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Ohio State men’s hockey ready for Golden Griffins

October 31, 2014
Christian Lampasso’s former teammates used to laugh at him, but now they’re probably wishing they hadn’t. The freshman forward who once took flack for taking lessons from a figure skating coach has established himself as a speedy winger on the Ohio State men’s hockey roster.  This week, Lampasso has more energy than usual. The Buckeyes (1-3-0) will travel less than 30 minutes from his childhood home to play Canisius College (4-2-0, 3-1-0) in Buffalo, N.Y. “I recruited pretty much the whole team’s tickets,” Lampasso said. “I’ve got 32 people coming for each game. I told them they all have to wear scarlet or they can’t come.” Lampasso’s homecoming series is… Read more

Ohio State women’s ice hockey set for two-game series against St. Cloud State

October 31, 2014
The Ohio State women’s hockey team “cant take a day off,” even during a week with no game. “I wouldn’t consider it relaxed,” coach Nate Handrahan said about the Buckeyes past week without a game. “Rest? Maybe a little bit, but I think when you’re talking about being a competitive Division I athlete you want to play a game.” Handrahan said the Buckeyes (4-2-0, 2-2-0) got better this week because they had more time to focus on specific areas of play to prepare for St. Cloud State University (2-3-1, 1-0-1). “Specialty situations that come up throughout a game, like six-on-five situations, four-on-four, three-on-three,” Handrahan said. “Just things to make sure… Read more

Ohio State men’s hockey equipment manager content outside of ‘real world’

October 30, 2014
Tim Adams has never ventured into what he calls the “real world.” In his 18th season with the Ohio State men’s hockey team, the equipment manager has never seen the necessity. The man with a degree in natural resources has made his career within the confines of ice rinks, handling hockey equipment for the Buckeyes. Adams’ career path began at the OSU Ice Rink where he was a student employee under longtime manager Duke Johnson. Shortly after graduation, Adams received an offer he wasn’t expecting: become OSU’s equipment manager for the second half of the 1997-98 season. “I thought, ‘Hey, this will be a fun thing to do for a… Read more

Opinion: Momentum zapped under college hockey scheduling format

October 30, 2014
If it weren’t for the marching bands, there would be no rhythm in college hockey. The weekend-loaded schedule is a killer. Ohio State men’s hockey team might relearn that lesson this weekend when it comes off a bye week to face Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. The Buckeyes, who last played Oct. 18, will face the Golden Griffins nearly two weeks after their last game. OSU’s bye week has extended its wait to play, but the precedent holds true: college hockey is two days of fun and five days of waiting. Friday-Saturday series occupy the weekends, then a week of practices invariably zaps a team’s momentum and any buzz created… Read more

Injury does not prevent Ohio State’s Sam Jardine from skating on

October 19, 2014
Sam Jardine is scarred, not scared. Two seasons after a skate blade nearly cut his hand’s mobility, the Ohio State men’s hockey junior defenseman sees his surgical mark as an indication he’s in the right place. Jardine’s perspective was born after a game on Nov. 10, 2012, when the then-freshman defenseman dived to prevent a scoring chance. Whistled for holding, Jardine immediately broke procedure. Instead of skating to the penalty box, Jardine screamed and pointed to his arm, current-senior forward Tanner Fritz said. “I thought it was broken because the tendons were sliced,” Jardine said. “Then blood started coming and I knew I was in big trouble.” As he turned… Read more

Strong goalkeeping not enough for Ohio State men’s hockey

October 19, 2014
Christian Frey made 60 saves in one game and lost. That was the prevailing takeaway from the Ohio State men’s hockey team’s home-and-home series with No. 11 Miami (Ohio). After falling 5-1 in Columbus on Friday, the Buckeyes lost, 2-1, the following night despite their sophomore goaltender’s near-record-setting performance in Oxford, Ohio. “We have to look in the mirror and get better defensively,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “I think that’s the biggest thing for us.” Frey came within six saves of setting a school record for most saves in a game on Saturday. OSU was outshot 62-20 in the game, the first time it had allowed more than 50… Read more

Ohio State women’s ice hockey sweeps Bemidji State in weekend series

October 19, 2014
The Ohio State women’s hockey team bounced back from a winless weekend against Wisconsin to sweep Bemidji State in a home series over the weekend. The Buckeyes improved to 4-2-0 on the season and 2-2-0 in conference. In Saturday’s matchup, OSU won 1-0. With a little more than 11 minutes to play in the first period, the Buckeyes were on a power play following a hooking penalty by Bemidji senior forward Rachael Kelly. OSU scored on the play, but referees waved the goal off due to a Buckeye player illegally being in the crease. Once Bemidji returned to full strength, the two teams held each other to a scoreless first… Read more

Ohio State men’s hockey readies for in-state opponent Miami

October 17, 2014
Games between in-state rivals can make the penalty box a crowded space, but for the Ohio State men’s hockey team, that may not be a problem. The Buckeyes are perfect on the penalty kill entering a home-and-home series against No. 11 Miami (Ohio). During their season-opening series against then-No. 4 Providence College, the Buckeyes (1-1-0) held the Friars to five shots on seven power plays. “The bottom line is when there’s any breakdowns (on the penalty kill) you see guys blocking shots,” Buckeye coach Steve Rohlik said. “That’s the epitome of where our team’s at.” OSU’s early season special teams success is a welcome change from last season’s futilities. The… Read more

Ohio State men’s hockey splits opening weekend

October 13, 2014
The Ohio State men’s hockey team had an up-an-down ride through its weekend. After defeating No. 4 Providence, 5-4, in overtime on Friday night, the Buckeyes fell to the Friars, 2-1, in overtime on Saturday in Columbus. The two one-goal games extracted a range of feelings from OSU. In one day, the Buckeyes’ temperament went from euphoric to downcast. Providence freshman forward Brian Pinho’s goal with 45 seconds remaining in overtime of Saturday’s game sparked the mood change. “It’s disappointing we lost tonight. We gave ourselves a chance,” coach Steve Rohlik said on Saturday. “It’s a tough one to lose in overtime, but I’m proud of our team.” Following a… Read more

Ohio State women’s ice hockey shutout, swept by No. 2 Wisconsin

October 13, 2014
The Buckeyes lost to No. 2 Wisconsin, 3-0, Sunday thanks in large part to Badger redshirt-senior forward Brittany Ammerman, who scored two of the three Wisconsin goals. With 7:09 left in the first period, Badger sophomore forward Sydney McKibbon scored on a power play for the first goal of the game. Halfway through the second period, Ammerman scored to pull Wisconsin ahead, 2-0. The final goal came in the last few seconds of the third period when Ammerman scored on a power play after OSU senior defenseman Kari Schmitt was called for roughing. OSU was outshot, 47-18, by Wisconsin. Freshman goalie Kassidy Sauve played a total of 59:37 minutes and… Read more