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Ohio State
vs. Robert Morris
Friday, Nov. 14 – 8 p.m.
Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pa.

The Series
2007-08 Series – Robert Morris won 1-0-1
Robert Morris 4, at Ohio State 3 (Nov. 18, 2007)
Pittsburgh College Hockey Showcase, Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Robert Morris 5, Ohio State 5 (Jan. 16, 2008)
Series History – Robert Morris leads 1-0-1
In Columbus – Robert Morris leads 1-0-1
In Moon Township, Pa. – No meetings
Neutral Site – Tied 0-0-1
Overtime – Tied 0-0-1

Buckeye Bullets
Friday is the Buckeyes’ third game in Mellon Arena, home of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. The team is 1-0-1 in the building, with a win over Princeton in January 2003 and a tie with Robert Morris a year ago.
The Buckeyes’ are coming off a two-game sweep of Michigan State, the team’s first sweep since Nov. 9-10, 2007 vs. Northern Michigan.
Ohio State, led by goalie Dustin Carlson, held the Spartans to just one goal in the two-game series. It was the first time the squad gave up a single goal in a series since splitting with Notre Dame (W 1-0, L 1-0) Jan. 27-28, 2006.
Ohio State opened the year with a series against a Top 11 team in four of its first five outings. The squad faced No. 8 Miami to open the year and followed with series at No. 2 Denver and No. 8 Michigan before hosting the No. 11 Spartans last weekend.
Ohio State sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson and freshman Zac Dalpe were honored as the CCHA goalie and rookie of the week, respectively, after the series with Michigan State. The Buckeyes have earned four league player of the week accolades so far this year.

Gamenight
COLUMBUS, Ohio —
The Ohio State men’s hockey team (4-5-1, 3-4-1-1 CCHA) travels to Pittsburgh, Pa., Friday for a game vs. Robert Morris (2-5-2, 1-0-1 CHA). The Buckeyes and Colonials will meet in the Pittsburgh College Hockey Showcase at 8 p.m. in Mellon Arena, home of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins.

Tickets to the Showcase can be purchased by going online to Ticketmaster.com. The Robert Morris women’s hockey team will face Niagara at 5 p.m. before the men’s game.

A free radio broadcast is available at the following link: http://sports.yahoo.com/top/collegebroadcast;_ylt=ArxjSY3HarxIenRDux0DB1eezIx4.

Back to Ohio
Ohio State and Robert Morris will close out the two-game series at 4 p.m. Dec. 6 in Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Last Time Out
The Buckeyes swept Michigan State in Columbus with 3-0 and 3-1 wins in Value City Arena.
Robert Morris traveled to face St. Cloud State last weekend, suffering 4-0 and 7-1 losses.

Buckeye Brief
The Buckeyes are 4-5-1 on the year and 3-4-1-1 in the CCHA, including a shootout win over Miami to open conference play. The squad is averaging 2.8 goals a game, while allowing 3.6. On the power play, the Buckeyes have converted 8-of-58 chances (.138) and have stopped 47-of-62 opponent opportunities (.758).

Freshman Zac Dalpe is first on the team with six goals and nine points. Corey Elkins and Peter Boyd are tied for second with four goals each, with Elkins second on the team with eight points. Hunter Bishop has a team-best six assists, followed by sophomores John Albert and Sergio Somma with five apiece. 

In net, sophomore Dustin Carlson has played in eight games, starting five (including both vs. Michigan State), with a 2.74 goals-against average, .896 save percentage and 3-2-0 record. Joseph Palmer has started three games, with a 5.40 goals-against average and .836 save percentage. Freshman Cal Heeter has two starts and has played in three games, with a 4.43 goals-against and .879 save percentage.  

Buckeyes in Mellon
The game Friday will mark the Buckeyes’ third in Mellon Arena. The Buckeyes first played in the arena Jan. 3, 2003, posting a 4-1 win over Princeton. Last season, Ohio State and Robert Morris skated to a 5-all tie Jan. 16 in Mellon Arena.

Value City Arena, the Buckeyes’ home rink, has a seating capacity of 17,500, while Mellon Arena seats 16,940.
 
We’re From Pittsburgh
Three Buckeyes, along with three men’s hockey staff members, call the Pittsburgh, Pa., area home.

Sophomore Sergio Somma is a native of Pittsburgh and graduated from Plum Senior High in 2005. He won the  2001 Quebec International Pee Wee Tournament with the Pittsburgh Amateur Penguins.

Sophomore C.J. Severyn is a native of Beaver, Pa., located northwest of Pittsburgh. He played for the Pittsburgh Hornets in 2004-05.

Freshman Matt Bartkowski is a Pittsburgh native and graduated from Mount Lebanon in 2006, where he won a state title.

Buckeye assistant coach Jason Lammers also is a Pittsburgh native and was inducted into the North Allegheny Athletic Hall of Fame. JB Bittner also calls Pittsburgh home. He played for the Pittsburgh Hornets and Seton-La Salle High School, where he won the 1998 state title and the Class A SHIHL championship in 1998 and 99.

Hockey equipment manager Tim Adams is from Cranberry Township, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh.

Buckeyes vs. Colonials
Ohio State and Robert Morris met for the first time last season, with the Colonials winning the series, 1-0-1.

Buckeye senior Nick Biondo has a team-best three assists and four points vs. RMU. Sophomore Kyle Reed has three points, with two assists, and sophomore Sergio Somma has two goals.

Flashback
The Buckeyes went 0-1-1 vs. Robert Morris in November 2007, tying the Colonials, 5-5, Nov. 16 night in Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh before falling, 4-3, Nov. 18 in Value City Arena in Columbus.

In the opener, Ohio State led 2-1 after the first period on goals by Tommy Goebel and Nick Biondo sandwiched around a RMU power-play tally from Nathan Longpre.

The squads combined for seven goals in the second period. Ohio State scored the first two to go ahead, 4-1, on tallies from Kyle Reed and Jason DeSantis (power play). Jason Towsley and Buckeye Kyle Hood traded goals within three minutes to make the score 5-2 Ohio State. The Colonials then scored three unanswered to close out the period, including two goals in the final 3:23.

The teams were unable to score through the third period and overtime.

Each squad had 24 shots in the contest. The Buckeyes converted 1-of-7 power-play chances, while RMU was 2-for-6.

In the second game, there was no scoring in the first period. Sergio Somma opened the scoring at 6:36 of the second before the Colonials responded with three goals (at 8:13, 8:59 and 15:19) to take a 3-1 lead into the second intermission. In the third, Somma tallied at 6:52 to cut the RMU lead to one (3-2). RMU’s Chris Margott and Goebel traded goals in 41 seconds (at 12:07 and 12:48) for the 4-3 final.

The Buckeyes put 37 shots on goal in the game and the Colonials had 26. OSU was 2-for-6 on the power play and did not allow a power-play tally on four RMU chances.

A Look at the Colonials
Robert Morris is 2-5-2 on the year and 1-0-1 in College Hockey America. The squad was 1-0-1 vs. CCHA member Ferris State, with a 6-3 and 4-4 tie. The Colonials are averaging 2.33 goals a game, while allowing 3.67. The team has converted 18.9 percent of its power-play chances and has stopped 77.6 percent of its opponents’ chances.

Senior Chris Margott has a team-best four goals and 10 points and shares the assist lead with sophomore Danny Urban with six each. Sophomore Nathan Longpre is second with eight points, including five assists.

In net, junior Wes Russell has a 2-4-2 ledger, with a 3.31 goals-against average and .888 save percentage. Sophomore Jim Patterson is 0-1-0 with a 4.13 gaa and .882 svpct.

Derek Schooley, a 1994 graduate of Western Michigan, is in his fifth season at the helm of the Colonials. He has a school and career mark of 51-80-15.

A League of Their Own
Robert Morris is a member of College Hockey America, joined by Alabama-Huntsville, Bemidji State and Niagara. Ohio State is 3-4-2 all-time vs. those teams combined (0-2-1 vs. UAH, 1-1 vs. Niagara, 0-1-1 vs. RMU).

Flashback – Buckeyes Sweep Spartans
Behind 21 saves from sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson and points from nine players, Ohio State shut out No. 11 Michigan State, 3-0, last Friday night 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.

Last Saturday 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.

Carlson and Dalpe Honored
Sophomore Dustin Carlson and freshman Zac Dalpe were named CCHA Goaltender and Rookie of the Week, respectively, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced Monday. The duo helped the Buckeyes to the sweep of No. 11 Michigan State over the weekend, with Carlson stopping 45-of-46 shots and Dalpe scoring two goals and three points.

Carlson, from Forest Lake, Minn., allowed just one goal in the Buckeyes’ series sweep of Michigan State, stopping 45-of-46 shots (.978 sv. pct.) with a .50 goals-against average. Friday, Carlson was the first star of the game as he stopped all 21 shots he faced in the first shutout of his career and the Buckeyes’ first since Nov. 24, 2007, at Western Michigan. Saturday, Carlson stopped 24-of-25 shots, with saves on the last nine shots he faced, allowing the Buckeyes to break a 1-all tie and hold on for the win and series sweep. He was named the second star of the game. Carlson helped his own cause with an assist, the first of his career, on Peter Boyd’s goal to open the scoring Saturday. Carlson and the Buckeyes were a perfect 6-for-6 on the penalty kill in the series.

This is the second league weekly honor for Paris, Ontario, native Dalpe, who also was named the league’s top rookie Oct. 20. Against the Spartans, Dalpe had an assist and +1 mark Friday in the team’s 3-0 victory. Saturday, he was named the first star of the 3-1 victory after scoring two third-period goals. The Buckeyes scored the first goal of the game at 6:13 of the third, with MSU tying the score just 17 seconds later. Dalpe then took control, scoring the gamewinner at 11:44 to put the Buckeyes on top and sealing the win with an empty-netter with 51 seconds left. He was +2 in the game. The Carolina Hurricanes second-round draft pick now leads the Buckeyes with six goals and nine points this season.

Ohio State has received four league weekly honors this year. In addition to Carlson’s award and Dalpe’s two honors, defenseman Matt Bartkowski was named the CCHA rookie of the week Oct. 27.

Get Out the Brooms
The Buckeyes are coming off a two-game home sweep of Michigan State with 1-0 and 3-1 victories. The two-game series sweep was the Buckeyes’ first since Feb. 9-10, 2007 vs. Northern Michigan in Columbus. The shutout was the second in program history for the Buckeyes over the Spartans (Oct. 17, 2003 in East Lansing).

Clean Sheet
The Buckeyes’ 3-0 win over Michigan State Friday was the first shutout of sophomore goalie Dustin Carlson’s career and the Buckeyes’ first since Nov. 24, 2007 at Western Michigan. Carlson allowed just one goal in the series, stopping 45-of-46 shots, and helped his own cause with his first career assist Saturday.

Ohio State allowed just one goal in a two-game series for the first time since splitting a series with Notre Dame (W 1-0, L 1-0) Jan. 27-28, 2006.

Zac Attack
Following his three-point weekend vs. Michigan State, freshman forward Zac Dalpe took the team scoring lead with nine points and now has a team-best six goals on the year. He broke the third-period 1-all tie with a goal and sealed the win with an empty-netter vs. the Spartans. Dalpe is on a three-game scoring streak, with three goals and four points, and has a team-best two two-goal outing on the year. He has at least one point in each of his last six games.

Special Teams Story
Ohio State stopped Michigan State on all six power-play chances in the series, ending a streak of four games the squad allowed at least one extra-man tally. The Buckeyes were unable to score on six power-play chances in the series, ending their streak of consecutive games with a power-play goal at six. The Buckeyes had a season-low four penalties for eight minutes in their 3-0 win over Michigan State last Friday.

Hit Me With Your Best Shot
The Buckeyes peppered the Michigan State goal with 49 shots last Friday night, the most since putting 51 shots on net Dec. 4, 2005 vs. Alabama-Huntsville. Saturday, the squad tied its season low with 23 shots on net. The team is averaging 33.7 shots a game on the year.

Corey’s Story
Senior Corey Elkins has a point in seven of the last nine games after an assist Friday vs. the Spartans. He is second on the team with eight points this season, the most points he has had in a season since recording 14 as a sophomore in 2006-07.

A First
Freshman Ian Boots’ goal last Friday vs. Michigan State was the first of his career. He has a point in three of the last five games (1-3-4).

Pics Picks Up Points
Sophomore forward Mathieu Picard has a point in three of his last four games, with two goals and an assist. He scored goals at Michigan Oct. 31 and vs. Michigan State last Friday before an assist on Zac Dalpe’s gamewinner Saturday.

A Team Effort
Last Friday vs. Michigan State, 13 Buckeyes ended the game +1, with sophomore defenseman Corey Toy a team-best +2. Nine Buckeyes had a point in the 3-0 win.

Half a Century
Sophomores John Albert, Sergio Somma and Peter Boyd all played in their 50th career game Friday. Classmate Chris Reed marked his 50th game against the Spartans Saturday.

Against the Best
The Buckeyes have three 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 last weekend.

Hunting for Assists
Sophomore Hunter Bishop ended a four-game scoreless streak with an assist in each game vs. Michigan State. He now has a team-best six assists on the year.

Shooting for Three
The Buckeyes have scored at least three goals in all but two games on the year. The squad is averaging 2.8 goals a contest. The team averaged 2.4 goals a game in 2007-08.

A Tough Road
The Buckeyes’ schedule to open the year includes 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.

A Look Ahead
Ohio State will head to Marquette, Mich., for a two-game CCHA series at Northern Michigan Nov. 28-29. The teams will meet at 7:35 p.m. both nights at the Berry Events Center.