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No. 16 Ohio State vs. Michigan State
Friday, Feb. 13 – 7:05 p.m. (BTN)
Saturday, Feb. 14 – 5:05 p.m. (FSN Detroit)
Munn Ice Arena, East Lansing, Mich.

The Series
2007-08 Series – Michigan State won 2-0-0
Michigan State 4, at Ohio State 1 (Jan. 18, 2008)
Michigan State 4, at Ohio State 0 (Jan. 19, 2008)
Series History – Michigan State leads 75-22-7
In Columbus – Michigan State leads 28-14-5
In East Lansing, Mich. – Michigan State  leads 41-6-2
Neutral Site – Michigan State leads 6-2-0
CCHA Regular Season – Michigan State leads 59-18-6
Postseason – Michigan State leads 6-2-0
Overtime – Michigan State leads 5-1-7
Last 10 – Ohio State leads 6-4-0

Buckeye This and That
Ohio State ranks fifth nationally in team offense, averaging 3.57 goals a game.
The line of sophomore John Albert and freshmen Zac Dalpe and Taylor Stefishen produced three goals (in a span of 10:12) and eight points in the Buckeyes’ win over Notre Dame last Sunday.
Freshman Zac Dalpe was named the CCHA Rookie of the Week Monday, his league-leading third honor of the season. Buckeye defenseman Matt Bartkowski is one of just two other players to earn rookie of the week honors twice this year (Billy Maday, ND). On the year, Ohio State has 10 total CCHA player of the week accolades, behind only Notre Dame with 12.
Ohio State enters the series at Michigan State tied for fourth place in the CCHA with Alaska with 28 points each, with Ohio State holding two games in hand on the Nanooks. They are two points back of Michigan and four shy of Miami. Notre Dame stands in first with 36 points.
Sophomore John Albert leads the Buckeyes and is tied for third in the CCHA with 33 points this year. Senior Corey Elkins is second with 29 points this season, tied for sixth in the league.
Freshman Ian Boots is tied for first among all CCHA rookies in scoring with 22 points. Classmate Zac Dalpe is first among league rookies with 13 goals and is fourth among league freshmen in points.
Starting last weekend, Ohio State will have six of its final eight games televised live. CBS College Sports carried the game vs. Notre Dame last Friday and will show the game vs. Michigan Feb. 21. Big Ten Network will show the Buckeyes’ game at Michigan State Friday and at home vs. Michigan Feb. 20. FSN Detroit will carry the Ohio State vs. Michigan State game this Saturday and ONN and the NHL Network will televise the game in Oxford Feb. 27.
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.

Gamenight
COLUMBUS, Ohio —
The No. 16 Ohio State men’s hockey team travels to East Lansing, Mich., to take on Michigan State in its final Central Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season road series in 2008-09. The Buckeyes (18-9-3, 11-8-3-3 CCHA) and Spartans (8-18-4, 5-14-3-2) will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and at 5:05 p.m. Saturday in Munn Ice Arena. The Buckeyes are coming off a two-game split at home vs. then-No. 2 ranked Notre Dame, with a  4-3 overtime loss Friday and 4-1 victory Sunday in Value City Arena.

Follow the Buckeyes
Both of the games between the Buckeyes and Spartans will be televised live. Friday the Big Ten Network will carry the action, with Fred Pletsch, Matt Rosen and Shireen Saski on the call. Saturday FSN Detroit will carry the game, with Pletsch and Matt Shepard providing commentary.

WOSU Radio (820 AM Columbus/wosu.org), with Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye John Mowat on the call, will carry both games.

Live stats can be accessed from the men’s hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or from the CCHA.com home page.
 
League Ledger

With six conference games remaining, the Buckeyes are tied for fourth place in the CCHA standings, tied with Alaska with two games in hand on the Nanooks. Ohio State, with 28 points in 22 games, is two points behind third-place Michigan (22 games played) and four back of second-place Miami (22 games played). Notre Dame is in first place with 36 points through 22 games. Nebraska-Omaha is two points behind Ohio State with two more games played.

The Top 4 teams in the final league standings earn first-round byes in the CCHA playoffs, with teams 5-8 hosting teams 9-12 in the first round. The Top 4 teams host quarterfinal rounds against the first-round winners. The first tiebreaker is conference wins.

The National Picture
The Buckeyes are 10th nationally in winning percentage (.650) and their 18 wins this season are tied for sixth nationally

The squad is ranked 16th in the USCHO.com/CBS College Sports poll and is the first team receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15. The Buckeyes are No. 13 in the InsideCollegeHockey.com Power Rankings.

Buckeye Brief
The Buckeyes are 18-9-3 on the year and 11-8-3-3 in the CCHA, including shootout wins over Miami, Ferris State and Western Michigan. The squad is averaging a CCHA-best 3.57 goals a game, while allowing 2.70. On the power play, the Buckeyes have converted 23-of-144 chances (.160) and have stopped 131-of-162 opponent opportunities (.809).

Sophomore John Albert is first on the team with 23 assists and 33 points. Senior Corey Elkins is second with 29 points and 18 helpers. Freshman Zac Dalpe has a team-best 13 goals, followed by Hunter Bishop and Elkins with 11 each. Sophomore Peter Boyd (9g, 16a, 25p), Bishop (11g, 11a, 22p), freshman Ian Boots (9g, 13a, 22p) and Dalpe (13g, 8a, 21p) all have reached the 20-point mark. Defenseman Shane Sims leads the defensemen with 19 , including 15 assists. Bishop has a team-best +21 mark, followed by Elkins at +19 and Boots at +16. Sophomore Sergio Somma is first with four power-play goals. Albert and Dalpe each have a team-best three game-winning goals.

In net, sophomore Dustin Carlson has played in 27 games, starting 24 (including 21 of the last 22), with a 2.32 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and 17-6-2 record.

A Look Back – OSU Splits ND Series
Ohio State lost to second-ranked Notre Dame in overtime, 4-3, last Friday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes went ahead on a Zac Dalpe goal at 17:05 of the third period, but Notre Dame converted twice on a major power play, with the tying goal coming from Erik Condra’s 6-on-4 tally with less than 1.4 seconds remaining in the third period and Calle Ridderwall scoring the gamewinner 49 seconds into overtime on the carry-over of the power play.

The Irish took a 1-0 lead 4:59 into the game but Ohio State scored back-to-back goals to take the lead. Corey Elkins scored at 8:47 of the first to tie the game and Sergio Somma tallied at 1:15 of the second. In the third Condra knotted the score with a power-play goal at 8:50. Dalpe put the Buckeyes ahead with under three minutes left in regulation. The Buckeyes were almost able to escape, but Condra’s power-play goal with less than 1.4  seconds left forced overtime.

Sunday afternoon, Ohio State scored four unanswered goals in a 4-1 victory over Notre Dame, including three in just over 10 minutes in the second period. Sophomore John Albert (1g, 2a) and Dalpe (3a) each had a team-best three points, with linemate freshman Taylor Stefishen adding a goal and an assist.

Notre Dame opened the scoring at 7:44 of the second but the line of Albert, Dalpe and Stefishen scored just 39 seconds later to knot the score. Albert and Dalpe set up a Shane Sims power-play tally at 17:00 to give the Buckeyes the lead and Stefishen finished a play with his linemates at 18:35 to put the Buckeyes up 3-1 after two periods. A Mathieu Picard empty-net goal in the third period sealed the win. Sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson made 32 saves for the Buckeyes in the win.

Buckeyes vs. Spartans
The Buckeyes trail the all-time series with Michigan State, 22-75-7, but lead in the last 10 meetings, 6-4. The squads have split three of the last five series, with Ohio State sweeping the series in Columbus earlier this year (3-0 Nov. 7, 3-1 Nov. 8) and Michigan State sweeping the Buckeyes in Columbus a year ago. The Spartans have two more wins listed in the series record because they include two games from the 1957-58 season Ohio State does not.

On Spartan Ice
Michigan State leads the series between the teams in East Lansing, 41-6-2. The teams last met in East Lansing Dec. 1-2, 2006, splitting the series as MSU won 4-1 and OSU won game two by the same score. Ohio State is 4-2-0 in the last six series at Michigan State, including a series sweep Oct. 17-18, 2003.

On the Scoresheet
Freshman Zac Dalpe has a team-best two goals vs. the Spartans and shares the team point lead vs. MSU with sophomore Peter Boyd with three points each.

In Earlier Action – OSU Sweeps MSU
Behind 21 saves from sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson and points from nine players, Ohio State shut out No. 11 Michigan State, 3-0, Nov. 7 in Value City Arena. Freshman defenseman Matt Bartkowski scored in the first period and the lead stood until freshman Ian Boots and sophomore Mathieu Picard scored 2:03 apart in the third to secure the win. The Buckeyes outshot the Spartans in the game, 49-21.

Nov. 8 in VCA, Buckeye freshman Zac Dalpe broke a 1-all tie in the third period and added an empty-netter as Ohio State completed a sweep of No. 11 Michigan State with a 3-1 win.

The game was scoreless until the teams each scored in 17 seconds in the third. Buckeye sophomore Peter Boyd opened the scoring at 6:13 and MSU’s Matt Schepke responded on the next shift at 6:30. In front of the net, Dalpe took a pass from Picard and buried the puck at 11:44 to put Ohio State ahead. Dalpe sealed the win with an empty-net goal, taking a lead-out pass from sophomore Patrick Schafer. Carlson made 24 saves on 25 shots in the game, including 11 saves in the third period.

A Look at Michigan State
Michigan State enters the series this weekend 8-14-4 on the year and 5-14-3-2 in the CCHA. The squad is averaging 1.67 goals a game, while allowing 3.00. The team has scored 17 power-play goals on 146 chances (.116) and has stopped 134-of-154 opponent opportunities (.870). The Spartans average 16.4 penalty minutes a game.

Senior Matt Schepke has a team-best 13 goals and 19 points. Sophomore defenseman Jeff Petry is first on the team with 10 assists, followed by senior Tim Crowder with nine. In all, seven Spartans have 11 or more points this year.

In net, senior Jeff Lerg has a 2.84 goals-against average and .921 save percentage. He leads the NCAA in saves (824) and saves per game (32.96).

Rick Comley, a 1972 graduate of Lake Superior State, is in his seventh year at the helm of the Spartans. He has a school ledger of 150-99-28 and led Michigan State to the 2007 NCAA title. In his 36th season as a collegiate head coach, he has a 747-574-99 career record.

A Line to Watch
The line of freshmen Zac Dalpe and Taylor Stefishen and sophomore John Albert combined for three goals and eight points last Sunday in the Buckeyes’ 4-1 win over Notre Dame, all coming in a span of just over 10 minutes. Dalpe had a career-best three assists, Albert had a goal and two assists and Stefishen had a goal and a helper. Notre Dame took the lead at 7:44 of the second but Albert scored 39 seconds later and the Buckeyes added two more before the end of the second period to take a 3-1 lead into intermission.

ROTW – For a Third Time
Freshman forward Zac Dalpe was named CCHA Rookie of the Week, the league announced Monday. The Paris, Ontario, native had four points in the Buckeyes’ series split with then-No. 2 ranked Notre Dame last weekend. This is the third player of the week honor for Dalpe this season.

Friday, Dalpe scored a goal that gave the Buckeyes a lead over the Irish with just under three minutes remaining in the eventual 4-3 overtime loss. Sunday he assisted on three second-period goals in a span of 10:12 as Ohio State scored four unanswered goals in a 4-1 victory over the Irish. It was the first multiple-assist game of his career and he was named the game’s first star.

Dalpe has a team-best 13 goals this season, adding eight assists for 21 points. He is tied for second among the nation’s freshmen in goals and leads the CCHA rookies in goal scoring.

We’re Honored
Ohio State has received 10 league player of the week accolades so far this year. Zac Dalpe is a three-time rookie of the week and Matt Bartkowski (rookie) and Dustin Carlson (goalie) each have been honored twice. Corey Elkins was named the league offensive player of the week, while sophomores Shane Sims and Corey Toy have been named defenseman of the week.

Just Hold On
Ohio State’s overtime loss last Friday to Notre Dame was its first when leading entering the third period in three years, dating to Feb. 4, 2006 at Michigan. The squad led 2-1 after the second period and led 3-2 with less than three minutes remaining, but gave up a goal as time expired and in the first minute of overtime in the team’s first overtime loss of the year (2-1-2). The team is 12-1-1 when leading after two this year. The defeat was the first overtime loss since Jan. 26, 2008 at Lake Superior State.

Halfway to 100
Sophomore forward John Albert is the first current Buckeye to hit the 50-point mark and now has 54 career points. Classmate Peter Boyd is one point shy with 49 and senior Corey Elkins is two points away with 48.

Beating the Best
After a heart-breaking loss Friday to Notre Dame, the Buckeyes regrouped and defeated No. 2 Notre Dame, 4-1, Sunday. It was the Buckeyes’ second win over a No. 2-ranked team this year, joining the win over Denver Oct. 25.

A Rough Road
The Buckeyes, tied for fourth place in the CCHA with six games remaining, will play four of their final five regular-season series against teams ahead or tied with them in the standings. The team split with Alaska (t-4th) and first-place Notre Dame. After the trip to Michigan State (11th) this weekend, the team will host third-place Michigan in Columbus Feb. 20-21 and closes out the year vs. second-place Miami Feb. 27-28 with a home-and-home series.

Triple Digits
The Buckeyes reached the 100-goal mark for the season with six tallies Jan. 31 vs. Alaska. The team scored 98 all of last season. The squad was the first CCHA team to reach 100 goals this season and was joined by Michigan last weekend, who has 101 goals on the year. Ohio State now has 107 goals this season.

Vote for Dusty
Sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson is on the ballot for fan voting for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the most outstanding Division I men’s hockey player. Fans can log on to hobeybaker.com and click on the “Vote for Hobey” link to support Carlson. The first phase of voting runs through March 8.

Vote for Corey
Senior forward Corey Elkins has been nominated to participate in the 2009 Frozen Four Skills Challenge. Fan voting opened Feb. 4 and continues until Feb. 18 online at www.NCAA.com. Hayley Klassen of the Ohio State women’s hockey team is on the ballot as well.

Fans can select six position players and two goalies for each gender of the East team and each gender of the West team. The original list of 140 players was trimmed to 68 by the selection committee. Fans can vote for their favorites among the 68 players, which are vying for the 16 spots on each team. The selection committee will take all voting into consideration prior to making its announcement of the final rosters by the end of February.

The Frozen Four Skills Challenge will be held April 10 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. and will highlight the “Friday Night at the Frozen Four”.

On the Plus Side
The Buckeyes, who have outscored opponents, 82-46, at even strength, have four of the Top 12 plus/minus ratings in the CCHA. Hunter Bishop is first at +21, followed by Corey Elkins in second at +19. Ian Boots is first among freshmen and tied for fourth overall (+16) and John Albert is tied for ninth overall (+13).

Albert Helps Out
Sophomore forward John Albert has a team-best 33 points this year, including a team-high 23 assists. He is on a five-game scoring streak (2-6-8) and has 54 career points. He had his third three-point game of the year and his career with a goal and two assists vs. the Irish. His 23 assists this year are the most since Tom Fritsche had 34 and Dan Knapp had 23 in 2005. Albert has a team-high 10 multiple-point games this season, including three three-point nights.

Albert ranks third (tied) in the CCHA in points and second in assists. He is 18th in the NCAA in assists per game (.77) and tied for 23rd in points per game (1.10).

After a five-game scoreless streak Nov. 1-21, Albert has a point in 15 of the last 18 games. He had just 2-5-7 totals in the first 12 games of the year, with a 8-18-26 line in the last 18 games (1.44 points per game).

Zac Attack
Freshman forward Zac Dalpe leads the Buckeyes with 13 goals this season, ranking first among CCHA rookies in goals, ranking second nationally in goals among rookies and ranking fifth among all CCHA players. Three of his goals are gamewinners, tying for fifth in the CCHA and 14th in the NCAA. His 13 goals this season are the most for a Buckeye freshman since Domenic Maiani had 12 in 2004-05.

He had a career-best three assists and points in the win vs. Notre Dame last Sunday, the first multiple-assist game of his Buckeye career. Dalpe now has 21 points this season to rank fourth among CCHA rookies in points and tying for fourth among NCAA rookies in points per game (.81).

Dalpe, who missed the series vs. Western Michigan and Alaska with an injury, has a point in eight of his last 11 games, with a goal in six of those outings.

Goal Good Stuff
The Buckeyes rank fifth in the NCAA and first in the CCHA, averaging 3.57 goals a game. After a stretch of four-consecutive games the team was held to two goals or less (going 0-2-2 over the stretch), the team has three goals or more in each of its last three games (2-1-0, with an OT loss).

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) and have three six-goal outings. 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.

Corey’s Story
Senior Corey Elkins ranks second on the team and sixth (tied) in the CCHA with a career-best 29 points, including a career-high 11 goals and 18 assists. He is tied for 10th in the league in both goals and assists. Elkins has six multiple-point games this season and has at least one point in 21 games this season, going more than one game without a point just once. Elkins is +1 or better in 15 of the last 21 games, with a +19 mark on the year to rank second in the CCHA. Entering the 2008-09 campaign, Elkins had posted nine goals, 10 assists and 19 points in 60 career games, including a 2-3-5 line a year ago in 25 games.

Taylor Made
Since reentering the lineup in the series at Alaska Jan. 30-31, freshman Taylor Stefishen has five points (2-3-5) in his last four games combined. He had two points, with a goal and an assist, vs. the Nanooks Jan. 31 and against Notre Dame last Sunday. Stefishen has eight points, with three goals and five assists, in nine games this year.
 
A Stretch for Sergio
Sophomore Sergio Somma enters the Michigan State series on a three-game point streak (3-1-4), with a +1 mark in each of the games. Somma had a goal vs. Notre Dame last Friday and an assist in the win vs. the Irish last Sunday and now has a career-high 17 points on the year (9g, 8a). He is first on the team with four power-play tallies.

Time to Start a New Streak
Sophomore Hunter Bishop, who is tied for second on the team and 10th in the CCHA with 11 goals this year, was held without a tally in the series vs. Notre Dame. Bishop, who had a seven-game goal-scoring streak earlier this year, has just two goals in his last seven games.

Bishop leads the CCHA with a +21 rating and is +1 or better in 18 games this season, with just four minus ratings.

Leader of the Pack
With 22 points this season, freshman Ian Boots is tied for first in the CCHA in rookie scoring and is 13th nationally in freshman points per game (.81). Boots has been held scoreless just six times in his last 16 games, with four multiple-point outings over the stretch.

Boots leads all CCHA freshmen and is tied for fourth in the league with a +156 mark. He is +1 or better in all but two of his last 14 games.

On the Road Again
The Buckeyes are 6-6-1 on the road this season, including a 5-5-1 mark in CCHA play. After starting the season 1-5 in road games, the team is  5-1-1 in its last seven road games. On the year the team has been outscored, 3.4-3.2, in road games. In the last seven, however, Ohio State is outscoring opponents 4.1-2.6.

John Albert has a team-high 10 assists and 13 points in road games. Corey Elkins and Zac Dalpe are first with five goals on the road each, with Elkins ranking  second in points with 12.

From the Blueline
Sophomore defenseman Shane Sims leads the Buckeye blueliners with three goals, 15 assists and 19 points this year, all career highs. He is tied for fifth in the CCHA in defenseman scoring and scored the gamewinner on the power play vs. Notre Dame last Sunday. Sims is +11 on the year and is second on the team with 44 recorded blocked shots.

Even Up
The Buckeyes have recorded 100 goals this season, including games with 10, 8, 7, 6 and 5 goals, but have had just seven players record a multiple-goal game through 30 games. Of the 45 goals in the 12 games combined since returning from the December break, all but seven have come at even strength a shorthanded goal by Shane Sims vs. Bowling Green Jan. 9 and six power-play tallies. Three have been scored into an empty net, with 34 5-on-5 tallies and a 4-on-4 marker at Ferris State.

Twenty-Twenty
Sophomore Peter Boyd has a career-best 26 points this year, including a personal-best 16 assists. He is +4 and has a 1-3-4 line in his last three games combined. Boyd is one of just two Buckeyes (joining John Albert) with back-to-back 20-point seasons after posting 24 a year ago.

Between the Pipes
Sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson, the NCAA National Player of the Month in November and a  two-time CCHA goalie of the week, has 24 starts this season, including in 21 of the last 22 games, sitting out just the second contest vs. Bentley Dec. 13 over the stretch. Carlson has a 2.32 goals-against average and .922 save percentage on the year, with a 16-6-2 ledger. He is second in the CCHA in saves (699/25.9 per game), ranks fourth in the CCHA in save percentage and eighth in goals-against. In the national stats he ranks 13th in winning percentage (.708) and 14th in save percentage, along with ranking 24th 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.

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 Jan. 24 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.

Down to the Wire
Ohio State has won all three shootouts it has had this year. The team is 2-1-3 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 loss to Notre Dame last Friday was the team’s first OT loss this year.

Quick Start
The Buckeyes have scored in the first minute of a game four times this year. Patrick Schafer has two, with a goal 23 seconds into the game vs. Western Michigan Jan. 23 and 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.

Shooting Gallery
The Buckeyes lead the CCHA in shots per game, averaging 33.5 shots an outing. The team had just 20 shots last Friday vs. Notre Dame, the lowest since putting just 24 shots last Friday at Alaska, the lowest for the squad since putting 17 on net vs. Robert Morris Nov. 14. The team has put 40 or more shots on goal in six games this season.

No. 3 on D
Freshman Matt Bartkowski, with 14 points this season, including 11 assists, is second among CCHA rookie defensemen in scoring, He ranks ninth (tied) among CCHA rookies and ranks 13th among league blueliners overall in points. He is +13 on the year to rank fourth (tied) among league defensemen and second among CCHA freshmen. Bartkkowski is +1 or better in 11 of his last 17 games and has just four minus ratings this season, with a +1 or better mark in 15 games.

Get on the Board
The first goal has proved important in many of the Buckeyes’ games this season. Ohio State is 12-2-3 when scoring first, but 6-7-0 when allowing the first goal. The team is 11-0-2 when leading after the first period, 2-5 when trailing after the first and 5-4-1 when tied after the opening stanza.

When ahead after the second period, the Buckeyes suffered their first loss in three years last Friday and are 12-1-1. The squad has rallied to win two games (2-5-0) and is 4-1-2 when even after two stanzas.

In the Close Ones
Ohio State is 5-2 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, 42-28, in the third period this year, leading the CCHA in third-period goals. The squad has been outscored by one in the second period, 30-29. In the first, Ohio State has outscored its opponents, 34-22. 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 30 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 3.57 goals a game this season and was held to just 2.4 an outing last year. On the defensive side, the squad is allowing 2.70 goals an outing and gave up 3.3 a season ago. The team has 18 wins this season, already passing the 12 victories the squad had a year ago. The team is 11-8-3 in CCHA play, surpassing the seven conference wins from 2007-08.

Up Next
The Buckeyes will return home to host Michigan next weekend in the final regular-season two-game home series. The Buckeyes and Wolverines will meet at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 20 live on Big Ten Network and at 8:05 p.m. Feb. 20 live on CBS College Sports.

The first night is “White Out the Wolverines,” with Buckeyes fans encouraged to wear white. The Ohio State Athletic Band will perform Script Ohio on Ice and free rally towels will be handed out to the first 12,000 fans, courtesy of Nationwide. At the series finale, thunder sticks will be given out to the first 6,000 fans in attendance. There will be a Meet the Buckeyes autograph session postgame with juniors Joseph Palmer and Mathieu Picard. 
 
Catching Up
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 (St. Louis Blues).

Nine 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), Johann Kroll (Syracuse Crunch) and Tom Fritsche (Lake Erie Monsters).

Former Buckeye Ian Keserich is in the ECHL with the Johnstown Chiefs. 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.