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Ohio State
vs. Bentley
Friday, Dec. 12 – 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 13 – 8:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Buckeye This and That
The Buckeyes enter the weekend on a four-game winning streak and as winners in seven of their last eight games. The squad is on a five-game winning streak in Value City Arena.
Sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson was named the National and CCHA Player of the Month for November. He is the second Buckeye to earn national monthly honors, joining R.J. Umberger, who was honored in December 2002. Carlson was 6-1 in the month, with a 1.47 goals-against average, .954 save percentage and three shutouts.
The Buckeyes scored a season-high seven goals vs. Robert Morris last Saturday. The team had not scored more than four goals in a game this season.
The series vs. Bentley closes out first-half play for the Buckeyes. The team was 1-1 at Alaska, with a 1-1 OT loss and 5-2 win, in its series before break a year ago.
Senior Corey Elkins and sophomore John Albert lead the Buckeyes with nine assists and 13 points each. Freshman Zac Dalpe is first on the squad with eight goals. In all, six Buckeyes have reached double-digits in points.
The Buckeyes are in a stretch of nine games in the state of Ohio. It began with a series sweep vs. Nebraska-Omaha Nov. 28-29, followed by a 7-4 win vs. Robert Morris in Cleveland last Saturday. After the series vs. Bentley and the Ohio Hockey Classic in Value City Arena in Columbus, the team will travel to take on Bowling Green Jan. 9-10. The squad will next cross the state border Jan. 16-17 to play Ferris State in Big Rapids, Mich.
Saturday is a double-header in Value City Arena. The Ohio State men’s basketball team will face Butler at noon prior to the hockey team’s game vs. Bentley at 8:05 p.m.
All but one Buckeye skater, as well as goalie Dustin Carlson, has at least one point on the season. Seventeen have scored a goal, with 21 recording an assist. Fourteen have both a goal and a helper.

Gamenight
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s hockey team (9-6-1, 6-5-1-1 CCHA) will close out the first part of its season with a two-game series against Bentley (6-6-1, 5-4-1 AHA) this weekend. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 8:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.

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

Gimme a Break
After this weekend, the Buckeyes will take a 19-day break before returning to action in the Ohio Hockey Classic Jan. 2-3 in Value City Arena.

The Fun Stuff
The game Friday 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 game Saturday, there will be a Meet the Buckeyes postgame autograph session with freshmen Matt Bartkowski, Sean Duddy, Mike Folkes and Cal Heeter.

Buckeye Brief
The Buckeyes are 9-6-1 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 3.1 goals a game, while allowing 3.0. On the power play, the Buckeyes have converted 11-of-86 chances (.128) and have stopped 76-of-97 opponent opportunities (.784).

Senior Corey Elkins and sophomore John Albert lead the team with 13 points and nine assists each. Freshman Zac Dalpe is first on the team with eight goals, followed by sophomores Hunter Bishop and Peter Boyd with five each. Bishop, Boyd and freshman Ian Boots are tied for third with seven assists each, with Bishop and Boyd tying for third with 12 points apiece, followed by Boots with 11.

In net, sophomore Dustin Carlson has played in 14 games, starting 11 (including the last eight), with a 2.38 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and 8-3-0 record.

Flashback
The Buckeyes beat Robert Morris, 7-4, last Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland to complete the sweep of the season series between the teams. Ohio State also topped the Colonials in Pittsburgh, 4-0, Nov. 14.

In Cleveland, the Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead just 34 seconds into the game on C.J. Severyn’s unassisted goal. Sergio Somma put the Buckeyes up 2-0 at 16:17 of the first. The teams combined for five goals in the second period, with Ohio State leading 5-2 after the second. After Severyn scored at 7:33 of the second to make the lead 3-0, the Colonials scored back-to-back goals at 11:00 and 13:08 to cut the lead to one (3-2). The Buckeyes added two goals in 1:23, with Shane Sims scoring on the power play at 16:54 and Zac Dalpe tallying at 17:31, to go back ahead by three.

In the third period, each team scored twice in the final 5:49, including three goals in 49 seconds. Peter Boyd scored for the Buckeyes at 14:11, with RMU scoring 20 seconds later. Hunter Bishop added another Buckeye goal 29 seconds later at 15:00. The Colonials ended the scoring with Kyle Burton’s 5-on-3 power-play goal at 17:25.

Ohio State outshot the Colonials, 40-31. Buckeye sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson made 27 saves in the game. The Buckeyes were 1-for-4 on the power play in the game and Robert Morris was 2-for-8.

On a Hot Streak
The Buckeyes enter the series with Bentley on a four-game winning streak and winners of their last five games at home. The squad is 7-1 in its last eight games overall, with the lone blemish a loss at Northern Michigan.

Buckeyes vs. Falcons
The series this weekend marks the first time Ohio State and Bentley will meet on the ice.
 
A Look at the Falcons

Bentley is 6-6-1 on the year and holds a 5-4-1 record in Atlantic Hockey action. The squad split a home-and-home series with Holy Cross last weekend, winning at home, 4-1, before falling on the road, 3-2. The Falcons are averaging 2.38 goals a game, while allowing 3.00. The squad has nine power-play goals on 77 chances and has stopped 68-of-78 opponent opportunities.

Sophomore forward Dustin Cloutier is first on the team with 10 points and shares the team assist lead with senior Anthony Canzoneri and junior Bobby Preece with six each. Senior Dain Prewitt leads the squad with seven goals and is second with nine points. Cloutier and junior Marc Menzione each have three power-play goals on the year.

Freshman Kyle Rank has played in seven games between the pipes, with a 2-4-1 record, 2.83 goals-against average and .901 save percentage. Sophomore Joe Calvi is 4-2-0 on the year while playing in six games, with a 3.00 goals-against average and .892 save percentage.

Ryan Soderquist, a 2000 graduate of Bentley, is in his seventh year at the helm of his alma mater. He has a school and career ledger of 72-124-23.

A League of Their Own
Bentley competes in the Atlantic Hockey Association. Ohio State is 14-6 all-time vs. current AHA teams – 14-6 vs. Air Force, 2-1 vs. Mercyhurst, 2-0 vs. Sacred Heart and 1-0 vs. Holy Cross. The Buckeyes have never played American International, Army, Canisius, Connecticut or RIT, but will take on Army Jan. 2 in the first round of the Ohio Hockey Classic in Columbus.

Last season, the Buckeyes beat AHA member Mercyhurst, 2-1, to open the 2007-08 campaign.

Bentley Brief
Bentley University is located in Waltham, Mass., about 20 minutes west of Boston. The school, founded in 1917, has an enrollment of 5,557 and focuses on business education.

In athletics, Bentley is a charter member of the Northeast-10, and offers varsity athletic competition in 23 sports (12 for men, 11 for women). One of the nation’s largest Division II conferences, the Northeast-10 currently includes American International, Assumption, C.W. Post (football only), Franklin Pierce, Le Moyne, UMass-Lowell, Merrimack, New Haven, Pace, Saint Anselm, St. Michael’s, Saint Rose, Southern Connecticut, Southern New Hampshire and Stonehill. Men’s hockey is a Division I program.

Home Sweet Home
This season, the Buckeyes are 5-1-1 at home in Value City Arena. The team is outscoring opponents, 3.3-2.6. Freshman Zac Dalpe is first with four goals and sophomore Peter Boyd leads the team with five assists and eight points at home.

Lighting the Lamp
The Buckeyes scored a season-high seven goals vs. Robert Morris last Saturday, the most goals for the team since scoring nine at Bowling Green Nov. 18, 2006. The team’s previous high was four goals in a game, set four times before. The squad is 5-0 when it has scored four goals this year.

Goal-Goal-Goal
Sophomore Hunter Bishop enters the series with Bentley on a three-game goal-scoring streak. He had just one goal in his first 10 games with the squad but now has four in the last six games.

Here’s Johnny
Sophomore John Albert is on a four-game scoring streak, with 2-4-6 totals and two points in each of his last two games. He had two assists vs. Robert Morris, the fourth two-assist game of his career, and shares the team assist lead with nine on the year. Albert had a team-best 17 assists a season ago.

Another Streaker
Freshman Ian Boots has at least one point in each of the last four games, with a 2-3-5 line. He has 11 points this season, including seven assists, with three two-point games.  

A High
Sophomore Peter Boyd tied the team’s season high and set a personal best with three points vs. Robert Morris last Saturday on a goal and two assists. It was the fourth two-assist game of his career.

No. 44
Sergio Somma, who had a goal in the first game of the season but then did not find the back of the net in the next 12 games, has a goal in two of the last three outings. He scored vs. Nebraska-Omaha Nov. 29 and in the win vs. Robert Morris last weekend. He was third on the squad a year ago with eight points. He has five assists this season.

Between the Pipes
Sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson has 11 starts this season, including in the last eight-consecutive games. In games he has started this season, Carlson has a 2.01 goals-against average, .937 save percentage and 8-3-0 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 are tied for the CCHA lead this season.
 
A Capital Player

Former Buckeye captain Sean Collins made his NHL debut last Saturday with the Washington Capitals. Collins, who signed with the Capitals as a free agent March 17, 2007, has played 13 games with Hershey in the American Hockey League this year. Collins played at Ohio State from 2004-07 and ranks eighth in program history in points among defensemen, posting 88, including 60 assists.

That’s a First
Buckeye freshmen Sean Duddy and Cory Schneider each recorded their first career point with an assist in the win vs. Robert Morris last Saturday. Duddy assisted on Sergio Somma’s first-period goal while Schneider had the primary helper on C.J. Severyn’s second-period tally.

Corey’s Story
Through 16 games this season, senior Corey Elkins has 13 points, one shy of his career best 14 set as a freshman in 2006-07. He has a career-best nine assists on the year. Elkins has at least one point in 11 of 16 games this year.

Goal!
Sophomore defenseman Shane Sims scored on the power play last Saturday, his first goal of the season and the second of his career. His first tally for the Scarlet and Gray came vs. Alaska Jan. 5, 2008.

One of the Best
Sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson was named the National and CCHA Player of the Month for November. 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). He joins Umberger as the only Buckeye to earn national player of the month accolades.

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 251-240-47 in his career. He is second in coaching wins at Ohio State, behind Jerry Welsh, who had 328 from 1976-95.
 
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.

A Tale of Two Periods
The Buckeyes are outscoring their opponents, 23-15, in the third period this season but have been outscored, 25-15, in the second period. Ohio State has outscored opponents 11-8 in opening stanzas so far this season.

Rookies in the Ranks
Buckeye forward Zac Dalpe is tied for third among CCHA rookies in points this season with 12, followed by classmate Ian Boots in fifth with 11. Dalpe is tied for second among rookies (and tied for fifth in the league overall) with eight goals.

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 10 and tied with Alaska.

Special Teams Synopsis
The Buckeyes have a power-play goal in three of their last four games after going scoreless on the man advantage in four-consecutive games. The squad has allowed a power-play tally in each of its last three outings.

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.
 
Up Next

The Buckeyes will return to action in the Ohio Hockey Classic Jan. 2-3 in Value City Arena. In the first round Miami and Clarkson will meet at 5:05 p.m., followed by the Buckeyes taking on Army at 8:05 p.m. The second day includes championship and consolation games, with the winners and losers facing off. Ohio State will play the late game at 8:05 p.m. vs. either Miami or Clarkson and Army will meet the other school at 5:05 p.m.