On the plus side 2009 Bishop Leads CCHA +30
Friday, May 1, 2009, 10:34 PM
On the Plus Side
As a team, the Buckeyes are +219 this season, including a +20 mark vs. Bowling Green last Saturday. The Buckeyes hold five of the top 11 plus/minus ratings in the league this year. Hunter Bishop is first (+30), followed by Corey Elkins in second (+27), Shane Sims (+17) and Ian Boots (+17) in seventh and Matt Bartkowski tied for 10th (+16).
The Buckeyes have outscored opponents, 107-63, at even strength this year.
Noting the BG Series
• Sophomore Peter Boyd had his second-consecutive two-goal and three-point game last Friday vs. BG. It was his team-best fifth three-point outing of the season.
• Chris Reed’s two-point game Friday, with a goal and an assist, was the second of his career and first since Dec. 7, 2007 vs. St. Lawrence. His goal was his first tally since Oct. 25 at Denver and the second of his career.
• Kyle Reed’s two assists vs. the Falcons last Friday matched his career high, set Nov. 16, 2007 vs. Robert Morris.
• Erick Belanger had a career-high two assists Friday and matched his personal best in points, first set Dec. 12 vs. Bentley.
• John Albert, Ian Boots and Zac Dalpe all ended the game Saturday with two assists, with Matt Bartkowski and Shane Sims each posting two points on a goal and a helper. It was Albert’s seventh two-assist game this season and he also had a three-helper game Jan. 10 at Bowling Green. Boots now has four two-assist games as a Buckeye while Dalpe had his second multiple-assist game after a three-assist game Feb. 8 vs. Notre Dame. Bartkowski had the second two-point game of his career, first set with two assists at Denver Oct. 25. Sims’ game was his fifth multiple-point game of the season and has seven in his career.
• Saturday, Hunter Bishop and Corey Elkins ended the game +4 each. It was a career high for Bishop and matched Elkins’ career best, first set at Bowling Green Nov. 17, 2006.
• Ohio State swept the season series with Bowling Green, 4-0-0. Two wins were in Bowling Green, with the second two in Columbus.
The Buckeyes are 22-12-4 on the year and finished conference play in fifth place with a 13-11-4-3 record, one point out of fourth place. The squad is averaging 3.58 goals a game to rank sixth nationally, while allowing 2.74. On the power play, the Buckeyes have converted 25-of-177 chances (.141) and have stopped 164-of-201 opponent opportunities (.816).
Senior Corey Elkins is first with 18 goals and 40 points. Sophomore John Albert is first on the team with 28 assists and ranks second with 39 points. Freshman Zac Dalpe and sophomores Peter Boyd and Hunter Bishop are second with 13 goals each. Boyd (13g, 18a, 31p), freshman Ian Boots (9g, 15a, 24p) Bishop (13g, 15a, 28p), Dalpe (13g, 12a, 25p), sophomore Sergio Somma (11 g, 12a, 23p), and sophomore defenseman Shane Sims (6g, 17a, 23p) all have reached the 20-point mark. Bishop has a team-best +30 mark, followed by Elkins at +27. Somma and Sims are first with four power-play goals. Albert, Dalpe and sophomore C.J. Severyn each have a team-best three game-winning goals.
Buckeye sophomore Hunter Bishop returns to his hometown for the series this weekend. He played his first collegiate games in Fairbanks Jan. 30-31, scoring a goal in the series finale. Bishop is a native of Fairbanks and attended West Valley High School before graduating from Seaton High School in Vernon, British Columbia, while playing junior hockey in the BCHL. He played for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in the North American Hockey League in 2003-04 and had 14 assists and 21 points in 52 games. He also won a Pee Wee state championship while growing up in Fairbanks. Bishop’s sister, Teal, is a sophomore defenseman on the Ohio State women’s hockey team.
NCAAs: BU Bum Rushes Ohio State, 8-3
Friday, May 1, 2009, 10:30 PM