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Ohio State vs. No. 14 Nebraska-Omaha
Friday, Nov. 28 – 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 29 – 8:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

The Series
2007-08 Series – Nebraska-Omaha won 3-0-1
Nebraska-Omaha 5, at Ohio State 2 (Nov. 8, 2007)
Nebraska-Omaha 5, at Ohio State 2 (Nov. 9, 2007)
at Nebraska-Omaha 3, Ohio State 3 OT (Feb. 8, 2008)
at Nebraska-Omaha 5, Ohio State 2 (Feb. 9, 2008)
Series History – Nebraska-Omaha leads 12-11-4
In Columbus – Ohio State leads 6-4-2
In Omaha, Neb. – Nebraska-Omaha leads 8-3-2
Neutral Site – Ohio State leads 2-0-0
CCHA Regular Season – Nebraska-Omaha leads 10-8-4
Postseason – Ohio State leads 3-2-0
Overtime – Nebraska-Omaha leads 2-1-4
Last 10 – Nebraska-Omaha leads 6-1-3
 
Buckeye Bullets
Freshman Zac Dalpe and senior Corey Elkins continue to lead the Buckeyes in scoring with 11 points each. Dalpe has a team-best seven goals, while Elkins and Hunter Bishop are first with seven assists each.
Sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson had his third shutout in the last five games, stopping all 29 shots he faced in the Buckeyes’ win over Northern Michigan last Saturday. In his last five games, Carlson has a .80 goals-against average and .973 save percentage. In the eight games he has started on the year, he has a 1.63 gaa and .945 save percentage, with a 5-3-0 ledger.
The Buckeyes will play their next nine games in the state of Ohio, with a game in Cleveland next 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.
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 also named the league rookie of the week, with sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson earning goalie of the week accolades. It is the second-most league honors for a team this season, behind only Notre Dame with seven and tied with Alaska.

Gamenight
COLUMBUS, Ohio —
The Ohio State men’s hockey team (6-6-1, 4-5-1-1 CCHA) hosts No. 14 Nebraska-Omaha (9-2-1, 5-2-1-1 CCHA) in Value City Arena this weekend in a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association series. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 8:05 p.m. Saturday.

Follow the Buckeyes
A live video stream of the games will be available on Buckeye Vision on the Ohio State athletics website. Click on the Buckeye Vision link on OhioStateBuckeyes.com for details on how to order annual or monthly subscriptions to the service.

WOSU Radio will carry both games (820 AM Columbus/wosu.org and OhioStateBuckeyes.com). Herb Howenstine and John Mowat will call the action for the squad.

Live statistics from the games this weekend can be accessed from the men’s hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

The Fun Stuff
Friday is “Gray Friday” in Value City Arena. The first 200 fans will receive free Ohio State hockey tote bags and there will be chances to win gift cards from Best Buy.

In addition, there will be a silent auction where fans can bid on signed items from Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, Buckeye men’s basketball coach Thad Matta, Ohio State men’s hockey coach John Markell and the 2008-09 men’s hockey team. All proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.

After the game Saturday there will be a Meet the Buckeyes autograph session with sophomores Erick Belanger, Shane Sims, Sergio Somma and Corey Toy.

Road Trip to Cleveland
Next Saturday (Dec. 6), Ohio State will take on Robert Morris in the first game of a hockey doubleheader at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The second game is an American Hockey League contest between the host Lake Erie Monsters and the Iowa Chops.

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.

Last Time Out
The Buckeyes split a two-game series at Northern Michigan last weekend, with a 3-1 loss and 2-0 victory in Marquette.

In the first game, the Wildcats used power play goals from Mark Olver in the first and second periods and a goal early in the third en route to the win. Freshman Zac Dalpe scored the Buckeyes’ goal in the third period, but Ohio State could get no closer. Sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson had a career-best 36 saves in the loss.

Saturday, the teams were scoreless through the first period until Buckeye freshman Ian Boots scored a 5-on-3 power-play goal at 11:20 of the second and Todd Rudasill added a goal with two seconds remaining in the period to put the Buckeyes up 2-0. Carlson stopped all 14 shots he faced in the third, giving him 29 saves for the game, as the Buckeyes held on for the 2-0 win.
 
Buckeye Brief

The Buckeyes are 6-6-1 on the year and 4-5-1-1 in the CCHA, including a shootout win over Miami to open conference play. The squad is averaging 2.7 goals a game, while allowing 3.0. On the power play, the Buckeyes have converted 9-of-74 chances (.122) and have stopped 62-of-79 opponent opportunities (.785).

Freshman Zac Dalpe is first on the team with seven goals and shares the scoring lead with senior Corey Elkins with 11 points each. Sophomore Hunter Bishop is tied with Elkins for the team assist lead with seven apiece. Elkins and sophomore Peter Boyd are tied for second with four goals apiece. Sophomore John Albert is third with six assists. Dalpe and Boyd have a team-best two power-play goals.

In net, sophomore Dustin Carlson has played in 11 games, starting eight (including the last five), with a 2.18 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and 5-3-0 record.   

Buckeyes vs. Mavericks
Nebraska-Omaha leads the all-time series between the teams, 12-11-4, including 6-1-3 in the last 10 meetings. Ohio State is looking to end a four-game winless streak vs. UNO in Value City Arena and a five-game winless streak vs. the Mavericks overall.

In Columbus, the Buckeyes hold the lead in the series, 6-4-2. Ohio State’s last wins in Columbus vs. UNO were in a series sweep Feb. 13-14, 2004 (3-1, 4-3).

The Buckeyes and Mavericks were in the same CCHA scheduling cluster a year ago, with UNO winning the season series, 3-0-1. In Columbus Nov. 8-9, the Mavericks posted back-to-back 5-2 wins. In Omaha Feb. 8-9, 2007, the teams tied 3-3 in the opener and UNO won game two, 5-2.

Head coach John Markell has been behind the bench for all 27 meetings between the Buckeyes and Mavericks.
 
Rink Review

Qwest Center Omaha, the Mavericks’ home rink that opened in 2003-04, is the second-largest home rink for a Division I hockey team in the nation with a seating capacity of 16,000. Only Value City Arena, the Buckeyes’ home arena, is larger with 17,500 seats for hockey.

A Look at the Mavericks
Nebraska-Omaha enters the series with the Buckeyes 9-2-1 on the year and 5-2-1-1 in the CCHA. The squad is coming off a two-game home sweep of Michigan State with 7-1 and 3-1 victories. The team is 2-1-1-1 in road games this season. The Mavericks are averaging 3.67 goals a game, while allowing 1.83. The team has converted 14-of-69 power-play chances (.203) and has stopped 91.1 percent of its opponents’ opportunities (51-of-56).

Junior defenseman Eddie Del Grosso is leading the Mavericks with 14 assists and 15 points on the year. Senior forward Tomas Klempa is first on the team with seven goals and ranks third with 12 points. Senior forward Dan Charleston is second with six goals and 13 points. Sophomore forward Rick Purslow also has double-digit points with 10, including seven assists.

Senior Jerad Kaufmann and junior Jeremie Dupont have split time in net this year. Kaufmann has a 6-0-0 record, 1.81 goals-against average and .931 save percentage. Dupont is 3-2-1, along with a 1.82 gaa and .930 svpct.

Mike Kemp, a 1975 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus, is in his 12th season at the helm of the Mavericks. He has a school and career ledger of 188-208-50.

Last Time: Buckeyes vs. Mavericks
The Buckeyes were 0-1-1 at Nebraska-Omaha Feb. 8-9, tying the series opener before falling, 5-2, in game two.

The Buckeyes and Mavericks tied, 3-3, in the series opener. The Buckeyes led 2-0 after the first period on goals by Tommy Goebel (power play) and Tom Fritsche. UNO tied the game with two goals in 30 seconds just 2:50 into the second period.

In the third, Kyle Reed briefly gave the Buckeyes the lead before the Mavs tied the game less than two minutes later. Neither team was able to break the tie through the rest of regulation or overtime, ending the game deadlocked.

Feb. 9, the Buckeyes and Mavericks traded first-period goals, with John Albert scoring for Ohio State. The teams were unable so score in the second, with Buckeye goalie Joseph Palmer stopping all 18 Maverick shots as UNO outshot OSU, 18-4, in the period.

In the third, UNO went ahead, 2-1, on Bryan Marshall’s power-play goal at 2:27. Buckeye senior Johann Kroll tied the score at 7:05 with his first goal of the season, but Eddie Del Grosso responded just 1:02 later to put the Mavericks back on top and UNO scored twice, at 18:08 and an empty-net, power-play tally at 19:30, to put the game out of reach for the Buckeyes.

Dusty Gets it Done
After a career-high 36 saves last Friday, sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson had his third career shutout last Saturday with 29 saves vs. Northern Michigan. In his eight starts this season (including the last five-consecutive games), Carlson has a 1.63 goals-against average, .945 save percentage and 5-3-0 record. 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.

In Carlson’s last five games, he is 4-1 with a .80 goals-against average and .973 save percentage.

Back and Forth
Freshman Zac Dalpe and senior Corey Elkins continue to lead the Buckeyes in scoring with 11 points each. Dalpe took the lead briefly after his team-best seventh goal Friday night vs. NMU, but Elkins had an assist Saturday vs. the Wildcats to move back into a tie.

Boots is a Star
Freshman Ian Boots had his third multiple-point game of the season Saturday at Northern Michigan with a goal and an assist to earn first star of the game accolades. After he was scoreless in his first four games, he has at least one point in five of the last eight games, with three goals, five assists and eight points.

Special Teams Summary
Ian Boots’ second-period power-play tally at Northern Michigan last Saturday was the Buckeyes’ first in 21 chances. The team had gone scoreless on the power play in its previous four games. The Buckeyes’ allowed two power-play goals against the Wildcats last Friday, the first extra-man goals allowed by the Buckeyes in the last four games and ending the team’s streak of consecutive penalties killed at 14.

No. 7
Sophomore defenseman Erick Belanger’s assist last Saturday was the second of his career and first since Nov. 8, 2007. All but four Buckeye skaters now have at least one point on the year.

Here’s Johnny
Sophomore John Albert ended a five-game scoreless streak with an assist Saturday. He has a team-best four power-play assists on the season.

A Low
The Buckeyes were held to a season-low three goals in a series in the split with Northern Michigan. The team had scored three or more goals in nine of its first 11 games on the year and is averaging 2.7 goals a game on the season.

Zac Attack
Freshman forward Zac Dalpe has a team-best seven goals this season, ranking third (tied) in the CCHA overall and tying for first among league rookies. His 11 points are second among CCHA first-year players and are tied for 17th in the CCHA. He is 13th (tied) in the NCAA among rookies in points per game (.85).

We’re Honored
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.
 
Start Over
Freshman Zac Dalpe had his five-game scoring streak ended Saturday at Northern Michigan, while sophomore Hunter Bishop saw his point streak end at four vs. the Wildcats.

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, a game in Cleveland vs. Robert Morris 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.

SOG
After being held to 23 or fewer shots in the last two games, the Buckeyes put 35 shots on net last Friday vs. Northern Michigan and 30 on net in the game vs. the Wildcats Saturday. The Buckeyes are third in the CCHA, averaging 32.2 shots a game.

Corey’s Story
Senior Corey Elkins has a point in nine of 13 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 Nov. 14,  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 tied for first on the team with 11 points this season, the most points he has had in a season since recording 14 as a sophomore in 2006-07. His seven assists tie his career high, first set in 2006-07.

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. Nebraska-Omaha enters the series this weekend ranked 14th nationally.

Up Next
The Buckeyes will take on Robert Morris at 4 p.m. next Saturday (Dec. 6) at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The team then 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. game, there will be a Meet the Buckeyes postgame autograph session with freshmen Matt Bartkowski, Sean Duddy, Mike Folkes and Cal Heeter.