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No. 15/15 Ohio State vs.
No. 7/9 Miami
Friday, Feb. 27 – 7:35 p.m.
Steve Cady Arena, Oxford, Ohio
Saturday, Feb. 28 – 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio

The Series
2008-09 Series – Miami leads 1-0-1
at Ohio State 3, Miami 3
Ohio State wins shootout, 3-1
at Miami 7, Ohio State 3
2007-08 Series – Miami won 5-0-0
Miami 5, at Ohio State 1 (Oct. 19, 2007)
at Miami 5, Ohio State 1 (Oct. 21, 2007)
Ohio Hockey Classic Championship Game
Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Miami 3, at Ohio State 2 (Dec. 30, 2007)
Miami 2, at Ohio State 1 (Feb. 26, 2008)
at Miami 4, Ohio State 3 (Feb. 29, 2008)
Series History – Miami leads 57-56-11
In Columbus – Ohio State leads 34-19-7
In Oxford, Ohio – Miami leads 34-20-4
Neutral Site – Ohio State leads 4-2-0
CCHA Regular Season – Miami leads 50-46-9
Postseason – Miami leads 5-2-0
In Overtime – Tied 4-4-11
Last 10 – Miami leads 7-1-2

Buckeye This and That
Ohio State enters the series with Miami in fifth place in the CCHA, three points back of idle Alaska for the fourth spot. The Buckeyes need four points to finish fourth or three points, including a regulation or overtime win, to earn the No. 4 seed in the CCHA tournament. The Top 4 teams earn first-round byes and host quarterfinal best-of-three series, while teams 5-8 host first-round best-of-three series and those winners travel in the quarterfinals.
The Buckeye senior class of Zach Pelletier, Nick Biondo and Corey Elkins will be honored in a pregame ceremony Saturday in Value City Arena.
Ohio State and Miami are closing out the regular season for the second-consecutive year and the fifth time in the last nine years. Miami swept the final series a year ago with two one-goal wins. The teams faced off to open the 2008-09 regular season, The squads tied the first game in Columbus with Ohio State winning the shootout and Miami won game two in Oxford.
The Buckeyes’ win over No. 3 Michigan last Saturday was their third over a Top 3-ranked team this season. The squad also posted wins over No. 2 Denver on the road Oct. 25 and No. 2 Notre Dame Feb. 8 in Columbus.
The Buckeyes’ game Friday marks their fifth-consecutive televised game and sixth in seven games.
Ohio State has 19 wins this season, the most since the 2004-05 squad had 27. The Buckeyes have six 20-win seasons under head coach John Markell.

Gamenight
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 15 Ohio State men’s hockey team closes out the regular season with a home-and-home series with No. 7/9 Miami this weekend. The Buckeyes (19-11-4/12-10-4-3 CCHA) and RedHawks (18-9-5/16-6-4-2) will meet at 7:35 p.m. Friday at Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio, and at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Senior Trio
The three members of the 2009 Ohio State senior class – captain Zach Pelletier, Nick Biondo and Corey Elkins – will be honored in a pregame ceremony Saturday (approximately 6:50 p.m.) in Value City Arena. Pelletier, a fifth-year senior, was a member of the 2005 NCAA tournament team.

The Fun Stuff
Saturday in Value City Arena is Fan Appreciation Night. Fans in attendance can register to win items autographed by members of the hockey team and the Buckeye hockey coaches. Pregame, 4,000 inflatable flags will be distributed to fans, along with 2,500 Brutus Buckeye bobblehead pins, courtesy of Huntington Bank.

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

The game in Oxford Friday will be televised by The Ohio News Network in Ohio, with NHL Network in both Canada and the United States carrying the game live.

The contest Friday will be webcast through a subscription basis on MURedHawks.com.

The game Saturday in Value City Arena will be carried online through the Buckeye Vision Subscription package. For information or to sign up, click on the multimedia link at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.  

Live stats from both games can be accessed from the men’s hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
 
It All Comes Down to This

This weekend closes out CCHA play, with the playoffs beginning next weekend. Ohio State will finish the CCHA regular-season slate in fourth or fifth place, depending on the outcome of the series with Miami.

Ohio State enters the final weekend in fifth place, three points behind fourth-place Alaska, which has completed its league schedule. With four points against Miami, from any combination of regulation, overtime or shootout wins, Ohio State will move past the Nanooks and into fourth place. With three points, Ohio State will end the year tied with Alaska. The first tiebreaker is league wins, so two of those points must come from a regulation or overtime victory. The teams would remain tied and also match on the second tiebreaker, which is head-to-head, as the teams split a series in Fairbanks Jan. 30-31. The third tiebreaker is goals for and against head-to-head and Ohio State would come out on top, 7-6, and earn the No. 4 seed. Two points or less and the Buckeyes will finish fifth.

If the Buckeyes finish as the No. 4 seed, the squad will have a bye in the first round and will host a quarterfinal series March 13-15 in Value City Arena. If the Buckeyes are the No. 5 seed, the team will host a first-round series March 6-8 in the OSU Ice Rink and that series winner will travel for the quarterfinals. The quarterfinal series winners advance to the 2009 CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit March 20-21. Teams are reseeded after each round. Both the first and quarterfinal rounds are best-of-three series. The “Joe” includes just semifinal and final games.

Poll Position
Ohio State is ranked 15th by USCHO.com/CBS College Sports, USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and InsideCollegeHockey.com this week.

Buckeye Brief
The Buckeyes are 19-11-4 on the year and 12-10-4-3 in the CCHA, including shootout wins over Miami, Ferris State and Western Michigan. The squad is averaging 3.32 goals a game, while allowing 2.65. On the power play, the Buckeyes have converted 23-of-162 chances (.142) and have stopped 148-of-182 opponent opportunities (.813).

Sophomore John Albert is first on the team with 23 assists and 34 points. Senior Corey Elkins is second with 31 points and 19 helpers. Freshman Zac Dalpe has a team-best 13 goals, followed by Hunter Bishop and Elkins with 12 each. Sophomore Peter Boyd (9g, 16a, 25p), Bishop (12g, 12a, 24p), freshman Ian Boots (9g, 13a, 22p), Dalpe (13g, 9a, 22p), sophomore Sergio Somma (9g, 11a, 20p) and sophomore defenseman Shane Sims (5g, 15a, 20p) all have reached the 20-point mark. Bishop has a team-best +22 mark, followed by Elkins at +21. Somma is first with four power-play goals. Albert, Dalpe and sophomore C.J. Severyn each have a team-best three game-winning goals.

In net, sophomore Dustin Carlson has played in 31 games, starting 28 (including 25 of the last 26), with a 2.31 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and 17-8-3 record.

Last Time Out
Ohio State split a series with No. 3 Michigan in Value City Arena last weekend, falling in the opener, 4-1, before rallying for a 3-2 win in game two.

Last Friday, Michigan scored twice in the first and second periods en route to a 4-1 win. The Wolverines scored just 1:15 into the game and added a second goal at the 12:17 mark of the first. In the second, U-M’s Chad Langlais scored on the power play at 10:59 and Tim Miller followed with a goal less than four minutes later. Ohio State broke up the shutout on Corey Toy’s shorthanded goal with 29 seconds left in regulation.

Last Saturday, sophomore C.J. Severyn’s goal with 4:20 left in the third period capped a 3-2 comeback win over Michigan. The Buckeyes were down 2-0 early in the second after goals from Robbie Czarnik on the power play in the first and Tim Miller early in the second. At the 6:07 mark of the second the Buckeyes swung momentum in their favor, stopping a two-minute 5-on-3 power play. Senior Corey Elkins put the Buckeyes on the board at 9:50 of the second and sophomore John Albert followed with a goal 3:27 later to tie the game. Buckeye goalie Dustin Carlson made 16 saves in the third and had 35 in the game in backstopping the Buckeyes to the victory.

Buckeyes vs. RedHawks
Ohio State trails the all-time series with the RedHawks by one, 56-57-11. In Columbus, Ohio State leads 34-19-7 and in Oxford the RedHawks hold the edge, 34-20-4. In CCHA play, Miami led 50-46-9. Ohio State is winless in its last nine game vs. Miami (0-7-2), dating back to a win Dec. 30, 2006 in the Ohio Hockey Classic championship game.

In Earlier Action – OSU vs. Miami
The teams opened the year with a home-and-home series. In Columbus Oct. 10, the squads tied 3-3 in the opener before Ohio State won the first shootout in CCHA history to earn the extra league point. In Oxford Oct. 11, Miami downed the Buckeyes, 7-3.

In the series opener Oct. 10, the Buckeyes led, 2-0, at the end of the first period on a power-play goal by Peter Boyd and a shorthanded score from Patrick Schafer. Miami tied the game with two goals in the second. Ohio State regained the lead on Sergio Somma’s tally 29 seconds into the third period. The RedHawks again tied the game when Jarod Palmer scored a 5-on-3 power-play goal at 14:21. The teams skated through the rest of regulation and the 5-minute overtime tied, leading to the deciding shootout. Corey Elkins scored for Ohio State in the first round and Joseph Palmer made a save on Miami’s Pat Cannone. Buckeye Zac Dalpe and Miami’s Carter Camper both scored in the second round, but Boyd clinched the Ohio State win with a goal to open round three. The Buckeyes’ tie/shootout win ended a six-game losing streak to the RedHawks.

Oct. 11 in Oxford, the teams were scoreless through the first period. The RedHawks scored four times in the first 5:50 of the second period and took a 5-2 lead into the second intermission. John Albert and Kyle Reed scored for the Buckeyes in the middle frame. Ohio State cut the lead to 5-3 early in the third on Corey Elkins’ goal, but Miami scored two more times for the victory.

Posting Points
Sophomore John Albert has a team-best six points vs. Miami with three goals and three assists. Sophomore Peter Boyd has a team-best four assists and sophomore Kyle Reed has a team-high four goals. Boyd and Reed both rank second with five points each.

Also on the Line
The series this weekend will also determine the winner of the Ohio Cup. The traveling trophy, given to the Ohio team with the best record against its instate rivals, is presented by Buckeye Sports Bulletin each year. Because Ohio State and Miami play four times and each face Bowling Green just twice this season, only the series this week counts in the Ohio Cup standings for the Buckeyes and RedHawks. Bowling Green is first with 13 Ohio Cup titles all-time. Ohio State last won the trophy in 2004-05, with Miami winning the last three.

Ohio State swept Bowling Green on the road, 8-5 and 4-3 OT, Jan. 9-10 and Miami posted two home victories over the Falcons (6-1, 3-2) Jan. 30-31 to begin Ohio Cup play 2-0 each.

Miami Minute
Miami enters the series this weekend ranked seventh and ninth in the national polls, with an 18-9-5 overall ledger. The squad entered the weekend in second place in the CCHA, two points ahead of third-place Michigan. The RedHawks can finish no worse than third in the league and will host a CCHA quarterfinal series.

Miami was 0-1-1 at home vs. Northern Michigan last weekend. The team lost the opener to the Wildcats, 2-1, before tying, 1-1, and winning a shootout in game two.

Sophomore Carter Camper has a team-best 19 goals and 37 points and is third with 18 assists. Freshman defenseman Chris Wideman has a team-high 22 assists. Sophomore Pat Cannone is second with 32 points, including 11 goals and 21 assists. Sophomore Andy Miele (11g, 12a) and senior Justin Mercier (8g, 15a) are tied for third with 23 points each.

In net, freshman Connor Knapp has played in 20 games, with a 12-3-3 record, 1.75 goals-against average and .918 save percentage. Classmate Cody Reichard is 6-6-2 on the year, with a 2.19 gaa and .912 svpct.

Beating the Best
The win over No. 3 Michigan last Saturday was the Buckeyes’ third over a team ranked in the Top 3 this season after beating No. 2 Denver on the road Oct. 25 and No. 2 Notre Dame Feb. 8 in Columbus. The Buckeyes came from behind in the wins over the Pioneers and Wolverines.

What a Cluster
Ohio State and Miami are joined as rivalry partners’ in the CCHA and are in the same CCHA scheduling cluster each season. The Buckeyes and RedHawks are joined by Michigan and Michigan State this year. The four teams are in the same cluster for the first time since 2003-04. That year, the four squads finished in the Top 4 spots in the CCHA. This season, three of the four teams will finish in the Top 5. Miami and Michigan will finish second and third, Ohio State will be fourth or fifth and Michigan State is currently tied for 10th.

Ohio State is 3-5-2-1 against teams in its cluster – 2-1-1-0 vs. Michigan State (with a shootout loss), 0-1-1-1 vs. Miami (with a shootout win) and 1-3-0 vs. Michigan.

Eyes on the Buckeyes
The attendance of 9,267 last Friday vs. Michigan was a season high and was the highest in Value City Arena for a hockey game since 11,795 watched Ohio State defeat Michigan Feb. 24, 2007. Another 8,390 watched the Buckeyes defeat the Wolverines Saturday. The attendance Friday was the second-highest in the CCHA for a home game this season, beaten only by the 10,111 who watched Nebraska-Omaha take on Miami Jan. 24 in the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb.

From In Front
After the Buckeye forwards were shut out for two-consecutive games, forwards had all eight points in the win vs. Michigan last Saturday.

In VCA
Ohio State is 11-4-2 at home this season, including splits in its last two series (vs. No. 2 Notre Dame Feb. 6/8, vs. No. 3 Michigan Feb. 20-21). The team had a nine-game winning streak and 10-game unbeaten streak in Value City Arena earlier this season.

The Buckeyes are outscoring opponents, 3.4-2.3, at home this year. Sophomore John Albert has a team-best 11 assists and 19 points in VCA Senior Corey Elkins, sophomore Hunter Bishop and freshman Zac Dalpe are first with seven goals each. Freshman defenseman Matt Bartkowski is a team-high +18 in games played in Value City Arena.

Clutch
Sophomore C.J. Severyn’s goal with 4:20 remaining in the third period against Michigan last Saturday was his second third-period gamewinner this season. He scored with two seconds remaining vs. Nebraska-Omaha Nov. 28 to lift Ohio State to a 4-3 win. Against the Wolverines, Severyn missed most of the second period after blocking a shot before returning to score the clutch goal. He also had the gamewinner at Ferris State Jan. 16 in a 6-2 win and shares the team lead in gamewinners with three. Severyn has a career-high seven goals, three assists and 10 points this year while playing in 25 games.

Hitting the Mark
With a two-point game Saturday vs. Michigan, senior Corey Elkins reached the 50-point mark for his career, with 21 goals and 29 assists. He is second on the team with 31 points, trailing sophomore John Albert, who has 34, including a team-best 23 assists. It is the first season two Buckeyes had 30 or more points since 2004-05, when five Buckeyes passed the 30-point plateau, including two with more than 40.

On the Power Play
Ohio State was 0-for-9 on the power play vs. Michigan last weekend, including 0-for-7 Friday. The team last scored with the man advantage Feb. 8 vs. Notre Dame and has three goals in its last 41 chances (.073), dating back to Jan. 17 at Ferris State. The squad has converted 14.2 percent of its chances overall this season.

Power Outage
The Buckeyes, who have been in the Top 5 in the country in scoring for much of the second half of the season have been held to two goals or less in seven of the last 11 games (including five games with one goal), going 3-5-3-2 over the stretch. Ohio State has been held to one goal eight times this year and is 0-7-1 in those games.

Give Him an A
Sophomore Sergio Somma was named an alternate captain for the Buckeyes Saturday and sported an “A” on his sweater for the first time that night vs. the Wolverines. He has a point in six of his last seven games. Senior Zach Pelletier and sophomore Peter Boyd wear the “C”s for the Ohio State squad.

Somma has a career-high nine goals, 11 assists and 20 points this season, along with a +5 mark.

Get Shorty
Sophomore defenseman Corey Toy’s shorthanded goal Friday vs. Michigan was Ohio State’s third of the year. It was the first shorty of his career and his first goal of the season. He had three goals as a freshman, with the last coming Feb. 29, 2008 at Miami. Defenseman Shane Sims and forward Patrick Schafer have the other two shorties for the Buckeyes.

In for a Win
Freshman Cory Schneider played against Michigan last Saturday, marking his 10th career game and first since Dec. 13 vs. Bentley. Schneider, who has one assist this year, won a faceoff deep in the Buckeye zone in the last minute as the Buckeyes hung on to their one-goal lead.

Halfway to 100
Sophomore forward John Albert was the first current Buckeye to hit the 50-point mark and now has 55 career points (15g, 40a) in 75 games. Senior Corey Elkins hit the 50-point mark with a goal and an assist vs. Michigan last Saturday. Sophomore Peter Boyd is one point shy with 49.

On the Plus Side
The Buckeyes, who have outscored opponents, 87-52, at even strength, have six of the Top 13 plus/minus ratings in the CCHA. Hunter Bishop is first at +22, followed by Corey Elkins tied for second at +21. Matt Bartkowski and Ian Boots are tied for first among freshmen and tied for sixth overall (+14). John Albert and Shane Sims are tied for 10th overall (+13). As a team, Ohio State is +168 this year.

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.

Albert Helps Out
Sophomore forward John Albert has a team-best 34 points this year, including a team-high 23 assists. 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 sixth in the CCHA in points and tied for fourth in assists.

After a five-game scoreless streak Nov. 1-21, Albert has a point in 16 of the last 22 games. He had just 2-5-7 totals in the first 12 games of the year, with a 9-18-27 line in the last 22 games (1.23 points per game).

Corey’s Story
Senior Corey Elkins ranks second on the team and ninth in the CCHA with a career-best 31 points, including a career-high 12 goals and 19 assists, after posting two points (1g, 1a) vs. Michigan last Saturday. He is tied for 13th in the league in goals and ranks 13th in assists. Elkins has seven multiple-point games this season and has at least one point in 22 games this season. Elkins is +1 or better in 17 of the last 23 games, with a +21 mark on the year to rank second (tied) 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.

Take a “Pic” ture
Junior Mathieu Picard now has a career-high 13 points this season after an assist last Saturday vs. Michigan. He has five goals to tie his career best, along with a career-high tying eight assists. Picard has a point in four of his last six games (2-3-5).

In the Close Ones
Ohio State is 6-3 in one-goal games this year, including two overtime victories. The squad was 6-8 in games decided by one goal a year ago.

In CCHA Play
Sophomore John Albert has a team-high 17 assists and 26 points in CCHA games this season and is tied with freshman Zac Dalpe for first on the team with nine goals in league action. Sophomore Peter Boyd is second with 18 league points, on six goals and 12 assists. Sophomore Hunter Bishop  (6g, 11a) leads the team with a +12 mark in league games and is tied with Corey Elkins (8g, 9a) and Dalpe (6g, 7a) for third with 17 points each.

Triple Digits
The Buckeyes reached the 100-goal mark for the season with six tallies Jan. 31 vs. Alaska and now have 113 on the year. The squad was the first CCHA team to reach 100 goals this season after scoring 98 all of last season.

A Perfect 10
C.J. Severyn (goal), Corey Toy (goal) and Patrick Schafer (assist) each had a point last weekend to hit the 10-point mark this season.

In all, 14 Buckeyes have 10 or more points.

Even Up
The Buckeyes have recorded 113 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 34 games.

Of the 51 goals in the 16 games combined since returning from the December break, all but eight have come at even strength shorthanded goals by Shane Sims vs. Bowling Green Jan. 9 and Corey Toy vs. Michigan Feb. 20 and six power-play tallies. Three have been scored into an empty net, with 38 5-on-5 tallies, a 4-on-4 marker at Ferris State and a 6-on-4 extra-attacker goal at Michigan State Feb. 13.

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 28 starts this season, including in 25 of the last 26 games, sitting out just the second contest vs. Bentley Dec. 13 over the stretch. Carlson has a 2.31 goals-against average and .923 save percentage on the year, with a 17-8-3 ledger. He is second in the CCHA in saves (813/26.2 per game), ranks fifth in the CCHA in save percentage and sixth in goals-against. In the national stats, he ranks 13th in winning percentage (.661), 13th in save percentage and 18th in gaa.

Carlson, who has four shutouts this year, 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.

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 defensemen of the week.

Better Late than Never
The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents, 45-29, in the third period this year, ranking first in the CCHA in third-period goals. The squad has been outscored in the second period, 34-32. In the first, Ohio State has outscored its opponents, 34-26. The team helped its third-period totals with a seven-goal outburst vs. Bentley Dec. 12, including five power-play tallies, and had five first-period scores at Alaska Jan. 31.

Shooting Gallery
The Buckeyes have dropped to third in the CCHA in shots per game after they were held to 21 and 25 in the games vs. Michigan last weekend. The team now is averaging 32.4 a game, behind Miami (33.4) and Ferris State (32.8). Ohio State has put 40 or more shots on goal in six games this season, including a season-high 49 on net vs. Michigan State Nov. 7.

Sergio Somma has a team-high 100 shots on goal, followed by John Albert and Zac Dalpe with 93 each and Matt Bartkowski with 90.

No. 3 on D
Freshman defenseman Matt Bartkowski has 15 points on the year, including 12 assists, with a point in eight of his last 15 games (1g, 7a). Bartkowski ranks second among CCHA freshmen defensemen, ninth among CCHA rookies and 14th among league blueliners overall in scoring. He is +14 on the year, tying for first among CCHA rookies and rookie defensemen and tied for third among blueliners overall. Bartkowski is +1 or better in 13 of his last 21 games and has just six minus ratings this season.

Zac Attack
Freshman forward Zac Dalpe leads the Buckeyes with 13 goals this season, ranking first (tied) among CCHA rookies in goals, tying for second nationally in goals among rookies and ranking sixth among all CCHA players. Three of his goals are gamewinners. Dalpe has 22 points on the year to tie for fourth among CCHA rookies in scoring.

Dalpe, who missed the series vs. Western Michigan and Alaska with an injury, has a point in nine of his last 15 games, with a goal in six of those outings.

No. 8 is a Plus
Sophomore Hunter Bishop is second on the team and 13th (tied) in the CCHA with 12 goals this year. Bishop, who had a seven-game goal-scoring streak earlier this year, has just three goals in his last 11 games.

Bishop leads the CCHA with a +22 rating and is +1 or better in 20 games this season, with just five minus ratings.

Goal Good Stuff
The Buckeyes have dropped to 11th in scoring in the NCAA (3.32 goals per game) after being held to two goals or less in seven of the last 11 games.

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.

From the Blueline
Sophomore defenseman Shane Sims leads the Buckeye blueliners with five goals, 15 assists and 20 points this year, all career highs. He has a 5-12-17 line in the last 20 games, after just three points in the first 14 games of the year. Sims, who is tied for eighth among CCHA defensemen in scoring, is +12 on the year to tie for 10th in the league.

Top 3
With 22 points this season, freshman Ian Boots is tied for fourth in the CCHA in rookie scoring and is 20th nationally in freshman points per game (.76).

Boots shares the lead among CCHA freshmen and is tied for seventh in the league with a +14 mark. He is +1 or better in all but four of his last 16 games.

Twenty-Twenty
Sophomore Peter Boyd has a career-best 25 points this year, including a personal-best 16 assists. Boyd is one of just two Buckeyes (joining John Albert) with back-to-back 20-point seasons after posting 24 a year ago.

Then and Now
Through 34 games this season, 14 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 3.32 goals a game this season and was held to just 2.4 an outing last year. On the defensive side, the squad is allowing 2.65 goals an outing and gave up 3.3 a season ago.

The team has 19 wins this season, already passing the 12 victories the squad had a year ago. The team is 12-19-4 in CCHA play, surpassing the seven conference wins from 2007-08. The 19 wins are the most since the 2004-05 squad was 27-11-4.

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 7-9-1 when allowing the first goal. The team is 11-0-2 when leading after the first period, 3-7 when trailing after the first and 5-4-2 when tied after the opening stanza.

When ahead after the second period, the Buckeyes suffered their first loss in three years against Notre Dame Feb. 6 and are 12-1-1. The squad has rallied to win two games (2-7-1) and is 5-2-2 when even after two stanzas.