Ohio State vs. Notre Dame
Friday, March 5 – 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 6 – 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 7 (if necessary) – 7:05 p.m.
OSU Ice Rink, Columbus, Ohio
Webstream – OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Audio – wosu.org/hockey
Live Stats – OhioStateBuckeyes.com
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s hockey team (12-16-6, 10-12-6-4 CCHA) host Notre Dame (13-15-8, 9-12-7-2 CCHA) in the OSU Ice Rink this weekend in the first round of the CCHA tournament. The teams will meet in the best-of-three series at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday (and Sunday if necessary). The winner advances to the CCHA tournament quarterfinals.
Hockey fans attending the games this weekend are encouraged to park in the lots south of French Field House or by Ohio Stadium. The Ohio state wrestling championships are being held on campus and the lots on the north side of the ice rink are expected to be full.
Audio for both games will be carried online at wosu.org/hockey, with Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye John Mowat calling the action.
A free audio/video webstream will be available through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio, Ohio State’s student-run radio station, will carry the action online at OhioStateSports.net.
Links to live stats can be found on the men’s hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Get Your Tickets
Seating is limited in the OSU Ice Rink. Tickets can be prepurchased online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, by calling Ticketmaster (1-800-745-3000) or in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or the Ohio State Ticket Office. Single-game tickets will be $10 per game for adults and $5 for youth/students. All fans regardless of age must have a ticket.
If game three is needed, tickets will go on sale following the game Saturday night at the ticket office in St. John Arena and also will be available through the normal Ticketmaster channels if tickets remain for the game.
Last Time Out
Ohio State closed out the regular season against No. 2-ranked Miami, the CCHA champion. After the RedHawks won the opener, 6-2, Friday night in Oxford, the teams skated to a scoreless tie through overtime Saturday in Columbus. The Buckeyes won the shootout, 2-0, in three rounds, clinching home ice for the CCHA playoffs.
The Second Season
The CCHA tournament opens this weekend with seeds 5-8 hosting 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.)
Ohio State is the No. 8 seed, hosting No. 9 Notre Dame. No. 5 Alaska is hosting No. 12 Western Michigan, No. 6 Nebraska-Omaha is taking on No. 11 Bowling Green and No. 7 Michigan is facing off against No. 10 Lake Superior State.
The top four seeds are No. 1 Miami, No. 2 Michigan State, No. 3 Ferris State and No. 4 Northern Michigan.
Ohio State finished the regular season 12-16-6 overall and 10-12-6-4 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association play. The Buckeyes are scoring 2.68 goals a game while allowing 3.15 goals an outing. The team has converted 28-of-170 (16.5 percent) of its power-play chances and has stopped 138-of-184 (75.0 percent) opponent chances.
Sophomore forward Zac Dalpe is first with 19 goals and 37 points. Junior Peter Boyd is first with 23 assists and second with 29 points. Junior John Albert is third with 26 points and ranks second with 20 assists. Junior Sergio Somma is fourth with 25 points and is second on the squad with 12 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 +10.
Goalies junior Dustin Carlson and sophomore Cal Heeter have shared time this season, but Carlson has started the last five games. Carlson has a 2.62 goals-against average and .917 save percentage. Heeter is 9-6-2 with a 3.21 GAA and .896 svpct.
Noting the Buckeyes in the Playoffs
Return to the Roots
Ohio State will play in the OSU Ice Rink this weekend because the Ohio high school state wrestling championships are in Value City Arena beginning Thursday. The OSU Ice Rink served as the Buckeyes’ home ice until January 1999 when Value City Arena opened for hockey.
The team has hosted five CCHA tournament games in the OSU Ice Rink since 1999, dropping a first-round series, two games to one, to Northern Michigan in 2007 before sweeping Bowling Green last year.
The squad hosted an exhibition game Sept. 26, 2003 vs. Wilfrid Laurier in its first return to the rink since moving to VCA. The Buckeyes opened last year with a 9-3 win over York in an exhibition game in the ice rink and began this season with a 3-2 loss in overtime to Western Ontario.
Kes and the USA
Former Buckeye Ryan Kesler (2003), a current member of the Vancouver Canucks, became the first Buckeye to skate for Team USA in the Olympics. He and Team USA were the silver medalists, as he became the first Buckeye men’s hockey player to earn an Olympic medal. Kesler scored two goals in the Olympics – he sealed the team’s win against Canada with an emtpy-net goal and tallied vs. Canada in the gold medal game.
With Kesler’s silver, all five Buckeye athletes at the Vancouver Games came home with a medal. He joins four women’s hockey Buckeyes – gold medalist Tessa Bonhomme of Canada, silver medalist Lisa Chesson from Team USA and Finland’s Emma Laaksonen and Minttu Tuominen who both won bronze.
A two-time participant in the World Junior Championship and a U.S. National Team Development Team product, 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.
The series in the OSU Ice Rink this weekend marks the third arena Ohio State will play in as the home team this year, all in Columbus. In addition to Value City Arena, where the Buckeyes were 7-7-3 this year, the team posted a win over Denver in Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus, home of the NHL’s Blue Jackets.
Buckeyes vs. Irish
The Buckeyes are 2-2-3 in the last seven meetings with Notre Dame and lead the series overall, 29-27-9. The series in Columbus is tied (14-14-5) and the Irish lead on home ice (13-12-3). (Ohio State includes four games in the series Notre Dame does not, with each team going 2-2 from 1965-67 when OSU was a varsity program and Notre Dame was a club team.)
Junior John Albert has a team-best five assists and seven points vs. Notre Dame. Sophomore Zac Dalpe is second with four assists and six points. Albert, Dalpe and junior Sergio Somma each have scored twice vs. Notre Dame.
OSU vs. ND in the Postseason
The Buckeyes and Notre Dame have met just twice in the postseason. In 2003 the Buckeyes topped the Irish, 3-2, in the CCHA quarterfinals. The next year the Buckeyes posted a come-from-behind 6-5 overtime win in the CCHA quarterfinals en route to the CCHA Super Six championship. Both games were at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
In the Rink
Ohio State and Notre Dame faced off in the last series in the OSU Ice Rink before Value City Arena became the Buckeyes’ permanent home. The Buckeyes swept the series, 4-3 and 4-1, Dec. 4-5, 1998.
From the Rafters
Former Buckeye Paul Pooley, OSU’s all-time leading scorer (270), is in his fourth season as the associate head coach for the Irish. His sweater was retired during the OSU vs. ND series in November 2006, marking the first (and only) Buckeye hockey player so honored. Pooley, who played in the OSU Ice Rink while with the Buckeyes, was OSU’s assistant coach for three years and was an assistant under ND coach Jeff Jackson at Lake Superior State, where the Lakers won two NCAA titles (1992 and ’94).
Notre Dame is 13-15-8 this year and finished ninth in the CCHA with a 9-12-7-2 ledger. The squad has been scoring 2.42 goals a game while allowing 2.53. The team is 38-for-210 on the power play (18.1 percent) and is 147-for-169 (87 percent) on the penalty kill. The team split a home-and-home series with Michigan last weekend, falling on the road 4-0 and downing the Wolverines, 5-3, at home.
Junior Calle Ridderwall has a team-best 18 goals (10 on the power play) and 26 points. Senior defenseman Kyle Lawson is first with 18 assists and is tied for second with senior Ryan Thang (9g, 13a) with 22 points each. Sophomore Billy Maday is fourth with 21 points and has 14 assists. In all, 11 Irish players have 10 or more points.
In net freshman Mike Johnson has played 27 games and has a 10-11-5 record, 2.45 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.
Flashback – Buckeyes vs. Irish
The Buckeyes were 0-1-1-1 at Notre Dame Oct. 30-31, suffering a 3-1 loss and tying in overtime, 2-2, before winning a shootout to earn the extra point in the CCHA standings.
In the opener, the Buckeyes took a lead in the first period when John Albert scored on a 5-on-3 power play at 13:04, assisted by Zac Dalpe and Taylor Stefishen. The Irish quickly tied the game when Calle Ridderwall scored on the power play at 14:53. The teams were tied through the second period. In the third, Buckeye defenseman Matt Bartkowski was given a 5-minute major for checking from behind and the Irish wasted no time converting as Dan Kissel scored 15 seconds into the power play to put ND ahead, 2-1. OSU had a few chances down the stretch, including a Stefishen shot that rang off the pipe, but could not get the equalizer. Billy Maday closed out the game with an empty-net tally.
Dustin Carlson made 30 saves in the Buckeye net, while Mike Johnson stopped 27 OSU shots.
There were 17 power plays in the game – OSU was 1-for-8 and Notre Dame was 2-for-9.
In game two, the Buckeyes rallied twice from a one-goal deficit to force overtime and then won in a shootout. The Buckeyes and Irish exchanged power-play goals in the first period. Notre Dame’s Riley Sheahan tallied first at 14:56. Ohio State knotted the score with 37 seconds left before intermission when John Albert fed the puck down to Hunter Bishop at the right doorstep who one-timed it in for his first goal of the year.
After a scoreless second period, the teams traded power-play goals in the third period. With three seconds left on its man advantage, Notre Dame regained the lead at 2-1 as Kyle Lawson scored. The Buckeyes responded at 5:02 when Zac Dalpe scored unassisted.
Following a scoreless 5-minute overtime, the teams both entered their first shootouts of the season. Albert went first, scoring five-hole, and ND’s Maday responded with a goal over the left shoulder to even it at 1-all. Dalpe missed as the Buckeyes’ second shooter, but Bishop gave them the lead again at 2-1 with another five-hole goal. Heeter held strong on the other end, saving shots by Calle Ridderwall and Ben Ryan to secure the shootout victory and the extra point in the CCHA standings.
Both teams were 2-for-3 on the power play. Ohio State had a 32-26 advantage in shots.
The Last Time – Buckeyes vs. Irish in the Playoffs
The No. 4 seed Buckeyes came back from two separate two-goal deficits to beat No. 5 Notre Dame in overtime, 6-5, March 18, 2004, in the CCHA Super Six in Detroit.
The Irish jumped out to a 2-0 lead just 6:56 into the game on unassisted goals by Rob Globke and Aaron Gill. The Buckeyes tied the game with power-play goals by Rod Pelley and Dave Steckel, before ND’s Gill ended the scoring in the period with a power-play tally to regain the lead for the Irish.
In the second, Buckeye Scott May tied the game 16 seconds into the period before ND scored back-to-back goal at 4:43 and 10:14 to regain the two-goal edge. Mathieu Beaudoin made the score 5-4 with a power-play goal at 16:28 of the period.
The teams skated scoreless in the third period until Beaudoin tied the game at 17:34 to send it to overtime.
In the overtime period, Tyson Strachan won the game for Ohio State, as his shot from the point got through. May won a faceoff deep in the Irish zone and got the puck back to Andrew Schembri. Schembri passed to Doug Andress, whose shot was saved, but Strachan picked up the rebound for the winner.
Ohio State outshot the Irish in the game, 49-34. OSU was 3-for-5 on the power play and stopped ND on four of five chances.
The Buckeyes wrapped up the regular season with a 0-0 tie against No. 2-ranked Miami, the first scoreless game in program history.
Dustin Carlson made 38 saves in the net for his fifth career shutout and his first this year.
It was the first time Miami was shut out since Michigan blanked them Jan. 11, 2009. It was Ohio State’s first shutout of the RedHawks since Jan. 10, 2006, and the third in program history.
The shutout was the Buckeyes’ second this year, with the first coming against now No.-1 ranked Denver, 4-0, Oct. 16.
The RedHawks also held the Buckeyes off the board, the fourth time this season Ohio State was shut out.
Fit to Be Tied
The Buckeyes had six games end in ties this year, tying the program record for ties in a year first set by the 1987-88 team that was 10-24-6. Nine teams finished the year with five ties (2007, 2006, 2003, 1996, 1994, 1992, 1990, 1989, 1983).
Overall, Ohio State was 1-1-6 in overtime this year, with a loss at Ferris State and a win over Bemidji State.
A Shootout Wraps It Up
The Buckeyes had each of their last five series have one game go to a shootout, going 3-2 in those contests (with wins in each of the last three). Ohio State downed Alaska, Western Michigan and Miami in its last three shootouts, and also won at Notre Dame earlier this year. The Buckeyes fell in shootouts to Ferris State and Nebraska-Omaha.
Ohio State and the RedHawks went to a shootout, with Ohio State prevailing, 2-0 in three rounds. Sergio Somma gave OSU a 1-0 lead in the second round and after a save by Dustin Carlson, Peter Boyd sealed the win in round three. Boyd had the lone goal in the Buckeyes’ shootout win at Western Michigan Feb. 20-21.
The CCHA Scoring Races
Sophomore Zac Dalpe finished second in the CCHA in points in conference play, one point back of Mark Olver from Northern Michigan.
Dalpe shared the goal-scoring lead with Olver, the third time in OSU history a Buckeye has won the league goal-scoring title and the first since Andy Browne (37/1983) and Perry Pooley (28/1984) in back-to-back years.
Junior Peter Boyd led the league with 22 points, the first Buckeye to lead the CCHA in conference assists since Hugo Boisvert in 1997-98. He is the third Buckeye to lead the league in assists, with the first Paul Pooley in 1984 (46).
Perani Cup Champion
Sophomore Zac Dalpe won 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, which was won by Michigan State goalie Drew Palmisano, along with a winner for each team. Dalpe finished the year tied for sixth overall with 33 points. He had four first and third-star honors and three second-star accolades.
In all, 15 Buckeyes earned Perani Cup honors this season. Goalies junior Dustin Carlson and sophomore Cal Heeter tied for second with 14 points each, with juniors Peter Boyd and Sergio Somma tied for fourth with 13. Boyd is second with two first-star honors, with seven others earning first-star honors once (Carlson, Heeter, Somma, John Albert, Taylor Stefishen, Patrick Schafer and Mathieu Picard).
Get Back on Track
Ohio State was held to just two goals in the series with Miami last weekend. It matched the team’s low total this year, first set vs. Miami in December. The team had averaged 3.6 goals a game in the second half of the year before the Miami series.
Power Play Fun
The Buckeyes are 18-for-72 (25 percent) on the power play in the second half of the season, with a goal in 10 of the 14 games, including a stretch of nine-consecutive games with a power-play tally.
The squad was held scoreless in a series for the first time since Dec. 4-5 vs. Michigan last week vs. Miami, going 0-for-9 vs. the RedHawks.
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-7 (85.7 percent) last weekend against Miami and is 26-for-30 (87 percent) in the last six games combined.
In the first game at Western Michigan Feb. 19, the team was 6-for-6, topping the 5-for-5 night vs. Denver Oct. 16.
Second Half Stats
The Buckeyes were 5-4-5 in the second half of the regular season, with one series sweep, a series split with Michigan State, 1-0-1 weekends vs. Western Michigan and Ferris Sate and 0-1-1 outings vs. Nebrasaka-Omaha and Miami.
In the 14 games since January Zac Dalpe leads the Buckeyes with nine goals and 18 points. John Albert and Peter Boyd are next with 13 points, with Boyd posting a team-best 12 assists and Albert one behind with 11. Sergio Somma is second with six goals and is tied for fourth with Hunter Bishop with 12 points each. Matt Bartkowski leads the defensemen with 10 points, including eight assists.
Four Buckeyes – Zac Dalpe (37), Peter Boyd (29), John Albert (26) and Sergio Somma (25) – have 48 percent of the team’s 244 points this season.
Dalpe has 21 percent of the team’s 91 goals with 19, with Somma contributing 13 percent with 11. The two combine with Bishop (9) and Severyn (7) to generate 52 percent of the team’s goals this season.
Vote for Zac
Sophomore Zac Dalpe, who leads the Buckeyes with 19 goals and 37 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).
The Buckeyes’ “AAA” line of alternate captains Sergio Somma, Zac Dalpe and Peter Boyd has been together since Nov. 14 and have combined for 78 points in the 25 games (3.12 points per game). Boyd has 28 points (5g, 23a) in the 25 games combined, Dalpe has 17 goals, 14 assists and 31 points and Somma has a 10-11-21 line.
The trio has a combined 91 of the Buckeyes’ 244 points this year, accounting for 37.3 percent of the team’s offensive production.
The Buckeyes have skated to a tie and shootout in each of their last five series. The team lost shootouts to both Ferris State (Jan. 30) and Nebraska-Omaha (Feb. 5) before winning against Alaska Feb. 13, at Western Michigan last Saturday and vs. Miami 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. Against Miami Sergio Somma put the Buckeyes ahead and Carlson kept the Buckeyes in the lead with a save. Boyd again clinched the win with a goal in the third round.
Boyd ended the year 2-for-3 in shootouts, with Hunter Bishop 2-for-4 and John Albert 2-for-5. Dalpe was the only Buckeye to compete in all six shootouts this year, scoring twice.
Junior Shane Sims had eight blocked shots against Miami last Saturday and now has a team-high 54 on the year. He has five games with four or more blocks this season.
Sims is second among the Buckeye defensemen with 15 points, including 10 assists. He recorded his 50th career point at Western Michigan Feb. 20.
Sophomore Zac Dalpe has a team-high 19 goals and 37 points this season, ranking second with 18 assists. He finished second in the CCHA scoring race with 34 points, on 17 goals and 17 assists. He has 19 goals to rank second (tied) in the CCHA overall and is 22nd nationally with .56 goals per game.
The CCHA Player of the Month for January, Dalpe has points in 24 of 34 games this year. He has career highs for goals, assists (18), points, shots (137) and plus/minus (+12).
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.
The Buckeyes’ fourth line that skated in the tie/shootout win with Miami last Saturday was an all-freshmen line of Jeff McNeil, Alex Carlson and Paul Kirtland. McNeil leads the Buckeyes rookies with 30 games played this season. Kirtland has skated in 16 contests but was playing for the first time in seven games. Carlson was skating in a game for the first time since Dec. 4 vs. Michigan. Carlson and Kirtland each have one goal on the year.
Freshman defenseman Brandon Martell also played vs. the RedHawks, his first game since Dec. 5 vs. Miami.
Devon Krogh was also on the blueline vs. the RedHawks – he has skated in 27 games on the year, including the last seven, and leads the Buckeye freshmen with nine points, including six assists.
The Buckeyes are 6-3-4 when allowing 21-30 shots this season but are 3-12-2 when allowing 31-40. When giving up 41 or more, the team is 2-1. Miami put 73 shots on the Buckeye net last weekend, scoring six goals.
Six Buckeyes have played in all 34 games this season – Zac Dalpe, John Albert, Peter Boyd, Sergio Somma, Matt Bartkowski and Chris Reed.
Who Scores When?
The Buckeyes have scored 30 goals in the first period, 28 in the second and 32 in the third this season. Junior Sergio Somma leads the team with six first-period tallies, followed by sophomore Zac Dalpe and junior Hunter Bishop with four.
In the second Dalpe has a team-high six tallies, followed by Somma with four and juniors John Albert and Shane Sims with three each.
Dalpe has a team-high nine goals in the third period, with junior CJ Severyn second with four.
No. 12 On a Roll
Junior defenseman Matt Bartkowski has a point in nine of his last 15 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.
Thursday Bartkowski’s NHL rights were traded from the Florida Panthers to the Boston Bruins. He was traded along with defenseman Dennis Seidenberg for forwards Craig Weller and Byron Bitz and a second-round draft pick.
Between the Pipes
Junior Dustin Carlson has started a season-high five-consecutive games for the Buckeyes, going 1-1-3 in the stretch with three shootout wins and a shutout. 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 2.32 goals-against average and .932 save percentage. He now has a 2.95 GAA and .914 svpct. this season, with a 3-10-4 ledger.
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 six 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. Neither team scored between the Buckeyes and RedHawks last Saturday.
After going scoreless at Michigan State Jan. 22-23, John Albert has a point in eight of his last 10 games (2g, 6a), including a goal at Miami last Friday. 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.
He is third for the Buckeyes with 26 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 21-65-86 line in 117 games.
More for 44
Junior Sergio Somma is fourth on the team with 25 points, ranking second with 12 goals and ranking fourth with 13 assists. Somma has a point in nine of 13 games since returning from break and has two goals in his last three games combined.
Somma now has a career-high 12 goals and 26 points this season and is one shy of his career-high 14 assists. He has seven multiple-point games on the year.
Hunter Bishop now has a point in seven of his last 10 games, with a 2-5-7 line. Bishop, who scored a goal at Western Michigan Feb. 20 to hit the 50-point mark at Ohio State, is fifth on the team with 19 points, including nine goals to rank third.
Junior Peter Boyd ranks second for the Buckeyes with 29 points this year, ranking first on the team with a career-best 23 assists.
Boyd led CCHA players in assists in conference-games only and ranks sixth (tied) overall. His 28 points in conference play tied him for eighth.
Boyd has at least one point in 17 of the last 25 games. He had a career-best seven-game point streak ended vs. Alaska Feb. 13.
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 29-55-84 line in 117 games for the Scarlet and Gray.
Welcome to the Century Club
Ten Buckeyes have played in 100 or more games for the Scarlet and Gray. Mathieu Picard leads the team with 123 games for the Buckeyes, followed by Peter Boyd, John Albert and Sergio Somma with 117 each, Chris Reed with 115 career tilts and Shane Sims with 110 games played. Corey Toy has played in 104 games and Patrick Schafer has skated in 103 contests in a Buckeye jersey. Kyle Reed joined the club last Friday at Miami. C.J. Severyn is up next with 98 career games played.
On Friday … On Saturday
The Buckeyes are 5-11-1 in the first game of a weekend this year and 7-5-5 in game two. Seven of the weekend finales have gone to overtime, with the Buckeyes 1-1-5 in those contests.
After the First … After the Second
The Buckeyes are 7-4-1 when ahead, 5-6-2 when trailing and 0-6-3 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 4-2-4 when tied after the second and 1-9-1 when trailing after 40 minutes.
Juniors John Albert leads the current Buckeyes with 86 career points, followed by junior Peter Boyd with 84. Sophomore Zac Dalpe is first with 32 goals, followed by Sergio Somma with 31 and Boyd with 29. Albert is first with 65 career assists, with Boyd second at 55. Somma is third with 66 points as a Buckeye, followed by Dalpe with 62.
Multiple Point Men
Sophomore Zac Dalpe leads the Buckeyes with eight multiple-point games this year, followed by linemates junior Sergio Somma with seven and Peter Boyd with six. Another nine Buckeyes have at least one game with more than one point.
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 64 games for the Blue Jackets, with 42 points on 19 goals and 23 assists. He has played in 374 NHL games in his career, with an 94-110-204 line.
Ryan Kesler, an alternate captain for the Canucks, has played in 63 games and has 57 points, with 18 goals and 39 assists. Kesler, who is featured in the NHL 2K10 commercial, has skated in 383 NHL contests with an 83-114-197 line.
Rod Pelley, now a member of the New Jersey Devils, has played in 49 NHL games this season and has two goals, six assists and eight points. He recently spent time on injured reserve but was activated Jan. 30. He has skated in 116 NHL games, all with the Devils, and has 10 assists and 14 points.
Washington Capital David Steckel has seen action in 63 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 218 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 was traded to the Blue a few weeks ago, joining Strachan in the organization. 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.
Ohio State earned seven league player of the week accolades this year. Devon Krogh was a two-time CCHA Rookie of the Week, Zac Dalpe and Peter Boyd have been the offensive player of the week, Matt Bartkowski and Shane Sims have received defenseman of the week honors and Cal Heeter was named the CCHA Goalie of the Week.