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Ohio State
vs. Robert Morris
Saturday, Dec. 6 – 4 p.m.
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

The Series
2007-08 Series –
Robert Morris won 1-0-1
Robert Morris 4, at Ohio State 3 (Nov. 18, 2007)
Pittsburgh College Hockey Showcase, Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Robert Morris 5, Ohio State 5 (Jan. 16, 2008)
Series History- Tied 1-1-1
In Columbus – Robert Morris leads 1-0-1
In Moon Township, Pa. – No meetings
Neutral Site – Ohio State leads 1-0-1
Overtime – Tied 0-0-1

Buckeye This and That
Sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson was named the CCHA Player of the Month for November, picking up the third honor for the Buckeyes and the first since Paul Caponigri in March 2004. Carlson was 6-1 in the month, with a 1.47 goals-against average, .954 save percentage and three shutouts.
The Buckeyes rallied to win both games against Nebraska-Omaha last weekend. Friday, C.J. Severyn scored his first career goal with 1.1 seconds remaining to complete a rally from a 3-2 deficit. Saturday, John Albert scored twice in the third, including the gamewinner with 1:27 left, as the Buckeyes came back from a 2-0 deficit after the second period.
Buckeye head coach John Markell recorded career win No. 250 last Saturday vs. Nebraska-Omaha.
The series sweep of Nebraska-Omaha, which extended the Buckeyes’ home winning streak to five, closed out CCHA action for Ohio State for the first part of the season. The team, which is entering a stretch of five-consecutive non-conference games, will return to conference play Jan. 9 at Bowling Green with a CCHA record of 6-5-1.
Senior Corey Elkins leads Ohio State with 12 points and a career-best eight assists. Freshman Zac Dalpe is first on the squad with seven goals.
The Buckeyes are in a stretch of nine games in the state of Ohio. It began with the series vs. Nebraska-Omaha last weekend, followed by the game vs. Robert Morris in Cleveland Saturday, a series vs. Bentley and the Ohio Hockey Classic in Value City Arena in Columbus and a two-game set at Bowling Green Jan. 9-10.
 

GAMENIGHT
COLUMBUS, Ohio —
The Ohio State men’s hockey team (8-6-1, 6-5-1-1 CCHA) will travel to Cleveland this weekend to take on Robert Morris at Quicken Loans Arena. The teams will meet at 4 p.m.
Saturday on neutral ice to close out the season series.

Road Trip
The Ohio State vs. Robert Morris tilt is the first game of a doubleheader, followed by an American Hockey League contest between the host Lake Erie Monsters and the Iowa Chops at 7:30 p.m.

One ticket will provide fans entry to both contests. Through a special offer, Ohio State and Robert Morris fans can purchase discounted tickets at http://www.theqarena.com/store/osurmu.html. Fans can receive a $3 discount on tickets by entering the special offer code, BUCKEYES, when ordering.

Follow the Buckeyes
Live statistics from the game between the Buckeyes and Colonials can be accessed from the men’s hockey page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and from CCHA.com.

Homecoming
The game in Quicken Loans Arena marks the return home for three Buckeyes from the Cleveland area. Senior forward Nick Biondo is from Parma and graduated from Parma High School in 2003. Sophomore forward John Albert, a Concord native, attended Lake Catholic High School before moving to Ann Arbor, Mich., to play for the U.S. National Team Development Program and graduating from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School in 2007. Solon, Ohio, native Chris Reed, a sophomore defenseman, graduated from Solon High School in 2005.

Biondo played for the Cleveland Barons North American Hockey League team from 2002-05 before coming to Ohio State. He also was a member of the Pee Wee AAA Cleveland team that won the 1998 national title. Albert played for the Barons in 2004-05, while Reed spent 2005-06 with the Barons. Buckeye sophomore forward Patrick Schafer, from Hilliard, Ohio, also was with the Barons in 2004-05 and attended Olmsted Falls High School in Cleveland.
 
In Cleveland
The game Saturday is the Buckeyes’ first in Cleveland since the Cleveland College Hockey Showcase Dec. 29-30, 1992, when the Buckeyes lost to Maine, 9-4, and beat Cornell, 3-0, at the Richfield Coliseum. The Buckeyes also played in Cleveland in holiday tournaments in 1971 and 72. In 1971 the team lost to Yale, 2-1, Dec. 20 before beating Princeton in overtime, 3-2, Dec. 22. The team was 1-1 in 1972, with a 7-2 loss to Michigan State and 9-7 win over Bowling Green Dec. 18-19.
 
Buckeye Brief
The Buckeyes are 8-6-1 on the year and 6-5-1-1 in the CCHA, including a shootout win over Miami to open conference play. The squad is averaging 2.8 goals a game, while allowing 2.9. On the power play, the Buckeyes have converted 10-of-82 chances (.122) and have stopped 70-of-89 opponent opportunities (.787).

Senior Corey Elkins leads the team with eight assists and 12 points. Freshman Zac Dalpe is first on the team with seven goals, followed by Elkins, sophomores John Albert, Hunter Bishop and Peter Boyd and freshman Ian Boots with four each. Dalpe, Albert and Bishop are tied for second with 11 points each and Albert and Bishop also are tied for second on the team in assists with seven helpers apiece. Boots also has double-digit points with 10.

In net, sophomore Dustin Carlson has played in 13 games, starting 10 (including the last seven), with a 2.23 goals-against average, .928 save percentage and 7-3-0 record.   

Flashback
Ohio State is coming off a two-game sweep of No. 14/16 Nebraska-Omaha last weekend, with two come-from-behind wins.

In the series opener Friday, the Buckeyes took a 2-0 lead after one period on goals by Hunter Bishop and Sergio Somma (power play). The Mavericks tied the game with two goals in the second, from Dan Charleston and Rich Purslow (power play). UNO went ahead at 13:41 of the third on Purslow’s second goal of the game. Buckeye freshman Ian Boots then tied the game at 3-all with a goal at 15:46. With the clock winding down, sophomore C.J. Severyn’s shot from the right wall found the back of the net with 1.1 on the clock for the gamewinner and his first career goal. Buckeye sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson made 36 saves in the contest.

Saturday, the teams were scoreless after the first period. The Mavericks scored twice in the second period, with goals from Eric Olimb and Tomas Klempa (power play). Bishop put the Buckeyes on the board at 4:02 of the third. Sophomore John Albert scored the final two goals, tying the game at 13:33 and scoring the eventual gamewinner at 18:33. Carlson made a career-best 44 saves in the win.

Buckeyes vs. Colonials
Ohio State and Robert Morris met for the first time last season, with the Colonials winning the series, 1-0-1. The teams tied, 5-5, Nov. 16, 2007 in Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh before the Colonials posted a 4-3 win in Columbus two days later.

Ohio State tied the series (1-1-1) with a 4-0 win Nov. 14 in Mellon Arena.

A Look Back
The Buckeyes shut out Robert Morris, 4-0, Nov. 14 in Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh.

The Buckeyes led 1-0 after the first period and 3-0 after the second stanza. Freshman Ian Boots led the squad with a goal and an assist, with senior Corey Elkins recording two helpers. Hunter Bishop and Zach Pelletier also scored, while Taylor Stefishen had his first career tally. Sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson made 32 saves, as he recorded his second career shutout. The Buckeyes were outshot, 32-17, in the game.

Colonial Clips
Robert Morris is 3-7-2 on the year and 1-0-1 in College Hockey America action. The squad will take on Niagara in a CHA game at home Friday before making the drive to Cleveland. The Colonials last played Nov. 21-22 when they split a series at Lake Superior State with a 3-1 loss and 4-3 win.

Senior Chris Margott has a team-best five goals and 11 points. Sophomore Nathan Longpre is second with 10 points and first with seven assists for the Colonials. Longpre, senior Jason Towsley and senior Matt Krug are tied for second with three goals each. Margott and Danny Urban are tied for second with six assists apiece.

Wes Russell has played 11 games between the pipes, with a 3-6-2 record, 3.22 goals-against average and .894 save percentage.

Derek Schooley, a 1994 graduate of Western Michigan, is 52-82-15 in his fifth year with the squad.

A League of Their Own
Robert Morris is a member of College Hockey America, joined by Alabama-Huntsville, Bemidji State and Niagara. Ohio State is 4-4-2 all-time vs. those teams combined (0-2-1 vs. UAH, 1-1 vs. Niagara, 1-1-1 vs. RMU).

A Rare Honor
Sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson was named CCHA Player of the Month for November, the league announced Tuesday. During the month he posted a 6-1 record, with a 1.47 goals-against average, .954 save percentage and three shutouts.

In games Carlson started during November, he was 6-1-0 with a 1.29 goals-against average and .961 save percentage. Overall on the month, he had a 1.47 gaa and .954 save percentage. After playing in relief in the team’s first game of the month, he started the remaining seven games. Carlson allowed 11 goals in the month, making 229 saves, with six goals coming on the power play. His three shutouts come over the span of five games (Michigan State Nov. 7, Robert Morris Nov. 14 Northern Michigan Nov. 22). He had four games with more than 30 saves, including a career-best 44 saves vs. Nebraska-Omaha Nov. 29. He had 36 at Northern Michigan Nov. 21 and vs. Nebraska-Omaha Nov. 28.

He was named the league goalie of the week after holding Michigan State to just one goal in a two-game series sweep Nov. 7-8 and he had his first-career assist vs. Michigan State Nov. 8.

Carlson is the third Buckeye to be named the CCHA Player of the Month. He joins two-time honoree Paul Caponigri (November 2003, March 2004) and R.J. Umberger (December 2002).

Another Honor
Sophomore Corey Toy was named CCHA Defenseman of the Week after the Buckeyes’ sweep of Nebraska-Omaha last weekend. In the series, Toy was +4, had an assist in each game, was not on the ice for a goal against and blocked six shots

In the Buckeyes’ 4-3 win Friday vs. the Mavericks, Toy assisted on C.J. Severyn’s gamewinner with 1.1 left in regulation and was on the ice for Ian Boots’ goal that tied the game at 15:46 of the third. He was +2 and blocked six shots in the contest. In the game Saturday, Toy assisted on Hunter Bishop’s goal that got the Buckeyes on the board and was on the ice for the winner with 1:27 remaining in the team’s 3-2 victory. He ended the game +2 and helped the Buckeyes hold the Mavericks to one power-play goal in seven chances.

Congrats
Head coach John Markell marked the 250th win in his collegiate coaching career Saturday after the Buckeyes’ comeback win over Nebraska-Omaha. Markell is 250-240-47 in his career. He is second in coaching wins at Ohio State, behind Jerry Welsh, who had 328 from 1976-95.
 
A Memorable First
C.J. Severyn’s game-winning goal with 1.1 seconds remaining Friday vs. Nebraska-Omaha was the first goal of his career and came in his 38th game as a Buckeye.

Closing Strong
The Buckeyes ended the first portion of their conference season 8-6-1, with a 5-1 record in their last six league outings.

Clutch
Sophomore John Albert scored both the tying and winning goals in the last 6:27 of the Buckeyes’ win vs. Nebraska-Omaha last Saturday. It was the first two-goal game of his career, his fifth career multiple-point game and his third two-point game this season.

Albert is tied for second on the team with seven assists. After a five-game scoreless streak, he has four points in his last three games combined (2-2-4).

Corey’s Story
Senior Corey Elkins leads the Buckeyes with 12 points and a career-best eight assists this season. He is just two points shy of his season best for points, set in 2006-07. He has at least one point in 10 of 15 games this year.

Between the Pipes
Sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson had a career-best 44 saves in the Buckeyes’ win over Nebraska-Omaha last Saturday after tying his then-career high with 36 Friday. In his 10 starts this season, Carlson has a 1.81 goals-against average, .944 save percentage and 7-3-0 ledger, including three shutouts. He is the first Buckeye goalie to have three shutouts in a season since Dave Caruso tied the program record of five in 2006, first set by Mike Betz in 2002. His three shutouts lead the CCHA this season.

Two for 26
Peter Boyd had his second two-point game of the year with two helpers in the win over Nebraska-Omaha last Friday. It was his third game with two assists, last set Feb. 29 at Miami.

Boots Business
Freshman Ian Boots enters the game vs. Robert Morris on a three-game scoring streak and has a point in seven of his last 10 games. After going scoreless in his first four collegiate contests, he now has four goals, six assists and 10 points.

Shooter Story
Nebraska-Omaha had an Ohio State opponent high 46 shots on goal last Saturday, with goalie Dustin Carlson making a career-high 44 saves. It was the first time Ohio State allowed more than 40 shots since Dec. 14, 2007 at Alaska.

Go for Four
The Buckeyes matched their season high with four goals in the win vs. UNO last Friday, set four times before. The squad is 4-0 when it has scored four goals this year.

Hunting for Goals
Sophomore Hunter Bishop, who had two goals in his first 13 games, had a goal in each game vs. Nebraska-Omaha last weekend. He has a point in six of his last seven games and is tied for second on the team with 11 points this season.

A Tale of Two Periods
The Buckeyes are outscoring their opponents, 21-13, in the third period this season but have been outscored, 23-12, in the second period. Ohio State has outscored opponents 9-8 in opening stanzas so far this season.

Rookies in the Ranks
Buckeye forward Zac Dalpe is second among CCHA rookies in points this season with 11, followed by classmate Ian Boots in a tie for third with 10. Dalpe is second among rookies (and tied for fifth in the league overall) with seven goals. Boots is tied for second with six assists.

Freshman defenseman Matt Bartkowski is tied for third among league rookie defensemen with six points.

We’re Honored
Ohio State has received five league player of the week accolades so far this year, led by Zac Dalpe’s two rookie of the week honors. Matt Bartkowski was named the league rookie of the week as well, with sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson earning goalie of the week accolades and sophomore Corey Toy named defenseman of the week.

It is the second-most league honors for a team this season, behind only No. 1-ranked Notre Dame with nine and tied with Alaska.

Against the Best
The Buckeyes have five wins and a tie/shootout win over ranked teams this season. The squad opened the year downing No. 8 Miami in a shootout Oct. 10. The squad beat No. 2 Denver on its home ice Oct. 25 before sweeping No. 11-ranked Michigan State Nov. 7-8 and No. 14/16 Nebraska-Omaha last weekend.

The Buckeyes’ schedule to open the year included Top 15 ranked teams in four of the first five series, including No. 8 Miami, No. 2 Denver, No. 8 Michigan and No. 11 Michigan State.
 
On the Air

Head coach John Markell has his weekly radio call-in show on WBNS 1460 AM again this season, hosted by Buckeye play-by-play voice Herb Howenstine. To call in to the show with questions or comments for Markell, fans should dial 614-821-1460. The next show is set for Wednesday from 7-7:30 p.m.

O-H-I-O
After playing eight of their first 13 games on the road, including at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, the Buckeyes will play their next nine-consecutive games in the state of Ohio. The stretch includes six games in Columbus (starting with the sweep of Nebraska-Omaha last weekend), the game in Cleveland vs. Robert Morris Saturday and a two-game series at Bowling Green. The squad will next cross the state border to face Ferris State Jan. 16-17.

Following the December break and the Ohio Hockey Classic, nine of the Buckeyes’ final 16 games will be on the road. The team will travel to face Bowling Green, Ferris State, Alaska and Michigan State in two-game series and will host Western Michigan, Notre Dame and Michigan for two games each. The Buckeyes and Miami will end the series with a home-and-home series Feb. 27-28.

Up Next
The Buckeyes will return home to close out the first part of the season with a two-game non-conference series with Bentley Dec. 12-13. The game Dec. 12 at 7:05 p.m. will be a FUNday Friday. For $11, each person receives one ticket, one pizza, one soda and one OSU Ice Rink skating pass. After the Dec. 13 game at 8:05 p.m., there will be a Meet the Buckeyes postgame autograph session with freshmen Matt Bartkowski, Sean Duddy, Mike Folkes and Cal Heeter.