Feb. 14, 2007

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The Ohio State men’s hockey will travel to Omaha, Neb., to face the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks in a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association series this weekend. The teams will meet at 8:05 p.m. ET Friday and 9:05 p.m. ET Saturday at the Civic Auditorium.

The Broadcast
The Buckeyes’ games vs. the Mavericks will be broadcast by WOSU Radio (820 AM/ Neil Sika (play-by-play) and former Buckeye Luke Pavlas (analysis) will call the action.

The game Saturday will be televised live by CSTV. Jason Knapp (play-by-play) and Troy G. Ward (analysis) will cover the action.

Last Time Out
The Buckeyes swept Northern Michigan at home last weekend, with 3-2 and 4-1 victories.

Nebraska-Omaha played a two-game series at No. 1 Notre Dame, losing the first game, 4-2, before coming back to tie the Irish, 2-all, Saturday.

A Buckeye Snapshot
Ohio State enters the series at Nebraska-Omaha 12-13-5 on the year. The squad is tied with UNO for fifth place in the CCHA with a 10-10-4 ledger (20 points).

Senior defenseman Sean Collins and junior forward Tommy Goebel share the team scoring lead with 25 points each. Goebel has a team-best 11 goals, followed by senior forward Mathieu Beaudoin with 10. Junior defenseman Jason DeSantis has a team-high 19 assists and Collins ranks second with 17.

Freshman goaltender Joseph Palmer has started 27 games this season and has a 2.91 goals-against-average with a 12-11-4 record.

In the League
With four CCHA games remaining, the Buckeyes are tied with Nebraska-Omaha for fifth place in the conference with 24 points. Ohio State is one point ahead of seventh-place Western Michigan and three points up on Lake Superior State in eighth place.

The Top 4 teams in the final CCHA standings earn byes in the first round of the league playoffs, while seeds 5-8 host 9-12 in best-of-three series. The winners of the first round series then travel to the Top 4 team sites for quarterfinal rounds. Those four best-of-three series winners advance to the CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Goebel Rolls Along
Junior forward Tommy Goebel extended his point streak to a team season-high 12 games with an assist on Mathieu Beaudoin’s gamewinning goal vs. Northern Michigan Friday and a goal vs. the Wildcats Saturday. During the last 12 games, Goebel has 15 points on five goals and 10 assists.

Goebel has been held off the score sheet just six times in 26 games played this season.

A Look Back at the NMU Series
The Buckeyes swept a two-game series from Northern Michigan in Value City Arena last weekend, with a 3-2 win Friday and 4-1 victory Saturday.

Friday, Ohio State opened the scoring on Tom Fritsche’s power-play goal in the first period. Northern Michigan then took the lead with two second-period goals, as Andrew Sarauer tallied at 4:55 to tie the game and Matt Siddall put the Wildcats ahead at 9:06. Buckeye senior Bryce Anderson tied the game with just over a minute remaining in the period (18:54), scoring on a wrap-around.

The score remained tied until Buckeye senior Mathieu Beaudoin scored on the power play at 7:18 of the third period, banking the puck in off the back of NMU netminder Bill Zaniboni.

The Buckeyes outshot the Wildcats, 38-20. OSU was 2-for-9 on the power play and held the Wildcats scoreless on five chances.

Saturday, Andrew Schembri opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the first period and Tommy Goebel extended the Buckeye lead to two with a 4-on-4 goal less than a minute into the second period.

Sam Campbell tallied for the Buckeyes in the third period to put the squad ahead, 3-0, before NMU’s Zach Tarkir scored on the power play to end the shutout. John Dingle ended the scoring with an empty-net, power-play goal with 27 seconds left in regulation.

The Buckeyes outshot the Wildcats, 32-31. OSU was 2-for-7 on the power play, while NMU was 1-for-4.

Noting the OSU-NMU Series
The Buckeyes extended their winning streak against Northern Michigan in Columbus to 10 games, dating back to 1981.

OSU is 6-0 vs. the Wildcats in Value City Arena and has allowed just five goals in the six games combined.

The Buckeyes were 4-for-16 (.250) on the power play in the series and stopped 8-of-9 Wildcat opportunities.

Ohio State held Mike Santorelli, who entered the weekend tied for the nation’s lead with 26 goals, to just one power-play assist.

The Buckeyes won the season series with the Wildcats, 3-1, and took a 28-27-3 lead in the all-time series.

The Buckeyes are on a five-game (4-0-1) unbeaten streak in Value City Arena and are undefeated in their last seven games in Columbus (6-0-1), including two wins at Nationwide Arena.

The sweep of the Wildcats was the Buckeyes’ second home sweep this season.

OSU vs. UNO – The Series
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with Nebraska-Omaha, 10-8-3. In the last 10 meetings, the series is tied, 4-4-2. Ohio State brings a four-game winless streak vs. the Mavericks (0-2-2) into the series this weekend.

In Omaha
The Buckeyes trail the series with the Mavericks in Omaha, 2-6-1. The teams last met on UNO’s home ice Nov. 19-20, 2004, when the Mavericks posted a 4-0 win in game one and the squads tied, 4-4 OT, in game two.

The games this weekend will be in the Civic Auditorium, the former home of the Mavericks. The Buckeyes are 2-5-0 in the arena and were swept in their last series there Jan. 24-25, 2003 (4-0, 3-1).

Qwest Center Omaha, the Mavericks usual home rink, has a capacity of 14,700 and is the second-largest rink in the nation, behind only Value City Arena (17,500), the Buckeyes’ home rink.

A Look at the Mavericks
Nebraska-Omaha enters the weekend 13-13-8 on the year and tied with the Buckeyes for fifth place in the CCHA with a 10-10-4 ledger.

Senior Scott Parse, the 2006 CCHA Player of the Year who ranks fourth in the NCAA in points this season, leads UNO with 21 goals, 26 assists and 47 points. Senior Alex Nikiforuk is first on the squad with 27 assists and ranks second with 38 points. Junior Brandon Scero is second with 13 goals, followed by Nikiforuk and sophomore Dan Charleston with 11 each. Ten Mavericks have 18 or more points, including seven with 20 or more.

In net, freshman Jeremie Dupont has played in 23 games, with a 2.75 goals-against average and .894 save percentage. Sophomore Jerad Kaufmann has seen action in 14 games and has a 3.02 gaa and .892 svpct.

The Mavericks, who average 3.71 goals a game, have converted 20.7 percent (43/209) of their power-play chances. The squad allows 3.00 goals a game and has stopped 84.1 percent of its opponents’ power-play opportunities.

Mike Kemp, who is in his 11th season at the helm, has a school and career ledger of 157-184-45. He is the only coach in program history and led the Mavericks to the school’s first NCAA tournament appearance last year.

The 2005-06 OSU-UNO Matchup
The Buckeyes were 0-1-1 against Nebraska-Omaha last season, with a 2-0 loss Jan. 13, 2006 and 2-2 OT tie Jan. 14, 2006 in Columbus.

In game one, after a scoreless first period, Nebraska-Omaha scored once in both the second and third periods to down the Buckeyes, 2-0.

The Buckeyes were 0-for-6 on the power play, including an extended 5-on-3 chance in the second period when the squad was down by just one.

Each team had 28 shots on goal in the game.

In game two, the Buckeyes jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first period on goals by John Dingle and Tom Fritsche. The Mavericks cut the Buckeye lead to one before the end of the first period with a power-play goal and tied the game early in the second period. Neither team was able to score throughout the rest of the game and overtime, skating to a 2-all tie.

The Buckeyes were outshot in the game, 38-32. Each team was 1-for-7 on the power play.

Success vs. the Mavericks
Buckeye senior forward Andrew Schembri leads the Buckeyes with four goals, two assists and six points against Nebraska-Omaha.

On the Road Again
Ohio State is 5-6-2 on the road this season, averaging 3.2 goals a game, while allowing 3.0. Senior defenseman Sean Collins has a team-best five goals, seven assists and 12 points in road games, followed by junior forward Tommy Goebel with 10 points, including six assists.

We’re Live
The Saturday game between Ohio State and Nebraska-Omaha will be televised live by CSTV. The Buckeyes are 3-4-1 in games on television this season, including a 3-1-1 record in their last five.

CSTV also will broadcast the Buckeyes’ game vs. Michigan Feb. 24 in the regular-season finale for both schools.

Happy 150th
Buckeye senior defensemen Sean Collins and Matt Waddell each played in the 150th game of their Buckeye career last Saturday against Northern Michigan. All-time, 30 Buckeyes have played in 150 or more games in their careers. Collins and Waddell have each missed just three games over the last three-plus seasons.

Senior forward Andrew Schembri is three games away from the 150 games played mark.

It’s a Power-Play Goal
The Buckeyes have at least one power-play goal in each of their last six games and have two power-play tallies in each of their last three outings. The squad is 9-for-41 over the stretch (22.0 percent).

Everybody In
This year, all 20 current Buckeye skaters who have played in more than four games have at least one goal and at least three points. Eleven Buckeyes have hit the double-digit mark for points, with four topping the 20-point mark.

Lighting the Lamp
Junior Tommy Goebel (11) and senior Mathieu Beaudoin (10) rank first and second, respectively, in goal scoring for the Buckeyes this season.

It is the second time in his career Beaudoin has had double-digit goals, after he posted 23 tallies in 2004-05. He is two goals shy of the 50-goal mark for his career.

Goebel has two seasons with double-digit goals, after posting 15 as a freshman at Michigan State in 2003-04.

Up the Charts
Senior Sean Collins has 85 career points to rank ninth in program history among Ohio State defensemen. He is two points behind eighth-place Brian Jenks (1978-81). The all-time leader is Dan Mandich, who had 138 points from 1979-82. Collins’ 85 career points are the most for a Buckeye defenseman since Doug Andress had 89 from 2001-04.

75 and Counting
With three points in the Ohio Hockey Classic, senior forward Mathieu Beaudoin surpassed the 75-point milestone. He now has 48 goals and 32 assists for 80 points. Defenseman Sean Collins reached the 75-point mark of his career Dec. 1, and has career totals of 27 goals and 58 assists for 85 points. Classmate Andrew Schembri, who passed the 75-point mark Nov. 9 at Bowling Green, has totals of 34 goals and 53 assists for 85 points.

Junior Domenic Maiani is three away from the 75-point mark, with a 25-47-72 line.

Junior Tom Fritsche passed the 75-point mark last season and has 83 career points, including 26 goals and 57 assists.

Freshman goaltender Joseph Palmer had 30 saves in the Buckeyes’ win over Northern Michigan last Saturday, including 18 in the third period. It was the sixth time in his career he posted 30 or more saves in a game and he is 3-1-2 in those games with just nine goals total allowed.

Date Opp. Svs GA WLT 11/4 vs. ND 32 1 T 1-1 12/2 at MSU 39 1 W 4-1 12/9 at Miami 30 2 T 2-2 1/5 vs. Alaska 31 2 W 6-2 1/21 at Miami 30 2 L 2-1 2/10 vs. NMU 30 1 W 4-1

Welcome Back
Ohio State welcomed one of its top players from the last two seasons, Tom Fritsche, back into the lineup at the Ohio Hockey Classic. Playing in his first games since March 4, 2006, the junior forward shook off the rust and had an assist in each of Ohio State’s games. After missing the first 18 games of the season due to an intestinal illness, Fritsche set up a goal of his first shift back, assisting on the opening goal just 1:40 into the game vs. Minnesota Duluth. He followed with an assist in the Buckeyes’ 5-3 win vs. Miami in the championship game.

Scoring from the Blueline
Senior captain Sean Collins is second among CCHA defensemen in scoring with 25 points overall this season. Jason DeSantis is tied for seventh with 21 points.

Nationally, Collins is tied for ninth in defenseman scoring with 0.83 points per game, while DeSantis is tied for 23rd at 0.70.

A Helping Hand
Jason DeSantis’ team-leading 19 assists are second among all league defensemen. He has the seventh-most (tied) assists of any defenseman in the nation.

Through 30 games this season, DeSantis has more than doubled his career assist total. He entered 2006-07 with just nine helpers through his first two seasons (66 games).

Career Years
Eight Buckeyes have posted career highs in goals, assists and/or points this season:

Kenny Bernard – assists (10), points (15)
Jason DeSantis – assists (19), points (21)
John Dingle – assists (6), points (11)
Corey Elkins – goals (6), assists (3), points (9)
Johann Kroll – assists (6)
Matt McIlvane – goals (6), points (14)
Zach Pelletier -goals (1), assists (2), points (3)
Tyson Strachan – assists (8), points (11)

Leading the PP
Andrew Schembri has four power-play goals and 11 power-play points to lead the Buckeyes this season. Of his 18 points this year, 61 percent have come with the man advantage.

Sean Collins has 10 power-play points to rank second on the squad and is tied with Jason DeSantis with eight power-play assists.

Get Shorty
The Buckeyes are third in the nation with 11 shorthanded goals this season, two behind national leader Michigan and Quinnipiac. Senior Mathieu Beaudoin leads Ohio State with three shorthanded goals this year. In addition to Beaudoin, Bryce Anderson, Kenny Bernard (2), John Dingle, Tommy Goebel, Domenic Maiani (2) and Matt McIlvane all have scored goals while on the penalty kill. Eleven Buckeyes have registered a shorthanded point this season.

The Buckeye record for shorthanded goals in a season is 16, set in 1982.

Shorthanded Skills
Mathieu Beaudoin is tied for seventh in the nation with three shorthanded goals this season, while Kenny Bernard and Domenic Maiani are tied for 18th with two shorthanded goals each.

Beaudoin (3-1) and Bernard (2-2) each have four shorthanded points to tie for second in the CCHA.

In the Record Books
Mathieu Beaudoin is tied for sixth in the OSU record books for career shorthanded goals with seven and Kenny Bernard is tied for ninth with five. Beaudoin’s three shorthanded goals this season are tied for 10th in program history, set 12 times prior (including Beaudoin in 2004-05 and Bernard in 2005-06).

He’s a Winner
Tommy Goebel scored the gamewinning goal vs. Northern Michigan last Saturday, making his second gamewinner of the season. He is the only Buckeye with more than one gamewinning goal this campaign.

We’re Going Streaking
Three Buckeyes carry point streaks into the series at Nebraska-Omaha. Tommy Goebel has points in his last 12 games (5-10-15). Tom Fritsche (1-1-2) and Andrew Schembri (1-2-3) each have points in each of the last two games.

Posting Points
Before the Buckeyes were swept at Ferris State Feb. 2-3, the team had recorded at least one point in every CCHA series this season. The series was the first time the Buckeyes were swept on the road since losing two playoff games at Ferris State to close out last season (March 3-4). It was the first time the team was swept on the road in the regular season since Feb. 24-25, 2006 at Northern Michigan.

The squad rebounded to take all four points from Northern Michigan last weekend.

Good Signs
The Buckeyes are 10-3-1 when scoring first this season, but just 2-10-4 when the opponent scores first.

Ohio State is undefeated (5-0-1) when scoring four goals this season and is 1-0-1 when recording 41-50 shots on goal.

When senior Sean Collins has positive plus/minus, the Buckeyes are 10-0-3 so far this year. When senior Bryce Anderson has a +1 or better rating, Ohio State is 6-0-2.

Shooting Gallery
The Buckeyes have outshot their opponents this season, 940-810, an average of 31.3 to 27.0 shots a game. The Buckeyes have outshot their opponents in 20-of-30 games this season and are 10-7-3 in those games.

Tommy Goebel and Mathieu Beaudoin share the team lead with 78 shots each, followed by Andrew Schembri with 70.

The Winning Edge
In Ohio State’s 12 victories this season, the team is outscoring its opponents 51-21, an average of 4.3 goals a game to 1.8. The Buckeye power play is 17-of-70 (24.3 percent) while the penalty kill is 66-of-75 (88 percent).

Catching Up
Three Buckeye seniors from last season have continued their hockey careers. Forward Rod Pelley (Lowell Devils/New Jersey) and defenseman Nate Guenin (Philadelphia Phantoms/Philadelphia) both have spent the majority of the season in the AHL. Guenin made his NHL debut Jan. 18. He played in six games for the Flyers but was sent down to the AHL Feb. 6. Pelley was called up by the Devils Jan. 31 and made his NHL debut Feb. 1 vs. Guenin and the Flyers. Pelley played two games in the NHL and has since been returned to the AHL. Goalie Dave Caruso (Gwinett Gladiators) is in the ECHL.

Two former Buckeyes are on NHL rosters this season. R.J. Umberger skates for the Philadelphia Flyers, while Ryan Kesler plays for the Vancouver Canucks but currently is out because of hip surgery. Eric Meloche was called up to the Flyers Nov. 3-11, and played 13 games for the squad, but was reassigned to the AHL Phantoms Nov. 12. Dave Steckel has played three games for the Washington Capitals but currently is with Hershey of the AHL.

Scott May is on the AHL’s Iowa Stars roster but is currently out with an injury. Doug Andress was recently called up to Springfield in the AHL from the ECHL (Johnstown).

In addition, Daymen Bencharski (Charlotte) and JB Bittner (Idaho) are playing in the ECHL. Paul Caponigri (Chicago), Chris Richards (Youngstown) and Jason Selleke (Flint) are playing in the UHL. Mike McCormick and Hugo Boisvert are in Germany and Andre Signoretti and Jeff Maund are on teams in Italy.

Maiani Earns CCHA and INCH Awards
Junior forward Domenic Maiani earned both Inside College Hockey (INCH) Player of the Week and CCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors after his four-point performance in the sweep of conference opponent Alaska Jan. 5 and 7 at Value City Arena. The INCH honor was the first national recognition for a Buckeye this season while his CCHA award was the first for an OSU forward this season.

Maiani had three points on a goal and two assists in the 6-2 win Friday for his second three-point game of the season. He opened the scoring Sunday in the eventual 3-2 victory with his second power play goal of the series.

Ohio State Wins Ohio Hockey Classic
Ohio State won the 2006 Ohio Hockey Classic, defeating then-No. 4 Miami, 5-3, in the championship game Dec. 30 at Nationwide Arena. It was the first OHC title for Ohio State in the three-year history of the tournament. All five OSU goals against the RedHawks were scored by seniors as seven of eight members of the class had at least one point in the game, led by forwards Kenny Bernard and Mathieu Beaudoin who each tallied a goal and an assist.

The Buckeyes topped Minnesota Duluth of the WCHA, 4-1, in their first round game Dec. 29. Goaltender Joseph Palmer stopped 19 of 20 shots faced and 11 different OSU players had a point in the victory.

Four Buckeyes Named To OHC All-Tournament Team; Collins MVP
Senior captain Sean Collins was named MVP of the 2006 Ohio Hockey Classic and joined teammates Tom Fritsche, Tommy Goebel and Joseph Palmer on the All-Tournament team. Marty Guerin of Miami and Matt Niskannen of Minnesota Duluth rounded out the team.

Collins Earns Third CCHA Honor
Senior defenseman Sean Collins received his third CCHA Player of the Week honor this season Jan. 2 when he earned the defenseman award after being named Ohio Hockey Classic MVP with two goals in the tournament. He had the first goal of the game Dec. 29 vs. Minnesota Duluth just 1:40 into the contest. The captain followed with a lamplighter in the second period against Miami Dec. 30 to give the Buckeyes a 3-2 lead in the eventual 5-3 championship game victory.

Collins finished the tournament with a plus-3 rating as well as five blocked shots. He also was a key part of the Ohio State penalty kill that was a perfect 9-for-9 against two of the top power play units in the nation. It was the seventh CCHA Player of the Week honor of his career.

Palmer Also Recognized By CCHA
Also earning CCHA Player of the Week laurels was goaltender Joseph Palmer, who was named rookie of the week for Jan. 2. It was his second weekly league award for games played in the month of December. Palmer backstopped the Buckeyes to the Ohio Hockey Classic title and was named to the All-Tournament team for his efforts. He stopped 42 of 46 shots (.913) including all 13 power play shots faced in the two games. Palmer held Minnesota Duluth to just one goal with 19 saves in the 4-1 win for his fourth time this season of limiting an opponent to one goal or less. He followed with a 23-save performance against then-No. 4 Miami.

In Ohio State’s 4-1 win at Michigan State Dec. 2, its opening two goals were scored shorthanded – on the same penalty kill. Junior forward Domenic Maiani scored the first SHG of his career at 19:48 of the first period. The Buckeyes started the second period killing off the same penalty, with senior forward Bryce Anderson tallying his first lamplighter of the season, and second SHG goal of his career, just 42 seconds into the stanza.

Offensive Outburst
The nine goals scored by the Buckeyes Nov. 17 at Bowling Green were the most in a game since the team defeated Miami Oct. 21, 2004 by the same 9-3 score. The six-goal margin was the largest since OSU topped Western Michigan 7-0, Jan. 29, 2005.

The 13 OSU goals scored in the Bowling Green series were the most in a series since scoring 14 in a two-game home series vs. Illinois-Chicago, Dec. 13-14, 1991. It was the Buckeyes’ largest goal total in consecutive games since 2000, when the team defeated Findlay 1-0 Nov. 28 and followed with a 6-1 win at Ferris State Dec. 1.

Three’s Company
Senior forward Kenny Bernard scored two shorthanded goals vs. Western Michigan Nov. 9, tying the OSU individual record for shorthanded goals in a game. It was just the third time a Buckeye has tallied two SHG in a game, along with Dave Steckel (Nov. 29, 2003 at Bowling Green) and Paul Pooley (Feb. 14, 1981 at Bowling Green).

Paul Pooley Number Retirement
In the first intermission of the Nov. 4 game against Notre Dame, the Ohio State men’s hockey team retired its first number in program history in Paul Pooley’s No. 22 jersey. Pooley, a former Buckeye All-American who played for the Scarlet and Gray 1981-84, is the team’s all-time leading scorer with 270 points as well as the record-holder for career goals and assists and single-season points and assists. He was named the Bauer National Player of the Year in 1981 and is the only Buckeye ever to be named CCHA Player of the Year.

A standout in the classroom as well, Pooley, a marketing major, was a three-time CCHA All- Academic Team honoree. He was inducted to the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994.

Hats Off
Senior forward and alternate captain Mathieu Beaudoin had a hat trick against Lake Superior State (Oct. 14), the first of his career. His three goals, each of which tied the game, included a shorthanded score, power-play tally and extra-attacker goal with just 0.2 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime.

It was the Buckeyes’ first hat trick since Tom Fritsche had three goals against Sacred Heart Jan. 29, 2005. Beaudoin had seven two-goal games in his Buckeye career before the hat trick vs. LSSU.

Start it Up
Freshman goalie Joseph Palmer started the season-opening game for Ohio State against Lake Superior State Oct. 13, posting 22 saves for his first career shutout and win in OSU’s 1-0 victory.

He was the first Buckeye freshman to start a season opener since Mike Betz was between the pipes against Northern Michigan in the first game of the 2000-01 campaign. Ohio State posted a 5-3 win in that game in Marquette Oct. 13, 2000.

Catching Up
The Ohio State men’s hockey alumni association has a new website – Hockey alums can check in and keep up with all the association happenings.

Leading the Troops
Sean Collins was named Ohio State team captain for the 2006-07 season, while Mathieu Beaudoin and Matt McIlvane were selected alternate captains following a team vote. Collins served as an alternate captain for the Buckeyes last season.

Up Next
The Buckeyes will close out the regular season with a two-game series against Michigan next weekend. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 23 and at 8:05 p.m. Feb. 24. The second game will be televised live on CSTV.

At the opening game, the OSU Band will perform Script Ohio on Ice during intermission. The first 500 Ohio State students will receive a free box combo courtesy of Raising Cane’s. It is Kroger Plus Card night; card holders can purchase a game ticket for only $4 (pre-sale only).

Saturday, the first 12,000 fans will receive free rally towels courtesy of Nationwide. It is Fan Appreciation Night and fans can register to win prizes all night long. In addition, the eight-member senior class will be recognized in a postgame ceremony.