COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s hockey team (10-13-1, 8-9-1-1 CCHA) is back in Columbus for a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association series with No. 10-ranked Ferris State. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena.
The Fun Stuff
Friday there will be a job fair from 1-3 p.m. in Value City Arena. For more information visit http://ehe.osu.edu/career-services/events.cfm.
At the game Saturday the Ohio State athletic band will perform Script Ohio on Ice during the first intermission. Glow necklaces will be handed out pregame. A postgame autograph session is planned with Chris Reed, Patrick Schafer and Erick Belanger.
Hockey Weekend Across America
The third annual Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by Reebok, runs Friday through Sunday. Hockey Weekend Across America was started by USA Hockey in 2008 to provide a framework for the hockey community to celebrate the game at all levels, while also exposing the sport to new audiences.
Each of the three days of Hockey Weekend Across America has a theme, including:
Friday (Jan. 29) – Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey, sponsored by ShopUSAHockey.com
Saturday (Jan. 30) – Bring a Friend to the Rink, sponsored by the NHL
Sunday (Jan. 31) – Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes, sponsored by the Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports program
A Hero of Hockey
The CCHA announced a partnership with Ohio State and the Columbus Blue Jackets for the “Heroes of Hockey Day” initiative as part of Hockey Weekend Across America.
Similar to the recently announced initiative within the state of Michigan, the CCHA will be recognizing a member of the Columbus-area hockey community that goes above and beyond the call of duty to grow the game. The winner will be recognized on CCHA.com Saturday.
The winner will receive a prize package that includes tickets to Ohio State and Blue Jackets home games and autographed items from both teams.
WOSU Radio will have the radio call online at wosu.org, with former Buckeye John Mowat (analysis) and Herb Howenstine (pxp) on air.
An audio/video webstream will be available both nights at video.bigtennetwork.com ($2.99 per game).
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. Ingame updates also are posted on Twitter.com/OhioStateHockey.
Remember Your BuckID
Ohio State students receive free admission to all Ohio State home games in Value City Arena during the regular season simply by presenting their BuckIDs at the Southwest Rotunda of the arena and having their IDs swiped.
Student seating is general admission (first come, first served) and located in Sections 111 and 117, with overflow seating in the upper deck. Block O, the student-led cheering section for the Buckeyes, will have seats in the first two rows of the student section to lead the group.
Get Your Tickets
Single-game tickets for all Ohio State regular-season games in Value City Arena are $11 for adults, $8 for senior citizens (62+) and $6 for students/children (not including Ohio State students). Tickets can be purchased online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, by calling Ticketmaster (1-800-745-3000) or in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or the Ohio State Ticket Office. Note there is an additional service charge per ticket on any purchases made online or through Ticketmaster.
Groups of 10 or more can buy tickets in advance for $4 each. For more information, contact Mike Johnson in the group sales office at 614-247-1984.
Ohio State is 10-13-1 this season and is 8-9-1-1 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association play. The Buckeyes are scoring 2.62 goals a game while allowing 3.12 goals an outing. The team has converted 18-of-123 (14.6 percent) of its power-play chances and has stopped 96-of-131 (73.3 percent) opponent chances.
The Buckeyes split a series at No. 10/11-ranked Michigan State last weekend. The Spartans won 5-2 Friday and the Buckeyes posted a 4-2 victory Saturday.
Sophomore forward Zac Dalpe is first with 14 goals and 24 points. Junior forwards John Albert and Peter Boyd are tied for first with 14 assists each. Boyd is second on the team with 19 points, followed by Albert with 18. Junior forwards Sergio Somma and Hunter Bishop are tied for second with seven goals each. Dalpe has a team-high six power-play goals and shares the team lead with Patrick Schafer with two gamewinners a piece. Freshman defenseman Devon Krogh and Dalpe share the lead with a +9 mark.
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 six of the last eight games, with the duo splitting starts last weekend. Carlson has a 2.84 goals-against average and .909 save percentage. Heeter is 8-5-1 with a 3.10 GAA and .900 svpct.
Ohio State vs. Ferris State
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Ferris State, 56-43-12, including a 32-14-8 edge in Columbus. The teams last meet in Columbus Nov. 2/4, 2007, with Ferris State posting a sweep (4-0, 4-2). The Buckeyes’ last win over the Bulldogs in Columbus was Feb. 18, 2006.
Earlier this season the squads met in Big Rapids Nov. 20-21 and the Bulldogs posted a two-game sweep (8-1, 6-5 OT). Ferris State is 8-1-1 vs. Ohio State in the last 10 meetings.
On the Road
The Buckeyes have traveled to face Ferris State on its home ice in seven of the last eight years (dating to 2003), staying home in just the 2008 campaign. The teams met in Big Rapids in the regular season last year and in 2007. In 2006 the Buckeyes and Bulldogs faced off in Columbus in the regular season in ’06 before meeting in the playoffs in Big Rapids.
What a Cluster
Ohio State and Ferris State are in the same CCHA scheduling cluster, joined by Miami and Western Michigan. Miami leads the cluster standings with a 5-0-3-1 record, followed by Ferris State at 4-2-2-2, Ohio State at 2-4-0-0 and Western Michigan at 0-5-1-0.
The last time the Buckeyes and Bulldogs were in the same CCHA scheduling cluster was in 2004-05. The Buckeyes won the regular-season series (3-1) and the squads then met in the first round of the CCHA playoffs in Value City Arena. Ohio State won the first game 4-2 before the Bulldogs posted a 1-0 victory in overtime in game two. In the decisive third game, the Buckeyes rallied in the third period to tie the game on a Jason DeSantis goal and John Dingle scored in overtime to send the Buckeyes to the CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
Ferris State enters the series ranked 10th in the nation with a 17-7-2 ledger. The squad is 11-5-2-2 to stand in third place in the CCHA. The Bulldogs enter the weekend fourth in the NCAA in team defense (2.12 goals allowed a game) and are scoring 3.23 goals an outing. The team has converted 20.3 percent of its power-play chances (31-for-153) and is 131-for-148 (.885) on the penalty kill.
Goalie Pat Nagle is second nationally in goals-against average (1.88). He has shared time with Taylor Nelson, who has a 2.32 goals-against average. Bulldog senior Blair Riley leads Ferris State and is third in the CCHA with 28 points, including 16 goals. Senior Cody Chupp (7g, 15a) and senior Casey Haines (6g, 16a) are tied for second with 22 points each, followed by junior Zach Redmond (5g, 16a) with 21.
Flashback – OSU vs. FSU in November
The Buckeyes were swept on the road Nov. 20-21 at Ferris State, losing 8-1 and 6-5 in overtime. In the series Zac Dalpe (3g, 2a) and Peter Boyd (5a) each had five points to lead Ohio State, while linemate Sergio Somma had three points (2g, 1a).
In the series opener the Bulldogs scored three times in a 3:44 span in the first period and never looked back. Blair Riley, who ended the game with a hat trick, opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal at 5:11, followed by Cody Chupp’s power-play tally at 7:31 and a Mike Embach score at 8:55. The Buckeyes got on the board just 54 seconds into the second period but the Bulldogs went on to score four goals in the stanza, including three power-play tallies, to lead 7-1 after two. Eric Alexander scored the lone goal of the third with less than four minutes remaining.
In the series finale, the Buckeyes led 5-2 early in the third period but the Bulldogs scored four unanswered for the win. The game-tying goal came on the power play at 19:09 and the winner was put home on the power play at 4:38 of overtime.
Ohio State held a 2-0 lead after the first period on goals by Taylor Stefishen (on the power play) and Sergio Somma. Somma added his second goal of the game and extended the lead to 3-0 3:36 into the second period. The Bulldogs got on the board at 8:54 with a power-play tally before Dalpe found the back of the net to make the score 4-1 at 9:55. The Bulldogs scored the final goal of the period on a delayed penalty at 12:31, sending the teams into intermission with OSU ahead 4-2.
In the third Dalpe tallied at 2:45 to regain the Buckeyes’ two-goal lead. The Bulldogs converted on the power play less than three minutes later when Chupp scored at 5:42 followed by a Riley tally at 11:47 to cut the lead to one (5-4). The Buckeyes thought they had gained another two-goal edge when a power-play shot was called a goal on the ice but was then overturned because the puck had been knocked in with a high stick. With time winding down, a Buckeye was assessed a penalty with 1:06 remaining and the Bulldogs tied the game when Chupp scored on the rebound with 51 seconds left in regulation.
The teams were nearly through overtime when a penalty was called on Ohio State with 28 seconds remaining. The Bulldogs wasted no time getting the winner, with Casey Haines scoring just six seconds later following a faceoff win.
A Look Back – OSU at MSU
The Buckeyes split a two-game series at No. 10/11-ranked Michigan State last weekend, with a 5-2 loss and 4-2 victory in Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing.
In the opener, Buckeye sophomore Taylor Stefishen scored a career-high two goals but it wasn’t enough, as Ohio State dropped a 5-2 decision.
The Buckeyes led 1-0 early before a three-goal run gave the Spartans a 3-1 edge through two periods. Stefishen scored his second of the night less than two minutes into the third period to draw the Buckeyes within one (3-2). The score remained 3-2 until there were just under six minutes left when Michigan State scored twice in 1:43 to extend the lead and then held on for the win.
In the second game, Michigan State took a lead in the first period on Nick Sucharski’s power-play goal. Ohio State tied it on a Shane Sims power-play tally early in the second. Zac Dalpe put the Buckeyes on top for the first time just 37 seconds into the third period with an extra-man score. The Buckeyes held the lead until Dustin Gazley tied the game at 10:01 of the third. With just 1:07 remaining Patrick Schafer and C.J. Severyn worked down low to get the puck free and Schafer scored on a wraparound to put the Buckeyes back on top. Sergio Somma sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 47 seconds left. The Buckeyes outshot the Spartans in the game, 47-19.
He’s a Winner
Junior forward Patrick Schafer scored the winner with 1:07 remaining at Michigan State Saturday to break a 2-all tie. Schafer has two goals this season, both gamewinners, with the first coming at Lake Superior State Oct. 24. Three of his nine career goals are gamewinners, including his first career tally, the late GWG vs. Wisconsin in his first game for the Scarlet and Gray as a freshman in October 2007.
Special Teams Synopsis
The Buckeye power play continued its strong play since break, going 3-for-13 (23.1 percent) in the series against Michigan State. The team now has eight goals on 25 chances (32 percent) in the four games since returning to action. Overall the squad has power-play goals in five-consecutive games, the longest stretch this season. The team was held scoreless on the power play in five games before beginning the streak at Miami Dec. 12.
Lighting the Lamp
The Buckeye offense has four or more goals in three of the four games since break. The team averaged 2.3 goals a game in the first half of the season and is averaging 4.25 in the four games since returning to action.
Ohio State had a team season-high 47 shots on goal Saturday vs. the Spartans, including outshooting them 36-9 in the final two periods (18-5 in the second, 18-4 in the third). The squad is averaging 31.0 shots on goal a game this year.
Two for Taylor
Sophomore Taylor Stefishen had his first career two-goal game and his second two-point night of the year Friday vs. the Spartans. He has six two-point nights as a Buckeye, accounting for 12 of his 18 career points. Stefishen had an assist against Michigan State Saturday for a three-point weekend and now has a career-best five goals and 10 points on the year.
Vote for Zac
Sophomore Zac Dalpe, who leads the Buckeyes with 13 goals and 24 points 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 one points shy of the 25 he had as a freshman a year ago and has matched the 13 goals he had last year en route to CCHA All-Rookie Team accolades.
Career Marks in Sight
Sophomore Zac Dalpe is one point away from the 50th of his Buckeye career. He has 26 goals and 23 assists in 61 games played. He is one point away from tying the 25 points he posted as a freshman.
Junior Peter Boyd has 74 career points, with 28 goals and 46 assists in 107 games. He is one point back of his third season with 20 or more points, including a career-high 31 points a season ago.
Junior Shane Sims is five points back of the 50-point mark for the Scarlet and Gray. He has 11 goals and 34 assists as a Buckeye, including a career-best 24 points in 2008-09.
No. 12 On a Roll
Junior defenseman Matt Bartkowski has a point in four of his last five games, with a 1-4-5 line over the stretch. He had a point in just five of the first 19 games of the season. He shares the scoring lead among Buckeye defenseman with Shane Sims with 10 each.
Welcome to the Century Club
Shane Sims played in his 100th career game last Saturday at Michigan State. He is one of six Buckeyes to have played in 100 or more games. Mathieu Picard leads the team with 117 games in the Scarlet and Gray, followed by Peter Boyd, John Albert and Sergio Somma with 107 each and Chris Reed with 105 career tilts.