Feb. 24, 2016
2016 Buckeye Seniors
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team will host its final two-game series in Value City Arena this weekend, taking on Wisconsin in a Big Ten Conference matchup. The Buckeyes (9-17-2, 4-8-2-1 B1G) and Badgers (6-15-7, 1-10-3-1 B1G) will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday.
Senior Night Saturday
• Prior to the game Saturday, the Buckeyes’ three seniors – Craig Dalrymple, Anthony Greco and Tyler Lundey – will be recognized.
• Dalrymple, a defenseman from Kippen, Ontario, is a captain for the Buckeyes this season and has skated in all 28 games, with nine points on three goals and six assists. He has played in 110 games for the Scarlet and Gray and has eight goals, 31 assists and 39 points entering this weekend. Dalrymple will be a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and was a Bucks Go Pro intern last summer.
• Queens, N.Y, native and forward Greco, a captain for the team this year, is second on the squad with 11 goals and has added eight assists for 19 points while playing in all 28 games. He has seen action in 117 games in his career, with 36 goals, 32 assists and 68 points. Greco has earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten accolades.
• Lundey, a forward who hails from Middleton, Wis., has played in all 28 games on the year, with six goals and five assists for 11 points. In his career, he has played in 130 games, scoring 22 goals and adding 21 assists for 43 points.
• The game Friday will be televised by BTN and available through BTN2Go for subscribers with BTN as part of their cable package. Ohio State hockey alum Paul Caponigri, Fred Pletsch and Johnny Kane will call the action.
• The game Saturday will be on BTN Plus for a fee. BTN Plus games can be accessed through BTN2Go.
• BTN2Go games, both tv broadcasts and online only games, are available online at BTN2Go.com and on the BTN2Go app for mobile devices and tablets.
• Ohio State radio will carry the action through 1460 AM in Columbus, online through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and through the TuneIn app, with Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye John Mowat calling 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.
Postgame Goals, Family 4 Pack, Cut-A-Thon
• After the Friday game, youth are invited to the ice to shoot on the Buckeye goal. Not skates needed; carpets will be on the ice to walk to the shooting position.
• Saturday’s game includes a Great Clips Cut-A-Thon.
• There is a Family Four Pack ticket deal available for the game Saturday. The package includes four tickets, four hot dogs, four small drinks and four small popcorns for $36 (plus Ticketmaster fee). It is available for purchase online only.
Soles4Souls Drive Saturday
• A shoe drive for Soles4Souls will be held at the Buckeyes’ game Saturday. Fans are encouraged to bring gently used shoes to donate. The shoes are repurposed and help finance the distribution of new shoes to children worldwide. Since 2006 Soles4Souls has collected and distributed 26 million pairs of shoes to those in need in 127 countries around the world and all 50 states in the U.S.The first 100 fans who donate will receive a coupon for a free small popcorn.
•This summer, two groups of Ohio State student-athletes and staff members, including men’s hockey sophomore Christian Lampasso, will travel with the organization to distribute shoes. The Ohio State athletics department first sponsored a trip with the organization last summer, with former Buckeye hockey player Sam Jardine, now in the Chicago Blackhawks’ organization, participating.
Rivalry Week in Columbus for Buckeyes and CBJ
• Ohio State closes its regular season slate in Columbus March 6 when it hosts Michigan at 3 p.m. in Nationwide Arena, home of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. A Rivalry Week ticket package that includes a ticket to both the Buckeyes’ game vs. the Wolverines and the Blue Jackets’ game vs. the Detroit Red Wings March 8 is available for $40. The first 100 fans to purchase the ticket package will get a chance to take a shot on the Nationwide Arena ice after the Ohio State game. The package can be purchase online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com/RivalryWeek16.
• Single game tickets for the Buckeyes’ remaining 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.
• 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.
• Parking is free for all Buckeye hockey games in Value City Arena in designated lots.
• Ohio State is coming off a series split at No. 15 Penn State, with a 6-1 loss in game one and 7-4 win in game two. The squad is 9-17-2 overall and 4-8-2-1 in Big Ten play, with a 6-6-2 record since returning to action in late December.
• The Buckeyes are scoring 3.29 goals a game and allowing 3.36 goals a night. The Buckeyes have averaged 33.0 shots on goal a game, allowing 33.7 a night. Ohio State is averaging 12.0 penalty minutes a game.
• On the power play, Ohio State is 25-for-117 (.214) and the penalty kill is 89-for-104 (.856) this season.
• Junior Nick Schilkey has a team-best 14 goals and 30 points, ranking 16 with 16 assists, and classmate David Gust is first with 20 assists and second with 29 points. Freshman Mason Jobst ranks third with 24 points and 15 helpers. Senior Anthony Greco has 11 goals to rank second on the squad, with Jobst and sophomore Matthew Weis tied for third with nine each. Weis is fourth with 13 assists, followed by junior defensemen Josh Healey and Drew Brevig with 12 each.
• In goal, junior Christian Frey has 16 starts and 17 appearances, with a 2.63 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. Junior Matt Tomkins has started 12 games, making 13 appearances, and has a 3.79 goals-against average and .892 save percentage.
Last Time Out – Buckeyes Split with Nittany Lions
• Game 1 (Penn State 6, Ohio State 1): Penn State won the first game of the series Friday, 6-1. The Nittany Lions led 1-0 after the first period and took a 2-0 lead 4:24 into the second. Penn State broke the game open with three tallies in a 4:32 span from 13:06-17:38 of the second. Each team scored once in the third, with Nick Schilkey scoring on the power play for Ohio State. The Buckeyes were outshot, 40-34. Ohio State was 1-for-8 on the power play and held Penn State scoreless on four chances.
• Game 2 (Ohio State 7, Penn State 4): Ohio State scored the game’s final four goals to down Penn State Saturday. The Buckeyes led 3-0 less than nine minutes into the game before Penn State scored four in a row, with one late in the first, two in the second to tie the game and the fourth 2:53 into the third to take a 4-3 lead. Ohio State answered 2:07 later to deadlock the game at four and went ahead with a tally 42 seconds after that. Two goals in the final 5:05 sealed the Buckeye win. The Buckeyes had six goals scorers, led by Matthew Weis with two tallies in the third. David Gust, Tommy Parran and Freddy Gerard scored in the first and John Wiitala had the third period gamewinner, with Anthony Greco sealing the win with a late empty net goal. Schilkey led the Buckeyes with four assists and points, while Josh Healey had three helpers and Weis had an assist for a three-point day. The Buckeyes outshot the Nittany Lions, 42-34. Ohio State was 1-for-2 on the power play, with Penn State 1-for-5.
Buckeyes vs. Badgers
• Ohio State is 6-14-2 all-time vs. Wisconsin with a 5-3-2 ledgerin Big Ten Conference regular season play against the Badgers.
• The teams met in Madison Jan. 8-9. The Buckeyes won 2-0 in game one before a 4-4 overtime tie and shootout win by the Badgers in game two.
• In 2014-15, the teams split a series in Columbus, with Ohio State winning 2-1 Feb. 13, 2015 and Wisconsin winning 3-2 Feb. 14, 2015. In Madison, the teams skated to a 2-2 overtime tie March 13, 2015, with Ohio State winning the shootout, and the Buckeyes then won 2-0 March 14, 2015.
• The first eight games between the teams were between 1965-69, with the next three matchups all neutral site games from 2004-07. The squads met in the first round of the NCAA tournament March 26, 2004 in Albany, N.Y. a 1-0 Badger win. Feb. 11, 2006, the Buckeyes and Badgers played outside on Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., a 4-2 UW victory. Ohio State topped Wisconsin, 5-3, in the Lefty McFadden College Hockey Invitational Oct. 13, 2007 in Dayton, Ohio.
• The teams did not face off again until the Big Ten Conference added hockey. In the first year as Big Ten foes, the squads split their two regular season series. In Madison Jan. 24-25, 2014, UW won the first game 5-3 before a 3-1 Buckeye victory in game two. In Columbus Feb. 14-15, 2014, Ohio State won the opener 2-1 and UW won game two, 4-2. The squads then met in the inaugural Big Ten Tournament championship game. Wisconsin came from behind to top the Buckeyes in overtime, 5-4.
• Buckeye senior Tyler Lundey leads the current Buckeyes with six goals and nine points vs. Wisconsin while skating in 11 games vs. the Badgers. Junior Nick Schilkey is second with five goals and eight points (in 11 games) and junior defenseman Drew Brevig has seven assists and points in 10 games.
• Wisconsin is 6-15-7 overall this season and 1-10-3-1 in Big Ten play. The team is winless in its last four games, with a 4-1 loss and 4-4 overtime tie at home against Michigan and 4-3 and 3-1 losses to Michigan State last week. The Badgers played their last four series at home and were 2-5-1 during the homestand. The squad is 2-8-2 in road games this season.
• The Badgers are averaging 2.57 goals a game and allowing 3.57 a contest. The power play is 18-for-98 (.184) and the penalty kill is 90-for-106 (.849). Wisconsin averages 30.9 shots a night, allowing 31.6 a game, and has taken 11.6 penalty minutes per outing.
• Grant Besse leads the Badgers with 19 assists and 26 points. Freshman Luke Kunin has a team-best 13 goals and is second with 23 points. Ryan Wagner is second with 10 goals and tied with freshamn Seamus Malone (4g, 17a) for third on the squad with 21 points. In goal, Matt Jurusik has played in 27 games and has a 6-13-6 ledger, 3.36 goals-against average and .892 save percentage. Adam Miller is 0-2-1, playing in three games (76:35), with a 3.92 gaa and .878 save percentage.
Buckeye – Badger Connections
• Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik was a four-year letterwinner at Wisconsin (1987-90) and a two-time captain, wearing the C when the team claimed the 1990 NCAA Championship. He was an assistant coach for the Badgers in 1990-91.
• Ohio State associate head coach Mark Strobel played four years with the Badgers (1992-95) and was team captain as both a junior and senior.
• Both Rohlik and Strobel received Wisconsin’s Fenton Kelsey Jr. Most Competitive Award. Rohlik was the WCHA Tournament MVP in 1990 and Strobel was a 1995 WCHA All-Tournament Team selection. Wisconsin competed in the NCAA Tournament all four years of both Rohlik and Strobel’s careers.
• Former Ohio State captain and assistant coach JB Bittner is in his first year as an assistant coach at Wisconsin. The winner of the Buckeyes’ Best Defensive Player award in 2005, Bittner was a captain for the Buckeyes in both 2004 and `05 and competed in the NCAA Tournament three times. He was on the Buckeye staff as both a video coordinator and assistant coach from 2007-08 through 2010-11.
• Ohio State senior Tyler Lundey is a native of Middleton, Wis., about a 15 minute drive from the Kohl Center in Madison.
• Freshman John Wiitala’s father, Martin, played at Wisconsin from 1983-86, serving as captain as a senior. He was drafted by the North Stars in the fifth round of the 1982 NHL Draft and played professionally in Vienna, Austria.
• Buckeye freshmen Freddy Gerard, Tyler Nanne, and Miguel Fidler all played for the Madison Capitols in the USHL during 2014-15 before coming to Ohio State, while Sam McCormick, who signed an NLI with Ohio State this fall, currently skates for the Capitols.