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Feb. 10, 2003

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No. 9/10 Ohio State
20-6-3, 14-4-2/2nd CCHA
vs.
Miami
16-12-2, 10-10-2/t-5th CCHA

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003 – 7:35 p.m. EST
Goggin Ice Arena, Oxford, Ohio
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003 – 4:05 p.m. EST
Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio

Series Information
OSU leads 47-42-6
In Columbus: OSU leads 31-13-3
In Oxford: Miami leads 28-15-3
Neutral: Tied 1-1-0
Last Five: OSU leads 4-1-0

2002-03 Meetings
at OSU 4, Miami 0 (12/6/02)
at OSU 5, Miami 3 (12/7/02)

Radio/Internet Broadcasts
820 AM/wosu.org (Saturday only)
www.underground.fm (Both games)

FACEOFF
The No. 9/10-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team (20-6-3, 14-4-2/2nd CCHA) will face instate foe Miami for two games this week. The Buckeyes and RedHawks (16-12-2, 10-10-2/t-5th CCHA) will face off at 7:35 p.m. Thursday at Goggin Ice Arena in Oxford, Ohio, and at 4:05 p.m. Saturday at Cincinnati Gardens in Cincinnati, Ohio.

THE BROADCAST
Both games this week will be broadcast by OSU Student Radio online at www.underground.fm. The game Saturday will be broadcast by WOSU Radio (820 AM and wosu.org) with Frank Fraas (play-by-play) and John Mowat (color) on the call.

AN OSU PRIMER
The Buckeyes enter the series with Miami on a four-game unbeaten (3-0-1) and three-game winning streak. The team stands in second place in the CCHA, three points behind league-leader Ferris State with two games in hand. LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes are coming off a two-game home sweep of Western Michigan, their sixth CCHA series sweep of the season. The Buckeyes won in overtime the first night, 3-2. The next night, the squad responded to a late Bronco goal that tied the game with a goal of their own just 14 seconds later for a second consecutive 3-2 win.

HITTING 20
The win over Western Michigan Saturday gave the Buckeyes 20 victories on the season, the 11th time in program history the squad has hit that mark. It is the fourth time John Markell has led the team to at least 20 wins and the second time he has done it in back-to-back seasons.

AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
OSU has 20 wins in its first 29 games, the most wins over that stretch since the 1984 squad posted 21 (21-8-0). The 1971-72 squad holds the record, with a 24-5-0 mark in its 29-game season.

AT HOME
The Buckeyes two wins over Western Michigan last weekend extended OSU’s home winning streak to 12 (one short of the program record set in 1969-70) and its home league unbeaten streak to 17 (14-0-3). The team is a perfect 10-0-0 at home in CCHA play this season.

VOTE FOR R.J. AT VOTEFORHOBEY.COM
The second phase of fan voting for college hockey’s top individual prize, the Hobey Baker Award, started Jan. 20. All athletes receiving at least 25 votes in phase one, including Buckeye junior R.J. Umberger, moved on to the second phase.

This season, Umberger leads the Buckeyes and is second in the CCHA with a career-best 41 points. He is a three-time league offensive player of the week honoree and was named the IHCCA National Player of the Month for December. He leads the CCHA and is second in the nation in game-winning goals with six. He has been held scoreless just five times this season and has eight points in his last five games.

Now through March 9, fans may cast one ballot per day for their first, second and third choices online at voteforhobey.com. The fans’ votes, along with ballots from the 60 Division I college hockey head coaches, will determine the Top 10 finalists, with the list announced March 20.

In the final round of balloting (from March 21-31) voters can cast their ballots ranking the Top 10 candidates one through five once a day. The top selection from the fans will join the ballots from the Selection Committee (comprised of college hockey personnel, pro scouts and media) in determining the award winner. The Hobey Hat Trick, the top three finalists, will be announced April 2. The award recipient will be announced in a live telecast from the NCAA Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y. Friday, April 11.

THE BEST
OSU junior goalie and All-America candidate Mike Betz leads the CCHA in goals-against average both overall (2.12) and in league play (1.86). His gaa is fourth in the nation, while his .750 winning percentage is tied for eighth.

SHUTTING THEM DOWN
Backstopped by Mike Betz, the OSU defense ranks second in the nation, allowing just 2.03 goals per game (Cornell is the leader at 1.39). The Buckeyes lead the CCHA in team defense both overall (2.03) and in conference play (1.95).

MORE ABOUT BETZ
The win over Western Michigan Friday was the 50th of Mike Betz’s career. He is just the third OSU goalie to post at least 50 wins in his career. With a win Saturday, Betz moved one win behind second-place John Dougan’s mark of 52 (1982-85). Betz is just three victories short of the OSU all-time record of 54 set by Bill McKenzie from 1970-72. His 2,347 career saves are seventh all-time in OSU history. Dan Stergiou’s mark of 3,261 ranks first.

THE SERIES VS. THE REDHAWKS
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Miami, 47-42-6, but trails in Oxford, 15-28-3. In neutral site games, each squad has one win. In the last 10 meetings, each school has five wins, however, the Buckeyes have won four of the last five games.

IN GOGGIN
The Buckeyes are 3-2-0 in their last five games at Goggin Ice Arena, including two 4-3 overtime victories (Feb. 10, 2001 and Dec. 1, 2001). In the last meeting in Oxford, the Buckeyes fell, 3-1, March 1, 2002.

COMPETING FOR THE CUP
The games this week will decide the winner of the Ohio Cup, the traveling trophy given annually by the Buckeye Sports Bulletin to the Ohio team with the best record against its instate opponents. An OSU win or tie Thursday will clinch the cup for the squad.

The Ohio Cup games so far this season:
at Miami 3, BGSU 2 (Nov. 1)
at Miami 6, BGSU 1 (Nov. 2)
at Ohio State 5, Miami 3 (Dec. 7)
at Ohio State 6, BGSU 3 (Jan. 16)
at Ohio State 6, BGSU 1 (Jan. 17)

The 2003 Ohio Cup Standings 1. Ohio State 3-0-0 2. Miami 1-2-0 3. Bowling Green 0-4-4

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
The Buckeyes are 4-4-2 on the road in CCHA play this season. The squad stopped a four-game league road losing streak with a tie and a win at Notre Dame (Jan. 31/Feb. 1). On the road this season, OSU went 2-0-0 at Lake Superior and 1-0-1 at Alaska Fairbanks and at Notre Dame, while it was swept by Ferris State and Nebraska-Omaha.

AGAINST MIAMI EARLIER THIS SEASON…
The Buckeyes swept then-No. 11 Miami at home Dec. 6-7, 2002, posting 4-0 and 5-3 wins. In the first game, R.J. Umberger recorded two goals and two assists and goalie Mike Betz made 19 saves to lead OSU to a 4-0 shutout victory. After a scoreless first period, the Buckeyes took a 2-0 lead on goals by Umberger and Ryan Kesler in the second stanza. The Buckeyes put the game out of reach in the third, as Umberger scored his second goal of the game at the 2:36 mark and Dave Steckel ended the scoring with a power-play tally at 8:39.

Special teams were the story of game two, as OSU scored four power-play goals and one shorthanded and held Miami scoreless on 7-of-8 power play chances in a 5-3 win. In the second game, Miami scored the lone goal of the first period before the Buckeyes tied the game in the second on an Umberger power-play tally. The game opened up in the third, as the teams combined for six goals. Miguel Lafleche staked OSU to its first lead of the game just 33 seconds into the third period. The RedHawks tied the game with an even-strength goal at 4:58. OSU again took the lead, as Dave Steckel stole the puck in front of the Miami net on the penalty kill and scored. The RedHawks responded quickly, however, as Mike Kompon scored just 37 seconds later. Chris Olsgard regained the OSU one-goal lead with a goal at the 14:23 mark and Scott May put the game out of reach with a goal with less than a minute remaining.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE REDHAWKS
Miami stands in a tie for fifth place in the CCHA with a league record of 10-10-2 and an overall mark of 16-12-2. Mike Kompon leads the team with 23 goals and 38 points, while Greg Hogeboom ranks first for the squad in goals (18) and power-play goals (14). David Burleigh has started in 28 games, posting a goals-against average of 2.66 and a .894 save percentage.

The RedHawks’ power-play has been outstanding and ranks second in the CCHA both overall (.250) and in league play (.248).

AGAINST THE REDHAWKS
Junior R.J. Umberger leads the Buckeyes with 4-9-13 totals in 10 games against the RedHawks. Paul Caponigri (1-5-6), Scott May (3-3-6) and Dave Steckel (2-4-6) are tied for second with six points each against Miami.

STOPPERS
Ohio State stopped the Broncos on all 12 of their power-play chances in the series last weekend. Ohio State has stopped its opponents’ last 21 chances, dating back to the first game at Notre Dame. Included in the streak are back-to-back 8-for-8 performances.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Buckeye freshman Ryan Kesler was named the CCHA Rookie of the Week, his third such award of the season, after posting four points against Western Michigan, including the primary assist on both dramatic gamewinning goals. In the opener, he had an assist on Rod Pelley’s game-tying goal with 46 seconds remaining and set up R.J. Umberger’s overtime gamewinner. In the finale, Kesler opened the scoring in the first period. In the third period, he set up Miguel Lafleche’s gamewinning goal just 14 seconds after WMU had tied the game.

CLUTCH
For the year, freshman Ryan Kesler leads the Buckeyes with 11 gamewinning points, on three goals and eight assists. He has recorded a point on over half of the team’s gamewinning scores.

CLUTCH PART II
The game Friday was the second time in three games the Buckeyes tied a game with less than a minute remaining. It was the third time this season the squad scored with the extra attacker after pulling its goalie. At Notre Dame Jan. 31, Dave Steckel scored with 4.7 seconds remaining to force overtime (the game ended in a tie). Against the Broncos, Rod Pelley scored with 46 seconds left in regulation to push the game to overtime. The squad also scored a 6×5 goal (by JB Bittner) at Nebraska-Omaha (with 51 seconds left) to cut the Mavericks’ lead to one.

A CURSE.
OSU’s streak of games without a hat trick now stands at 103. The squad has not had a player score three goals since Oct. 21, 2000 vs. Niagara. This season, the Buckeyes have had 11 two-goal games, while last year the squad had a player score twice in a game 17 times.

SPECIAL TEAMS

OSU’s power play in the last five games: 1/25 at UNO 0/5 1/31 at ND 1/11 2/1 at ND 1/7 2/7 vs. WMU 1/5 2/8 vs. WMU 2/7 Totals 5/35 (14.3%)

OSU’s penalty killing in the last five games: 1/25 at UNO 6/7 1/31 at ND 4/6 2/1 at ND 8/8 2/7 vs. WMU 8/8 2/8 vs. WMU 4/4 Totals 30/33 (90.9%)

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes return home for a two-game CCHA series with Alaska Fairbanks. The Buckeyes and Nanooks will face off at 7:05 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 and at 8:05 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 in Value City Arena. OSU is 14-1-0 at home this season, including a perfect 10-0-0 in league play, and has won its last 12 games in VCA.