Nov. 1, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team will host No. 10 Notre Dame in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association series this weekend. The teams will face off at 8:05 p.m. Friday and at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena. The game Friday will air live on College Sports Television (CSTV) with Matt McConnell calling the action and Troy Ward with the analysis.

During the first intermission of the game Saturday, former Buckeye All-American Paul Pooley will have his No. 22 jersey retired. Pooley, now an assistant coach with Notre Dame, is Ohio State’s all-time leading scorer with 270 points, playing for the Scarlet and Gray between 1981-84. In 1984, he set the program records for points (96) and assists (64). For his efforts, Pooley was named the Bauer National Player of the Year and first team All-America honors, as well as a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. He still holds the OSU career record for goals (114) and assists (156). His point and assist totals still rank among the best all-time in NCAA history.

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

The Buckeyes split their first road series of the season Oct. 27-28, defeating Northern Michigan, 4-2, Saturday after a 2-0 loss Friday in Marquette, Mich. Three Buckeyes recorded multiple points in the victory, with Matt McIlvane leading the way with three (2g, 1a). Jason DeSantis had a goal and an assist while Dominic Maiani set up two goals. Notre Dame extended its win streak to four games with neutral-site victories over Army and Air Force by scores of 3-0 and 2-0, respectively, in the Lightning College Classic in Tampa, Fla.

The Friday game vs. the Irish will be Johnsonville Buck a Brat Night, with brats available for $1 (while supplies last). It is German Village Society Appreciation Night, with members receiving $4 tickets with advance purchase. It also is Military Appreciation Night, with all U.S. Military Personnel who show their military ID at the game receiving $4 tickets.

At the game Saturday, it is Retro 80s night presented by Mix 97.1, with fans reliving the 1980s with discounts on tickets, merchandise and concessions. Tickets are only $5 for adults and $3 for students. Following the game, all fans can bid to win game-worn throw-back Buckeye hockey jerseys in an online auction.

The Buckeyes have five NHL draft picks on their roster this season. Tom Fritsche was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round of the 2005 draft, freshmen Kevin Montgomery (Colorado) and Joseph Palmer (Chicago) both were chosen in the fourth round of the 2006 draft, senior Tyson Strachan was a fifth-round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2003 and the Ottawa Senators selected Matt McIlvane in the eighth round in 2004.

Junior Matt McIlvane scored twice in Ohio State’s 4-2 win at Northern Michigan Oct. 28 to set a career high for goals in a game. He scored a power play goal in the second period and sealed the win with an empty-netter in the closing seconds. He also had an assist that game to tie his season-high with three points. McIlvane also had three points (1g, 2a) against Minnesota (Oct. 21).

Four Buckeyes have combined for five three-point performances this season. Matt McIlvane has posted two three-point games while Kenny Bernard, Dominic Maiani and Mathieu Beaudion have each recorded one. In 39 games last season, Ohio State had a player tally three points just six times.

Through six games this season, Ohio State already has scored three shorthanded goals to tie for second-most in the national rankings. Fellow CCHA member Nebraska-Omaha leads all teams with four. Three different Buckeyes have scored shorthanded goals: Mathieu Beaudoin, John Dingle and Tommy Goebel. Last season, OSU scored seven shorties, led by Kenny Bernard with three.

Junior defenseman Jason DeSantis leads the team in points and assists through six games. His seven points are tied for ninth in defenseman scoring in the NCAA and second in the CCHA. DeSantis is tied for fifth in the conference in total assists with six.

DeSantis had a goal and an assist in Ohio State’s 4-2 win at Northern Michigan last Saturday for his third multiple-point game this season. He has tallied two helpers in a game twice this year for his first multiple-assist games of his career.

The Buckeyes will host Western Michigan in a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association series Nov. 9-10. Both games begin at 7:05 p.m. The matchup Thursday will take place at Value City Arena, The second game in the series on Friday will be held at the Ohio Expo Center at the State Fairgrounds in Columbus.