March 17, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ryan Dzingel, a junior forward on the Ohio State men’s hockey team, has been named to the All-Big Ten First Team, the Big Ten Conference announced Monday. Three Buckeyes – defenseman Drew Brevig, goalie Christian Frey and forward Nick Schilkey – earned spots on the league’s all-freshman team. Honorees were selected by the conference’s coaches and a media panel.
Dzingel, from Wheaton, Ill., had a Big Ten-best 23 points in B1G play and tied for the conference lead with 12 goals, tying for third with 12 assists in all 20 games. Overall this season, he has a league-high 43 points and is tied for the lead with 20 goals. Dzingel is first in the Big Ten and tied for ninth in the NCAA with 1.26 points per game, tying for first in the league and ninth nationally with .59 goals per outing. He has a point in 23-of-34 games on the year, with 12 multiple point games, and is +16. Dzingel, a three-time Big Ten Star of the Week, recorded the 100th point of his Buckeye career Feb. 15, becoming the first Ohio State player to reach triple digits as a junior since RJ Umberger in 2003. He is the first Buckeye with 40-plus points since 2009-10 and has the seventh 40-point campaign for a Buckeye since 1998-99. Dzingel was an honorable mention All-CCHA selection in 2013.
Brevig, a native of Lakeville, Minn., has played in 31 games and has 14 points, including 12 assists, to tie for first in scoring among Big Ten freshman defensemen and rank 10th nationally. He is tied for eighth in scoring among all Big Ten rookies and tied for seventh in points among all B1G blueliners. Brevig had six assists and seven points in 20 Big Ten games to rank second among rookie blueliners and tie for 11th among all defensemen. He is +10 this season and even or better in 25 of his last 28 games, tying for 10th among Big Ten defensemen in plus/minus. His +9 rating in conference outings is second in the league among blueliners.
Arlington, Texas, native Frey, who joined the Ohio State program prior to the second half of the season, started 11 of the Buckeyes’ 20 Big Ten Conference games, posting a 5-3-3 ledger. He was second among league goalies with a .932 save percentage and third with a 2.25 goals-against average. Overall, Frey is 7-3-3 on the year, with a 2.29 goals-against average and .930 save percentage, ranking eighth in the NCAA and third in the league in save percentage. A two-time Big Ten Star of the Week, Frey has two games with 40 or more saves and six games with 30 or more stops. He was also 3-0 in Big Ten shootouts.
Schilkey, who hails from Marysville, Mich., played in all 20 conference games and had 13 points and six goals to tie for second in the league in both categories. Overall, he has played in all 34 games and has 12 goals, 12 assists and 24 points to rank fourth in scoring and tie for first in goals among Big Ten freshmen. He has six multiple-point games this season, including a three-point day Friday at Penn State. Schilkey converted 4-of-5 shootout opportunities, helping Ohio State to a 4-1 ledger in B1G shootouts.
Junior forward and alternate captain Tanner Fritz was the recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Ohio State. The Grande Prairie, Alberta, native is third on the team with 28 points this season, with six goals and 22 assists, in 29 games. He is tied for third in the Big Ten in assists and tied for 12th in points per game. In conference games only, Fritz tied for seventh with 16 points and was tied for third with 12 assists, in all 20 games. He has just four penalties for eight minutes this season.
Ohio State heads to Saint Paul, Minn., this weekend for the Big Ten Tournament in the Xcel Energy Center. The No. 4 seed Buckeyes will take on No. 5 Michigan State at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET Thursday, with the winner facing No. 1 Minnesota at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET Friday. The championship game is set for 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET Saturday, with the winner earning the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.