Oct. 26, 2011
Ohio State vs. Alaska
Thursday, Oct. 27 – 7:05 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 28- 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
• Ohio State has 13 newcomers this season, including 12 freshmen. The freshmen are averaging 3.67 points a game, in the Top 3 in the nation for points by a rookie class.
• The Buckeyes have split their first three series, coming back to win the second game in the last two matchups.
• The 1971-72 Buckeyes are gathering this weekend to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the squad’s CCHA regular-season and tournament championships.
• Ohio State is playing back-to-back Thursday/Friday series to avoid conflicts with home football games (both night games vs. Wisconsin).
• This season, 17 Buckeyes have at least one point, led by freshman Ryan Dzingel who has a team-high six points on the year.
Drop the Puck
The Ohio State men’s hockey team (3-3, 2-2-0-0 CCHA) opens its Central Collegiate Hockey Association home schedule with a two-game series against Alaska (3-2-1, 0-1-1-0 CCHA) this week. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Thursday and Friday in Value City Arena.
The Fun Stuff
Thursday night includes a schedule poster giveaway.
Friday is a Buckeye Spooktacular. There will be Halloween festivities throughout the game and children and students are encouraged to wear their costumes to the game. There will be trick or treating on the concourse, with special treats for children dressed in costume. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.
Following the game, there will be a Skate with the Buckeyes for fans who bring their own skates. Skates will not be available to rent at the arena.
Members of the 1971-72 edition of the Buckeyes will gather in Columbus this week to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the team’s CCHA regular-season and tournament titles. There will be a ceremonial puck drop Friday and the members in attendance will be recognized after the first period. The team, coached by Dave Chambers, was 24-5-0 overall, with an 8-4-0 conference ledger. At the CCHA tournament in St. Louis, the Buckeyes defeated Ohio University, 7-1, in the semifinals and beat St. Louis on its home ice in the championship game, 3-0.
Both games this weekend will be streamed through the Buckeye Vision subscription package on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The radio call will be on 1460 AM in Columbus and for free on Buckeye Vision. Links for audio and video are on the men’s hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, along with links to live stats. In-game updates also are available on Twitter @OhioState_MHKY.
The Buckeyes were 1-1 on the road at Michigan State last week. The squad was shut out in the opener, 3-0. In the second game, the Buckeyes scored three unanswered goals (two in a 1:13 span) in the third period to down the Spartans, 5-2.
Thursday night, senior goalie Cal Heeter made 27 saves, but the Spartans scored once in each period for the victory. The Spartans scored on the power play at 4:46 of the first to take the lead and at 15:15 of the second, Anthony Hayes scored for Michigan State from right in front of the net for a 2-0 lead through 40 minutes. Just 1:39 into the third the score stretched to 3-0 on Trevor Nill’s tally. For the game, Ohio State was outshot, 30-29. The Buckeye penalty kill was 4-for-5, while the power play was scoreless on six chances. Ohio State had 15 shots on the power play in the game, including nine in the first period. .
Friday, the Buckeyes trailed the Spartans 1-0 after the first period. The Buckeyes scored twice in a 4:49 span in the second period to take a 2-1 lead, with goals from sophomore Alex Szczechura and Chris Crane (on the power play). Just over three minutes later Michigan State again tied the game, as Kevin Walrod netted his second goal of the night. Freshman Darik Angeli put Ohio State ahead 4:04 into the second period with his first career goal, the eventual gamewinner. Crane scored his second of the game 1:13 later for a two-goal advantage and freshman Matt Johnson closed out the win with a shorthanded empty-net tally with 36 seconds remaining. Crane led Ohio State with two goals and three points, while defensemen junior Devon Krogh and freshman Ben Gallacher each had two assists.
The Buckeyes, under second-year head coach Mark Osiecki, are 3-3 on the year, including splits of their first three series (home vs. Quinnipiac, at Notre Dame and Michigan State).
The team has averaged 2.67 goals a game, while allowing 3.00. The power play is at 16.1 percent, with five goals on 31 chances, and the penalty kill is 31-for-36 (.861).
Freshman Ryan Dzingel has a team-best six points, sharing the goal lead with sophomore Chris Crane and freshman Matt Johnson with three each, and the assist lead with freshman Max McCormick and junior Devon Krogh with three apiece. Crane is second with five points this season.
Buckeyes vs. Nanooks
Alaska leads the series with the Buckeyes, 25-23-5, but Ohio State holds the advantage in Columbus, 13-8-3. The teams met twice last season, with Alaska winning the series, 3-0-1. The two games in Columbus were Thanksgiving weekend and played downtown at Nationwide Arena. The teams tied the opener, 3-3, before an Ohio State shootout win and the Nanooks won the second game, 5-2. In Fairbanks in January, Alaska won 1-0 and 6-2.
Alaska enters the series with the Buckeyes 3-2-1 this year and 0-1-1-0 in CCHA play after a 4-1 loss and 2-2 tie at home with Western Michigan last weekend. The games vs. Ohio State are the team’s first outside of Alaska this year after opening the season with a 1-1 ledger in the Kendall Hockey Classic in Anchorage. The team hosted the Brice Alaska Goal Rush Oct. 14-15, with a 5-2 win over Mercyhurst and 4-1 victory over Nebraska-Omaha.
The Nanooks average 2.67 goals a game and have allowed opponents 2.33 a contest. The power play is 3-for-28 (.107) and the penalty kill is 30-for-33 (.909).
Junior Nik Yaremchuk is first on the squad with five goals, including an NCAA-best three gamewinning tallies, and leads the team with six points. Sophomore Cody Kunyk is first with four assists and tied with sophomore Colton Beck (3g, 2a) and junior Andy Taranto (2g, 3a) for second with five points each. Between the pipes senior Scott Greenham has five starts, with a 2.17 goals-against average and 909 save percentage.
• Ohio State is coming off its third-consecutive series split to open the year. The squad won its opener against Quinnipiac before falling in the second game. At both Notre Dame and Michigan State, the Buckeyes lost the first night before rebounding for a series split in game two.
• Ohio State had a season-high 33 shots last Friday at Michigan State, marking the first time the team outshot its opponent this year. The squad is averaging 23.8 shots a game while allowing 31.7.
• Last season, the Buckeyes played three conference series on the road before opening their home CCHA slate vs. Alaska. That series vs. UA was at Nationwide Arena Nov. 26-27, with the first league series in Value City Arena Dec. 3-4 vs. Michigan. This year, the team had two road series before beginning their home CCHA slate vs. the Nanooks.
• The loss last Thursday at Michigan State was the first time the Buckeyes were shut out this season. The team has scored at least two goals in the other five contests.
• Ohio State is 1-0 this season when leading after the second period and 2-1-0 when tied after the middle stanza, but 0-2 when trailing after 40 minutes.
• Three of the Buckeyes’ six games this season have been decided by one goal, with Ohio State 2-1 in those contests. The team was 4-10 in one-goal games a year ago.
• Ohio State came back from a 1-0 deficit after the first period Friday to beat Michigan State. The last time the team won after trailing after the first 20 minutes was also against the Spartans, Feb. 5, 2011. In that game, OSU trailed 1-0 but posted a 4-2 victory.
• Sophomore Chris Crane had a career-high two goals and three points in the win at Michigan State last Friday. It was his second multiple-point outing and first since a goal and an assist vs. Alabama-Huntsville Nov. 6, 2010. It was the second three-point game for a Buckeye this season (Max McCormick, 10/15 at Notre Dame).
• Junior defenseman Devon Krogh had two assists in the win at Michigan State. It was his third two-point game and second career two-assist night (last Oct. 15, 2020 vs. Robert Morris).
• Sophomore defenseman Curtis Gedig leads the Buckeyes with 16 blocked shots, followed by Devon Krogh with 14, Al McLean with 11 and Sean Duddy with 10. The Buckeyes have 104 recorded blocked shots, compared to 73 for their opponents.
• Junior forward Alex Carlson leads the Buckeyes with a 71.8 faceoff winning percentage (among players with more than 20 faceoffs), winning 28-of-39 draws. The Newcomers
• Thirteen new faces are on the Buckeye roster this year, with 12 freshmen and a junior goalie. All 13 have seen action in at least two games, with 11 playing in at least four contests. Of the skaters, four have notched their first career goals, with eight recording at least one assist.
• Freshman defenseman Clark Cristofoli had his first career assist and point last Friday at Michigan State. Darik Angeli scored his first career goal – the eventual gamewinner – against the Spartans Friday night.
• The Buckeyes are tied with Michigan for the NCAA lead with 22 points by freshmen on the year, ranking third (tied) with 3.67 points an outing.
• Freshmen have all three gamewinning goals for Ohio State this season, led by Ryan Dzingel with two. Dzingel is tied for fourth in the nation in gamewinning goals.
• Ryan Dzingel leads the rookies (and the Buckeyes) with six points, while he and Matt Johnson share the team goal-scoring lead with three each (along with sophomore Chris Crane). Max McCormick and Dzingel are tied for first on the team with three assists (with sophomore Devon Krogh).
• Dzingel is tied for fourth nationally and tied for first in the CCHA in points per game among rookies (1.00).
• Ben Gallacher had two assists at Michigan State last Friday for the second two-helper night by a freshman, joining Max McCormick who had two assists at Notre Dame Oct. 15. It was Gallacher’s first multiple-point outing.
• The class was ranked 14th by InsideCollegeHockey.com in their annual recruiting rankings, with Gallacher rated as the 20th-best defenseman.
• The freshmen range in age from 17 (Riley Simpson, who turns 18 in November) to 21 (Chad Niddery, Darik Angeli, Nick Oddo, Justin DaSilva). Simpson is the youngest player in the CCHA (according to collegehockeystats.net). There are currently nine 18-year olds playing in the league.
• The 12 freshmen are the most for the Buckeyes since the 2004-05 team welcomed 11 rookies.
Seven Buckeyes began the year on NHL rosters – Nate Guenin/Anaheim, Matt Bartkowski/Boston, Zac Dalpe/Carolina, R.J. Umberger/Columbus, Rod Pelley/New Jersey, Dave Steckel/Toronto, Ryan Kesler/Vancouver. Sean Collins was called up by Washington earlier this week.
Buckeyes in the AHL include Tyson Strachan/San Antonio, John Albert and Jason DeSantis/St. John’s and Mathieu Beaudoin/Portland. Guenin was assigned to the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch after skating with the Ducks to start the year, while Bartkowski was assigned to the Providence Bruins after skating with Boston to open the year.
In the ECHL, 10 former Buckeyes were on opening-night rosters – Patrick Schafer/Alaska, Chris Reed and Matt McIlvane/Cincinnati, Corey Toy/Greenville, Shane Sims/Gwinnett, Dustin Carlson/Ontario, Joe Palmer/Reading, Johann Kroll/South Carolina, Dave Caruso/Trenton and CJ Severyn/Utah. McIlvane announced his retirement from hockey because of injury this week.
Become a Fan and a Follower
Keep up with the Buckeyes on the internet. Weekly and special releases, statistics, biographies and more can be found on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, the official site of Ohio State athletics. The team has an official facebook page – facebook.com/OhioStateMensHockey, as well as a twitter feed – twitter.com/OhioState_MHKY. To receive weekly email updates about the team, email BuckeyeHockeyReport@buckeyes.ath.ohio-state.edu.
After a non-conference series at Alabama-Huntsville next week (Nov. 4-5), the Buckeyes will return to Columbus for a CCHA series with Northern Michigan. The teams will meet at 12:05 p.m. Nov. 11 on Veteran’s Day and at 7:05 p.m. Nov. 12. The series marks the squad’s only home games in November.