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Aug. 21, 2000

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2000-01 Men’s Hockey Schedule%^$

%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team will play host to 18 home games during the%^$ 2000-01 season, including matchups with 2000 NCAA Tournament participants Niagara, Michigan and%^$ Michigan State. WOSU radio will broadcast 32 games, while WBNS/ONN will televise eight. The games to be%^$ broadcast have yet to be determined.%^$

%^$ “Having that many games broadcast, both on radio and television, allows us to reach out to the people of%^$ Ohio,” John Markell, OSU’s seventh-year head coach, said. “We have a great product to sell. College hockey%^$ is a different game than NHL or minor league hockey and this allows us to share our game with many different%^$ people.”%^$

%^$ For the second-consecutive year, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association will use a cluster format, with%^$ each team playing the other three members of its cluster four times, twice at home and twice on the road. The%^$ schools in OSU’s cluster this season are Western Michigan, Notre Dame and Miami (Ohio). The Buckeyes will%^$ play the other eight league members twice this season.%^$

%^$ The Buckeyes open the home schedule Oct. 6 with an exhibition game against Wilfred Laurier before traveling%^$ to Marquette, Mich., (Oct. 13-14) for their CCHA opener against Northern Michigan. The first conference%^$ series at home will be Nov. 3-4 when Alaska Fairbanks comes to Columbus. Other early season home%^$ matchups include a two-game series with CCHA opponent Bowling Green (Nov. 18-19) and a game against%^$ Findlay, the first in program history, Nov. 28.%^$

%^$ The Buckeyes will be away from Value City Arena in December, as they play at Ferris State (Dec. 1-2) and%^$ Western Michigan (Dec. 8-9) before traveling to Estero, Fla., for a holiday tournament with Clarkson, Cornell%^$ and Maine, Dec. 27 and 28.%^$

%^$ “We’re on the road a lot to start the season again this year,” Markell said. “While that will be tough, it also%^$ allows us to get the majority of our road games out of the way before January. We’re looking to get points out%^$ of each and every weekend. Being on the road will give our team a chance to come together as a whole.”%^$

%^$ OSU starts 2001 with four-consecutive home games. The squad will play host to Western Michigan Jan. 5-6%^$ before facing off against rival and defending CCHA champion Michigan Jan. 12-13. Last season the Buckeyes%^$ set a new collegiate hockey attendance record of 17,343, breaking the mark set a year earlier (17,045), also%^$ against the Wolverines. The top three attendance marks in OSU history have all been set in games against the%^$ Wolverines.%^$

%^$ “This is the last time Michigan will be in our building for a while, as we travel to Ann Arbor for our series next%^$ season,” Markell said. “It’s a shame we can’t play in both arenas each season, but with so many teams in the%^$ league it just doesn’t work out.”%^$

%^$ After home-and-home series with Notre Dame (Jan. 19-20 at UND, Feb. 2-3 at OSU) and back-to-back games at%^$ home (Feb. 9) and on the road (Feb. 10) with Miami (Ohio), Michigan State will play in Value City Arena for the%^$ first time in the facility’s history, Feb. 23-24.%^$

%^$ The Buckeyes end the home schedule with a game against the RedHawks Feb. 27 before finishing the regular%^$ season in Oxford, Ohio March 2.