Ohio State at Alaska
Friday, Jan. 30 – 7:05 p.m. AT
Saturday, Jan. 31 – 7:05 p.m. AT
Carlson Center, Fairbanks, Alaska
2007-08 Series – Alaska won 2-1-1
at Alaska 2, Ohio State 1 OT (Dec. 14, 2007)
at Alaska 2, Ohio State 2 OT (Dec. 15, 2007)
Alaska 4, at Ohio State 2 (Jan. 4, 2008)
at Ohio State 5, Alaska 2 (Jan. 5, 2008)
Series History – Ohio State leads 21-18-3
In Columbus – Ohio State leads 13-6-1
In Fairbanks, Alaska – Alaska leads 12-7-2
Neutral Site – Ohio State leads 1-0-0
CCHA Regular Season – Ohio State leads 18-13-3
Postseason – Ohio State leads 2-0-0
Overtime – Tied 3-3-3
Last 10 – Ohio State leads 6-3-1
Buckeye This and That
Buckeye sophomore Hunter Bishop calls Fairbanks home. He grew up in Fairbanks and even skated for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. This weekend marks his first collegiate games in his hometown. He spent his freshman year at North Dakota and played one game in Anchorage against the Seawolves.
It took 32 hours for the Buckeyes to arrive in Fairbanks, Alaska, for the series this weekend. The team left Value City Arena at 7 a.m. ET Wednesday and landed in Fairbanks at 11 a.m. AT (3 p.m. ET) Thursday. The original plan was to go from Columbus, to Minneapolis, to Anchorage and then Fairbanks all on Wednesday, arriving in Fairbanks around 5:15 AT. Instead, the team didn’t take off from Columbus until 6 p.m. ET Wednesday, went to Minneapolis and then on to Seattle, arriving around 11 p.m. PT. After a quick four hours in a hotel for a cat nap, it was back to the airport for a 6 a.m. flight to Anchorage, and then on to Fairbanks.
Ohio State had its 13-game (11-0-2) unbeaten streak ended with a loss to Western Michigan last Saturday. The streak tied the program record, first set by the 1983-84 squad that opened the year with 13-consecutive wins.
The Buckeyes have won all three shootouts they have been involved with this season. The squad has shootout wins over Miami, Ferris State and Western Michigan.
Freshman Ian Boots leads all CCHA rookies in scoring with 21 points.
Corey Elkins and John Albert are battling for the Buckeye scoring lead with 27 and 26 points, respectively. It is a career high total for each.
Ohio State is 3-0-1 on the road in January, with a sweep at Bowling Green (8-5, 3-2 OT) and a 1-0-1 weekend at Ferris State (6-2, 2-2 OT), with a shootout win vs. the Bulldogs.
Ohio State enters the weekend tied for fourth place in the CCHA, two points behind Alaska with four games in hand.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 13/14 Ohio State men’s hockey team hits the road to face the Alaska Nanooks this weekend. The Buckeyes (16-7-3, 9-6-3-3 CCHA) and Nanooks (11-9-6, 9-8-5-3) will meet at 7:05 p.m. AT (11:05 p.m. ET) Friday and Saturday in the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Follow the Buckeyes
Both of the Buckeyes’ games vs. the Nanooks will be available online through B2 Networks. Go to the men’s hockey page at AlaskaNanooks.com and click on the live coverage link for more information or to sign up.
Live stats can be accessed from the men’s hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
The Buckeyes were ranked No. 12 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll released Monday and were in the No. 13 spot in the USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Division I Men’s Poll. In the InsideCollegeHockey.com power rankings, Ohio State is No. 12.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes had their program-record 13-game unbeaten streak ended with a 4-1 loss to Western Michigan last Saturday in Columbus. The teams tied the opener, 2-2, with Ohio State earning the extra league point with a 2-1 shootout win in five rounds.
Ohio State enters the series at Alaska tied for fourth in the CCHA with 24 points in 18 games. The Buckeyes are two points behind the Nanooks with four games in hand and four points behind Miami with two games in hand. Ohio State trails first-place Notre Dame (18 games played) by eight points.
Nebraska-Omaha (20 games played) and Michigan (18 games played) share fourth place with Ohio State entering the weekend.
Buckeye sophomore Hunter Bishop returns to his hometown this weekend. Bishop is a native of Fairbanks and attended West Valley High School before graduating from Seaton High School in Vernon, British Columbia, while playing junior hockey in the BCHL. He played for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in the North American Hockey League in 2003-04 and had 14 assists and 21 points in 52 games. He also won a Pee Wee state championship while growing up in Fairbanks. Bishop’s sister, Teal, is a sophomore defenseman on the Ohio State women’s hockey team.
The Buckeyes are 16-7-3 on the year and 9-6-3-3 in the CCHA, including shootout wins over Miami, Ferris State and Western Michigan. The squad is averaging 3.58 goals a game, while allowing 2.69. On the power play, the Buckeyes have converted 20-of-130 chances (.154) and have stopped 117-of-143 opponent opportunities (.818).
Senior Corey Elkins is first on the team with 27 points, followed by John Albert with 26. Albert and Elkins share the lead with 17 assists each. Freshman Zac Dalpe has a team-best 12 goals, followed by Elkins and sophomore Hunter Bishop with 10 each. Three Buckeyes are tied for third with 21 points on the year – Bishop, freshman Ian Boots and sophomore Peter Boyd. Shane Sims is third with 14 assists and leads the defensemen with 17 points. Bishop has a team-best +20 mark, followed by Elkins at +18. Elkins, Boyd and sophomore Sergio Somma lead the team with three power-play goals each and Albert and Dalpe each have a team-best three game-winning goals.
In net, sophomore Dustin Carlson has played in 23 games, starting 20 (including 17 of the last 18), with a 2.24 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and 14-4-2 record.
Don’t Talk About the Streak
After 11-consecutive wins and back-to-back ties (and ensuing shootout wins), Ohio State had its program-record tying 13-game unbeaten streak ended Saturday with a 4-1 loss to Western Michigan. The program record was first set by the 1983-84 squad, which opened the year with 13-consecutive wins.
It was the longest unbeaten streak since the 2002-03 squad was 9-0-1 over a 10-game stretch Dec. 6, 2002-Jan. 17, 2003.
The loss to the Broncos was the first for the squad since falling on the road at Northern Michigan Nov. 21 (3-1). Included in the 13-game unbeaten streak were two overtime wins and shootout wins in the other two games that went to the extra session.
The Buckeyes’ 16 wins this season are tied for sixth nationally.
A Look Back
The Buckeyes were 0-1-1 vs. Western Michigan last weekend in Columbus. The teams skated to a 2-2 overtime tie and Ohio State won the ensuing shootout 2-1 in five rounds to earn both CCHA points. Ohio State dropped game two, 4-1. Against the Broncos Friday Ohio State led 1-0 just 23 seconds into the game on Patrick Schafer’s goal. The Broncos tied the game with a goal at 19:59, scoring off a faceoff deep in the Buckeye zone as time expired. Ian Boots put the Buckeyes back ahead in the second, but the Broncos again tied the game. Ohio State controlled overtime, outshooting Western 6-1, but could not get the winner. Ohio State won the shootout, 2-1, in five rounds, as Corey Elkins and John Albert scored for the Buckeyes and goalie Dustin Carlson made three saves.
Against Western Saturday, the Buckeyes opened the scoring in the first period on an Albert goal but the Broncos scored four unanswered goals, including power play and shorthanded goals and an empty-net tally, for the win. The Buckeyes outshot the Broncos in the game, 38-19.
Buckeyes vs. Nanooks
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Alaska, 21-18-3, and is 6-3-1 in the last 10 meetings between the teams.
Alaska won the series between the teams last season, 2-1-1. The squads met in Fairbanks Dec. 14-15, 2007, with each game going to overtime. Alaska won the opener, 2-1, before the teams tied game 2-2 in game two. In Columbus Jan. 4-5 the Nanooks posted a 4-2 win in the opener before the Buckeyes rebounded for a 5-2 win in game two.
On Alaskan Ice
In Fairbanks, the Nanooks lead the series, 12-7-2. Ohio State is looking to end a three-game (0-2-1) winless streak on Alaska’s home ice. The team’s last victory in Fairbanks was Jan. 20, 2006 (5-1).
This marks the second-consecutive year the Buckeyes will make the trip to Fairbanks, after the teams were in the same scheduling cluster a year ago.
Posting Points vs. UA
Sophomore Sergio Somma leads the Buckeyes with four points, with two goals and two assists, vs. Alaska. Junior Mathieu Picard also has two goals vs. the Nanooks.
On the Big Sheet
The Carlson Center, the Nanooks’ home ice, has an Olympic-size ice surface, measuring 200’ x 100’. Ohio State played on the larger ice surface at Northern Michigan Nov. 21-22, splitting the series.
The 2007-08 Series
The Buckeyes were 0-1-1 in the series vs. Alaska Dec. 14-15, 2007, with a 2-1 overtime loss and 2-2 tie in overtime. The series was the Buckeyes’ last before entering their December break.
In the series opener, the Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead early in the second period on Sergio Somma’s power-play tally. Alaska tied the game with a goal with just 47 seconds remaining in the middle period. The score remained tied until the Nanooks’ Jeff Penner scored at 4:21 of overtime, less than a minute after the Buckeyes had a goal disallowed.
In the second contest, the Buckeyes came back from two goals down to tie the game. Alaska took a two-goal lead with two power-play goals, scoring at 17:39 of the first and 14:54 of the second. The Buckeyes got on the board at 18:08 of the second when Tom Fritsche tallied. Tommy Goebel tied the game with 5:03 remaining, scoring on the power play. The Buckeyes had the only four shots on goal of overtime, but were unable to get the gamewinner past Alaska goalie Wylie Rogers.
The Buckeyes split a two-game series with Alaska in Value City Arena Jan. 4-5, 2008, losing game one, 4-2, before posting a 5-2 victory.
In the opener Friday, Alaska’s Ryan Muspratt opened the scoring just 1:13 into the game and Dion Knelsen put the Nanooks up by two with his goal 3:53 into the second period. Buckeye Matt McIlvane cut the UA lead to one with a power-play goal at 10:12 of the second. Alaska then extended its lead to 4-1 with goals by Dustin Sather and Nathan Lawrence in the first 4:30 of the third period. The Buckeyes changed goalies and took a timeout following Lawrence’s goal and the squad controlled play through the rest of the game, including skating with an open net for the final 2:20, but could get just one puck past Rogers. Nick Biondo scored for the Buckeyes at 11:47, cutting the UA lead to 4-2.
In the second game, the Buckeyes took a one-goal lead in both the first and second periods before the Nanooks tied the score. Ohio State took control in the third period, outscoring Alaska, 3-0, for the 5-2 win.
Fritsche opened the scoring with a goal 6:31 into the game, but Alaska’s Kevin Petovello tied the game with a tally at 15:47. In the second, Buckeye Mathieu Picard again put the Buckeyes on top, tallying at 4:20, but Alaska’s Derek Klassen tied the game at 2 with a goal with just 45 seconds left in the period. Sergio Somma scored the go-ahead goal on the power play at 5:08 of the third, followed by Shane Sims’ tally at 13:49. Picard ended the scoring with his second goal of the game, scoring into an empty net at 18:04.
Alaska enters the series with the Buckeyes 11-9-6 and stands in third place in the CCHA with a 9-8-5-3 ledger. The squad is second nationally in team defense, holding opponents to just 1.50 goals a game. The Nanooks are averaging 1.96 goals an outing. The team has converted 13-of-136 power-play chances (9.6 percent) and has stopped 111-of-122 (91.0) opponent opportunities. The squad averages 11.6 penalty minutes a game, the third-fewest nationally.
Last week, the Nanooks were 0-1-1 on the road at Northern Michigan, dropping a 2-0 loss in the opener and tying 2-2 before losing the shootout in the series finale.
Senior Braden Walls has a team-best nine goals and 17 points and shares the team assist lead with sophomore Kevin Petovello with eight each. Senior Adam Naglich (7g, 6a) and junior Dion Knelsen (6g, 7a) are tied for second with 13 points each.
In net, senior Chad Johnson is third in the NCAA in save percentage (.947) and fourth in goals-against average (.944). He is 8-9-5 and has four shutouts.
Dallas Ferguson, a 1996 graduate of Alaska, is in his first year at the helm of his alma mater.
On the Staff
Buckeye assistant coach Jason Lammers spent the 2003-04 campaign as a member of the Alaska coaching staff.
On the Road Again
The Buckeyes are 5-5-1 in road games this season, including 3-0-1 in their last four outings. In CCHA play the team is 4-4-1 in games away from Columbus. Three of the team’s four CCHA series during January are on the road. The team was 2-0 at Bowling Green and 1-0-1 (with a shootout win) at Ferris State.
Down to the Wire
Ohio State has won all three shootouts it has had this year, including a 2-1 victory in five rounds last Friday vs. Western Michigan. Against the Broncos, Corey Elkins and John Albert tallied and Dustin Carlson made three saves. It was the Buckeyes’ second-consecutive shootout win. The team is 2-0-3 in overtime games this year, with wins over Bowling Green and Bentley and ties/shootout victories vs. Miami (3-1/3 rounds), Ferris State (1-0/3 rounds) and Western Michigan (2-1/5 rounds).
The Buckeyes were held to just one goal in the loss to Western Michigan Saturday, the first time the team did not score at least two goals since Nov. 21 at Northern Michigan, which was the team’s last loss. The squad, which entered the weekend second nationally averaging 3.75 goals a game, scored just three goals in the series with the Broncos. The team now is sixth in the NCAA, with an average of 3.58 goals an outing.
Another Streak Ended
The loss to Western Michigan Saturday ended the Buckeyes’ home unbeaten streak at 10 (9-0-1). The team is 9-2-2 at home this season.
Battle at the Top
The scoring lead for the Buckeyes remains close between senior Corey Elkins and sophomore John Albert. Elkins had an assist Friday and Albert scored a goal Saturday, leaving Elkins one point ahead with 27 points. Elkins has a 10-17-27 line, with Albert a goal behind at 9-17-26. Three Buckeyes are tied for third with 21 points each Hunter Bishop (10g, 11a), Ian Boots (9g, 12a) and Peter Boyd (8g, 13a).
Just four Buckeyes had more than 20 points a year ago – Tommy Goebel (21-15-36), Boyd (10-14-24), Albert (4-17-21) and Jason DeSantis (5-15-20).
Patrick Schafer’s goal just 23 seconds into the game vs. Western Michigan last Friday was the team’s fourth goal in the first minute of a game this season. Schafer scored 26 seconds into the contest at Bowling Green Jan. 9. Hunter Bishop had the earliest goal, scoring 14 seconds into the game vs. Lake Superior State Oct. 17 and C.J. Severyn tallied 34 seconds into the contest vs.Robert Morris Dec. 6 in Cleveland.
The Buckeyes earned two league points with the shootout win vs. Western Michigan last weekend. It was the first time the team earned less than four points in a league series since splitting the series at Northern Michigan Nov. 21-22. The team has earned points in all but one league series so far and has earned all four points in four series.
On the PK
The Buckeyes were a perfect 6-for-6 on the penalty kill Friday vs. Western Michigan before allowing the Broncos a goal on their first opportunity Saturday. The team had allowed just one power-play goal in the three previous games and had given up three extra-man markers in its last seven outings combined.
On the Plus Side
The Buckeyes, who have outscored opponents 68-34 at even strength, have four of the Top 11 plus/minus ratings in the league. Hunter Bishop is first at +20, followed by Corey Elkins in second at +18. Ian Boots is first among freshmen and fourth overall (+15) and Matt Bartkowski is tied for eighth overall and fourth among defensemen at +13.
The Buckeyes lead the CCHA in shots per game, averaging 33.8 shots an outing. The team had 37 shots in back-to-back games vs. Ferris State Jan. 17 and Western Michigan Jan. 23 before putting 38 on the Bronco net Saturday.
Four for Four
Sophomore defenseman Corey Toy had his career-best four-game assist and point streak ended against Western Michigan last Saturday. He has a helper in six of the last eight outings and has a career-best nine assists and points on the year. Toy is +11 this season and +1 or better in the last five-consecutive games and in nine of the last 12. He is first on the squad with 41 recorded blocked shots this season.
Get Back on Track
Sophomore forward Hunter Bishop had his three-game scoring streak ended last Saturday vs. Western Michigan. He has a point in 11 of the last 13 games and is tied for third on the team with 21 points, including 10 goals. He had just one goal in his first 10 games with the squad but now has nine in the last 16 games.
Bishop is first in the CCHA with a +20 rating and had just his third minus rating of the season against Western Michigan last Saturday.
Goal Good Stuff
The Buckeyes have scored six or more goals in five of their last 11 games and rank sixth nationally in goals per game (3.58).
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.
The Buckeyes have recorded 93 goals this season, including games with 10, 8, 7, 6 and 5 goals, but have had just six players record a multiple-goal game through 26 games.
Of the 31 goals in the six games combined since returning from the December break, all but four have come at even strength a shorthanded goal by Shane Sims vs. Bowling Green Jan. 9 and three power-play tallies. Two have been scored into an empty net, with 22 5-on-5 tallies and a 4-on-4 marker at Ferris State last week.
From the Blueline
Sophomore defenseman Shane Sims leads the Buckeye blueliners with three goals, 14 assists and 17 points this year, all career highs. He is tied for sixth in the CCHA in defenseman scoring.
Corey Elkins ranks in the Top 7 in the CCHA in points (27/6th), assists (17/t-6th), goals (10/t-11th) and plus/minus (+18/2nd). He has six multiple-point games this season and has at least one point in 19 games this season and has not gone more than one game without a point.
Elkins is +1 or better in 13 of the last 17 games. He has career highs in goals, assists and points this season.
Albert Helps Out
Sophomore John Albert has a team-high eight multiple-point games this season, including two three-point nights. He is second on the team with 26 points, ranking seventh (tied) in the CCHA. His 17 assists, matching his career high, are tied for sixth in the league and he has a team-best three game-winning goals to rank third (tied) in the CCHA and eighth (tied) in the NCAA.
Between the Pipes
Sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson has 20 starts this season, including in 17 of the last 18 games, sitting out just the second contest vs. Bentley Dec. 13 over the stretch. Carlson has a 2.24 goals-against average and .925 save percentage on the year, with a 14-4-2 ledger. He is third in the CCHA in saves (594), ranks fourth in the CCHA in save percentage and seventh in goals-against. In the national stats he ranks eighth (tied) in winning percentage (.750) and 11th in save percentage, along with ranking 19th in gaa.
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.
Hitting the Mark
Through 26 games this season, five Buckeyes have 20 or more points. Corey Elkins is first with 27, followed by John Albert with 26 and Hunter Bishop, Ian Boots and Peter Boyd tied for third with 21. Last year, just four Buckeyes had at least 20 points.
Every Buckeye skater 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.
Leader of the Pack
With 21 points this season, freshman Ian Boots ranks first in the CCHA in rookie scoring and is ninth nationally in freshman points per game (.88). He is tied for 16th in the CCHA in points overall. Boots scored a goal in the series opener vs. Western Michigan and has been held scoreless just four times in the last 13 games, with four multiple-point outings over the stretch.
Boots leads all CCHA freshmen and is tied for fourth in the league with a +15 mark. He is +1 or better in all but two of his last 11 games.
No. 3 on D
Freshman Matt Bartkowski, with 12 points this season, including nine assists, is tied for second among CCHA rookie defensemen in scoring, ranks ninth (tied) among CCHA rookies and ranks 13th among league blueliners overall in points. He is +13 on the year to rank fourth among league defensemen, eighth among all CCHA players and second among CCHA freshmen. He is +1 or better in 10 of his last 13 games. He has just three minus ratings this season, with a +1 or better mark in 14 games.
Sophomore Peter Boyd has 21 points this year, marking his second 20-point season. He posted a 10-14-24 line as a freshman a year ago.
Freshman forward Zac Dalpe leads the Buckeyes with 12 goals this season, ranking first among CCHA rookies in goals and ranking second nationally in goals among rookies. Dalpe has 17 points this year and is tied for sixth among CCHA rookies in points. Dalpe is tied for fourth in the CCHA overall in goal scoring and 20th in the NCAA in goals per game. Three of his goals are gamewinners, tying for third in the CCHA and eighth in the NCAA. His 12 goals this season are the most for a Buckeye freshman since Domenic Maiani had 12 in 2004-05.
Get on the Board
The first goal has proved important in many of the Buckeyes’ games this season. Ohio State is 11-2-3 when scoring first, but 5-5-0 when allowing the first goal. The team is 10-0-2 when leading after the first period, 2-4 when trailing after the first and 4-3-1 when tied after the opening stanza.
When ahead after the second period, the Buckeyes are undefeated (10-0-1). The squad has rallied to win two games (2-5-0) and is 4-1-2 when even after two stanzas.
Former Buckeyes are playing at all levels of professional hockey, both in the United States and abroad. Four Buckeyes currently are in the National Hockey League R.J. Umberger (Columbus Blue Jackets), Dave Steckel (Washington Capitals), Ryan Kesler (Vancouver Canucks) and Tyson Strachan.
Eight 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), Sean Collins (Hershey Bears), Jason DeSantis (Philadelphia Phantoms), Mathieu Beaudoin (Milwaukee Admirals), Tommy Goebel (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins) and Tom Fritsche (Lake Erie Monsters).
Two former Buckeyes are in the ECHL – Ian Keserich (Johnstown Chiefs) and Johann Kroll (South Carolina Stingrays). Former Buckeyes Kenny Bernard (Odessa Jackalopes), 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 Paul Caponigri 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.
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.
Better Late than Never
The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents, 38-22, in the third period this season, leading the CCHA in third-period goals. The squad has been outscored in the second period, 29-25. In the first, Ohio State has outscored its opponents, 28-19. 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 24 games this season, 10 Buckeyes have reached 10 or more points. After all 41 games a year ago, 12 Ohio State players had double-digit points. The squad is averaging 3.58 goals a game this season and was held to just 2.4 an outing last year. On the defensive side, the squad is allowing 2.69 goals an outing and gave up 3.3 a season ago. The team has 16 wins this season, already passing the 12 victories the squad had a year ago. The team is 9-6-3 in CCHA play, surpassing the seven conference wins from 2007-08.
Ohio State has received nine league player of the week accolades so far this year. Zac Dalpe (rookie), Matt Bartkowski (rookie) and Dustin Carlson (goalie) each have been honored twice. Corey Elkins was named the league offensive player of the week, with sophomores Shane Sims and Corey Toy named defenseman of the week.
The Buckeyes return home to face Notre Dame. In a Friday/Sunday series, the teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 6 and at 2:05 p.m. Feb. 8 in Value City Arena.