Celebrate the Legacy Team of the Week
January 30, 2013 02:47 PM
1972 CCHA Champion Ohio State Buckeyes
|1972 Ohio State Buckeyes Reunion in 2012
Led by senior goaltender Bill McKenzie, junior forward Jerry Welsh, sophomore defenseman Jim Witherspoon and forwards Peter Bartkiewicz, Gordy Peters and Ray Meyers, Ohio State finished the 1971-72 regular season with a 8-4-0 record for a first-place tie with St. Louis (7-3-2) in the four-team CCHA standings, two points ahead of third-place Bowling Green and 14 points above fourth-place Ohio University. The Dave Chambers-coached Buckeyes were declared the CCHA’s first regular-season champion based on outscoring the Billikens, 17-15, in their split of the season series.
In the first CCHA playoff semifinals, held at the St. Louis Arena, Ohio State knocked out Ohio University, 7-1. St. Louis topped the Falcons in overtime, 6-5, in the other semifinal matchup. That victory set up a championship game between Ohio State and St. Louis in front of a pro-Billikens crowd at St. Louis Arena.
The Buckeyes put forth a tremendous defensive effort in the CCHA’s inaugural championship game, limiting St. Louis to 16 shots as McKenzie notched the shutout in a 3-0 win.
"The last game was a cakewalk for Bill McKenzie," said McKenzie, who was awarded the tournament MVP Award. "It was a team shutout. We shut them down with great team defense."
The 1972 CCHA Champion Buckeyes were honored at a 40-year reunion in Columbus at a Buckeyes game in November 2012.
As part of the ‘Celebrate the Legacy’ final season, the CCHA is looking for all the players who have their name engraved on the Mason Cup, the CCHA’s playoff championship trophy.
We need your help!
1972 Ohio State Buckeyes
||1972 CCHA Tournament Program
Head Coach: Dave Chambers
Assistant Coach: George Burke