OHIO STATE VS. NO. 7/8 MIAMI Friday, Jan. 7 – 7:35 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 – 7:05 p.m. Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
FOLLOW ALONG Television – CBS College Sports Network (Friday) Webcast – BigTenNetwork.com (Saturday) Audio Broadcast – 1460 AM/OhioStateBuckeyes.com Live Stats – OhioStateBuckeyes In-game Updates – Twitter.com/OhioState_MHKY
OHIO STATE VS. MIAMI – THE SERIES 2009-10: Miami won 5-1-1 Overall: Miami leads 63-58-12 In Columbus: Ohio State leads 34-21-7 In Oxford: Miami leads 40-20-4 Neutral Site: Ohio State leads 4-2-1
BUCKEYE SLAPSHOTS • Ohio State enters the weekend on a four-game winning streak, with a sweep of Bowling Green and two wins in Burlington, Vt., to claim the Catamount Cup. • Three Buckeyes share the team scoring lead with 19 points each – Sergio Somma, Danny Dries and John Albert. • Buckeye head coach Mark Osiecki returns to the bench this weekend after coaching for Team USA at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo. • The series with Miami is the first of five series in Columbus for the Buckeyes in the second half of the season. The squad is 3-3-1 at home so far this year. • The Buckeyes have scored at least three goals in each of their last four and four of their last five outings. On the year, the squad is averaging 3.1 tallies a game. • Buckeye junior Danny Dries was named the CCHA Offensive Player of the Week after earning Catamount Cup MVP honors last weekend. He and Peter Boyd, who also was on the all-tournament team, each had four points in the tournament.
DROP THE PUCK The Ohio State men’s hockey team, after winning the Catamout Cup title last weekend, returns to Columbus and Central Collegiate Hockey Association action with two games against No. 7/8 Miami this weekend. The Buckeyes (10-8-1, 5-6-1-1 CCHA) and RedHawks (11-6-3, 8-4-2-1 CCHA) will meet at 7:35 p.m. Friday and at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.
The game Friday will be televised by CBS College Sports Network, with Dave Starman and Matt Shepard calling the action.
Saturday the game will be streamed online at BigTenNetwork.com for a fee.
The radio call will be on 1460 AM in Columbus and online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Herb Howenstine will have the play-by-play, with former Buckeyes John Mowat (Friday) and Luke Pavlas (Saturday) providing analysis.
Live stats can be found on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and CCHA.com, with in-game updates also on Twitter.com/OhioState_MHKY. THE FUN STUFF Friday night there will be a cow bell giveaway, along with the Big Lots Big Shot where a student will have a chance to win free tuition. Saturday is Hockey Night in Columbus and Military Appreciation night.
BUCKEYE SNAPSHOT Ohio State is 10-8-1 this season, entering the Miami series on a four-game winning streak and with wins in five of its last six games. The Buckeyes are 5-6-1 in CCHA action and swept Bowling Green on the road in their last league series. The team is averaging 3.05 goals a game while allowing 2.53. On the power play, the Buckeyes are 17-for-93 (18.3 percent) and on the penalty kill the team is 67-for-82 (81.7 percent).
Senior forwards Sergio Somma and John Albert share the team scoring lead with junior forward Danny Dries with 19 points each. Somma and Dries are first on the team with 11 goals apiece, followed by Albert with seven. Senior defenseman Shane Sims has a team-high 13 helpers, followed by Albert with 12 and senior forward Peter Boyd with 11.
In net, junior Cal Heeter has started all 19 games, with a 2.43 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.
FLASHBACK The Buckeyes opened 2011 with the Catamout Cup in Burlington, Vt., downing Vermont 3-1 and Army 5-3 to claim the tournament title.
Against the host Catamounts last Saturday Vermont took a 1-0 lead in the second period but a Danny Dries goal tied the game before intermission. Sergio Somma scored the gamewinner early in the third, and Dries sealed the 3-1 win with an empty-net goal.
Sunday against Army, the Buckeyes scored five second-period goals en route to a 5-3 win. After a scoreless first period the teams traded goals in the first 6:27 of the middle stanza. Dries put Ohio State ahead 1-0 just 1:03 into the stanza before the Black Knights tied the score. Just 24 seconds after Army’s tally Peter Boyd put Ohio State back on top (2-1) and John Albert scored 36 seconds later for a 3-1 Buckeye advantage. C.J. Severyn lit the lamp at 10:27 to extend the lead to three (4-1) and Boyd added his second of the game with 60 seconds remaining in the period. Army scored twice in the third to draw within two, but Ohio State held on for the non-conference victory.
The tournament had predetermined matchups, with Ohio State and Harvard winning on the first day. A victory by Vermont over the Crimson left Ohio State as the only undefeated team in the tournament, giving the squad its first tourney crown since the 2009 Ohio Hockey Classic.
After the tournament, Dries and Boyd were named to the all-tournament team, with Dries picking up MVP honors.
U-S-A! Buckeye head coach Mark Osiecki has been with Team USA at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., helping the squad to a 3-1 record through the group round and a spot in the semifinals. The squad fell to Canada Monday night and played for the bronze medal Wednesday afternoon. Osiecki was also on the coaching staff last season when the U.S. squad captured the gold medal. The Buckeyes stopped in Buffalo on their way to Vermont to watch Coach Osiecki and Team USA take on Germany.
MVP DRIES THE CCHA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK Buckeye junior forward Danny Dries was honored as the CCHA Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Dries was named the Catamount Cup MVP after leading the Buckeyes to two wins and the tournament title in Burlington, Vt., over the weekend.
Dries, from Lake Orion, Mich., had four points, with three goals, en route to Catamount Cup MVP honors. He scored on the power play Saturday vs. Vermont to tie the game and added an empty-netter to seal the 3-1 win. Sunday against Army Dries opened the scoring and then assisted on Peter Boyd’s go-ahead goal soon after Army had tied the game, as the Buckeyes went on to win 5-3.
This is the second CCHA Offensive Player of the Week award for Dries, who also was honored Nov. 8. Ohio State has received six league weekly honors this season; Dries is the first multiple honoree.
NOTING THE LEADERS • Seniors Sergio Somma and John Albert and junior Danny Dries share the Buckeye scoring lead with 19 points each, tying for 10th in the CCHA in overall games. Shane Sims leads the Buckeyes with 13 assists. • Somma and Dries are first on the team with 11 goals each, tying for seventh in the league and 23rd in the NCAA. • Somma and Dries are first on the team with 11 goals each, tying for seventh in the league and 23rd in the NCAA. • Sims, who is first on the squad with a +10 mark, is 20th in the NCAA in points per game among defensemen (.74), tied for second in scoring among CCHA blueliners and tied for eighth in the league in assists. • Albert has 12 assists on the year to rank 11th in the CCHA. Peter Boyd is third for the Buckeyes with 11 helpers, tying for 12th in the conference. • Somma is first in the CCHA and tied for sixth nationally with six power-play goals, with Dries tying for 13th in the NCAA and second in the CCHA with five PPG. Among CCHA power-play leaders, Sims is third with 10 power-play points (all assists), with Dries (5-3-8) and Albert (2-6-8) tied for sixth and Somma (6-1-7) tied for 12th. • Somma has a point in all but five games this year, with Albert posting at least one point in all but six games. • Dries has a team-best five multiple-point games, including a team-best four-point game against Alabama-Huntsville Nov. 5, while Albert and Somma both have four games with multiple points.
THE SENIORS Ohio State has nine seniors (eight skaters) on the squad this season, with four of the Top 5 scorers through the first 19 games of the year. The group of Sergio Somma, John Albert, Peter Boyd and Shane Sims has combined for 25 goals, 44 assists and 69 points, with each playing in all 19 games. The other skaters in the class (C.J. Severyn, Chris Reed, Kyle Reed and Corey Toy) have a 6-12-18 line together, each playing in at least 14 games.
THE ROOKIES Four Buckeye freshmen have skated in at least 18 games this season, with each posting at least six points as they have combined for a 12-21-33 line. Forward Alex Szczechura (6g, 5a) leads the rookies with 11 points, followed by defenseman Curtis Gedig with nine points on nine assists. Forward Chris Crane (3g, 4a) has seven points and Alex Lippincott (3g, 3a) has six. Travis Statchuk has been limited to nine games because of injury and has two assists. Rookie Brendan Arniel played his first game as a Buckeye vs. Alaska Nov. 27.
BUCKEYES VS. REDHAWKS With the new CCHA scheduling format this season, this is the first time since 1998-99 Ohio State and Miami will meet just twice in the regular season. Buckeye seniors have played as many as 16 career games vs. the RedHawks.
Ohio State is 58-63-12 all-time against its instate rival, but leads the series in Columbus, 34-21-7. The Buckeyes stopped a six-game winless streak vs. Miami with a 5-4 overtime win in the CCHA quarterfinals last year.
The Buckeyes and RedHawks met seven times last season, four times in the regular season and in three games in the CCHA quarterfinals. The RedHawks swept a home-and-home series in December to close out first-half action for both squads, with a 6-0 win in Columbus and 4-2 win at home. In February Miami recorded a 6-2 victory in Oxford. The next night in Columbus, the teams skated to a scoreless tie and Ohio State won the shootout. The teams faced off in the CCHA quarterfinals March 12-14 in Oxford for a spot in the CCHA Championship. Miami won game one, 6-2, before Ohio State won 5-4 in overtime on a Sergio Somma goal to tie the series at one game each. In the decisive third game, Miami won, 2-1, to advance.
THE OHIO CUP Competition for the Ohio Cup continues this weekend with Ohio State taking on Miami. The traveling trophy, sponsored by Buckeye Sports Bulletin, goes to the Ohio-based team which performs best in intrastate competition. Miami is the defending champion and leads the competition with 12 titles all-time. Bowling Green is second with 10 Cups, followed by Ohio State (6).
Ohio State swept Bowling Green Dec. 10-11 to take an early lead in Cup play. Because Miami and Bowling Green play four times this season, just the series between the Falcons and RedHawks at Miami Jan. 14-15 is included in the final standings.
REDHAWK READER Miami, a Frozen Four participant each of the last two seasons, enters the weekend 11-6-3 overall, with an 8-4-2 ledger in CCHA play. The squad participated in the Florida College Classic last week, falling in the championship game to St. Cloud State, 4-3, after a 4-1 victory over Maine in the opening round. The RedHawks are averaging 3.80 goals a game while allowing 2.30.
Senior forward Carter Camper leads the CCHA with 24 assists and 37 points this season. Senior Andy Miele is second for the RedHawks with 33 points, including 23 assists. Sophomore Reilly Smith shares the team goal-scoring lead with Camper with 13 each and is third with 26 points. Junior goalies Cody Reichard and Connor Knapp, the brother of Ohio State women’s hockey goalie Chelsea Knapp, have split time in net this season. Reichard is 7-3-0 with a 2.45 goals-against average and .891 save percentage. Knapp is 4-3-3, posting a 2.04 GAA and .902 svpct.
AND IN THE THIRD PERIOD … The Buckeyes are outscoring their opponents in the third period, 24-20, this season. The squad has 31 goals in the first and second periods combined (13 in the first, 18 in the second after a five-goal second vs. Army), and have 24 in the third period alone, along with three in overtime.
THE CENTURY CLUB Seniors John Albert and Peter Boyd both hit the 100-point mark in the first half of the season. They are the first Buckeyes to join the Century Club since 2008. Sergio Somma is 11 points away from reaching triple digits as a Buckeye.
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. 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 and Boyd, there now are 53 members of the Ohio State ‘Century Club.’
Albert is first for the current Buckeyes with 109 points, the most for a Buckeye since the 2004 squad when Caponigri had 132 and May had 117. Boyd has 105 points as a Buckeye. Somma leads the current Buckeyes with 45 career goals.
OVERTIME AGAIN? The Buckeyes are 3-0-1 in overtime this season and went to overtime in the opening game on four of the last five weekends. The Buckeyes beat Michigan State in OT Nov. 12, skated to a tie and shootout win with Alaska Nov. 26 and downed Michigan in overtime Dec. 3 before topping Bowling Green 4-3 in OT.
The squad had to rally to tie the game in the first three contests. Against the Falcons, the Buckeyes scored three straight goals in the third to take the lead before allowing a late game-tying goal and then winning in overtime.
Freshman Alex Szczechura scored the winning goal in the first two overtime wins this season, with Danny Dries netting the overtime winner against Bowling Green. Peter Boyd had the lone shootout goal against Alaska.
NO SHOTS FOR YOU Bowling Green had an Ohio State opponent season low 13 shots on goal Dec. 11, the fewest allowed by the Buckeyes since Northern Michigan had 14 Oct. 28, 2006 in Marquette. Ohio State held Alabama-Huntsville to 15 shots earlier this season, while keeping Army to 19 last Sunday. The Buckeyes are averaging 32.2 shots a game this season, while allowing 27.8.
ON THE POWER PLAY The Buckeyes have power-play goals in three of their last four games, including two extra-man tallies both at Bowling Green Dec. 10 and at Vermont (both 5×3( Jan. 1. The squad is at 18.3 percent for the season.
THAT’S A FIRST Sophomore Brandon Martell had his first career assist and point in the win over Army Sunday, while classmate Alex Carlson had his first point of the season with a helper vs. the Black Knights.
THE MAGIC NUMBER The Buckeyes are undefeated (9-0) when scoring four or more goals this season but have just one win, along with one tie, when scoring three or less. COMEBACK KIDS Ohio State has three wins and a tie this season when trailing after the second period and also has a come-from behind win after trailing in the third period. At Michigan State Nov. 12 the Buckeyes were down 3-1 after the second period but scored twice in the third to tie the game and then won in overtime. The squad rallied with three unanswered goals from a 3-2 deficit for a 5-3 win at Ferris State Oct. 23. Against Michigan Dec. 3, the Wolverines broke a 1-1 tie at 8:43 of the third. Sergio Somma scored on a 6-on-4 advantage to force overtime and the Buckeyes won 1:43 into the extra stanza. At Bowling Green Dec. 10 the Buckeyes were down 1-0 after the second and 2-0 early in the third before going on a three-goal run to take a lead. The Falcons tied the game, but Ohio State won in overtime.
The victory over the Spartans was the first time Ohio State rallied to win after trailing through the first 20 minutes since Jan. 23, 2010 at Michigan State. In that game they were down 1-0 and pulled out a 4-2 victory.
POTW The Buckeyes have picked up six player of the week awards this season. Cal Heeter was the goalie of the week Oct. 11, Curtis Gedig was the rookie of the week Oct. 25 and Danny Dries was honored as the offensive player of the week Nov. 8 and Jan. 3. Dec. 13 Shane Sims was lauded as the defensive player of the week and Sergio Somma was named the offensive player of the week.
BEST WISHES TO NO. 9 Senior Patrick Schafer signed a professional contract with the Arizona Sundogs of the Central Hockey League early this week, ending his collegiate career. Schafer played in 122 games as a Buckeyes, with 11 goals and 24 assists for 35 points. He skated in 14 games this season, with one assist. Former Buckeye Kyle Hood also plays for Arizona, where he is the team’s third-leading scorer. Schafer scored a goal in his first professional game Dec. 29.
WEARING THE C Seniors John Albert, Peter Boyd and Sergio Somma and junior Sean Duddy were elected captains for the Ohio State men’s hockey team this season. The players, who were voted on by their teammates, will all wear ‘C’s on their jerseys for each game.
Boyd is a captain for the third time, donning a ‘C’ as a sophomore and serving as one of four alternate captains (with no ‘C’) last season. Somma earned an ‘A’ near the end of his sophomore campaign and joined Boyd with an ‘A’ on his jersey last year as well. This is the first time Albert and Duddy will have a letter on their jerseys at Ohio State.
BEHIND THE BENCH The win over Quinnipiac Oct. 9 was the first collegiate win for Ohio State head coach Mark Osiecki. He is joined behind the bench by associate head coach Steve Rohlik, assistant coach Steve Brent and volunteer assistant Layne LeBel. JB Bittner is the team’s video coordinator.
Osiecki, a winner on every level, was named head coach April 24, 2010. He was an assistant at Wisconsin the last six years after spending seven seasons as the head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Gamblers (USHL). Osiecki has been a part of NCAA (both as a player and coach), junior hockey, international and professional championship teams.
BUCKEYES TO BE Buckeye head coach Mark Osiecki announced his first recruiting class Nov. 19, with 11 outstanding players – two goalies, five defensemen and four forwards. In all, the class is comprised of six players from the United States Hockey League, three from the Alberta Junior Hockey League and two from the British Columbia Hockey League. The group is a mix of older (1990, ‘91 birthdates) players to younger, draft-eligible student-athletes (1992,’93 birthdates). For complete information on the class visit http://go.osu.edu/hkrcts.
BACK-TO-BACK Former Buckeyes scored back-to-back NHL goals – for different teams – Saturday night. Zac Dalpe was just called up to Carolina and netted his first NHL goal. Rod Pelley answered for the Devils just over 3:00 later. Dave Steckel became the first Buckeye to play in the NHL Winter Classic, starting for the Capitals Saturday at Heinz Field.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIGS Six Buckeyes were on NHL opening-day rosters, ranking third among CCHA schools. Four NHL regulars from 2009-10 returned to their squads for the new year – R.J. Umberger in Columbus, Dave Steckel in Washington, Ryan Kesler in Vancouver and Rod Pelley in New Jersey. Zac Dalpe, who left Ohio State in the spring after two seasons, earned a spot in Carolina’s lineup after his first training camp. Tyson Strachan was on the opening-day roster for St. Louis after playing eight games for the Blues a season ago.
Defensemen Nate Guenin, with the Blue Jackets, and Matt Bartkowski, with Boston, were two of the final players from their respective teams sent to the American Hockey League when NHL rosters had to be cut down. Bartkowski, like Dalpe, ended his Buckeye career after last season and was participating in his first NHL camp. He is currently with the Providence Bruins. Guenin cleared waivers and was with the Springfield Falcons before he was traded to Anaheim’s organization Tuesday. He currently is with the Syracuse Crunch.
Guenin was called up to the Blue Jackets on an emergency recall Oct. 16 and skated in three games before he was sent back down to Springfield. He joined former Umberger, in the CBJ lineup, marking the first time two Buckeyes played on the same team in an NHL game since Jan. 10, 2009 when David Steckel and Sean Collins skated for the Capitals.
Seventeen total former Buckeyes participated in NHL training camps this fall, with many since assigned to AHL, ECHL or CHL squads – Corey Elkins (AHL Manchester/Los Angeles), Sean Collins (AHL Hershey/Washington), Johann Kroll (AHL Hershey/Washington), Matt Beaudoin (AHL San Antonio/Phoenix), Jason DeSantis (AHL Wilkes-Barre Scranton, ECHL Wheeling/Pittsburgh), Tom Fritsche (AHL Lake Erie, CHL Tulsa/Colorado), Joe Palmer (ECHL Toledo, AHL Rockford/Chicago) and Dave Caruso (AHL Albany, ECHL Trenton/New Jersey). Hunter Bishop, the third Buckeye to sign an NHL contract after 2009-10, was in camp with Montreal but was assigned to Wheeling in the ECHL after suffering an injury in training camp and has since been called up to AHL Hamilton. Dalpe played in seven games for the Hurricanes, posting an assist, but was sent down to AHL Charlotte.
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FOLLOW THE BUCKEYES Ohio State men’s hockey games in 2010-11 will be available to fans both on the radio and the internet this year. The Ohio State Buckeyes Radio Network/IMG College will carry 25 regular season games and all postseason action involving the Buckeyes over the air at 1460 AM in Columbus and online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Video streams of nearly every Buckeye game will be available, typically on a pay-per-view basis. All Ohio State home games in Value City Arena that are not televised will be streamed either through BigTenNetwork.com or OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Road games will be available through the home team’s website, with some also streamed on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. (The only games not currently scheduled to have a video stream are Nov. 26-27 vs. Alaska from Nationwide Arena, but an audio feed will be available.)
Links to audio and video broadcasts, as well as live stats, will be available on the men’s hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com prior to the games each weekend.
The Buckeyes will have seven games on television this season, including four on the Big Ten Network. BTN will show three of the Buckeyes’ four games vs. Michigan, beginning Dec. 3 with a game in Value City Arena in Columbus. The network will televise both games from Ann Arbor, Mich., Feb. 11-12. Ohio State also will appear on BTN Feb. 4 when it hosts Michigan State. Ohio State also will appear on CBS College Sports Jan. 7 when it hosts Miami, as well as two road games on Comcast Television (Michigan State, Western Michigan).
UP NEXT The Buckeyes will head to Kalamazoo, Mich., for two games at Western Michigan next weekend. The squads will meet at 7:35 p.m. Jan. 14-15, with the Friday contest televised by Comcast. Ohio State will be back in action Jan. 21-22 when it hosts Notre Dame.