at No. 5 Miami
Friday, Feb. 29 – 7:35 p.m.
Steve Cady Arena, Oxford, Ohio
Miami leads 4-0-0
Miami 5, at Ohio State 1 (Oct. 19, 2007)
at Miami 5, Ohio State 1 (Oct. 21, 2007)
Ohio Hockey Classic Championship Game
Miami 3, at Ohio State 2 (Dec. 30, 2007)
Miami 2, at Ohio State 1 (Feb. 26, 2008)
Miami won 2-1-2
Miami 5, at Ohio State 2 (Dec. 8, 2006)
Ohio State 2, at Miami 2 OT (Dec. 9, 2006)
Ohio Hockey Classic Championship Game
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Ohio State 5, Miami 3 (Dec. 30, 2006)
at Ohio State 4, Miami 4 OT (Jan. 19, 2007)
at Miami 2, Ohio State 1 (Jan. 21, 2007)
Ohio State leads 56-55-10
Ohio State leads 34-19-6
In Oxford, Ohio
Miami leads 32-20-4
Ohio State leads 4-2-0
CCHA Regular Season
Miami leads 48-46-8
Miami leads 5-2-0
Miami leads 7-1-2
Sophomore goalie Joseph Palmer had a 1.44 goals-against average and .951 save percentage vs. Notre Dame last week to earn CCHA Goaltender of the Week honors. It is the first league honor of his career. Palmer has allowed two goals or less in each of his last five games and has dropped his goals-against average from 3.28 to 2.99.
Senior Tommy Goebel is the Buckeye leader in goals (20) and points (32) this season, 13 points more than the Buckeyes in second in scoring. He is the first Buckeye to hit the 20-goal mark since Rod Pelley and Mathieu Beaudoin in 2004-05 and also the first Buckeye with 30 or more points since that same season.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s hockey team (11-22-4, 7-17-3 CCHA) will close out regular-season action on the road at No. 5 Miami (28-6-1, 20-6-1 CCHA) at 7:35 p.m. Friday in Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio.
The Buckeyes’ game at Miami will be broadcast by WOSU Radio (820 AM Columbus/wosu.org) with Neil Sika (play-by-play) and former Buckeye John Mowat (analysis) calling the action.
The game Friday will be televised by CBS College Sports Network (CSTV) live, with Ben Holden and Jim Paradise on the call.
Links to live statistics can be accessed from the men’s hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, as well as from CCHA.com.
A Buckeye Brief
Overall, the Buckeyes are 11-22-4 and 7-17-3 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association action this season. The team is averaging 2.4 goals a game, while allowing 3.2.
The Buckeyes have converted 14.1 percent of their power-play chances (25-177) and have stopped 81.8 percent of their opponents’ chances (153-187).
Senior Tommy Goebel has a team-best 20 goals and 32 points. Freshman John Albert has a team-best 16 assists and is tied for second in points with classmate Peter Boyd with 20 each. Boyd is second in goals (9), followed by rookie Sergio Somma with eight. Senior Tom Fritsche is second in assists (13) and fourth with 18 points. Jason DeSantis is tied for third in assists with Goebel with 12 each and leads the Buckeye blueliners with 15 points this year.
In net, sophomore Joseph Palmer has started 29 games and seen action in 30, with a 2.99 goals-against average and .893 save percentage. Freshman Dustin Carlson has started seven games and seen action in nine, with a 3.44 GAA and .886 save percentage.
Ohio State and Miami met in Value City Arena Tuesday night to close out the Buckeyes’ regular-season home slate. Miami posted a 2-1 victory, extending the RedHawks’ winning streak vs. the Buckeyes to five.
Buckeye freshman John Albert opened the scoring with a goal just 59 seconds into the game. Miami’s Alexandre Lacombe tied the score with a tally at 15:53. The score remained deadlocked until the RedHawks’ Jarod Palmer scored at 5:25 of the third and Miami held on to win.
The Buckeyes outshot the RedHawks, 32-27, in the game. Neither team was able to score on the power play – Ohio State was 0-for-2 and Miami was 0-for-3.
Tuesday This and That
Freshman John Albert’s goal 59 seconds into the game was the first Buckeye goal in the first minute of a period since Andrew Schembri scored 28 seconds into the game on the power play against Nebraska-Omaha Feb. 14, 2004.
The game marked the last home game for the eight Buckeye seniors forwards John Dingle, Tom Fritsche, Tommy Goebel, Kyle Hood and Matt McIlvane, defensemen Jason DeSantis and Johann Kroll and goalie Phil Lauderdale.
Buckeye goalie Joseph Palmer has been named a star of the game each of his last three and in four of the last five games.
The loss ended the Buckeyes’ three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1).
Ohio State has scored five goals in its four games vs. Miami this season.
After 5-1 losses to Miami in the first two meetings this year, the Buckeyes have been edged by one goal in each of the last two games vs. the RedHawks (3-2, 2-1).
The Buckeyes have had three penalties for six minutes in three of their last five games.
Ohio State extended its scoreless streak on the power play to 17 chances and has not scored with the extra attacker since Feb. 16 vs. Northern Michigan.
Goebel Has Skills
Buckeye senior forward Tommy Goebel has been selected to participate in the third annual Frozen Four Skills Challenge, which will be held April 11 at the Pepsi Center in Denver in conjunction with the NCAA Frozen Four. The event will be televised live on ESPNU.
The competition will be conducted in an East vs. West format with each team having six male position players, six female position players, two male goaltenders and two female goaltenders.
The competitions will include puck control relay, fastest skater, hardest shot, rapid fire shooting, accuracy shooting and penalty shot.
To be eligible, all players must have exhausted their collegiate eligibility and be nominated by their head coach. The players were selected by representatives from the American Hockey Coaches Association, the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee and NCAA national office staff.
Joining Goebel on the West squad will be Buckeye women’s hockey defenseman Tessa Bonhomme. Two other CCHA players also were named to the squad – Kevin Porter of Michigan and Bryan Lerg from Michigan State.
Two Buckeyes participated in the inaugural skills challenge in Milwaukee in 2006 – men’s goalie Dave Caruso and women’s forward Jana Harrigan. Women’s goalie Erika Vanderveer competed in the 2007 event.
Entering their final regular-season game, the Buckeyes are tied for 10th in the CCHA standings with Lake Superior State, which has two games remaining with Northern Michigan this weekend. The teams are three points behind idle Alaska, which wrapped up league play last week.
Ohio State will finish 10th or 11th in the final standings, depending on league results this week. The Buckeyes will travel to face Bowling Green, Ferris State or Northern Michigan in the first round of the CCHA playoffs next week.
Michigan, Miami, Michigan State and Notre Dame all have secured Top 4 spots and CCHA tournament first-round byes. Michigan and Miami are the only teams able to win the league title, with the Wolverines up by one point, but with a game in hand, entering the weekend.
Nebraska-Omaha, Bowling Green, Ferris State and Northern Michigan all have clinched home ice for the first round of the tournament. All four teams are tied for fifth, with all but UNO having two games left.
Ohio State, Alaska, Lake Superior State and Western Michigan all will travel in the first round. Western Michigan can not climb higher than its current 12th-place position, Alaska will finish ninth or 10th and Lake Superior can finish ninth, 10th or 11th.
Ohio State vs. Miami – The Series
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Miami, 56-55-10, but the RedHawks lead in the last 10 meetings, 7-1-2. Miami has won all four meetings between the teams this season, including a 2-1 victory Tuesday.
The teams met in a home-and-home series earlier this year, with the RedHawks posting 5-1 wins in Columbus Oct. 19 and in Oxford Oct. 21. In addition, the teams met in the championship game of the Ohio Hockey Classic Dec. 30 in Value City Arena, with Miami posting a 3-2 win.
On Home Ice
In Columbus, OSU leads the series 34-18-6 and in Oxford, Miami leads 32-20-4.
The teams last met in Steve Cady Arena in Oxford Oct. 21, with the RedHawks posting a 5-1 win. Ohio State is looking to stop a five-game (0-4-1) winless streak in Oxford.
Reviewing the RedHawks
Miami is 28-6-1 on the year and 20-6-1 in CCHA play. The RedHawks are one point out of first place in the CCHA entering their final game of the regular season, behind just Michigan, who has two games remaining. The team was ranked first in the nation earlier this year and currently holds down the No. 5 spot.
The RedHawks are first nationally in team offense (4.23 goals a game) and team defense (1.80 goals allowed a game). The squad also is in the Top 11 on both the power play (11th/20.5 percent) and penalty kill (5th/88.9 percent).
Senior forward Ryan Jones has a team-best 29 goals and 43 points this season, including 11 power-play tallies and seven gamewinning goals. Junior Justin Mercier is second in both goals (23) and points (36). Freshman forward Carter Camper is tied for third with junior Brian Kaufman with 33 points each. Senior defenseman Mitch Ganzak and sophomore Jarod Palmer share the team lead with 24 assists, followed by freshman forward Pat Cannone with 23.
In net, Jeff Zatkoff had played in 30 games, with a 23-6-1 record, 1.70 goals-against average and .932 save percentage.
Enrico Blasi, a 1994 graduate of Miami, is in his ninth year at the helm of his alma mater.
Quest for the Cup
Again this season, Buckeye Sports Bulletin is sponsoring the Ohio Cup, the traveling trophy awarded to the Division I team in Ohio with the best record against its instate opponents.
So far this year, Ohio and Miami both split their series with Bowling Green, with BG ending Ohio Cup play 2-2.
Because Ohio State and Miami play four times a year as rivalry partners in the CCHA, just the games in the final series will count in the 2007-08 standings.
Miami won the Ohio Cup the last two seasons and Ohio State last won the cup in 2005.
Wrap it Up
This marks the sixth time in the last nine seasons, but the first since 2004-05, Ohio State and Miami are closing out CCHA regular-season play with a home-and-home series. Ohio State is 5-4-1 over the stretch when the teams face off to wrap up the regular season.
Ohio State vs. Miami Results
2004-05 W 3-1 (A)/T OT 2-2 (H)
2003-04 L OT 3-4 (A)/W 5-4 (H)
2001-02 W 4-1 (H)/L 1-3 (A)
2000-01 L 1-4 (H)/L 0-3 (A)
1999-00 W 3-2 (H)/W 2-1 (A)
Buckeye sophomore Joseph Palmer has been named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Goaltender of the Week, the league announced Monday. Palmer, a native of Yorkville, N.Y., backstopped the Buckeyes to a win and tie on the road at No. 9 Notre Dame over the weekend, allowing just three goals and making 58 saves in the series.
In the series opener Friday, Palmer stopped 22-of-23 shots in the Buckeyes’ 3-1 victory over the Irish. He had 10 saves in the third period to protect the Buckeyes’ then one-goal lead. Palmer and the Buckeye penalty kill were 6-for-6 in the game, with Palmer making seven saves on the PK in the first period alone.
Saturday, Palmer stopped 36-of-38 shots, including all 19 he faced in the third period and overtime, as Ohio State and Notre Dame tied, 2-2. His 36 saves are the third-highest total of his career, as he was named the first star of the game.
Between the Pipes
Sophomore goalie Joseph Palmer has led the Buckeyes to a 3-3-2 ledger in their last eight games, holding opponents to a 2.09 goals-against average and posting a .921 save percentage.
In Good Company
Senior Matt McIlvane played in his 150th game as a Buckeye vs. Notre Dame Friday and now has played in 152 games for the Scarlet and Gray. He is the 33rd Buckeye to play in 150 or more games. He is five games back of the five players tied for eighth place with 157 games played each. Mark Anderson (1985-88) is Ohio State’s all-time games played leader with 167.
Senior defenseman Johann Kroll has played in 149 games as a Buckeye entering the final regular-season game of 2007-08.
Goebel Good Stuff
Senior Tommy Goebel remains the Buckeyes’ leader in points with a career-high tying 32, including a team-best 20 goals. He had a goal and an assist in the Buckeyes’ win over the Irish last Friday, his team-best seventh multiple-point game this year.
Goebel is 14th in the CCHA in scoring overall, ranks seventh in goals and is tied for sixth in power-play tallies with nine. In conference games only, Goebel is 21st (tied) in points with a 14-8-22 line, is ninth in goals and is tied for eighth with six power-play tallies.
In the NCAA, Goebel is 16th in goals per game (.57) and is tied for ninth in power-play goals.
Goebel now has 111 points as a Division I player, with a 32-26-58 line at Ohio State and 21-32-53 line at Michigan State (2003-04, 04-05).
In addition to Tommy Goebel, four other Buckeyes rank among the CCHA leaders in all games. Jason DeSantis is tied for 13th in scoring among defensemen with 15 points on three goals and 12 assists.
Peter Boyd (9g, 11a) and John Albert (4g, 16a) are tied for 12th in freshman scoring with 20 points each.
Boyd is tied for seventh in the league in gamewinning goals with four. Senior Tom Fritsche is tied for seventh in the CCHA with two shorthanded goals this season.
Three of the Buckeyes’ Top 5 scorers this season are freshmen. Peter Boyd and John Albert are tied for second with 20 points each, while Sergio Somma ranks fifth with 16 points. Boyd is second in goals (9), while Albert has a team-best 16 assists this year.
Boyd and Albert are the first Buckeye freshmen with 20 points since Tom Fritsche (45), Domenic Maiani (34) and Kyle Hood (21) in 2004-05.
Freshman John Albert has at least one point in seven of the last 11 games, with three two-point outings in the stretch. After a four-game scoreless streak Jan. 4-19, he has not gone more than one game without a point since.
Albert leads the Buckeyes with four game-winning assists and shares the team lead in gamewinning points with classmate Peter Boyd with five each.
The Buckeyes have allowed two goals or less in each of their last five games, going 2-2-1 over the stretch. In the loss to Northern Michigan Feb. 15, the squad allowed one even-strength goal and an empty-netter in a shutout loss.
Special Teams Synopsis
The Buckeye power play was 0-for-2 and the penalty kill was 3-for-3 vs. Miami Tuesday. The team has one power-play goal in its last 26 chances but has allowed just two power-play tallies in the last 20 opponent opportunities (90 percent).
Up the Charts
Senior Tom Fritsche has 106 points as a Buckeye, with 31 goals and 75 assists, to rank 43rd in program history. He is tied for second on the team with 17 points this year.
Buckeye seniors Tom Fritsche (106) and Tommy Goebel (111) each have hit the 100-point mark in their careers. Three other Buckeyes have reached the 50-point mark.
Senior defenseman Jason DeSantis has 55 points wearing the Scarlet and Gray, with 14 goals and 41 assists. Senior forward Kyle Hood has 53 points (17g, 36a) as a Buckeye, while forward Matt McIlvane has 51 points on 16 goals and 36 assists.
Goebel has 58 points in his Buckeye career, on 32 goals and 26 assists. He has 53 career collegiate goals and 58 career assists. Fritsche has 74 assists as a Buckeye.
The Young Ones
The Buckeyes have played at least 10 freshmen in 20 of the last 25 games. The team has had 11 freshmen play in two games, 10 freshmen play in 19 games, nine rookie skaters play in 12 games and dressed eight freshmen in four other contests.
So far this season, 13 Buckeye freshmen have seen game action, with 12 skaters and one goalie. Each rookie forward and defenseman that has played has at least one point.
The Buckeyes trailed, 1-0, at the end of the first period last Friday at Notre Dame before scoring twice in the final 3:23 of the second to take a 2-1 lead they wouldn’t relinquish. It was the Buckeyes’ seventh come-from-behind win this season and their second-consecutive comeback victory.
The Buckeyes completed their sixth comeback win this season when they defeated Northern Michigan, 3-2, Feb. 16. The Buckeyes trailed, 2-1, entering the third period before scoring twice in the final four minutes for the win.
The Buckeyes’ win vs. Bowling Green Feb. 2, when the team scored three unanswered goals for a 4-2 win, was the squad’s fifth come-from-behind win this season.
At Lake Superior State Jan. 25, the team scored two unanswered goals to come back from a 3-2 deficit for the 4-3 win.
In the season opener Oct. 12, Ohio State trailed Mercyhurst, 1-0, after the second period but rallied for a 2-1 victory.
Against St. Lawrence Dec. 7, the Buckeyes were down 2-0 after the first and 2-1 after the second before winning in overtime, 3-2.
The Buckeyes came from behind to win for the third time this season in the victory over Harvard Dec. 29. Against the Crimson, the Buckeyes were down 2-1 after the first before pulling out the 4-2 win.
At Alaska in their last game before break Dec. 15, the Buckeyes were down 2-0 vs. the Nanooks midway through the second before tallying the final two goals of the game for a 2-all tie.
Against Alaska Jan. 5, the teams were tied after two periods before Ohio State scored three times in the third for the win.
Rookie Peter Boyd has four clutch game-winning goals this season. Feb. 16, he tied the game with Northern Michigan with a power-play tally with less than four minutes remaining.
Boyd is tied for 10th nationally, and second among the nation’s freshmen, in gamewinning goals. In the league, Boyd is tied for seventh in gwg.
He scored with less than five minutes remaining vs. Bowling Green Feb. 2 as OSU came back from a 2-1 deficit to win 4-2. The previous week at Lake Superior State (Jan. 25), Boyd broke a 3-all tie with 8.9 seconds remaining in regulation. He also scored the overtime winner vs. St. Lawrence Dec. 7 and had the gamewinner vs. Mercyhurst in the season opener, scoring in the third period of the 2-1 come-from-behind win.
Six Buckeyes, including three freshmen, have played in all 37 games this season. Seniors Matt McIlvane, Jason DeSantis and John Dingle have appeared in every game, joined by rookies John Albert, Peter Boyd and Sergio Somma.
Twenty-three Buckeyes (every skater who has played this season, along with goalie Joseph Palmer) have at least one point this season, with 19 scoring a goal and 22 having an assist. Eighteen Buckeyes have at least one goal and one assist this year.
After the initial signing period, Red Line Report ranked the Buckeyes’ recruiting class for 2008-09 second nationally. Seven future Buckeyes signed NCAA National Letters of Intent to enroll in Ohio State and play for the Buckeyes in November.
In the Bigs
R.J. Umberger, a member of the Philadelphia Flyers this season, has played in 61 games and has 12 goals and 32 assists for 44 point. A Buckeye from 2001-03, he has seen action in 215 career NHL games and has 48 goals, 62 assists and 110 points.
Former Buckeye and current Washington Capital Dave Steckel, who played for the Buckeyes from 2001-04, has played in 72 career NHL games, including 63 this season. He has 11 points, including five goals and six assists, this season.
Ryan Kesler, the fourth former Buckeye currently in the NHL, has 16-12-28 totals in 61 games for the Vancouver Canucks this season. A Buckeye in 2003, he has played in 219 career games in the NHL, with 34 goals, 38 assists and 72 points.
Rod Pelley, a Buckeye from 2003-06, started the year and played 54 games with the New Jersey Devils this season, posting has six points, on two goals and four assists. Pelley, who played nine games for the Devils a year ago, currently is playing the AHL for the Lowell Devils, where he has a 1-1-2 line in eight games.
Nate Guenin, who played at Ohio State from 2003-06, has spent time with both the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) and Phantoms (AHL) this season and has seen action in 56 games for the Phantoms this year, with 11 points and 120 penalty minutes. He has played in two NHL games this year after playing in nine a season ago.
Former Buckeyes Scott May (Binghamton Senators), Dave Caruso (Lowell Devils) and Tyson Strachan (Peoria Rivermen) also are playing in the AHL.
Other Buckeyes in professional hockey include ECHL all-star Mathieu Beaudoin (Dayton Bombers), Kenny Bernard (Fresno Falcons/ECHL), Sean Collins (South Carolina Stingrays), Matt Waddell (Charlotte Checkers/ECHL), JB Bittner (Florida Everblades/ECHL), Paul Caponigri (Florida Everblades/ECHL), Daymen (Rycroft) Bencharski (Rocky Mountain Rage/CHL), Chris Richards (Youngstown Steelhounds/CHL), Doug Andress (Germany), Eric Meloche (Germany), Andrew Schembri (Germany), Hugo Boisvert (Germany), Jeff Maund (Italy), Andre Signoretti (Denmark) and Tom Askey (England).
The Buckeye State
Nine Buckeyes hail from the state of Ohio, including the first three Central Ohio products in head coach John Markell’s tenure in Patrick Schafer of Hilliard, Todd Rudasill of Columbus (Powell) and Ryan Markell of Pickerington. Three Buckeyes are from Parma (Tom Fritsche, Nick Biondo, Tommy Goebel), along with John Albert from Concord, John Dingle from Shaker Heights and Chris Reed from Solon.
I Feel a Draft
On the Buckeyes’ 2007-08 roster, six players are NHL draft picks, including seniors Tom Fritsche (Colorado 2005) and Matt McIlvane (Ottawa 2004), sophomore Joseph Palmer (Chicago 2006) and freshmen John Albert (Atlanta 2007), C.J. Severyn (Calgary 2007) and Shane Sims (New York Islanders 2006).
The Buckeyes will travel to face an undetermined opponent in the first round of the CCHA playoffs next weekend. The best-of-three series is scheduled for March 7-9, with the winner advancing to the quarterfinals March 14-16.