Dec. 29, 2015
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team will take on Cornell in the championship game of the Florida College Hockey Classic at Germain Arena in Estero, Fla., Tuesday night. The Buckeyes (4-11-0, 0-2-0-0 B1G) topped No. 4-ranked Boston College (13-3-1, 6-1-1 Hockey East) and the Big Red (9-1-2, 6-1-1 ECAC) beat No. 1 Providence (12-1-3, 4-0-2 Hockey East) in the semifinals.
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Ohio State 3, No. 4 Boston College 2
• Ohio State opened the second half of its season with a 3-2 victory over No. 4-ranked Boston College in the first round of the Florida College Hockey Classic in Germain Arena Monday. The Buckeyes trailed 2-0 less than three minutes into the contest but scored the game’s final three goals – with tallies in the second from seniors Anthony Greco and Tyler Lundey and the gamewinner from freshman John Wiitala in the third – for the win. Junior goalie Christian Frey made 30 saves for the Buckeyes. The Ohio State penalty kill was 2-for-2, including stopping a full five-minute advantage for the Eagles.
Florida College Classic
• This is the 16th edition of the Florida College Classic, which began in 2000.
• Ohio State competed in each of the first four years and is 4-4-1 in the tournament all-time after the win Monday over Boston College.
• Cornell has participated each year and has an 11-15-5 ledger in the tourney, winning four times (2003, ‘05, ‘08, ‘13).
• The Buckeyes are third all-time in games played in the tournament behind Cornell and Maine (which is 16-8-4 and played in each of the first 14 years).
• Ohio State and Cornell have met each year both teams have been in the tournament, with 2015 the second time the squads are facing off in the championship game.
• In the first tournament in December 2000, Ohio State lost to Cornell in overtime (6-5) before falling to Clarkson, 7-6. In 2001, the Buckeyes fell to Maine 6-2 but downed Cornell 2-0 in the third place game. In 2002, the Buckeyes tied Massachusetts 2-2 in overtime, with UMass winning the shootout to advance, in the first round. Ohio State shut out the Big Red in the third place game, 1-0. Ohio State won 4-2 vs. Maine in 2003 to reach the championship game for the first time, but lost to Cornell in overtime, 4-3.
• Ohio State is playing in its first holiday tournament since dropping two games at the Three Rivers Classic in December 2012. The team’s last holiday tournament title was the Catamount Cup in January 2011, with wins over Vermont and Army.
• Ohio State ended a four-game losing streak with its win over Boston College Monday.
• The Buckeyes are averaging 2.73 goals a game and allowing 3.27 a contest. The squad has taken 34.3 shots on goal per night and given up 31.8 a contest. Ohio State is averaging 10.7 penalty minutes a game.
• On the power play, Ohio State is 13-for-67 (.194) and the penalty kill is 46-for-57 (.807).
• Junior Nick Schilkey leads the Buckeyes with eight goals and classmate David Gust is first with 13 assists, with the duo sharing the point lead with 15 each. Senior Anthony Greco is second with seven goals and third with 12 points. Sophomore Matthew Weis is third with five goals on the year and fourth with 10 points. Schilkey is second with seven assists, followed by sophomore Luke Stork, who is fifth with nine points, with six helpers.
• In goal, junior Christian Frey has six starts and seven appearances (including starting the last three games), with a 2.85 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.Junior Matt Tomkins has started nine games and has a 3.20 goals-against average and .900 save percentage.
Buckeyes vs. Big Red
• The series between Ohio State and Cornell is tied at six wins each. The teams last met March 27, 2005 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, a 3-2 Cornell victory.
• The Buckeyes and Big Red met at least once each season from 1998-99 through 2003-04, with four games in the Florida College Classic and four regular season matchups. Ohio State was 2-2-0 vs. Cornell in the games in Florida. Ohio State won 5-3 Jan. 15, 1999 and 4-3 Nov. 22, 2003 at Cornell. In Columbus, the Big Red posted a 5-2 win Jan. 8, 2000 and a 3-1 victory Nov. 1, 2002.
• The series started with a 3-1 Buckeye win Dec. 29, 1984 in the Lake Placid Tournament in Lake Placid, N.Y. The teams then met Dec. 29, 1989 in the Riverfront Invitational in Cincinnati, a 4-3 Cornell win. Dec. 30, 1992, Ohio State shut out Cornell, 3-0, at the Cleveland College Hockey Classic in Richfield, Ohio.
• Cornell entered the tournament 8-1-2 overall and is 6-1-1 in ECAC play before downing No. 1-ranked and previously unbeaten Providence in overtime, 2-1, in the tournament’s first round. The squad’s lone loss was in overtime to Quinnipiac, 5-4, Nov. 7. The Big Red is 6-0-2 in its last eight games. • The Big Red is averaging 3.00 goals a game and holding opponents to 1.67 an outing, ranking fifth nationally in team defense. The power play is 6-for-33 (.182) and the penalty kill is 39-for-43 (.907). Cornell averages 8.5 penalty minutes a night.
• Junior Jeff Kubiak leads Cornell with eight assists and 12 points and freshman Anthony Angello has a team-best six goals, ranking second with 10 points. Junior Jake Weidner (2g, 6a) and freshman defenseman Alec McCrea (1g, 7a) are tied for third with eight points each. In goal, Mitch Gillam has started all 12 games and has a 1.63 goals-against average and .940 save percentage.
• Ohio State alum Joe Palmer, a goalie for the Buckeyes from 2007-09 who played in 71 games, is serving as the volunteer coach/goalie coach for Cornell this season.
• Cornell is a member of the ECAC, where it is joined by Brown, Clarkson, Colgate, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Quinnipiac, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Union and Yale. They are the only ECAC school on the Buckeye schedule this year.
Noting the Buckeyes As a Team …
• This season, 12 of the Buckeyes’ 15 games have been decided by two or fewer goals. The squad has played in six one-goal games (including two overtime losses) and six two-goal contests, with the last two two-goal losses including an empty net score.
The win over No. 4-ranked Boston College was the Buckeyes’ first over a team ranked in the Top 5 since beating then-No. 3 Providence, Oct. 10, 2014 (5-4 OT). It was the Buckeyes’ fifth game vs. a team ranked in the Top 10 at the time of the game this season (No. 3 Providence, No. 6 Omaha). The Buckeyes’ win over Boston College was its first victory away from Columbus this season. The squad is 0-8-0 in away games and now 1-0-0 in neutral site matchups.
• Ohio State was 1-for-5 on the power play against Boston College. Ohio State has scored on the power play in each of the last three games and in five of the last six outings. On the year, the Buckeyes are 13-for-67 (.194) on the power play.
• On the penalty kill, Ohio State is 46-for-57 (.807) this year. The squad has held its opponents without a power play goal in 10 of 15 games this season, but in those five games, Miami was 2-for-5, Providence was 3-for-10, Omaha was 3-for-6 and Minnesota was 2-for-3 and 1-for-2. The Buckeyes were 2-for-2 vs. Boston College, including holding the Eagles scoreless on a full five-minute major that started late in the first period.
• The Buckeyes’ 19 shots on goal vs. Boston College were a season low and the first time Ohio State was held to less than 20 shots on net since Feb. 7 at Minnesota (18). It was just the second time in the last 10 games the team had fewer than 34 shots (at Minnesota Dec. 4, 28 shots on goal). The squad is seventh in the NCAA, averaging 34.27 shots a night.
• Ohio State opponents average 31.8 shots on goal a game, topping the 40-shot mark three times (at Miami Oct. 17, Dec. 4 and 5 at Minnesota).
• The Buckeyes are averaging 2.73 goals a night but have four or more in six of their last 10 outings.
• Ohio State has 10 freshmen on its roster this season, with all but one seeing action so far.
• Six of the Buckeyes’ first 14 games during the first half of the season were at home in Columbus. After the trip to Florida for the tournament this week, 10 of the team’s final 18 games will be in Columbus. The squad ends the year with 18-consecutive B1G games.
Noting the Buckeyes on Offense …
• Junior David Gust leads the Buckeyes with 13 assists, ranking second among Big Ten players and 10th nationally in assists per game (.87). He shares the Buckeyes’ lead with 15 points this season, tying for seventh among B1G skaters in points and tying for fourth with 1.0 points per game. Gust has nine points in his last seven games combined (1g, 8a) after a helper vs. BC, extending his assist streak to four, and has a point in all but four games this year. His 13 assists and 15 points are already career highs. He has three two-assist games this season, the first of his career.
• Junior Nick Schilkey leads the Buckeyes with eight goals and shares the point lead with 15 points. Schilkey’s eight goals are tied for fourth among Big Ten players and he is tied for seventh among B1G skaters in points, tying for fourth with 1.00 points per game. Schilkey has a point in eight of his last 10 games (6g, 7a, 13p), held scoreless only in game one at Omaha Nov. 27 and vs. Boston College Monday. Schilkey has two two-goal games this year (Oct. 9 vs. Bowling Green, Oct. 31 vs. Mercyhurst), the first of his Buckeye career, and has two three-point nights. He is 10th in the NCAA with 4.13 shots on goal a game.
• After scoring vs. Boston College, senior Anthony Greco now has a goal in five of his last seven games and a point in six of his last seven games, with six goals and four assists for 10 points in the stretch, held scoreless only at Minnesota Dec. 4. He had a team-high seven shots in the game vs. BC and is third in the NCAA with 4.53 shots on goal a game.
• Of the nine Buckeye rookies who have seen playing time this season, each has picked up at least one point after Miguel Fidler had an assist vs. Boston College.
• John Wiitala notched his first career gamewinning and first career power play goal when he scored in the third period vs. Boston College. It was his third goal of the season, tying for the Buckeye rookie lead.
• Freshman Dakota Joshua, who has skated in 11 games this season, has an assist in five of his last seven games, marking the first points of his Buckeye career. He is fourth among Big Ten players and first among the Buckeyes in faceoff winning percentage (.576). Against Boston College, Joshua won 11-of-15 draws.
• Senior Tyler Lundey scored his second goal of the year vs. Boston College, tying the game at two in the second period.
• Sophomore Matthew Weis had an assist vs. BC and has a point in eight of his last 10 games. He is fourth on the team with 10 points (5g, 5a).
• Weis and Schilkey lead the Big Ten with seven points on the power play each and are tied for second among B1G players with four power play tallies each. Gust leads the B1G with six power play assists.
Noting the Buckeyes on Defense and Between the Pipes …
• Junior goalie Christian Frey has started six games this season – including each of the last three – and seen action in seven, with a 2.85 goals-against average and .911 save percentage. He has at least 30 saves in each of his last three starts and in four games this year.
• Junior goalie Matt Tomkins started nine of the Buckeyes’ first 15 games, stopping 243 shots on 270 shots faced for a 3.20 goals-against average and .900 save percentage.
• Ohio State has blocked 207 shots this year, including 22 in the win over Boston College. Junior defenseman Drew Brevig is first with 37 (with a team-high six vs. Boston College), followed by senior Craig Dalrymple with 22 and freshman Sasha Larocque with 21. Brevig is fifth in the Big Ten with 2.47 blocks per game, including a career-high eight in game two at Omaha.
• Josh Healey had an assist vs. BC to extend his point streak to four, with two goals, three assists and five points. He is +4 in his last four games combined. He leads the Buckeye blueliners with seven points (2g, 5a) this year.
• The Buckeyes will close the year with 18 consecutive Big Ten games, beginning Jan. 8-9 at Wisconsin. The team will play its first home game in two months Jan. 15 vs. Michigan, closing a home-and-home series with the Wolverines Jan. 17.