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2009 Ohio Hockey Classic
Friday, Jan. 2
No. 2 Miami vs. Clarkson – 5:05 p.m.
Ohio State vs. Army – 8:05 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 3
Championship and Consolation Games
Army vs. Miami/Clarkson – 5:05 p.m.
Ohio State vs. Miami/Clarkson – 8:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Buckeye This and That
Buckeye seniors Corey Elkins and Zach Pelletier are two of 20 candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced Tuesday. The award is presented annually 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 Buckeyes enter the tournament on a six-game winning streak and as winners in nine of their last 10 games. The squad is on a seven -game winning streak in Value City Arena.
The Buckeyes are 5-1-2 all-time in Ohio Hockey Classic play, with the lone loss coming to Miami in the championship game a year ago. The Buckeyes and RedHawks have met in the title game each of the last three years.
The Buckeyes have scored 20 goals in their last three games combined to move to eighth in the NCAA in goals per game. The squad had a season-high 10 goals Dec. 12 vs. Bentley.
In their last game, the Buckeyes came from behind to beat Bentley in overtime, 3-2. The squad has come from behind to win in the third period or overtime five times this year.
The Ohio Hockey Classic closes out a 19-day break for the Buckeyes. The squad swept Bentley Dec. 12-13 before heading home for the holidays.
Senior Corey Elkins and sophomore John Albert lead the Buckeyes with 17 points each and Albert is first on the team with 12 assists, followed by Elkins with 11. Freshman Zac Dalpe is first on the squad with nine goals. In all, seven 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 Dec. 6. After the series sweep vs. Bentley Dec. 12-13 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.
Every Buckeye skater, as well as goalie Dustin Carlson, has at least one point on the season. Eighteen have scored a goal, with 25 recording an assist. Eighteen have both a goal and a helper.

Gamenight
COLUMBUS, Ohio —
The Ohio State men’s hockey team returns to action after a 19-day break in the fifth-annual Ohio Hockey Classic. The tournament opens Friday with first-round matchups between Miami and Clarkson at 5:05 p.m. and Ohio State and Army at 8:05 p.m. The second day includes championship and consolation games Saturday, with first-round winners and losers facing off. Ohio State will play at 8:05 p.m. against either the RedHawks or Golden Knights. Army will play the other team in the early game at 5:05 p.m. 

Follow the Tourney
Live stats from all four Ohio Hockey Classic games can be accessed from the men’s hockey schedule page online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

A live webstream of all four games is available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com through the Buckeye Vision subscription service. Visit the web site for more information or to sign up.

The Fun Stuff
Tickets to the Ohio Hockey Classic, which include both games each day, are $11 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for students and children. Tickets can be purchased online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, by calling 1-800-Go-Bucks or in person at the ticket office at Value City Arena.

Group tickets (10 or more tickets) are available for $4 each (plus fees) by contacting the Ticketmaster Charge-By-Phone line at 614-431-3600, any Ticketmaster Ticket Center or in person at the Ohio State athletics ticket office.

At the game Saturday, the Ohio State women’s hockey team will be honored during the first intermission to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the program. Members of the team will be signing autographs before the men’s hockey game at 8:05 p.m. and also will have a ceremonial puck drop. The women host Boston University at 4:07 p.m. Saturday before heading over to Value City Arena.

Last Time We Saw Them
The Buckeyes last played Dec. 12-13, sweeping Bentley in Value City Arena, 10-1 and 3-2 OT.

In the opener, Ohio State broke open a close game with seven third-period goals, including five on the power play, in the 10-1 win. It was the most goals scored by the Buckeyes since a 10-0 victory over Findlay Nov. 28, 2000.

In all, 15 Buckeyes had at least one point in the win, with eight posting two or more. Four Buckeyes had three-point nights, as senior Corey Elkins had two goals and an assist and sophomores Peter Boyd and John Albert and freshman Ian Boots each had a goal and two helpers. Sophomores Erick Belanger, C.J. Severyn and Sergio Somma each added a goal and an assist in the win. Freshman Taylor Stefishen had two assists, marking the first two helpers of his career.

Bentley opened the scoring at 5:25 of the first but Ohio State tied the game and took the lead with goals 1:08 apart from Somma and Elkins in the first period. Zach Pelletier scored the only goal of the second as the Buckeyes took a 3-1 lead into the third period.

In the second game, Ohio State rallied from a third-period deficit to close out the first half of the season with a 3-2 overtime win over Bentley.

The teams were tied at 1-all at the end of the first period, with Somma scoring in the power play for the Buckeyes. There was no scoring in the second period. In the third, Jamie Nudy put the Falcons ahead when he scored at 1:51. Hunter Bishop scored at 11:55 to tie the game.

Freshman Zac Dalpe scored on the only shot of overtime, knocking the puck out of midair and past the goalie’s glove for the gamewinner.

We’re Going Streaking
Ohio State enters the Ohio Hockey Classic on a six-game winning streak overall and has won nine of its last 10 games. The team has won seven-consecutive games in Value City Arena and is 7-1-1 at home this year. It is the longest winning streak since winning six in a row Jan. 28-Feb. 12, 2005.

Individually, eight Buckeyes carry goal, assist and/or point streaks of two or more games into the Ohio Hockey Classic.
Goals (Games/Goals)
Hunter Bishop (5/5)
Sergio Somma (3/3)
Assists (Games/Assists)
John Albert (3/5)
Ian Boots (3/4)
Corey Elkins (3/3)
Sean Duddy (2/2)
Shane Sims (2/3)
Points (Games/G-A-P) 
John Albert (6/3-7-10)
Hunter Bishop (5/5-1-6)
Ian Boots (5/3-5-8)
Shane Sims (4/1-4-5)
Corey Elkins (3/2-3-5)
Sergio Somma (3/3-1-4)
Zach Pelletier (2/1-1-2)
Sean Duddy (2/0-2-2)

Buckeye Brief
The Buckeyes are 11-6-1 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 3.4 goals a game to rank eighth nationally, while allowing 2.8 an outing. On the power play, the Buckeyes have converted 17-of-101 chances (.168) and have stopped 86-of-108 opponent opportunities (.796).

Senior Corey Elkins and sophomore John Albert lead the team with 17 points each. Albert is first with 12 assists, followed by Elkins with 11. Freshman Zac Dalpe is first on the team with nine goals, followed by sophomore Hunter Bishop with seven. Sophomore Peter Boyd and freshman Ian Boots are tied for third with nine assists each. Boyd and Elkins are tied for third with six goals on the year, with Boyd recording a team-best three power-play tallies. Bishop and Boyd are third with 15 points, followed by Boots (14) and Dalpe (13).

In net, sophomore Dustin Carlson has played in 15 games, starting 12 (including nine of the last 10), with a 2.28 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and 9-3-0 record.

Welcome to the OHC
The Ohio Hockey Classic is in its fifth year. The tournament was played in downtown Columbus at Nationwide Arena its first three years (2004, ’05, ’06) before coming to the Ohio State campus and Value City Arena last season (2007). This is the first time the tournament will be played after the new year the first four tourneys were all held Dec. 29-30 of their respective years.

Ohio State and Miami, both members of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, have participated in the Ohio Hockey Classic each season. Other participants include Colorado College, Minnesota State, Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, CCHA school Bowling Green, Rensselaer and Harvard from the ECAC Hockey League and Holy Cross of Atlantic Hockey.

Buckeyes in the OHC
Ohio State is 5-1-2 all-time in the Ohio Hockey Classic, with the lone loss coming to Miami in the championship game last year. The squad lost the shootout in both of the games that ended regulation and overtime tied.

And the Winner Is
Miami is a two-time Ohio Hockey Classic champion, winning the tournament title in 2005 with a shootout win over Ohio State after the teams finished regulation and a 5-minute overtime tied at 1 and downing the Buckeyes last season, 3-2. Ohio State won the 2006 trophy with a 5-2 victory over the RedHawks. Colorado College won the inaugural trophy in 2004, with a shootout win over Ohio State.

Buckeyes vs. Black Knights
The game Friday marks the first time Ohio State and Army will meet on the ice.

Army competes in the Atlantic Hockey Association. Ohio State is 16-6 all-time vs. current AHA teams – 14-6 vs. Air Force, 2-1 vs. Mercyhurst, 2-0 vs. Bentley and Sacred Heart and 1-0 vs. Holy Cross. The Buckeyes have never played American International, Canisius, Connecticut or RIT and met Bentley for the first time Dec. 12-13.

A Glance at Army
The Black Knights enter the Ohio Hockey Classic 4-11-1 overall (4-7-1 Atlantic Hockey). The squad played in the Dartmouth tournament last weekend, falling to the host Big Green 5-4 in overtime in the first round and suffering a 4-1 loss to Massachusetts in the consolation game.

The team is averaging 2.9 goals  a game, while allowing 3.9. The team has converted 15.3 percent of its power-play chances (13-85) and has stopped 59-of-74 opponent opportunities (.797). Army averages 10.6 penalty minutes a game.

Cody Omilusik is first on the team with 15 points and shares the assist lead with Mike Hull and Marcel Alvarez with eight each. Owen Meyer is first with eight goals, followed by Omilusik with seven. Meyer is second with 13 points.

In net, Josh Kassel has started nine games, with a 2-7-0 record, 4.11 goals-against average and .862  save percentage. Jay Clark has seven starts, with a 2-4-1 ledger, 3.50 gaa and .893 svpct.

Brian Riley, a 1983 graduate of Brown, is in his sixth season at the helm of the Black Knights. He has a school and career record of 65-76-20.

Buckeyes vs. Golden Knights
Ohio State and Clarkson could meet on the second day of the Ohio Hockey Classic. The Buckeyes trail the all-time series vs. the Golden Knights, 6-7-2. The teams last met Dec. 10-11, 2004 in Potsdam, N.Y., tying game one (3-3) before Clarkson won game two, 3-1. The teams last met in Columbus Oct. 25-26, 2002, with Ohio State sweeping the series (4-2, 4-3). The teams have met in three tournaments – a 1973 Thanksgiving tournament in Canton, N.Y. (an 8-3 Clarkson win), the Syracuse Invitational in 1991 (a 4-3 Ohio State victory) and in the 2000 Everblades College Classic in Estero, Fla. (a 7-6 Clarkson victory).

Clarkson is the third team from the ECAC Hockey League to participate in the Ohio Hockey Classic. The Buckeyes are 29-22-9 all-time vs. current ECAC teams: 6-6-0 vs. Cornell, 6-7-2 vs. Clarkson, 5-2-0 vs. St. Lawrence, 4-1-2 vs. Colgate, 3-0-0 vs. Princeton, 2-1-0 vs. Union, 2-2-0 vs. Yale, 1-0 vs. Harvard and Quinnipiac, 0-2 vs. Brown, 0-0-2 vs. Dartmouth and 0-1-3 vs. Rensselaer.

Ohio State assistant coach Jason Lammers began his coaching career as the volunteer assistant at Clarkson in 2000-01 and was a full-time assistant coach for the Golden Knights in 2002-03.

Clarkson Clips
Clarkson enters the Ohio Hockey Classic looking to end an 11-game winless streak (0-9-2). The squad is 2-10-4 overall (1-6-1 ECAC Hockey League). The Golden Knights average 2.1 goals a game and are allowing 3.3 goals a contest. The squad has converted 11 percent of its power-play opportunities (10-91) and has stopped 88-of-103 opponent chances (.854). The team averages 17.2 penalty minutes a game.

Scott Freeman has a team-best 12 assists and 14 points. Lauri Tuohimaa is second with 12 points and first with eight goals. Brandon DeFazio also has double-digit points with 10, including seven assists. Chris D’Alvise is second with six goals.

In net, Paul Karpowich has started 12 games and seen action in 14, with a 2-8-3 ledger, 3.10 goals-against average and .898 save percentage.

George Roll, a 1986 Bowling Green graduate, is in his sixth year at Clarkson and has a school ledger of 98-90-24. He led the squad to the ECAC regular-season crown and to the NCAA regional finals a year ago. In his career, he is 217-164-40 in his 13th season.

Buckeyes vs. RedHawks
The Buckeyes and Miami opened the season with a home-and-home series. The teams tied the opener, 3-3, before the Buckeyes prevailed in the first shootout in CCHA history. The RedHawks won game two, 7-3. Miami now leads the series between the teams, 57-56-11.

Ohio State and Miami have met in the Ohio Hockey Classic championship game each of the last three seasons. The Buckeyes were the champions in 2006. The RedHawks won the title in a shootout in 2005 and downed the Buckeyes, 3-2, a year ago. Ohio State is looking to end a nine-game winless streak vs. Miami.

The teams will close out CCHA regular-season play with a home-and-home series Feb. 27-28.

Miami Minute
The RedHawks enter the OHC 12-3-3 on the year and in second place in the CCHA with a  10-2-2-1 record. The squad is ranked second nationally and averages 3.50 goals a game, while allowing 1.72. On the power play, the team has 23 goals on 110 chances (20.9) and it leads the CCHA in penalty-killing percentage (93.8/106-113). The RedHawks average 19.7 penalty minutes a game.

Carter Camper is first on the team with 26 points, followed by Pat Cannone with 20 and Justin Mercier with 16. Camper has a team-best 11 goals and shares the team assist lead with Chris Wideman with 15 each.

Two freshmen have split time in the net for the RedHawks. Cody Reichard is 5-2-2 with a 1.65 goals-against average and .936 save percentage. Connor Knapp has a 7-1-1 record, 1.77 gaa and .924 svpct.

Enrico Blasi, a 1994 graduate of Miami, is in his 10th year at the helm of his alma mater. He has a school and career record of 199-141-31.

Then and Now
Through 18 games this season, seven Buckeyes have 11 or more points. After all 41 games a year ago, 12 Ohio State players had double-digit points. The squad is averaging 3.4 goals a game this season and was held to just 2.4 an outing last year. On the defensive side, the squad is allowing 2.8 goals an outing and gave up 3.3 a season ago. The team has 11 wins already this season and had 12 last year.

Lighting the Lamp
With 20 goals in their last three games combined, the Buckeyes now rank eighth in the NCAA in goals per game, averaging 3.44 a contest.

Comeback Kids
In the second game vs. Bentley Dec. 13, the Buckeyes came from a goal down to win in overtime on freshman Zac Dalpe’s goal. The squad has rallied to win five games in the third period or overtime this season. The overtime win was the Buckeyes’ first since defeating St. Lawrence, 3-2, Nov. 7, 2007 in Columbus.

All In
Fifteen Buckeyes had at least one point in the win vs. Bentley Dec. 12, with four (John Albert, Ian Boots, Peter Boyd, Corey Elkins) posting three points. Every Buckeye skater now has at least one point on the year. 

The Leaders of the Pack
Senior Corey Elkins and sophomore John Albert ended the first half of the season tied for the team scoring lead with 17 points each. Elkins has career highs in assists (11) and points, while with five goals Albert already has topped his four goals as a freshman. Albert is on a six-game scoring streak, with a 3-7-10 line, and has eight points in his last four games combined.

Goal-Goal-Goal-Goal-Goal
Sophomore Hunter Bishop is on a five-game goal scoring streak and has six points in his last five games combined. He is tied for third on the team with 15 points and ranks second with seven goals. He had just one goal in his first 10 games with the squad but now has six in the last eight games.

Back on Track
Sophomore Sergio Somma, who had one goal in the first 13 games, has a goal in four of his last five games. He had eight goals a season ago and now has five this season. He had a goal and an assist vs. Bentley Dec. 12, his third two-point game of the season and the fifth of his career.

Hold On
The Buckeyes are 6-0-1 when leading after the first period this season and 5-0 when leading after two. When tied after two periods, the squad is 4-1-1.

Between the Pipes
Sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson has 12 starts this season, including in nine of the last 10 games, sitting out just the second contest vs. Bentley Dec. 13. In games he has started this season, Carlson has a 1.92 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and 9-3-0 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.

Overall this year, Carlson has a 2.28 goals-against average and .926 save percentage. Nationally, he is 13th in save percentage and is tied for ninth in winning percentage (.750).

Three for Three
Sophomore Peter Boyd had back-to-back career-high three-point games, with a goal and two assists against both Robert Morris Dec. 6 and Bentley Dec. 12. He has five two-assist games in his career, including three in the last five games.

Home Sweet Home
This season, the Buckeyes are 7-1-1 at home in Value City Arena. The team is outscoring opponents, 4.0-2.3. Sophomores John Albert and  Peter Boyd lead the team with 11 points in VCA, including seven assists. Sophomore Hunter Bishop and freshman Zac Dalpe each lead the squad with five goals in VCA.

Setting the Standard
The Buckeyes set a number of Value City Arena records in the 10-1 win over Bentley Dec. 12.
VCA Records Set
– Goals in a Period, 7 (5/4x, last vs. Northern Michigan Nov. 14, 2004)
– Assists in a Game, 17 (16/2x, last vs. Miami Oct. 21, 2004)
– Points in a Game, 27 (25/2x, last vs. Miami Oct. 21, 2004)
– Points in a Period, 21 (13/2x, last vs. Miami Oct. 21, 2004)
VCA Records Tied
– Goals in a Game, 10 (vs. Findlay Nov. 28, 2000)
– Power-Play Goals in a Game, 5 (vs. Sacred Heart Nov. 6, 2004)

He’s A Winner
Freshman forward Zac Dalpe, who leads the Buckeyes with nine goals this year, is tied for third in the NCAA with three game-winning goals this season, including the overtime winner vs. Bentley Dec. 13. He is tied for fifth in the CCHA in goals and is tied for sixth among league rookies with 13 points.

Better Late than Never
The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents, 31-15, in the third period this season, leading the league in third-period goals. The squad has been outscored in the second period, 25-16. In the first, Ohio State has outscored its opponents, 14-10. The team helped its third-period totals with a seven-goal outburst vs. Bentley Dec. 12.

It’s a Power Play Goal (s)
The Buckeyes set a season high with five power-play goals vs. Bentley Dec. 12. The team improved to fifth in the CCHA on the power play, converting 16.8 percent of its chances.

Aim High
Senior Corey Elkins had three points vs. Bentley Dec. 12 to match his career high, first set at Bowling Green Nov. 17, 2006. Elkins has a career-best 11 goals and 17 assists this year. He has at least one point in 13 games this season and has not gone more than one game without a point.

Here’s Johnny
Sophomore John Albert had his streak of multiple-point games ended at three but extended his point streak to six games with an assist vs. Bentley Dec. 13. Against the Falcons Dec. 12 he had a career-best three points and tied his personal best with two assists, set five times before. He is on a six-game scoring streak, with a 3-7-10 line, and has eight points in his last four games combined.

On a Roll
Freshman Ian Boots, who did not play vs. Bentley Dec. 13, has at least one point in each of his last five games, with a 3-5-8 line. He had a career-best three points and tied his career high with two assists vs. Bentley Dec. 12. Boots is fifth among CCHA rookies with 14 points this year.

Putting it Together
Sophomore C.J. Severyn has four goals and five points in his last five games combined, with back-to-back two-point games vs. Robert Morris Dec. 6 and Bentley Dec. 12. Severyn had just two assists in 32 games a year ago and now has five points this year in 10 outings.

That’s a First
Freshmen Taylor Stefishen and Mikes Folkes both had their first career assist Dec. 12 vs. Bentley, with Folkes marking his first career point.

In addition to his first career goal vs. Bentley Dec. 12, sophomore defenseman Erick Belanger had his first career multiple-point game when he added an assist. He has 1-3-4 totals in his last five games combined.

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 seven games for the St. Louis Blues, recording an assist. Sean Collins was a recent call-up to the Washington Capitals and has played in 10 games, with one helper. He joins former Buckeye Dave Steckel with the Caps, who has a 4-6-10 line in 35 games. R.J. Umberger has played in 36 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets, with 10 goals and 19 points. Ryan Kesler has skated in 38 games for the Vancouver Canucks, with 20 points, including 11 assists.

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.

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.

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.

No. 2 Miami is the only ranked Ohio Hockey Classic participant. The Buckeyes could face the RedHawks on the second day of the tourney.
 
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. 7/8-8:30 p.m.
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 to conference play with a two-game series at Bowling Green Jan. 9-10. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. each night. The squad will stay away from Value City Arena the next week, traveling to take on Ferris State Jan. 16-17.