Ohio State vs. Alabama-Huntsville Friday, Nov. 5 – 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 – 7:05 p.m. Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
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Ohio State vs. Alabama-Huntsville – The Series Overall Series: UAH leads 2-0-1 In Columbus: UAH leads 2-0-1 In Huntsville: No meetings Neutral Site: No meetings
Buckeye Slapshots • John Albert enters the weekend with 98 career points. • Senior Sergio Somma has a goal in five of the first seven games this season. He and classmate John Albert share the team scoring lead with eight points each. • The series vs. Alabama-Huntsville is the first two-game set for the Buckeyes in Columbus this year. • The Buckeyes are tied for ninth nationally on the power play, converting 24.1 percent of their chances (7-of-29). • Four Buckeyes are wearing ‘C’s for the squad this season – seniors John Albert, Peter Boyd and Sergio Somma and junior Sean Duddy.
Drop the Puck After opening the year with six of seven games on the road, the Ohio State men’s hockey team is back in Columbus to host Alabama-Huntsville in a two-game non-conference series this weekend. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena.
The games will be streamed live online at BigTenNetwork.com for a fee, with Tim Bielik and Matt Krauss calling the action.
An audio broadcast, with Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye Luke Pavlas on the call, will be on 1460 AM in Columbus and online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Live stats can be accessed from the men’s hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with in-game updates also on www.Twitter.com/OhioState_MHKY.
The Buckeyes (2-5-0, 1-3-0-0 CCHA) dropped two one-goal games at Northern Michigan last weekend, while the Chargers (1-6-1) were 0-1-1 at Michigan State.
After the game Saturday there will be an autograph session with Buckeyes John Albert, Devon Krogh, Paul Kirtland and Travis Statchuk.
Flashback The Buckeyes dropped two one-goal games on the road at Northern Michigan last weekend. Friday, the Buckeyes rallied to tie the game at 1 early in the third period on a Danny Dries goal but the Wildcats scored the eventual gamewinner with less than five minutes remaining in regulation.
Saturday, a third-period goal by Northern Michigan broke a 3-all tie and lifted the Wildcats to a 4-3 victory over the Buckeyes. Ohio State was down 2-0 early in the first period but Sergio Somma and Peter Boyd scored twice in 19 seconds on a major power play to tie the game. Chris Reed put Ohio State ahead in the second period but the Wildcats scored a power-play goal in the second to tie the game and tallied the gamewinner in the third. It was the first time the Buckeyes were swept on the road since Nov. 20-21, 2009 at Ferris State.
So Close All five losses for the Buckeyes this season have been by one goal. They fell 2-1 in three games (Oct. 8 at Quinnipiac, Oct. 22 at Ferris State and Oct. 29 at Northern Michigan) and 4-3 against Robert Morris Oct. 15 and at Northern Michigan Oct. 30.
Buckeye Snapshot Ohio State is 2-5 this season, splitting series with both Quinnipiac and Ferris State and dropping games to Robert Morris and Northern Michigan. The team is averaging 2.57 goals a game while allowing 2.43. On the power play, the Buckeyes are 7-for-29 (24.1 percent), ranking ninth (tied) nationally, and on the penalty kill the team is 24-for-29 (82.8 percent). Senior forwards Sergio Somma and John Albert share the team lead with eight points each. Somma has a team-best five goals, with Albert and sophomore defenseman Devon Krogh recording a squad-high five assists, followed by senior defenseman Shane Sims with four. In net Cal Heeter has started all seven games, with a 2.47 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.
Closing in on 100 Senior John Albert leads the current Buckeyes with 98 career points (24 goals, 74 assists), followed by classmate Peter Boyd with 92 (30 goals, 62 assists). The last Buckeye to reach the 100-point mark was Tom Fritsche in 2008. All-time, 51 Buckeyes have posted at least 100 points in their careers.
Buckeyes vs. Chargers The Buckeyes are 0-2-1 all-time vs. the Chargers, with all three matchups on Ohio State’s home ice. The first meeting was Oct. 21, 1994, a 4-3 UAH victory.
The teams last met in Columbus Dec. 2-3, 2005. In the first game, Alabama-Huntsville scored with 44 seconds remaining in regulation for a 4-3 victory. The Buckeyes had entered the third period down by two goals but rallied to tie the game early in the period and outshot the Chargers, 21-7, in the final stanza, but UAH pulled out the victory. Ohio State set a Value City Arena record with 55 shots in the game and Charger goalie Scott Munroe had an arena-record 52 saves. In the second contest, the teams tied, 2-2. The Buckeyes held a 2-1 lead entering the third period but Steve Canter scored for the Chargers as time expired to deadlock the score. The Buckeyes poured on the shots for the second night, outshooting UAH 51-21 as Munroe had 49 saves.
A Look at the Chargers Alabama-Huntsville is now playing as an independent after College Hockey America disbanded following last season. The squad won the league’s postseason tournament to claim the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament before its season ended with a loss to Miami in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal.
UAH is 1-6-1 this season, winning at home over CCHA school Ferris State and tying CCHA member Michigan State, 4-4, with three goals in the final 4:48 (including a power play, extra attacker score with four seconds remaining in regulation) on the road last weekend. The team was swept at Wisconsin and at Bowling Green. Chris Luongo, a 1990 Michigan State alum, is in his first season at the helm of Alabama-Huntsville.
The Chargers are averaging 2.25 goals a game while allowing 4.12. The squad has 11 power play goals on 44 chances (25 percent) and has stopped 36-of-48 opponent opportunities (75 percent).
Seven Chargers have five points this season to share the team scoring lead. Junior Jamie Easton and freshman Mac Roy are first with three goals each, while senior Matt Baxter and junior Tom Durnie each have five assists. In goal three freshmen have seen time, with Clarke Saunders seeing the bulk of the action.
On the PP The Buckeye power play was 2-for-6 Saturday at Northern Michigan, scoring twice in 19 seconds on a major. The team ranks ninth (tied) nationally on the PP, converting 7-of-29 chances (24.1 percent). Sergio Somma and John Albert each have two power-play tallies to lead the squad.
Home Again The series at Northern Michigan was the Buckeyes’ third two-game road series to open 2010-11. The squad has hosted just one game, taking on Robert Morris in Value City Arena Oct. 15. Three of the team’s next four series will be in Columbus, beginning this weekend vs. Alabama-Huntsville.
After a series at Michigan State next weekend and a bye week, the Buckeyes will host its conference opener in Columbus against Alaska Nov. 26-27 (note that series will be downtown at Nationwide Arena). The first CCHA series in Value City Arena will be against Michigan Dec. 3-4.
It’s Been a While Seniors defenseman Chris Reed and forward Peter Boyd both scored Saturday at Northern Michigan, marking the first goal for each since Jan. 29 vs. Ferris State. Sean Duddy had a helper vs. the Wildcats, marking his first point since that game vs. the FSU Bulldogs.
Five for Seven Senior Sergio Somma has a goal in five of seven games to start the year, going scoreless only in the first games at Ferris State and Northern Michigan. Somma, who has a team-high five goals, tied for second on the squad with 15 goals a season ago and was the team’s top returning goal scorer.
No. 27 Defenseman Devon Krogh was +1 in the first six games of the year; the streak was stopped with a minus rating in the second game at Northern Michigan. He has six points on the year, sharing the team lead with five assists. He has a point in five of the squad’s seven games.
Buckeye This and That Curtis Gedig leads the Buckeyes with 11 recorded blocked shots this season, followed by fellow blueliners Shane Sims and Sean Duddy with 10 each … the Buckeyes have outscored opponents 7-4 in the first period and 7-5 in the third period this year but have been outscored 8-4 in the middle stanza … Alex Carlson played his second game on the blueline for the Buckeyes Saturday at Northern Michigan … Danny Dries scored Friday at Northern Michigan, giving him goals in back-to-back games.
The Rookies Five Buckeye freshmen have skated in at least four games this season, with each posting at least one point after Alex Szczechura had an assist Saturday at Northern Michigan. Forward Chris Crane tallied in the first period at Quinnipiac Oct. 9, assisted by classmate Travis Statchuk (and senior Kyle Reed), marking the first points for the team’s rookies this year. Alex Lippincott scored his first career goal against Robert Morris Oct. 15. Curtis Gedig has played in six games and has three points, including two assists at Ferris State Oct. 22.
Buckeyes in the Bigs Six Buckeyes were on NHL opening-day rosters, ranking third among CCHA schools. Four NHL regulars from 2009-10 return to their squads for the new year – R.J. Umberger in Columbus, Dave Steckel in Washington, Ryan Kesler in Vancouver and Rod Pelley in New Jersey. Zac Dalpe, who left Ohio State in the spring after two seasons, earned a spot in Carolina’s lineup after his first training camp. Tyson Strachan was on the opening-day roster for St. Louis after playing eight games for the Blues a season ago.
Defensemen Nate Guenin, with the Blue Jackets, and Matt Bartkowski, with Boston, were two of the final players from their respective teams sent to the American Hockey League when NHL rosters had to be cut down. Bartkowski, like Dalpe, ended his Buckeye career after last season and was participating in his first NHL camp. He is currently with the Providence Bruins. Guenin cleared waivers and was with the Springfield Falcons.
Guenin was called up to the Blue Jackets on an emergency recall Oct. 16 and skated in three games before he was sent down to Springfield. He joined former Umberger, in the CBJ lineup, marking the first time two Buckeyes played on the same team in an NHL game since Jan. 10, 2009 when David Steckel and Sean Collins skated for the Capitals.
Seventeen total former Buckeyes participated in NHL training camps this fall, with many since assigned to AHL, ECHL or CHL squads – Corey Elkins (AHL Manchester/Los Angeles), Sean Collins (AHL Hershey/Washington), Johann Kroll (AHL Hershey/Washington), Matt Beaudoin (AHL San Antonio/Phoenix), Jason DeSantis (AHL Wilkes-Barre Scranton, ECHL Wheeling/Pittsburgh), Tom Fritsche (AHL Lake Erie, CHL Tulsa/Colorado), Joe Palmer (ECHL Toledo, Chicago) and Dave Caruso (ECHL Trenton/New Jersey). Hunter Bishop, the third Buckeye to sign an NHL contract after 2009-10, was in camp with Montreal but was recently assigned to Wheeling in the ECHL.Dalpe played in seven games for the Hurricanes, posting an assist, but was sent down to AHL Charlotte Sunday.
Follow the Buckeyes Ohio State men’s hockey games in 2010-11 will be available to fans both on the radio and the internet this year. The Ohio State Buckeyes Radio Network/IMG College will carry 25 regular season games and all postseason action involving the Buckeyes over the air at 1460 AM in Columbus and online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Video streams of nearly every Buckeye game will be available, typically on a pay-per-view basis. All Ohio State home games in Value City Arena that are not televised will be streamed either through BigTenNetwork.com or OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Road games will be available through the home team’s website, with some also streamed on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. (The only games not currently scheduled to have a video stream are Nov. 26-27 vs. Alaska from Nationwide Arena, but an audio feed will be available.)
Links to audio and video broadcasts, as well as live stats, will be available on the men’s hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com prior to the games each weekend.
The Buckeyes will have seven games on television this season, including four on the Big Ten Network. BTN will show three of the Buckeyes’ four games vs. Michigan, beginning Dec. 3 with a game in Value City Arena in Columbus. The network will televise both games from Ann Arbor, Mich., Feb. 11-12. Ohio State also will appear on BTN Feb. 4 when it hosts Michigan State. Ohio State also will appear on CBS College Sports Jan. 7 when it hosts Miami, as well as two road games on Comcast Television (Michigan State, Western Michigan)
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