vs. Ferris State
Friday, Nov. 2 – 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 4 – 2:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
After playing five of their first six games away from Columbus, the Buckeyes return home for a four-game homestand. Both series are not typical Friday-Saturday sets. To avoid playing after Ohio State football games, the Buckeyes and Bulldogs will meet Friday/Sunday and the Buckeyes and Nebraska-Omaha will meet Thursday/Friday (Nov. 8/9).
The Buckeyes wrapped up a five-game stretch of facing a team ranked in the Top 15 with the series at Minnesota. The squad downed then-No. 15 Wisconsin, 5-3, before being swept by No. 2 Miami and No. 10 Minnesota.
Freshman Kyle Reed’s assist in the first game at Minnesota was his first point as a Buckeye. He is the fifth Buckeye freshman to get a point this season, joining Peter Boyd (2g, 1a), John Albert (2a), Patrick Schafer (1g) and Sergio Somma (1g).
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s hockey team (2-4, 0-2 CCHA) opens up a four-game homestand with two games against Ferris State (2-3-1, 1-1 CCHA) this weekend. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 2:05 p.m. Sunday in Value City Arena in Columbus.
Both Buckeye games against Ferris State will be broadcast by WOSU Radio (820 AM/wosu.org) with Neil Sika calling the play-by-play and former Buckeye John Mowat providing analysis.
Live statistics from the game can be accessed from the men’s hockey schedule page online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
The Fun Stuff
Sunday, fans who bring their own skates can participate in a postgame skate on the Value City Arena ice. Skates will not be available for rent at VCA.
Sunday is a Family Four Pack game, which includes four tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas, four popcorns and four OSU Ice Rink skating passes for $42.
Free schedule magnets will be handed out to the first 2,000 fans in the building.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes were swept on the road at No. 10 Minnesota last weekend, falling 3-1 and 2-1.
In the opener last Thursday, Ohio State trailed after the first period, 2-0 and was down 3-0 early in the second. Freshman Peter Boyd put the Buckeyes on the board at 15:54 of the second, but Ohio State could get no closer.
In the series finale, the Gophers led 2-0 with a single goal in both the first and second periods. The Buckeyes took control in the third period, outshooting Minnesota, 22-3, but scored just once when Buckeye senior defenseman Kyle Hood tallied at 8:23 of the third.
A Buckeye Brief
Ohio State is 2-4 on the year and is looking to stop a four-game losing streak. The squad is averaging 1.8 goals a game, while allowing 3.2.
The Buckeyes have converted 16.7 percent of their power-play chances (5/30) and have stopped their opponents on 86.7 percent of their opportunities (26/30).
Senior Tommy Goebel has a team-best four points and he and freshman Peter Boyd share the team lead with two goals. Six Buckeyes have two assists on the this season.
In net, sophomore Joseph Palmer has started all six games, with a 3.18 goals-against average and .896 save percentage.
OSU vs. FSU – The Series
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Ferris State, 55-39-11. The Buckeyes trail in the last 10 meetings, 3-6-1. OSU is looking to end a four-game losing streak to the Bulldogs, with all four games in Big Rapids.
OSU vs. FSU in C’Bus
Ohio State leads the series with Ferris State in Columbus, 32-12-8. The teams last met in Columbus Feb. 17-18, 2006, tying the opener, 3-3, and Ohio State winning the finale, 3-2.
The teams played seven-consecutive games in Columbus from Jan. 7, 2005-Feb. 18, 2006, with Ohio State going 4-2-1 in the stretch that included a three-game CCHA tournament first-round series won by the Buckeyes.
Buckeyes vs. Bulldogs
Senior Tom Fritsche leads the Buckeyes with 10 assists and 12 points vs. the Bulldogs. Senior defenseman Kyle Hood has a team-high three goals vs. Ferris.
The Ferris Files
Ferris State is 2-3-1 on the season. To open the year, the squad lost two games at Union before going 1-0-1 vs. Wayne State. The Bulldogs split a home series with Notre Dame last weekend, falling 3-2 and winning, 3-0.
The Bulldogs are averaging 2.3 goals a game, while allowing 2.2. The team has converted 8.6 percent (3/35) of its power-play chances, while stopping 89.2 percent (33-37) of its opponents’ opportunities.
Matt Case has a team-best four assists and five points. He is followed by Aaron Lewicki (1g, 3a) and Adam Miller (1g, 3a) with four points each. Corey Couturier and Justin Menke each have a team-best two goals.
Mitch O’Keefe has played in two games and has a .96 goals-against average and .967 save percentage. He made 37 saves in the shutout win over Notre Dame last Saturday. Pat Nagle has played in three games, with a 2.38 goals-against average and .909 save percentage. Derek MacIntyre has seen action in one game, posting a 4.00 gaa and .852 svpct.
Bob Daniels, a 1982 graduate of Michigan State, is in his 15th season at the helm of the Bulldogs. He has a school and career ledger of 241-289-52.
One is Not Enough
Ohio State has been held to just one goal in each of its last four games. It is the lowest total over a four-game stretch since Feb. 24-March 4, 2006, when the team lost 4-1 and 4-2 at Northern Michigan before losing 3-0 and 2-1 in CCHA playoff games at Ferris State.
Making the Save
Goalie Joseph Palmer stopped 30 shots in the first game vs. Minnesota, marking his second-consecutive game with 30 or more saves. He had a season-best 33 stops against Miami Oct. 21. Palmer has 10 games with 30 or more saves in his Buckeye career.
The Buckeyes outshot Minnesota, 22-3, in the third period last Friday. Ohio State’s 22 shots on goal were the most since putting 24 on net vs. Lake Superior State Oct. 13, 2006.
The Buckeyes will face the other four teams from Big Ten Conference schools this year, marking the first time in program history the squad will take on all four teams in the same campaign. Ohio State downed Wisconsin Oct. 13 and lost twice at Minnesota last weekend. The Buckeyes will travel to Michigan Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and will host Michigan State Jan. 18-19.
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 and five in 2006-07.
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. He played nine games for the Devils last season and has seen action in 10 this year.
R.J. Umberger, a member of the Philadelphia Flyers this season, has played eight games and has one goal and four assists for five points. A Buckeye from 2001-03, he has seen action in 162 career NHL games and has 37 goals, 34 assists and 71 points.
Ryan Kesler, the fourth former Buckeye currently in the NHL, has 2-5-7 totals for the Canucks this season. A Buckeye in 2003, he has played in 169 career games in the NHL, with 20 goals, 31 assists and 51 points.
Tom Fritsche, a senior from Parma, Ohio, has 91 career points (28g, 63a) 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.
Keeping Their Cool
In the first game at Minnesota, Ohio State had just two penalties and four penalty minutes, the lowest total since Dec. 30, 2006 vs. Miami.
On the PK
The Buckeyes held Minnesota scoreless on all four power-play chances in the series last weekend and have allowed just four goals in 30 chances (86.7 percent) this season.
Buckeye senior John Dingle played in his 100th career game in the opener at Minnesota last Thursday. He is the sixth current Buckeye to hit the 100 games played mark at Ohio State, joining Johann Kroll (124), Matt McIlvane (121), Jason DeSantis (109) Kyle Hood (107) and Tom Fritsche (104).
A Team Effort
Thirteen Buckeyes have at least one point this season, with nine scoring a goal and nine having an assist.
Senior Kyle Hood scored his first goal of the season at Minnesota, while freshman Kyle Reed had his first assist.
Senior Tommy Goebel has a team-high four points, while four others have three points and two have posted two points.
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 are 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.
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.
Ohio State has won the last two regular-season tournaments it has competed in. The squad downed Miami in the championship of the 2006 Ohio Hockey Classic before the win at the Lefty Oct. 13. Ohio State’s win over Wisconsin at the Lefty was its first over the Badgers in program history (1-10). The teams have met just three times since 1969.
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 returns 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 remain home for a series with Nebraska-Omaha. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Nov. 8-9 in Value City Arena in Columbus.