COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s hockey team (11-13-2, 9-9-2-1 CCHA) travels for a two-game CCHA series this weekend, as it takes on Nebraska-Omaha (13-12-5, 9-11-2-1 CCHA) in Qwest Center Omaha. The teams will meet at 7:35 p.m. CT Friday and at 7:05 p.m. CT Saturday.
The series this weekend will be broadcast online by WOSU Radio (wosu.org/hockey), with Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye Luke Pavlas on the call.
Both games will be streamed live online on a pay-per-view basis by B2Networks. For more information or to sign up click on the B2 link on omavs.com.
The game Friday will be televised in Nebraska on NET 1, Nebraska’s PBS station.
At 6 p.m. each Monday Buckeye head coach John Markell holds his weekly radio call-in show. The 30-minute show, hosted by Herb Howenstine, can be heard on Columbus on 1460 AM and runs through March.
Pack the Place
The game Friday is billed as “Sell Out Ohio State” with the school aiming to sell out all 16,000 seats in the arena. Special ticket offers are in place and as of Wednesday, about 2,500 tickets remained.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes are coming off a 1-0-1-0 weekend against No. 10 Ferris State at home last weekend. Ohio State posted a 5-3 win Friday and came from behind to skate to a 3-3 tie Saturday. The Bulldogs won the shootout, 2-1 in four rounds, to claim the extra point in the CCHA standings.
The Mavericks split a series at Notre Dame last week, rallying for a 5-3 victory Friday before dropping a 3-2 decision in the second game.
Buckeyes Pick Up Honors
This week Buckeye sophomore forward Zac Dalpe was named the RBC Financial Group CCHA Player of the Month for January. He is the first Buckeye honored since Dustin Carlson picked up the award in November 2008.
Following the Buckeyes’ series against Ferris State, junior forward Peter Boyd was named the CCHA Offensive Player of the Week and sophomore Cal Heeter was honored as the Reebok CCHA Goalie of the Week. Ohio State has earned six league player of the week accolades this year. Devon Krogh is a two-time CCHA Rookie of the Week, Dalpe was honored as the offensive player of the week and Shane Sims received defenseman of the week honors.
Ohio State is 11-13-2 this season and is 9-9-2-1 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association play, standing in a tie for eighth place but just two points out of fourth with games in hand on fourth-place Notre Dame, sixth-place (tied) Michigan and Nebraska-Omaha who they are tied with in eight place. The Buckeyes are scoring 2.73 goals a game while allowing 3.12 goals an outing. The team has converted 21-of-136 (15.4 percent) of its power-play chances and has stopped 105-of-142 (73.9 percent) opponent chances.
Sophomore forward Zac Dalpe is first with 15 goals and 27 points. Junior Peter Boyd is first with 18 assists and second with 24 points. Juniors Sergio Somma and John Albert are tied for third with 20 points each. Somma is second with eight goals, followed by junior Hunter Bishop. Albert is second with 16 assists, followed by Somma and Dalpe with 12 each. Dalpe has a team-high six power-play goals and shares the team lead with Patrick Schafer with two gamewinners a piece. Dalpe has a team-best +11 mark.
Goalies junior Dustin Carlson and sophomore Cal Heeter have shared time this season, rotating starts throughout the first 16 games of the year. Heeter has started six of the last 10 games, with the duo splitting starts the last two series (at Michigan State, vs. Ferris State). Carlson has a 2.84 goals-against average and .907 save percentage. Heeter is 9-5-1 with a 3.09 GAA and .903 svpct.
Buckeyes vs. Mavericks
The Buckeyes hold a one-game lead in the series with Nebraska-Omaha, 13-12-4.
The teams met last season in Columbus, with the Buckeyes posting a sweep (4-3, 3-2).
In Omaha, the Mavericks lead the series with the Buckeyes, 8-3-2, and are on a three-game unbeaten streak vs. the Buckeyes (2-0-1). Ohio State’s last win in Omaha came Feb. 16, 2007 (4-3). The squads last met in Omaha Feb. 7-8, 2008, tying the first game (1-1) before the Mavericks posted a 5-2 win in the finale.
Posting Points vs. UNO
Junior John Albert leads Ohio State with three goals and five points vs. Nebraska-Omaha. Classmate Peter Boyd is first with three assists and second with four points.
Nebraska-Omaha, in its last season as a member of the CCHA before joining the WCHA next year, is 13-12-5 on the year and 11-13-2-1 in the CCHA, tying for eighth place with the Buckeyes with two more games played. The team is 10-2-1 at home this season.
The Mavericks average 2.73 goals a game and allow 2.77 goals an outing. The team has converted 16.6 percent of its power-play chances and has stopped 84.9 percent of its opponents’ chances.
Senior Jeric Agosta and junior Rich Purslow are tied for first with 20 points each. Agosta has a team-high 13 goals and sophomore JohnKemp and senior defenseman Eddie Del Grosso are tied for first with 15 assists each. In all, 11 Mavericks have double-digit points.
In net sophomore John Faulkew has a 9-8-4 ledger, with a 2.53 goals-against average and .904 save percentage. Senior Jeremie Dupoint is 4-4-1 with a 2.98 GAA and .886 svpct.
Buckeye defenseman Corey Toy spent three years in Omaha as a member of the Omaha Lancers in the United States Hockey League. He played in 167 career games for the Lancers, posting 12 goals, 31 assists and 42 points, along with 279 penalty minutes. He graduated from Omaha’s Millard North High School in 2006. Toy grew up in Round Hill, Va., before moving to Omaha for hockey.
Forward Patrick Schafer also played for the Omaha Lancers, spending the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons with the squad. He played in 63 games in his last year, with 20 goals, 18 assists and 38 points
Toy, Schafer and the Lancers won the USHL West Division Championship last season in 2007.
Flashback – OSU vs UNO in 2008-09
Ohio State sweept then-No. 14/16 Nebraska-Omaha Nov. 28-29, 2008, with two come-from-behind wins.
In the series opener, the Buckeyes took a 2-0 lead after one period on goals by Hunter Bishop and Sergio Somma (power play). The Mavericks tied the game with two goals in the second, from Dan Charleston and Rich Purslow (power play). UNO went ahead at 13:41 of the third on Purslow’s second goal of the game. Ian Boots then tied the game at 3-all with a goal at 15:46. With the clock winding down, C.J. Severyn’s shot from the right wall found the back of the net with 1.1 on the clock for the gamewinner and his first career goal. Dustin Carlson made 36 saves in the contest.
In game two, the teams were scoreless after the first period. The Mavericks scored twice in the second period, with goals from Eric Olimb and Tomas Klempa (power play). Bishop put the Buckeyes on the board at 4:02 of the third. John Albert scored the final two goals, tying the game at 13:33 and scoring the eventual gamewinner at 18:33. Carlson made a career-best 44 saves in the win.
Dalpe Deemed the Best
Forward Zac Dalpe of Ohio State has been named the RBC Financial Group CCHA Player of the Month for January, the league announced Wednesday. This is the first time Dalpe has earned the honor in his career.
Dalpe led the Buckeyes to a 4-1-1 record in January while averaging 1.33 points per game, which tied for the conference lead. He also shared the league lead with five goals in January and added three assists for eight points. Half of Dalpe’s points originated from a Buckeye power play that operated at a conference-best 28.9 percent success rate in the month. He also helped the Buckeyes build a 2-1-1 record against teams ranked in the Top 10 nationally.
The sophomore began the month with a four-point effort in a series sweep of Bowling Green Jan. 8-9 including two goals in the second game. His third-period power-play goal gave OSU a 2-1 advantage in a Jan. 23 road victory over No. 10 Michigan State, 4-2. Dalpe registered a 2-1-3 scoring line in the final weekend of January as the Buckeyes took four of six points from No. 10 Ferris State.
Dalpe leads the Buckeyes with a career-best 15 goals and 27 points on the season, along with six power-play goals and a +11 mark. He is second in the CCHA in scoring in league games only with 24 points (13g, 11a), ranking first with a 1.20 points per game average.
Congrats to Cal and Peter
Ohio State junior forward Peter Boyd and sophomore Cal Heeter were named the CCHA Offensive Player of the Week and Reebok Goaltender of the Week, respectively, the CCHA announced Monday.
Boyd had a team-high four assists, five points and +3 mark in the Buckeyes’ 1-0-1 weekend vs. No. 10 Ferris State. In the 5-3 win Friday Boyd matched his career high (first set against the Bulldogs in November) with four points, including three assists. He set up the Buckeyes’ first three goals and had the insurance marker in the third period. Saturday Boyd assisted on Zac Dalpe’s goal that tied the game at 2-all (scored just 40 seconds after OSU’s first goal of the game). The Buckeyes went on to again tie the game in the third period and the game ended deadlocked at 3-all. This is Boyd’s second weekly league award and the first since he was named CCHA Rookie of the Week in October 2007.
Heeter had a career-high 46 saves in the Buckeyes’ 5-3 win over No. 10-ranked Ferris State Friday. He had 20 saves in the third period on 21 shots as the Bulldogs fought to tie the game. He had 10 stops in the first period and 16 in the second en route to his second game this season with more than 40 saves. Heeter and the Buckeyes were 4-for-4 on the penalty kill in the contest. This is his first career league award.
FlashBack – Buckeyes 1-0-1 vs. #10 Ferris
The Buckeyes hosted No. 10-ranked Ferris State last weekend in Value City Arena, posting a 5-3 win in game one and tying game two, 3-3, before losing the shootout.
Led by the line of Peter Boyd, Zac Dalpe and Sergio Somma and 46 saves from goalie Cal Heeter, Ohio State downed No. 10 Ferris State, 5-3, last Friday in Value City Arena. Boyd led the squad with three assists and four points, while Dalpe and Somma each had a goal and a helper, giving the line eight points on the night. Defenseman Matt Bartkowski also had two points on a goal and an assist.
The Bulldogs cut the lead to one in both the second and third periods but the Buckeyes responded each time. Dalpe put the Buckeyes ahead early in the first before Chad Billins tied the game less than two minutes later. A Somma tally gave the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead after one period. Chris Reed extended the lead to two (3-1) with a power-play goal in the second period but Justin Menke answered at 11:37 for a 3-2 Buckeye lead after the second. In the third Bartkowski scored 2:06 into the stanza, making it a 4-2 game. Brett Wysopal tallied at 2:29 to again draw FSU within one but Boyd scored the final goal two minutes later. The Bulldogs put 49 shots on net in the game, including 17 in the second and 21 in the third period.
In game two last Saturday Ohio State rallied twice and skated to a 3-3 tie. The Buckeyes were down 2-0 in the second period before goals from C.J. Severyn and Zac Dalpe 40 seconds apart knotted the score. The Bulldogs took a 3-2 lead later in the stanza but Buckeye junior Kyle Reed scored on the power play early in the third period to deadlock the game at 3-all. Neither team was able to score through the rest of the game and a 5-minute overtime session. The game went to a shootout to determine who would receive the extra league point, with the Bulldogs winning, 2-1, in four rounds. John Albert scored for the Buckeyes in the shootout.
Vote for Pics
Senior Mathieu Picard is on the ballot for the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four Skills challenge. Visit www.ncaa.com/frozenfourskillschallenge and click on ‘men’s west to help Picard, the Buckeyes’ lone senior, earn a spot on the squad. Buckeye women’s hockey seniors Raelyn LaRocque and Rachel Davis are on the women’s west squad ballot.
The Frozen Four Skills Challenge will be held April 9 at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich., and will highlight the “Friday Night at the Frozen Four.”
Vote for Zac
Sophomore Zac Dalpe, who leads the Buckeyes with 15 goals and 27 points is on the ballot for the 2010 Hobey Baker Award fan vote. Now through March 7, fans can log on to HobeyBakerAward.com/voting each day to vote for Dalpe (scroll to the bottom to find his name).
Jump in January
The Buckeyes were 4-1-1 in January, tying for the most wins in a month this season. The team had a sweep of Bowling Green, split at No. 10 Michigan State and was 1-0-1-0 vs. No. 10 Ferris State.
Three of the Buckeyes’ four alternate captains – Sergio Somma, Zac Dalpe and Peter Boyd – were put on a line together against Northern Michigan Nov. 14 and they have combined to produce 60 points in the 17 games since (3.53 points per game). The line had 11 points against Ferris State last weekend, including eight in the win last Friday. Boyd has 23 points (5g, 18a) in the 17 games combined, Dalpe has 13 goals, eight assists and 21 points and Somma has a 6-10-16 line.
The line has a combined 71 of the Buckeyes’ 190 points this year, accounting for 37 percent of the team’s offensive numbers.
Lighting the Lamp
The Buckeyes have three or more goals in five of the last six games and since returning from the holiday break are averaging 4.17 goals a game. The Buckeye offense averaged just 2.3 goals a game in the first half of the season.
Special Teams Synopsis
Ohio State has a power-play goal in seven-consecutive games (12-41/.293). Since returning from holiday break the team is 11-for-38 (28.9 percent). The team was 3-for-13 against Ferris State last weekend. The squad was held scoreless on the power play in five games before beginning the streak at Miami Dec. 12.
On the penalty kill the Buckeyes stopped 9-of-11 Ferris State power plays last weekend. Since coming back from break the penalty kill has stopped 21-of-25 opponent chances (83.3 percent) in the stretch.
Sophomore Zac Dalpe, the Buckeyes’ leading scorer with 15 goals and 27 points, has points in 19 of 26 games this year and ranks seventh (tied) in the CCHA in points overall. He is fourth among conference skaters in goals and tied for third with six power-play tallies. In CCHA games only he ranks first in points per game (1.20) and is second with 23 points. His 13 goals in league play are tied for first and he is tied for third with five power-play goals. Dalpe is tied for fourth among CCHA players with a +12 mark in conference games.
Dalpe is on three-game goal-scoring and point streaks and has at least one point in six of his last seven games.
Dalpe’s goal vs. Ferris State last Friday was the 50th point of his career. He now has 52 career points after a 13-12-25 line as a freshman last year that earned him a spot on the CCHA All-Rookie Team.
Junior Peter Boyd had five points against Ferris State last weekend and now leads the team with a career-high tying18 assists. He is second on the squad with 24 points. He is tied for third among CCHA players in scoring in league games only with 23 points, ranking second with 17 assists and tying for fourth with a +12 mark. In all games he is tied for 13th, tying for fourth in helpers.
He had four points against Ferris State last Friday, his second career four-point game, with the first coming against the FSU Bulldogs Nov. 21. Last Friday he had a goal and three assists, while in the first game he had four assists to set a career high. The Buckeyes scored five goals in each game. It was the Buckeyes’ first four-assist game since Andrew Schembri against Michigan Feb. 24, 2007. He has six career three-point games, including a 12-3 line vs. Northern Michigan earlier this season.
Boyd, who now has 20-plus points in each season as a Buckeye, is on a five-game scoring streak with a 1-7-8 line during the stretch. He enters the series with Nebraska-Omaha with 79 points as a Buckeye.
In Extra Time
After falling in a shootout against Ferris State Saturday, Ohio State is 1-1 in shootouts this year, winning at Notre Dame. In overtime the squad is 1-1-2, with a win vs. Bemidji State and loss to Ferris State, along with the two games that went to a shootout.
A Goal for C Reed
Junior defenseman Chris Reed’s goal vs. Ferris State last Friday was the third of his career and his first since March 6, 2009 vs. Bowling Green.
Seven Buckeyes have played in all 26 games this season – Zac Dalpe, John Albert, Peter Boyd, Sergio Somma, Matt Bartkowski, Mathieu Picard and Chris Reed.
The Buckeyes are 6-2-2 when allowing 21-30 shots this season but are 2-10-0 when allowing 31-40. When giving up 41 or more, the team is 2-1. Ferris State had an Ohio State opponent high 49 shots last Friday after Michigan State had a Buckeye opponent season-low 19 shots the game before in an Ohio State win.
Break It Down
The game Saturday, when the Buckeyes tied Ferris State 3-3, was the first time this season Ohio State scored exactly three goals. The team is 6-0 when scoring four and 4-1 when scoring five or more. When held to two or less the Buckeyes are 1-12-1.
Multiple Point Men
Senior Sergio Somma leads the Buckeyes with six multiple-point games this season, while his linemates Peter Boyd and Zac Dalpe are tied for second with five multiple-point games each, followed by Hunter Bishop with four. Another eight Buckeyes have at least one game with more than one point.
More for 44
Junior Sergio Somma is tied for third on the team with 20 points, ranking second with eight goals and tying for third with 12 assists. After going scoreless in four games, Somma enters the series with Nebraska-Omaha on five-game assist and point (2-5-7) streaks.
No. 12 On a Roll
Junior defenseman Matt Bartkowski has a point in five of his last seven games, with a 2-5-7 line over the stretch. He had a point in just five of the first 19 games of the season. In the first game against Ferris State he tie his career high with two points on a goal and an assist. He leads the Buckeye defenseman in scoring with 12 points on the year.
Welcome to the Century Club
Shane Sims played in his 100th career game at Michigan State Jan. 23. He is one of six Buckeyes to have played in 100 or more games. Mathieu Picard leads the team with 119 games in the Scarlet and Gray, followed by Peter Boyd, John Albert and Sergio Somma with 109 each and Chris Reed with 107 career tilts. Corey Toy has played in 96 games at Ohio State, followed by Patrick Schafer with 95 career games and Kyle Reed with 93.
Junior John Albert leads the current Buckeyes with 80 career points and 61 career assists, followed by junior Peter Boyd with 79 points. Boyd has a team-best 29 goals as a Buckeye, followed by sophomore Zac Dalpe with 27 and junior Sergio Somma with 26.
K Reed Gets it Done
Junior Kyle Reed tied the Buckeyes’ game vs. Ferris State at 3-all in the third period in the eventual 3-3 deadlock. He has the Buckeyes’ overtime winner this season, scored in an upset of Bemidji State Nov. 29. Reed has three gamewinning goals in his career, including two overtime tallies.
After going scoreless at Michigan State, John Albert had an assist in each game vs. Ferris State. It was the second tiem this year he went more than one game without a point and the first time since the second and third games of the year. He is second on the team with 16 assists after leading the Buckeyes with 28 assists a year ago. Albert reached the 75-point mark in his career with his second assist vs. Bowling Green Jan. 8.
In CCHA games only Albert is tied for fifth with 14 assists. He is tied for third for the Buckeyes with 20 points this season.
Defenseman Devon Krogh leads the Buckeye rookies with three goals and eight points this year. He has a point in five of his last eight games, with three goals, three assists and six points.
Four Buckeyes – Zac Dalpe (27), Peter Boyd (24), John Albert (20), Sergio Somma (20) – have 48 percent of the team’s 190 points this season.
Dalpe has 21 percent of the team’s 71 goals with 15. He has combined with Somma (8) and Bishop (7) to generate 42 percent of the team’s goals this season.
A Tale of Two Nights
The Buckeyes are 4-9 in the first game of a weekend this year and 7-4-2 in game two. Four of the weekend finales have gone to overtime, with the Buckeyes 1-1-2 in those contests.
After the First … After the Second
The Buckeyes are 6-3 when ahead, 5-6-1 when trailing and 0-4-1 when tied after the opening 20 minutes of play this season.
Ohio State is 6-4-0 when leading after two periods of play and 4-2-1 when tied after the second but is 1-7-1 when trailing after 40 minutes.
A Tough Road
The Buckeyes lost two games against No. 1-ranked Miami to wrap up the first half of the year. The squad played 10 of its first 20 games against teams in the Top 20 to close the first half, including six against teams in the Top 6 at the time of the game. The team has played squads ranked 10th in two of its three series to open the second half of the year, splitting at No. 10 Michigan State and going 1-0-1 vs. No. 10 Ferris State.
Using the current USCHO.com rankings, the team hosted No. 2 Denver Oct. 15-16 and traveled to Grand Forks, N.D., for the Subway Holiday Classic over Thanksgiving where it faced the host No. 9-ranked Fighting Sioux and No. 7 Bemidji State. The Buckeyes opened the year vs. Quinnipiac, which has been ranked as high as fourth and faced off against No. 11 Ferris State on the road. Miami is currently ranked first nationally. Five of the Buckeyes’ opponents have been ranked in the Top 4 at some point this season. Michigan, a team the Buckeyes split with in December, has moved into the Top 20.
Buckeyes in the Bigs
R.J. Umberger, the first former Buckeye to play for Columbus and an alternate captain for the Blue Jackets, has played in 58 games for the Blue Jackets, with 38 points on 18 goals and 20 assists. He has played in 368 NHL games in his career, with an 93-107-200 line.
Ryan Kesler, an alternate captain for the Canucks, has played in 55 games and has 49 points, with 35 assists. Kesler, who is featured in the NHL 2K10 commercial, has skated in 375 NHL contests with a 79-110-189 line.
Rod Pelley, now a member of the New Jersey Devils, has played in 46 NHL games this season and has two goals, five assists and seven points. He recently spent time on injured reserve but was activated Jan. 30. He has skated in 113NHL games, all with the Devils, and has nine assists and 13 points.
Washington Capital David Steckel has seen action in 53 games this year, has four goals and five assists for nine points and is among the NHL leaders in faceoff win percentage. He is in his third full season with the Caps and has played in 211 NHL games, with 40 points, on 17 goals and 23 assists. He recently signed a three-year extension with the Capitals.
Tyson Strachan has played in seven NHL games with the St. Louis Blues this year, posting two assists. He was called up recently and played Jan. 28 vs. Edmonton. He has played in 37 NHL games and has five helpers.
Former Buckeye defenseman Nate (Nathan) Guenin was called up to the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this season and skated in his first two games for his hometown team before he was returned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the AHL. He has played in 14 NHL games, posting two assists.
Corey Elkins, who finished his Ohio State career a season ago, was called up to the Los Angeles Kings in December and scored a goal in his second NHL game. He has been up and down between the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs and the Kings since. He has skated in three NHL contests.
Congrats to Kes
Ryan Kesler, who played for the Buckeyes in 2002-03, was named to the US Olympic Team for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, USA Hockey announced New Year’s Day.
A two-time participant in the World Junior Championship and a U.S. National Team Development Team product, he is believed to be the first former Buckeye to play for the US team. Kesler represented the United States in the 2006 Men’s World Championship, the 2003 and ’04 World Junior Championship and the 2002 Men’s World Under-18 Championship.
Kesler, who was selected by Vancouver in the first round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft (No. 23 overall), is in his sixth season in the NHL, all with the Canucks. An alternate captain for the Canucks, he was a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Award, given to the league’s top defensive forward, last season.
RJ Umberger, a Buckeye from 2001-03 and a current member of the Columbus Blue Jackets, is on a short list of players still in the mix to make the US team should injuries happen to the current Team USA members.
Former Buckeye Andre Signoretti competed for Italy in the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Italy.
Kesler is one of four CCHA players on Team USA, joining goaltender Ryan Miller (Michigan State) and defensemen Mike Komisarek (Michigan) and Jack Johnson (Michigan). They join Canadian defensemen Duncan Keith (Michigan State) and Dan Boyle (Miami) as CCHA alums competing in Vancouver this February.
Ohio State has rallied for a win or tie in seven games this year. At Lake Superior State the team was down 2-0 and 3-2 before winning 4-3 Oct. 24. At Notre Dame Ohio State trailed 1-0 and 2-1 but tied the game at 2-all and then won the shootout to earn two points. Against Northern Michigan Nov. 14 the Buckeyes rallied three times (down 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3) for the 5-4 win. Nov. 13 vs. Western Michigan the Buckeyes were down 1-0 after the first and second periods but scored three times in 49 seconds for a 4-2 win. Last week the squad trailed Bemidji State, 1-0, before tying the game in the second period and winning in overtime, 2-1. At Michigan State Jan. 23 the Buckeyes trailed 1-0 after the first but tied it in the second and took the lead 37 seconds into the third period. The Spartans tied the game midway through the period before Patrick Schafer’s goal with 1:07 left gave Ohio State the win. Against Ferris State last Saturday Ohio State trailed 2-0 in the second before deadlocking teh score at 2-2. In the third the Buckeyes were behind 3-2 before Kyle Reed’s goal tied the game that eventually went to a shootout.
The Buckeyes return home for a series with Alaska. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 12-13 in Value City Arena. The game Friday will be televised live on Big Ten Network.