January 22, 2018

Buckeye Hockey Update – Michigan Week Monday

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Jan. 22, 2018

The No. 6-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team returns to action with two games vs. No. 17 Michigan this weekend in Value City Arena. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday. Friday is Mighty Bucks Night and Saturday is a Scarlet Out.

The series is the second this season between the Buckeyes and Wolverines. Ohio State won two games in Ann Arbor Thanksgiving weekend, with a 3-2 victory in the opener and 5-1 win in game two.

In the B1G
Ohio State and Notre Dame each have played 14 Big Ten games, entering the weekend with two games in hand on the other five conference schools in the standings.

Five points separate teams two through six in the Big Ten standings. Ohio State is in second place in the league with 25 points, with Michigan third with 24 points, Penn State fourth with 23 and Minnesota and Wisconsin tied for fifth with 20. Notre Dame is in first place with 39 points and Michigan State is in seventh with 11.

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 remained ranked sixth in both the USCHO and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls released Monday. The squad has been in the Top 10 for five consecutive polls, ranked in the USCHO Top 20 for 11 straight polls (and 12 weeks overall) and in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 for seven straight rankings. The squad has received votes in every edition of both polls this season.

📊 Buckeyes remain at No. 6⃣ in this week’s @USCHO poll.

Ohio State (15-5-4) hosts No. 17 Michigan at 7 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday in @TheSchott. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/eixu29Nba2

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) January 22, 2018

The Buckeyes Lately
Ohio State, coming off a bye week, is 7-1 in its last eight games, tying for second in wins (7) and winning percentage (.875) among all NCAA teams over their last eight games. The Buckeye power play is 10-for-32 (.312) during that time, with 3.62 goals scored per game and 1.88 goals allowed per contest. The penalty kill is 27-for-32 (.875). Tanner Laczynski (5g, 9a, 14p) and Matthew Weis (3g, 10a, 13p) each have at least one point during the last eight games.

Since games of Dec. 28 (when the second half of the season started around the country), Ohio State has a 5-1 record, is sixth in the NCAA in scoring offense (3.83 goals per game), ranks 10th (tied) in team defense (2.17 goals allowed per game) and is third on the power play (9-for-25, .360). Laczynski is tied for third in points per game (1.83), with Matthew Weis tied for seventh (1.67).

The Buck Attack is Back!
Members of the Buckeye hockey team recreated the opening scene from D2: The Mighty Ducks heading into Friday night’s Mighty Bucks game.

📽️ Introducing The Mighty Bucks … The Buck Attack is Back! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/rTrvJarzXg

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) January 22, 2018

Looking Ahead
The games vs. Michigan open a four-game homestand for the Buckeyes, who will host Michigan State Feb. 2-3, with puck drop at 7 p.m. each night. The series includes a shoe collection for Soles 4 Souls and the annual Teddy Bear Toss. It is also the Military Appreciation series.

👞🐻When the Buckeyes host Michigan State Feb. 2-3, shoes for @Soles4Souls will be collected at the Friday game, with the Teddy Bear Toss stuffed animal collection at the Saturday contest for donation to @RMHCofCentralOH. pic.twitter.com/6Z7bmp6veq

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) January 19, 2018

The final regular season home series is set for Feb. 23-24 when Wisconsin visits Value City Arena. Script Ohio on Ice will be performed during the first intermission of game one and a pregame hockey hour is schedule, while game two is Senior Night and First Responders Night.

Depending on the final Big Ten standings, Ohio State could host Big Ten Tournament first round (best of three), semifinal and/or final games.