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Ohio State at Bowling Green
Friday/Saturday, Jan. 9/10 – 7:05 p.m.
BGSU Ice Arena, Bowling Green, Ohio

The Series
2007-08 Series –
Tied 1-1-0
Bowling Green 5, at Ohio State 2 (Feb. 1, 2008)
at Ohio State 4, Bowling Green 2 (Feb. 2, 2008)
Series History – Bowling Green leads 93-63-6
In Columbus – Ohio State leads 38-35-3
In Bowling Green, Ohio – Bowling Green leads 56-22-3
Neutral Site – Ohio State leads 3-2-0
CCHA Regular Season – Bowling Green leads 68-52-5
Postseason – Bowling Green leads 10-4-0
Overtime – Ohio State leads 9-7-6
Last 10 – Ohio State leads 6-3-1

Buckeye This and That
The Buckeyes enter the series at Bowling Green on an eight-game winning streak, the longest active winning streak in the nation. The squad has won 11 of its last 12 games and is tied for third nationally with 13 wins this season.
Ohio State is playing a game away from Columbus for the first time in a month. The squad played six of its last seven games in Value City Arena, leaving only to take on Robert Morris in Cleveland Dec. 6.
The Buckeyes are averaging 5.6 goals a game over their last five games and are sixth (tied) in the NCAA in scoring offense, averaging 3.5 goals a game.
The Buckeyes now have seven CCHA weekly honors after goalie Dustin Carlson and defenseman Shane Sims were honored after Ohio State won the Ohio Hockey Classic.
Senior Corey Elkins leads the Buckeyes in scoring with 21 points and is coming off an MVP performance in the Ohio Hockey Classic.

Gamenight
COLUMBUS, Ohio —
After winning the Ohio Hockey Classic, the No. 15/16 Ohio State men’s hockey team will return to Central Collegiate Hockey Association play with a two-game series at Bowling Green this weekend. The Buckeyes (13-6-1, 6-5-1-1 CCHA) and Falcons (7-10-3/4-7-1-0 CCHA) will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday at BGSU Ice Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Follow the Buckeyes
WOSU Radio (820 AM Columbus/wosu.org) will carry both of the Buckeyes’ games, with Herb Howenstine (play-by-play) and John Mowat (analysis) calling the action. Live stats can be accessed from the men’s hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The games will be televised in the Bowling Green area on the Buckeye Cable System Network (BCSN). The Friday game will air live and the Saturday game will be tape-delayed, with the first airing at 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
 
Moving In
Following the Buckeyes’ title in the Ohio Hockey Classic, Ohio State now is ranked in the national polls. The Buckeyes hold down the No. 15 spot in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and are No. 16 in the USCHO.com/CBS College Sports rankings. The squad is No. 13 on the power rankings on InsideCollegeHockey.com.

The Buckeyes last appeared in the USA Today rankings early last season. The squad was last ranked No. 14 in the USA Today poll Oct. 22, 2007 and was No. 12 in the Oct. 15 USCHO poll. The Buckeyes entered into the INCH Top 20 a few weeks ago.

We’re Going Streaking
Ohio State carries an eight-game winning streak into the series with Bowling Green, the longest active winning streak in the nation. The squad has won 11 of its last 12 games. It is the longest winning streak since winning eight in a row Jan. 9-Feb. 6, 1998.

The Buckeyes’ 13 wins this season are tied for third nationally, behind Notre Dame’s 16 victories and Air Force with 15 wins. Michigan, Princeton and Boston University also have 13 wins each.

Buckeye Brief
The Buckeyes are 13-6-1 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 3.5 goals a game to rank sixth (tied) nationally, while allowing 2.6 an outing. On the power play, the Buckeyes have converted 17-of-107 chances (.159) and have stopped 94-of-116 opponent opportunities (.810).

Senior Corey Elkins has a team-high 21 points and 14 assists, followed by sophomore John Albert with 19 and 13, respectively. Freshman Zac Dalpe is first on the team with 10 goals, followed by sophomore Hunter Bishop with nine. Bishop is third on the team with 17 points, followed by freshman Ian Boots with 16, including 10 assists. Sophomore Peter Boyd is first with three power-play goals and ranks fifth in points (15), followed by Dalpe, who has a team-high three game-winning goals, with 14 points.

In net, sophomore Dustin Carlson has played in 17 games, starting 14 (including 11 of the last 12), with a 2.04 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and 11-3-0 record.

A Look Back – Buckeyes Win OHC
Ohio State won the Ohio Hockey Classic title last weekend in Value City Arena, with a 6-1 victory over Army and a 2-0 shutout of Clarkson in the championship game.

Against Army, Buckeye senior Corey Elkins had a goal and two assists for his second three-point game in the last three outings. Sophomore John Albert and freshman Ian Boots each had a goal and an assist, while sophomores C.J. Severyn and Shane Sims each had two assists.

Ohio State jumped out to a 3-0 lead just 8:15 into the game, with three goals in 2:50 from Elkins, Boots and Mathieu Picard lighting the lamp.  Army scored at 14:23 of the first for their lone goal of the game. The Buckeyes’ Hunter Bishop scored the only goal of the second period to lead, 4-1, after the middle stanza. The Buckeyes scored twice in 1:34 in the third for the 6-1 final, as Zach Pelletier and Albert tallied.

Against Clarkson in the final last Saturday, Bishop scored the eventual gamewinner just 7:22 into the game, assisted by Sims and Elkins. Neither team was able to score until Buckeye freshman Zac Dalpe put the puck into an empty net at 19:19 to seal the win. The Buckeyes outshot Clarkson, 34-24, with Buckeye sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson stopping all 24 shots for his fourth shutout of the year.

The OHC tournament title is the second for the Buckeyes and the first since 2006. The squad last won a tournament in October 2007 when it claimed the Lefty McFadden Invitational crown. Elkins was voted the MVP of the Ohio Hockey Classic and was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Carlson, Bishop and Sims. The Buckeyes are 7-1-2 all-time in Ohio Hockey Classic play with two titles.

On the Road
The Buckeyes will play six of their eight CCHA games in January on the road, traveling to Bowling Green and Ferris State in back-to-back weekends. The team will return home to take on Western Michigan before hitting the road again for a series at Alaska. The series vs. the Falcons marks the Buckeyes’ first two-game road series since splitting two games at Northern Michigan Nov. 21-22. The team has played six of its last seven games in Columbus, leaving only to take on Robert Morris in Cleveland Dec. 6. The squad will cross the state line next weekend when it heads to Big Rapids, Mich., for the series with the Bulldogs.

Buckeyes vs. Falcons
Bowling Green leads the series with Ohio State, 93-63-6, with Ohio State ahead in the last 10, 6-3-1. The teams are even in the last six meetings, 3-3-0. The Buckeyes were 10-0-1 vs. the Falcons Oct. 27, 2001-Oct. 21, 2005 before BG ended the unbeaten streak with a 3-2 victory in Columbus Jan. 9, 2006.

In Bowling Green, the Falcons hold the edge, 56-22-3. The teams last met on the Falcons’ home ice Nov. 17-18, 2006, with Ohio State posting a sweep (9-3, 4-1). The Buckeyes are 6-1 in the last seven games on the Falcons’ home ice.

Last year, the squad split a series in Columbus, as BG won game won, 5-2, and Ohio State rebounded for a 4-2 victory, Feb. 1-2, 2008.

Senior Corey Elkins leads the current Buckeyes with three goals vs. Bowling Green, with all three coming in a hat trick Nov. 16, 2006. Each goal was scored on a different Falcon netminder.

Former Falcon
Buckeye head coach John Markell is a 1979 graduate of Bowling Green. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Falcons and a three-time first team All-CCHA selection. He was inducted into the Bowling Green Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.

OSU vs. BGSU in 2008
The Buckeyes and Bowling Green split a series in Columbus last year, with BG winning the opener Feb. 1, 2008, 5-2, before the Buckeyes rebounded for a 4-2 victory Feb. 2, 2008.

In the series opener, Bowling Green scored twice in the final seven minutes of the first period to hold a 2-0 lead after one. Derek Whitmore opened the scoring at 13:01 and Kai Kantola added a goal at 19:19. 

Buckeye Nick Biondo cut the Falcon lead to one (2-1) with a 4-on-4 goal at 15:19 of the second. The Falcons regained their two-goal edge on Jacob Cepis’ breakaway goal at 18:37. Cepis added his second goal of the game just 49 seconds into the third to extend the Falcon lead to 4-1. Corey Toy then tallied at 16:34 to cut the Falcons’ lead to two (4-2). With 2:12 remaining, the Buckeyes went on the power play and the team pulled goalie Dustin Carlson for a 6-on-4 advantage. The Buckeyes were unable to convert, however, and Whitmore closed out the scoring with a shorthanded, empty-net goal with 27 seconds left.

For the game, the Buckeyes outshot the Falcons, 41-37. Neither team was able to score on the power play – OSU was 0-for-3 and BG was 0-for-6.

In the second game, Buckeye Peter Boyd scored twice in the final five minutes of regulation to give the Buckeyes a 4-2 comeback win.

The teams were tied after both the first and second periods. Biondo opened the scoring 4:33 into the game before BG’s James Perkin tied the score at 9:37. Tomas Petruska gave the Falcons the lead 3:19 into the second before OSU’s Tommy Goebel scored with 1:55 remaining in the period.

In the third, Boyd put the Buckeyes ahead at 15:39 and gave the squad a two-goal edge at 17:47.

The Buckeyes outshot the Falcons in the game, 44-29. Ohio State converted 1-of-4 power-play chances, while Bowling Green was 0-for-5.

Falcon File
Bowling Green is 7-10-3 this season and is 4-7-1-0 in CCHA play. The squad last played Dec. 19-20, when it swept Clarkson, 4-1 and 3-1, in Bowling Green.The sweep ended a six-game (0-5-1) winless streak for the Falcons.

Bowling Green is averaging 2.2 goals a game this season, while allowing 3.1. The squad has converted 11.1 percent of its power-play chances and has stopped 80.9 percent of its opponents’ chances.

Dan Sexton leads Bowling Green with 13 assists and 21 points and is tied for second with eight goals. Brandon Svendsen is second with 11 assists and 17 points. David Solway has a team-best nine goals and ranks third in points with 16. Kai Kantola also has hit double-digits in points with 10, including eight goals.

In net, Jimmy Spratt has started every game. He has a 2.93 goals-against average and .888 save percentage.

Scott Paluch, a 1991 graduate of Bowling Green, is in his seventh year at the helm of his alma mater. He has a school and career ledger of 80-142-23.

We’re Honored
The Buckeyes received two more CCHA player of the week honors after Dustin Carlson was named the league goalie of the week and Shane Sims picked up defenseman honors following the Ohio Hockey Classic.

In all, Ohio State has received seven league player of the week accolades so far this year. Zac Dalpe (rookie) and Carlson (goalie) each have been honored twice. Matt Bartkowski was named the league rookie of the week as well, with sophomore Corey Toy named defenseman of the week.

Ohio State is second among league teams in weekly honors, behind only top-ranked Notre Dame with 10.
 
Then and Now
Through 20 games this season, eight 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 3.5 goals a game this season and was held to just 2.4 an outing last year. On the defensive side, the squad is allowing 2.6 goals an outing and gave up 3.3 a season ago. The team has 13 wins this season, already passing the 12 victories the squad had a year ago.

Home Sweet Home
This season, the Buckeyes are 9-1-1 at home in Value City Arena, including nine-consecutive wins, the most wins in VCA for the team since the 2004-05 squad had 15 home victories. The team is outscoring opponents, 44-22, in VCA. 

Lighting the Lamp
The Buckeyes have scored six or more goals in three of their last five games and are averaging 5.6 goals a game over the stretch. The Buckeyes now rank sixth (tied) in the NCAA in goals per game, averaging 3.5 a contest. The team last ended a  season averaging more than 3.5 goals an outing in 1997-98, when it scored an average of 3.83 goals a game.

Goal-Goal-Goal-Goal-Goal-Goal-Goal
Sophomore Hunter Bishop is on a seven-game goal scoring streak and has eight points in his last seven games combined. He is third on the team with 17 points and ranks second with nine goals. He had just one goal in his first 10 games with the squad but now has eight in the last 10 games.

Bishop is first in the CCHA with a +15 rating, is tied for sixth in the league in goal scoring and ranks 15th (tied) among league skaters in points.

Corey’s Story
Senior Corey Elkins was named the MVP of the Ohio Hockey Classic after posting a tournament-high four points, including a three-point game vs. Army. Elkins leads the Buckeyes in assists (14) and points (21), both career highs. He has seven goals to match his previous best. He has at least one point in 15 games this season and has not gone more than one game without a point. He enters the Bowling Green series on a five-game point-scoring streak.

Elkins is tied for sixth in the CCHA in assists and tied for seventh in the league in points. He is tied for third in the league with a +12 rating.

Between the Pipes
Sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson has 14 starts this season, including in 11 of the last 12 games, sitting out just the second contest vs. Bentley Dec. 13. In games he has started this season, Carlson has a 1.72 goals-against average, .944 save percentage and 11-3-0 ledger, including four shutouts.

Overall this year, Carlson has a 2.04 goals-against average and .932 save percentage. He is third in the CCHA in save percentage, fifth in saves (428) and seventh in goals-against average. In the national stats he ranks eighth in winning percentage (.786), ninth in save percentage and 16th in goals-against average.

Carlson, who leads the CCHA 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.

He’s a Helper
Sophomore defenseman Shane Sims was named the CCHA Defenseman of the Week after recording three assists and a +3 mark in the Ohio Hockey Classic. He is on a six-game point streak (1-7-8) and has a career-best two assists in two of his last three games. He has matched his goal, assist and point totals from last year with one goals, 10 assists and 11 points. Sims is tied for seventh among CCHA blueliners in scoring.

All In
Every Buckeye skater now 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. 

Hold On
The Buckeyes are 8-0-1 when leading after the first period this season and 7-0 when leading after two. When tied after two periods, the squad is 4-1-1.

He’s A Winner
Freshman forward Zac Dalpe, who leads the Buckeyes with 10 goals this year, is tied for third in the NCAA with three game-winning goals, including the overtime winner vs. Bentley Dec. 13. He is tied for fourth in the CCHA in goals and is tied for sixth among league rookies with 14 points.

Better Late than Never
The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents, 34-16, in the third period this season, leading the CCHA in third-period goals. The squad has been outscored in the second period, 25-17. In the first, Ohio State has outscored its opponents, 17-11. The team helped its third-period totals with a seven-goal outburst vs. Bentley Dec. 12, including five power-play tallies.

Here’s Johnny
Sophomore John Albert is second for the Buckeyes in assists (13) and points (19) this season. He had his point streak ended at seven games when he was held scoreless vs. Clarkson, but had posted 4-8-12 totals over the previous seven games. Albert is second in the CCHA in plus/minus (+13). He is tied for ninth in the league in power-play points with nine, ranks 11th among CCHA skaters in points and is 12th (tied) in the CCHA in assists.

On a Roll
Freshman Ian Boots leads the Buckeye rookies in assists (10) and points (16), ranking eighth (tied) nationally in rookie points per game (.89) and sharing the CCHA rookie point lead. He had a six-game point streak ended vs. Clarkson last Saturday, but totaled four goals, six assists and 10 points in the six games prior. Boots has four multiple-point games this season, including a career-best three points vs. Bentley Dec. 12.

No. 3 on D
Rookie defenseman Matt Bartkowski is tied for second among CCHA rookie defensemen and tied for 12th among league rookies overall in scoring with eight points, including six assists. He is +1 or better in six of his last seven games and ranks seventh (tied) in the CCHA with a +10 mark on the year. He has just two minus ratings this season, with a +1 or better mark in 10 games.

Two for Twenty
Sophomore C.J. Severyn had a career-high two assists against Army last Friday in the Ohio Hockey Classic. He now has a career-best four goals, three assists and seven points in 12 games this season after he was held to just two assists in 32 games a year ago. Severyn now has three two-point games this year, with two goals vs. Robert Morris Dec. 6, a goal and an assist vs. Bentley Dec. 12 and the two assists vs. the Black Knights.

CLASS Players
Senior forwards Corey Elkins and Zach Pelletier have been selected as candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced last week. There are 20 candidates in all, representing 18 schools. Ohio State and Notre Dame are the only schools with more than one nominee.

The award is presented annually to an NCAA Division I student-athlete in nine sports 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 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award was launched in 2001 to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who fulfill their entire athletic eligibility and pursue the many rewards of a senior season and complete college education.

From the list of nominees, a national media committee will select 10 finalists in February. Those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. In addition to voting by Division I head coaches and national media, fans also will be able to submit ballots by text voting or online at www.seniorclassaward.com.  Lowe’s, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, will present the winner with the trophy at the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four in Washington D.C. 

Elkins, from West Bloomfield, Mich., is a history major. He is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. China Village, Maine, native Pelletier earned his bachelor’s degree in criminology in Spring 2008.

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 nine games for the St. Louis Blues, recording an assist. Sean Collins was a recent call-up to the Washington Capitals and has played in 12 games, with a goal and an assist. He joins former Buckeye Dave Steckel with the Caps, who has a 5-7-12 line in 37 games. R.J. Umberger has played in 39 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets, with 11 goals and 20 points. Ryan Kesler has skated in 41 games for the Vancouver Canucks, with 20 points, including 11 assists.

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.

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 head to Big Rapids, Mich., to take on Ferris State. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Jan. 16 and at 5:05 p.m. Jan. 17 at Ewigleben Arena.