Oct. 13, 2004

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Ohio State
(0-2-0, 0-0-0 CCHA)
Ferris State
(0-2-0, 0-0-0 CCHA)

Friday, Oct. 15 – 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 16 – 5:05 p.m.
Ewigleben Ice arena
Big Rapids, Mich.

The Series
Overall – OSU leads 49-33-10
In Big Rapids – FSU leads 23-20-3
Last 10 – FSU leads 5-4-1

The 2003-04 Series
at FSU 5, OSU 1 (2/6/04)
OSU 6, at FSU 0 (2/7/04)

The Ohio State men’s hockey team opens Central Collegiate Hockey Association play with a two-game series at Ferris State this weekend. The Buckeyes (0-2-0) and Bulldogs (0-2-0) will meet at 7:35 p.m. Friday and 5:05 p.m. Saturday in Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.

The Broadcast
The games at Ferris State will be broadcast live on the Internet at with Neil Sika (play-by-play) and former Buckeye John Mowat (color) on the call.

Last Time Out
The Buckeyes went 0-2 at the Ice Breaker Tournament in Durham, N.H., last week, with a 5-1 loss to host New Hampshire and a 3-1 loss to St. Cloud State.

Ferris State was swept at home by Colgate last weekend by scores of 5-4 and 4-2.

In the League
CCHA play opens this weekend for six teams. In addition to the Ohio State/Ferris State matchup, Miami plays host to Notre Dame and Alaska Fairbanks travels to take on Western Michigan.

Welcome to College Hockey
Against New Hampshire, eight Buckeyes played in their first games wearing the Scarlet and Gray – forwards: Tom Fritsche, Domenic Maiani, Sam Campbell, John Dingle and Matt McIlvane; defensemen: Johann Kroll and Jason DeSantis and goalie Ian Keserich.

Forward Zach Pelletier and defenseman Kyle Hood saw their first game action as Buckeyes against St. Cloud State.

In Net
Rookie Ian Keserich was the first Buckeye to start a season opener as a freshman since Mike Betz (2001-04) started against Northern Michigan in the first game of the 2000-01 campaign.

Posting Points
Sam Campbell scored a goal against St. Cloud State, assisted by Kyle Hood, for the first two points recorded by the 2004-05 freshman class.

Sophomore defenseman Sean Collins earned a spot on the all-tournament team for the Ice Breaker. Collins had an assist in the game against UNH.

A Streak Stopped
Junior forward Rod Pelley was injured in the game vs. New Hampshire and did not play vs. St. Cloud State. It marked the first game Pelley missed in his Buckeye career and ended his team-best streak of consecutive games played at 86.

Not the First
Ohio State’s 0-2 start is the first since the team lost both games of the 1998 Ice Breaker Tournament in Minneapolis, Minn. In that tourney, OSU lost to Boston College in overtime in the opener and then fell to the host Gophers in the consolation game. That season, the Buckeyes ended the year 21-16-4 and earned an at-large berth into the NCAA tournament.

Ohio State vs. Ferris State
All-time, Ohio State leads the series with Ferris State 49-33-10, however, FSU leads, 5-4-1, in the last 10 meetings. The Bulldogs own a 23-20-3 ledger against OSU in Big Rapids.

We’ve Been Here Before
This marks the sixth consecutive season the Buckeyes have traveled to Big Rapids to face Ferris State. Ten of the last 12 meetings between the teams have been at FSU’s home, including the last four games.

The 2003-04 Series – OSU at FSU
The Buckeyes were defeated by Ferris State, 5-2, Feb. 6. The teams were scoreless in the first period. In the second, the Bulldogs scored three times in under six minutes to take a commanding 3-0 lead. OSU’s Scott May cut the lead to two with a power-play goal late in the period, but Ferris State scored just 2:26 into the third to regain the three-goal edge. The Bulldogs’ Jeff Legue completed a hat trick and FSU’s scoring with a shorthanded goal later in the third, followed by May’s second power-play tally of the game with under two minutes left. The Buckeyes outshot the Bulldogs in the game, 42-27. Ohio State was 2-for-6 on the power play and held FSU scoreless on two chances.

In the second game Feb. 7, the Buckeyes scored twice in each period and rolled to a 6-0 win. Dan Knapp and Bryce Anderson scored in the first, Andrew Schembri tallied twice in the second and Knapp scored twice in the third to complete his hat trick. Doug Andress, Thomas Welsh and May each had two assists in the game. Ohio State sophomore goalie Dave Caruso stopped all 26 FSU shots for his fourth career shutout, as OSU outshot FSU, 45-26. The shutout for OSU was the first against the Bulldogs since Jan. 21 1999.

Another Streak ended
Ohio State’s win at Ferris State last season ended a six-game winless and five-game losing streak in Big Rapids, Mich.

Open it Up
Ohio State opens CCHA play with its series at Ferris State this weekend. Ohio State is 3-1-1 in its last five CCHA openers and 14-15-2 all-time in the first CCHA game of the season.

OSU opened the 1990-91 season against Ferris State in Columbus. The teams tied the opener 3-all, before the Buckeyes posted a 5-3 win in the series finale.

The squad lost the opener to Notre Dame last year, 5-2, but rebounded for a 3-1 win in game two.

A Cluster
Ohio State and Ferris State are in the same CCHA scheduling cluster this season and will meet four times. The teams were in the same cluster in the 2001-02 season. That year, the Bulldogs swept the Buckeyes in Big Rapids, Mich., Dec. 14-15 (5-2 and 3-2) before OSU returned the favor with a two-game sweep (5-2 and 4-3) in Columbus Feb. 15-16.

A Look at the Bulldogs
Ferris State is 0-2-0 on the year after losing two games at home to Colgate (5-4 and 4-2) last weekend. The team was 15-20-3 last season and finished 10th in the CCHA with a 10-17-1 ledger.

Junior Nick Scheible led FSU against the Raiders with two goals and an assist for three points, while freshman Matt Stafanishion had a goal and two helpers for three points. Freshman Derek MacIntyre and senior Mike Brown, a first team All-American in 2003, each played one game last weekend.

Against Colgate, Ferris State converted 4-of-18 (.222) power-play chances and stopped 14-of-16 (.875) Raider opportunities.

Bob Daniels, a 1982 graduate of Michigan State, is in his 13th year at the helm of the Ferris State program. He has a career ledger of 195-229-36.

Against the Bulldogs
Dan Knapp leads the Buckeyes with three goals and six points against Ferris State in four career games. Andrew Schembri is next with a 2-2-4 line in two games, while Thomas Welsh has three helpers in five games vs. FSU. Junior goalie Dave Caruso has a .99 goals-against average and .965 save percentage in two games vs. the Bulldogs.

Shooting Gallery
The Buckeyes had 19 shots on goal in the third period of the game vs. St. Cloud State. The team is averaging 26.5 goals a game this season, including a season-high 35 against the Huskies.

On the Board
Buckeye senior captain JB Bittner scored Ohio State’s first goal of the 2004-05 campaign in the second period against New Hampshire. It was the 28th goal of his career and his 10th career power-play marker.

Back to Back
Ohio State’s two losses in the Ice Breaker Tournament marked the first time the team lost two consecutive games since being swept at home by Michigan State Jan. 23-24. The team did not lose more than two games in a row last season and had just three two-game losing streaks.

A Quick Look at the IceBreaker
Ohio State opened the Ice Breaker Tournament with a 5-1 loss to New Hampshire. UNH got on the board with a power-play tally 5:54 into the game and took a 2-0 lead with a 5-on-3 score 27 seconds into the second period. OSU’s JB Bittner scored a power-play goal of his own to cut the lead to 2-1, but the Wildcats responded with a goal at the 16:22 mark to head into the third with a 3-1 lead. UNH closed out the scoring with two goals in the third.

UNH was outshot in the game, 28-18. OSU was 1-for-8 on the power play and UNH was 4-for-12.

In the consolation game, the Buckeyes fell to St. Cloud State, 3-1. The teams were scoreless through the first period before the Huskies got on the board with a power-play tally 7:55 into the second. T.J. McElroy put SCSU up, 2-0, at the 4:18 mark of the third. Sam Campbell, assisted by Kyle Hood and Dan Knapp, made the score 2-1 at 7:12 of the period. The Huskies ended the scoring with a goal at 14:57.

OSU outshot SCSU, 35-24. The Buckeyes were scoreless on 10 power-play chances and SCSU was 1-for-7.

Special Teams
The Buckeyes were 1-for-18 (.056) on the power play in the Ice Breaker Tournament and stopped 14-of-19 (.737) opponent power-play chances.

Last season, Ohio State was 35-for-212 (.165) with the man advantage and stopped 177-of-233 (.835) opponent chances.

In the League
Ohio State was picked to finish fourth by the media and fifth by the coaches in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association in the annual preseason polls, the league announced at its media day at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Leading the Way
Senior forward JB Bittner will serve as team captain and junior defenseman Nate Guenin and junior forward Rod Pelley were named alternate captains for the 2004-05 season. The trio was selected by a vote of their teammates. Bittner, from Pittsburgh, Pa., is entering his second year as team captain, while Aliquippa, Pa., native Guenin is in his second year as an alternate.

A Quick Look Back
The Buckeyes finished the 2003-04 season 26-16 overall and were fourth in the CCHA with a 16-12 ledger. The squad won three games in three days at the CCHA Super Six Championship in Detroit to claim the title and the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA championship. The Buckeyes’ season ended with a 1-0 overtime loss to Wisconsin in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Albany, N.Y.

Who’s Back
Ohio State returns 15 letterwinners from the squad last season, including forwards Bryce Anderson, Dave Barton, Matt Beaudoin, Kenny Bernard, JB Bittner, Dan Knapp, Rod Pelley, Andrew Schembri and Lee Spector, defensemen Sean Collins, Nate Guenin, Tyson Strachan, Matt Waddell and Thomas Welsh and goalie Dave Caruso.

Quite a Class
The Buckeyes’ 11-member recruiting class was ranked 11th by Tom Fritsche was listed as a Top 20 incoming forward, while Johann Kroll was named a Top 15 rookie defenseman by INCH.

A Youthful Look
Ohio State features a young lineup this season, as the squad is comprised of just three seniors and four juniors, joined by eight sophomores and 11 freshmen.

On the Road Again
The Buckeyes open the season with seven of their first eight games away from Value City Arena. Following the trip to New Hampshire for the IceBreaker and the squad’s trip to Big Rapids, Mich., to take on Ferris State, the team has a home-and-home series with Miami and then a two-game series at Western Michigan.

On the Air
Ohio State will appear on both national and local television this season. The following is the schedule as of Oct. 6.

OSU’s 2004-05 Television Schedule Oct. 9 New Hampshire NH Public TV Dec. 29 Minnesota State ONN Dec. 30 Colorado College ONN Jan. 7 Ferris State CSTV Jan. 22 Michigan CSTV Feb. 19 at Michigan State Comcast

Up Next
The Buckeyes open the home slate Oct. 21 when they play host to Miami in the opener of a home-and-home series.

Before the game, fans will have the chance to win from the CD101 Prize Wheel. In a pregame ceremony, the 2004 CCHA Championship banner will be raised to the rafters of Value City Arena. In addition, there will be free schedule magnets for the first 5,000 fans and a Meet the Buckeyes autograph session is planned for after the game.

At The Helm
John Markell is in his 10th full season as the head coach of the Buckeyes. He took over the Ohio State program with nine games left in the 1994-95 season and then was named head coach May 22, 1995.

He has led the Buckeyes to the NCAA tournament four times in the last seven years, including a Frozen Four appearance in 1998. In addition, he has guided the squad to three 20-win seasons in a row and five overall.

Markell, a native of Cornwall, Ontario, played collegiately at Bowling Green, where he was a three-time first team All-CCHA honoree. He was named to the CCHA All-Decade Team for the 1970s and was selected to the BGSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.