Oct. 4, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team opens its 2011-12 campaign with a two-game series against Quinnipiac this weekend. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena in Columbus. This marks the third-consecutive year Ohio State is opening the year vs. the Bobcats.
Both games will be streamed through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com for a fee. A radio broadcast will be available for the Friday game on 1460 AM in Columbus and on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye Luke Pavlas on the call. Saturday the game can be heard over the internet at OhioStateSports.net.
Links to all audio, video and live stats will be on the men’s hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com prior to game time, with game updates also on Twitter @OhioState_MHKY. This year, CollegeHockeyInc.com has added a real-time national scoreboard, with a mobile version of the site also available (m.collegehockeyinc.com).
Buckeyes vs. Bobcats
Ohio State is 2-3 all-time vs. Quinnipiac, with a 1-2 ledger in Columbus. The squads split two games in Connecticut last year, with the Bobcats winning the opener, 2-1, before Ohio State came back with a 4-0 victory in game two. Quinnipiac swept the last series in Columbus (3-1, 4-2) to open the 2009-10 season, and Ohio State won the first meeting, 1-0, Jan. 6, 2004, on a last-minute goal from Andrew Schembri.
The Buckeyes opened the year with an exhibition game vs. Windsor Saturday night. Sophomore Chris Crane, who had two goals and two assists, led the Buckeyes with four points, while freshman Ryan Dzingel had three assists. Senior Danny Dries and freshman Riley Simpsoneach had a goal and a helper for two points.
The Buckeyes return 15 letterwinners from a season ago, including nine forwards, four defensemen and two goalies. The squad adds 13 newcomers – 12 freshmen and junior goalie Brady Hjelle. The squad is dominated by underclassmen and includes just four seniors. In all, 11 freshmen skated in the game for Ohio State against Windsor.
The Buckeyes have complete new uniforms for the 2011-12 season. The squad will wear gray helmets with striping down the middle for all games. The new home white sweaters will be worn with red pants and white socks, with a new scarlet sweater worn with black pants and scarlet socks.
Mark Osiecki is in his second year at the helm of the Buckeyes. The program had two staffing changes over the summer. Joe Exter has joined the program as an assistant coach, coming to Ohio State after spending the last four years with the U.S. National Team Development Program. He was a standout goalie at Merrimack and also has been an assistant coach in the USHL with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and at American International College. Exter has been on the U.S. staff at the World Junior Championship since 2009 and will reprise that role again this year. Layne LeBel, the team’s volunteer coach in 2010-11, is now the Buckeyes’ director of hockey operations. LeBel, who coached with Osiecki in the USHL with Green Bay and also coached at Notre Dame, will handle video operations for the Buckeyes along with other administrative duties.