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Oct. 15, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 17 ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team is set to face in-state foe and No. 11 ranked Miami in a home-and-home series this weekend. The Buckeyes (1-1-0, 0-0-0 B1G) and RedHawks (1-1-0, 0-0-0 NCHC) will meet at 7 p.m. Friday in Value City Arena in Columbus and at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio.

Follow Along
Both games of the series will be carried by Ohio State radio on 1460 AM Columbus and online through Buckeye Vision subscriptions. The game Friday will be streamed through the BTN Plus subscription package, available on BTN2Go online and mobile. The Saturday contest in Oxford will be streamed through NCHC.tv. Live stats will be available through OhioStateBuckeyes.com, as well as on the national scoreboard on CollegeHockeyInc.com, with in-game updates on Twitter @OhioState_MHKY. Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio, Ohio State’s student-run online radio station, will have the games on OhioStateSports.net as well. Links to follow along, both this weekend and throughout the year, are available on the Buckeye Hockey Gameday page: go.osu.edu/mhkygameday.

Postgame Fun
Friday is the first of four chances for children to come down to the ice postgame and take a shot on the Value City Arena net. Children can reach ice level using the stairs by section 124 following the conclusion of play. No skates needed – carpets will be laid out on the ice to shoot from. The other dates are Jan. 16 vs. Michigan, Feb. 27 vs. Penn State and March 6 vs. Minnesota.

Ticket Talk
Tickets for all Buckeye hockey home games can be purchased at the arena on game night, from the Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office or a Ticketmaster outlet in person, through Ticketmaster online (ticketmaster.com) or by calling 1-800-GOBUCKS. For more information, call 1-800-GOBUCKS or look under tickets on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

For adults, single-game tickets are $11 for non-conference games and $15 for Big Ten games, while senior citizen/youth tickets are $8 and $10, respectively. A Power Play pack is available, with fans able to choose any four regular season games for $8 (non-conference) or $12 (B1G) each. (Note service fees may apply.) Ohio State students are admitted free to all home games with a valid BuckID.

Group tickets are available for $6 for non-conference games and $8 for Big Ten games for groups of 10 or more. For information on group tickets, contact the Ohio State Athletic Ticket Sales office at 1-800-GOBUCKS (select option 2) or email AthleticSales@osu.edu to speak with an account executive. The ticket sales staff can also provide information on season ticket packages.

In the Rankings
Ohio State, which began the year receiving votes in both national polls, moved into the USCHO poll at No. 17 this week after splitting a series with then-No. 3 (and now No. 5) Providence. The Buckeyes are the first team receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll. Ohio State ended last season ranked 20th in the USCHO poll.

Last Time Out
In its first series of the 2014-15 season, Ohio State won and lost in overtime against No. 3-ranked Providence in Value City Arena.
Game One – Ohio State 5, Providence 4 OT (Friday): In its season opener, Ohio State came from a goal down four times to force overtime. Just 28 seconds into the extra session, junior Anthony Greco gave the Buckeyes the win, scoring his third goal – and the Buckeyes’ third power play tally – of the game. The Buckeyes recorded the game’s final two goals, with senior Tanner Fritz, who had two goals and two assists, tying the game at four at 12:10 of the third period. The Buckeyes gave up the first goal at 13:44 of the first period, but answered just 19 seconds later. Providence scored late for a 2-1 lead after the first 20 minutes. Greco tallied at 6:48 of the second to tie the game at two, but another late Friar goal gave PC a 3-2 advantage heading into the third. At 3:15 of the third, Fritz tied the game but Providence responded at 8:18 for a 4-3 edge. Fritz then deadlocked the score at four at 12:10 and Greco gave the Buckeyes their only lead of the night with the GWG in OT. Ohio State’s last three goals all came on the power play, as the team was 3-for-7 in the game (scoring on three of its final four chances).

Game Two – Providence 2, Ohio State 1 OT (Saturday): For the second night in a row, Ohio State came from a goal down and went to overtime vs. No. 3/4-ranked Providence. However, the Friars came away with the win in game two, 2-1, on a goal by Brian Pinho with 45 seconds left in overtime. The teams were scoreless until the 8:09 mark of the third period when Logan Day put the Friars on the board. Ohio State freshman Luke Stork responded just 42 seconds later, however, to tie the game at one. Neither team was able to grab a lead through the end of regulation. Ohio State’s penalty kill was 3-for-3 in the game, including stopping a full five-minute major advantage. Buckeye goalie Matt Tomkins made 27 saves in the loss.

Have a Game – Fritz and Greco Recognized by B1G and NCAA
After standout performances in the overtime win vs. No. 3-ranked Providence, forwards Tanner Fritz and Anthony Greco were both recognized. Fritz, a senior captain, was named Big Ten Second Star of the Week, while Greco, a junior, was named NCAA Third Star of the Week and his hat trick was the NCAA Hockey No. 2 Play of the Week.

Fritz had a hand in four of five Buckeye goals in the season opener Friday, scoring twice and adding two assists. It was his third career four-point game, the first since November 2013 (and the first for the Buckeyes since Jan. 10), and his third two-goal night for the Scarlet and Gray. Fritz scored the Buckeyes’ last two goals against PC, tying the game at three early in the third period and then deadlocking the score at four with less than eight minutes left in regulation. He had the first assist on Greco’s goal that tied the game at one in the first period and then assisted on Greco’s overtime gamewinner.

Greco recorded his first career hat trick, and the first for a Division I player this season, Friday vs. the Friars. He tied the game at one in the first period, scoring 19 seconds after PC took the lead, and at two in the second period. Greco then netted the gamewinner 28 seconds into overtime with a power play goal. It was the first multiple goal game of his Buckeye career (after entering the season with 10 goals in his first 53 games) and the first Buckeye hat trick since Jan. 10 (Ryan Dzingel vs. Michigan State).

Buckeyes vs. RedHawks
All-time, Miami leads the series with Ohio State, 71-62-13. The teams faced off to open last season, with the RedHawks sweeping the series, 6-2 in Columbus and 6-3 in Oxford. It was the first time Ohio State and Miami faced off as members of different conferences since a 1-1 overtime tie in Columbus Nov. 27, 1979. In Columbus, the Buckeyes have had the advantage, 36-25-8, while the RedHawks are ahead in the series in Oxford, 43-22-4. The Buckeyes are looking to end a three-game losing streak to the RedHawks, with the team’s last win a 3-0 shutout March 1, 2013 in Oxford.

RedHawk Reader
Miami, a member of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, is ranked 11th nationally and is coming off a split in a home-and-home series with Bowling Green. The RedHawks lost on the road, 3-2, before posting a 3-2 win at home. The squad was picked to finish second in the NCHC preseason media poll. Miami returned 19 letterwinners from the 2013-14 team that was 15-20-3 overall (6-17-1-1/8th NCHC) and reached the championship game of the conference tournament.