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Ohio State at Ferris State
Friday, Jan. 16 – 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 17 – 5:05 p.m.
Ewigleben Ice Arena, Big Rapids, Mich.

The Series
2007-08 Series –
Ferris State won 2-0-0
Ferris State 4, at Ohio State 0 (Nov. 2, 2007)
Ferris State 4, at Ohio State 2 (Nov. 4, 2007)
Series History – Ohio State leads 55-41-11
In Columbus – Ohio State leads 32-14-8
In Big Rapids, Mich. – Ferris State leads 27-21-3
Neutral Site – Ohio State leads 1-0-0
CCHA Regular Season – Ohio State leads 43-37-9
Postseason – Ohio State leads 7-4-2
Overtime – Ohio State leads 6-5-9
Last 10 – Ferris State leads 7-2-1

Buckeye This and That
The Buckeyes enter the series at Ferris State on a 10-game winning streak, the longest active winning streak in the nation. The squad has won 13 of its last 14 games and is tied for second nationally with 15 wins this season.
Ohio State posted its second overtime win last Saturday. The team is 5-1 in games decided by one goal this year.
Sophomore John Albert had a team season-best three assists last Saturday and now has a team-high 16 assists. He shares the team point lead with Corey Elkins with 23 each.
Freshman Ian Boots leads all CCHA rookies in scoring with 19 points and is tied for sixth in the NCAA in rookie points per game (.95).
The Buckeyes are third in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 3.73 goals a game.
The games this weekend are the first for the Buckeyes outside the state of Ohio since Nov. 21-22 when they split a series at Bowling Green. Three of the team’s four CCHA series in January are on the road.

GAMENIGHT
COLUMBUS, Ohio —
The No. 14 Ohio State men’s hockey team carries a 10-game winning streak into its Central Collegiate Hockey Association series at Ferris State this weekend. The Buckeyes (15-6-1, 8-5-1-1 CCHA) and Bulldogs (10-10-4, 7-7-2-0 CCHA) will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 5:05 p.m. Saturday in Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. It is the Buckeyes’ second-consecutive road series.

We’re Going Streaking
Ohio State moved its winning streak to 10 with a series sweep at Bowling Green last weekend, extending the longest active winning streak in the nation. The squad has won 13 of its last 14 games, with the lone loss on the road at Northern Michigan Nov. 21. It is the longest winning streak for an Ohio State team since winning 13 in a row Oct. 7-Nov. 19, 1983.

The Buckeyes’ 15 wins this season are tied for second nationally, behind Notre Dame’s 18 victories. Air Force, Denver and Michigan also have 15 wins on the year.

Tune In
WOSU Radio (820 AM Columbus/wosu.org) will carry both of the Buckeyes’ games vs. Ferris State, with Herb Howenstine (play-by-play) and John Mowat (analysis) on the call.

B2 Networks will have live webcasts of each game on a pay-per-view basis. For more information, go online to ferris.edu/sports and click on the Live Coverage/B2 button on the left side.

Moving In
Ohio State is ranked in the national polls for the second-consecutive week, holding down the No. 14 spot in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and the USCHO.com/CBS College Sports rankings. The squad is No. 12 on the power rankings on InsideCollegeHockey.com.

Buckeye Brief
The Buckeyes are 15-6-1 on the year and 8-5-1-1 in the CCHA, including a shootout win over Miami to open conference play. The squad is averaging 3.73 goals a game to rank third nationally, while allowing 2.73 an outing. On the power play, the Buckeyes have converted 19-of-118 chances (.161) and have stopped 105-of-129 opponent opportunities (.814).

Senior Corey Elkins and sophomore John Albert share the team scoring lead with 23 points each. Albert has a team-best 16 assists, followed by Elkins with 15. Freshman Zac Dalpe is first on the team with 12 goals, followed by sophomore Hunter Bishop with nine. Freshman Ian Boots and sophomore Peter Boyd are tied for third in both assists (12) and points (19). Boyd and sophomore Sergio Somma are tied for first with three power-play goals each.

In net, sophomore Dustin Carlson has played in 19 games, starting 16 (including 13 of the last 14), with a 2.26 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and 13-3-0 record.

Flashback
Ohio State swept Bowling Green on the road last weekend, winning 8-5 and 4-3 in overtime. The road sweep was the Buckeyes’ first since winning two games at Bowling Green Nov. 17-18, 2006.

In the first game, the Buckeyes had goals from eight players and points from 16 total Buckeyes en route to the 8-5 victory.

Ohio State opened the scoring just 26 seconds into the game on Patrick Schafer’s goal. The Falcons scored back-to-back goals at 5:44 and 8:11 to take the lead, but the Buckeyes scored twice, with goals from Peter Boyd and Corey Elkins, before the end of the period to go up, 3-2.

The Buckeyes outscored the Falcons 3-1 in the second period, with Zac Dalpe, C.J. Severyn and John Albert scoring for Ohio State. Each team had two goals in the third period. The Buckeyes went ahead 7-3 on Shane Sims’ shorthanded goal before BG scored twice, including a shorty, to cut the lead to two (7-5). Ian Boots sealed the win with an empty-net goal.

Saturday, the Buckeyes trailed after the first period but rallied in the second to take a lead that lasted until there was 1:09 left in regulation. Sophomore Kyle Reed scored in overtime to give the Buckeyes the win and the series sweep.

Bowling Green opened the scoring at 4:13 before Dalpe tied the game at 1 just over four minutes later (8:27). The Falcons added their second shorthanded goal of the series at 15:04 of the first period to lead 2-1 after one.

The Buckeyes scored two power-play goals in the second to tie the game and then take the lead. Sergio Somma scored at 5:52, followed by Sims’ 5-on-3 tally at 8:36. The score remained the same until BG’s Dan Sexton tallied at 18:51 of the third with the Falcon net empty.

Reed put in the rebound of a Corey Toy shot at 2:44 of overtime for the win.

On the Road
The series at Ferris State this weekend marks the first time the Buckeyes will cross the state line since splitting a two-game series at Northern Michigan Nov. 21-22. The squad, which will play six of its eight CCHA games in January on the road, had played the last nine games in the state of Ohio, with six games in Columbus, a two-game series at Bowling Green and a trip to Cleveland.

The Buckeyes are 4-5-0 on the road this year, with a series sweep at Bowling Green, splits at Denver and Northern Michigan, two losses at Michigan and a single loss at Miami.

Buckeyes vs. Bulldogs
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Ferris State, 55-41-11, but trail in Big Rapids, 21-27-3. Ohio State is looking to end a six-game losing streak to the Bulldogs and a four-game losing streak in Big Rapids.

The teams last met in Big Rapids Feb. 2-3, 2007, with the Bulldogs winning 4-2 and 6-2. Ohio State’s last wins in Big Rapids were in a series sweep Oct. 15-16, 2004 (4-3, 4-3 OT).

Ohio State and Ferris State met in Columbus last season. The Bulldogs posted 4-0 and 4-2 wins Nov. 2 and 4, respectively.

Three Buckeyes have a point vs. Ferris State – sophomore Todd Rudasill has two goals and sophomore John Albert and junior Mathieu Picard each have an assist. Just four Buckeyes have played more than two games vs. the Bulldogs (seniors Zach Pelletier and Nick Biondo and juniors Picard and Joseph Palmer).

Staying Away
The 2007-08 campaign ended a streak of seven-consecutive seasons the Buckeyes made the trek to Big Rapids. The squads had played on Ferris State’s home ice during the regular season from 2000-01 through 2004-05. In 2006 the Buckeyes traveled to Ferris State for the first round of the CCHA playoffs.

Bulldog Banter
Ferris State enters the series with the Buckeyes 10-10-4 overall and 7-7-2-0 in CCHA play. The squad split a home-and-home series with Western Michigan last weekend, with each team winning on the road. Ferris lost last Friday, 2-1, before winning Saturday in Kalamazoo, 4-2. The Bulldogs are 5-7-0 at home and 5-2-3 on the road this year. 

The Bulldogs are averaging 2.75 goals a game, while allowing 2.67. The squad has had success on the power play, converting 30-of-148 (.203) chances. On the penalty kill, the team has stopped 84.1 percent of its opponents’ opportunities (138-of-164). The Bulldogs lead the CCHA, averaging 23.8 penalty minutes a game.

Senior Brendan Connolly is first on the team with 17 points and ranks second with 12 assists. Sophomore defenseman Zach Redmond has a team-best 15 assists and is second with 16 points. Junior Aaron Lewicki is first with nine goals. In all, nine Bulldogs have 11 or more points.

In net, sophomore Pat Nagle has played in 16 games, with a 6-7-2 record, 2.46 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. Freshman Taylor Nelson is 4-3-2, with a 2.75 gaa and .895 svpct. in nine outings.

Bob Daniels, 1982 graduate of Michigan State, is 267-312-60 in his 17th season at the helm.

Goal Good Stuff
The Buckeyes’ 8-5 win last Friday vs. Bowling Green was their first when allowing five or more goals since a 6-5 victory vs. Michigan Feb. 24, 2007. The team has scored six or more goals in four of their last seven games and ranks third nationally in goals per game (3.73).

The team last ended a  season averaging more than 3.5 goals an outing in 1997-98, when it scored an average of 3.83 goals a game.

The Buckeyes have three games with seven or more goals (W 7-4 vs. Robert Morris Dec. 6, W 10-1 vs. Bentley Dec. 12, W 8-5 at Bowling Green Jan. 9). It is the first time the team has scored at least seven goals in three games in a season since 2004-05, when the squad had two seven-goal outputs (7-1 vs. Sacred Heart Nov. 6, 2004 and 7-0 vs. Western Michigan Jan. 29, 2005) and a 9-3 victory over Miami Oct. 21, 2004.

Even Up
The Buckeyes have scored 82 goals this season, including games with 10, 8, 7 and 5 goals, but have had just six players record a multiple-goal game through 22 games. Of the 20 goals in the four games combined since returning from the December break, all but three have come at even strength a shorthanded goal by Shane Sims vs. BG last Friday and two power-play tallies vs. the Falcons Saturday. Two have been scored into an empty net, with the others all coming 5-on-5.

It had to End Sometime
Sophomore forward Hunter Bishop had his goal-scoring streak ended at seven Friday at Bowling Green. It was the second-longest streak for a Buckeye since 1998-99, behind only R.J. Umberger’s eight-game stretch in 2002-03 and ahead of current video coordinator JB Bittner’s six-game streak in 2003-04.

Bishop extended his point streak to eight with an assist against the Falcons Friday before he was held scoreless Saturday. He is fifth on the team with 18 points this season and second with nine goals. He had just one goal in his first 10 games with the squad but now has eight in the last 12 games.

Bishop is first in the CCHA with a +16 rating and is tied for 10th in the league in goal scoring.

Leader of the Pack
Freshman Ian Boots now leads all CCHA rookies in points and is third nationally in rookie scoring with 19 points and .95 points a game. He had his second career three-point game and his third career two-assist game Friday at Bowling Green. Boots is tied for second on the team with six multiple-point games this season, with four two-point performances and the two three-point nights.

Albert Helps Out
Sophomore John Albert had a team season-high and personal-best three assists in the win over Bowling Green last Saturday. It was the first three-assist game for a Buckeye since Todd Rudasill had three helpers Feb. 2, 2008 vs. Bowling Green. It topped the two assist games he had five times prior. It was his second three-point game, matching the three had had vs. Bentley Dec. 13 with a goal and two assists. In all, he has a team-best seven multiple-point games this year. He has 16 points, on five goals and 11 assists, in his last 10 games combined.

Albert has a team-best 16 assists and shares the team lead with a career-best 23 points. The 16 helpers are one shy of his career best and rank fourth in the CCHA. He is +13 on the year, ranking (third) tied in the CCHA.

Have a Night
At Bowling Green last Friday, freshman defenseman Mike Folkes was +4, marking a team season high and his personal best. He had entered the game even on the year. He was not on the ice for a goal against in the two-game series.

Making it Count
Sophomore Kyle Reed scored the overtime winner at Bowling Green last Saturday, marking his second goal of the season and first since Oct. 11 at Miami. After two points in the Bowling Green series, Reed has seven points, with five assists, this year.

A Career Night
Sophomore Patrick Schafer’s two points at Bowling Green last Friday, on a goal and an assist, marked the first time he had a multiple-point game as a Buckeye. It was his first goal since the season opener vs. Miami Oct. 10. He now has six assists and eight points on the year.

He’s a Helper
Sophomore defenseman Shane Sims is on a team-high eight-game point streak, with a 3-8-11 line over the stretch, after scoring three points in the series at Bowling Green. In the win Friday, he scored his first career shorthanded goal before posting a power-play goal and assist Saturday.

He leads the Buckeye blueliners with three goals, 11 assists and 14 points this year, all career highs, and ranks sixth among CCHA defensemen in scoring. He has two points in three of his last five games.
 
Zac Attack

Freshman forward Zac Dalpe has a goal in each of his last three games and in five of his last seven outings. He leads the Buckeyes with 12 goals this season, ranking first among CCHA rookies in goals and tying for the national freshman goal-scoring lead. Dalpe is third in the CCHA overall in goal scoring and 16th in the NCAA in goals per game (.55). Three of his goals are gamewinners, tying for second in the CCHA and fourth in the NCAA. His 16 points this season rank him fourth (tied) among CCHA rookies in scoring. His 12 goals this season are the most for a Buckeye freshman since Domenic Maiani had 12 in 2004-05.

Back on Track
After a four-game scoreless streak, sophomore Peter Boyd had back-to-back two-point games at Bowling Green. Friday he had a goal and an assist before posting two helpers Saturday vs. the Falcons. He has 19 points on the year to tie for third on the team, with six multiple-point outings.

In the Close Ones
Ohio State is 5-1 in one-goal games this year, including two overtime victories. The squad was 6-8 in games decided by one goal a year ago.

Get on the Board
The first goal has proved important in many of the Buckeyes’ games this season. Ohio State is 11-1-1 when scoring first, but 4-5-0 when allowing the first goal. The team is 9-1-1 when leading after the first period, 2-4 when trailing after the first and 4-2 when tied after the opening stanza.

Corey’s Story
Corey Elkins had his fifth multiple-point game of the season, and his third in the last five games, with a goal and an assist vs. BG last Friday. He was held scoreless Saturday, ending his scoring streak at six, with four goals, seven assists and 11 points over the stretch. Elkins is tied for the team lead with a career-high 23 points, including a career-best eight goals and 15 points. He is tied for fifth in the CCHA in points and tied for seventh in the league in points. 

He has at least one point in 16 games this season and has not gone more than one game without a point.

Elkins is +1 or better in 10 of the last 13 games and ranks second in the CCHA with a +14 rating.

No. 3 on D
Freshman Matt Bartkowski is tied for third among CCHA rookie defensemen and tied for 12th among league rookies overall in scoring with nine points, including seven assists. He is +1 or better in seven of his last nine games and is +10 on the year. He has just three minus ratings this season, with a +1 or better mark in 11 games.

Better Late than Never
The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents, 36-19, in the third period this season, leading the CCHA in third-period goals. The squad has been outscored in the second period, 26-22. In the first, Ohio State has outscored its opponents, 22-15. The team helped its third-period totals with a seven-goal outburst vs. Bentley Dec. 12, including five power-play tallies.

Then and Now
Through 20 games this season, eight Buckeyes have 13 or more points. After all 41 games a year ago, 12 Ohio State players had double-digit points. The squad is averaging 3.73 goals a game this season and was held to just 2.4 an outing last year. On the defensive side, the squad is allowing 2.73 goals an outing and gave up 3.3 a season ago. The team has 15 wins this season, already passing the 12 victories the squad had a year ago. The team is 8-5-1 in CCHA play, surpassing the seven conference wins from 2007-08.

Between the Pipes
Sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson has 16 starts this season, including in 13 of the last 14 games, sitting out just the second contest vs. Bentley Dec. 13. In games he has started this season, Carlson has a 2.00 goals-against average, .935 save percentage and 13-3-0 ledger, including four shutouts.

Overall this year, Carlson has a 2.26 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. He is fifth in the CCHA in save percentage and saves (428). In the national stats he ranks sixth (tied) in winning percentage (.812).

Carlson, who shares the CCHA lead with four shutouts, is the sixth Buckeye goalie with four or more whitewashes in a single season. The program record is five, set by Mike Betz in 2002 and Dave Caruso in 2005.

All In
Every Buckeye skater now has at least one point on the year. Eighteen have at least one goal, 25 have at least one assist and 18 have both a goal and an assist. 

We’re Honored
Ohio State has received seven league player of the week accolades so far this year. Zac Dalpe (rookie) and Dustin Carlson (goalie) each have been honored twice. Matt Bartkowski was named the league rookie of the week, with sophomores Shane Sims and Corey Toy named defenseman of the week.

CLASS Players
Senior forwards Corey Elkins and Zach Pelletier have been selected as candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced last week. There are 20 candidates in all, representing 18 schools. Ohio State and Notre Dame are the only schools with more than one nominee.

The award is presented annually to an NCAA Division I student-athlete in nine sports based on achievements in the “Four C’s” of classroom, character, community and competition. CLASS is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School. The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award was launched in 2001 to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who fulfill their entire athletic eligibility and pursue the many rewards of a senior season and complete college education.

From the list of nominees, a national media committee will select 10 finalists in February. Those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. In addition to voting by Division I head coaches and national media, fans also will be able to submit ballots by text voting or online at www.seniorclassaward.com.  Lowe’s, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, will present the winner with the trophy at the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four in Washington D.C. 

Elkins, from West Bloomfield, Mich., is a history major. He is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. China Village, Maine, native Pelletier earned his bachelor’s degree in criminology in Spring 2008.

Buckeyes in the Pros
Five former Buckeyes are skating in the NHL right now. Tyson Strachan was the latest to be called up and has played in 12 games for the St. Louis Blues, recording two assists. Dave Steckel is with the Caps, posting a 5-7-12 line in 41 games. R.J. Umberger has played in 43 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets, with 13 goals and 23 points. Ryan Kesler has skated in 45 games for the Vancouver Canucks, with 24 points, including 15 assists.

Sean Collins has played in 14 games for the Washington Capitals this season, posting a goal and an assist, but was returned to the Hershey Bears in the AHL last Sunday.

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.
Coach Markell Call-In Show Schedule
Wednesday, Jan. 14/7-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 21/8-8:30 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 9/8-8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 17/7-7:30 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 23/7-7:30 p.m.

Up Next
The Buckeyes will return home to take on Western Michigan next weekend. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Jan. 23-24 in Value City Arena. The Friday night game is Quarter Dog Night, with 25 cent hot dogs (while supplies last). Saturday is a FUNday Saturday. For $11 each person receives one game ticket, one pizza, one soda and one OSU Ice Rink skating pass. There also will be a Meet the Buckeyes postgame autograph session.