Feb. 6, 2013
Ohio State at Alaska
Carlson Center – Fairbanks, Alaska
Friday, Feb. 8 – 7:05 p.m. AT/11:05 p.m. ET
Saturday, Feb. 9 – 7:05 p.m. AT/11:05 p.m. ET
WATCH: Coach Osiecki | Crane and McCormick
Drop the Puck
The Ohio State men’s hockey team (11-11-6, 9-6-4-1 CCHA) travels to Fairbanks, Alaska, for two games with the Nanooks (12-10-4, 10-9-3-1 CCHA) this weekend. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. AT/11:05 p.m. ET Friday and Saturday in the Carlson Center.
For both games against Alaska, links to audio, video and live stats are on the Buckeye Hockey Gameday page (go.osu.edu/mhkygameday) and the men’s hockey schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Ohio State radio will not travel to Fairbanks, but the game can be heard online through KCBF Fairbanks (820sports.com). The games will be streamed online for a fee through AmericaOneSports.com.
The Buckeyes, on a four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1), are 11-11-6 overall and 10-6-4-1 in CCHA play to stand in fifth place. The team is scoring 2.29 goals a game and allowing 2.14 goals per game to rank sixth in the nation in team defense. The team is 16-for-118 (.136) on the power play and 89-for-105 (.848) on the penalty kill.
Sophomore Ryan Dzingel is first with 26 points and 12 goals. Classmate Tanner Fritz leads the team with 17 assists and is second with 22 points. Max McCormick is second with eight goals and third with 16 points. Dzingel is third in scoring among CCHA players overall and third in CCHA games only with 21 points. Fritz ranks fourth in league play with 20 points and has a CCHA-best 16 assists. Overall, he is tied for ninth in points and tied for third in assists. Senior goalie Brady Hjelle has played in 22 games, starting 21, and has a 1.68 goals-against average and .945 save percentage to rank fifth and third in the NCAA, respectively. Freshman Collin Olson has played seven games and has a 3.08 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.
Buckeyes on the Hobey Fan Ballot
Buckeye senior goalie Brady Hjelle and sophomore forward Ryan Dzingel are on the ballot for fan voting for the 2013 Hobey Baker Award. Fans can vote daily through March 10 (http://go.osu.edu/osuvote4hobey). The fans’ vote accounts for a full one percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting the 2013 award recipient.
Hjelle, who has started 22 games for the Buckeyes and played in 21, is fifth in the NCAA with a 1.68 goals-against average and is third nationally with a .945 save percentage. He has allowed one goal or less in 13 games this year. Dzingel is first for the Buckeyes with 12 goals and 25 points. Three of his goals have been game-winners (including in both 1-0 Ohio State wins this year), tying him for first in the CCHA.
Hjelle Honored Again
Senior goalie Brady Hjelle was named the CCHA Warrior Goaltender of the Week Monday, marking his fifth league weekly award of the season and his second in a row. Hjelle, from International Falls, Minn., had a league-high 74 saves, including a career-high 45 Saturday night, as Ohio State went 1-0-1 vs. No. 9/11 Notre Dame over the weekend. Hjelle had 29 saves Friday as Ohio State came back to win, 6-3. Saturday, he had a personal-best 45 saves, allowing two goals, to earn Perani Cup First Star honors as Ohio State skated to a 2-2 overtime tie with the Irish.
Ohio State has rotated captains for much of the season, switching the trio about every two series though the first half of the year. For the first two series at Minnesota Duluth and Quinnipiac, seniors Alex Carlson and Brandon Martell were joined by sophomore Matt Johnson wearing the ‘C’, while juniors Alex Lippincott and Statchuk and sophomore Max McCormick donned the letter vs. Bowling Green and Alaska. Senior Devon Krogh, junior Chris Crane and Dzingel served as captains vs. Northern Michigan and at Lake Superior State and juniors Gedig and Alex Szczechura and sophomore Tanner Fritz served as captains at Michigan State and retained the ‘C’s for the series with Robert Morris. For the series vs. Miami Dec. 14-15 and the Three Rivers Classic Dec. 28-29, Gedig, Statchuk and Dzingel reprised their roles as captains, the first second-time selections of the season. Gedig, Statchuk and Dzingel were joined by Johnson as captains for the series at Ferris State Jan. 11-12.
Last Time Out – Ohio State 1-0-1 vs. Notre Dame
Ohio State earned four CCHA points over the weekend, topping No. 9/11 Notre Dame, 6-3, Friday before tying game two, 2-2, Saturday. Notre Dame picked up the other league point with a 1-0 win in the shootout in four rounds.
Friday: A five-goal second period – including four power-play tallies – lifted Ohio State to a 6-3 win over Notre Dame Friday in Value City Arena. After trailing 1-0 following the first period, Ohio State scored three goals in a 2:03 span while on a major power play to take a 3-1 lead just 3:12 into the second period. The Irish responded with two goals in a 54-second span to deadlock the game at 3. The Buckeyes then broke the tie with a goal at 16:05 of the period and regained their two-goal advantage 1:46 later with a power play score. The final goal was an empty-net tally in the final minute of regulation to seal the win. Sophomore Nick Oddo led Ohio State with three points on a goal and two assists, while classmate Ryan Dzingel scored twice. Junior Curtis Gedig had two assists and junior Alex Szczechura, sophomore Justin DaSilva and freshman Anthony Greco each had a goal and an assist for a two-point night. Buckeye goalie Brady Hjelle had 29 saves in the victory.
Saturday: Behind a career-high 45 saves from senior goalie Brady Hjelle, Ohio State skated to a 2-2 overtime tie with Notre Dame Saturday. The Irish won the shootout, 1-0 in five rounds, to pick up the extra point in the CCHA standings. Ohio State led 1-0 in the first period on a shorthanded goal by sophomore Darik Angeli but the Irish tallied with seven seconds left in the stanza to tie the game. The teams traded power play goals in the second, with Sam Calabrese putting Notre Dame ahead at 11:22 and freshman Craig Dalrymple responding for the Buckeyes at 18:55. Hjelle had 14 saves in the third period, and added four in overtime, to preserve the tie.
Buckeyes vs. Nanooks
The Buckeyes and Nanooks met in Columbus earlier this season, tying the first game, 1-1, Nov. 9 before the Nanooks won game two, 3-1, Nov. 10. All-time, Alaska leads the series 26-24-6 and in Fairbanks the squad leads 17-9-2. The teams last faced off in Fairbanks Jan. 28-29, 2011, a two-game sweep for Alaska (1-0, 6-2).
Alaska is 12-10-4 this season and has a 10-9-3 ledger in CCHA play. The squad had a seven-game (6-0-1) unbeaten streak ended with two losses at Miami (4-1, 6-2) last weekend. The Nanooks average 2.62 goals a game and allow 2.77 an outing. The power play is 20-for-130 (.154) and the penalty kill is 110-for-124 (.887). Alaska averages 33.8 shots a game.
Tyler Morley, Andy Taranto and Jarret Granberg all have the 17 points to share the team lead. Morley is first with nine goals, followed by Taranto with eight. Trevor Campbell is first with 14 assists, followed by Granberg with 12 and Michael Quinn with 10. In goal freshman John Keeney is 8-6-3, with a 2.50 goals-against average and .907 save percentage. Sophomore Sean Cahill is 2-2-1 and has a 2.37 gaa and .882 sv%, while senior Steve Thompson has a 2-2-0 ledger, 3.24 gaa and .876 sv%.
Flashback – Buckeyes vs. Nanooks in November
Game 1: Ohio State opened its home schedule with a 1-1 tie and shootout win vs. Alaska in Value City Arena. After a scoreless first period, Alaska took a 1-0 lead on Colton Parayko’s 5-on-3 power play goal 5:05 into the second period. Buckeye sophomore Max McCormick scored just 15 seconds into the third period to deadlock the game and neither team was able to break the tie the rest of the way. The game went to a shootout to determine the extra CCHA point. Riley Simpson put Ohio State on the board in the first round and Ryan Dzingel scored the shootout winner in the sixth round after a save by Hjelle to open the round. Hjelle had 34 saves in the game, with Alaska goalie John Keeney making 33 stops. Ohio State was 0-for-8 on the power play in the contest, with Alaska 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
Game 2: Despite 42 saves from freshman goalie Collin Olson and a first-period 5-on-3 power play goal from junior Chris Crane, the Ohio State men’s hockey team lost to Alaska, 3-1, Jan. 10 night in VCA. The teams combined for 34 shots in the first period, with Olson stopping all 16 shots he faced. The Nanooks scored the only goal of the second period on the power play to tie the game at 1. Alaska took its first lead 7:39 into the third period and sealed the win with a shorthanded goal with 1:18 remaining in regulation. The Buckeye penalty kill was 6-for-7 in the game and stopped an extended 5-on-3 in the second period along with a major power play.
Buckeye This and That
• Ohio State is on a season-high four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1), with two wins against Lake Superior State and a 1-0-1 series vs. Notre Dame.
• Ohio State scored five second-period goals Friday, its second-consecutive games with five goals in one period after scoring five to open its game vs. Lake Superior State the Saturday before.
• The Buckeyes beat the Lakers 6-1 Jan. 26 and the Irish 6-3 last Friday, giving them the most goals in back-to-back games combined since scoring 12 in a two-game sweep at Bowling Green Jan. 9-10, 2009.
• Ohio State’s four power-play goals vs. Notre Dame Friday night (three on one major power play) were a season high and just the third game with multiple power-play tallies this year. Ohio State last scored four power play goals Oct. 28, 2011 vs. Alaska, going 4-for-7 vs. the Nanooks.
• The Buckeyes have a power play goal in four of the last five games (8-for-23, 34.8 percent) and were 5-for-11 (45.5 percent) vs. Notre Dame.
• Notre Dame’s first-period power play goal Friday ended the Buckeyes’ streak of penalties killed at 17 and was the first PPG allowed since Dec. 29 vs. Penn State (a streak of six games). The team is 14th in the NCAA on the penalty kill (89-for-105, .848 percent) this year.
• The Buckeyes are sixth nationally in team defense, allowing 2.14 goals a game. The team has held opponents to one goal or less in 11 games this year.
• After opening the second half of the year with six-consecutive games away from Columbus, eight of the Buckeyes’ final 12 regular-season games are at home.
• In scoring among sophomores nationally, Ohio State’s class ranks fifth, averaging 3.14 points a game, combining for 88 points. Sophomores are the Top 3 point scorers on the squad this year.
• Every Buckeye skater has at least one point this year. Eighteen Buckeyes have at least one goal and all 23 skaters have at least one assist.
Between the Pipes
• Goalie Brady Hjelle, who has played in 22 games and started 21, is fifth in the NCAA and second in the CCHA with a 1.68 goals-against average. He is third in the NCAA and second in the league with a .945 save percentage. The senior has started 16 of the last 17 games and played in 17 of the last 18. He has allowed more than one goal just nine times this year.
• Hjelle has been named CCHA Goalie of the Week each of the last two weeks and has a league-high five player of the week honors this year.
• Hjelle had a career-high 45 saves vs. Notre Dame Saturday, topping the 38 he had Jan. 11 at Ferris State. He has 11 games with 30 or more saves this season and has allowed two goals or less 17 times.
• In CCHA play, Hjelle has a league-best 1.42 goals-against average, .953 save percentage and three shutouts. It is the fourth-best goals-against and second-best save percentage mark among players across all leagues in the NCAA in conference games only.
• Hjelle has been the first or second star in 11 of 16 league starts, with a league-best eight first star honors and 49 Perani Cup points.
• Hjelle was the CCHA Goaltender of the Month for November. In November, he had a league-best .62 goals-against average and .978 save percentage, playing in five games (with four starts) and did not allow more than one goal in any appearance. He allowed three total goals, with two of the three on the power play.
• Freshman Collin Olson is the first Buckeye true freshman to see game time between the pipes for Ohio State since Cal Heeter in 2008-09. He started vs. Penn State Dec. 29, his first game action since Nov. 24 at Lake Superior State.
• Sophomore Tanner Fritz extended his scoring streak to eight games, with two goals, seven assists and nine points in the stretch, after an assist in each game vs. the Irish. He is second on the team with 22 points and ranks first with 17 assists, both career highs.
• Sophomore Ryan Dzingel has a point in each of his last six games (3g, 6a, 9p). He is first on the team with a career-high 26 points, as well as a personal-best 12 goals. Against Notre Dame, Dzingel scored two power play goals Friday, his second multiple-goal game this year after a hat trick vs. Penn State Dec. 29. Saturday he assisted on Craig Dalrymple’s power play goal.
• Sophomore Nick Oddo’s three points (on three straight power play goals, all on the same major) vs. Notre Dame Friday were a career high and marked his third career multiple-point outing. It was his first two-helper night as a Buckeye. Oddo now has a 1-4-5 line this season.
• Freshman Anthony Greco has a point in four of six games (3g, 3a, 6p) since returning from injury. He had two points, with a goal and an assist, Friday vs. Notre Dame.
•Sophomore Max McCormick has points in six of the last eight games, with two goals, five assists and seven points over the stretch. He is third on the squad with 16 points. McCormick is second in the NCAA in faceoff winning percentage, with a 48-26 record (.649).
• Junior Alex Szczechura has five points in his last four games combined, with back-to-back two-point games. He had two goals vs. Lake Superior State Jan. 26 and then a goal and an assist vs. Notre Dame Friday. He is fourth on the team with 14 points and third with six goals.
• Junior Darik Angeli tallied his first goal of the season – and the first shorthanded goal of his career – Saturday vs. Notre Dame.
• Dzingel is third and Fritz is fourth in the CCHA in conference scoring with 21 and 20 points, respectively. Fritz is first with 16 assists, while Dzingel is tied for fifth with 13 helpers. Dzingel is tied for seventh with eight goals and tied for fifth with four power-play tallies, while his 11 power play points are tied for second.
• In all games, Dzingel is third among CCHA players in scoring, while Fritz is tied for ninth. Fritz is tied for third in assists, with Dzingel tied for seventh. Dzingel is tied for fourth in goal scoring and tied for seventh in power play tallies.
O On the Blueline
• Junior Curtis Gedig had his fourth-career two-assist game, and sixth career two-point outing, but first of the season Friday night vs. Notre Dame. He is on a four-game point streak (2g, 3a, 5p) and leads the Buckeye defensemen with nine points, including seven assists. Gedig was injured Friday vs. Notre Dame and will miss the series at Alaska.
• Friday night vs. Notre Dame, sophomore Justin DaSilva scored his first career goal and added an assist for the first multiple-point night of his career.
• Freshman defenseman Sam Jardine has an assist in five of his eight games since returning from injury, with an assist Saturday vs. Notre Dame. Jardine has six assists this year.
• Rookie Craig Dalrymple scored the game-tying goal on a 5-on-3 power play Saturday vs. Notre Dame. He is second in scoring among the Buckeye blueliners with eight points, including six assists.
•Dalrymple is eighth in points, with Jardine ninth, in scoring among CCHA rookie defensemen. In conference games only, Jardine is seventh and Dalrymple is tied for eighth.
• As a team, Ohio State has 403 recorded blocked shots, while its opponents have blocked 340 of its attempts. Saturday vs. Notre Dame, the Buckeyes blocked 26 Irish attempts, led by five by DaSilva.
• DaSilva leads the team with 51 blocked shots, followed by Gedig with 43, Al McLean with 40, Brandon Martell with 37 and Dalrymple with 30. Every Buckeye skater has at least one blocked shot this year. (Individual blocks were not recorded in the series at Minnesota Duluth).