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Jan. 12, 2005

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Faceoff
The No. 12 Ohio State men’s hockey team (13-6-3, 10-3-1 CCHA) hits the road to face Notre Dame (5-11-5, 3-9-4 CCHA) in a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association series this weekend. The teams will meet at 7:35 p.m. Friday and at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at the Joyce Center (2.713) in Notre Dame, Ind.

The Broadcast
The Buckeyes’ games at Notre Dame will be broadcast by WOSU Radio (820 AM in Columbus/wosu.org) with Neil Sika (play-by-play) and John Mowat (color) on the call.

Live stats from the game can be accessed by going to the men’s hockey schedule page at ohiostatebuckeyes.com and clicking the Gametracker link.

Last Time Out
The Buckeyes split a series at home with Ferris State, winning the opener, 3-1, before falling in overtime in game two, 3-2.

The Irish went 0-1-1 at Lake Superior State last weekend, tying the first game, 1-1, before suffering a 2-1 overtime loss in the second game.

The Series
According to the Ohio State record books, the Buckeyes trail Notre Dame in the all-time series by one game, 22-23-6. OSU includes four games in its all-time series ND does not, as the Buckeyes’ records include games when OSU was a varsity team and Notre Dame was still a club team. In those games, held from 1965-67, OSU was 2-2.

Of Late
In the last 10 meetings against Notre Dame, OSU leads 7-1-2. The Buckeyes had a nine-game (6-0-3) unbeaten streak against the Irish ended Oct. 10, 2003 in the first meeting between the squads.

On the ND Campus
The Buckeyes trail the series in Notre Dame’s home rink, 7-12-2. The teams last met in the Joyce Center Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2003, with the squads tying in game one, 3-3, and OSU posting a 2-0 win in game two.

After losing six games in a row at Notre Dame from Jan. 8, 1993-Nov. 11, 1995, OSU is 5-1-2 in the last eight games at ND.

The 2003-04 Series
Ohio State went 2-1 against Notre Dame last year, splitting a two-game series in Columbus Oct. 10-11 in the CCHA opener for both squads. Notre Dame won the first game, 5-2, before the Buckeyes rebounded for a 3-1 win in game two. OSU then beat the Irish in the CCHA Super Six Quarterfinal March 18, 2004, in overtime, 6-5.

The Last Meeting
The No. 4 seed Buckeyes came back from two separate two-goal deficits to beat No. 5 in Notre Dame in overtime, 6-5, March 18, in the CCHA Super Six quarterfinals.

The Irish jumped out to a 2-0 lead just 6:56 into the game on unassisted goals by Rob Globke and Aaron Gill. The Buckeyes tied the game with power-play goals by Rod Pelley and Dave Steckel, before ND’s Gill ended the scoring in the period with a power-play tally to regain the lead for the Irish.

In the second, Buckeye Scott May tied the game 16 seconds into the period before ND scored back-to-back goals at 4:43 and 10:14 to regain the two-goal edge. Matt Beaudoin made the score 5-4 with a power-play goal at 16:28 of the period. The teams skated scoreless in the third period until Beaudoin tied the game at 17:34 to send it to overtime.

In the overtime period, Tyson Strachan won the game for Ohio State, as his shot from the point got through. May won a faceoff deep in the Irish zone and got the puck back to Andrew Schembri. Schembri passed to Doug Andress, whose shot was saved, but Strachan picked up the rebound for the winner.

Ohio State outshot the Irish in the game, 49-34. OSU was 3-for-5 on the power play and stopped ND on four of five chances.

Markell vs. the Irish
Buckeye head coach John Markell is 15-6-4 all-time against Notre Dame.

A Look at Notre Dame
The Irish are 5-11-5 on the year and have a 3-9-4 ledger in CCHA play. Following the holiday break, ND is 1-2-1, with a split at home against Rensselaer Jan. 1-2 (L 1-3/W 2-1) and an 0-1-1 record at Lake Superior State last week (T 1-1/L 1-2 OT).

Notre Dame is averaging 1.67 goals a game, while allowing 3.1 a contest. The squad has converted 10.1 percent (14/139) of its power-play chances and has an 82.8 percent (120/145) success rate on the penalty kill.

Sophomore defenseman Wes O’Neill leads the Irish in scoring with 13 (5-8) points, followed by senior forward Cory McLean with 12 (3-9). O’Neill and Josh Sciba are tied for the team goal-scoring lead with five each. McLean has a team-best nine assists.

In goal, senior Morgan Cey has a 3-6-4 record, with a 2.37 goals-against average and .928 save percentage. Sophomore David Brown is 2-5-1, with a 3.74 gaa and .888 svpct.

Dave Poulin, a 1982 graduate of Notre Dame, is in his 10th year at the helm of his alma mater. He has a career and school record of 139-181-49 and led the program to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history last season.

A Look Back –
OSU Splits with Ferris State
OSU 3, FSU 1

Buckeye sophomore Matt Beaudoin had two goals and an assist and sophomore Andrew Schembri had two helpers to lead Ohio State to a 3-1 victory over Ferris State Jan. 7 in Value City Arena.

The teams were scoreless in the first period until Beaudoin got the Buckeyes on the board at 17:27. FSU dominated the shots in the period, 15-8, but OSU goalie Dave Caruso stopped all 15 to give OSU the lead after one. In the second, Kenny Bernard made the score 2-0 with a goal at 4:25. In the third, FSU’s Mark Bomersback cut the Buckeyes’ lead to one with a goal at 4:03, but Beaudoin responded less than five minutes later to make the final score 3-1.

FSU 3, OSU 2 OT
The Buckeyes saw their 13-game home unbeaten streak ended when they lost in overtime to Ferris State, 3-2, Jan. 8 in Value City Arena.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead on goals by Tim Vokey at 3:20 and Jeff Legue at 10:30. OSU responded to tie the game before the end of the period. Bryce Anderson scored shorthanded at 14:47 to cut the lead to one and Rod Pelley tied the game with a score at 17:41. The teams then were scoreless until Andrew Winnik scored the overtime gamewinner at 3:01 of the extra stanza.

A Home-Ice Advantage
The Buckeyes’ home winning streak was ended at 13 with the loss to Ferris State Saturday. The 13 wins tied the program record for consecutive home victories first was set Nov. 21, 1969-Feb. 6, 1970. OSU had not lost at home since being swept by Michigan State Jan. 23-24, 2004. OSU is 8-1 at home this season and 9-1-1 in games played in Columbus.

On the Penalty Kill
Ohio State has not allowed a power-play goal in its last four games, going a perfect 25-for-25. In the Ohio Hockey Classic, OSU stopped Minnesota State on nine chances Dec. 29 and Colorado College on six attempts Dec. 30. Against Ferris State, the Buckeyes stopped six power-play chances Friday and four opportunities Saturday.

Ohio State is third in the nation on the penalty kill and leads the CCHA both overall (87.9 percent) and in league play (90.7 percent). OSU has stopped 160-of-182 opponent opportunities this season and 107-of-118 in league play.

10x10x10
Ohio State ranks 10th in the nation in three categories – scoring margin (1.05), scoring offense (3.41) and scoring defense (2.36).

In OT
The game against Ferris State Jan. 8 was Ohio State’s fifth overtime contest of the season and marked its first overtime loss. OSU is 1-1-3 in overtime on the year, including an OT victory on the road at Ferris State Oct. 16. OSU has recorded ties against Nebraska-Omaha (Nov. 20), Clarkson (Dec. 10) and Colorado College (Dec. 30). In all three ties this season, OSU has been the team to come from behind and force overtime. Last season, OSU was 2-3-0 in overtime games.

Scoring on the PK
Buckeye sophomore Bryce Anderson scored shorthanded Saturday, marking the first shorthanded marker of his career.

OSU now has six shorthanded tallies this season to lead the CCHA and is tied for third in the nation. In the country, Bemidji State and Wayne State lead the way with seven shorthanded goals each, while OSU, Ferris State, Denver and Mercyhurst each have six.

Each of OSU’s shorthanded goals have been scored by a different Buckeye – Anderson, Dan Knapp, Matt Beaudoin, Lee Spector, Jason DeSantis and Matt McIlvane.

Senior JB Bittner is the only Buckeye with more than one shorthanded goal in his career. He had one in each of his first three seasons with the team.

Scott May led OSU with three shorthanded tallies last season and Dave Steckel had two shorties. They are the only Buckeyes with more than one shorthanded goal in a campaign since Jean-Francois Dufour and Eric Meloche had two each in 2000.

On the PP
Ohio State was held scoreless on the power play against Ferris State Jan. 8, just the fifth time in 22 games the team did not score at least one power-play goal. OSU is winless (0-4-1) when held without a power-play goal.

On the season, OSU has converted 33-of-173 power-play chances, a success rate of 19.1 percent.

No. 19
Junior forward Rod Pelley had two points in the series against Ferris State to move his total to 22 on the season, tying the career high he set last season. Pelley has a team season-high and career-best 12 goals this year and ranks third (tied) in the nation with eight power-play goals.

Ahead of Schedule
Sophomore forward Matt Beaudoin had a career-high tying two goals and added an assist for three points in OSU’s win over Ferris State Jan. 7. He now has a career-best eight goals on the year and is just one point shy of the 14 points he recorded as a freshman. The Buckeyes are 10-0-1 when Beaudoin has a point this season.

A Career Mark
Buckeye senior Lee Spector played in his 100th game as a Buckeye against Ferris State Jan. 8. He has nine goals, 12 assists in 21 points and a +14 rating in the Scarlet and Gray.

Spector is one of three current Buckeyes to have played in at least 100 games for Ohio State, joining classmate JB Bittner (140 games played) and junior Rod Pelley (106).

Back in the Mix
Sophomore Kenny Bernard scored his first goal of the season against Ferris State Jan. 7. It was his fourth game back after an injury suffered in the preseason kept him out until Dec. 11. Bernard’s first point of the year came on an assist against Colorado College Dec. 30.

On the Road Again
Ohio State will be playing in its first games away from Columbus in over a month when it travels to Notre Dame this weekend. OSU is 4-4-2 on the road this year, including 4-2-1 in CCHA play, and is looking to stop a four-game (0-2-2) road winless streak. In road games, OSU is averaging 2.7 goals a game, while allowing 3.3. Junior Rod Pelley leads the Buckeyes with seven goals and 10 points in road games.

Leading the Way
Buckeye freshman Tom Fritsche is tied for the team scoring lead with 22 points this season, including a team-best 19 assists. Fritsche also leads the squad with a +11 rating, with 11 games with a +1 or better mark. He is even or better in all but three games this season.

A Good Start is Key
The Buckeyes are 10-1-2 this season when scoring the first goal of the game and just 4-5 when allowing the first goal. When the Buckeyes have held the lead at the end of 20 minutes of play, the squad has a 7-1-2 ledger this year.

They Get Stronger
The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents by just four goals in the first period this season (19-15), but have a nine-goal margin in the second stanza and a 10-goal lead in the third period.

Between the Pipes
Junior goalie Dave Caruso has a career-best 11 wins this season. He has 25 wins as a Buckeye, just three victories shy of tying for 10th place all-time in the OSU record books. He had a career-best 37 saves Dec. 4 vs. Alaska Fairbanks.

A Helper
Buckeye sophomore forward Andrew Schembri tied his career best with two assists in the win over Ferris State Jan. 7. It was his second two-assist game of the season, matching his mark set vs. Sacred Heart Nov. 6 and tying his career mark first set vs. Miami March 6, 2004.

Mr. Consistent
Junior Dan Knapp is tied for third on the team with 20 points, ranking second (tied) in both goals (8) and assists (12). He has a point in 17-of-22 games this season and has not gone more than one game without a point.

On the Plus Side
Sophomore defenseman Tyson Strachan has a +5 rating on the year and has been +1 in each of the last three and four of his last five games.

Up Next
Ohio State will return home for a two-game series against Michigan at 7:05 p.m. Jan. 21-22. At the Jan. 21 game, the OSU band will perform Script Ohio on Ice. Jan. 22, free rally towels will be handed out to the first 10,000 fans courtesy of Nationwide Insurance and there will be a postgame autograph session with JB Bittner and Lee Spector.

The following week, Ohio State will play host to Western Michigan at 7:05 p.m. Jan. 28-29. Jan. 28, the BMX Stunt Team will perform on ice for the first time anywhere. Jan. 29 is Youth Jersey Night; all children in eighth grade and younger wearing a youth hockey jersey to the game receive free admission. Frozen Four packs are available for the game as well, which include four tickets, four hot dogs, for sodas and four popcorns for $40. Postgame, an autograph session with Dan Knapp and Tyson Strachan is scheduled.

On the Air
Ohio State will appear on both national and local television this season.

OSU’s 2004-05 Television Schedule Oct. 9 New Hampshire L, 1-5 (NHPT) Dec. 4 Alaska Fairbanks W, 5-2 (Sport!) Dec. 29 Minnesota State W, 3-1 (ONN) Dec. 30 Colorado College TOT, 2-2 (ONN) Jan. 7 Ferris State W, 3-1 (CSTV) Jan. 22 Michigan CSTV Feb. 18 at Michigan State FSN Detroit Feb. 19 at Michigan State Comcast

It’s Back
Buckeye Hockey Weekly, Ohio State head coach John Markell’s radio show, returns this season. The show, hosted by Neil Sika, can be heard at 7 p.m. most Tuesdays on 1460 (AM) The Fan and online at 1460TheFan.com. The remaining dates of the show are Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 8, March 1 and March 8. Fans are welcome to call in (614-821-1460) with questions for Markell.