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Ohio State men’s hockey completes 1st series sweep of season against Penn State

March 2, 2015
Freshman forward Nicholas Jones scored his first career goal and senior captain Tanner Fritz extended his point streak to four games as the Ohio State men’s hockey team snagged its first sweep of the season against Penn State. On Friday, the Buckeyes bounced back from a 1-0 deficit early in the first period to beat the Nittany Lions, 5-3, before winning by the same score Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. OSU snagged the back-to-back wins after splitting its previous two series against Michigan and Wisconsin. Ten players tallied points for the Buckeyes on Saturday, including three points from Fritz alone. Sophomore goaltender Christian Frey led the way for the Buckeyes… Read more

Ohio State men’s hockey aims to block shots on way to wins

February 26, 2015
Blocking shots is considered to be a game tactic by some, and desperation hockey by others. That seems to have been the dilemma throughout the NHL recently, and now the topic has found its way into the world of college hockey. According to the the website SportingCharts.com, a blocked shot is “an attempted shot on net that is prevented from reaching the net due to being blocked or deflected by an opponent.” For the Ohio State men’s hockey team, blocked shots have always important. Last season, the Buckeyes ranked seventh in the NCAA with 15.54 blocks per game. Junior defenseman Craig Dalrymple said for a shooter to get the puck… Read more

Ohio State men’s hockey splits weekend series with rival Michigan Wolverines

February 23, 2015
As the Ohio State men’s hockey team got set to take on the Michigan Wolverines for the last time in the regular season, the Buckeyes were looking to improve on the ice with improved preparation. “We practiced a lot better this week then we did last week. Preparation is key,” coach Steve Rohlik said. “You win the game Monday through Thursday, and we didn’t do that last week. If we continue to do well in practice, we have a better chance at success.” The Buckeyes had a bit of success as they split the home-and-home series with the Wolverines. On Sunday, the Buckeyes traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich., to play… Read more

Anthony Greco excelling with chance to lead Ohio State men’s hockey offense

February 19, 2015
After scoring only 10 goals in 53 games entering the 2014-15 season, Ohio State men’s hockey’s Anthony Greco aimed for a breakout year. “You have to get bigger, faster and stronger every year in the summertime, but the big thing for me coming off the past two years was I just had to get to a better place mentally,” the junior forward said. Greco started his hockey career in his hometown of Queens, N.Y., where he played for the Long Island Royals. He was quickly recruited at age 12, by the late J.P. Parise, to play for Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, Minn., alma mater of NHL superstars like Jonathan Toews,… Read more

Reeling Ohio State men’s hockey team splits weekend series with Wisconsin

February 15, 2015
Times have been tough for the Ohio State men’s hockey team, as the Buckeyes split a weekend series with Wisconsin, hurting their chances at earning a higher seed in the conference tournament. Going into the series, coach Steve Rohlik told the team he wanted it to play with a playoff mentality. “You know it’s all about getting better, and when we talk about playoff mentality, the NHL season is a long grind and you see what happens in the playoffs. It’s the ultimate sport to watch in the playoffs and I said, ‘That is the mentality you have to have,’” Rohlik said. But even with that mentality, the Buckeyes followed… Read more

Matt Johnson takes the lead on the ice for Ohio State men’s hockey

February 12, 2015
Matt Johnson hails from the state of 10,000 lakes, but for him, it’s the state of 10,000 rinks. “Rinks are everywhere, in the backyard, across the street, really just all over. That’s just how home is,” Johnson said. A native of Stillwater, Minn., just about 30 minutes east of Minneapolis, Johnson said hockey has always been in his nature. “I started at 3 years old. We had a rink in the backyard that my dad built,” Johnson said. “I was kind of just thrown out there and had to figure it out.” Johnson has traded his backyard rink for Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center, and is now a senior assistant captain… Read more

Ohio State men’s hockey goalies thrive with constant competition

February 1, 2015
For the Ohio State men’s hockey team, competition is encouraged and constructive, not detrimental. Especially when it comes to the man between the pipes. After having six goalies on the roster last season, Logan Davis, Matt Tomkins and Christian Frey have returned for their sophomore years with the Buckeyes. Going into this season, coach Steve Rohlik stated that all three would play, with Tomkins and Frey receiving most of the playing time. A native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, Tomkins said the goalies don’t have much advanced notice when they’re going to start. “We actually don’t know (who will start) until Thursday, sometimes Friday morning,” he said. But the battle… Read more

NHL All-Star Weekend a ‘first rate’ event for fans

January 25, 2015
The streets of downtown Columbus were blanketed with a colorful collection of hockey apparel Saturday night, as fans from all over North America voyaged to Ohio’s capital city to experience the NHL’s All-Star Weekend. Three years’ worth of anticipation radiated throughout the town, as Sunday’s matchup was the first time since 2012 that an NHL All-Star Game took place. In 2013, the game, which was originally planned to be in Columbus, was canceled because of a nearly four-month lockout. The Winter Olympics were the reason for the game’s absence the following year. Many fans, though, said the impressive quality of the festivities was well-worth the wait. “This is a first-rate… Read more

Losing streak for Ohio State men’s hockey continues, swept by Spartans

January 25, 2015
Twenty, eight and zero. That’s the number of goals scored by Ohio State men’s hockey opponents, the number scored by the Buckeyes and the number of OSU wins since Jan. 10. OSU suffered its two most recent Big Ten losses this past weekend to the Michigan State Spartans. The Buckeyes (7-13-2, 2-6-0) traveled to East Lansing, Mich., over the weekend, losing to the Spartans (9-11-2, 3-3-2) 4-1 on Friday and 2-0 on Saturday to extend their losing streak to four games. In the second matchup, the Buckeyes were shut out by Spartan junior goaltender Jake Hildebrand, who totaled 22 saves. Though the Buckeyes were not able to finish on their… Read more