Jan. 15, 2018
Catch up on the No. 6-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team, which is 15-5-4 this year and 8-5-1-0 in Big Ten play.
Last Time Out
The Ohio State men’s hockey team split a series at No. 13 Penn State last weekend. The Nittany Lions won the opener, 5-2, ending the Buckeyes’ six-game winning streak. The loss Friday was just the second for the squad on the road this year; Ohio State is 10-2-1 in road games this year, ranking second nationally in road winning percentage and road wins.
The Buckeyes claimed game two, 5-1, to stop PSU’s 11-game unbeaten streak.
Ohio State has a bye this weekend before a four-game homestand.
The Buckeyes will host No. 20 Michigan at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 and 8 p.m. Jan. 27, followed by 7 p.m. games vs. Michigan State Feb. 2-3. Ohio State swept both the Wolverines and the Spartans on the road earlier this season.
In the B1G
The split at Penn State left the Buckeyes in second place in the Big Ten, two points ahead of Penn State (25-23). Michigan is in fourth with 18 points, followed by Wisconsin (17), Minnesota (14) and Michigan State (11). Notre Dame, which has played two fewer games than the other six teams, is in first with 36 points.
This year, the Big Ten Tournament will be held on campus. The No. 1 seed will receive a first round bye, with Nos. 2-4 hosting 5-7 in best-of-three first round series. The Top 2 remaining seeds will host semifinal games, with the top remaining seed hosting the championship game, with the tournament winner receiving the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
In the Rankings
Ohio State was ranked sixth in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings Monday. The squad was also No. 6 in the USCHO poll last week and moved up one in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine voting.
Six of the seven Big Ten teams are in this week’s USCHO poll – No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 6 Ohio State, No. 12 Penn State, No. 13 Minnesota, No. 18 Wisconsin and No. 20 Michigan. In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, Notre Dame is No. 1, Ohio State is No. 6, Penn State is No. 12 and Minnesota is No. 14, with Michigan receiving votes.
Buckeyes on Hobey Fan Ballot
Three Buckeyes – Tanner Laczynski, Matthew Weis and Mason Jobst – are on the Hobey Baker Award fan ballot. Fans can vote once per day for their choice by visiting go.osu.edu/OSUvoteforhobey18.
The trio are among the Top 10 scorers in the Big Ten. Laczynski has a conference-best 23 assists and 34 points, one off the NCAA lead in points and ranking first nationally in assists. Weis has 26 points with eight goals and 18 assists and Jobst has tallied 23 points with 11 goals and 12 helpers.
Sophomore Tanner Laczynski and junior Matthew Weis extended their streaks to eight games each in the series at Penn State. Laczynski, who had a Big Ten best five points last weekend, has 14 points in his last eight games, with five goals and nine assists. Weis has a 3-10-13 line during the stretch.