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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State (9-12-1, 7-8-1-1 CCHA) steps away from regular-season play for an exhibition game vs. the United States National Team Development Program Under-18 Team. The squads will face off at 7:05 Friday in Value City Arena in Columbus. Statistics from the game do not count in the Buckeyes’ official stats and the result is not included in the team’s record for 2009-10.

Follow Along
A FREE webstream of the exhibition game between the Buckeyes and the Under-18 Team will be available through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio, Ohio State’s student-run radio station, will call the game online at ohiostatesports.net.

Links to live stats can be found on the men’s hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
 
Stick Around
Following the game Friday there will be an autograph session with Buckeye freshmen Devon Krogh, Paul Kirtland and Alex Carlson on the concourse level of Value City Arena.

The Slate Ahead
After the exhibition game, the Buckeyes will close out the regular season with six CCHA series – two at home, three on the road and a home-and-home series vs. Miami. After a trip to take on Michigan State next weekend (Jan. 22-23), the team will return to Columbus to host Ferris State in Value City Arena. Trips to Nebraska-Omaha and Western Michigan are sandwiched around a home series with Alaska. The regular season wraps up with a game at Miami Feb. 26 and a home game vs. the RedHawks Feb. 27.

All regular-season (and postseason) games will have a radio broadcast online at wosu.org, with home games streamed on video.bigtennetwork.com ($2.99 per game), except for the game vs. Alaska Feb. 12 that will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

Get Your Tickets
The ticket policies for Ohio State hockey regular-season games are in effect for the exhibition game Friday.

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.

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.

Buckeye Bio
Ohio State is 9-12-1 this season and is 7-8-1-1 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association play. The Buckeyes are scoring 2.59 goals a game while allowing 3.09 goals an outing. The team has converted 15-of-110 (13.6 percent) of its power-play chances and has stopped 84-of-116 (72.4 percent) opponent chances.

The Buckeyes are coming off a two-game sweep of Bowling Green last weekend to open 2010, with a 7-2 win Friday and a 4-3 victory Saturday. The series was the first for the team since Dec. 11-12, ending a 26-day layoff.

Sophomore forward Zac Dalpe is first with 12 goals and 23 points. Junior forward John Albert is first with 14 assists and ranks second with 18 points. Junior forward Peter Boyd is third on the team with 17 points and second with 12 helpers. Junior forward Hunter Bishop is second with seven goals, followed by classmate Sergio Somma with six and Boyd with five. Dalpe has a team-high five power-play goals and two gamewinners. Freshman defenseman Devon Krogh is first with a +10 mark, followed by Dalpe at +9 and junior defenseman Chris Reed at +8.

Goalies junior Dustin Carlson and sophomore Cal Heeter have shared time this season, rotating starts throughout the 16 games of the year. Heeter has started five of the last six games. Carlson has a 2.94 goals-against average and .910 save percentage. Heeter is 8-4-1 with a 2.96 GAA and .905 svpct.

Ohio State vs. the NTDP
The Buckeyes have faced the NTDP Under-18 Team twice. The Buckeyes won the last meeting, 3-2, Jan. 11, 2008.

The first meeting was Oct. 13, 2001, a 4-3 NTDP victory in Value City Arena. NTDP alums and current NHL players David Steckel (2 goals) and R.J. Umberger (2 assists) led the Buckeyes in the game.

What is the NTDP?
The U.S. National Under-18 Team is part of the U.S. National Team Development Program, based in Ann Arbor, Mich. The program was created in 1996 to prepare student-athletes for participation on U.S. National Teams and success in their future hockey careers. In the 11 years National Team Development Program players have been eligible for the National Hockey League Entry Draft, 166 players have been selected, including 33 first-round picks and three No. 1-overall selections (Patrick Kane/Chicago, 2007; Erik Johnson/St. Louis, 2006 and Rick DiPietro/NY Islanders, 2000. In 2008-09, more than 45 players suited up for an NHL club.

Buckeyes and the NTDP
Buckeye juniors John Albert and CJ Severyn both are alums of the U.S. National Team Development Program.

Ohio State first-round NHL draft picks R.J. Umberger, Ryan Kesler and David Steckel all played for the NTDP prior to coming to Ohio State. In addition, former Buckeyes Jason DeSantis, Tom Fritsche, Joseph Palmer and Scott Titus played for the NTDP.

The Opponents
The National Team Development Program is comprised of two squads – the U.S. National Under-18 and Under-17 Teams. The Under-17 Team competes in the United States Hockey League and also participates in three international events annually. The U.S. National Under-18 Team’s schedule includes games against NCAA Division I and III opponents and contests vs. USHL teams, as well as competition in three international tournaments.

The Under-18 Team has faced three CCHA schools this season, with a win over Bowling Green (7-2) and losses to Michigan (4-2), and Michigan State (8-2). The team also played Division I schools Boston College (L 3-6), Boston University (L 2-3), Cornell (W 3-2), Colgate (W 4-1) and Wisconsin (L 1-7).
 
Last Time We Met

Led by a goal and assist from Nick Biondo, Ohio State posted a 3-2 victory over the U.S. National Under-18 Team in an exhibition game Jan. 11, 2008.

The Buckeyes got out to a quick start when John Dingle scored early. Sergio Somma put the Buckeyes up by two, scoring on a 5-on-3 power play at 9:15. The teams were scoreless in the second. Jeremy Morin put the U-18 Team on the board at 9:34 of the third. Biondo scored the eventual gamewinner at 16:59, when John Albert found him in the slot with the Buckeyes on the power play. The Under-18 Team again cut the lead to one on Ryan Bourque’s tally at 18:03. While on the power play, Team USA pulled its goalie for a 6-on-4 advantage, setting up Bourque’s score. The Buckeyes outshot the Under-18 Team, 35-25, in the game. Dustin Carlson had 23 stops in 59:52 in net. Joe Cannata had 32 saves in 58:33 between the pipes. Ohio State stopped Team USA on 6-of-7 power-play chances, while converting 2-of-5 chances.

Krogh Honored Again
Ohio State freshman defenseman Devon Krogh has been named the CCM CCHA Rookie of the Week, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced Monday. Krogh, from West Vancouver, British Columbia, is the first player to earn the league’s rookie of the week award twice this season and has earned two of three accolades picked up by defensemen. He also was honored Dec. 7 after the Buckeyes’ series with Michigan.

Krogh had three points, with two power-play goals and an assist, and a +1 mark in the Buckeyes’ sweep of Bowling Green last weekend. In the opener Friday he had the game-winning goal in the second period and assisted on Hunter Bishop’s third-period power-play tally that put the Buckeyes up by two, marking his first multiple-point game as a Buckeye. Saturday Krogh scored on the power play in the first period. He and the Buckeye defense were 9-for-10 (90 percent) on the penalty kill on the weekend, while he helped the Buckeye power play go 5-for-12 (41.7 percent).

Krogh leads the Buckeyes and CCHA freshmen with a +10 mark this year. He has eight points, with three goals and five assists, in 19 games for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State has earned four CCHA player of the week accolades this season. In addition to Krogh’s two awards, Zac Dalpe was the CCHA Offensive Player of the Week and Shane Sims was the CCHA Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 16.

A Look Back at the Sweep
The Buckeyes opened 2010 with two wins over Bowling Green in Value City Arena last weekend (7-2, 4-3).

Led by nine points from the line of John Albert, C.J. Severyn and Hunter Bishop, Ohio State skated to a 7-2 victory over Bowling Green Friday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes carried a one-goal lead into the third period but scored four goals in less than four minutes to put the Falcons away.

In all, 10 Buckeyes had a point, with seven posting multiple points. Albert had a career-high four assists and points, with Severyn recording a personal-high three points on a goal and two helpers. Bishop had his first two-goal game as a Buckeye. Mathieu Picard, Matt Bartkowski, Taylor Stefishen and Devon Krogh each had a goal and an assist in the contest.

Ohio State led 1-0 after the first period on a Bishop goal. The teams combined for four goals in the second period, with Ohio State leading 3-2 after two stanzas. The Buckeyes went ahead 2-0 when Mathieu Picard scored at 4:49. The Falcons cut the lead to 2-1 when Tommy Dee tallied at 12:23 but Devon Krogh responded with a 4-on-3 power-play goal at 16:59. With time winding down in the period and the Falcons on the power play, Tommy Dee tipped in a Nathan Pageau shot from the slot at 19:51 to make the score 3-2.

In the third period the Buckeyes scored four goals and outshot the Falcons, 10-3. Bishop opened the scoring with a 4-on-3 goal at 6:23. Just 2:02 later Severyn found the back of the net to make the score 5-2 Buckeyes and chase Eno at 8:25. Bartkowski scored on the power play on the first shot Andrew Hammond faced, scoring at 9:25. Taylor Stefishen had the last Buckeye goal less than a minute later (10:17).

In the second game, Ohio State completed a sweep of Bowling Green with a 4-3 win Saturday. The Buckeyes took a 2-0 lead in the first period and never trailed, holding off a 6-on-4 BGSU advantage in the final minute for the victory. Sophomore forward Zac Dalpe led the Buckeyes with two goals and three points, including the game-winning goal, while junior forward Hunter Bishop had three assists.

Ohio State led 2-0 after the first period when Severyn opened the scoring at 6:08 and Krogh tallied at 14:01. The Buckeyes held a one-goal lead (3-2) after the second. Dalpe put the Buckeyes up 3-0 at 4:50 with his fifth power-play goal of the season. The Falcons scored the next two goals to draw within one. Cameron Sinclair scored at 6:42 and Tomas Petruska tallied at 14:42. In the third Dalpe put Ohio State up by two (4-2) at 6:36. The Falcons responded just 29 seconds later when Josh Boyd scored to keep BG within one. Buckeye goalie Cal Heeter had 10 saves in the period, including a point-blank stop with just more a minute remaining and the Falcon net empty. A penalty was called after the whistle, giving Bowling Green a 6-on-4 advantage to close out the game. The Buckeye defense held strong to preserve the win, with Heeter making three saves and the Buckeyes blocking three other Falcon shots.

Vote for Zac
Sophomore Zac Dalpe, who leads the Buckeyes with 12 goals and 23 points after a four-point series vs. Bowling Green, 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 is just two points shy of the 25 he had as a freshman a year ago and one goal shy of the 13 he posted as a freshman.

Special Special Teams
The Buckeye special teams got off to a strong start in 2010. The power play was 5-for-12 (41.7 percent) in the series sweep of Bowling Green. The penalty kill was 9-for-10 (90 percent) vs. the Falcons. The Buckeye power play was 3-for-6 Friday and 2-for-6 Saturday. Friday was the first time the team had multiple power-play goals since Oct. 31 at Notre Dame.

Lighting the Lamp
The seven goals scored by the Buckeyes last Friday were the most since a 7-1 victory over the Falcons in the first round of the CCHA playoffs last year. The team had been held to three or fewer games in 13 of 20 games in the first part of the season. It also was the first time the squad scored more than five goals this season.

On a Roll
The line of John Albert, CJ Severyn and Hunter Bishop has been skating together for three games and has produced 16 points (5g, 11a) in the stretch. Bishop has a 3-3-6 line, Albert has six assists and Severyn has two goals and two assists for four points.

Four for Albert
Against Bowling Green last Friday, junior John Albert had the second four-assist game for a Buckeye this season, joining Peter Boyd at Ferris State Nov. 21. Albert’s previous high was three helpers, set Jan. 10, 2009 at Bowling Green. He has three three-point games in his Buckeye career.

Goals and Assists
Junior Hunter Bishop ended the weekend series with Bowling Green with five points on two goals and three assists. Friday he had his first multiple-goal game as a Buckeye with two tallies, marking his eighth career two-point outing. Saturday Bishop had three assists to set personal highs for helpers and points in a game.

More Highs
Junior C.J. Severyn’s three points vs. the Falcons, with a goal and two assists, were a career high after three two-point games in his career.

Senior Mathieu Picard’s two-point night in the opener vs. Bowling Green was the second of his career and first since Jan. 31, 2009 at Alaska.

With a goal and an assist last Friday, sophomore defenseman Matt Bartkowski had his second two-point night at Ohio State and the first since Oct. 25, 2008 at Denver.

Severyn and John Albert both were a personal-best +3 in the win vs. BG last Friday. Junior defenseman Shane Sims matched his personal best with a +3 mark.

Taylor Stefishen had a goal and an assist to match his career best, set four times before, including at Lake Superior State Oct. 23.

Here’s Johnny
Junior John Albert took over the team assist with five assists in the series vs. Bowling Green. He now has 14 on the year to tie for ninth in the CCHA. Last season he led the squad with 28 helpers. Albert reached the 75-point mark in his career with his second assist last Friday.

In CCHA games only Albert is tied for seventh with 15 points (3g, 12a). His 12 assists are tied for second. 

AAA Line
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 43 points in the 13 games since (3.3 points per game). Boyd has 16 points (4g, 12a) in the 13 games combined, Dalpe has 10 goals, seven assists and 17 points and Somma has a 4-6-10 line.

Zac Attack
Sophomore Zac Dalpe, the Buckeyes’ leading scorer with 12 goals and 23 points, has points in 14 of his last 18 outings and ranks third (tied) in the CCHA in points overall. He is second among league players in CCHA-games only, with 20 points on 10 goals and 10 assists. His 10 goals in league play are tied for second and he is tied for third with four power-play goals. Dalpe leads all CCHA players with a +10 mark in conference games.

Dalpe now has 48 career points after a 13-12-25 line as a freshman last year that earned him a spot on the CCHA All-Rookie Team.

Krogh Keeps it Going
Freshman defenseman Devon Krogh leads the Buckeyes rookies with three goals and eight points this year. He has a point in five of his last seven games, with three goals, three assists and six points. He leads the Buckeyes and is tied for sixth among CCHA players with a +10 mark on the year, leading all league freshmen and tying for second among league blueliners. He is +9 in CCHA games only to tie for second, leading conference rookies.

Top Heavy
Five Buckeyes – Zac Dalpe (23), John Albert (18), Peter Boyd (17), Sergio Somma (14) and Hunter Bishop (12) have 55 percent of the team’s 152 points this season.

Dalpe has 21 percent of the team’s 57 goals with 12. He has combined with Bishop (7), Somma (6) and Boyd (5) to generate 53 percent of the team’s 57 goals this season.

Barts on the Scoresheet
Sophomore defenseman Matt Bartkowski is on three-game assist and point streaks and now has a 3-6-9 line this season. He had an assist in each game vs. Bowling Green and scored on the power play in the first game vs. the Falcons. He has eight points in CCHA play (3g, 5a) to tie for 10th among league blueliners.

A Tale of Two Nights
The Buckeyes are 3-8 in the first game of a weekend this year but 6-4-1 in game two. Three of the weekend finales have gone to overtime, with the Buckeyes 1-1-1 in those contests.

After the First … After the Second
The Buckeyes are 5-3 when ahead, 4-5 when trailing and 0-4-1 when tied after the opening 20 minutes of play this season.

Ohio State is 5-4-0 when leading after two periods of play and 3-2-1 when tied after the second but is 1-6-0 when trailing after 40 minutes.

A First
Sophomore goalie Cal Heeter had the first assist of his career last Friday against Bowling Green.

Benchmarks in Sight
Junior defenseman Shane Sims (43), junior forward Hunter Bishop (43) and sophomore Zac Dalpe (48) are the closest Buckeyes to the 50-point mark.

Junior forward Peter Boyd is three away from his 75th career point.

Junior forward John Albert has 78 career points to lead all current Buckeyes.

100 Club
Juniors Sergio Somma, Peter Boyd and John Albert all played in their 100th career game vs. Michigan Dec. 4 and Chris Reed joined the group Dec. 11 vs. Miami. Shane Sims is two games away from his 100th career tilt.

Albert leads the current Buckeyes with 78 career points and 59 career assists. Boyd has a team-best 28 goals as a Buckeye, followed by Somma sophomore Zac Dalpe with 25. Boyd has 44 assists to give him 72 points in the Scarlet and Gray and Somma has 30 helpers for 55 points. Senior Mathieu Picard has played a team-high 115 games as a Buckeye.

Multiple Point Men
Four Buckeyes have four multiple-point games this season – Hunter Bishop, Peter Boyd, Zac Dalpe and Sergio Somma. Four others have two games with two or more points, while four have had one games this year with more than a single point.

Boyd Business
Junior Peter Boyd, who is second on the team with 12 assists on the year, is tied for fifth among CCHA players in conference games only with 16 points, including 11 assists to rank fourth (tied).

Against Ferris State Nov. 21 Boyd had a career-high four assists, his first career four-point game after six three-point nights, It was the Buckeyes’ first four-assist game since Andrew Schembri against Michigan Feb. 24, 2007.  

A Tough Road
The Buckeyes lost two games against then-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.

Using the current USCHO.com rankings, the team hosted No. 1 Denver Oct. 15-16 and traveled to Grand Forks, N.D., for the Subway Holiday Classic over Thanksgiving where it faced the host No. 4-ranked Fighting Sioux and No. 11 Bemidji State. The Buckeyes opened the year vs. No. 17 Quinnipiac, which has been ranked as high as fourth and faced off against No. 6 Ferris State on the road. Miami is currently ranked second nationally. Five of the Buckeyes’ opponents have been ranked in the Top 4 at some point this season.

Buckeyes in the Bigs
R.J. Umberger, the first former Buckeye to play for Columbus, has played in 48 games for the Blue Jackets, with 30 points on 15 goals and 15 assists. He has played in 358 NHL games in his career, with an 90-102-192 line.

Ryan Kesler, an alternate captain for the Canucks, has played in 47 games and has 41 points, with 29 assists. Kesler, who is featured in the NHL 2K10 commercial, has skated in 367 NHL contests with a 77-104-181 line.

Rod Pelley, now a member of the New Jersey Devils, has played in 41 NHL games this season and has two goals, four assists and six points. He has skated in 108 NHL games, all with the Devils, and has eight assists and 12 points.

Washington Capital David Steckel has seen action in 46 games this year, has three goals and four assists for seven 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 201 NHL games, with 38 points, on 16 goals and 22 assists. He recently signed a three-year extension with the Capitals.

Tyson Strachan has played in six NHL games with the St. Louis Blues this year, posting two assists, but is currently in the AHL with the Peoria Rivermen. He has played in 36 NHL games and has five helpers.

Former Buckeye defenseman Nate (Nathan) Guenin (2003-06) 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.