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No. 15 Ohio State vs.
No. 2 Notre Dame
Friday, Feb. 6 – 8:05 p.m. (CBS College Sports)
Sunday, Feb. 8 – 2:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

The Series
2007-08 Series – Ohio State won 1-0-1
Ohio State 3, at Notre Dame 1 (Feb. 22, 2008)
at Notre Dame 2, Ohio State 2 OT (Feb. 23, 2008)
Series History – Ohio State leads 28-25-8
In Columbus – Tied 13-13-5
In Notre Dame, Ind. – Tied 12-12-3
Neutral Site – Ohio State leads 3-0-0
CCHA Regular Season – Ohio State leads 23-19-8
Postseason – Ohio State leads 2-0-0
Overtime – Tied 2-2-8
Last 10 – Ohio State leads 6-2-2 

Buckeye This and That
The Buckeyes are 9-2-2 at home in Value City Arena this year, including 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. The squad is outscoring opponents 3.6-2.2 in VCA.
Ohio State was held to two goals or less in four-consecutive games in a four-game winless streak (Jan. 17-30). The team rebounded with six goals at Alaska last Friday in a 6-2 victory. Ohio State now ranks seventh nationally, averaging 3.6 goals a game.
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.
With three assists at Alaska, sophomore John Albert took the team scoring lead with 29 points, one ahead of senior Corey Elkins with 28. It is a career high total for each.
Freshman Ian Boots leads all CCHA rookies in scoring with 21 points. Classmate Zac Dalpe is first among league rookies with 12 goals.
Ohio State enters the weekend tied for fourth place in the CCHA with Michigan with 26 points each through 20 games. They are two points back of Alaska with four games in hand and six shy of Miami with two games in hand. Notre Dame stands in first with 34 points in 20 games.
Three of the Buckeyes’ final four series are against teams tied or above them in the standings, as they host Notre Dame and Michigan and have a home-and-home series with Miami.
Beginning this weekend, Ohio State will have six of its final eight games televised live. CBS College Sports will carry the game vs. the Irish Friday and the game vs. Michigan Feb. 21. Big Ten Network will show the Buckeyes’ game at Michigan State Feb. 13 and at home vs. Michigan Feb. 20. FSN Detroit will carry the Ohio State vs. Michigan State game Feb. 14 and ONN and the NHL Network will televise the game in Oxford Feb. 27.

Gamenight
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 15 Ohio State men’s hockey team returns home to host No. 2-ranked Notre Dame this weekend. The Buckeyes (17-8-3, 10-7-3-3 CCHA) and Irish (20-4-3, 14-3-3-3) will meet at 8:05 p.m. Friday and 2:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena in Columbus.

Student Sunday Fun
For the game Sunday, Ohio State students will be admitted free when they show their BuckID at the Southwest gate. All student seating will be general admission.

Follow the Buckeyes
CBS College Sports will televise the Buckeyes’ game vs. Notre Dame Friday, with Matt McConnell and Dave Starman calling the action.

Both games will be carried by WOSU Radio (820 AM/wosu.org) with Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye John Mowat on the call. The  Sunday contest will be available only on Internet.

The game Sunday will be available online through the Buckeye Vision subscription package. For more information, click on the multimedia link at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Live stats from both games can be accessed from the men’s hockey schedule page online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and from CCHA.com.

Ohio State student radio also is scheduled to carry the games on the internet at OhioStateSports.net.

The Fun Stuff
Friday is Date Night; for only $22 fans receive two tickets, two pizzas, two sodas and two OSU Ice Rink passes.

Sunday is Quarter Dog Day, with 25-cent hot dogs available (while supplies last). It also is Racing Day in Value City Arena, with race cars on display on the concourse. Great Clips driver Gabi DiCarlo will be in attendance signing autographs and dropping the ceremonial puck. Great Clips will be providing free hair cuts on the concourse.

Thundersticks will be handed out to the first 2,000 fans and there will be a postgame autograph session with Dustin Carlson, Todd Rudasill, Patrick Schafer and C.J. Severyn.

Postgame skates will be held on the ice following both games for fans who bring their own skates, with the team scheduled to participate after the Sunday tilt.

The National Picture
The Buckeyes’ 17 wins this season are tied for fourth nationally, behind Notre Dame and Boston University with 20 victories and Michigan with 19. Northeastern and Air Force also have 17 wins this year. The team is 10th nationally in winning percentage (.661).

The 17 victories are the most for the Buckeyes since the 2004-05 squad was 27-11-4.

The squad is ranked 15th in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com/CBS College Sports polls and is No. 13 in the InsideCollegeHockey.com INCH Power Rankings.

League Ledger
With eight conference games remaining, the Buckeyes are in fourth place in the CCHA standings, tied with Michigan. Ohio State, with 26 points in 20 games, is two points behind third-place Alaska with four games in hand and six behind second-place Miami with two games in hand. Notre Dame is in first place with 34 points in 20 games. The Buckeyes are one point ahead of Nebraska-Omaha (22 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.

Buckeye Brief
The Buckeyes are 17-8-3 on the year and 10-7-3-3 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 2.71. On the power play, the Buckeyes have converted 22-of-138 chances (.159) and have stopped 124-of-151 opponent opportunities (.821).

Sophomore John Albert is first on the team with 20 assists and 29 points, followed by senior Corey Elkins with 28 points and 18 helpers. Freshman Zac Dalpe has a team-best 12 goals, followed by Hunter Bishop with 11 and Elkins with 10. Three other Buckeyes have 20 points on the year – sophomore Peter Boyd (9g, 15a, 22p), Bishop (11g, 11a, 22p) and freshman Ian Boots (9g, 12a, 21p). Shane Sims is tied with Boyd for third with 15 assists and leads the defensemen with 18 points. Bishop has a team-best +20 mark, followed by Elkins at +18 and Boots at +15. Sophomore Sergio Somma is first with four three power-play goals. Albert and Dalpe each have a team-best three game-winning goals.

In net, sophomore Dustin Carlson has played in 25 games, starting 22 (including 19 of the last 20), with a 2.31 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and 15-5-2 record.

Last Time Out
Ohio State traveled to Fairbanks, Alaska, last weekend, splitting the series with a 4-1 loss in the opener and rebounding for a 6-2 victory in game two.

In the game Friday, Alaska scored twice in the first period while outshooting the Buckeyes 16-8. The teams were scoreless in the second before the Nanooks scored a power-play goal just 13 seconds into the third period to go up 3-0. Ohio State’s Kyle Reed responded with a tally 45 seconds later, but the Nanooks added a fourth goal at 17:45 for the final. The Buckeyes were 0-for-4 on the power play, with Alaska 1-for-4. Ohio State outshot the Nanooks, 29-24.

The Buckeyes rebounded with a 6-2 victory in game two to salvage two points in the series. Ohio State led 2-0 three minutes into the game and 5-0 at the end of the first period. Ohio State extended the lead to 6-0 early in the third before the Nanooks broke the shutout at 17:34 and then scored a second goal 25 seconds later.

Sergio Somma opened the scoring at 1:42, followed by a goal from Fairbanks native Hunter Bishop at 2:59. Freshman Taylor Stefishen scored on the power play at 4:19 and Mathieu Picard added a goal at 10:31, ending the day for starting goalie Chad Johnson. Peter Boyd scored the fifth goal of the first period. There was no scoring in the second period. Somma scored his second goal of the game on the power play at 4:33 of the third period. Alaska’s Kevin Petovello scored at 17:34, followed by Brandon Knelsen 25 seconds later, for the 6-2 final.

Multiple Multiples
In the win vs. Alaska last Friday, sophomore Sergio Somma had a team-best two goals, while classmate Peter Boyd had three points, with a goal and two assists. Junior Mathieu Picard and freshman Taylor Stefishen each had a goal and an assist and sophomore John Albert posted two assists.
  
Buckeyes vs. Irish
According to the Ohio State record book, the Buckeyes lead the all-time series with the Irish, 28-25-8. Ohio State includes four games from 1965-67 Notre Dame does not.

Ohio State leads 6-2-2 in the last 10, including a 1-0-1 mark a year ago in South Bend. In the 2007-08 meeting, the Buckeyes won the opener, 3-1, before tying game two, 2-2.

On Ohio State Ice
In Columbus, the series between the Buckeyes and Irish is tied, 13-13-5. The teams last met in Columbus Nov. 2-3, 2006, with Notre Dame winning game one 4-2 and the teams tying the second game, 1-1 in overtime.

On the Scoresheet
No Buckeye has more than a point vs. the Irish, with sophomores Todd Rudasill, Patrick Schafer and Sergio Somma each posting a goal.

A Look at the Irish
Notre Dame enters the weekend 20-4-3 on the year and in first place in the CCHA with a 14-3-3-3 ledger. The team had its 20-game unbeaten streak ended at home vs. Michigan last Friday (2-1) but rebounded for a 3-2 road win over the Wolverines last Saturday. The team had been ranked first nationally prior to the loss to the Wolverines, dropping to second in the polls this week.

The Irish are first in the country in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 1.59 goals a game. The team is 11th nationally in scoring offense, with a 3.33 goals per game average. Notre Dame leads the CCHA on the power play, converting 20.9 percent of its chances (34/163). The squad has stopped 88.7 percent of its opponents’ chances (126/142).

Senior forward Christian Hanson has a team-best 28 points and 14 goals. Sophomore forward Calle Ridderwall is second in goals (11) and points (25). Junior defenseman Brett Blatchford has a team-best 18 assists, followed by junior forward Kevin Deeth with 17 and senior forward Erik Condra with 16. Condra (6g, 16a, 22p), Deeth (4g, 17a, 21p) and junior forward Billy Maday (10g, 10a, 20p) all have hit the 20-point mark for the year.

In net, senior Jordan Pearce is fourth nationally in goals-against average (1.59), seventh in save percentage (.937) and fifth in winning percentage (.788).

Jeff Jackson, a 1978 graduate of Michigan State, is in his third year at the helm of the Irish and led the squad to the NCAA championship game last year. He has a career ledger of 262-91-39 and a school mark of 80-39-14. Paul Pooley, the associate head coach, is Ohio State’s all-time leading scorer and had his jersey retired in 2006.

A Tough Task
For the second-consecutive week, the Buckeyes will take on a team ranked in the Top 3 nationally in team defense when they host Notre Dame. The Buckeyes, who rank seventh in the NCAA in team offense, were held to one goal by Alaska Friday before scoring six Saturday night, the most allowed by the Nanooks this season.

A Rough Road
The Buckeyes, tied for fourth place in the CCHA with eight games remaining, will play three of their final four regular-season series against teams ahead or tied with them in the standings. The team hosts first-place Notre Dame this weekend and after a trip to Michigan State, which stands in 12th place, the team will host Michigan, also tied for fourth, in Columbus Feb. 20-21 and close 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 last Saturday vs. Alaska. The team scored 98 all of last season. The squad is the first CCHA team to reach 100 goals this season and has a league-best 33 first-period and 40 third-period tallies.

Hometown Hero
Sophomore Hunter Bishop scored a goal last Saturday in his first collegiate series in his hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska. The native had a large contingent of Fairbanks residents cheering for him and received a large ovation during starting introductions Saturday. “It was probably one of the greatest moments for me,” Bishop said of his first-period goal vs. the Nanooks.

Bishop has a point in 12 of the last 15 games and ranks fourth on the team with 22 points, including 11 goals to rank second. He had just one goal in his first 10 games with the squad but now has 10 in the last 18 games.

Bishop is first in the CCHA with a +20 rating and had just four minus ratings this season.

2 for 44
Sophomore Sergio Somma had two goals in the Buckeyes’ win Saturday, the team’s seventh two-goal game of the year and the second of his career, matching the two scores he had Nov. 18, 2007 vs. Robert Morris. Somma now has a team-best four power-play goals this season.

Somma now has eight goals, seven assists and 15 points on the year, matching the goal total he had as a freshman last season and falling one point shy of the 16 points he had a year ago.

It’s a Power-Play Goal
The Buckeyes scored two power-play goals vs. Alaska Saturday. It was the first time the team had two power-play tallies since Jan. 10 at Bowling Green and marked the first power-play goals in five games, ending an 0-for-15 stretch.

Home Sweet Home
The Buckeyes are 9-2-2 at home this season and had a 10-game home unbeaten streak ended with its loss to Western Michigan Jan. 24 in its last home game. The team is outscoring opponents 3.6 to 2.2 in Value City Arena.

Talk about a Trek
It took 32 hours for the Buckeyes to get to Alaska for their series last weekend. The team left the Ohio State campus at 7 a.m. ET Wednesday morning and landed in Fairbanks at 11:15 a.m. AT (3:15 ET) Thursday. Airplane issues in Columbus caused the flight to Minneapolis, scheduled to leave at 9 a.m., to not leave Port Columbus airport until 5:30 p.m. The team spent a few hours sleeping in Seattle before heading to Anchorage, and on to Fairbanks, Wednesday morning, beginning with a 6 a.m. flight.

Battle at the Top
With three assists in the series at Alaska, John Albert took a one-point lead in the team scoring race over Corey Elkins, who had one helper vs. the Nanooks. Albert now has a team-best and career-high 20 assists on the year. Elkins was held without a point Jan. 24 vs. Western Michigan and Jan. 30 vs. Alaska, the first time he went back-to-back games without a point this year. Albert has a 9-20-29 line, with Elkins posting 10-18-28.

Three other Buckeyes also have surpassed the 20-point mark. Peter Boyd is third with 24 points (9g, 15a), followed by Hunter Bishop with 22 points (11g, 11a) and Ian Boots with 21 (9g, 12a).

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).

Back on Track?
The Buckeyes, who have ranked as high as second nationally in scoring, were held to two goals or less in four-consecutive games during their four-game winless streak, including back-to-back 4-1 losses, the first time the team lost two games in a row since it was swept at Michigan Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

The four goals allowed in the losses marked the first time the team gave up three or more goals in back-to-back games since losing twice at Michigan Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

The team was back on track Saturday, scoring six goals and holding the Nanooks to two.

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 28 games.

Of the 38 goals in the 10 games combined since returning from the December break, all but six have come at even strength a shorthanded goal by Shane Sims vs. Bowling Green Jan. 9 and five power-play tallies. Two have been scored into an empty net, with 29 5-on-5 tallies and a 4-on-4 marker at Ferris State.

On the Plus Side
The Buckeyes, who have outscored opponents 76-43 at even strength, have four of the Top 15 plus/minus ratings in the league. Hunter Bishop is first at +20, followed by Corey Elkins tied for second at +18. Ian Boots is first among freshmen and tied for fourth overall (+15) and John Albert is tied for 10th overall (+12).

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 2-0-3 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).

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.

Albert Helps Out
Sophomore John Albert has a team-high nine multiple-point games this season, including two three-point nights. He is first on the team with 29 points, tying for fifth in scoring in the CCHA. He has a team-best 20 assists, tied for third in the league. It is the second time in the last four seasons a Buckeye has had 20 points. He has a team-best (tied) three game-winning goals to rank fourth (tied) in the CCHA and 10th (tied) in the NCAA.

After a five-game scoreless streak Nov. 1-21, Albert has a point in 13 of the last 16 games and has a point in each of his last three games (1-3-4).

Corey’s Story
Corey Elkins ranks second on the team and seventh in the CCHA with a career-best 28 points, including a career-high 10 goals and 18 assists. He is tied for seventh in the league in assists and 13th in goals. Elkins has six multiple-point games this season and has at least one point in 20 games this season, going more than one game without a point just once. Elkins is +1 or better in 14 of the last 19 games, with a +18 mark on the year to tie for second in the conference.

From the Blueline
Sophomore defenseman Shane Sims leads the Buckeye blueliners with three goals, 15 assists and 18 points this year, all career highs. He is tied for sixth in the CCHA in defenseman scoring. He ended a four-game scoreless streak with an assist at Alaska last Saturday, along with a career-high tying +3 mark. He is +10 on the year.

Twenty-Twenty
Sophomore Peter Boyd has 24 points this year, matching the total he had as a freshman last year. He has a career-high 15 assists this year, along with nine goals. Boyd had a team-high three points in the win vs. Alaska last Saturday with a goal and two assists. It was his third three-point game this season, matching his career high. He has two assists in five games this year and in seven games as a Buckeye.

Shooting Gallery
The Buckeyes lead the CCHA in shots per game, averaging 33.4 shots an outing. The team had just 24 shots last Friday at Alaska, the lowest for the squad since Nov. 29 vs. Nebraska-Omaha. The team has put 40 or more shots on goal in six games this season.

Goal Good Stuff
The Buckeyes have scored six or more goals in six of their last 13 games and rank seventh nationally in goals per game (3.57).

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.

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 22 starts this season, including in 19 of the last 20 games, sitting out just the second contest vs. Bentley Dec. 13 over the stretch. Carlson has a 2.23 goals-against average and .923 save percentage on the year, with a 15-5-2 ledger. He is second in the CCHA in saves (648/25.9 per game), ranks third in the CCHA in save percentage and seventh in goals-against. In the national stats he ranks ninth in winning percentage (.727) and 13th in save percentage, along with ranking 21st 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.

Leader of the Pack
With 21 points this season, freshman Ian Boots ranks first in the CCHA in rookie scoring and is 15th nationally in freshman points per game (.81). Boots has been held scoreless just six times in the last 15 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 13 games.

No. 3 on D
Freshman Matt Bartkowski, with 13 points this season, including nine assists, is tied for second among CCHA rookie defensemen in scoring, He ranks ninth (tied) among CCHA rookies and ranks 15th (tied) among league blueliners overall in points. He is +11 on the year to rank sixth among league defensemen and third among CCHA freshmen. He is +1 or better in 10 of his last 15 games. He has just four minus ratings this season, with a +1 or better mark in 14 games.

Zac Attack
Freshman forward Zac Dalpe leads the Buckeyes with 12 goals this season, ranking first among CCHA rookies in goals and ranking third (tied) nationally in goals among rookies. Dalpe has 17 points this year and is sixth among CCHA rookies in points. Dalpe is tied for sixth in the CCHA overall in goal scoring and 25th in the NCAA in goals per game. Three of his goals are gamewinners, tying for fourth in the CCHA and 10th 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 12-2-3 when scoring first, but 5-6-0 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 4-3-1 when tied after the opening stanza.

When ahead after the second period, the Buckeyes are undefeated (11-0-1). The squad has rallied to win two games (2-5-0) and is 4-1-2 when even after two stanzas.

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.

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, 40-26, in the third period this year, 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, 33-21. 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 28 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 3.6 goals a game this season and was held to just 2.4 an outing last year. On the defensive side, the squad is allowing 2.7 goals an outing and gave up 3.3 a season ago. The team has 17 wins this season, already passing the 12 victories the squad had a year ago. The team is 10-7-3 in CCHA play, surpassing the seven conference wins from 2007-08.

We’re Honored
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.

Up Next
The Buckeyes will travel to East Lansing, Mich., for a two-game series with Michigan State next weekend. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 13 and at 5:05 p.m. Feb. 14 in Munn Ice Arena.