Notes: Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman named Jan. 8-15 “Hockey Week” in the city. Columbus hopes to set a record for the number of fans attending simultaneous NHL and NCAA hockey games in the same city. As the Buckeyes take on Michigan at the Schott, the OSU women’s team skates against Bemidji State at OSU Ice Arena and the Columbus Blue Jackets host the Chicago Blackhawks at Nationwide Arena. More than 30,000 fans in total are expected to attend those three games. Pretty cool for a city that barely had hockey on its radar screen five years ago. Umberger and Steckel, along with the women’s team’s Emma Laaksonen, were in attendance at Nationwide Arena Wednesday for the Jackets-Avalanche game as part of Hockey Week … In seven games at the World Junior Championships, Umberger tallied 2-2-4 while Steckel garnered a single assist. The U.S. team finished fifth … The NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau ranked Umberger fourth among North American skaters in its midseason rankings, with Steckel following at 25th … A bit surprising that Buckeyes freshman goalie Mike Betz (9-8-1, 2.74 GAA, .904) wasn’t found on the CSB list after a pretty good first half of the season, stealing a win all by himself at Maine. Betz moves the puck well and seems to thrive when he sees a lot of rubber. On a side note, the one American college goalie ranked by the CSB is Findlay’s Kevin Fines, whom the Bucks scorched for 10 goals in a 10-0 blowout Nov. 28. Can’t really blame Fines for that, though, as he stopped 40 shots before getting a mercy yank with a little over five minutes to play.
OSU Scoring leaders: Points Jean-Francois Dufour, 22 Dave Steckel, 18 R.J. Umberger 18 Goals Jean-Francois Dufour, 10 Dave Steckel, 9 Nick Ganga, 9 Assists Jean-Francois Dufour, 12 Paul Caponigri, 11 Mike McCormick, 11