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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State (9-12-1, 7-8-1-1 CCHA) heads to East Lansing, Mich., this weekend for a two-game CCHA series with No. 11 Michigan State (15-7-4, 10-4-1-1 CCHA). The teams will meet at 7:35 p.m. Friday and at 5:05 p.m. Saturday in Munn Ice Arena.

Follow Along
Both games this weekend will be televised. Fox Sports Plus will carry the game Friday, with Ken Daniels (pxp) and Fred Pletsch (analysis) on the call. Saturday the Big Ten Network will televise the action, with Rick Pizzo (pxp), Pletsch and Lisa Byington (rinkside) calling the action.

WOSU Radio will have the radio call online at wosu.org, with former Buckeye John Mowat (analysis) and Herb Howenstine (pxp) on air.

The FSP broadcast Friday will also be streamed online for free at www.foxsportsdetroit.com.

A pay-per-view webstream is scheduled through MSU All-Access for both games. Go online to MSUSpartans.com for more information or to sign up.

Links to live stats can be found on the men’s hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. A league-wide scoreboard can be accessed at ccha.com.

Last Time Out
The Buckeyes played just one contest last weekend, hosting the U.S. National Under-18 Team in an exhibition game Friday. Led by two goals and three points from sophomore Zac Dalpe, the Buckeyes posted a 6-3 win.

In their last CCHA series, the Buckeyes swept Bowling Green Jan. 8-9 in Columbus to open 2010, posting a 7-2 win in the opener and a 4-3 victory in game two. The series was the first for the team since Dec. 11-12, ending a 26-day layoff.
 
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.

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. Michigan State
The Buckeyes trail the all-time series with Michigan State, 22-76-8, but trail by just one in the last 10 (4-5-1). In the last 21 meetings, the series is much closer than the all-time series, with the Buckeyes leading by a slim 10-8-3 margin.

In East Lansing Ohio State trails the all-time series, 6-42-3. Four of the victories have come since 2003, with Ohio State posting a sweep Oct. 17-18, 2003 (4-1, 5-0), a win Feb. 19, 2005 (5-1) and a victory Dec. 2, 2006 (4-1).

Michigan State has two extra wins listed in its series record with the Buckeyes, as it includes two games from the 1957-58 season Ohio State does not.

The Buckeyes were 2-1-1 vs. the Spartans last season when the teams were in the same CCHA scheduling cluster. In Columbus in November the Buckeyes posted a sweep (3-0, 3-1). In East Lansing Feb. 13-14 the teams tied the opener with the Spartans winning the shootout and MSU claimed game two, 2-1, with a late goal.

Spartan Story
Michigan State is 15-7-4 overall this season and stands in second place in the CCHA with a 10-4-4 -1 mark. The teams is coming off a home-and-home series with Notre Dame. The Irish won 5-2 in South Bend in the first game and the squads tied, 4-4, in game two before the Spartans won the shootout.

Junior forward Corey Tropp has a team-high 17 goals, 18 assists and 35 points and leads the CCHA in scoring. Junior defenseman Jeff Petry is second with 16 assists, followed by freshman forward Derek Grant and sophomore forward Daultan Leveille with 15 helpers each. Junior forward Andrew Rowe is second with 11 assists, with Grant third with nine. Grant (24), Rowe (21) and Leveille (20) all have hit the 20-point mark this year.

Sophomore goalie Drew Palmisano has played in 20 games this year, with an 11-6-3 ledger, 2.13 goals-against average and .926 save percentage. Senior Bobby Jarosz has played in eight games, going 4-1-1 with a 2.55 GAA and .910 svpct.

A Look Back – Buckeyes vs. Spartans
Ohio State and Michigan State last met Feb. 13-14, 2009, in East Lansing, Mich., with the teams tying the opener, 1-1, before the Spartans won the shootout and Michigan State winning game two, 2-1.

The Buckeyes and Spartans tied 1-1 in overtime Feb. 13, 2009, before Michigan State won the shootout, 2-1 in four rounds, to earn the extra CCHA point. The teams were scoreless through the first period before Brett Perlini scored for Michigan State to open the scoring at 8:12 of the second period. The Spartans’ lead stood until there were just 11 seconds remaining in regulation. With the Buckeye net empty for the extra attacker, the puck came to Hunter Bishop at the right post. His shot went off a prone Jeff Lerg’s leg and in to force overtime, with Sergio Somma and Matt Bartkowski picking up the assists. The teams put seven shots on net in overtime, with Michigan State’s three coming on the power play, but neither team could find the back of the net. Lerg ended the game with 36 saves and Buckeye goalie Dustin Carlson had 24 stops, as Ohio State outshot Michigan State, 37-25. In the shootout, Zac Dalpe scored the lone goal for the Buckeyes. Carlson had two saves.

In game two Feb. 14, 2009, the Buckeyes lost, 2-1, to the Spartans, giving up a late power-play goal to break a 1-all tie through two periods.

Joey Shean opened the scoring at 4:24 of the first and Buckeye Shane Sims tied the game at the 1:02 mark fo the second period. In the third the Buckeye penalty kill stopped a five-minute major early in the stanza, including a 5-on-3 advantage for the first two minutes of the power play, but the Spartans’ Jeff Petry scored at 16:13 on MSU’s fourth power-play of the night to go ahead and Michigan State held on for the win. Carlson had 33 stops for the Buckeyes, who were 0-for-4 on the power play.

A Look Back at the BG Sweep
The Buckeyes opened 2010 with two wins over Bowling Green in Value City Arena Jan. 8-9 (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 in the opener 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 in game two. 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.

The Slate Ahead
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 the trip to take on Michigan State this weekend, 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.

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.

Offensive Outburst
The seven goals scored by the Buckeyes against Bowling Green Jan. 8 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 (dating to Miami Dec. 12) 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
In the opener against Bowling Green, 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 career 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. In the opener he had his first multiple-goal game as a Buckeye with two tallies, marking his eighth career two-point outing. In game two 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 Jan. 8 vs. Bowling Green, sophomore defenseman Matt Bartkowski had his second two-point night at Ohio State and the first since Oct. 25, 2008 at Denver.

Taylor Stefishen had a goal and an assist to match his career best, set four times before, including at Lake Superior State Oct. 23, vs. Bowilng Green in the series lid-lifter.

Severyn and John Albert both were a personal-best +3 in the first win vs. BG. Defenseman Shane Sims matched his career high with a +3 mark.

Here’s Johnny
John Albert took over the team assist with five assists in the series vs. Bowling Green. He now has 14 on the year. Last season he led the Buckeyes with 28 helpers. Albert reached the 75-point mark in his career with his second assist vs. the Falcons.

In CCHA games only Albert is tied for 14th with 15 points (3g, 12a). His 12 assists are tied for fourth. He is second for the Buckeyes with 18 points on the year. 

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 eighth (tied) in the CCHA in points overall. He is third 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 fourth and he is tied for sixth with four power-play goals. Dalpe is fourth among 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
Defenseman Devon Krogh leads the Buckeye 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. Krogh is +9 in league play to share the league among CCHA rookies and rank second (tied) among all league blueliners.

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. As a freshman last year Bartkowski, a CCHA All-Rookie Team choice, had a 5-15-20 line, the first Buckeye rookie defenseman with 20 points since 2005 and just third since 2001.

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 in the opener against Bowling Green.

Impossible Three
The Buckeyes have not scored three total goals in a game this season. The team is 5-0 when scoring four and 3-1 when scoring five or more. When held to two or less the Buckeyes are 1-11-1.

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.

Steady
Seven Buckeyes have played in all 22 games this season – Zac Dalpe, John Albert, Peter Boyd, Sergio Somma, Matt Bartkowski, Mathieu Picard and Chris Reed.

Keep it Low
The Buckeyes are 6-1-1 when allowing 21-30 shots this season but are 2-10-0 when allowing 31-40. When giving up 41 or more, the team is 1-1.

Career Leaders
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.

A Good Sign
The Buckeyes are 5-1-1 this season when Hunter Bishop and/or Devon Krogh gets a point this season. Ohio State is 5-1 when Mathieu Picard gets on the scoresheet.

Boyd Business
Junior Peter Boyd, who is second on the team with 12 assists on the year, is tied for 10th among CCHA players in conference games only with 16 points, including 11 assists to rank seventh (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. 6-ranked Fighting Sioux and No. 14 Bemidji State. The Buckeyes opened the year vs. Quinnipiac, which has been ranked as high as fourth and currently is receiving votes and faced off against No. 7 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.

A Look Back – OSU 6, U.S. U-18 3
Led by two goals and three points from sophomore Zac Dalpe, Ohio State beat the U.S. National Under-18 Team, part of the National Team Development Program, 6-3, last Friday in an exhibition game in Value City Arena. Matt Bartkowski, Hunter Bishop and Sergio Somma each had two assists in the game, with 13 players recording at least one point.

John Albert, an alum of the NTDP, put the Buckeyes on the board at 14:41 with a power-play goal. At 17:37 Zac Dalpe tallied on the rebound of a Somma shot. The U.S. Under-18 Team tallied at 19:01, when Austin Czarnik scored.

In the second period Ohio State outscored the U.S. National Under-18 Team 2-1 to carry a 4-2 lead into intermission. Dalpe had his second of the night at 8:22. At 13:37 C.J. Severyn, an NTDP alum, was stationed at the post and redirected a Shane Sims pass behind Campbell. At 16:09 Michael Vilardo redirected a Bill Arnold shot from the point as he was skating through the slot.

Kyle Reed scored at 9:12 of the third period to extend the lead to 5-2. At 11:03 a Somma shot deflected off Boyd and into the net. The final goal came from Justin Faulk on the power play at 16:50.  

Carlson had 33 saves in all 60 minutes, as the Under-18 Team outshot Ohio State, 36-28. Campbell made 22 stops for the Under-18 squad.

Each team was 1-for-4 on the power play in the game.

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 51 games for the Blue Jackets, with 33 points on 15 goals and 18 assists. He has played in 361 NHL games in his career, with an 90-105-195 line.

Ryan Kesler, an alternate captain for the Canucks, has played in 48 games and has 42 points, with 29 assists. Kesler, who is featured in the NHL 2K10 commercial, has skated in 368 NHL contests with a 78-104-182 line.

Rod Pelley, now a member of the New Jersey Devils, has played in 44 NHL games this season and has two goals, five assists and seven points. He has skated in 111 NHL games, all with the Devils, and has nine assists and 13 points.

Washington Capital David Steckel has seen action in 48 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 203 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 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.

Congrats to Kes
Ryan Kesler, who played for the Buckeyes in 2002-03, was named to the US Olympic Team for the 2010 Winter Games in  Vancouver, USA Hockey announced New Year’s Day.

A two-time participant in the World Junior Championship and a U.S. National Team Development Team product, he is believed to be the first former Buckeye to play for the US team. 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.

RJ Umberger, a Buckeye from 2001-03 and a current member of the Columbus Blue Jackets, is on a short list of players still in the mix to make the US team should injuries happen to the current Team USA members.

Former Buckeye Andre Signoretti competed for Italy in the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Italy.

Kesler is one of four CCHA players on Team USA, joining goaltender Ryan Miller (Michigan State) and defensemen Mike Komisarek (Michigan) and Jack Johnson (Michigan). They join Canadian defensemen Duncan Keith (Michigan State) and Dan Boyle (Miami) as CCHA alums competing in Vancouver this February.

On the Mark
Devon Krogh’s +5 mark against Michigan Dec. 4 was the first time a Buckeye was +5 or better in a game since Pete Broccoli was +6 and Scott Titus was +5 in a 9-0 victory over Wayne State Nov. 9, 2001. Krogh was on the ice for all five Buckeye goals in the 5-3 victory.

Rally Monkey
Ohio State has rallied for a win or tie in five games this year. At Lake Superior State the team was down 2-0 and 3-2 before winning 4-3 Oct. 24. At Notre Dame Ohio State trailed 1-0 and 2-1 but tied the game at 2-all and then won the shootout to earn two points. Against Northern Michigan Nov. 14 the Buckeyes rallied three times (down 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3) for the 5-4 win. Nov. 13 vs. Western Michigan the Buckeyes were down 1-0 after the first and second periods but scored three times in 49 seconds for a 4-2 win. Last week the squad trailed Bemidji State, 1-0, before tying the game in the second period and winning in overtime, 2-1.

The team has led throughout in two wins – a 4-0 victory over Denver and a 4-2 defeat of Western Michigan.

Break it Down
Mathieu Picard is the lone senior for the Buckeyes this season. The St. Isidore, Ontario, native is joined by 13 juniors, eight sophomores and six freshmen.

Drafty
Six current Buckeyes have been selected in the NHL draft – Zac Dalpe (2nd round/Carolina), Shane Sims (5th round/New York Islanders), Taylor Stefishen (5th round/Nashville), John Albert (6th round/Atlanta), Matt Bartkowski (7th round/Florida) and C.J. Severyn (7th/Calgary). Kyle Reed attended the Atlanta Thrashers’ prospect camp over the summer as an undrafted player, while Hunter Bishop was an invitee to the Montreal Canadiens’ camp and goalie Dustin Carlson skated at the Washington Capitals’ camp.

Behind the Bench
Two of the three two-time captains for the Buckeyes are now behind the bench for the Buckeyes. Steve Brent is in his 10th year as an assistant after rejoining the staff a year ago. JB Bittner, who served as the team’s video coordinator last season after ending his professional career, is now a full-time assistant coach. Brent now serves as the team’s recruiting coordinator.

Give Them an A
Four Buckeyes – senior Mathieu Picard, juniors Peter Boyd and Sergio Somma and sophomore Zac Dalpe – have ‘A’s on their jerseys, designating them as alternate captains for the squad. The only other Buckeye squad to have four players with a letter was in 2003-04, with current assistant coach JB Bittner as the captain and Nate Guenin, Chris Olsgard and Dave Steckel as “A”s.

Krogh Honored
Buckeye freshman defenseman Devon Krogh was named the CCM CCHA Rookie of the Week Dec. 7 for the first time in his career.

Krogh, from West Vancouver, British Columbia, was +6, not on the ice for a goal against, had a goal and an assist and blocked two shots in the Buckeyes’ split with Michigan last weekend. Friday he was +5 and on the ice for all five Buckeye goals in a 5-3 win. He scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, breaking a 2-all tie, to mark his first career goal. It was the first time a Buckeye was +5 or better since 2001-02. Saturday, Krogh assisted on the Buckeyes’ extra attacker goal that cut the lead to one in an eventual 2-1 loss.

Krogh Honored Again
Ohio State freshman defenseman Devon Krogh was named the CCM CCHA Rookie of the Week Jan. 11. Krogh, from West Vancouver, British Columbia, was 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).

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.

Dalpe, Sims Named POTW
Sophomore forward Zac Dalpe and junior Shane Sims were named CCHA Offensive and Defenseman of the Week, respectively, after leading the Buckeyes to a series sweep of Western Michigan Nov. 13-14 in Columbus with back-to-back 4-2 victories.

Paris, Ontario, native Dalpe had a team-best four points, with two goals and two assists, along with a +3 mark, in the sweep of Western Michigan. Dalpe was a three-time CCHA Rookie of the Week last season. This is his first career offensive player of the week accolades

Sims, from East Amherst, N.Y., was a team-best +4, had two assists and four blocked shots and was not on the ice for a goal against in the sweep of Western Michigan. Sims also was named the league’s defensive player of the week once last season.

Follow the Buckeyes On the Web
The entire Ohio State men’s hockey guide for 2009-10 is available on the team’s page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com in printable format.

All Ohio State information, including weekly and special releases, player biographies, game recaps and box scores and season and career statistics, is available on the men’s hockey page online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, the official website of Ohio State athletics.

Live stats from all home games will be available by following the links on the hockey schedule page. Links to audio and video webcasts through the Buckeye Vision subscription package or BigTenNetwork.com will be available on the page.

The men’s hockey team also has a facebook page. Log on to facebook.com/OhioStateMensHockey and become a fan.

Follow the team throughout the season on twitter.com/OhioStateHockey.

Up Next
The Buckeyes will return home for two games vs. Ferris State in Value City Arena next weekend. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Jan. 22-23.