OHIO STATE vs. LAKE SUPERIOR STATE
Friday, Feb. 18 – 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 19 – 7:05 p.m.
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Video Webcast – OhioStateBuckeyes.com (FREE)
Audio Broadcast – 1460 AM/OhioStateBuckeyes.com (FREE)
Live Stats – OhioStateBuckeyes.com
In-game Updates – Twitter.com/OhioState_MHKY
OHIO STATE VS. LAKE SUPERIOR STATE – THE SERIES
2009-10 Series: Tied 1-1-0
Overall Series: Lake Superior State leads 70-54-9
In Columbus: Tied 28-28-5
In Sault Ste. Marie: Lake Superior State leads 42-26-4
Neutral Site: No meetings
DROP THE PUCK
The Ohio State men’s hockey will close out the regular season with back-to-back home series, beginning with two games vs. Lake Superior State this weekend. The Buckeyes (14-15-2, 9-13-2-2 CCHA) and Lakers (10-12-8, 8-9-7-4 CCHA) will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena.
Both games will be streamed for free through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. WBNS AM will have the radio call on 1460 in Columbus and on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Live stats can be accessed from the site as well, with in-game updates also on Twitter @OhioState_MHKY.
The nine members of the Ohio State senior class will be honored in a pregame ceremony Saturday. The group includes John Albert, Peter Boyd, Dustin Carlson, Chris Reed, Kyle Reed, C.J. Severyn, Shane Sims, Sergio Somma and Corey Toy.
The parents of the entire Buckeye squad will be recognized Friday during the second intermission.
Senior Night is being held this weekend because it is the Buckeyes’ final Friday/Saturday series of the regular season.
SCRIPT OHIO ON ICE!
At the game Friday, the Ohio State band will perform Script Ohio on Ice after the first period.
After the game vs. Lake Superior State Saturday, there will be an autograph session with Buckeye goalies Cal Heeter, Jeff Michael and Dustin Carlson, along with freshmen Curtis Gedig and Chris Crane.
After the Buckeyes’ final regular-season game against Ferris State next Friday Feb. 25, an autograph session with all 25 members of the squad will be held on the concourse.
IT’S HOCKEY WEEKEND ACROSS AMERICA
This weekend is the fourth annual Hockey Weekend Across America. The three-day celebration of the sport of hockey is taking place Friday-Sunday nationwide.
Friday is “Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey Day,” presented by ShopUSAHockey.com. Fans are encouraged to take photos in their jerseys and post them on the USA Hockey facebook page (facebook.com/USAHockey). Saturday is “Bring a Friend to the Rink Day,” presented by the NHL. Saturday there are Try Hockey for Free Clinics scheduled around the country. Sunday is Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes Day, sponsored by Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports. USA Hockey is asking its fans to post stories, photos or videos of their hockey heroes to USA Hockey’s Facebook page.
Meghan Kinney, who has lettered for the Ohio State synchronized swimming team in 2009 and 2010, was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma this past fall. Student-athletes from a number of Buckeye teams will be on the concourse prior to the games Friday and Saturday night vs. Lake Superior State selling bracelets and collecting donations for Team Meghan.
Kinney, an alternate at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was training in Colorado Springs with fellow Buckeye Michelle Theriault and the two were well on their way to representing the U.S. National Team at the 2012 Olympics. Just an idea of the duo’s talent, they finished fifth at the FINA World Cup in September 2010. Kinney also is a natural leader, serving as captain of the U.S. National Team.
Since returning to Columbus, many of Kinney’s Buckeye teammates have constantly been at her side. A web site, www.teammeghan.com, has been created to help Meghan and her family cope with this challenge.
Additionally, the Miami RedHawk hockey team held a jersey auction in January to help off-set some of the medical expenses. Megan’s father, Paul, was a member of the Miami hockey team from 1978-80.
Fellow student-athletes also are volunteering their time to collect money at various Ohio State sporting events, including the hockey series this weekend. Most recently, members of the Buckeye rowing team raised more than $800 for Team Meghan through donations from fans attending the synchronized swimming team’s Jessica Beck Memorial Meet Feb. 5 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
BUCKEYES BRING BEARS TO RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
The Buckeyes visited the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio Tuesday to deliver the bears from the inaugural Teddy Bear Toss Feb. 5 vs. Michigan State to guests of the House. Buckeye fans contributed more than 500 stuffed animals to the cause. For photos from the drop off, visit http://go.osu.edu/rmh0215.
Ohio State is 14-15-2 this season and 9-13-2-2 in CCHA action. The team is averaging 2.71 goals a game while allowing 2.48. On the power play, the Buckeyes are 23-for-140 (16.4 percent) and on the penalty kill the team is 108-for-131 (82.4 percent).
Senior forward John Albert is first on the team with 32 points and 21 assists, ranking third with 11 goals. Senior forward Sergio Somma is second with 28 points and has a team-best 16 goals on the year, including nine power-play scores. Junior forward Danny Dries and senior forward Peter Boyd are tied for third with 24 points each. Boyd is tied with senior defenseman Shane Sims for second on the team with 15 assists, while Dries is second with 13 goals. Sims leads the blueliners with 17 points this year.
In net, junior Cal Heeter has started all 31 games, with a 2.36 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and NCAA-best 825 saves.
The Buckeyes dropped two one-goal games at No. 13 Michigan last weekend, with a 3-2 loss in game one and 2-1 defeat in game two; both games were televised on Big Ten Network. Friday, the Buckeyes and Wolverines were tied at 1 after the second period before Michigan scored early in the third period and extended the lead to 3-1 at 7:26. Buckeye senior Peter Boyd drew the Buckeyes within one at 13:25, but Ohio State was unable to get the equalizer. Senior Sergio Somma scored the Buckeyes’ first goal, marking his 50th career tally, and had the lone assist on Boyd’s marker for his second-consecutive two-point night.
In game two, Michigan took a 1-0 lead over the Buckeyes with a goal in the first period and extended the edge to 2-0 1:20 into the second stanza. Buckeye junior Cory Schneider scored an unassisted shorthanded goal late in the second period to cut the lead to one but Ohio State could get no closer. Buckeye junior goalie Cal Heeter had 30 saves in the game, including 16 in the first.
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 38 goals, 63 assists and 101 points, with each playing in all 31 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 24 games.
In all, the Buckeye seniors have 125 points, an average of 4.03 a game, to tie for fifth in the NCAA in points by seniors per team.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Buckeye junior goalie Cal Heeter leads the country in minutes played (1830:04) and is third with 825 saves. He has a 2.36 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. Heeter played in his 50th game as a Buckeye vs. Notre Dame Jan. 29 and made his 50th career start last Friday at Michigan. He has two shutouts this season and has held opponents to two or less goals 17 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. Fans can visit http://go.osu.edu/hobeyvoteforcal each day to cast a vote for Heeter
The Buckeye defense is 17th nationally, holding opponents to 2.48 goals a game. The squad has allowed more than two goals just three times in the last nine games. It is the lowest goals-against total for the team since the 2005-06 squad allowed 2.36 goals an outing.
Senior Sergio Somma has three goals and four points in his last three games combined after a two-point night, with a goal and an assist, last Friday at Michigan. Somma has a team-best and career-high 15 goals this year and ranks second on the team with 28 points, one shy of his career high. Nine of his goals are on the power play to lead the squad and the CCHA and rank sixth (tied) nationally. He has a team-high eight multiple-point games this season.
Somma now has at least 20 points in each of his last three seasons and is just two points away from his 100th career point as a Buckeye.
Somma’s goal against the Wolverines was the 50th of his career. He is the first Buckeye with 50 career goals since Paul Caponigri (53) and Dave Steckel (50) in 2003-04.
John Albert leads the Buckeyes with 21 assists and 32 points and is third with a career-high tying 11 goals. He 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 had the primary assist on Sergio Somma’s goal at Michigan last Friday, giving him the first assist on six-consecutive Buckeye goals dating to Jan. 29 at Alaska.
Albert has a point in 21-of-31 games on the year, with six multiple-point outings. Albert is first on the squad with 128 shots, including a career-high tying nine Jan. 28 at Alaska.
Junior Cory Schneider scored the Buckeyes’ lone goal unassisted shorthanded at Michigan last Saturday. Schneider has a career best four goals, six assists and 10 points on the year after posting two goals, four assists and six points in his first two years. He has played in all 31 games on the year after skating in 40 games his first two seasons combined.
GETTING IT DONE LATE …
The Buckeyes are outscoring their opponents in the third period, 38-26, this season. The squad has 43 goals in the first and second periods combined (16 in the first, 27 in the second after a five-goal second vs. Army Jan. 2), and have 41 in the third period (38) and overtime (3) combined. The squad scored a season-high five third-period goals against Miami Jan. 8.
SPECIAL TEAMS SYNOPSIS
The Buckeye penalty kill was a perfect 7-for-7 at Michigan last weekend, including 5-for-5 Saturday, and has not allowed a power-play goal for four-consecutive games.
The Buckeye power play was held scoreless at Michigan, with two chances in each game, and has not scored a power-play goal in five of the last six games.
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 two 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 122 points, the most for a Buckeye since the 2004 squad when Caponigri had 132 and May had 117. Boyd has 112 points as a Buckeye. Somma leads the current Buckeyes with 50 career goals, while Albert is first with 90 assists for the Scarlet and Gray. Albert is six assists away from tying for 10th in program history. Boyd has 37 goals and 75 assists to rank second in both categories.
Buckeye seniors Peter Boyd, John Albert and Sergio Somma all played in the 150th games of their careers vs. Michigan State Feb. 4, 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.
Boyd, Albert and Somma each have played in 153 games and need four more games each to break into the Top 10 in program history.
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 20 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.
BUCKEYES VS. LAKERS
Ohio State trails the all-time series with Lake Superior State, 54-70-9. The squads split a series in Sault Ste. Marie last season (LSSU 3-2, OSU 4-3). After an 0-19-3 stretch against the Lakers Nov. 13, 1992-Dec. 13, 1997, Ohio State is 21-7-2 in the last 30 meetings, with three of the losses in overtime.
The series in Columbus is tied, 28-28-5. The last matchup in Columbus was Oct. 17-18, 2008; the teams split that series, with the Buckeyes losing the first game 7-3 and winning the next night 4-2.
Lake Superior State is 10-12-8 this year and stands 8-9-7-4 in CCHA play. The squad comes to Columbus on a four-game unbeaten streak, with a road sweep of Northern Michigan (4-1, 2-0) and win and tie against Alaska last week (2-2 OT, 4-2). Since the December break the team has just two losses, going 4-2-4 in the stretch.
The Lakers average 2.43 goals a game while allowing 2.83. The power play is at 17.4 percent (23-for-132), while the penalty kill is at 80.8 (84-for-104).
Senior Rick Schofield is first on the team with 16 goals and 28 points and shares the goal-scoring lead with sophomore Domenic Monardo with 12 each. Monardo is second in both assists (13) and points (25). Senior Will Acton has also hit the 20-point mark with eight goals and 12 assists. Sophomore Zach Trotman is fourth with 18 points and tied for third with 12 helpers.
In goal, freshman Kevin Kapalka has played in 23 games, with a 9-7-7 ledger, 2.20 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. Senior Brian Mahoney-Wilson is 1-5-1, with a 4.30 gaa and .873 svpct.
Jim Roque, a four-year letterwinner at Lake Superior State, has been the head coach at his alma mater since June 2005. He served three stints as an assistant coach for the Lakers – from 1988-91, in 1994-95 and from 2001-02 until he was hired as the head coach. He was on the staff when Lake Superior State won the 1988 NCAA Championship.
THE 20-POINT CLUB
POWER PLAY LEADERS
Sergio Somma is first in the CCHA and tied for sixth nationally with nine power-play goals, with Dries tied for 10th 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 ninth, with Somma (9-1-10) tied for 16th.
LEADERS ON THE BLUE LINE
Shane Sims is first among Buckeye defensemen with 17 points on the year. He is tied for second on the team with 15 assists, tying for 17th in the CCHA in helpers in all games. Among conference defensemen Sims is tied for sixth in points, ranking third 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.
Curtis Gedig is second among CCHA rookie defensemen in scoring with 12 points and is first among freshmen blueliners with 12 assists.
BUCKEYE THIS AND THAT
The Buckeyes will close out the regular season with two games against Ferris State in Value City Arena. The teams will meet at 7:05 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 24-25. .