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Nov. 16, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team (2-6-2, 2-4-2 CCHA) will go on the road for just the second time this year when it travels to Bowling Green (3-6-1, 1-5-0 CCHA) for a Central Collegiate Hockey Association series Nov. 17-18. The teams will face off at 7:05 p.m. both Friday and Saturday at BGSU Ice Arena.

The Broadcast
The Buckeyes’ games at Bowling Green 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.

Last Time Out
In their only regular-season series this year, Ohio State took one point in two games vs. Western Michigan in a Thursday-Friday series Nov. 9-10. The Buckeyes and Broncos tied 2-2 in the second game after WMU won 8-5 in the series opener. Senior Kenny Bernard scored shorthanded twice in the first game before adding another Friday for a three-goal weekend. Junior defenseman Jason DeSantis tallied three assists while senior Andrew Schembri scored two goals and an assist to also record a three-point series.

A Buckeye Snapshot
Ohio State is 2-6-2 overall with a 2-4-2 record in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association to tie for eighth in the league standings with six points. The Buckeyes split its only other road series this season, topping Northern Michigan, 4-2, after falling 2-0 in the first game Oct. 27-28.

Junior Jason DeSantis continues to lead the team offensively with 11 points and is the only Buckeye with double-digit points. The defenseman also has a team-high 10 assists. Three players are tied for the lead with four goals each: Mathieu Beaudoin, Tommy Goebel and Andrew Schembri.

Joseph Palmer has started seven games and has a 3.39 goals-against average, while Nick Filion has three starts with a 4.85 GAA.

The Return of the Ohio Cup
Ohio State’s series at Bowling Green is the first Ohio Cup matchup for the Buckeyes this season. Along with Ohio State and Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio) will compete for the Ohio Cup this season. BGSU is first with 13 Ohio Cup titles all-time. The last time OSU won the trophy was in 2004-05.

OSU vs. BGSU – The Series
The Buckeyes trail the all-time series with the Falcons by a 60-92-6 mark, including a 20-56-3 record in games at Bowling Green. Ohio State leads the last 10 meetings 7-2-1, although BGSU took the 2005-06 series with a 2-1-1 record.

I Haven’t Done This in a While
Ohio State last played in a two-game series at Bowling Green Oct. 26-27, 2001. The teams split that series with the Falcons winning 5-3 and the Buckeyes rebounding with a 4-3 victory. The majority of the meetings between the two teams have been home-and-home series, including the two series in the 2005-06 season.

Success vs. the Falcons
Of the 15 Buckeyes who have faced Bowling Green before, 13 of them have scored at least one point. Senior forward Mathieu Beaudoin leads Ohio State with eight points (4g, 4a) in 10 games. Fellow senior Andrew Schembri is tied for second with junior Tom Fritsche with seven points apiece.

The Last Meeting
Ohio State had an 11-game unbeaten streak end with a loss to Bowling Green in the opener of the second series last season. The Buckeyes dropped both games (3-2 at OSU, 2-0 at BGSU) in a home-and-home series Jan. 6-7.

Maybe I’ll See You Again Sometime
Although this is the only regular-season series scheduled for 2006-07, Ohio State and Bowling Green could meet again in the Ohio Hockey Classic Dec. 30 at Nationwide Arena. The Buckeyes face Minnesota Duluth and BGSU takes on Miami (Ohio) in the first set of games Dec. 29. Depending on who wins, there is a possibility OSU and the Falcons could play the second day of the tournament, at either 5:05 or 8:05 p.m.

A Look at the Falcons
After opening the season 2-0-1, Bowling Green has stumbled as of late, dropping six of its last seven games for a 3-6-1 overall record.

The Falcons are 1-5-0 in league games with the lone win coming Nov. 4 vs. Lake Superior State (4-2). Ohio State is BGSU’s fourth-consecutive Central Collegiate Hockey Association opponent.

Junior forward Jonathan Matsumoto leads BGSU with 11 points on three goals and a team-high eight assists. Fellow junior Derek Whitmore is second in scoring with 10 points behind a team-leading seven goals.

The Falcons have split time in net between sophomore Jimmy Spratt and freshman Eddie Neville. Spratt is 2-3-0 with a 3.55 GAA and .872 svpct. Neville is 1-3-1 with a 3.22 GAA and .899 svpct.

Bowling Green has stuggled on the power play this season with a seven-percent conversion rate (4-of-57). Its penalty kill is at 80.0 percent (42-of-52).

Three’s Company
Senior forward Kenny Bernard scored two shorthanded goals vs. Western Michigan Nov. 9, tying the OSU individual record for shorthanded goals in a game. It was just the third time a Buckeye has tallied two SHG in a game, along with Dave Steckel (Nov. 29, 2003 at Bowling Green) and Paul Pooley (Feb. 14, 1981 at Bowling Green).

Get Shorty
Led by Kenny Bernard’s two shorthanded goals last weekend, Ohio State has totaled five shorthanded goals this season. Mathieu Beaudoin, John Dingle and Tommy Goebel have also scored goals while on the penalty kill. The Buckeyes are tied for the most in the nation with fellow CCHA member Nebraska-Omaha.

Bernard and Beaudoin are tied for eighth in the OSU record books for career shorthanded goals with five apiece.

75 and Counting
With two goals and an assist vs. Western Michigan Nov. 9, senior forward Andrew Schembri reached the 75-point mark of his career (31g, 44a). He is the leading scorer on the current OSU roster, followed by classmates Mathieu Beaudoin (42-27-69) and Sean Collins (19-47-66).

Offensive Defenseman
Junior defenseman Jason DeSantis continues to lead the team in points (11) and assists (10) through 10 games. After struggling with injuries throughout last season, DeSantis has found the scoring touch this year. He has only been held without a point three times this season and is on a three-game point streak. DeSantis totaled three assists in the WMU series (Nov. 9-10), including his fourth multiple-point game of the season Thursday.

DeSantis is second in overall points by a defenseman in the CCHA and leads all blueliners in assists. His 10 helpers are tied for third overall. Nationally, DeSantis is tied for seventh in defenseman scoring with 1.10 points per game.

Helping Hand
With 10 assists through 10 games this season, Jason DeSantis has more than doubled his career total. The junior defenseman entered 2006-07 with nine helpers and six goals for 15 points in his first two seasons.

Double Up
Five Buckeyes had multiple points in the Thursday game vs. Western Michigan, led by Andrew Schembri who had 2-1–3 to tie his single-game career high for goals and points. Fellow senior Kenny Bernard also scored twice, both shorthanded, to set a career high for goals in a game. Corey Elkins had two points on his first goal and first assist as a Buckeye. Defensemen Sean Collins and Jason DeSantis tallied two assists each.

One Way or Another
Through 10 games this season, 17 different Buckeyes have notched at least one point, however only nine players have scored both a goal and an assist. Six have tallied an assist but no goal while two have scored goals but have no assists.

Home Sweet Home
Although the Buckeyes are playing in their sixth series of the season this weekend at Bowling Green, it is just the second series away from Columbus. Ohio State opened the 2006-07 season with eight of their first 10 games at home. Last season, the squad played six of its first seven games on the road, going 2-4-1 in the stretch. All-time, the Buckeyes are 85-46-14 (.639) in Value City Arena.

Have a Game
Junior Matt McIlvane scored twice in Ohio State’s 4-2 win at Northern Michigan Oct. 28 to set a career high for goals in a game. He scored a power play goal in the second period and sealed the win with an empty-netter in the closing seconds. He also had an assist that game to tie his season-high with three points. McIlvane also had three points (1g, 2a) vs. Minnesota (Oct. 21).

Three’s a Crowd
Five Buckeyes have combined for six three-point performances this season. Matt McIlvane has posted two three-point games while Kenny Bernard, Dominic Maiani, Mathieu Beaudion and Andrew Schembri have each recorded one. In 39 games last season, Ohio State had a player tally three points just six times.

A Few Firsts
Buckeye junior Zach Pelletier’s goal vs. Minnesota (Oct. 20) was the first of his Buckeye career and came in his 28th game.

Freshman goalie Nick Filion made his first career start vs. the Gophers and had his first regular-season playing time for the Buckeyes. He made a Buckeye season-high 36 saves in the game.

Junior John Dingle recorded his first shorthanded goal Oct. 28 in a 4-2 win at Northern Michigan.

Sophomore Corey Elkins notched his first goal, first assist and first multiple-point game Nov. 9 vs. Western Michigan.

A Look Back at the WMU Series
Ohio State took one point in two games vs. Western Michigan in a Thursday-Friday series Nov. 9-10. The Buckeyes and Broncos tied 2-2 in the second game after WMU won 8-5 in the series opener. The series was the only regular-season meeting scheduled for OSU and WMU this season.

The game Thursday was played at OSU’s usual home of Value City Arena with the Friday contest taking place at the Ohio Expo Center on the state fairgrounds. The move of venue was because of the 12-game BCA Classic men’s basketball tournament Nov. 10-12 at VCA.

Five Buckeyes tallied multiple points in the first game, led by senior forward Andrew Schembri with three, but the Broncos scored three goals in the second and third periods to pull away with the 8-5 win. Only one of OSU’s five goals was scored even-strength with two on the power play and two shorthanded.

The Buckeyes skated to a 2-2 tie with Western Michigan in the second game of a CCHA series Friday at the Ohio Expo Center. All four goals were scored in the second period as the Broncos rallied twice from one-goal deficits. Junior Dominic Maiani opened the scoring for Ohio State and senior Kenny Bernard notched his third goal of the series. The last three goals of the game were scored in a 1:26 time span.

Up Next
Ohio State heads to Troy, N.Y., to play in the 56th Annual Rensselaer/Bank of America Holiday Tournament. The Buckeyes, Niagara Purple Eagles and Colgate Red Raiders will participate in the tournament along with host RPI.

OSU faces Colgate in the opening round Nov. 24 at 4 p.m. at the Houston Field House. Depending on the outcome, the second game will be played at 4 or 7 p.m. Nov. 25 with the opponent to be determined.