full-time assistant coach. Brent now serves as the team’s recruiting coordinator.
Give Them an A
Four Buckeyes – senior Mathieu Picard, juniors Peter Boyd and Sergio Somma and sophomore Zac Dalpe – have ‘A’s on their jerseys, designating them as alternate captains for the squad. The only other Buckeye squad to have four players with a letter was in 2003-04, with current assistant coach JB Bittner as the captain and Nate Guenin, Chris Olsgard and Dave Steckel as “A”s.
The Buckeyes will head to Kalamazoo, Mich., for a two-game series with Western Michigan next weekend. The teams will meet at 7:35 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Lawson Arena.