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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

Ohio State men’s hockey looks to ramp up defense against Michigan State

January 22, 2015
As the old adage goes, “offense sells tickets, but defense wins games.” And for the Ohio State men’s hockey team, that theme has rung true for much of the season. As the Buckeyes got ready to travel to East Lansing, Mich., to take on the Michigan State Spartans, coach Steve Rohlik said the team needs to reflect on last Fridays’ matchup against the Michigan Wolverines. “I think we have to look at it (the game) … there’s a lot of things we have to correct,” Rohlik said. “Especially defensively.” The Buckeyes lost that game against the Wolverines, 10-6. Rohlik emphasized the importance of protecting the crease. “In our last three… Read more

2015 NHL All-Star Game to generate estimated $12 million for Columbus

January 22, 2015
The city of Columbus is expecting about $12 million to skate into town two years after missing out on the chance. Columbus was supposed to host the NHL All-Star Game in 2013, but a lockout that halted play for three months forced the game to be canceled. This year, the city is getting its chance to host the game. Columbus is set to host the game this weekend, with events taking place downtown from Friday through Sunday. Bruce Wimbish, spokesman for the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, said the event will generate a substantial amount of visitor spending and exposure for the city. “We have projected about $12 million in direct… Read more

Ohio State men’s hockey suffers home blowout loss to Michigan, 10-6

January 19, 2015
Different arena, but a similar result. After 56 days of being on the road, the Ohio State men’s hockey team returned to the Schottenstein Center on Friday night to play against the No. 19 Michigan Wolverines (13-7-0, 5-1-0). The Buckeyes (7-11-2, 2-4-0) couldn’t make it any closer than four goals by the final whistle, losing to the Wolverines, 10-6. With only 17 skaters and sophomore goaltender Matt Tomkins in net for the injury-depleted Buckeyes, OSU took the ice against the No. 1 offense in college hockey. After the Wolverines took an early two-goal lead from senior forward Zach Hyman in the first period, OSU lost yet another player. Sophomore forward… Read more

Led by Drew Brevig, Ohio State men’s hockey attempts to overcome injuries

January 15, 2015
“Maybe it’s something in the water here in Columbus.” That’s what Ohio State men’s hockey coach Steve Rohlik said in regards to his team’s high number of injures this season. “(I’ve been) coaching 24 years and I’ve never seen anything like it,” Rohlik continued. There has been one injury after another for the Buckeyes, with two forwards — junior Tyler Lundey and senior Darik Angeli — being placed on the injury list on Jan. 2. Senior forward Chad Niddery came next on the injury list when he was added during the Penn State series last weekend. The bad news continued for the Buckeyes as freshman forward Luke Stork and freshman… Read more

Men’s hockey kicks year off strong; Logan Stieber picks up another honor

January 11, 2015
While Buckeyes around the country are anticipating the outcome of Monday night’s National Championship football game, the rest of the Ohio State athletic department has been busy raking in wins, awards and new prospects. From women’s gymnastics and rowing, to men’s gymnastics, hockey, volleyball and wrestling, winter generally sports started on high notes for Buckeye teams.   Men’s hockey The new year provided a generally successful start for the men’s hockey team as well. Including a 4-1 loss to Penn State on Saturday, the Buckeyes won or tied three of their first four games in January. OSU brought its record to 7-10-2 with a win against Mercyhurst, 6-3, a tie… Read more

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