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Oct. 4, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team kicked off the 2014-15 campaign with a 7-1 win over Guelph in an exhibition game Saturday in Value City Arena. Twenty-two Buckeye skaters – including all seven freshmen – saw action in the contest, with 13 picking up at least one point.

Senior Tanner Fritz led the way with four points, on a goal and three assists, and sophomore Drew Brevig had a goal and two assists for three points. Sophomore Nick Schilkey posted two points on a goal and an assist, with freshman Matthew Weis setting up two goals. In goal, Matt Tomkins and Christian Frey split time, combining for 19 saves on 20 shots.

Ohio State will open the regular season with three consecutive home games, hosting No. 3-ranked Providence at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena and No. 11 Miami Oct. 17.

The Buckeyes led 1-0 after the first period on a power play goal from Fritz at 10:00, the first of three power play tallies for Ohio State in the game. Brevig and Weis assisted on the goal, which Fritz tipped in. Ohio State outshot the Gryphons, 11-9, in the stanza.

Ohio State extended the lead to 5-1 in the second period. Freshman Luke Stork scored off an assist from senior Nick Oddo at 1:23 and Brevig scored a goal of his own on the power play, with assists from Schilkey and Fritz, at 6:31. The Gryphons got on the board at 13:37 when Robert DeFulviis scored, but Buckeye senior Chad Niddery put in the rebound of a shot from classmate Matt Johnson less than two minutes later (15:10), with fellow senior Al McLean on the assist, to regain the two-goal edge. Junior Tyler Lundey tallied, assisted by Weis and sophomore David Gust, at 17:53. Ohio State had 16 shots in the period, limiting Guelph to seven.

Junior Anthony Greco scored just 29 seconds into the third period, assisted by senior Darik Angeli and Fritz, and Schilkey’s goal from the slot on the power play, with an assist from Fritz and Brevig, ended the scoring. Shots were 7-4 in favor of Ohio State in the third period.

Ohio State outshot Guelph, 34-20, in the contest. For the Buckeyes, Tomkins started and played 30:17, stopping all 13 shots he faced. Frey was between the pipes for 29:37 and had six saves on seven shots.

The Buckeyes converted 3-of-4 power play chances and held Guelph scoreless on two opportunities.