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Dec. 2, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team travels to Minnesota this weekend to open its Big Ten schedule. The Buckeyes (3-9-0, 0-0-0 B1G) and Golden Gophers (4-7-0, 0-0-0 B1G) will meet at 7:07 p.m. CT (8:07 p.m. ET) Friday and Saturday in Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, Minn.

The series marks the Buckeyes’ final games of the first half of the season. The team will next compete in the Florida College Classic Dec. 28-29 in the last nonconference games of the regular season. The Buckeyes will take on Boston College and either Cornell or Providence in the tournament in Estero, Fla. The regular season closes with 18-consecutive Big Ten games, including 10 at home.

Follow Along
• The Ohio State vs. Minnesota game Friday will be televised by Fox Sports North and available online and on mobile devices through BTN2Go for cable subscribers who have BTN as part of their cable package.
• The Saturday game will be on ESPNews and available through WatchESPN for online and mobile.
• The Ohio State radio broadcast will be on 1460 AM in Columbus, on the Buckeye Vision subscription package on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and on the TuneIn app for mobile devices.
• The streaming, radio and live stats links can be found on the men’s hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and on the team’s gameday page (go.osu.edu/mhkygameday).

Buy One, Get One Ticket Deal Available through 12/6
• A buy one Huntington Club level ticket, get one free deal is available for all 10 Buckeye Big Ten home games in the second half of the year, through Dec. 6.
• To purchase tickets through the promotion, visit go.osu.edu/MHKY2for1 (use code TMN241).

Buckeye Snapshot
• Ohio State is coming off two losses at No. 6-ranked Omaha last weekend, falling 3-1 and 6-4. The squad is looking for its first road win (0-6-0).
• The Buckeyes are averaging 2.67 goals a game and allowing 3.25 a contest. The squad has taken 35.9 shots on goal per night and given up 30.4 a contest. Ohio State is averaging 11.9 penalty minutes a game.
• On the power play, Ohio State is 10-for-53 (.189) and the penalty kill is 42-for-50 (.840).
• Junior Nick Schilkey leads the Buckeyes with seven goals and 13 points, with junior David Gust first with 10 assists and second with 12 points. Senior Anthony Greco has 10 points to rank third, tying freshman Matthew Weis for second with five goals.
• In goal, junior Matt Tomkins has started nine games and has a 3.20 goals-against average and .900 save percentage. Junior Christian Frey has three starts and four appearances, with a 2.43 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.

B1G, Year Three
• The 2015-16 campaign marks the third for men’s hockey as a Big Ten Conference sponsored sport.
• All six teams are in league action this weekend. Penn State hosts Michigan State for two games and Wisconsin travels to Michigan for two games, along with the Ohio State vs. Minnesota matchup.
• The 2016 Big Ten Tournament will be held March 17-19 at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn. All six conference teams will compete in the tourney, which is being held in Minnesota for the second time.
• In the league standings, teams receive three points for a regulation or overtime win, two points for a shootout win, one point for a shootout loss and no points for a regulation or overtime loss.
• Conference games that remain tied after a five-minute overtime will again go to a shootout to determine which team receives the extra point in the standings. The shootout is a best of three and will then go to sudden-victory if it is tied after three rounds.

Buckeyes vs. Gophers
• The series between Ohio State and Minnesota dates to 1968 but 17 of the 23 games have been since 1999. Ohio State is 3-19-1 all-time vs. the Gophers, including 1-11-0 in Minneapolis. The teams met five times each of the last two years, with four regular season contests and then a matchup in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.
• Last year, Ohio State was 1-4 vs. Minnesota. The Buckeyes lost twice in Minneapolis Feb. 6-7 (4-2, 6-2) and fell in the opener in Columbus (4-2) March 6, before winning game two, 5-3, March 7. The teams then met in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals in Detroit, a 3-0 win for the Golden Gophers.
• The Buckeyes and Golden Gophers will meet in Columbus Feb. 12-13 to wrap up their Big Ten regular season matchups.

Minnesota Ties
• Four current Buckeyes call Minnesota home – junior defenseman Drew Brevig and freshman forward John Wiitala are from Lakeville and played for Lakeville South, while freshmen Miguel Fidler and Tyler Nanne are from Edina and won Minnesota state tournament titles in 2013 and `14.
• Head coach Steve Rohlik and associate head coach Mark Strobel are both Saint Paul natives and graduates of Hill-Murray High School. Rohlik served as the head coach at his alma mater, as well as spent a year coaching at Stillwater High School, before joining the collegiate coaching ranks full time. Strobel won a state title in 1991 with Hill-Murray as a player. As a coach, Rohlik led Hill-Murray to two state tournament appearances, including a runner-up finish in 1993.
• Junior Anthony Greco calls Queens, N.Y., home, but spent time living in Faribault and attended Shattuck St. Mary’s.

Ohio State vs. Minnesota – the Last Series and Last Meeting
• Ohio State and Minnesota split the last regular season series between the teams, with a 4-2 Minnesota win in game one and a come from behind 5-2 Buckeye win in game two. Both games were in Value City Arena in Columbus. The Gophers won the last meeting between the teams, posting a 3-0 victory in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals March 20 in Detroit.
• Game 1 (Minnesota 4, Ohio State 2): Minnesota posted a 4-2 win over Ohio State, with two goals in the second period the difference. Each team scored twice in the first period for a 2-2 game after the first 20 minutes, with Ohio State tying the game twice. Justin Kloos tallied at 13:04 and Buckeye Craig Dalrymple responded 12 seconds later. At 17:04 Sam Warning put Minnesota ahead but Tyler Lundey scored for Ohio State 19 seconds later. The Gophers scored the only two goals of the second period for a 4-2 lead, with scores at 6:10 and 15:36. Neither team scored in the third. Ohio State was 0-for-1 on the power play and Minnesota was 0-for-2. The Buckeyes were outshot, 32-26.
• Game 2 (Ohio State 5, Minnesota 2): Ohio State scored the game’s final four goals en route to a 5-2 win. The Buckeyes scored the only goal of the first period, a Nick Schilkey tally at 8:54. The Gophers notched the first two goals of the second period for a 2-1 lead, with goals at 2:23 and 5:09. On a delayed penalty, Buckeye Matt Johnson tied the game at two with a goal at 8:07, deadlocking the score at two. The Buckeyes scored the only three goals of the third period, with Dalrymple scoring the eventual gamewinner at 5:42. Anthony Greco and Fritz sealed the win with empty net goals in the final 1:02. Shots were 32-24 in favor of Ohio State. The Buckeyes were 0-for-3 on the power play and Minnesota was 0-for-2 for the second night in a row.
• B1G Tournament Semifinals (Minnesota 3, Ohio State 0): Ohio State lost to top seed Minnesota, 3-0, in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. After a scoreless first period, Minnesota opened the scoring with a goal at 7:51 of the second and then made it a 2-0 lead with a goal at 10:45 of the third. The Gophers sealed the win with an empty net goal at 15:40 of the third. Ohio State outshot Minnesota 39-23 in the game, including 22-8 in the third period, but was unable to get the puck past Gopher goalie Adam Wilcox.

Gopher Gossip
• Minnesota enters the weekend 4-7 overall (2-5-0 at home) and looking to end a three-game losing streak. After a 3-2 overtime loss at home to Minnesota State Nov. 14, the team lost two games in Minneapolis to St. Cloud State (3-2, 7-4).
• The Gophers are averaging 2.55 goals a game and allowing 2.73 a contest, while pputting 27.0 shots on goal a night and giving up 29.9 an outing. Minnesota, which averages 10.1 penalty minutes a game, is 8-for-38 (.211) on the power play and 33-for-42 (.786) on the penalty kill.
• Leon Bristedt leads Minnesota with seven goals and 12 points. Michael Brodzinski is first with six assists and tied with Hudson Fasching for second with eight points each. In goal, Eric Schierhorn has played in all 11 games and has a 2.53 goals-against average and .916 save percentage.
• Last season, Minnesota was 23-13-3 overall and finished 12-5-3 in the Big Ten to claim the regular season title for the second year in a row. The Gophers won the Big Ten Tournament, defeating Michigan in the final 4-2, before falling to Minnesota Duluth in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Last Time Out
• Ohio State lost two games at Omaha over the weekend, falling 3-1 and 6-4. Each game was a one-goal contest until an empty netter sealed the win for the sixth-ranked Mavericks.
• Game 1 (Omaha 3, Ohio State 1): In the series opener, Omaha opened the scoring 1:12 into the second period and extended the lead to 2-0 at 6:43 of the stanza. In the third, Buckeye senior defenseman Craig Dalrymple scored a power play goal at 12:53 to make it a one-goal lead but Omaha clinched the win with an empty net goal with 1:02 left in regulation. Shots were 35-33 in favor of Ohio State. The Buckeyes were 1-for-7 on the power play and Omaha was 0-for-3.
• Game 2 (Omaha 6, Ohio State 4): Ohio State’s rally fell short, as the Buckeyes lost to Omaha, 6-4, Saturday in Omaha. The Mavericks scored just 30 seconds into the game before Buckeye freshman Mike Gillespie tied the score at 4:57. Just 18 seconds later the Mavericks scored on a major power play to regain the lead, carrying a 2-1 advantage into the first intermission. Omaha scored three times in a 6:20 span in the second period, including two power play goals, to pull ahead, 5-1. Freshman blueliner Sasha Larocque scored his first goal as a Buckeye at 17:28 of the second, making it a 5-2 game after 40 minutes. Ohio State outshot the Mavericks, 24-8, in the third, with Anthony Greco and Nick Schilkey scoring at 12:02 and 15:15, respectively, but could not complete the comeback. For the game, the Buckeyes outshot Omaha, 36-34.In all, 12 Buckeyes had a point in the game. The Buckeyes were 0-for-2 on the power play and Omaha converted 3-of-6 chances with the man advantage.

The Buckeyes open Big Ten Play this week with two games at Minnesota. #GoBucks https://t.co/vll4I8D4BY

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) December 2, 2015