Here at the Union and Blue, we are committed to covering the Columbus Blue Jackets and bringing you the latest news and opinions about the team. The Blue Jackets are not the only hockey team in Ohio and in the Ohio Hockey News Roundup we will provide a quick overview of the latest news in Ohio hockey. The primary focus will be the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL, the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL, and the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL, as well as any interesting news at the NCAA level.
Ohio Sate gets back to Big 10 action this weekend, with two games against the Michigan State Spartans. Friday night’s game will be televised on Big 10 network, so get those DVRs ready as the Jackets will be in action that night as well. Saturday’s game is also special as well. It will be the second annual Pride Night at Ohio State, and will include a speech from Wade Davis, executive director of the You Can Play project. The Ohio State Mens Hockey team will also debut their 2014 You Can Play video.
- Preview of this weekend’s games against Michigan State [ Ohio State Mens Hockey ]
- Columbus Dispatch article on Pride Night and the You Can Play project [ The Dispatch ]
Lake Erie Monsters
The Monsters had a great weekend at home against the Milwaukee Admirals. Lake Erie won Friday’s night game 4-2 in front of a packed Quicken Loans arena. They followed that up with a 6-1 demolishing on Saturday night. The Monsters have another busy weekend ahead, with games in Rockford on Friday and Saturday, and a visit to Milwaukee on Sunday. The Monsters are currently 8th in the AHL’s Western Conference, which puts them in the current playoff picture. They are third in the North Division and trail the division leading Toronto Marlies by 4 points.
- Monsters Hold Admirals to 14 Shots, Win 4-2 [ Lake Erie Monsters ]
- Monsters Sink Admirals 6-1 [ Lake Erie Monsters ]
Toledo split their two games this past weekend. They defeated Reading 5-3 on Friday night, but lost to Kalamazoo 6-3 on Saturday. The Walleye have three games this weekend; they will be at home against Fort Wayne on Friday, and then a home and home series with the Wheeling Nailers on Saturday and Sunday. Toledo is currently dead last (5th) in the North Division of the ECHL’s Eastern Conference with 23 points. They trail 4th place Fort Wayne by 9 points.
Cincinnati had a great weekend, winning both of their games. On Friday they defeated the Kalamazoo Wings 2-1 in OT. They followed that with a 6-2 demolishing of the Reading Royals on Saturday. Saturday’s 13,237 crowd set a new regular season record for the Cyclones. Cincinnati is on the road tonight, where they will take on the Wheeling Nailers. They will then be back in US Bank Arena on Friday against the Kalamazoo Wings. The Cyclones are currently leading the North division of the ECHL’s Eastern Conference with 42 points. Only the South Carolina Stingrays have more points in the Eastern Conference (51).
- OT Winner Lifts Cyclones Past Wings, 2-1 [ Cincinnati Cyclones ]
- Cyclones Destroy Royals 6-2 In Front of Record Crowd [ Cincinnati Cyclones ]