COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s hockey team (11-15-4, 9-11-4-2 CCHA) heads to Kalamazoo, Mich., this weekend for the final two-game road trip of the regular season. The Buckeyes will take on Western Michigan (8-17-5, 4-16-4-1) at 7:35 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Lawson Arena.
Both games this series can be heard live on the internet at wosu.org/hockey. Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye John Mowat will be on the call, along with former Buckeye Paul Caponigri.
A webstream will be available through the Bronco Insider subscription package. For more information or to sign up visit wmubroncos.com.
Live stats can be found on the men’s hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Live updates also will be at twitter.com/ohiostatehockey.
Ohio State is 11-15-4 this season and is 9-11-4-2 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association play. The Buckeyes are scoring 2.77 goals a game while allowing 3.23 goals an outing. The team has converted 26-of-150 (17.3 percent) of its power-play chances and has stopped 120-of-164 (73.2 percent) opponent chances.
Sophomore forward Zac Dalpe is first with 16 goals and 32 points. Junior Peter Boyd is first with 21 assists and second with 27 points. Juniors Sergio Somma and John Albert are tied for third with 23 points each. Somma is second with 10 goals, followed by junior Hunter Bishop with eight and junior C.J. Severyn with seven. Albert is second with 18 assists, followed by Dalpe with 16 and Somma with 13. Dalpe has a team-high seven power-play goals and shares the team lead with Patrick Schafer with two gamewinners a piece. Dalpe has a team-best +10 mark, followed by Boyd at +9.
Goalies junior Dustin Carlson and sophomore Cal Heeter have shared time this season, rotating starts throughout the first 16 games of the year and the last four series. Carlson has a 2.92 goals-against average and .905 save percentage. Heeter has a 3.18 GAA and .897 svpct.
The CCHA Picture
Ohio State is in ninth place in the CCHA, eight points behind fourth-place Nebraska-Omaha with two games in hand. Miami has already clinched the league title, but behind them 11 points separate second through 10th place.
Ferris State and Michigan State are tied for second with 43 points, followed by UNO with 41. Northern Michigan and Alaska are tied for fifth with 39 points each. Michigan is in seventh (37 points), followed by Lake Superior State in eighth (35), the Buckeyes (33) and Notre Dame in 10th (32). Western Michigan is in 11th with 17 points.
Alaska and Nebraska-Omaha have two games remaining each, with the other 10 teams having four games on their remaining schedules.
Former Buckeye Ryan Kesler (2003) and Team USA began Olympic play with a 3-1 victory over Switzerland Tuesday. Kesler, the first former Buckeye to play for the United States in the Olympics, and Team USA will hit the ice Thursday afternoon vs. Norway.
Four Ohio State women’s hockey players are skating in the Vancouver Games – current freshman Minttu Tuominen joins former Buckeye Emma Laaksonen for Team Finland, Lisa Chesson is a defenseman on the U.S. Women’s Team and Tessa Bonhomme plays for the Canadian team.
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).
OSU vs Western Michigan
The Buckeyes trail the all-time series with Western Michigan, 58-63-10, and trail the series in Kalamazoo, 24-33-4. The teams met in Columbus earlier this season, with Ohio State posting back-to-back 4-2 wins Nov. 13-14.
The squads last met in Kalamazoo in November 2007. The Broncos won the opener, 4-2, with Ohio State responding with a 3-0 victory in the finale.
What a Cluster
Ohio State and Western Michigan are in the same CCHA scheduling cluster this season, joined by Miami and Ferris State. The last time the teams were in the same cluster was 2004-05, with Ohio State winning the season series 2-1-1 (1-1 in Kalamazoo, 2-0 in Columbus).
Miami is 7-0-3-1 in cluster play, Ferris State is 4-3-3-3, Ohio State is 3-4-1-0 and Western Michigan is 0-7-1. Ohio State and Miami will close out regular-season play next week, as will Ferris State and Western Michigan.
The Last Series
The Buckeyes posted their first sweep of the year with two 4-2 victories over Western Michigan Nov. 13-14 in Columbus.
In the first game, Ohio State scored three times in 49 seconds in the third period to rally from a 1-0 deficit and down the Broncos, 4-2.
The Broncos’ Jared Katz scored on the power play in the first period and the lead held until Buckeye freshman Paul Kirtland tallied his first career goal at 4:50 of the third to tie the game. Junior Hunter Bishop followed with a score 34 seconds later and senior Mathieu Picard closed out the stretch with a goal at 5:39, putting the Buckeyes ahead, 3-1. The Broncos drew within one (3-2) at 12:21 on Luke Witkowski’s power-play tally but junior Peter Boyd scored at 17:34 to give the Buckeyes a two-goal cushion.
Buckeye goalie Dustin Carlson had 19 saves as the Buckeyes outshot the Broncos, 38-21, in the game. The Buckeyes converted 1-of-6 power-play chances and Western Michigan was 2-for-8.
In game two, the Buckeyes led 2-0 after the first and never trailed en route to the sweep.
Zac Dalpe put the Buckeyes on the board with a power play goal at 12:40 of the first, followed by Hunter Bishop’s tally at 16:54. The Broncos cut the Buckeye lead to one with 14 seconds left in the first on a Greg Squires 5-on-3 power-play tally.
Neither team was able to score in the second period. In the third, Dalpe added his second of the game at 7:42 to push the Buckeye lead to 3-1. Patrick Nagorsen again drew the Broncos within one (3-2) with a goal at 10:00. The score remained until Boyd tallied into an empty net with 20 seconds left in regulation.
Cal Heeter had 36 saves between the pipes for the Buckeyes, who were outshot 38-30.
Western Michigan is 8-17-5 on the year and stands in 11th in the CCHA with a 4-16-4-1 ledger. The team dropped two games at Northern Michigan last weekend (7-2, 4-3) after sweeping Notre Dame at home the week before (7-2, 4-1). The Broncos average 2.27 goals a game while allowing 2.90. The team has converted 15.1 percent of its power-play chances (21-of-139) and has stopped 79.4 percent of its opponent chances (131-of-165).
Sophomore Greg Squires has a team-high 17 assists and 21 points, followed by classmate J.J. Crew who has 19 points, including a team-best eight goals and 11 assists. Junior Max Campbell is second with 13 assists, with senior Jared Katz second with seven tallies.
In net Riley Gill has played in 25 games, with a 2.82 goals-against average and .922 save percentage.
The Buckeyes have skated to a tie and shootout in each of their last three series. The team lost shootouts to both Ferris State (Jan. 30) and Nebraska-Omaha (Feb. 5) before winning against Alaska last Saturday. The team’s won its first shootout of the year Oct. 31 at Notre Dame.
The team lost 2-1 in five rounds vs. Ferris State and then 3-2 in seven rounds at UNO, the longest shootout in program history.
The Buckeyes won 1-0 in three rounds vs. Alaska. Zac Dalpe had the lone goal for the Buckeyes, with goalie Dustin Carlson stopping two shots and poke-checking a skater before he could get a shot off.
The team is 1-1-4 in overtime games this year. The squad lost in overtime at Ferris State and beat Bemidji State in the extra stanza.
It’s a Power Play Goal
The Buckeyes did not score on the power play Friday vs. Alaska, ending a stretch of nine-consecutive games with a power-play tally. The squad was 1-for-2 Saturday vs. the Nanooks and now is 16-for-52 (30.8 percent) since returning from break. Zac Dalpe scored the Buckeye PPG vs. the Nanooks and has a team-high seven this year. Since break, he and Shane Sims each have three power-play tallies.
For the year, the team is now at 17.3 percent (26-of-150). In conference games only the squad ranks second, converting 20.5 percent (24-of-117).
Four Buckeyes – Zac Dalpe (32), Peter Boyd (27), Sergio Somma (23) and John Albert (23), – have 47.1 percent of the team’s 223 points this season.
Dalpe has 19 percent of the team’s 83 goals with 16. He has combined with Somma (10), Bishop (8) and Severyn (7) to generate 49.4 percent of the team’s goals this season.
After going through its first 25 games without scoring just three goals, the Buckeyes have three goals in three of their last five games. The squad was held to one goal Friday vs. Alaska, the lowest total in the last 10 games.
The Buckeyes have three or more goals in eight of the 10 games since returning from break and are averaging 3.7 goals a game over the stretch. The Buckeye offense averaged just 2.3 goals a game in the first half of the season. The team is averaging 2.77 goals a game on the year.
Since break Zac Dalpe has a team-best six goals and 12 points. Peter Boyd is first with 10 assists and second with 11 points. Sergio Somma (4g, 6a), Hunter Bishop (3g, 7a) and John Albert (1g, 9a) each have 10 points since break.
The Buckeyes “AAA” line of alternate captains Sergio Somma, Zac Dalpe and Peter Boyd has been together since Nov. 14 and have combined for 69 points in the 21 games (3.29 points per game). Boyd has 26 points (5g, 21a) in the 18 games combined, Dalpe has 14 goals, 12 assists and 26 points and Somma has an 8-11-19 line.
The line has a combined 82 of the Buckeyes’ 223 points this year, accounting for 37 percent of the team’s offensive production.
CCHA Player of the Month for January sophomore Zac Dalpe, the Buckeyes’ leading scorer with 16 goals and 32 points, has points in 21 of 30 games this year. He has career highs for goals, assists (16), points, shots (122) and plus/minus (+10). He is tied for seventh in the CCHA in scoring overall, ranking fifth in goals and tying for third in power-play tallies.
In conference games only Dalpe shares the league lead in points (29) and is second in points per game (1.21). He is tied for second with 14 goals and tied for ninth with 15 assists. His six power play goals are tied for third and he is tied for third with 12 power-play points.
Dalpe’s goal vs. Ferris State Jan. 29 was the 50th point of his career. He now has 57 career points in 67 games after a 13-12-25 line as a freshman last year that earned him a spot on the CCHA All-Rookie Team.
Start a New Streak
John Albert and Hunter Bishop both had four-game assist streaks ended last Friday. The duo rebounded Saturday, with Albert scoring a goal and Bishop posting an assist.
Sergio Somma (4g, 6a, 10p) and Peter Boyd (1g, 10a, 11p) both had seven-game scoring streaks ended last Friday and were held scoreless Saturday as well. C.J. Severyn had a three-game goal-scoring streak ended last Friday.
The Buckeyes now rank third in the CCHA in conference games only in team offense (3.04 goals per game) and are second on the power play (20.5 percent).
The Buckeyes are 6-3-4 when allowing 21-30 shots this season but are 2-11-0 when allowing 31-40. When giving up 41 or more, the team is 2-1. Alaska tied a Buckeye opponent season low with 21 shots last Friday.
Three for 10
Junior Kyle Reed has a goal in three of his last five outings after scoring just one goal in his first 15 games.
One On, One Off
Sophomore Taylor Stefishen has a point in every other game over the last 10 games. He has two two-point games over the stretch. Stefishen now has a career-best five goals, eight assists and 13 points on the year.
Six Buckeyes have played in all 30 games this season – Zac Dalpe, John Albert, Peter Boyd, Sergio Somma, Matt Bartkowski and Chris Reed.
After going scoreless at Michigan State Jan. 22-23, John Albert has a point in five of his last six games (1g, 4a). He has gone more than one game without a point just twice this season. Albert is second on the team with 18 assists after leading the Buckeyes with 28 assists a year ago. He scored a goal, his first since Dec. 5, against Alaska last Saturday.
Albert is sixth (tied) in the CCHA in conference games only with 16 helpers. He is tied for third for the Buckeyes with 23 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 20-63-83 line in 113 games.
Junior Peter Boyd ranks leads the Buckeyes with 27 points this year, ranking first on the team with a career-best 21 assists. He is tied for 13th in the CCHA in scoring and is tied for fourth in assists.
Boyd ranks sixth (tied) in scoring in CCHA games only with 26 points. He shares the lead among CCHA players with 20 assists in conference play.
Boyd has at least one point in 15 of the last 21 games. He had a career-best seven-game point streak ended vs. Alaska last Friday.
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 29-53-82 line in 113 games for the Scarlet and Gray.
No. 12 On a Roll
Junior defenseman Matt Bartkowski has a point in seven of his last 11 games, with a 2-7-9 line over the stretch. He had a point in just five of the first 19 games of the season. He is tied for first among the Buckeye defenseman in scoring with 14 points on the year, including 10 assists to rank fifth on the squad.
More for 44
Junior Sergio Somma is tied for third on the team with 23 points, ranking second with 10 goals and ranking fourth with 13 assists. Somma had a career-high seven-game point (4-6-10) streak ended last Friday.
He is tied for 17th in the CCHA in scoring in conference games with a 10-10-20 line, ranking 13th (tied) in goals.
Somma is one shy of the career-best 11 goals and 13 assists he had last season. He has a team-high seven multiple-point games on the year.
Put Your Rally Caps On
Ohio State has come from behind to tie the game in the third period and force overtime in three of the four games that ended deadlocked this season. At Notre Dame Oct. 31 Zac Dalpe scored to tie the game at 2-all. Against Ferris State Jan. 30 Kyle Reed scored the final goal of the game in the third stanza. At Nebraska-Omaha Feb. 6 C.J. Severyn tied the game at 3-all in the final two minutes.
Welcome to the Century Club
Eight Buckeyes have played in 100 or more games for the Scarlet and Gray. Mathieu Picard leads the team with 122 games for the Buckeyes, followed by Peter Boyd, John Albert and Sergio Somma with 113 each, Chris Reed with 111 career tilts and Shane Sims with 106 games played. Corey Toy played in his 100th game at Ohio State vs. Alaska last Saturday. Patrick Schafer is up next with 99 career games, followed by Kyle Reed with 97 and C.J. Severyn with 94.
On Friday … On Saturday
The Buckeyes are 4-10-1 in the first game of a weekend this year and 7-5-3 in game two. Five of the weekend finales have gone to overtime, with the Buckeyes 1-1-3 in those contests.
After the First … After the Second
The Buckeyes are 6-4-1 when ahead, 5-6-1 when trailing and 0-5-2 when tied after the opening 20 minutes of play this season.
Ohio State is 6-5-1 when leading after two periods of play and 4-2-2 when tied after the second and 1-8-1 when trailing after 40 minutes.
Juniors John Albert leads the current Buckeyes with 83 career points, followed by junior Peter Boyd with 82. Boyd, classmate Sergio Somma and sophomore Zac Dalpe are first with 29 goals. Albert is first with 63 career assists, with Boyd second at 53. Somma is third with 64 points as a Buckeye, followed by Dalpe with 57.
Multiple Point Men
Junior Sergio Somma leads the Buckeyes with seven multiple-point games this season, while his linemates Peter Boyd and Zac Dalpe are tied for second with six multiple-point games each, followed by Hunter Bishop with four. Another eight Buckeyes have at least one game with more than one point.
Defenseman Devon Krogh leads the Buckeye rookies with three goals and nine points this year. He has a point in six of his last 11 games, with three goals, four assists and seven points.
Sims on the Scoresheet
Junior Shane Sims leads the Buckeye defensemen with 14 points this season, including nine assists. He has five goals, with four power-play tallies. Sims has a point in four of his last seven games, with a 3-3-6 line in the stretch.
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. 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.
Another 4A Game
Sophomore Zac Dalpe had four assists in the game at Nebraska-Omaha Feb. 6, tying his career high for points and setting a personal-best for assists. It was the third four-assist game for a Buckeye this season, joining Peter Boyd Nov. 21 at Ferris State and John Albert Jan. 8 vs. Bowling Green. Boyd’s four-helper night was the Buckeyes’ first since Feb. 24, 2007. Since 2001 there have been just seven four-assist games for the Buckeyes, with three this season.
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 four 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. 11-ranked Fighting Sioux and No. 9 Bemidji State. The Buckeyes opened the year vs. Quinnipiac, which has been ranked as high as fourth and faced off against No. 14 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.
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 63 games for the Blue Jackets, with 42 points on 19 goals and 23 assists. He has played in 373 NHL games in his career, with an 94-110-204 line.
Ryan Kesler, an alternate captain for the Canucks, has played in 61 games and has 54 points, with 16 goals and 38 assists. Kesler, who is featured in the NHL 2K10 commercial, has skated in 381 NHL contests with an 81-113-194 line.
Rod Pelley, now a member of the New Jersey Devils, has played in 49 NHL games this season and has two goals, six assists and eight points. He recently spent time on injured reserve but was activated Jan. 30. He has skated in 116 NHL games, all with the Devils, and has 10 assists and 14 points.
Washington Capital David Steckel has seen action in 62 games this year, has four goals and six assists for 10 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 217 NHL games, with 41 points, on 17 goals and 24 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 was traded to the Blue a few weeks ago, joining Strachan in the organization. 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.
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 earned six league player of the week accolades this year. Devon Krogh is a two-time CCHA Rookie of the Week, Zac Dalpe and Peter Boyd have been the offensive player of the week, Shane Sims received defenseman of the week honors and Cal Heeter was named the CCHA Goalie of the Week.
Ohio State has rallied for a win or tie in eight 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. Nov. 29, 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 Jan. 30 Ohio State trailed 2-0 in the second before deadlocking the 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.
At Nebraska-Omaha Feb. 6 the Buckeyes gave up a two-goal lead but C.J. Severyn’s goal with 1:34 left tied the game at 5-all.
Break it Down
Mathieu Picard is the lone senior for the Buckeyes this season. The St. Isidore, Ontario, native is joined by 13 juniors, eight sophomores and six freshmen.
Six current Buckeyes have been selected in the NHL draft – Zac Dalpe (2nd round/Carolina), Shane Sims (5th round/New York Islanders), Taylor Stefishen (5th round/Nashville), John Albert (6th round/Atlanta), Matt Bartkowski (7th round/Florida) and C.J. Severyn (7th/Calgary). Kyle Reed attended the Atlanta Thrashers’ prospect camp over the summer as an undrafted player, while Hunter Bishop was an invitee to the Montreal Canadiens’ camp and goalie Dustin Carlson skated at the Washington Capitals’ camp.
Behind the Bench
Two of the three two-time captains for the Buckeyes are now behind the bench for the Buckeyes. Steve Brent is in his 10th year as an assistant after rejoining the staff a year ago. JB Bittner, who served as the team’s video coordinator last season after ending his professional career, is now a full-time assistant coach. Brent now serves as the team’s recruiting coordinator.
Give Them an A
Four Buckeyes – senior Mathieu Picard, juniors Peter Boyd and Sergio Somma and sophomore Zac Dalpe – have ‘A’s on their jerseys, designating them as alternate captains for the squad. The only other Buckeye squad to have four players with a letter was in 2003-04, with current assistant coach JB Bittner as the captain and Nate Guenin, Chris Olsgard and Dave Steckel as “A”s.
The Buckeyes will close out the regular season with a home-and-home series vs. Miami. The teams will meet at 8:05 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio, in a game televised on CBS College Sports. The finale will be in Value City Arena at 8:05 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27.
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