Nov. 18, 2003
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The No. 12 Ohio State men’s hockey team (8-5-0, 7-3-0 CCHA) will travel to New York for two non-conference games this weekend. The Buckeyes will face Colgate (4-3-1, 2-2-0 ECAC) at 7 p.m. Friday in Starr Rink in Hamilton, N.Y. Saturday, Ohio State will take on No. 11 Cornell (3-1-2, 3-0-1 ECAC) at 7 p.m. in James Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y.
There will be no Ohio State broadcast of the games at Colgate and Cornell. Colgate’s radio feed can be found online at gocolgateraiders.com. A video webcast of the game, produced by Colgate’s student television station (CUTV) will be online at www.i2sports.com. For the Cornell contest, links to both radio and video Internet broadcasts (as well as live game stats) can be found at cornellbigred.com.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes are coming off a series split with No. 5 Michigan at home, falling in the opener, 4-0, before rebounding for a 5-2 victory. Colgate lost at St. Lawrence last weekend, 5-1, before beating Clarkson on the road, 6-1. Cornell tied Clarkson, 2-2, and topped St. Lawrence, 2-1.
IN THE RANKINGS
The Buckeyes moved up to No. 12 in both the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls and No. 14 in the INCH (insidecollegehockey.com) Power Rankings.
Cornell is ranked 11th in both the USA Today and USCHO.com polls and 10th by INCH.
LISTEN UP AND CALL IN
Ohio State head coach John Markell has his own radio call-in show, Buckeye Hockey Weekly, this season. The show, hosted by Ian Fitzsimmons, can be heard live on 1460 The Fan most Tuesdays from 7-7:30 p.m. from October through March.
Buckeye goalie Mike Betz was named the CCHA Defensive Player of the Week after his performance against Michigan. Betz made 71 saves in the series, including a season-high 44 in the win Saturday. His play helped the Buckeyes stop an eight-game winless streak vs. the Wolverines.
This marks the third time this season Betz has earned league defensive player of the week honors, as he also was honored Oct. 19 and Nov. 3. In his career, Betz has been honored as a league player of the week seven times.
THE LAST TIME
The Buckeyes made the trip east to face Cornell and Colgate in the 1998-99 season. OSU was 1-0-1 on the trip, topping Cornell (5-3) and tying Colgate, 2-2.
VS. THE ECAC
Cornell and Colgate both are members of the Eastern College Athletic Conference. They are joined by Brown, Clarkson, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Union, Vermont and Yale.
All-time, the Buckeyes are 27-18-6 against current members of the ECAC.
THE SERIES WITH COLGATE
The Buckeyes are undefeated against Colgate all-time with a mark of 3-0-2. In the only meeting in Hamilton, N.Y., the teams tied, 2-2, Jan. 18, 1999.
Last season, the Buckeyes and Raiders met in Columbus Nov. 3, 2002. The Buckeyes scored five times in the first 17:16 of the game en route to a 6-2 win. Six Buckeyes scored a goal in the game – Daymen Bencharski, Chris Olsgard, Ryan Kesler, JB Bittner, Dan Knapp and Miguel Lafleche.
A LOOK AT THE RAIDERS
Colgate is 4-3-1 on the year and 2-2-0 in ECAC play. Adam Mitchell (5-5) and Kyle Doyle (4-6) are tied for the team lead with 10 points each, while Jon Smyth is first on the team with six goals. In net, Steve Silverthorn has played six games, with a goals-against average of 2.52 and a .891 save percentage. David Cann has seen action in three games, with a 1.81 gaa and a .943 save percentage.
Stan Moore is in his first season as the interim head coach for the Raiders. In his career, he is 26-38-8. Don Vaughan, Colgate’s head coach the last 11 seasons, was named interim director of the division of physical education, recreation and Moore (an assistant coach) was promoted to interim head coach.
THE SERIES WITH CORNELL
The Buckeyes lead the series with Cornell by one game, 5-4-0. Ohio State won the only meeting in Ithaca, 5-3, Jan. 16, 1999.
Last season, the Buckeyes were defeated by Cornell, 3-1, Nov. 1. The Big Red opened the scoring less than four minutes into the game, but OSU’s R.J. Umberger tied the score with a power-play goal just over five minutes later. The score remained tied until the 17:15 mark of the second period, when Cornell’s Mike Knoepfli scored to give CU the lead. The one-goal lead stood up for the Big Red and Knoepfli put the game away with an empty-net goal with nine seconds remaining. OSU outshot Cornell, 29-13, in the game, but was unable to bury its chances.
A LOOK AT THE BIG RED
Cornell is 3-1-2 on the year and 3-0-1 in ECAC play. Ryan Vesce and Matt Moulson are tied for the team lead in scoring with identical 5-7-12 totals. David McKee has played all six games in net, with a 2.12 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.
Mike Schafer, a 1986 graduate of Cornell, is in his ninth season at the helm of his alma mater.
Ohio State associate head coach Casey Jones is a 1990 graduate of Cornell. He served as a team captain for the squad and posted 112 points for the Big Red in his career.
WILL WE MEET AGAIN?
OSU and Cornell could meet in the Everblades College Classic holiday tournament for the fourth consecutive year this December. The Buckeyes play Maine and Cornell faces Notre Dame in the opening round, but OSU and Cornell could advance to play each other in the championship or consolation games.
OSU’S LAST TIME OUT
Michigan took a 2-0 lead in the first period and never looked back, as the Buckeyes were shut out by the Wolverines, 4-0, Friday, Nov. 14, in Value City Arena. UM scored twice in the first and twice in the final stanza, while UM goalie Al Montoya made 30 saves for the Wolverines’ second consecutive blanking of the Buckeyes.
In the series finale, Michigan scored the first goal just 21 seconds into the game but the Buckeyes scored the next five goals – by Scott May, Lee Spector, Dave Steckel, JB Bittner and Dan Knapp – to record the squad’s first win over UM in nine games, stopping an eight-game (0-6-2) winless streak.
FOUR X TWO
Four Buckeyes posted two points in the win over Michigan. Scott May had a goal and an assist, while Doug Andress, Dave Barton and Paul Caponigri had two helpers each.
SPECIALTY GOALS STANDOUT
JB Bittner scored the Buckeyes’ first shorthanded goal of the season in the second game against Michigan. He now has a team-best three career shorthanded goals, after posting one in each of his first two seasons as a Buckeye. Bittner, who is tied for the team lead with eight goals, also leads the squad in power-play goals (four) and gamewinners (three).
The Buckeyes have not lost more than one game in a row this season and are 5-0-0 following a loss. The squad fell to Denver in its opener before rebounding for a win over Miami in the Lefty McFadden Invitational and followed a loss to Mercyhurst with a win over Alaska Fairbanks. In three CCHA series (vs. Notre Dame, at Northern Michigan and vs. Michigan), the squad lost the opener before winning the finale.
Last year, the squad was 3-7-0 in games following a defeat.
A GOOD DAY TO PLAY
The Buckeyes are undefeated on Saturday this season, going 6-0-0, but are 2-5-0 on Friday.
ON THE PK
The Buckeyes have allowed just one power-play goal (a 5-on-3 score at Northern Michigan) in their last six games, stopping 23-of-24 opponent chances (95.8 percent). The squad held Michigan scoreless on eight chances in the series, including a five-minute advantage.
FROM THE GRIDIRON TO THE ICE
The Buckeyes had a season-high 9,954 fans in attendance Friday. After the first period, the Ohio State band performed Script Ohio, its signature formation done at Buckeye football games, on ice for the first time. ESPN’s College Gameday, on campus for the Ohio State-Purdue football game, showed a highlight of the performance on its live show Saturday.
The Buckeye freshmen have a number of connections with members of the Big Red. OSU rookie Dave Barton and CU freshman Kevin McLeod both hail from Calgary, Alberta and played for the Calgary Canucks (AJHL).
Buckeye Kenny Bernard spent the last two seasons playing for the Sarnia Blast in the WOJHL, the same junior team Cornell sophomores Cam Abbott and Chris Abbott played for. The trio all hail from Sarnia, Ontario.
Ohio State freshman Andrew Schembri and Cornell sophomore Matt Moulson both call Mississauga, Ontario, home.
CONNECTIONS – PART TWO
Buckeye senior Doug Andress and Colgate senior Rob Brown both played for the Brockville Braves in the CJHL.
ON THE ROAD
The Buckeyes are 3-1-0 on the road this season and have outscored their opponents, 16-4, in road games so far.
Paul Caponigri (5-0) and Dan Knapp (1-4) lead the Buckeyes with five road points so far this season.
The squad is 3-for-17 (.176) with the man advantage in road games and 15-for-16 (93.8) on the power play.
IT’S BEEN A WHILE
The Buckeyes have not played a non-conference game at an opponent’s home rink since Nov. 24, 2001 at New Hampshire (in the Dodge Dealers of New Hampshire College Classic). Ohio State lost that contest, 3-1.
In the win over Michigan, Kenny Bernard posted his first career point with an assist on Lee Spector’s goal. Dave Barton had two helpers for his first career multiple-point game.
A TEAM EFFORT
This season, 20-of-21 Buckeye skaters (as well as goalie Mike Betz) have at least one point. Fourteen have scored at least one goal.
In 10 league games this season, 13 Buckeyes have earned a three star of the game honor. The only Buckeye to be selected more than twice is goalie Mike Betz, with five. A different Buckeye has been named the first star in each CCHA win.
Buckeye senior Scott May is nine points away from the 100th point of his Ohio State career. He has 35 goals, 56 assists and 91 points as a Buckeye, including a career-best 35 last season.
GOOD STARTS = GOOD FINISHES
This season, the Buckeyes are 5-1-0 when scoring the first goal. When leading after the first period, the squad is undefeated at 5-0-0.
THE MAGIC MARK
When the Buckeyes score at least three goals, the team is 8-0-0 on the year. When held to two or less goals, the squad is winless at 0-5-0.
ON THE AIR
This season, at least 12 Buckeye games will be televised, with four confirmed on CSTV, four on the Ohio News Network and one on Fox Sports Net Detroit (as well as four broadcasts locally for Michigan State, Alaska Fairbanks (in Columbus) and two games at Northern Michigan).
OSU’s 2003-04 Television Schedule Oct. 10 Notre Dame CSTV L, 2-5 Oct. 18 Michigan State Comcast W, 5-1 Nov. 1 UAF Fox 7 W, 3-2 Nov. 7 at NMU Charter L, 1-2 Nov. 8 at NMU Charter W, 6-1 Nov. 14 Michigan CSTV L, 0-4 Dec. 5 Miami ONN Dec. 27 Maine CSTV Dec. 28 Everblades Championship CSTV Jan. 9 at Michigan Fox Sports Net Jan. 23 Michigan State CSTV Jan. 24 Michigan State ONN Feb. 14 Nebraska-Omaha ONN March 6 Miami ONN
The Buckeyes will travel to Bowling Green for a single game (Saturday, Nov. 29) before a home-and-home series with Miami (Dec. 5-6). The game vs. the RedHawks in Value City Arena Dec. 5 marks the Buckeyes’ last home game for a month, as they return home Jan. 6 to face Quinnipiac.