Jan. 12, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team will play its first home game in two months when it hosts No. 6-ranked Michigan at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes (6-11-1, 1-2-1-0 B1G) and Wolverines (13-3-3, 4-1-1-1 B1G) will close the home-and-home series at 5 p.m. Sunday in Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich.
• Fox Sports Detroit will carry the action both from Columbus and Ann Arbor, with Dan Dickerson and Manny Legace on the call. SportsTime Ohio will carry the Sunday broadcast as well.
• Both games will be available through BTN2Go as well. BTN2Go is available via the web, smartphones and tablets for customers who have the network as part of their cable subscription package. Information on BTN2Go is available on BTN2Go.com.
• Ohio State radio will carry the action through 1460 AM in Columbus, online through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and through the TuneIn app. Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye John Mowat will call the action.
• Links for video, radio and GameTracker live stats are available on the men’s hockey schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and on the Buckeyes’ gameday page (go.osu.edu/mhkygameday).
• Ingame updates will also be available on the program’s Twitter page @OhioState_MHKY.
• Single game tickets for the game vs. Michigan and the Buckeyes’ other nine home games are available online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com/tickets, at the Schottenstein Center Ticket Office and at the arena on game night. Single game tickets for B1G games are $15, with student/youth and senior tickets available for $10.
• Four and eight game mini plans and group tickets are also on sale. Fans interested should contact the Athletic Ticket Sales Office at 1-800-GOBUCKS (select option 2) or AthleticSales@osu.edu to speak with an account executive.
• Ohio State students are admitted free with a valid BuckID.
• The game Friday is part of the Brutus Bobblehead ticket package, which includes a game ticket and an exclusive #Brutus50 bobblehead for $20. The deal can only be purchased online prior to game night (go.osu.edu/mhkybrutustix16).
• Parking is free for all Buckeye hockey games in Value City Arena.
Scarlet Out, Postgame Goals and Glow Sticks
• The game Friday vs. Michigan is a Scarlet Out, with all Buckeye fans encouraged to wear Scarlet to cheer on the Buckeyes.
• Postgame, all youth eighth grade and younger are invited to ice level to shoot on the Buckeye net. No skates are needed; a carpet will be set out on the ice to shoot from.
• Pregame, there will be a glow sticks giveaway.
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• After this weekend’s home-and-home series vs. Michigan, Ohio State will host three series in a row, facing Penn State Jan. 22-23, Michigan State Jan. 29-30 (followed by a bye week) and Minnesota Feb. 12-13.
• Promotions for the upcoming home games include a postgame skate Jan. 30, postgame goals for youth Jan. 22 and Feb. 12, a postgame meet and greet with select Buckeyes Jan. 23 and Feb. 13 and Youth Hockey Night Jan. 29, when the youth wearing a hockey jersey will receive free popcorn and are invited to a postgame lockerroom tour. Script Ohio on Ice will be performed during intermission Feb. 12.
• Ticket specials include a Family Four Pack available for the Jan. 22 game vs. Penn State and a date night package for the Feb. 13 game vs. Minnesota.
• The annual Teddy Bear Toss is slated for Feb. 13. Fans are encouraged to bring a new stuffed animal (wrapped in a plastic bag) to throw on the ice following the first period. All stuffed animals will be donated to Ronald McDonald House and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
• Ohio State is unbeaten in its last four games (3-0-1) with neutral site wins over Boston College and Cornell to capture the Florida College Hockey Classic title, a win at Wisconsin Friday and an overtime tie (shootout loss) against the Badgers Saturday.
• The Buckeyes are averaging 3.06 goals a game and allowing 2.94 an outing. The squad has taken 32.9 shots on goal per night and given up 31.6 a contest. Ohio State is averaging 10.7 penalty minutes a game.
• On the power play, Ohio State is 16-for-81 (.198) and the penalty kill is 60-for-71 (.845).
• Juniors Nick Schilkey and David Gust share the team point lead with 18 each. Schilkey has a team-best 10 goals and Gust is first on the squad with 14 assists. Senior Anthony Greco is second with eight goals and third with 13 points, while sophomore Matthew Weis (6g, 6a, 12p) and freshman Mason Jobst (3g, 9a, 12p) also have hit double digits.
• In goal, junior Christian Frey has nine starts and 10 appearances (including starting the last six games), with a 2.34 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. Junior Matt Tomkins has started nine games and has a 3.20 goals-against average and .900 save percentage.
Last Time Out – Ohio State 1-0-1 at Wisconsin
• In their first Big Ten games of 2016, Ohio State shut out Wisconsin, 2-0, Friday before tying the Badgers, 4-4 in overtime, and then losing the shootout Saturday.
• Game 1 (Ohio State 2, Wisconsin 0): Third period goals from junior David Gust and senior Tyler Lundey and 26 saves from goalie Christian Frey led the Buckeyes to a 2-0 win over Wisconsin Friday in Kohl Center. The teams were scoreless through the first 48:53 until Gust one-timed a pass from freshman John Wiitala to put the Buckeyes on the board at 8:53 of the third. Wisconsin native Lundey converted a 3-on-1 chance, scoring five-hole, to give the Buckeyes a two-goal cushion with less than five minutes left in regulation. Ohio State, which had 21 shots on goal, killed a late penalty and held UW scoreless when it had the net empty to seal the win.
• Game 2 (Ohio State 4, Wisconsin 4, UW wins shootout, 1-0 in three rounds): Ohio State led 2-1 after the first period on goals from sophomore Kevin Miller and freshman Freddy Gerard, with the Badgers scoring in the final 30 seconds. UW then scored in the first minute of the second for a tie game (2-2). The Buckeyes scored the next two goals, with Lundey scoring at 2:29 and Nick Schilkey scoring on the power play at 13:34 to go up 4-2, but another late Wisconsin goal again made it a one-goal game (4-3) after 40 minutes. Early in the third the Badgers scored to tie the game at four. Neither team was able to score the rest of the way, sending the game to overtime. Frey made five of his 34 saves in overtime to keep the game deadlocked. Gerard had a team-high three points, including his first career goal, with Wisconsin native Lundey posting a goal and an assist. Defensemen Drew Brevig and Craig Dalrymple each blocked seven shots in the game. The Buckeye penalty kill stopped all five Badger attempts.
Buckeyes vs. Wolverines
• Ohio State and Michigan met for the first time in 1964 and after games in 1969-70, 1974-75 and 1978-79, have met at least once each season since 1981-82 when Michigan joined Ohio State in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.
• The Wolverines lead the all-time series, 78-34-12, including 34-17-5 in Columbus and 39-14-7 in Ann Arbor.
• Michigan won three of the four games between the teams last season, with an 8-3 victory Dec. 5, 2014 in Ann Arbor and a 10-6 win Jan. 16, 2015 in Columbus. The Buckeyes posted a 5-3 win Feb. 20, 2015 in Columbus but fell in Ann Arbor, 5-2, Feb. 22, 2015.
• Three Buckeyes call Michigan home – junior Nick Schilkey (Marysville), freshman Dakota Joshua (Dearborn) and freshman Brendon Kearney (Northville).
• Later this season, The Buckeyes and Wolverines will face off in a second home-and-home series, playing in Ann Arbor March 4 and downtown in Nationwide Arena in Columbus March 6.
Ohio State vs. Michigan – The Last Series
• Ohio State and Michigan last met Feb. 20/22, 2015 in a home-and-home series. Each team defended its home ice, with Ohio State winning 5-3 in Columbus and Michigan posting a 5-2 win in Ann Arbor.
• Game 1 (Ohio State 5, Michigan 3): Ohio State downed Michigan, 5-3, in Value City Arena. The win was the Buckeyes’ first over Michigan since sweeping a series in Ann Arbor Nov. 18-19, 2011 and ended a 10-game (0-9-1) winless streak vs. UM. Ohio State led 2-1 after the first period on two goals from Matt Johnson. The Wolverines tied the game 4:45 into the second but Tanner Fritz put Ohio State back ahead less than three minutes later. The Buckeyes carried the one-goal lead until late in the third when Darik Angeli scored for a two-goal advantage at 17:55. The Wolverines responded with an extra attacker goal 36 seconds later, but Nick Schilkey sealed the Buckeye win with an empty net goal at 19:25. The line of seniors Fritz and Johnson and Christian Lampasso led the way offensively with three goals and five assists combined. The Buckeye defense blocked 27 shots, led by seven shot blocks from Craig Dalrymple, and Christian Frey made 36 saves in the Ohio State net, while Ohio State’s penalty kill was 4-for-4 and allowed just one shot on goal.
• Game 2 (Michigan 5, Ohio State 2): Michigan won the second game of the weekend, downing Ohio State 5-2 in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines opened the scoring at 13:17 of the first period and scored twice in the second, including a power play goal, for a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes. In the third, Michigan’s Justin Selman tallied at 9:05 before Fritz broke the shutout with a goal at 12:25. UM’s final goal came at 14:34, with Buckeye Tyler Lundey netting the game’s final goal with 26 seconds remaining. Shots were 30-23 in favor of Ohio State in the game. Michigan was 1-for-3 with the man advantage and Ohio State was 0-for-4.
• Michigan enters the weekend ranked sixth nationally, with a 13-3-3 overall record and 4-1-1-1 mark in B1G play. The team is on a four-game winning streak, claiming the Great Lakes Invitational title with wins over Northern Michigan (3-2) and Michigan Tech (4-2) and sweeping Michigan State last week. The Wolverines won 9-2 on the road in East Lansing and then topped the Spartans in Ann Arbor, 6-3.
• The Wolverines are averaging an NCAA-best 4.68 goals a game and allowing 2.84 a contest. The power play is fourth nationally, converting 20 of 72 chances (.278), and the penalty kill is 59-for-72 (.819). Michigan averages 36.4 shots on goal a game, giving up 29.0 a night, and has averaged 11.1 penalty minutes per game.
• Freshman Kyle Connor leads Michigan with 15 goals and 31 points and is second in assists with 16, ranking fourth nationally in points per game (1.63). Junior JT Compher has a team-best 22 assists and is second with 27 points. Junior Tyler Motte has also hit the 20-point mark and is second on the team with 14 goals, picking up seven assists for 21 points. In goal, senior Steve Racine is 8-1-1, with a 2.51 goals-against average and .916 save percentage. Junior Zach Nagelvoort is 5-2-1, posting a 3.14 gaa and .888 sv%.
Frey Sets Program Mark
• Buckeye junior goalie Christian Frey set the program record for consecutive shutout minutes over the weekend, blanking opponents for 197:06. His streak started at the 2:29 mark of the game vs. Boston College Dec. 28 and was followed by back-to-back shutouts against Cornell Dec. 29 and Wisconsin Jan. 8. The Badgers ended the streak with a goal at 19:35 of the first period Jan. 9. The streak, which included 92-consecutive saves, topped the previous mark of 167:16 set by Dave Caruso in November 2005.
• Frey posted two consecuve shutouts (the first of his career), blanking Cornell with 27 saves and then posting 26 saves against Wisconsin in game one. It was the fifth time a Buckeye has posted shutouts in back-to-back starts. Cal Heeter blanked Alaska Oct. 28, 2011 and Alabama Huntsville Nov. 5, 2011, Dave Caruso did it twice – Nov. 18-19, 2005 vs. Lake Superior State and Dec. 29, 2002 vs. Cornell/Jan. 7, 2003 vs. Findlay, and Bill McKenzie was the first, shutting out Ohio in both ends of a home-and-home series Feb. 25-26, 1972.
In a Row
• Junior David Gust enters the series vs. Michigan with a point in each of his last seven games (2g, 5a, 7p). He has a point in all but four games this season.
• Senior Tyler Lundey has scored a goal in each of the last four games and has five points (4g, 1a) in the stretch.
• Freshman Mason Jobst has an assist in each of his last four games and picked up a goal at Minnesota Dec. 5 for five points in the point streak.
• The Buckeyes have not allowed a power play goal in the last four games combined, stopping 16 consecutive attempts against.
• Ohio State is on a four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1), marking a season high.
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