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Ohio State
at Northern Michigan
Friday, Nov. 21 – 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 22 – 7:35 p.m.
Berry Events Center, Marquette, Mich.

The Series
2007-08 Series Northern Michigan won 3-2-0
Northern Michigan 2, at Ohio State 0 (Feb. 15, 2008)
at Ohio State 3, Northern Michigan 2 (Feb. 16, 2008)
CCHA Tournament First Round (Best of Three)
Ohio State 4, at Northern Michigan 3 (March 7, 2008)
at Northern Michigan 4, Ohio State 2 (March 8, 2008)
at Northern Michigan 6, Ohio State 1 (March 9, 2008)
Series History – Northern Michigan 32-31-3
In Columbus – Ohio State leads 20-8-1
In Marquette, Mich. – Northern Michigan leads 23-10-2
Neutral Site – Tied 1-1-0
CCHA Regular Season – Ohio State leads 26-21-1
Postseason – Northern Michigan leads 6-4-2
Overtime – Tied 2-2-3
Last 10 – Tied 5-5-0

Buckeye Bullets
Sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson had his second shutout in the last three games, stopping all 32 shots he faced in the Buckeyes’ win over Robert Morris. In his last three games, Carlson has a.33 goals-against average and .987 save percentage. In the six games he has started on the year, he has a 1.67 gaa and .940 save percentage, with a 4-2-0 ledger.
Buckeyes’ trip to Northern Michigan this weekend is their last two-game road trip until Jan. 9-10. They have just one game away from VCA until then, when they travel to Cleveland to face Robert Morris Dec. 6 at Quicken Loans Arena.
Ohio State has received four 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.
Freshman Zac Dalpe enters the series at Northern Michigan on a four-game scoring streak (3-2-5). Sophomore Hunter Bishop has a point in each of his last three games (1-2-3).
The Buckeyes, who are third in the CCHA averaging 32.2 shots a game, put just 17 shots on net vs. Robert Morris last Friday in their 4-0 win.

Gamenight
COLUMBUS, Ohio
— The Ohio State men’s hockey team (5-5-1, 3-4-1-1 CCHA) will take on Northern Michigan (2-7-1, 1-6-1 CCHA) in a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association series this weekend. The teams will meet at 7:35 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Berry Events Center in Marquette, Mich.

Check Them Out
WOSU Radio (820 AM Columbus/wosu.org) will carry the action from the series, with Herb Howenstine calling the play-by-play and former Buckeye John Mowat providing analysis.

B2 Networks will have a live webstream of the games. Go online to http://www.b2livetv.com/partner_members.asp?id=17 for more information and to sign up. The cost is $7 per game.

Links to live stats are available on the men’s hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Last Time out
The Buckeyes posted their second shutout in three games, downing Robert Morris, 4-0, last Friday in Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh.

Freshman Ian Boots led the squad with a goal and an assist, with senior Corey Elkins recording two helpers. Sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson made 32 saves, as he recorded his second career shutout. The Buckeyes led 1-0 after the first period and 3-0 after the second stanza.

Buckeye Brief
The Buckeyes are 5-5-1 on the year and 3-4-1-1 in the CCHA, including a shootout win over Miami to open conference play. The squad is averaging 2.9 goals a game, while allowing 3.3. On the power play, the Buckeyes have converted 8-of-62 chances (.129) and have stopped 53-of-68 opponent opportunities (.779).

Freshman Zac Dalpe is first on the team with six goals and shares the team scoring lead with senior Corey Elkins with 10 points each. Elkins and sophomore Hunter Bishop have a team-best six assists. Elkins and sophomore Peter Boyd are tied for second with four goals apiece. Sophomores John Albert and Sergio Somma are third with five assists each. 

In net, sophomore Dustin Carlson has played in nine games, starting six (including the last three), with a 2.36 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and 4-2-0 record. Joseph Palmer has started three games, with a 5.40 goals-against average and .836 save percentage. Freshman Cal Heeter has two starts and has played in three games, with a 4.43 goals-against and .879 save percentage.  

Buckeyes vs. Wildcats
The Wildcats hold a one-game lead in the all-time series with Ohio State, 32-31-3. In regular-season play, the Buckeyes have the edge, 26-21-1.

Ohio State and Northern Michigan have met 12 times in the last two seasons combined, with each team winning six games. The squads were in the same CCHA scheduling cluster in 2006-07 and then met in the playoffs and met last season in a regular-season series in Columbus and then in the playoffs in Marquette. The Wildcats won both CCHA playoff series in three games.

The Wildcats won the 2007-08 series, 3-2. The squad split the regular-season series in Columbus, as the Wildcats shut out the Buckeyes in the opener Feb. 15 (2-0) before Ohio State posted a 3-2 win on a last-second goal in game two Feb. 16.

In the U.P.
In the series between Ohio State and Northern Michigan in Marquette, the Wildcats are ahead 23-10-2.

The teams split the last regular-season series in Marquette Oct. 27-28, 2006 (NMU 2-0, OSU 4-2). The teams had played seven-consecutive games on the Buckeyes’ home ice (including the playoff series) prior to the playoff series in the Berry Events Center last year. In the playoff series, Ohio State won game one (4-3) before the Wildcats won games two and three, 5-2 and 6-1, respectively.

Success vs. NMU
Buckeye sophomore Peter Boyd has a team-best three goals and four points vs. NMU. Senior Corey Elkins has a team-best three assists and sophomore Kyle Reed has three points, including two assists, vs. the Wildcats.

A Look at the Wildcats
Northern Michigan enters the series with the Buckeyes 2-7-1 overall and 1-6-1-0 in the CCHA. The team is looking to end a seven-game winless streak (0-6-1). Northern Michigan was swept on the road at Bowling Green, losing 2-1 in overtime and 2-1, last weekend.

The Wildcats are averaging 1.80 goals a game and allowing 2.70 a contest. The squad has converted 3-of-50 power-play chances (.060) and stopped 86.9 percent of opponents’ opportunities (53-of-61).

Sophomore Greger Hanson is first on the team with six points and shares the assist lead with sophomores Jared Brown and Erik Gustafsson with four apiece. Junior Ray Kaunisto and freshman Andrew Cherniwchan are first on the team with three goals. Five Wildcats rank second with five points each.

In net, Brian Stewart has played all 10 games with a 2.50 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.

Walt Kyle, a 1981 graduate of Northern Michigan, is in his seventh season at the helm of the Wildcats. He has a school and career mark of 124-111-22.

Connections
Buckeye sophomore Shane Sims and NMU junior Alan Dorich both played for the Des Moines Buccaneers in the USHL in 2006-07.

Ohio State freshman Matt Bartkowski was teammates with NMU sophomore Jared Brown with the USHL’s Lincoln Stars in 2006-07.

Ohio State rookie Steve West and NMU’s Justin Florek both are products of the 2007-08 U.S. NTDP Under-18 Team.

Buckeyes Patrick Schafer and Corey Toy were teammates with the Wildcats’ Mark Olver with the Omaha Lancers in the USHL.

Northern Michigan senior Derek May is the younger brother of former Buckeye Scott May, who played for Ohio State from 2001-04 and had 117 career points.

This Looks Big
Northern Michigan’s rink is an Olympic-sized sheet of ice, measuring 200 x 100 feet. Alaska and NMU are the only CCHA teams with the larger ice, as the other 10 league schools play on NHL sized ice (200 x 85).

Dusty Gets it Done
Sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson had his second shutout in the last three games, stopping all 32 shots he faced in the Buckeyes’ win over Robert Morris. He also shut out Michigan State Nov. 7, marking the first shutout of his career.

In his last three games, Carlson has a .33 goals-against average and .987 save percentage. In the six games he has started on the year, he has a 1.67 gaa and .940 save percentage, with a 4-2-0 ledger.

De-Fense
The Buckeyes have allowed just one goal in their last three games combined. It is the first such stretch since Dec. 29, 2002-Jan. 7, 2003. That year, the squad downed Cornell 1-0 Dec. 29, 2002 in the Everblades College Classic in Florida, beat Princeton 4-1 in Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh Jan. 3, 2003 and shut out Findlay Jan. 7, 2003 in Columbus. Those games were part of a 10-game (9-0-1) unbeaten streak for the squad. Dave Caruso had the two shutouts and Mike Betz posted the win vs. the Tigers.

Carrying On
The Buckeyes are on a three-game winning streak, their longest since Feb. 9-16, 2007, when the team swept Northern Michigan in Columbus and then won at Nebraska-Omaha.

Zac Attack
Freshman forward Zac Dalpe enters the series at Northern Michigan on a team-high four-game scoring streak, with 3-2-5 totals over the stretch. He leads the team with six goals and has added four assists. Dalpe has a team-best two two-goal outings on the year and had a team-high three points vs. Lake Superior State Oct. 18. A two-time CCHA Rookie of the Week, Dalpe has a point in seven of 11 games on the year, including in seven of the last nine.

Special Teams Story
During the Buckeyes’ three-game winning streak the squad has stopped all 12 opponent power-play chances. The team, which had an extra-man tally in the previous six games, does not have a power-play goal in the last four outings.

Close to Home
The Buckeyes’ trip to Northern Michigan this weekend is their last two-game road trip until Jan. 9-10. The squad will play four of its five games at home before the December break, leaving only for a game vs. Robert Morris at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Dec. 6. The squad will host the fifth-annual Ohio Hockey Classic Jan. 2-3 in Value City Arena in Columbus. The team remains in the state of Ohio for its first two-game trip, traveling to Bowling Green in January. The squad will be on the road for three of four series in January.

Goal!
Senior Zach Pelletier scored vs. Robert Morris last Friday, his first tally since Oct. 20, 2006 vs. Minnesota, and the second of his career. It was his first point since Dec. 29, 2006 vs. Minnesota Duluth. Pelletier did not play last season while recovering from injury.

That’s a First
Freshman forward Taylor Stefishen scored his first career goal and point Friday vs. Robert Morris in his second career game.

Rookie defenseman Steve West added his first career assist and point in the win. It also was the second game of his career.

+3 D
Freshmen defensemen Sean Duddy and Steve West each were a team-best +3 in the Buckeyes’ win over Robert Morris.

Corey’s Story
Senior Corey Elkins has a point in eight of 11 games on the year, including a career-best five-game point streak Oct. 11-25. He tied his career high with two assists vs. Robert Morris last week,  set twice before (last Jan. 5 vs. Alaska). Elkins also had two points Oct. 25 at Denver with a goal and an assist. He is first on the team with 10 points this season, the most points he has had in a season since recording 14 as a sophomore in 2006-07.

Boots Bite
Freshman Ian Boots has two two-point games on the year after posting a goal and an assist vs. Robert Morris last Friday. After going scoreless through his first four collegiate games, Boots now has at least one point in four of the last six games.

Bishop Business
Sophomore Hunter Bishop is on a three-game scoring streak (1-2-3) after going scoreless in four-consecutive games. He now has six assists and eight points on the season.

Shooting for Three
The Buckeyes have scored at least three goals in all but two games on the year. The squad is averaging 2.9 goals a contest. The team averaged 2.4 goals a game in 2007-08.

Against the Best
The Buckeyes have three 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.

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.

A Look Ahead
Ohio State will return home to host Nebraska-Omaha for two games next weekend. The teams will play at 7:05 p.m. Nov. 28 and at 8:05 p.m. Nov. 29 in Value City Arena.

Making the Show
Three former Ohio State men’s hockey players were on opening-day rosters of National Hockey League teams to begin the 2008-09 season. R.J. Umberger (2001-03), who was acquired by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the offseason, is the first former Buckeye to play for the hometown Blue Jackets. Dave Steckel (2001-03) is with the Washington Capitals, while Ryan Kesler (2003) is in his fifth season with the Vancouver Canucks.

Through Nov. 18 Umberger had played 247 games in the NHL, scoring 56 goals, 70 assists and 126 points. He has played in 19 games for the CBJ this season, with seven goals and 10 points.

Steckel is in his fourth season with the Capitals and has played in 93 NHL games, with seven goals, nine assists and 16 points. He has seen action in 14 games for the Caps this year and has two goals and two assists.

Kesler, who turned pro prior to the 2003-04 season, has played in 256 NHL games, all with Vancouver, and has 44 goals, 49 assists and 93 points. He has 12 points in 18 games this season, with five goals and seven helpers.

Other Pro Players
Seven former Buckeyes currently are playing in the American Hockey League, one step below the NHL. The players currently in the AHL are Rod Pelley (Lowell Devils), Nate Guenin (Philadelphia Phantoms), Dave Caruso (Lowell Devils), Tyson Strachan (Peoria Rivermen), Sean Collins (Hershey Bears), Jason DeSantis (Philadelphia Phantoms), Mathieu Beaudoin (Milwaukee Admirals) and Tom Fritsche (Lake Erie Monsters).

Buckeyes also are in the ECHL – Kenny Bernard (Fresno Falcons), Ian Keserich (Johnstown Chiefs), Johann Kroll (South Carolina Stingrays) and Tommy Goebel (Wheeling Nailers). Former Buckeyes Daymen (Bencharski) Rycroft (Rocky Mountain Rage), Kyle Hood (Arizona Sundogs), Domenic Maiani (Rocky Mountain Rage) and Chris Richards (Corpus Christi IceRays) are playing in the Central Hockey League. Jason Selleke is playing for the Port Huron Icehawks in the International Hockey League.

A number of Buckeyes are continuing their hockey careers in Europe. Hugo Boisvert and Eric Meloche are in the DEL in Germany. Doug Andress and Scott May are playing in 2.Bundesliga in Germany, with Mike McCormick and Andrew Schembri in Germany Obl. Jeff Maund is skating in Italy, Jean-Francois Dufour is in France, Matt Waddell is in Sweden and Andre Signoretti is in Denmark.