January 25, 1999
COLUMBUS, Ohio –
GAMES NO. 28 & 29
The Ohio State hockey team (13-10-4, 11-6-3) will host Western Michigan (3-14-6, 2-11-6) in a pair of games this weekend in Value City Arena (17,500). The two teams will meet Friday at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m.
Central Ohio Sport! Television continues its coverage of Ohio State hockey this weekend. The station, created through a partnership between Insight Communications (Ch. 36) and Time Warner Communications (Ch. 24), reaches more than 300,000 households and will produce Saturday night’s game for tape delay broadcast. Randy Rhinehart and former NHL goaltender Bill McKenzie will call the game.
WOSU Radio (820 AM) will continue its inaugural season of live Ohio State hockey by broadcasting Friday’s game. Sam Eiler will handle the play-by-play duties while former Buckeye John Mowat provides color commentary.
THE STRETCH RUN
Ohio State has ten regular season CCHA games remaining – five at home and five on the road. The Buckeyes are now in sole possession of third place in the CCHA standings. At the conclusion of the season, the top four teams in the league host their first round CCHA playoff games. The second and third rounds of the CCHA playoffs are held in Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.
Tickets for all Ohio State home hockey games, played in the luxurious Value City Arena, are now on sale. Call 1-800-GO-BUCKS for details.
Ohio State’s Jeff Maund became the first player in the CCHA this season to collect Defensive Player of the Week four times after being dubbed the league’s winner Monday. Maund was stellar for OSU over the weekend, collecting his sixth career shutout against Ferris State in last Thursday’s 3-0 win. He then stopped 29-of-30 shots in Saturday’s 1-1 tie against Michigan. Maund’s save percentage over the weekend was a whopping .982 (55-of-56).
Western Michigan leads the all-time series with Ohio State, 51-42-8, but OSU has been beaten only once in the last six meetings with the Broncos. The Buckeyes narrowly lead the series in Columbus, 25-24-4. THE OPPOSITION
Western Michigan comes to Columbus attempting to snap a five game losing streak. The Broncos are just 3-14-6 overall, and are winless (0-8-3) on the road. The Broncos wins this season have come over Notre Dame (Oct. 24), UMass Amherst (Dec. 29), and Alaska-Fairbanks (Jan. 8). The Broncos are coming off a pair of non-conference losses to Rensselaer on the road. David Gove leads WMU offensively (7-11-18). He is one of only four Broncos that have reached double figures in points. Matt Barnes has seen the majority of time in goal for Western Michigan, and will bring a 3.30 goals against average and an .882 save percentage into this weekend. Jeff Reynaert has been seeing more action in goal of late for WMU, appearing in four of the last seven games. The Broncos have been outscored 88-46 in 23 games this season. Bill Wilkinson is in his 17th year as head coach at Western Michigan. He’ll bring a 313-299-53 career mark into this weekend. Wilkinson is a 1970 graduate of St. Lawrence.
The Buckeyes picked up three crucial points in the CCHA race, blanking Ferris State 3-0 and tying Michigan 1-1.
Solid defense and Jeff Maund’s sixth career shutout helped Ohio State blank Ferris State 3-0 last Thursday night. Yan Des Gagne scored his first collegiate goal, which eventually proved to be the game-winner, at 2:00 in the second period. The shot was taken from behind the goal line and bounced in off the pads of Ferris State goaltender Vince Owen. Hugo Boisvert padded the OSU lead with a power-play goal midway through the third period, and Jean-Francois Dufour added an empty-netter to seal the game with :29 seconds remaining. Ohio State outshot the Bulldogs 27-26.
OSU went 58 minutes and 50 seconds without scoring against Michigan, but Ryan Jestadt finally put a slapshot past UM goaltender Josh Blackburn with 70 ticks left on the clock to tie the score at one. The two teams then played scoreless overtime. Jestadt’s goal came off pretty backhand passes from Eric Meloche and Hugo Boisvert. Jeff Maund was impressive in goal for OSU, stopping 29-of-30 shots, including four in the overtime period. The Ohio State power-play failed to score in eight chances. Michigan’s power-play was held scoreless in nine chances.
WESTERN MICHIGAN LAST WEEKEND
The Broncos fell to tenth-ranked RPI 5-2 and 2-0 last weekend in Troy, N.Y. Bryan Farquhar and Greg Mitchell each scored for Western Michigan. Matt Barnes stopped 33-of-38 shots in Friday’s loss, while Jeff Reynaert made 26 saves and allowed two goals in Saturday’s defeat.
OSU vs. WESTERN MICHIGAN – LAST TIME
On Nov. 7 of this season, OSU led Western Michigan 2-1 with less than five minutes remaining, but Bronco Corey Waring scored at 16:48 in the third to tie the game. The two teams played a scoreless overtime, giving OSU its second tie of the season. Hugo Boisvert and Jaisen Freeman scored for Ohio State. The Buckeyes went 0-for-2 on the power-play against WMU, and thwarted all five Bronco power-play attempts. Jeff Maund stopped 14-of-16 Western Michigan shots. It marked the fewest shots on goal allowed by Ohio State this season.
It’s alumni weekend for the OSU hockey program. Over 100 former Buckeyes will descend upon Columbus for two days of festivities. Two alumni games are planned for Saturday afternoon (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.)
VALUE CITY ARENA IS A HIT
Ohio State set an NCAA Division I attendance record for a regular season game at an on-campus site in Saturday’s tie with Michigan, as 17,249 fans invaded Value City Arena. In OSU’s five games in Value City Arena thus far, the average attendance has been 11,352. Ohio State averaged 1,415 fans in the five home games earlier this season in the OSU Ice Rink.
VALUE CITY ARENA ADVANTAGE
Ohio State has not allowed a power-play goal in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes are a perfect 30-for-30 on the penalty kill in their new home. In all home game, including those played in the OSU Ice Arena earlier this season, the Buckeyes have not allowed a power-play goal since Dec. 4, 1998. In all home games, the OSU penalty killing unit has successfully stopped 38 consecutive opponent power-plays.
COLD BUT STILL HOT
Ohio State failed to score a power-play goal in eight chances against the Wolverines. Even after getting shutout against UM, the Buckeyes have scored at least one power-play goal in 13 of their last 15 games. In their last four games, OSU has connected on five-of-19 power-play attempts (.263).
YOU GO, HUGO
Hugo Boisvert, Ohio State’s Hobey Baker hopeful, extended his league game point-scoring streak to eight games with an assist on the game-tying goal against Michigan. Boisvert has five goals and 11 assists in those eight league games, and has not been shut out in a league game since Nov. 28, 1998 against Alaska-Fairbanks. He now leads the CCHA in overall scoring (17-20-37) and is tied for second – one point off the lead – in conference scoring (10-17-27).
MAUND’S THE MAN
Maund has put together back-to-back-to-back impressive performances for Ohio State. In his last three starts, Maund’s goals against average is 0.94. His save percentage over those three games is .968 (92-of-95).
HE’S HAD HELP
The Ohio State defensive corps played arguably its best game of the season against Ferris State last Thursday, surrendering only 26 shots on goal. Ohio State is surrendering an average of 25 shots on goal per game to opponents in Value City Arena.
Ryan Jestadt has now twice scored with 70 seconds or less remaining in a game to tie the score and send the game to overtime. The Western Springs, Ill., native scored with :05 seconds remaining on Nov. 20 against Miami to tie the score at 1. OSU won that game 2-1 in overtime. Jestadt then scored with 1:05 remaining last weekend against Michigan, tying the score at 1. Jestadt, a forward during his junior hockey days, now has four goals this season, setting a new career high.
THE TIDE IS TURNING
Ohio State now has a three-game unbeaten streak against Michigan for the first time since the 1989-90 season. The longest ever OSU unbeaten streak against the Wolverines is five games, set between Nov. 17, 1989 and Nov. 23, 1990. Ohio State will try to push its unbeaten streak against Michigan to four games when the teams meet in two weeks, Feb. 6, in Ann Arbor (Fox Sports Detroit).
Chris Richards and Hugo Boisvert are OSU’s active career scoring leaders against every CCHA team but one – Western Michigan. Eric Meloche owns that honor, with five goals and six assists during his career against the Broncos. In his eight career games against Western Michigan, Meloche has been held scoreless only once. The Buckeyes went 1-5-1 this season while Meloche was out of the lineup with an injury, but have gone 13-5-3.
Eric Meloche had his first two goal game of the season against Cornell and tied a season high for points in a game with three (1-2-3). Meloche, the CCHA’s second-leading goal scorer last season, has three goals in his last four games. The Buckeyes went 1-5-1 while Meloche was out of the lineup with an injury but have gone 12-5-3 since his return.
ALL TIED UP
Ohio State tied for the fourth time this season last weekend against Michigan. The OSU single-season record for ties is six, set by the 1987-88 team. Ohio State has also played in eight overtime contests this year. Last season, the Buckeyes played in six overtime games.
Ohio State is 7-3-2 when surrendering 30 or less shots and 6-7-2 when giving up 31 or more shots.
SECOND HALF PLAYER
After registering a point in just four of his first 13 games, sophomore Jean-Francois Dufour has scored a point in 11 of his last 14 games. During that latter span, he has four goals and nine assists for 13 points. Dufour notched an empty-netter in last Thursday’s win over Ferris State.
The Buckeyes are typically tough to beat this year when they receive any offensive production from their defensemen. Ohio State is 5-1-0 when freshman defenseman Scott Titus scores a point. Titus has emerged as one of Ohio State’s most physical defenseman this season, and is one of only two freshmen to play in every game so far this season. The Buckeyes are 4-0-2 when fellow defensemen Ryan Jestadt scores a point, 3-0-1 when Jaisen Freeman registers a point, 8-3-1 when Andre Signoretti has a point, and 7-3-1 when Jason Crain records a point.
FRESHMAN DEFENSEMAN, PART II
Of the last 10 goals that freshman defenseman Jason Crain has been on the ice for, only one has been a goal against. Crain has not been on the ice for an opponent goal since Jan. 9. He is tied for the team lead in plus/minus in conference games with a +6 rating, and leads all OSU freshmen with that rating.
In addition to their four ties, the Buckeyes have played in 11 one-goal games this year, standing 6-5-0. The Ohio State hockey record for one-goal games in a season is 15, set by the 1986-87 team. The previous high for one-goal games in a season under current head coach John Markell was nine, set by the 1997-98 NCAA Final Four team.
OPENING SOME EYES
After not seeing the ice once through the first 23 games, senior center Brian Morrison has anchored OSU’s fourth line for four straight games. Morrison has seen action on the Ohio State power-play as well, and has put two shots on goal thus far.
THESE ARE THE DAYS
Following is a breakdown of Ohio State’s record on certain days of the week:
Day All Games CCHA Friday 6-3-0 6-2-0 Saturday 4-5-3 3-3-3 Sunday 0-1-1 0-0-0 Monday 1-0-0 0-0-0 Tuesday 0-1-0 0-1-0 Thursday 2-0-0 2-0-0
VALUE CITY ARENA INFO
Value City Arena, the finest collegiate facility in the nation, was built at a cost of $106.5 million. No student fees or tuition money was used in the construction of the building. The Arena will hold 17,500 spectators for hockey, making it larger than nearly 40 percent of the venues used in the National Hockey league and the largest collegiate hockey facility in the nation. The Buckeyes first practiced in Value City Arena on Christmas night. Lines were painted on the ice during OSU’s trip to the Mariucci Classic.
The 700,000 square foot facility features 52 luxury suites and over 200 television monitors. It is 136 feet high from the floor to the roof, and beneath the ice surface lies more than 12 miles of refrigerated pipe.
The most recent three-time captain in the history of Ohio State hockey has joined the Buckeye coaching staff. Steve Brent was named an assistant coach at his alma mater this summer, and will assist with recruiting and on-ice instruction efforts. He served as an undergraduate assistant coach last season while completing his degree. Brent is a native of Penticton, British Columbia. The only other three-time captain of record in OSU hockey history was John Israel (’76).
John LaCoste has also been named goaltending coach at Ohio State. A 1986 graduate of the University of Maine, LaCoste enjoyed a four-year playing career with the Black Bears and spent one season playing professional hockey in Europe. He holds a pair of master’s degrees from Ohio State. LaCoste is originally from Montreal, Que.