Aug. 21, 2000

2000-01 Men’s Hockey Schedule

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team will play host to 18 home games during the 2000-01 season, including matchups with 2000 NCAA Tournament participants Niagara, Michigan and Michigan State. WOSU radio will broadcast 32 games, while WBNS/ONN will televise eight. The games to be broadcast have yet to be determined.

“Having that many games broadcast, both on radio and television, allows us to reach out to the people of Ohio,” John Markell, OSU’s seventh-year head coach, said. “We have a great product to sell. College hockey is a different game than NHL or minor league hockey and this allows us to share our game with many different people.”

For the second-consecutive year, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association will use a cluster format, with each team playing the other three members of its cluster four times, twice at home and twice on the road. The schools in OSU’s cluster this season are Western Michigan, Notre Dame and Miami (Ohio). The Buckeyes will play the other eight league members twice this season.

The Buckeyes open the home schedule Oct. 6 with an exhibition game against Wilfred Laurier before traveling to Marquette, Mich., (Oct. 13-14) for their CCHA opener against Northern Michigan. The first conference series at home will be Nov. 3-4 when Alaska Fairbanks comes to Columbus. Other early season home matchups include a two-game series with CCHA opponent Bowling Green (Nov. 18-19) and a game against Findlay, the first in program history, Nov. 28.

The Buckeyes will be away from Value City Arena in December, as they play at Ferris State (Dec. 1-2) and Western Michigan (Dec. 8-9) before traveling to Estero, Fla., for a holiday tournament with Clarkson, Cornell and Maine, Dec. 27 and 28.

“We’re on the road a lot to start the season again this year,” Markell said. “While that will be tough, it also allows us to get the majority of our road games out of the way before January. We’re looking to get points out of each and every weekend. Being on the road will give our team a chance to come together as a whole.” OSU starts 2001 with four-consecutive home games. The squad will play host to Western Michigan Jan. 5-6 before facing off against rival and defending CCHA champion Michigan Jan. 12-13. Last season the Buckeyes set a new collegiate hockey attendance record of 17,343, breaking the mark set a year earlier (17,045), also against the Wolverines. The top three attendance marks in OSU history have all been set in games against the Wolverines.

“This is the last time Michigan will be in our building for a while, as we travel to Ann Arbor for our series next season,” Markell said. “It’s a shame we can’t play in both arenas each season, but with so many teams in the league it just doesn’t work out.”

After home-and-home series with Notre Dame (Jan. 19-20 at UND, Feb. 2-3 at OSU) and back-to-back games at home (Feb. 9) and on the road (Feb. 10) with Miami (Ohio), Michigan State will play in Value City Arena for the first time in the facility’s history, Feb. 23-24.

The Buckeyes end the home schedule with a game against the RedHawks Feb. 27 before finishing the regular season in Oxford, Ohio March 2.