OHIO STATE at NO. 13 MICHIGAN Friday, Feb. 11 – 7:35 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12 – 7:35 p.m. Yost Ice Arena – Ann Arbor, Mich.
FOLLOW ALONG Television – Big Ten Network Audio Broadcast – 1460 AM/OhioStateBuckeyes.com Live Stats – MGoBlue.com In-game Updates – Twitter.com/OhioState_MHKY
OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN – THE SERIES 2010-11: Tied 1-1-0 Dec. 3 – at Ohio State 3, Michigan 2 OT Dec. 4 – Michigan 1, at Ohio State 1 2009-10: Tied 1-1-0 Dec. 4 – at OSU 5, Michigan 3 Dec. 5 – Michigan 2, at OSU 1 Overall: Michigan leads 66-31-11 In Columbus: Michigan leads 29-16-5 In Ann Arbor: Michigan leads 33-12-6 CCHA Reg. Season: UM leads 60-30-11 Postseason: Michigan leads 10-2 Overtime: Michigan leads 4-3-11
BUCKEYE SLAPSHOTS • Four Buckeyes have hit the 20-point mark on the year – John Albert is first with 31 points, Sergio Somma is second with 26, Danny Dries is third with 24 and Peter Boyd has 23 to rank fourth. • Sergio Somma is first in the CCHA and tied for fourth in the NCAA with nine power-play goals. • The Buckeyes’ inaugural Teddy Bear Toss last weekend collected more than 500 bears for Ronald McDonald House in Columbus. • Junior goalie Cal Heeter is first in the NCAA in minutes played and ranks third with 772 saves. • The Buckeyes are outscoring opponents 37-24 in the third period this year but have been outscored in both the first (19-16) and second (28-25) periods. • This weekend marks the Buckeyes’ last regular-season road trip. The squad will host Lake Superior State to close out the 2010-11 slate. • The Buckeye senior class ranks fifth in scoring in the nation this season, combining for 121 points on the year.
DROP THE PUCK The Ohio State men’s hockey team heads to Ann Arbor, Mich., this weekend for the final regular-season road series. The Buckeyes (13-14-2, 9-11-2-2 CCHA) and No. 13 Michigan Wolverines (17-9-4, 14-7-1-0 CCHA) will meet at 7:35 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Yost Ice Arena.
FOLLOW ALONG Both game will be televised live nationally on Big Ten Network with Dan Kelly and Billy Jaffe calling the action.
The radio feed is available in Columbus on 1460 AM and online through Buckeye Vision at OhioStateBuckeyes.com for free. Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye Paul Caponigri will provide play-by-play and analysis, respectively.
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In-game updates also will be on Twitter.com/OhioState_MHKY.
BUCKEYE SNAPSHOT Ohio State, coming off a home split with Michigan State last weekend, is 14-13-2 this season and 9-11-2-2 in CCHA action. The team is averaging 2.79 goals a game while allowing 2.48. On the power play, the Buckeyes are 23-for-136 (16.9 percent) and on the penalty kill the team is 101-for-124 (81.5 percent).
Senior forward John Albert is first on the team with 31 points and 20 assists, ranking third with 11 goals. Senior forward Sergio Somma is second with 26 points, with a team-best 15 goals and nine power-play tallies. Junior forward Danny Dries is second in goals (13) and third in points (23), with senior forward Peter Boyd fourth in points (23) and tied with senior defenseman Shane Sims for second in assists with 15. Sims leads the blueliners with 17 points.
In net, junior Cal Heeter has started all 29 games, with a 2.35 goals-against average, .920 save percentage.
FLASHBACK The Buckeyes were 1-1 at home against Michigan State last weekend, with a 2-0 loss and 4-2 victory.
Against the Spartans Friday, the teams were scoreless after the first period. The Spartans took the lead 6:04 into the second on Tim Buttery’s goal off a faceoff win by Daultan Leveille. The Buckeyes outshot the Spartans, 13-5, in the third period, and had two power-play chances, but could not find the back of the net. Michigan State ended the scoring with a shorthanded empty-net goal at 18:58. Buckeye junior goalie Cal Heeter had 23 saves in the game, allowing one goal. It was the third time the Buckeyes were shut out this season and the second time in the last three games.
Saturday the Buckeyes won behind two goals from Sergio Somma and four primary assists from John Albert. Michigan State opened the scoring in the first period before Somma tied the score with a power-play goal 1:50 into the second and C.J. Severyn put Ohio State ahead with a shorthanded tally less than four minutes later. In the third period Somma scored on a delayed penalty to give the Buckeyes a 3-1 lead. Michigan State cut the advantage to one (3-2) 3:24 later but the Buckeye defense and Heeter held strong, including stopping a late power-play chance, and Cory Schneider sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 2.2 seconds remaining. The win stopped a four-game losing streak for the Buckeyes and was the first time in five games the squad scored more than two goals. The team averaged less than a goal a game during the losing streak, with two shutouts.
THE TEDDY BEAR TOSS The Saturday game against Michigan State was the inaugural Teddy Bear Toss for Ohio State hockey and fans threw more than 500 bears following Sergio Somma’s second-period tally. All bears collected will be donated to Ronald McDonald House.
HAVE A GAME Buckeye senior forward John Albert, the team’s leading scorer, tied his career highs with four assists and points against Michigan State Saturday night. He had the first assist on all four Buckeye goals. It was his first four-point outing since he had four helpers Jan. 8, 2010 vs. Bowling Green. Four Buckeyes, including Albert, had four assists last year – Peter Boyd Nov. 21 at Ferris State, Albert Jan. 8 vs. Bowling Green, Zac Dalpe Feb. 5 at Nebraska-Omaha and Chris Reed March 6 vs. Notre Dame. Prior to Boyd’s outing, the last Buckeye with four assists in a game was Andrew Schembri Feb. 24, 2007 vs. Michigan.
HAPPY 150 Buckeye seniors Peter Boyd, John Albert and Sergio Somma all played in the 150th games of their careers Friday night vs. Michigan State, becoming the 38th, 39th and 40th Buckeyes to play in at least 150 games all-time. Mark Anderson is the program’s leader with 167 games as a Buckeye from 1985-88. The last Buckeyes to play at least 150 games were Matt McIlvane (156) and Johann Kroll (153), who finished their careers in 2008.
BETWEEN THE PIPES Buckeye junior goalie Cal Heeter leads the country in minutes played (1714:14) and is third with 772 saves. He has a 2.35 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. Heeter played in his 50th game as a Buckeye vs. Notre Dame Jan. 29 and is expected to make his 50th career start Friday at Michigan. He has two shutouts this season and has held opponents to two or less goals 16 times.
Heeter is on the ballot for the fan vote for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, the trophy bestowed to the top player in college hockey each year. Visit http://go.osu.edu/hobeyvoteforcal each day to cast a vote for Cal.
THERE ARE DIFFERENT WAYS TO SCORE Against Michigan State, the Buckeyes scored their goals four different ways, without a 5-on-5 tally. The team opened the scoring with a 5×4 power-play goal in the second period, followed less than three minutes later by a 4×5 shorthanded score. In the third the team had a 6×5 delayed penalty/extra attacker goal. The final tally came with 2.2 seconds remaining and was a 5×6 empty-net goal.
THE SENIORS Ohio State has nine seniors (eight skaters) on the squad, including four of the Top 5 scorers. The group of Sergio Somma, John Albert, Peter Boyd and Shane Sims has combined for 36 goals, 61 assists and 97 points, with each playing in all 29 games. The other skaters in the class (C.J. Severyn, Chris Reed, Kyle Reed and Corey Toy) have an 8-15-23 line together, each playing in at least 22 games.
In all, the Buckeye seniors have 121 points, an average of 4.17 a game, and rank fifth in the NCAA in points by seniors.
DE-FENSE The Buckeye defense is tied for 16th nationally, holding opponents to 2.48 goals a game. The squad has allowed more than two goals just twice in the last seven games. It is the lowest goals-against total for the team since the 2005-06 squad allowed 2.36 goals an outing.
SPECIAL TEAMS Ohio State’s power play ended a three-game scoreless streak with Sergio Somma’s tally in the second period against Michigan State last Saturday. The team was 2-for-12 in the series vs. Notre Dame but has not scored since.
The Buckeye penalty kill was 9-for-9 in the series against Michigan State, including stopping all five Spartan chances in game two. The team had allowed at least one power play goal in each of the four games prior to the MSU series.
NO. 15 John Albert leads the Buckeyes with 20 assists and 31 points and is third with a career-high tying 11 goals. Albert has at least 20 points in each of his four years skating for the Scarlet and Gray, with at least 30 in each of his last three years. He has a point in 20-of-29 games on the year, with six multiple-point outings. He is first on the squad with 127 shots, including a career-high tying nine Jan. 28 at Alaska and seven vs. Michigan State last Friday.
NO. 44 Saturday vs. Michigan State senior Sergio Somma had the seventh two-goal game of his career and first since Dec. 11 at Bowling Green. He has a team-best and career-high tying 15 goals this year and ranks second on the team with 26 points. Nine of his goals are on the power play to lead the squad and the CCHA and rank fourth (tied) nationally.
Somma now has at least 20 points in each of his last three seasons and is just two points shy of the career-best 29 he had a year ago. He has 96 points as a Buckeye, including 49 goals.
THE ROOKIES Four Buckeye freshmen have skated in at least 28 games this season, with each posting at least six points as they have combined for a 14-26-40 line. Forward Alex Szczechura (7g, 6a) leads the rookies with 13 points, followed by defenseman Curtis Gedig with 12 points on 12 assists. Forward Chris Crane (3g, 5a) has eight points and Alex Lippincott (4g, 3a) has seven. Travis Statchuk has been limited to 19 games because of injury and has a goal and three assists for four points. Rookie Brendan Arniel played his first game as a Buckeye vs. Alaska Nov. 27.
ON OFFENSE The Buckeyes spanned a streak of four-consecutive games with two or less goals (with three combined in the four contests) with a 4-2 victory over Michigan State Saturday. Ohio State is averaging 2.79 goals a game on the year.
GETTING IT DONE LATE … The Buckeyes are outscoring their opponents in the third period, 37-24, this season. The squad has 41 goals in the first and second periods combined (16 in the first, 25 in the second after a five-goal second vs. Army Jan. 2), and have 40 in the third period (37) and overtime (3) combined. The squad scored a season-high five third-period goals against Miami Jan. 8.
BUCKEYES VS. WOLVERINES Ohio State and Michigan close out the regular-season series this weekend. The squads split a series in Columbus Dec. 3-4. The Buckeyes won in overtime the first night, 3-2, before the Wolverines posting a 2-1 victory in game two.
Ohio State trails the all-time series with Michigan, 31-66-11, including 12-33-6 in Ann Arbor. The teams last met on the Wolverines’ home ice Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2008, with Michigan sweeping the series (4-3, 6-1). Ohio State has lost its last three games on Michigan’s home ice, with the last win Nov. 30, 2007 (3-2). The last six games between the squads have been in Columbus.
HOME SWEET HOME Buckeye junior defenseman and captain Sean Duddy calls Ann Arbor home, while seniors John Albert and C.J. Severyn both lived in Ann Arbor while playing for the U.S. National Team Development Program. Albert and Duddy graduated from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School, while Severyn graduated from Huron High School.
LAST TIME OUT – OSU VS UM The Buckeyes split their weekend series with No. 11 Michigan in Value City Arena Dec. 3-4, rallying for a 3-2 overtime win in the opener before suffering a 2-1 loss in game two. In the first game, after a scoreless first period Ohio State took the lead at 4:34 of the second on a John Albert goal. The Wolverines responded less than two minutes later with a Jon Merrill power-play tally and the teams went into intermission tied at 1. Louie Caporusso put the Wolverines ahead at 8:43 of the third and the lead stood until there were 11 seconds remaining. With the Ohio State net empty, Michigan took a cross-checking penalty, giving Ohio State a 6-on-4 advantage. For the second straight Friday night Ohio State tallied late, as Sergio Somma backhanded in the rebound of a Curtis Gedig shot to tie the game at 2. In overtime, Peter Boyd fed the puck to Alex Szczechura in the slot for the gamewinner, his second OT goal of the season. Saturday, the Buckeyes led 1-0 after the second period on a Szczechura tally but the Wolverines scored twice in the third to tie the game and take the lead. Goalie Cal Heeter made a career-high tying 46 saves in the game, while senior Peter Boyd had an assist for his 100th career point.
MICHIGAN MINUTES Michigan is ranked 13th nationally and enters the weekend with a 17-9-4 ledger, including a 14-7-1-0 mark in CCHA play. The Wolverines are looking to stop a three-game losing streak after they were swept at Miami last weekend (4-2, 3-0). Michigan is in third place in the CCHA entering this weekend.
The Wolverines are averaging 3.27 goals a game, while allowing 2.37. On the power play the team is 23-for-130 (.177). The penalty kill is at 80.7 percent (113-for-140).
Senior forward Carl Hagelin has a team-best 13 goals, 22 assists and 35 points. Junior forward David Wohlberg is second with 11 goals, followed by senior forward Scooter Vaughan with nine. Senior Louie Caporusso ranks second on the team with 22 points, with eight goals and 14 assists to rank third. Senior forward Matt Rust is second with 15 helpers and third with 19 points.
In gaol senior Shawn Hunwick is 10-7-4, with a 2.39 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. Senior Bryan Hogan has a 7-2 ledger, along with a 2.11 gaa and .923 save percentage.
THE CENTURY CLUB Seniors John Albert and Peter Boyd both hit the 100-point mark in the first half of the season. They are the first Buckeyes to join the Century Club since 2008. Sergio Somma is four points away from reaching triple digits as a Buckeye.
Boyd had three assists and points in the series with Michigan Dec. 3-4 to hit the 100-point mark in his career. Albert hit triple digits vs. Alabama-Huntsville Nov. 6. The last Buckeye team to have more than one player pass the 100-point mark was in 2004 (Paul Caponigri, Scott May and Dave Steckel). With Albert and Boyd, there now are 53 members of the Ohio State ‘Century Club.’
Albert is first for the current Buckeyes with 121 points, the most for a Buckeye since the 2004 squad when Caponigri had 132 and May had 117. Boyd has 111 points as a Buckeye. Somma leads the current Buckeyes with 49 career goals, while Albert is first with 89 assists for the Scarlet and Gray. Boyd has 37 goals and 74 assists to rank second in both categories.
THE 20-POINT CLUB • Four Buckeyes have more than 20 points this season – senior John Albert is first on the squad with 31 points, followed by classmate Sergio Somma with 26, junior Danny Dries with 24 and senior Peter Boyd with 23. • Albert is seventh in the CCHA in points overall, with Somma tied for 12th, Dries 16th (tied) and Boyd tied for 20th. • Somma is first on the team with 15 goals to rank fifth (tied) in the CCHA. Dries is second with 13 and stands eighth (tied) in the conference, with Albert 14th (tied) with 11. • With 20 assists, Albert stands sixth in the CCHA this season. Boyd is tied for 15th with 15. • In conference games only Albert (9g, 14a) is ninth with 23 points, with Somma tied for 10th with 19 points. Somma is eighth in goals (10), with Albert and Dries tied for ninth with nine each. • Somma has a team-best seven multiple-point games, with Albert second with six. • Albert and Boyd both now have at least 20 points in all four of their seasons with the Buckeyes, with Albert posting three 30-point campaigns. Somma has at least 20 points in each of his last three years. Dries has posted at least 20 points in each of his first three collegiate seasons.
POWER PLAY LEADERS Sergio Somma is first in the CCHA and tied for fourth nationally with nine power-play goals, with Dries tied for seventh in the CCHA with five PPG. Among CCHA power-play leaders, Shane Sims (1-10-11), Dries (5-6-11) and Albert (2-9-11) are tied for seventh, with Somma (9-1-10) tied for 13th.
LEADER ON THE BLUE LINE Shane Sims is first among Buckeye defensemen with 17 points on the year. He is second on the team with 16 assists, tying for 15th in the CCHA in helpers in all games. Among conference defensemen Sims is tied for sixth in points, ranking second in helpers. In CCHA games only Sims is tied for eighth in scoring among defensemen with a 2-10-12 line. He is first for the Buckeyes with a +10 mark.
BUCKEYE THIS AND THAT • CJ Severyn scored his first career shorthanded goal Saturday against Michigan State. John Albert, who scored Ohio State’s only other shorty this season, had the lone assist on Severyn’s goal. • Every Buckeye skater that has played at least two games this season has at least one point. Seventeen have scored a goal, with 21 recording at least one assist. • The Buckeyes have six unassisted goals this year, with John Albert netting half. The squad has allowed three unassisted tallies this season. • Shane Sims leads the Buckeyes with 61 recorded blocked shots; Curtis Gedig is second with 35. • Sergio Somma and Danny Dries both share the team lead with three game-winning goals each this season. • The Buckeyes are 5-1-0 when leading after the first period, but 5-7-1 when even after 20 minutes and 4-5-1 when trailing after the first stanza. • Curtis Gedig is second among CCHA rookie defensemen in scoring with 12 points and is first among freshmen blueliners with 12 assists. • Ohio State is 3-1-2 in overtime this season, with wins against Michigan State, Michigan and Bowling Green and a loss at Alaska. The squad won shootouts vs. both Alaska and Western Michigan. Alex Szczechura has two of the overtime winners, with Danny Dries recording the other.
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UP NEXT The Buckeyes will close the regular season with back-to-back home series against Lake Superior State and Ferris State. The Buckeye seniors will be recognized during the games with the Lakers.