Thursday, Nov. 8 – 7:05 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 9 – 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Freshman Todd Rudasill, a Columbus native, scored two first-period power-play goals Sunday vs. Ferris State in his first career game.
Rudasill was the first Buckeye to score two goals in his first game for the Scarlet and Gray since Dave Steckel at Northern Michigan Oct. 13, 2000.
Rudasill is the third Buckeye to score in his first career game this season, joining classmates Peter Boyd (Oct. 12 vs. Mercyhurst) and Patrick Schafer (Oct. 13 vs. Wisconsin).
The Buckeyes are wrapping up a four-game homestand with the series vs. the Mavericks. The team will play a home-and-home series with Robert Morris next weekend before hitting the road for back-to-back CCHA road series at Western Michigan Nov. 23-24 and at Michigan Nov. 30-Dec. 1. The Buckeyes will be back in Value City Arena when they host St. Lawrence Dec. 7-8.
The Buckeyes have been held to just six goals in their last six games combined. The last time the squad averaged a goal a game over a six-game stretch was Oct. 9-29, 1999.
The Buckeyes are looking to stop a six-game losing streak. The last time the team lost six-consecutive games in one season was during 1999-00.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s hockey team (2-6, 0-4 CCHA) will host Nebraska-Omaha (1-4, 0-4 CCHA) for two games this week. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Thursday and Friday in Value City Arena in Columbus.
The Fun Stuff
At the game Friday, the Ohio State band will perform Script Ohio on Ice during the first intermission.
After the Friday night game, five Buckeye freshmen – Patrick Schafer, C.J. Severyn, Shane Sims, Sergio Somma and Corey Toy – will take part in a Meet the Buckeyes autograph session.
Both Ohio State games vs. Nebraska-Omaha will be broadcast by WOSU Radio (820 AM/wosu.org), with Neil Sika (play-by-play) and former Buckeye John Mowat (analysis) on the call.
Live stats from the games can be accessed by going to the men’s hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
In addition, an internet broadcast of the game will be available both nights through Buckeye Vision. For more information on available packages go online to OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
A Buckeye Brief
Ohio State is 2-6 on the year and is looking to stop a six-game losing streak. The squad is averaging 1.6 goals a game, while allowing 3.4.
The Buckeyes have converted 17.1 percent of their power-play chances (7/41) and have stopped their opponents on 84.6 percent of their opportunities (33/39).
Senior Tommy Goebel has a team-best five points. Goebel, classmate Tom Fritsche and freshman John Albert are tied for first on the team with three assists each. Goebel and freshmen Peter Boyd and Todd Rudasill share the team goal-scoring lead with two each.
In net, sophomore Joseph Palmer has started all eight games, with a 3.37 goals-against average and .889 save percentage.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes lost two games at home to Ferris State last weekend.
The Buckeyes lost to Ferris State, 4-0, Friday in Value City Arena. The teams were scoreless after the first period. The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead 3:21 into the second on Justin Lewandowski’s goal, followed by Zach Redmond’s score at 8:40.
Ferris State added two goals in the third, by Adam Miller at 4:20 and J.T. Dahlinger at 15:21.
The Buckeyes were outshot in the game, 36-27. FSU goalie Pat Nagle stopped all 27 Buckeye shots for his first career shutout.
The 4-0 loss was the first time the Buckeyes were blanked at home since losing to Notre Dame 1-0 Jan. 28, 2006 and the first time the team was held scoreless overall since Oct. 27, 2006 at Northern Michigan.
Sunday afternoon, the Buckeyes suffered a 4-2 loss to Ferris State. Ohio State took a 2-0 lead in the first period on power-play goals by freshman Todd Rudasill. The Bulldogs added a shorthanded score by Cody Chupp late in the period and then tied the game on Brendan Connolly’s 5-on-3 PPG at 4:22 of the second on the power play. Just 1:38 later the Bulldogs’ Justin Menke broke the tie with the eventual gamewinner, scored on the power play at 6:00. Connolly ended the scoring with an insurance goal at 1:59 of the third.
The Buckeyes outshot the Bulldogs, 32-24, in the game.
Ohio State has lost its last six games overall and to Ferris State. It is the longest losing streak for the OSU team since 11 losses in a row in the 1999-00 season.
Ohio State holds a slim 11-9-3 edge in the all-time series with Nebraska-Omaha, including a 5-3-2 mark in the last 10 matchups.
The teams met in Omaha last season (Feb. 16-17). The Buckeyes posted a 4-3 victory in game one before falling in overtime in game two, 2-1.
OSU and UNO in C’Bus
Ohio State leads Nebraska-Omaha in games in Value City Arena, 6-2-2, and in games overall in Columbus, 8-2-2. The Buckeyes swept the Mavericks in the first round of the CCHA playoffs in Nationwide Arena in 2003.
The teams last met in Columbus Jan. 13-14, 2006, a 2-0 win for UNO in the opener and a 2-all tie in game two.
When Will We See You Again?
The Buckeyes and Mavericks are in the same CCHA scheduling cluster this year and will meet four times during the regular season. The squads will face off in Omaha Feb. 8-9, with the second game televised live by CSTV.
Nebraska-Omaha is 1-4 this season and 0-4 in the CCHA. UNO opened the year winning the Maverick Stampede title on its home ice with wins over Manitoba (exhibition) and Alabama-Huntsville. The Mavericks have lost their last four games, with sweeps at Miami Oct. 26-27 and at home vs. Michigan last weekend.
The Mavericks are averaging 2.80 goals a game, while allowing 4.40. The team has converted 16.7 percent of its power-play chances and has stopped 83.3 percent of its opponents’ opportunities.
Senior forward Bryan Marshall has a team-best six assists and points this year for Nebraska-Omaha. Senior Mick Lawrence has a team-high four goals and is tied for second with junior Dan Charleston (3g, 2a) with five points each.
In net, junior Jerad Kaufmann has played in three games, with a 1-2-0 record, 2.68 goals-against average and .882 save percentage. Sophomore Jeremie Dupont is 0-2, with a 6.04 GAA and .882 save percentage.
Mike Kemp, a 1975 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus, is in his 11th year at the helm of the program. The only coach in program history, he has a school and career ledger of 163-191-45.
They’re Getting Younger
Todd Rudasill was the 12th Buckeye freshman to see game action for the Buckeyes this season when he faced Ferris State Sunday.
Rookies John Albert, Peter Boyd, Shane Sims and Sergio Somma have seen action in all eight games this year. Chris Reed and Kyle Reed each have played in seven games, while Erick Belanger, Patrick Schafer and C.J. Severyn have dressed in five games each. Corey Toy has played in four games and Brad Gorham has seen action in two games this year. In addition to the dozen who have played for the Buckeyes, goalie Dustin Carlson has dressed for games this year, but has not seen playing time.
On the PK
The Buckeyes had their streak of consecutive penalties killed stopped at 13 after Ferris State scored on its first chance of the day last Sunday. Ohio State had not allowed a power-play tally since Oct. 21 at Miami.
Ohio State is fourth in the CCHA overall on the penalty kill, stopping 84.6 percent (33/39) of its opponents’ chances. In conference games only, the Buckeyes rank fourth, stopping 83.3 percent (20/24) of opponents’ opportunities.
Tom Fritsche, a senior from Parma, Ohio, has 92 career points (28g, 64a) to lead all current Buckeyes. He can become the first Buckeye to reach the 100-point mark since 2003-04, when Paul Caponigri, Scott May and Dave Steckel all reached the century mark.
A Team Effort
Fifteen Buckeyes have at least one point this season, with 10 scoring a goal and 10 having an assist. Five Buckeyes have at least one goal and one assist this year.
In the Bigs
Former Buckeye and current Washington Capital Dave Steckel scored his first National Hockey League goal Oct. 24 vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning. Steckel, who played for the Buckeyes from 2001-04, has played in 22 career NHL games, including seven in 2005-06, five in 2006-07 and 14 this season.
Rod Pelley, a Buckeye from 2003-06, and a member of the New Jersey Devils this season, had an assist against the New York Islanders Oct. 20, marking his first NHL point, and also had a helper on the Devils’ gamewinning goal vs. Toronto Nov. 2. He played nine games for the Devils last season and has seen action in 14 NHL contests this year.
R.J. Umberger, a member of the Philadelphia Flyers this season, has played in 15 games and has two goals and five assists for seven points. A Buckeye from 2001-03, he has seen action in 165 career NHL games and has 38 goals, 35 assists and 73 points.
Ryan Kesler, the fourth former Buckeye currently in the NHL, has 3-6-9 totals in 14 games for the Vancouver Canucks this season. A Buckeye in 2003, he has played in 172 career games in the NHL, with 21 goals, 32 assists and 53 points.
Nate Guenin, who played at Ohio State from 2003-06, has spent time both with both the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) and Phantoms (AHL) this season. He has played in two NHL games this year after playing in nine a season ago.
Buckeye senior John Dingle played in his 100th career game in the opener at Minnesota Oct. 25 and now has played in 102 collegiate contests. He is the sixth current Buckeye to hit the 100 games played mark at Ohio State, joining Johann Kroll (126), Matt McIlvane (123), Jason DeSantis (111), Kyle Hood (109) and Tom Fritsche (106). Tommy Goebel has played in 116 collegiate games, with 76 at Michigan State and 40 at Ohio State.
Starting Off Right
Ten Buckeye freshmen played in their first career games in the Lefty tournament defensemen Erick Belanger, Chris Reed and Corey Toy and forwards John Albert, Peter Boyd, Kyle Reed, Patrick Schafer, C.J. Severyn, Shane Sims and Sergio Somma. Goalie Dustin Carlson also dressed, but did not play in the tourney.
Three Buckeyes had points in their first collegiate games – Boyd (goal) and Albert (assist) vs. Mercyhurst and Schafer (goal) against Wisconsin. They were the first Buckeye freshmen to score points in their first collegiate games since NHL first-round draft picks R.J. Umberger had a goal and two assists and Dave Steckel had two goals at Northern Michigan Oct. 13, 2000.
Freshman Brad Gorham saw action in his first collegiate game at Miami Oct. 21 and Todd Rudasill made his collegiate debut vs. Ferris State Nov. 4.
Boyd and Hood Named CCHA Players of the Week
Peter Boyd and Kyle Hood were named CCHA Rookie and Defenseman of the Week, respectively, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced Oct. 15. The duo helped the Buckeyes win the Lefty McFadden College Hockey Invitational title over the weekend at the E.J. Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio.
Boyd, a forward from Cambridge-Narrows, New Brunswick, scored the gamewinning goal against Mercyhurst in his first collegiate game, breaking a 1-all tie midway through the third period. Against Wisconsin, Boyd had the primary assist on senior John Dingle’s late second-period goal that broke a 3-all tie and stood as the gamewinner in OSU’s 5-3 victory. Boyd had eight shots on the weekend and helped the Buckeye power play convert 4-of-11 (.364) chances in the tournament.
Hood, a native of Osoyoos, British Columbia, blocked three shots in the win over Mercyhurst. Against Wisconsin in the championship game, he assisted on the first two Buckeye goals, as Ohio State jumped out to a 2-0 lead less than four minutes into the game. His two assists matched his career high, set three times earlier. This is the first league weekly honor for Hood.
Leading the Way
Senior Matt McIlvane was selected the team’s captain prior to the season. He wore an “A” for the squad last season.
Seniors Tommy Goebel and Johann Kroll are the alternate captains for the squad this year.
The Early Bird
Tommy Goebel scored the Buckeyes’ lone goal in their 1-0 win over Lake Superior State to open last season. He also scored Ohio State’s first goal of the 2007-08 campaign, tallying on the power play in the third period vs. Mercyhurst.
Ohio State was down, 1-0, against Mercyhurst Oct. 12 through two periods but scored two power-play goals in the third for a 2-1 victory. The last time the Buckeyes won when trailing after the second period was Jan. 7, when they came back from a goal down to beat Alaska, 3-2. The squad was 1-10-3 when trailing after two a season ago.
Helping The Community
Oct. 14, Buckeyes Joseph Palmer, Sergio Somma, Matt McIlvane and Kyle Reed visited children at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.
Buckeye head coach John Markell participated in the Spirit Celebration with Channel 10 newsanchor Heather Pick Oct. 18. The event was created to raise awareness and funds for the Columbus Cancer Clinic (spiritcelebration.org).
The Buckeye squad is committed to doing work for the community throughout the year.
The Year that Was
Ohio State was 15-17-5 last year and finished seventh in the CCHA with a 12-12-4 mark.
The squad returned 12 letterwinners. Senior Tommy Goebel is the leading returning scorer, posting 26 points last year and ranking second on the squad with 12 goals. Senior defenseman Jason DeSantis was second among blueliners last season with a career-best 25 points, including a team-high 20 assists.
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.
Ohio State’s 2007-08 recruiting class was rated seventh by Red Line Report and 14th by Inside College Hockey.
In INCH’s individual rankings, Shane Sims was slotted eighth among incoming defensemen.
Predicting the Future
Ohio State was picked to finish fifth by the coaches and media in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association preseason polls, the league announced Sept. 25 at its annual media day at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
Defending NCAA champion Michigan State was the media’s choice for the top spot in the poll, while the coaches picked Miami as the team to beat.
Buckeye Jason DeSantis, a senior defenseman from Oxford, Mich., was voted to a spot on the Preseason All-CCHA Second Team by the league’s head coaches. He had a career-best and team-high 20 assists last year and ended the campaign with 25 points to rank fourth (tied) on the team.
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).
Back to School
The fourth-annual Ohio Hockey Classic, hosted by Ohio State, has been moved to Value City Arena in Columbus because of a scheduling conflict. The tournament still will be held Dec. 29-30.
On the opening day, Miami and St. Cloud State will meet at 6 p.m., followed by the Buckeyes taking on Harvard at 9 p.m. Day two includes championship and consolation games at 5 and 8 p.m. Ohio State will play in the late game regardless of the first-day results.
Dec. 29 will be a triple-header with the Ohio State men’s basketball team, as the squad hosts UMBC at 11 a.m. in Value City Arena.
The OHC was held at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus the first three years. The Buckeyes won the 2006 championship, with Miami claiming the title in 2005 and Colorado College winning the inaugural event in 2004.
Break it Down
The Ohio State roster for 2007-08 includes nine seniors and 14 freshmen, along with just two juniors and three sophomores. The 14 freshmen mark the biggest rookie class for the Buckeyes since the 1992-93 squad opened the year with 13 freshmen.
Head coach John Markell has opened a season with 11 freshmen three times (1996, 2000, 2004).
The Buckeyes will take on Robert Morris next week. The teams will meet in Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, home of the NHL’s Penguins, at 8:05 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 in the Pittsburgh College Hockey Showcase. Tickets for the game can be purchased by going online to ticketmaster.com.
Sunday, Nov. 18, the Buckeyes and Colonials will face off in Value City Arena at 2:05 p.m. The game is a Four Pack Day, where fans can get four tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas, four popcorns and four OSU Ice Rink skating passes for just $42. In addition, there will be a Meet the Buckeyes autograph session postgame with sophomores Nick Filion, Mathieu Picard and Joseph Palmer.
After the game with Robert Morris, the Buckeyes will hit the road for back-to-back CCHA road series, traveling to Western Michigan Nov. 23-24 and to Michigan Nov. 30-Dec. 1. The team will be back in Columbus Dec. 7-8 to host St. Lawrence.