at Northern Michigan
CCHA Playoffs First Round Series (Best of three)
Friday, March 7 – 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, March 8 – 7:35 p.m.
Sunday, March 9 – 7:35 p.m. (if necessary)
Berry Events Center, Marquette, Mich.
Northern Michigan 2, at Ohio State 0 (Feb. 15, 2008)
at Ohio State 3, Northern Michigan 2 (Feb. 16, 2008)
Ohio State won 4-3-0
at NMU 2, Ohio State 0 (Oct. 27, 2006)
Ohio State 4, at NMU 2 (Oct. 28, 2006)
at Ohio State 3, NMU 2 (Feb. 9, 2007)
at Ohio State 4, NMU 1 (Feb. 10, 2007)
CCHA Tournament First Round (Best of Three)
at Ohio State 6, NMU 2, (March 2, 2007)
NMU 3, at Ohio State 2 OT (March 3, 2007)
NMU 3, at Ohio State 2 (March 4, 2007)
Ohio State leads 20-8-1
In Marquette, Mich.
Northern Michigan leads 21-9-2
CCHA Regular Season
Ohio State leads 25-20-1
Northern Michigan leads 4-3-2
This is the second-consecutive year Ohio State is facing Northern Michigan to open the CCHA tournament. The teams have met in nine postseason games, with the Wildcats holding a 4-3-2 edge.
Each of the Buckeyes’ last six games have been decided by two goals or less four games were one-goal contests, while the other two were one-goal games until an empty-netter made it a two-goal decision.
Miami’s four goals Friday ended the Buckeyes’ streak of five-consecutive games the team allowed two or less goals.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — For the second-consecutive year, the Ohio State men’s hockey team (11-23-4, 7-18-3/11th CCHA) will face Northern Michigan (15-17-4, 12-13-3/6th) in the first round of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs. The teams will meet in the best-of-three series at 7:35 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday (if necessary) at the Berry Events Center in Marquette, Mich.
The Buckeyes’ games at Northern Michigan will be broadcast by WOSU Radio (820 AM Columbus/wosu.org). The game Friday will begin online only but will be joined over the air following the Ohio State women’s basketball game in the Big Ten Tournament. The game Saturday will be online only if the women’s basketball team is in action. If the hockey team plays Sunday, the game will be joined on-air at the conclusion of the women’s basketball game (if they are playing).
B2 Networks will have a webcast of the series via a pay-per-view service. Games are $8 each and information can be accessed at the following link: https://www.b2livetv.com/liveevents/Hockey/NCAA/CCHA/NorthernMichigan/billnow.asp.
All 12 CCHA teams qualify for the league tournament. The Top 4 teams in the regular-season standings earn first-round byes (No. 1 Michigan, No. 2 Miami, No. 3 Michigan State, No. 4 Notre Dame), with teams 5-8 hosting 9-12 in best-of-three series. The first-round series winners advance to face the Top 4 seeds. The winners of the quarterfinal, best-of-three series, advance to the semifinals at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Teams are reseeded after each round.
No. 12 Western Michigan at No. 5 Ferris State
No. 11 Ohio State at No. 6 Northern Michigan
No. 10 Lake Superior at No. 7 Bowling Green
No. 9 Alaska at No. 8 Nebraska-Omaha
A Buckeye Brief
Overall, the Buckeyes are 11-23-4 and finished 7-17-3 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association action. The team is averaging 2.4 goals a game, while allowing 3.2.
The Buckeyes have converted 13.0 percent of their power-play chances (25-180) and have stopped 82.2 percent of their opponents’ chances (157-191).
Senior Tommy Goebel has a team-best 20 goals and 32 points. Rookie Peter Boyd is second with 22 points and is tied for second with Kyle Reed with nine goals each. Freshman John Albert has a team-best 16 assists and is third in points with 20. Senior Tom Fritsche is fourth in points (19) and second in assists (14).
In net, sophomore Joseph Palmer has started 30 games and seen action in 31, with a 3.02 goals-against average and .891 save percentage. Freshman Dustin Carlson has started seven games and seen action in nine, with a 3.44 GAA and .886 save percentage.
Buckeyes in the Postseason
Ohio State is 39-57-4 all-time in the postseason, including 27-52-4 in CCHA tournament play. In first-round action, the team is 10-13-0.
In road games, the squad is 8-33-0. The team last traveled for a road series in 2005-06, when it was swept at Ferris State (3-0, 2-1). The Buckeyes last won a road series at Western Michigan in 2001-02 (3-2 OT, 3-1). A first-round series at Nebraska-Omaha was pushed to a third game in 2000-01, but the Buckeyes suffered a 4-3 loss in double-overtime to end their season.
Ohio State has two CCHA postseason titles, winning the inaugural tournament crown in 1972 in St. Louis Arena in St. Louis, Mo., and claiming the CCHA Super Six title in 2004 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
Buckeyes and Wildcats
The all-time series between Ohio State and Northern Michigan is tied, 30-30-3, including a split of a two-game series in Columbus Feb. 15-16 (NMU 2-0, OSU 3-2).
In postseason play, the Wildcats lead, 4-3-2, including a 2-1 series victory in Columbus last season. The teams have never met in Marquette in postseason action.
OSU vs. NMU in the CCHA Playoffs
3/2/79 T 5-5 Semis H
3/3/79 W 4OT 5-4 Semis H
3/12/81 T 2-2 Championship N
3/14/81 L 2-4 Championship N
3/12/83 W 8-6 Consolation N
3/22/03 L 1-4 Consolation N
3/2/07 W 6-2 First Round H
3/3/07 L OT 2-3 First Round H
3/4/07 L 2-3 First Round H
On Wildcat Ice
The Buckeyes are 9-21-2 all-time in Marquette, Mich. The teams last met on Northern Michigan’s home ice Oct. 27-28, 2006, splitting the series. NMU won 2-0 in the first game and the Buckeyes won 4-2 in game two.
The 2007 Playoffs
The Wildcats won the CCHA tournament first-round series last year at the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus, 2-1. Ohio State won game one, 6-2, but NMU won game two in overtime, 3-2, to tie the series and then posted a 3-2 victory in the decisive third game to advance.
In Earlier Action
The Buckeyes split a home series with Northern Michigan Feb. 15-16, losing the opener, 2-0, before coming from behind for a 3-2 victory in game two.
In the series opener, the teams were scoreless until NMU’s Matt Siddall scored 11:45 into the second. The Buckeyes peppered Wildcat goalie Brian Stewart with 46 shots, including 15 in the third period, but were unable to get the puck in the net. Mark Olver closed out the scoring with an empty-net goal at 19:09 of the third.
In game two, freshman Peter Boyd put the Buckeyes ahead on a goal with 22 seconds remaining in the first period. The Wildcats tied the game on Gregor Hanson’s goal at 12:01 of the second and took the lead on Olver’s power-play tally at 16:06. In the third, Boyd tied the game with a power-play score at 16:08. With less than a second remaining, freshman John Albert set up Tommy Goebel’s tip-in goal to give the Buckeyes the win.
Postseason Point Getters
Senior Tom Fritsche leads the Buckeyes with 11 postseason points, including a team-best six assists. Senior Tommy Goebel has nine postseason points (5g, 4a), including a 4-4-8 line in nine postseason games at Michigan State.
Northern Michigan enters the playoffs 15-17-4 overall. The squad was 12-13-3 in the CCHA to finish sixth. The Wildcats rallied from a two-goal third-period deficit at home vs. Lake Superior State last Saturday to clinch sixth place in the final league standings. The Wildcats are 5-2-3 in their last 10 outings.
NMU is averaging 2.53 goals a game this season, while allowing 2.72. The squad has converted 13.7 percent (23/168) of its power-play chances and has stopped 76.7 percent (148/193) of its opponents’ chances.
Junior Nick Sirota has a team-best 16 goals and 31 assists. Three other Wildcats have double-digit goals – freshman Mark Olver (15), senior Matt Siddall (14) and freshman Phil Fox (10). Freshman Erik Gustafsson has a team-best 19 assists, followed by Sirota and Olver with 15 each and Siddall with 14. Olver is second with 30 points and Siddall ranks third with 28.
In net, sophomore Brian Stewart is 11-12-4 on the year, with a 2.56 goals-against average and .917 save percentage.
Goebel Good Stuff
Senior Tommy Goebel remains the Buckeyes’ leader in points with a career-high tying 32, including a team-best 20 goals.
Goebel is 16th in the CCHA in scoring overall, ranks seventh in goals and is tied for sixth in power-play tallies with nine. In conference games only, Goebel is 24th (tied) in points with a 14-8-22 line, is ninth in goals and is tied for eighth with six power-play tallies.
In the NCAA, Goebel is 18th in goals per game (.56) and is tied for ninth in power-play goals.
Goebel now has 111 points as a Division I player, with a 32-26-58 line at Ohio State and 21-32-53 line at Michigan State (2003-04, 04-05).
In addition to Tommy Goebel, four other Buckeyes rank among the CCHA leaders in all games. Jason DeSantis is tied for 14th in scoring among defensemen with 15 points on three goals and 12 assists.
Peter Boyd (9g, 13a) is tied for eighth among freshmen with 22 points and classmate John Albert (4g, 16a) is tied for 11th among rookies with 20 points.
Boyd is tied for seventh in the league in gamewinning goals with four. Senior Tom Fritsche is tied for seventh in the CCHA with two shorthanded goals this season.
Each of the Buckeyes’ last six games have been decided by two goals or less four games were one-goal contests, while the other two were one-goal games until an empty-netter made it a two-goal decision. The Buckeyes are 2-3-1 over the stretch.
On the year, the Buckeyes are 5-8 in one-goal games and 4-6 in games decided by two goals.
The 20-Point Club
Freshmen Peter Boyd and John Albert each hit the 20-point mark during the Miami series last week. Boyd had three assists in the series, with two last Friday, and ranks second on the team with 22 points this year. Albert scored vs. the RedHawks last Tuesday to reach the 20-point mark.
Boyd and Albert are the first Buckeye freshmen with 20 points since Tom Fritsche (45), Domenic Maiani (34) and Kyle Hood (21) in 2004-05.
Miami’s four goals Friday ended the Buckeyes’ streak of five-consecutive games the team allowed two or less goals. The squad has held the opposition to two or fewer goals 15 times this season, with a 9-4-2 ledger in the games.
No. 21 LIghts the Lamp
Freshman Kyle Reed had the first two-goal game of his career last Friday at Miami. He is tied with classmate Peter Boyd for second on the team with nine goals.
In Good Company
Senior defenseman Johann Kroll played in the 150th game of his Buckeye career last Friday at Miami. He joins classmate Matt McIlvane as two of 34 Buckeyes to play in 150 or more games all-time. McIlvane has played in 153 games for the Scarlet and Gray and is four games back of the five players tied for eighth place with 157 games played each. Mark Anderson (1985-88) is Ohio State’s all-time games played leader with 167.
Special Teams Synopsis
The Buckeye power play was 0-for-3 and the penalty kill was 4-for-4 vs. Miami last Friday. The team has one power-play goal in its last 29 chances but has allowed just two power-play tallies in the last 24 opponent opportunities (91.7 percent).
Up the Charts
Senior Tom Fritsche has 106 points as a Buckeye, with 31 goals and 75 assists, to rank 43rd in program history. He has 19 points this season, with five goals and 14 assists.
Buckeye seniors Tom Fritsche (106) and Tommy Goebel (111) each have hit the 100-point mark in their careers. Three other Buckeyes have reached the 50-point mark.
Senior defenseman Jason DeSantis has 55 points wearing the Scarlet and Gray, with 14 goals and 41 assists. Senior forward Kyle Hood has 54 points (17g, 37a) as a Buckeye, while forward Matt McIlvane has 52 points on 15 goals and 37 assists.
Goebel has 58 points in his Buckeye career, on 32 goals and 26 assists. He has 53 career collegiate goals and 58 career assists. Fritsche has 74 assists as a Buckeye.
Freshman John Albert has at least one point in seven of the last 12 games, with three two-point outings in the stretch. After a four-game scoreless streak Jan. 4-19, he has not gone more than one game without a point since.
Out of the Box
The Buckeyes have had three penalties for six minutes in three of their last six games, with four penalties and eight PIM in another contest.
Goebel Has Skills
Buckeye senior forward Tommy Goebel has been selected to participate in the third annual Frozen Four Skills Challenge, which will be held April 11 at the Pepsi Center in Denver in conjunction with the NCAA Frozen Four. The event will be televised live on ESPNU.
The competition will be conducted in an East vs. West format with each team having six male position players, six female position players, two male goaltenders and two female goaltenders.
The competitions will include puck control relay, fastest skater, hardest shot, rapid fire shooting, accuracy shooting and penalty shot.
To be eligible, all players must have exhausted their collegiate eligibility and be nominated by their head coach. The players were selected by representatives from the American Hockey Coaches Association, the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee and NCAA national office staff.
Joining Goebel on the West squad will be Buckeye women’s hockey defenseman Tessa Bonhomme. Two other CCHA players also were named to the squad – Kevin Porter of Michigan and Bryan Lerg from Michigan State.
Two Buckeyes participated in the inaugural skills challenge in Milwaukee in 2006 – men’s goalie Dave Caruso and women’s forward Jana Harrigan. Women’s goalie Erika Vanderveer competed in the 2007 event.
The Young Ones
The Buckeyes have played at least 10 freshmen in 21 of the last 26 games. The team has had 11 freshmen play in two games, 10 freshmen play in 20 games, nine rookie skaters play in 12 games and dressed eight freshmen in four other contests.
So far this season, 13 Buckeye freshmen have seen game action, with 12 skaters and one goalie. Each rookie forward and defenseman that has played has at least one point.
The Buckeyes trailed, 1-0, at the end of the first period Feb. 22 at Notre Dame before scoring twice in the final 3:23 of the second to take a 2-1 lead they wouldn’t relinquish. It was the Buckeyes’ seventh come-from-behind win this season and their second-consecutive comeback victory.
The Buckeyes completed their sixth comeback win this season when they defeated Northern Michigan, 3-2, Feb. 16. The Buckeyes trailed, 2-1, entering the third period before scoring twice in the final four minutes for the win.
The Buckeyes’ win vs. Bowling Green Feb. 2, when the team scored three unanswered goals for a 4-2 win, was the squad’s fifth come-from-behind win this season.
At Lake Superior State Jan. 25, the team scored two unanswered goals to come back from a 3-2 deficit for the 4-3 win.
In the season opener Oct. 12, Ohio State trailed Mercyhurst, 1-0, after the second period but rallied for a 2-1 victory.
Against St. Lawrence Dec. 7, the Buckeyes were down 2-0 after the first and 2-1 after the second before winning in overtime, 3-2.
The Buckeyes came from behind to win for the third time this season in the victory over Harvard Dec. 29. Against the Crimson, the Buckeyes were down 2-1 after the first before pulling out the 4-2 win.
At Alaska in their last game before break Dec. 15, the Buckeyes were down 2-0 vs. the Nanooks midway through the second before tallying the final two goals of the game for a 2-all tie.
Against Alaska Jan. 5, the teams were tied after two periods before Ohio State scored three times in the third for the win.
Rookie Peter Boyd has four clutch game-winning goals this season. Feb. 16, he tied the game with Northern Michigan with a power-play tally with less than four minutes remaining.
Boyd is tied for 10th nationally, and second among the nation’s freshmen, in gamewinning goals. In the league, Boyd is tied for seventh in gwg.
He scored with less than five minutes remaining vs. Bowling Green Feb. 2 as OSU came back from a 2-1 deficit to win 4-2. The previous week at Lake Superior State (Jan. 25), Boyd broke a 3-all tie with 8.9 seconds remaining in regulation. He also scored the overtime winner vs. St. Lawrence Dec. 7 and had the gamewinner vs. Mercyhurst in the season opener, scoring in the third period of the 2-1 come-from-behind win.
Six Buckeyes, including three freshmen, have played in all 38 games this season. Seniors Matt McIlvane, Jason DeSantis and John Dingle have appeared in every game, joined by rookies John Albert, Peter Boyd and Sergio Somma.
Twenty-three Buckeyes (every skater who has played this season, along with goalie Joseph Palmer) have at least one point this season, with 19 scoring a goal and 22 having an assist. Eighteen Buckeyes have at least one goal and one assist this year.
After the initial signing period, Red Line Report ranked the Buckeyes’ recruiting class for 2008-09 second nationally. Seven future Buckeyes signed NCAA National Letters of Intent to enroll in Ohio State and play for the Buckeyes in November.
In the Bigs
R.J. Umberger, a member of the Philadelphia Flyers this season, has played in 65 games and has 12 goals and 33 assists for 45 point. A Buckeye from 2001-03, he has seen action in 219 career NHL games and has 48 goals, 63 assists and 111 points.
Former Buckeye and current Washington Capital Dave Steckel, who played for the Buckeyes from 2001-04, has played in 75 career NHL games, including 66 this season. He has 12 points, including five goals and seven assists, this season.
Ryan Kesler, the fourth former Buckeye currently in the NHL, has 17-12-29 totals in 64 games for the Vancouver Canucks this season. A Buckeye in 2003, he has played in 222 career games in the NHL, with 35 goals, 38 assists and 73 points.
Rod Pelley, a Buckeye from 2003-06, started the year and played 54 games with the New Jersey Devils this season, posting six points, on two goals and four assists. He was sent down to the AHL and played 11 games with the Lowell Devils, but was recalled by the NHL team Monday.
Nate Guenin, who played at Ohio State from 2003-06, has spent time with both the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) and Phantoms (AHL) this season and has seen action in 60 games for the Phantoms this year, with 12 points and 124 penalty minutes. He has played in two NHL games this year after playing in nine a season ago, posting two assists in 2007.
Former Buckeyes Scott May (Binghamton Senators), Dave Caruso (Lowell Devils) and Tyson Strachan (Peoria Rivermen) also are playing in the AHL.
Other Buckeyes in professional hockey include ECHL all-star Mathieu Beaudoin (Dayton Bombers), Kenny Bernard (Fresno Falcons/ECHL), Sean Collins (South Carolina Stingrays), Matt Waddell (Charlotte Checkers/ECHL), JB Bittner (Florida Everblades/ECHL), Paul Caponigri (Florida Everblades/ECHL), Daymen (Rycroft) Bencharski (Rocky Mountain Rage/CHL), Chris Richards (Youngstown Steelhounds/CHL), Doug Andress (Germany), Eric Meloche (Germany), Andrew Schembri (Germany), Hugo Boisvert (Germany), Jeff Maund (Italy), Andre Signoretti (Denmark) and Tom Askey (England).
The Buckeye State
Nine Buckeyes hail from the state of Ohio, including the first three Central Ohio products in head coach John Markell’s tenure in Patrick Schafer of Hilliard, Todd Rudasill of Columbus (Powell) and Ryan Markell of Pickerington. Three Buckeyes are from Parma (Tom Fritsche, Nick Biondo, Tommy Goebel), along with John Albert from Concord, John Dingle from Shaker Heights and Chris Reed from Solon.
I Feel a Draft
On the Buckeyes’ 2007-08 roster, six players are NHL draft picks, including seniors Tom Fritsche (Colorado 2005) and Matt McIlvane (Ottawa 2004), sophomore Joseph Palmer (Chicago 2006) and freshmen John Albert (Atlanta 2007), C.J. Severyn (Calgary 2007) and Shane Sims (New York Islanders 2006).
The winner of the series between the Buckeyes and Wildcats will advance to the quarterfinal round of the CCHA playoffs (March 14-16).