No. 8 Seed Ohio State at No. 1 Seed Miami
Friday, March 12 – 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, March 13 – 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 14 (if necessary) – 7:05 p.m.
Steve Cady Arena, Oxford, Ohio
Webstream – MURedHawks.com
Audio – wosu.org/hockey
Live Stats – OhioStateBuckeyes.com
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s hockey team (14-16-6, 10-12-6-4 CCHA), after a first-round sweep of Notre Dame to open the CCHA tournament, heads to Oxford, Ohio, for a quarterfinal series with No. 1/2-ranked Miami this weekend. The best of three series, set for Steve Cady Arena, will be at 7:35 p.m. Friday and at 7:05 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (if necessary).
Get Your Tickets
For Ohio State fans interested in attending the games this weekend in Oxford, tickets are available through Miami’s website or its ticket office. Reserve tickets are $21 for adults and $15 for youth, with standing room only tickets $15. Tickets may be purchased online at www.MURedHawks.com or by calling the Miami athletic ticket office at 1-866-MUHAWKS from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Audio for the series will be carried online at wosu.org/hockey, with Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye John Mowat calling the action.
The game will be streamed live on MURedHawks.com through the Miami All-Access subscription package.
Links to live stats can be found on the men’s hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Last Time Out
In the first round of the CCHA playoffs, Ohio State swept Notre Dame at home last weekend in the OSU Ice Rink. The Buckeyes won a close game Friday, 3-1, as Mathieu Picard scored twice, including a third-period goal to break a 1-all tie. Saturday, Ohio State used four goals in the first period, with two in the first four minutes, en route to an 8-2 victory. Eleven Buckeyes had a point in the win, led by Hunter Bishop’s five points, and goalie Dustin Carlson made 47 saves.
The Second Season
All four home teams posted first-round sweeps last weekend to advance to the CCHA quarterfinals while the Top 4 seeds all had byes into the quarterfinals. The four winners in the quarterfinal best-of-three series advance to the CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. (Teams are reseeded after each round.)
This week matches No. 1 Miami vs. No. 8 Ohio State, No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 7 Michigan, No. 3 Ferris State vs. No. 6 Nebraska-Omaha and No. 4 Northern Michigan vs. No. 5 Alaska.
Ohio State is 14-16-6 overall and finished conference play 10-12-6-4 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The Buckeyes are scoring 2.83 goals a game while allowing 3.06 goals an outing. The team has converted 30-of-175 (17.1 percent) of its power-play chances and has stopped 149-of-196 (76.0 percent) opponent chances.
Sophomore forward Zac Dalpe is first with 20 goals and 40 points. Junior Peter Boyd is first with 25 assists and second with 31 points. Junior John Albert is second with 14 goals and ranks third with 28 points. Junior Hunter Bishop is third with 12 tallies, coming in fifth with 24 points. John Albert is second with 21 assists and fourth with 27 points. Dalpe has a team-high seven power-play goals and senior Mathieu Picard and junior Patrick Schafer are first with three game-winning tallies each. Junior defenseman Chris Reed has a team-best +16 mark, followed by Dalpe at +14.
Goalies junior Dustin Carlson and sophomore Cal Heeter have shared time this season, but Carlson has started the last seven games. Carlson has a 2.62 goals-against average and .921 save percentage. Heeter is 9-6-2 with a 3.21 GAA and .896 svpct.
Noting the Buckeyes in the Playoffs
• Ohio State is 43-56-4 all-time in CCHA tournament play, with a 15-21-0 ledger in the quarterfinals.
• Ohio State is competing in the quarterfinals for the second time since the CCHA changed its playoff format in the 2006 campaign. Last year the squad swept Bowling Green to advance to take on Alaska, where it lost in three games.
• Four of the Buckeyes’ last five CCHA playoff series have gone to three games. The squad faced Northern Michigan in 2007 and ‘08, winning game one before losing the next two, with the 2007 series in Columbus and the 2008 series in Marquette, Mich. The team fell in three games at Alaska last year, rallying to tie the series before suffering a 1-0 loss in game three.
• The Buckeyes are 10-37-0 in CCHA playoff games on the road. The last road series win came in 2002, a two-game sweep at Western Michigan.
• Ohio State has two CCHA postseason titles, winning the inaugural tournament crown in 1972 in St. Louis Arena in St. Louis, Mo., and claiming the CCHA Super Six title in 2004 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
• Junior Kyle Reed leads the Buckeyes with 10 postseason points, ranking second with seven assists behind Chris Reed with eight. C. Reed and Hunter Bishop are tied for second with nine points. Bishop and senior Mathieu Picard are first with four goals each and Picard has played in a team-high 13 postseason games.
Dalpe Named All-CCHA and a Player of the Year Finalist
Sophomore forward Zac Dalpe has been named to the All-CCHA First Team, as voted by the league’s 12 head coaches. He also is one of three finalists for the RBC Financial CCHA Player of the Year award.
Dalpe, from Paris, Ontario and a second-round draft pick of the Carolina Hurricanes, is the first Buckeye named to the all-league first team since All-American R.J. Umberger in 2003. All-time Ohio State has placed 14 players on the conference’s first team, including seven forwards. Dalpe finished conference play tied for first with 17 goals and ranked second with 34 points. The CCHA Player of the Month in January, Dalpe, who earned CCHA All-Rookie Team honors last year, leads the Buckeyes with 40 points and 20 goals, ranking first (tied) in the league overall in goals and fifth (tied) in points in all games while playing in all 36 games. He is the only sophomore skater named to the league’s first team and received eight first-place votes.
Bartkowski an All-CCHA Honorable Mention Pick
Matt Bartkowski, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., was an honorable mention choice to the All-CCHA team. He is the first Buckeye defenseman to earn honorable mention accolades since 2006 (Nate Guenin, Sean Collins). A Florida Panthers draft pick who was traded to Boston last week, Bartkowski finished conference play tied for seventh among CCHA blueliners with 15 points, including 11 assists. He has 17 points this year, including 12 assists, to tie for 14th among conference defensemen overall and has played in all 36 games. A CCHA All-Rookie Team pick last year, he was the league defenseman of the week Feb. 22. He received a first-place vote in the all-conference voting and finished two points back of the second team defensemen.
Krogh Earns H.M. All-Rookie Team Honors
Devon Krogh was an honorable mention choice to the CCHA All-Rookie Team. A West Vancouver, British Columbia, native, Krogh is the 17th Buckeye to earn all-rookie team honorable mention accolades. He was a two-time CCHA Rookie of the Week (Dec. 6, Jan. 11), winning two of the four awards given to defensemen this season. Krogh has played in 29 games overall, leading Ohio State’s rookies with nine points (including six assists) and had a 3-4-7 line and +4 rating in CCHA games only.
C. Reed the Scholar
Chris Reed, an accounting major from Solon, Ohio, was named the CCHA Scholar-Athlete for Ohio State. Each league school selects one student-athlete as its 2009-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be chosen from the group of 12 nominees and nominees must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 through fall quarter to be eligible for the award.
Reed, who will be a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten choice, has played in 36 games for the Buckeyes this year and has a team-high +16 mark, along with a goal and eight assists for nine points.
Ohio State vs. Miami
The Buckeyes trail the all-time series with Miami, 57-61-12. In Columbus the Buckeyes are ahead 34-21-7 and in Oxford Miami holds a 38-19-4 edge.
The teams wrapped up the regular season Feb. 26-27. Miami won the opener, 6-2, in Oxford before the teams skated to a scoreless tie, with Ohio State winning the shootout, in game two in Columbus.
As members of the same CCHA scheduling cluster, the teams also met in December, when Miami won 6-0 in Columbus and 4-2 in Oxford.
Ohio State vs. Miami in the Playoffs
Ohio State is 2-5 against Miami in the postseason, with an 0-4 mark in Oxford. The teams last met in the playoffs in 2004, when Ohio State won 4-3 in overtime in the semifinals. The last two-game series was in 1997, a two-game sweep by Miami in the quarterfinals.
Ohio State vs. Miami in the Postseason
3/19/04 W 4-3 OT S N
3/7/97 L 2-4 Q A
3/6/97 L 1-4 Q A
3/12/93 L 2-7 FR A
3/11/93 L 2-8 FR A
3/5/83 L 4-6* Q H
3/4/83 W 6-2* Q H
*Series decided by total goals; S-Semifinals; Q-Quarterfinals; FR-First Round
Scoring vs. the RedHawks
Junior Kyle Reed has a team-best seven goals and 11 points vs. the RedHawks. Junior John Albert is first with seven assists and second with 10 points.
Miami, ranked first nationally in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and second in the USCHO.com poll, won the CCHA regular-season title with a 21-2-5 ledger and is 24-5-7 overall this year. The team had a bye last week and will be facing the Buckeyes for four-consecutive games, the first time in program history the team will face the same opponent four games in a row.
The RedHawks average 3.47 goals a game and are first in the NCAA with a 1.72 goals-against average as a team.The team is 36-for-194 (.186) on the power play this year and is third nationally with an 87.9 (174-for-198) penalty kill percentage.
Senior forward Jarod Palmer leads the RedHawks with 40 points and shares the team goal-scoring lead with junior Tommy Wingels with 16 each. Junior Andy Miele is second with 38 points, including a team-high 25 assists. Wingels is third with 36 points, followed by junior Carter Camper with 13 goals, 22 assists and 35 points. In all, 11 RedHawks have double-digit points.
In net, sophomore Cody Reichard has played in 22 games and has a 17-2-3 record, 1.48 goals-against average and .937 save percentage. Classmate Connor Knapp, the brother of Buckeye women’s hockey goalie Chelsea Knapp, is 7-3-4, with a 2.02 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.
The Last Time
Ohio State was 0-1-1-1 vs. Miami Feb. 26-27 to wrap up the regular season, as the RedHawks won the opener, 6-2, before the teams were scoreless through overtime in game two and the Buckeyes won the shootout, 2-0.
In Oxford Feb. 26, the teams were scoreless in the first period before Miami outscored Ohio State 6-2 in the second period en route to the win. Andy Miele opened the scoring at 1:21 before Sergio Somma tied the scored 1:07 later. Miami then scored four goals in the next 10+ minutes, as Trent Vogelhuber answered Somma’s goal 25 seconds later to put Miami ahead again (2-1) and Justin Vaive followed with a goal at 9:01. Tommy Wingels scored at 11:14 and Jarod Palmer tallied on the power play at 14:18 and the final goal came from Vincent LoVerde at 14:46. John Albert ended the RedHawk run with a goal at 18:04. Neither team scored in the third period.
In game two, both goalies stood tall as the teams skated to a scoreless tie. Buckeye junior Dustin Carlson made 38 saves as the RedHawks were shut out for the first time since January 2009. Miami goalie Connor Knapp had 23 saves.
The game went to a shootout, with Somma and Peter Boyd scoring for Ohio State and Carlson making a save to lift the Buckeyes to the shooutout victory.
The Last Time – OSU vs. Miami in the CCHA Tourney
The Buckeyes fought back from three one-goal deficits to beat No. 2 seed Miami in overtime, 4-3, March 19, 2004 in the CCHA semifinals at Joe Louis Arena.
The RedHawks’ Mike Kompon opened the scoring with a power-play goal at the 16:36 mark of the first period. In the second, Rod Pelley tied the game at 6:36, but Miami again took the lead when Todd Grant scored with the teams skating 4-on-4 at 15:51 of the second.
In the third, Paul Caponigri tied the game for the Buckeyes with a score at 5:28; Miami again took the lead when Kompon scored his second of the night at 9:46. Just over three minutes later, Dan Knapp knotted the scored with an unassisted goal at 12:54. Buckeye goalie Dave Caruso made some point-blank saves in the waning minutes to keep the score tied and send it to overtime.
On the first shift of the extra stanza, JB Bittner (current Buckeye assistant coach) scored just 23 seconds in to give the Buckeyes the win. Caponigri passed the puck from behind the net to Bittner in front, who backhanded it in for his team-best fifth gamewinner of the season.
Ohio State outshot Miami, 28-21. OSU was scoreless on two power-play chances; MU was 1-for-2.
Have a Game – Bishop Edition
Junior Hunter Bishop had a hat trick and added two assists for five points Saturday against Notre Dame, the first five-point night for a Buckeye since Hugo Boisvert had five at Cornell Jan. 16, 1999. It was the first hat trick for a Buckeye since Corey Elkins’ three-goal night in game two of the CCHA playoffs first round last season in the OSU Ice Rink. Bishop had his first two-goal game Jan. 8 against Bowling Green and his previous high for points was three, set Jan. 9 vs. the Falcons with three assists.
Have a Game – C. Reed Edition
Chris Reed had four assists and was +5 vs. Notre Dame last Saturday, setting career highs for assists, points and plus/minus.
The four points were a career high after two two-point nights. The last was in the playoffs vs. Bowling Green last season (March 6, 2009). It was his first game with more than one assist since Dec. 7, 2007 vs. St. Lawrence.
The +5 outing was the second for a Buckeye this season, joining freshman Devon Krogh who was +5 vs. Michigan Dec. 4. Krogh’s night was the first time a Buckeye was +5 or better since 2001-02. Reed now leads the Buckeyes with a +16 mark this year. His previous best plus/minus mark was +3, set three times (last Nov. 21 at Ferris State).
Reed also had an assist in the first game vs. the Irish, giving him five points and a +6 rating in the series.
Have a Game – D. Carlson Edition
Junior goalie Dustin Carlson’s 47 saves, against two goals allowed, against Notre Dame last Saturday matched his career high, first set Jan. 17, 2009 at Ferris State. It was a Buckeye season high, topping the 46 stops Cal Heeter had vs. Ferris State Jan. 29.
Carlson added an assist in the game and now has three assists this year, tying for second in the Buckeye record book for helpers in a year by a goalie. He has four career assists to rank fifth (tied) in Buckeye history.
Mathieu Picard, the lone Buckeye senior, scored three goals in the series vs. the Irish. He had two goals Friday, including the gamewinner. It was the second two-goal game of his career and his first since Jan. 5, 2008 vs. Alaska. It was his second two-point game of the year and the third of his career. His goal Saturday also stood as the gamewinner, as he now has three GWG this season to share the team lead.
Have a Game – Somma Edition
Sergio Somma had two goals and an assist against Notre Dame last Saturday, the second three-point night of his career, with the first Nov. 21 at Ferris State. It was his fifth two-goal game (third this year) and first since Feb. 5 at Nebraska-Omaha.
More Notable Performances
Patrick Schafer had two assists last Friday vs. Notre Dame, the first multiple-assist game of his career. It was his second two-point night, with the first at Bowling Green Jan. 9, 2009.
Kyle Reed had two assists last Saturday vs. the Irish, his third two-assist game and first since March 6, 2009 vs. Bowling Green.
Hunter Bishop’s shorthanded goal against Notre Dame last Saturday was the Buckeyes’ third this season but the first since Oct. 16 vs. Denver, the fourth game of the season. John Albert and Shane Sims also have scored when skating down a man this season.
The eight goals scored by the Buckeyes Saturday in the 8-2 win vs. Notre Dame were the most for the Buckeyes since downing Bowling Green 8-5 Jan. 9, 2009. The six-goal win was the first since a 7-1 victory over Bowling Green in game two of the CCHA first-round playoff series last season.
In Recent Times
The Buckeyes are 3-1-3 in their last seven games, with the loss a 6-2 defeat at Miami Feb. 26. In the stretch the team is averaging 3.1 goals a game, while allowing 2.3. The squad has converted 5-of-27 power-play chances (18.5 percent) and stopped 34-of-38 opponent opportunities (89.5 percent).
Zac Dalpe has a team-best five goals and nine points in the last seven games combined, followed by Hunter Bishop who has eight points on four goals and four assists. Chris Reed is first with five helpers. Bishop and Sergio Somma are second with four tallies each, while Dalpe, Bishop and Peter Boyd are tied for second with four assists. Goalie Dustin Carlson has a 2.07 goals-against average and .943 save percentage, along with three shootout wins and a shutout.
Power Play Fun
The Buckeyes are 20-for-77 (26 percent) on the power play in the second half of the season, with a goal in 11 of the 16 games, including a stretch of nine-consecutive games with a power-play tally.
After going three games without a power-play score, the Buckeyes were 2-for-3 with the man advantage vs. Notre Dame last Saturday.
In the second half of the year both Zac Dalpe and Shane Sims have three power-play goals, with Dalpe leading the squad with seven overall.
Five Buckeyes – Zac Dalpe (40), Peter Boyd (31), Sergio Somma (28), John Albert (27) and Hunter Bishop – have 55 percent of the team’s 274 points this season.
Dalpe has 20 percent of the team’s 102 goals with 20, with Somma contributing 14 percent with 12. The two combine with Bishop (12) to generate 45 percent of the team’s goals this season.
The Buckeyes’ “AAA” line of alternate captains Sergio Somma, Zac Dalpe and Peter Boyd has been together since Nov. 14 and have combined for 86 points in the 27 games (3.19 points per game). Boyd has 30 points (5g, 25a) in the 27 games combined, Dalpe has 18 goals, 16 assists and 34 points and Somma has a 12-12-24 line.
The trio has a combined 98 of the Buckeyes’ 274 points this year, accounting for 36 percent of the team’s offensive production.
The CCHA Scoring Races
Sophomore Zac Dalpe finished second in the CCHA in points in conference play, one point back of Mark Olver from Northern Michigan.
Dalpe shared the goal-scoring lead with Olver, the third time in OSU history a Buckeye has won the league goal-scoring title and the first since Andy Browne (37/1983) and Perry Pooley (28/1984) in back-to-back years.
Junior Peter Boyd led the league with 22 points, the first Buckeye to lead the CCHA in conference assists since Hugo Boisvert in 1997-98. He is the third Buckeye to lead the league in assists, with the first Paul Pooley in 1984 (46).
Perani Cup Champion
Sophomore Zac Dalpe won the Perani Cup for Ohio State. The league award is based on three star of the game honors during CCHA games, with five points for first place, three for second and one for third. There is an overall trophy, which was won by Michigan State goalie Drew Palmisano, along with a winner for each team. Dalpe finished the year tied for sixth overall with 33 points. He had four first and third-star honors and three second-star accolades.
In all, 15 Buckeyes earned Perani Cup honors this season. Goalies junior Dustin Carlson and sophomore Cal Heeter tied for second with 14 points each, with juniors Peter Boyd and Sergio Somma tied for fourth with 13. Boyd is second with two first-star honors, with seven others earning first-star honors once (Carlson, Heeter, Somma, John Albert, Taylor Stefishen, Patrick Schafer and Mathieu Picard).
On the PK
The Buckeye penalty kill was 11-for-12 last weekend against Notre Dame and is 37-for-42 (89.1 percent) in the last eight outings.
Second Half Stats
The Buckeyes are 7-4-5 in the second half of the regular season, with two series sweeps, a series split with Michigan State, 1-0-1 weekends vs. Western Michigan and Ferris Sate and 0-1-1 outings vs. Nebrasaka-Omaha and Miami.
In the 16 games since January Zac Dalpe leads the Buckeyes with 10 goals and 21 points. Hunter Bishop is second with 17 points, including seven goals, with Sergio Somma second with eight tallies and tied for third with Peter Boyd with 15 points each. Boyd has a team-best 14 assists since break, followed by John Albert with 12. Goalie Dustin Carlson is 4-2-4 with a 2.34 goals-against average and .930 save percentage.
Sophomore All-CCHA selection Zac Dalpe has a team-high 20 goals and 40 points this season, ranking second with 20 assists. He finished second in the CCHA scoring race with 34 points, on 17 goals and 17 assists. He has 20 goals to rank first (tied) in the CCHA overall and is 23rd nationally with .56 goals per game.
The CCHA Player of the Month for January, Dalpe has points in 26 of 36 games this year. He has career highs for goals, assists, points, shots (141) and plus/minus (+14).
Dalpe’s goal vs. Ferris State Jan. 29 was the 50th point of his career. He now has 65 career points (33g, 32a) in 73 games after a 13-12-25 line as a freshman last year that earned him a spot on the CCHA All-Rookie Team.
Between the Pipes
Junior Dustin Carlson has started a season-high seven-consecutive games for the Buckeyes, going 3-1-3 in the stretch with three shootout wins and a shutout. Earlier this season Carlson held opponents to less than three goals a game but the Buckeyes scored fewer than two with him between the pipes, dropping him to 1-8 on the year.
In his last seven starts Carlson has a 2.07 goals-against average and .943 save percentage. He now has a 2.62 GAA and .921 svpct. this season, with a 5-10-4 ledger.
The Buckeyes are 6-3-4 when allowing 21-30 shots this season but are 4-12-2 when allowing 31-40. When giving up 41 or more, the team is 3-1. Notre Dame had 84 shots get through last weekend, matching the Buckeye opponent season high with 49 in game two.
Hunter Bishop now has a point in eight of his last 12 games, with a 5-7-12 line. Bishop, who scored a goal at Western Michigan Feb. 20 to hit the 50-point mark at Ohio State, is fifth on the team with 24 points, including 12 goals to rank third.
He had a career-high three goals and five points against Notre Dame last Saturday, his fifth multiple-point game of the year.
Junior Peter Boyd ranks second for the Buckeyes with 31 points this year, ranking first on the team with a career-best 25 assists.
Boyd led CCHA players in assists in conference-games only and ranks sixth (tied) overall. His 28 points in conference play tied him for eighth.
Boyd has at least one point in 19 of the last 27 games. He had a career-best seven-game point streak ended vs. Alaska Feb. 13.
The CCHA Offensive Player of the Week Jan. 31, Boyd has more than 20 points for the third time in his career. He has a 29-57-86 line in 119 games for the Scarlet and Gray.
Six Buckeyes have played in all 36 games this season – Zac Dalpe, John Albert, Peter Boyd, Sergio Somma, Matt Bartkowski and Chris Reed.
More for 44
Junior Sergio Somma is fourth on the team with 28 points, ranking second with 14 goals and ranking fourth with 14 assists. Somma has a point in 10 of 16 games since returning from break and is coming off a three-point game vs. Notre Dame with two goals and an assist.
Somma now has set career highs for goals and points and has matched his career best in assists. He has eight multiple-point games on the year, with two three-point nights.
After going scoreless at Michigan State Jan. 22-23, John Albert has a point in nine of his last 12 games (2g, 7a). He has gone more than one game without a point just three times this season. Albert is second on the team with 21 assists after leading the Buckeyes with 28 assists a year ago.
He is third for the Buckeyes with 28 points this season, his third season with at least 20 points for the Scarlet and Gray. Albert reached the 75-point mark in his career with his second assist vs. Bowling Green Jan. 8. He now has a 21-66-87 line in 119 games.
Who Scores When?
The Buckeyes have scored 34 goals in the first period, 30 in the second and 36 in the third this season. Junior