There’s been no happy New Year for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Mired in the midst of the five game losing streak including losses to Cornell, Clarkson, and three defeats to Western Michigan, the Bucks host eighth-ranked Michigan at the Schottenstein Center Jan. 12-13.
There couldn’t be a better time to get talented freshman R.J. Umberger and Dave Steckel back in the lineup. The two centermen, both listed as top prospects in the 2001 draft by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau, have missed the last four games playing with the U.S. junior team. It’s no coincidence the Buckeyes failed to register a point without their top two centers in the lineup. Both Umberger and Steckel are expected to skate against the Wolverines.
Can matchup with rival Michigan can spark the slumping Bucks? In the past month, Coach John Markell’s team lost senior co-captain and leading blueline scorer Andre Signoretti due to grades. Then the team lost high scoring affairs to Cornell (6-5, OT) and Clarkson (7-6) in the Everblades College Classic tournament. Markell wanted better defense, and he got it: The Bucks managed to hold down high-flying Western Michigan to three goals in both of last weekend’s contests—and lost each time, 3-1 and 3-2.
In the absence of Umberger and Steckel, sophomore center Luke Pavlas (1-3-4) and junior winger Nick Ganga (0-4-4) led OSU in scoring.
Ohio State remains fourth place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings, with an overall record of 10-9-1.
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CSS Rankings Provided Courtesy of NHL.com
Central Scouting Service Mid-Season Rankings
North American Forwards and Defensemen
Rank Player Team Birthdate HT WT Pos Shot
1 Spezza, Jason Windsor 13-Jun-83 6'2 204 C R
2 Weiss, Stephen Plymouth 03-Apr-83 5'11 ½ 178 C L
3 Hamhuis, Dan Prince George 13-Dec-82 6'0 ½ 195 D L
4 Umberger, R.J. Ohio State 03-May-82 6'1 ½ 198 C L
5 Milroy, Duncan Swift Current 08-Feb-83 6'0 175 RW R
6 Whitney, Ryan U.S. National U-18 19-Feb-83 6'4 200 D L
7 Harrison, Jay Brampton 03-Nov-82 6'3 200 D L
8 Popovic, Mark Toronto-St. Mike's 11-Oct-82 6'1 194 D L
9 Komisarek, Mike U of Michigan 19-Jan-82 6'4 232 D R
10 Gleason, Tim Windsor 29-Jan-83 6'0 ½ 199 D L
11 Hemsky, Ales Hull 13-Aug-83 6'0 170 RW R
12 Colaiacovo, Carlo Erie 27-Jan-83 6'1 184 D L
13 Thorburn, Chris North Bay 03-Jun-83 6'2 198 C R
14 Watson, Greg Prince Albert 02-Mar-83 6'1 ½ 200 C L
15 Armstrong, Colby Red Deer 23-Nov-82 6'1 ½ 180 RW R
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Former NHL journeyman Michel Petit was released by the IHL’s Chicago Wolves on Tuesday January 9th.
The 36-year-old defenceman, who was plagued by concussions throughout his career, played for 10 NHL teams in a 16-year career. In 1992, he was traded from the Maple Leafs to the Calgary Flames as part of the deal that brought Doug Gilmour to Toronto.
Wolves Rlease Petit
The trade — Gilmour, Rick Wamsley, Jamie Macoun and Ric Nattress to Toronto for Petit, Gary Leeman, Alexander Godynyuk, Jeff Reese and Craig Berube — was seen as one of the most disastrous in Flames history.
Petit, suffered about seven concussions during his career.
In 827 games with Vancouver, the New York Rangers, Quebec, Toronto, Calgary, Los Angeles, Tampa Bay, Edmonton, Philadelphia and Phoenix, Petit recorded 90 goals, 238 assists and 1,839 penalty minutes.
In 23 games with the Wolves this season, he had two goals and three assists.
Orlando Solar Bears 4
Clevland Lumberjacks 0
Scott Fankhouser made 22 saves and Mark Beaufait had a goal and two assists to lead the Orlando Solar Bears past the Cleveland Lumberjacks, 4-0. Fankhouser, who returned to Orlando after spending nearly two months with the Atlanta Thrashers, earned his first shutout of the season to even his record to 4-4-0. After J.P. Vigier’s power-play goal with 2:59 left in the first period gave the Solar Bears a 1-0 lead, Beaufait earned his team-leading 26th and 27th assists on second-period markers by Herbert Read more»
15.Tim Connolly (Center, New York Islanders)- After almost 30 games with out
a goal, the 19 year-old phenom from Syracuse is starting to regain his play
in his rookie season. With 3 points in 3 games (2 goals, 1 assist), Connolly
seems to be regaining his confidence, and with Brad Isbister set to come back
in the middle of next week, his point production can only go up.
14.Keith Tkachuk (Wing, Phoenix Coyotes)- With the Phoenix’s ownership
situation, Tkachuk has became a vocal leader on the team and 42nd in the
league with 37 points. He won’t stay in Pheniox for long, and the better he
plays, the better the chance he has to land on a team like the Rangers.
13.Rob Blake (Defence, L.A. Kings)- Another player in the mist of changing
teams. Being 28th in the leauge in points, this super-stud Defenceman has 50
penalty minutes, and with the return of Ziggy Palffy, will have a significant
end to a career with the Kings.
12.Donald Audette (Wing, Atlanta Thrashers)- Jeez, this guy came out of
nowhere. After playing under-achieving hockey in L.A and Buffalo, Atlanta has
struck jackpot with Audette. Being 3rd in the leauge in scoring and playing
with a revitalized Ray Ferraro, Audette is on pace for a 40 goal 100 point
11.Peter Bondra (Wing, Washington Capitals)- After a off-season of trade
rumors including the Caps winger, Bondra has managed to regain his scoring
touch of a couple years ago. With a 4 goal game about a week ago, Bondra’s on
10.Marian Hossa (Wing, Ot Read more»
It happens every time at this point in the WHL season. Actually, it happens with all hockey leagues from the CHL up into the NHL. It’s a sickness. No, it’s not the onslaught of a violent strain of the flu or a cold. It’s a malady that develops from the annual ritual in hockey leagues everywhere called the trade deadline. This sickness isn’t physical, it’s mental. The main symptom of the affliction is simple. Targeted at the mouth and what comes out of it. More than at any other time of year, it is ripe for gossip, rumor and innuendo. It is trade rumor time.
The WHL’s trade deadline falls on the 15th of January and in the past weeks leading up to it there has been no shortage of rumor frenzy by fans and media alike. Similar to an urban legend whose basis is little in fact and long on speculation, the trade rumor manifests itself out of some small statement or tidbit that was mentioned by someone who works with a particular organization and was overheard by a fan or media type that turns around and mentions it to someone else and so on. As the stated innuendo passes from person to person it grows in size, stature and credibility by the sheer amount of people hearing and passing it on. Thus the rumor transforms itself into fact, without basis, for the simple reason that so many fans are talking about it.
The trade deadline madness I speak of is exclusive to hockey, pro or amateur. In the professional ranks there simply is no comparison. Of the big four, Football, Baseball, Basketball and Hockey, the amount of trades and, by association, the amount of tr Read more»