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Ohio State men’s hockey blasted by rival Michigan, 8-3

December 7, 2014
Michigan bullied the Ohio State men’s hockey team in Yost Ice Arena, putting the Buckeyes (5-9-1, 1-2-0-0) in a pinch ahead of their nearly month-long break. OSU’s, 8-3, loss to the Wolverines (8-6-1, 2-1-0) last Friday was the team’s latest setback in its search for an identity. The Buckeyes have gone 4-6-0 in their last 10 games, taking a four-goal and five-goal loss in that stretch. Team confidence, according to OSU sophomore forward Nick Schilkey, is scrambled. “(We’re) all over the place,” Schilkey said. “We can be great, and there are times where we just roll over it seems.” The Buckeyes’ losses have not been from repeating the same problems,… Read more

Ohio State women’s hockey falls to No. 8 Minnesota-Duluth, 4-1

December 7, 2014
A three-goal second period doomed the Ohio State women’s hockey team on Saturday against No. 8 Minnesota-Duluth ahead of a 13-day break. The Bulldogs’ performance helped them to a 4-1 win over the Buckeyes, although Friday’s game was much closer, ending in an overtime tie. OSU senior forward Kayla Sullivan said that on Friday the team played like they needed to in order to get the result it wanted. “Friday’s game we really got to our game and our systems,” Sullivan said. “Saturday we let up a short-handed goal on a power play, which was a really crucial factor. We didn’t play a full 60 minutes and we made a… Read more

Ohio State’s Craig Dalrymple leads Buckeye defense into Ann Arbor

December 4, 2014
Craig Dalrymple stood outside the visiting locker room at the Bowling Green State University Ice Arena three weeks ago with a disarming smile that belied his 6-foot-5-inch, 210-pound stature and reputation as a rugged junior defenseman on the Ohio State men’s hockey team. Moments earlier, Dalrymple was celebrating his team’s 3-2 win against the Falcons, but his jubilation was multifaceted; he’d just played his first game in 301 days. As the Buckeyes (5-8-1, 1-1-0) prepare for Friday’s road game against Michigan, Dalrymple, who’s been recovering from an upper-body injury he sustained on Jan. 17, said he’s fully healed. “Now that I’ve played six games here, I feel a lot better… Read more

Ohio State women’s hockey set for weekend series against No. 8 Minnesota Duluth

December 4, 2014
The defensive-minded Ohio State women’s hockey team is preparing for an attacking style of play from No. 8 Minnesota Duluth in a weekend series. OSU coach Nate Handrahan said the two teams have different approaches to the game and that’s what makes the matchup interesting. “I see them as a team that’s going to get up the ice and they are going to try and throw anything in the kitchen sink at you offensively,” Handrahan said. “I think that our base of our game is on playing solid, consistent defense to allow our offense to create. So I think its ying and yang a little bit as far as programs.”… Read more

Ohio State splits weekend slate, skates by Notre Dame, 5-1

November 30, 2014
The Ohio State men’s hockey team learned a lesson of appreciation this weekend. After losing 6-2 to Western Michigan on Friday, the Buckeyes (5-8-1, 1-1-0) were grateful for a scoring explosion in their 5-1 win against Notre Dame on Saturday at the Shillelagh Tournament in South Bend, Ind. “I thought it was a big bounce back for us,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “(Friday night) we cheated the game all over. Tonight we just stuck with the systems. We played hard and we played for each other.” Saturday’s victory had an additional significance given the Buckeyes’ performance the previous night. After OSU allowed six goals for the first time this… Read more

Ohio State men’s hockey set for post-holiday tournament

November 28, 2014
Steak N’ Shake doesn’t serve turkey patties, so three years ago Ohio State men’s hockey forward Nick Schilkey celebrated Thanksgiving with a thin slab of beef and blended ice cream. Schilkey’s experience, while seemingly unorthodox, was not unusual for a hockey player in the United States Hockey League. “It was good, but not your typical thanksgiving meal,” Schilkey said. “We always had games so it wasn’t like I could go home for the weekend.” On Thursday, the Buckeyes reveled in a similar experience.  The team ate Thanksgiving dinner on the road before it plays in the Shillelagh Tournament in South Bend, Ind. “I haven’t been home for seven years for… Read more

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

November 24, 2014
The Ohio State men’s hockey team played a desperate brand of hockey for the entirety of its game against Michigan State on Friday night. The effort was much needed as the Buckeyes (4-7-1, 1-1-0) had dropped four of their past five games before their 3-0 win against the Spartans in Columbus. “I thought we worked hard again tonight,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “I tip my cap to our guys … we challenged them to get a little bit better and I think (they) did that as a team.” Pace was the difference maker in the Buckeyes’ second conference game of the season as they hounded the Spartans (4-7-0, 1-1-0)… Read more

Ohio State women’s hockey suffers winless weekend against North Dakota

November 24, 2014
The Ohio State women’s hockey team snapped a losing streak, but couldn’t find a win during its weekend series against the University of North Dakota. On Saturday, UND (6-7-2, 4-6-2) claimed a 4-3 win over the Buckeyes (7-7-1, 5-6-1-1). The Buckeyes outshot and outscored UND in the first two periods of play. Then, in the third period UND claimed the game by scoring three straight goals before OSU came within one with seconds to play. In the first period, senior forward Kayla Sullivan scored a goal at 6:18 to put OSU in the lead, 1-0. UND later tied the game at 1-1 after a goal before the end of the… Read more

Ohio State men’s hockey teammates have different outlooks as pro prospects

November 21, 2014
Ohio State men’s hockey senior forward Tanner Fritz stood outside the locker room with his hands tangled inside his shirt. The more he spoke about plans for the future, the more his voice softened. Minutes later, a smile broke across the face of his teammate, junior defenseman Sam Jardine. The Chicago Blackhawks’ draft pick spoke proudly about his draft day, but as he discussed his NHL status, his tone changed from self-confident to self-precautionary: he’s still working toward a contract.  As Jardine spoke, Chad Niddery sauntered down the hallway that leads to the OSU locker room. Upon hearing he’d been requested for an interview, the Buckeyes’ senior forward half-jokingly declined… Read more

Ohio State men’s hockey falls 3-1 in Big Ten opener

November 21, 2014
Late in the third period of Thursday’s game, Ohio State men’s hockey junior forward Tyler Lundey hopped over the boards and onto the ice. The Buckeyes’ extra attacker cut his team’s deficit to 3-1 with 2:33 remaining, but the goal did little more than prove OSU’s ever-apparent inconsistency. “I certainly see some mistakes that are becoming too much of an every game appearance for us,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “It’s not an X’s and O thing, it’s a matter of understanding.” Following a flurry of offensive activity, the Buckeyes (3-7-1, 0-1-0) lost, 3-1, at home against Michigan State in its first Big Ten matchup of the season. OSU’s desperation… Read more