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January 9, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio

GAME NO. 22

The Ohio State hockey team (11-8-2, 10-4-2), will try for a 1998-99 regular season sweep of Lake Superior (3-13-3, 2-9-2) today when the two teams meet for the final time this year. The puck is set to be dropped at noon in Value City Arena (17,500).

THE BROADCAST

Central Ohio Sport! Television, in its first year of broadcasting Ohio State hockey games, will produce Saturday’s game for a tape-delay broadcast. Central Ohio Sport! Television, a partnership between Insight Communications (Channel 36) and Time Warner Communications (Channel 24), can be found in over 300,000 households in central Ohio. The game will air Jan. 10 and 12 at 7 p.m. both nights. Randy Rhinehart and former NHL goaltender and OSU assistant coach Bill McKenzie will call the game.

KBUX (91.1 FM) will air the game live on radio. Brian Mroziak (play-by-play) and Andrew Loth (color) will call the game.

THURSDAY’S GAME

Ohio State exploded for its highest offensive output of the year in an 8-2 win over the Lakers Jan. 7. Chris Richards (2-2-4), Hugo Boisvert (1-3-4) and Jean-Francois Dufour (1-2-3) led OSU offensively. Jeff Maund was in goal for just over 50 minutes for OSU, stopping 25-of-27 shots. Ray Aho finished the game with 10 shutout minutes (five saves). Seven different Buckeyes scored in the win. OSU’s previous season high for goals scored was six against Minnesota on Dec. 28, 1997.

HOME IS WHERE THE WINS ARE

The Buckeyes have won 17 straight games played on the Ohio State campus (15-0-0 in the OSU Ice Rink, 2-0-0 in Value City Arena). OSU’s last on campus loss came on Nov. 21, 1997, a 2-1 decision against Michigan State. When considering all games (including games OSU played in the OSU Expo Center where the Buckeyes were the home team), Ohio State has won 10 straight and is unbeaten in its last 19 games at home.

DANGER DANGER

Ohio State’s power-play has been especially dangerous of late. The Buckeyes have scored at least one power-play goal in seven straight games. Over the course of those seven games, OSU has averaged 1.57 power-play goals per game (11-of-47; .234). Hugo Boisvert leads the team in power-play points (6-7-13). ONE-TIMERS

Chris Richards (2-2) and Hugo Boisvert (1-3) each recorded their single-game season high for points yesterday. It tied both of their career highs for points in a game…Jeff Maund had a 114:00 minute shutout streak snapped with a third-period LSSU goal. Maund has held opponents to two or less goals in 10 of his last 13 games…Chris Richards now has the game-winning goal in two consecutive OSU games…The OSU penalty-killing unit has stopped 13 consecutive power-plays.