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Nov. 22, 2006

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Faceoff
The Ohio State men’s hockey team (4-6-2, 4-4-2 CCHA) heads to Troy, N.Y., for the Thanksgiving weekend to compete in the 56th Annual Rensselaer/Bank of America Holiday Tournament Nov. 24-25. The event is being held at the Houston Field House.

The Buckeyes open the tournament Friday with a 4 p.m. game against Colgate (4-7-2, 1-4-1 ECAC). Depending on the outcome, Ohio State will meet either host RPI or Niagara at 4 or 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Broadcast
The Buckeyes’ games at the Rensselaer/Bank of America Holiday Tournament will be broadcast by WOSU Radio (820 AM/wosu.org) with Neil Sika (play-by-play) and former Buckeye John Mowat (analysis) on the call. The game Friday will be broadcast via the internet, while Saturday’s game will also be broadcast on the radio.

Last Time Out
Ohio State recorded its first sweep of the season with two wins at Bowling Green Nov. 17-18. The Buckeyes posted 9-3 and 4-1 wins against the Falcons for its first set of back-to-back wins this season. Sophomore forward Corey Elkins scored a hat trick Friday as 15 of 18 OSU skaters tallied a point in the win. Senior captain Sean Collins had a goal and an assist Saturday. Junior forward John Dingle led the team with four points (2g, 2a) in the series.

A Buckeye Snapshot
Ohio State jumped to third in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings and improved to 4-4-2 in conference play with the sweep at BGSU. The Buckeyes are 4-6-2 overall. Ohio State is 3-1-0 on the road this year.

Junior Jason DeSantis continues to lead the team offensively with 12 points and is the only Buckeye with double-digit points. The defenseman also has a team-high 11 assists. Junior forward Tommy Goebel leads the Buckeyes with five goals.

Joseph Palmer has started nine games this seasons, including the last five, and has a 3.11 goals-against-average, while Nick Filion has three starts with a 4.85 GAA.

Offensive Outburst
The nine goals scored by the Buckeyes Friday at Bowling Green were the most in a game since the team defeated Miami Oct. 21, 2004 by the same 9-3 score. The six-goal margin was the largest since OSU topped Western Michigan 7-0, Jan. 29, 2005.

The 13 goals scored in the series by OSU were the most in a series since scoring 14 in a two-game home series vs. Illinois-Chicago, Dec. 13-14, 1991. It was the Buckeyes’ largest goal total in consecutive games since 2000, when the team defeated Findlay 1-0 Nov. 28 and followed with a 6-1 win at Ferris State Dec. 1.

On the Offensive
Eighteen Buckeyes had a point in the BGSU series with 11 players recording multiple points. John Dingle led the team with four points (2g, 2a), while Sean Collins, Corey Elkins and Mathieu Beaudoin each had three. Fifteen of 18 OSU skaters had a point in Friday’s game alone.

Ohio State totaled 34 points (13g, 21a) in the two games while the Falcons had 10 (4g, 6a).

Break Out the Brooms
The two-game series at Bowling Green was the first time Ohio State played in a road series at BGSU since Oct. 26-27, 2001. The sweep was the first time the Buckeyes have won both games of a series at Bowling Green since Feb. 29-March 1, 1980 (W 5-3, W 7-6 OT).

Buckeyes vs. Red Raiders
This will be the seventh meeting between Ohio State and Colgate. The Buckeyes lead the all-time series 4-0-2, including a 1-0-1 record at neutral sites.

The Last Meeting
Ohio State and Colgate last met in a home-and home series in the 2003 and 2004 seasons. The Buckeyes won both matchups: 6-2 in Columbus, (Nov. 3, 2002) and 2-1 in Hamilton, N.Y. (Nov. 21, 2003).

Brushing Up on Colgate
The Red Raiders are 4-7-2 overall with a 1-4-1 mark in ECACHL games. Colgate recently ended a seven-game winless skid with a 4-2 victory Nov. 18 at Princeton.

Three Red Raiders have scored double-digit points this season led by junior forward Tyler Burton with 15 points. He also had a team-high 11 assists. Sophomore forward Tom Riley is second with 12 points (4g, 8a). Senior forward Marc Fulton has scored eight goals to lead Colgate and added three assists for 11 points.

Junior goaltender Mark Dekanich has played the majority of time in the Colgate net with a 4-6-2 record in 12 games played. He has a .908 save percentage and 2.75 GAA.

The Red Raiders power play is 18-of-140 this season for a 12.9 percent conversion rate. Their penalty kill is 117-of-135 for 86.7 percent.

Offensive Defenseman
Junior defenseman Jason DeSantis continues to lead the team in points (12) and assists (11) through 12 games. After struggling with injuries throughout last season, DeSantis has found the scoring touch this year. He has only been held without a point four times this season. DeSantis totaled three assists in the WMU series (Nov. 9-10), including his fourth multiple-point game of the season in the first game vs. WMU.

DeSantis is fourth in overall points by a defenseman in the CCHA and leads all blueliners in assists. His 10 helpers are tied for fifth overall. Nationally, he is tied for seventh in defenseman scoring with 1.00 point per game.

Also Scoring from the Blue Line…
Senior defenseman Sean Collins also has contributed to the OSU offense, tying for second on the team with nine points. His seven assists are second-most on the team and he scored his first two goals of the season at Bowling Green last weekend.

Collins Named CCHA Defensive P.O.W.
Sean Collins was named CCHA Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday. It is the first player of the week honor for a Buckeye this season and the fifth CCHA weekly award for Collins in his career.

Collins scored his first two goals of the season and added an assist in Ohio State’s sweep at Bowling Green. He had a power play goal Friday in the 9-3 win and followed with a goal and assist in the 4-1 victory Saturday for his second multiple-point game of the season. He completed the series with a plus-4 rating. This season, he is second on the squad in assists with seven and tied for second with nine points.

Collins also was a key member on the OSU penalty kill that was 18-for-20 on the weekend, including a perfect 7-for-7 mark Saturday.

On a Tear
After picking up his first two points as a Buckeye with a goal and assist vs. Western Michigan (Nov. 9), sophomore forward Corey Elkins followed with a hat trick Friday at Bowling Green. Elkins scored one goal in the first period and two of the last three OSU goals in the third. His three goals were scored against three different BGSU goaltenders (Jimmy Spratt, Eddie Neville and Phil Greer).

It was the second hat trick for an OSU player this season with senior forward Mathieu Beaudoin recording one Oct. 14 vs. Lake Superior State.

We’re Going Streaking
Junior forward Domenic Maiani is on a four-game point streak with two goals and two assists since Nov. 9. Classmate Jason DeSantis was held scoreless Saturday at Bowling Green to end his streak at four-games with five assists during that span.

Sean Collins, Mathieu Picard and John Dingle have each tallied a point in the last two games.

Double Up
Eight Buckeyes had multiple points in the 9-3 win at Bowling Green Friday. Corey Elkins (3g) and John Dingle (1g, 2a) led the squad with three points. Tommy Goebel and Tyson Strachan each had a goal and an assist. Andrew Schembri, Sam Campbell, Bryce Anderson and Mathieu Beaudoin all recorded two assists.

Buckeye Backstop
Freshman goaltender Joseph Palmer started both games at Bowling Green, allowing just one goal in the win Saturday to complete the sweep. He stopped 41 of 45 shots faced in the series for a .911 save percentage. With the two wins, Palmer moved to even on the season at 4-4-2.

Three’s Company
Senior forward Kenny Bernard scored two shorthanded goals vs. Western Michigan Nov. 9, tying the OSU individual record for shorthanded goals in a game. It was just the third time a Buckeye has tallied two SHG in a game, along with Dave Steckel (Nov. 29, 2003 at Bowling Green) and Paul Pooley (Feb. 14, 1981 at Bowling Green).

Get Shorty
Led by Kenny Bernard’s two shorthanded goals Nov. 9 vs. Western Michigan, Ohio State has totaled five shorthanded goals this season. Mathieu Beaudoin, John Dingle and Tommy Goebel have also scored goals while on the penalty kill.

The Buckeyes are tied for second in the nation with fellow CCHA member Nebraska-Omaha. Miami leads with six shorties.

Bernard and Beaudoin are tied for eighth in the OSU record books for career shorthanded goals with five apiece.

75 and Counting
With two goals and an assist vs. Western Michigan Nov. 9, senior forward Andrew Schembri reached the 75-point mark of his career. He added two assists Friday at Bowling Green for career totals of 31 goals and 46 assists. He is the leading scorer on the current OSU roster, followed by classmates Mathieu Beaudoin (42-30-72) and Sean Collins (21-48-69).

Helping Hand
With 11 assists through 12 games this season, Jason DeSantis has more than doubled his career total. The junior defenseman entered 2006-07 with nine helpers and six goals for 15 points in his first two seasons.

Home Sweet Home
Ohio State opened the 2006-07 season with eight of their first 10 games at home. Last season, the squad played six of its first seven games on the road, going 2-4-1 in the stretch. All-time, the Buckeyes are 85-46-14 (.639) in Value City Arena.

Paul Pooley Number Retirement
In the first intermission of the Nov. 4 game against Notre Dame, the Ohio State men’s hockey team retired its first number in program history in Paul Pooley’s No. 22 jersey. Pooley, a former Buckeye All-American who played for the Scarlet and Gray 1981-84, is the team’s all-time leading scorer with 270 points as well as the record-holder for career goals and assists and single-season points and assists. He was named the Bauer National Player of the Year in 1981 and is the only Buckeye ever to be named CCHA Player of the Year.

A standout in the classroom as well, Pooley, a marketing major, was a three-time CCHA All- Academic Team honoree. He was inducted to the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994.

Have a Game
Junior Matt McIlvane scored twice in Ohio State’s 4-2 win at Northern Michigan Oct. 28 to set a career high for goals in a game. He scored a power play goal in the second period and sealed the win with an empty-netter in the closing seconds. He also had an assist that game to tie his season-high with three points. McIlvane also had three points (1g, 2a) vs. Minnesota (Oct. 21).

Three’s a Crowd
Seven Buckeyes have combined for eight three-point performances this season. Matt McIlvane has posted two three-point games while Kenny Bernard, John Dingle, Corey Elkins, Dominic Maiani, Mathieu Beaudion and Andrew Schembri have each recorded one. In 39 games last season, Ohio State had a player tally three points just six times.

A Few Firsts
Buckeye junior Zach Pelletier’s goal vs. Minnesota (Oct. 20) was the first of his Buckeye career and came in his 28th game.

Freshman goalie Nick Filion made his first career start vs. the Gophers and had his first regular-season playing time for the Buckeyes. He made a Buckeye season-high 36 saves in the game.

Junior John Dingle recorded his first shorthanded goal Oct. 28 in a 4-2 win at Northern Michigan.

Sophomore Corey Elkins notched his first goal, first assist and first multiple-point game Nov. 9 vs. Western Michigan.

Freshman defenseman Kevin Montgomery registered his first point as a Buckeye with a goal Nov. 17 at Bowling Green.

Up Next
Ohio State continues its travels with its third-consecutive road series. The Buckeyes face Michigan State in a CCHA series Dec. 1-2 in East Lansing, Mich. Games begin at 7:05 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.