Dec. 26, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team returns to action in the Florida College Hockey Classic at Germain Arena in Estero, Fla., this week. The Buckeyes (3-11-0, 0-2-0-0 B1G) will face No. 4-ranked Boston College (13-2-1, 6-1-1 Hockey East) at 7:35 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28. In the first game of the tournament, No. 9 Cornell (8-1-2, 6-1-1 ECAC) will take on No. 1 Providence (12-0-3, 4-0-2 Hockey East) at 4:05 p.m. The winning teams will meet in the championship at 7:35 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, with the third place game preceding at 4:05 p.m.
• Links for radio and live stats (and a possible webstream) will be available on the men’s hockey schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and on the Buckeyes’ gameday page (go.osu.edu/mhkygameday) prior to each game.
• Ingame updates will also be available on the program’s Twitter page @OhioState_MHKY.
Florida College Hockey Classic
• This is the 16th edition of the Florida College Hockey Classic, which began in 2000.
• Ohio State competed in each of the first four years and is 3-4-1 in the tournament all-time.
• Cornell has participated each year and has a 10-15-5 ledger in the tourney, winning four times (2003, ‘05, ‘08, ‘13). Boston College played in Florida in 2004, winning the tournament with a 2-0 record. Providence is making its first appearance.
• The Buckeyes are third all-time in games played in the tournament behind Cornell and Maine (which is 16-8-4 and played in each of the first 14 years).
• In the first tournament in December 2000, Ohio State lost to Cornell in overtime (6-5) before falling to Clarkson, 7-6. In 2001, the Buckeyes fell to Maine 6-2 but downed Cornell 2-0 in the third place game. In 2002, the Buckeyes tied Massachusetts 2-2 in overtime, with UMass winning the shootout to advance, in the first round. Ohio State shut out the Big Red in the third place game, 1-0. Ohio State won 4-2 vs. Maine in 2003 to reach the championship game for the first time, but lost to Cornell in overtime, 4-3.
• Ohio State last played Dec. 4-5, losing two games in overtime at Minnesota to open its Big Ten Conference slate. The Buckeyes lost to the Gophers 3-2 in game one and 5-4 in game two.
• The Buckeyes are averaging 2.71 goals a game and allowing 3.36 a contest. The squad has taken 35.4 shots on goal per night and given up 31.8 a contest. Ohio State is averaging 10.9 penalty minutes a game.
• On the power play, Ohio State is 12-for-62 (.194) and the penalty kill is 44-for-55 (.800).
• Junior Nick Schilkey leads the Buckeyes with eight goals and 15 points, with junior David Gust first with 12 assists and second with 14 points. Senior Anthony Greco has 11 points to rank third, ranking second with six goals. Sophomore Matthew Weis is third with five goals on the year and tied with classmate Luke Stork (3g, 6a) for fourth with nine points each.
• In goal, junior Matt Tomkins has started nine games and has a 3.20 goals-against average and .900 save percentage. Junior Christian Frey has five starts and six appearances (including starting both games at Minnesota), with a 3.00 goals-against average and .906 save percentage.
Joining the Club
• Matt Joyaux, a junior defenseman and native of Bloomingdale, Ill., has joined the Ohio State program. He will wear No. 46.
• Joyaux, who played two games for the Chicago Steel in the USHL in 2011-12, spent 2012-13 with the Powell River Kings in the BCHL, posting four goals and 12 assists for 16 points in 50 regular season games. He then skated for the Miami RedHawks, playing in 35 games in 2013-14, picking up five assists and seven points. He began the 2014-15 campaign with Miami, seeing action in four games, before closing the year with the Omaha Lancers in the USHL. He had 18 points, with four goals and 14 assists, in 38 regular season games with Omaha.
Last Time Out
• Minnesota came from behind to down the Buckeyes, 3-2 in overtime, Dec. 4 in Minneapolis. Ohio State led 1-0 after the first period on a goal from Josh Healey and extended the lead to 2-0 in the second with a Nick Schilkey power play tally. In the third, the Gophers scored two power play goals (6:10, 15:33) to tie the game and Minnesota then won 1:08 into overtime. The Gophers outshot the Buckeyes, 40-28, with Christian Frey making 37 saves in the Buckeye net.
• Ohio State rallied to force overtime with a goal with 27 seconds left in the third period but fell in overtime to Minnesota, 5-4, Dec. 5. Minnesota led 1-0 after the first period before goals from Buckeye defensemen Drew Brevig and Healey put Ohio State ahead 2-1 at 4:34 of the second period. The Gophers deadlocked the game at two at 13:57 of the second and then scored twice in the first 2:37 of the third for a 4-2 advantage. Ohio State battled back, cutting the lead to one at 13:14 of the third on a goal from freshman Mason Jobst and then tying the game at four with a power play, extra attacker goal from senior Anthony Greco with Ohio State on a major power play that started with 5:07 left in regulation. The Gophers scored on their sixth shot on goal of overtime for the win, tallying at 1:21. Goalie Christian Frey made 36 saves for the Buckeyes, who were outshot 40-36.
Buckeyes vs. Eagles
• Ohio State and Boston College have met five times, with the Eagles winning four of the first five matchups and four of the five played at a neutral site.
• The last meeting was March 29, 2003, a 1-0 win by Boston College in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I.
• The teams first met Nov. 16, 1979, a 5-4 Buckeye win in overtime on the road. Dec. 30, 1988, BC posted a 7-2 victory at the Riverfront Invitational in Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati.
• Ohio State and Boston College faced off in the 1998 NCAA Frozen Four in the FleetCenter in Boston, with the Eagles winning 5-2. The squads them met in the IceBreaker Cup in Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, Minn., Oct. 9, 1998, a 4-3 win in overtime by Boston College.
Boston College Breakdown
• Boston College enters the tournament 13-2-1 and is 6-1-1 in Hockey East. After opening the season 1-1, with a win over Army and loss to Rensselaear, the team had a 13-game unbeaten streak, which was ended in its last time out, a 4-3 loss at home to Notre Dame Dec. 10. BC head coach Jerry York has 997 career wins heading into the second half of the season.
• The Eagles are fourth nationally averaging 4.31 goals a game and rank third in the NCAA in team defense, allowing 1.62 goals an outing.
• Freshman Colin White leads the squad with 15 assists and 23 points but will miss the Florida tournament while competing for Team USA at the World Junior Championship. Junior Ryan Fitzgerald is first with 11 goals and second with 21 points. Freshman Mike Wood is third with 12 assists and 19 points and sophomore Zach Sanford is second with 13 assists and fourth with 17 points. Wood and junior Austin Cangelosi are tied for third with seven goals each. In goal, junior Thatcher Demko is fifth in the NCAA with a 1.62 goals against average and tied for the national lead with six shutouts.
• Boston College is a member of Hockey East, where it is joined by Boston University, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, UMass Lowell, Merrimack, New Hampshire, Northeastern, Notre Dame, Providence and Vermont.
Buckeyes vs. Big Red
• The series between Ohio State and Cornell is tied at six wins each. The teams last met March 27, 2005 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, a 3-2 Cornell victory.
• The Buckeyes and Big Red met at least once each season from 1998-99 through 2003-04, with four games in the Florida College Classic and four regular season matchups. Ohio State was 2-2-0 vs. Cornell in the games in Florida. Ohio State won 5-3 Jan. 15, 1999 and 4-3 Nov. 22, 2003 at Cornell. In Columbus, the Big Red posted a 5-2 win Jan. 8, 2000 and a 3-1 victory Nov. 1, 2002.
• The series started with a 3-1 Buckeye win Dec. 29, 1984 in the Lake Placid Tournament in Lake Placid, N.Y. The teams then met Dec. 29, 1989 in the Riverfront Invitational in Cincinnati, a 4-3 Cornell win. Dec. 30, 1992, Ohio State shut out Cornell, 3-0, at the Cleveland College Hockey Classic in Richfield, Ohio.
Buckeyes vs. Friars
• Ohio State and Providence have met seven times, with the first five matchups in Columbus.
• The teams met earlier this season in Providence, with the Friars winning 2-1 Oct. 23 and 6-4 Oct. 24.
• The teams opened the 2014-15 season with two games in Columbus, splitting overtime decisions. The Buckeyes won game one, 5-4, Oct. 10, 2014, before a 2-1 Providence win Oct. 11, 2014.
• The Buckeyes and Friars first faced off Nov. 4-5, 1977, with Ohio State posting 8-4 and 6-4 victories. In 1990, the Friars won 7-4 Dec. 21.
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