Buckeyes Heading to Allentown
Sunday, the field for the 2018 NCAA Championship was revealed. Ohio State earned a No. 1 seed for the first time and will take on No. 4 seed Princeton in the Midwest Regional in the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa. The Buckeyes and Tigers start the regional with a game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU, followed by a matchup between No. 2 seed Denver and No. 3 Penn State at 7 p.m. on ESPN3. The first round winners will meet at 6 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU for a spot in the Frozen Four.
For the first time in program history, the Buckeyes are a No. 1⃣ seed in the @NCAAIceHockey Tournament!
— Ohio State Men's Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) March 18, 2018
Ohio State, one of four Big Ten teams in the NCAA Tournament, is making its second consecutive NCAA trip and the eighth in program history. This will be the first time the team plays in the Midwest Regional. The program reached the Frozen Four in 1998.
In the 2017 NCAA Tournament, No. 4 seed Ohio State rallied to force overtime against No. 1 Minnesota Duluth, the eventual national runner-up, but fell to the Bulldogs, 3-2.
Look back on Selection Sunday
The Series with the Tigers
Ohio State and Princeton have met three times, all at neutral sites. The last meeting was Jan. 3, 2003 in Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, a 4-1 Ohio State victory. The squads also met in 1985, a 6-5 OSU win in the Schwepps Invitational in Cincinnati. The first meeting was Dec. 22, 1971, a 3-2 overtime win for OSU in the Cleveland Cup Holiday Festival.
Big Ten Tourney Rewind
Ohio State was 3-1 in the Big Ten Tournament, with the last three games all going to overtime. The Buckeyes started the postseason with a sweep of Michigan State in Value City Arena in Columbus March 2-3, posting a 6-2 win in game one of the best-of-three series before Freddy Gerard scored in OT in the second game to clinch the series with a 4-3 victory.
Against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals in Nationwide Arena in Columbus March 10, Matthew Weis notched the gamewinner in overtime for a 3-2 win.
Ohio State with a 3-2 OT WIN over the Wolverines in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals!
Ohio State is moving on to the Big Ten Championship game! pic.twitter.com/t1hJ3v2z0Z
— Ohio State Men's Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) March 11, 2018
At Notre Dame Saturday in the Big Ten Tournament Championship Game, the Buckeyes overcame a 2-0 first period deficit, with Brendon Kearney scoring in the second period and Matt Miller tallying in the third, but the Irish prevailed in OT. The Buckeyes were making their second appearance in the league’s final game; the squad lost in overtime to Wisconsin in the inaugural tournament final in 2014.
Mason Jobst, Miller and Tanner Laczynski were all named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team. Jobst had a team-best three goals and six points in the tournament, while Miller and Laczynski each had a goal and three assists for four points.
On the Stat Sheet
Ohio State ranks in the Top 11 in the NCAA in a number of categories:
– Penalty Killing (1st/.893)
– Penalty Minutes per Game (4th/8.6)
– Scoring Defense (5th/2.11 goals allowed per game)
– Winning Percentage (.697)
– Power Play (7th/.242)
– Scoring Offense (11th/3.18 goals per game).
Two Buckeyes – Tanner Laczynski (43) and Mason Jobst (41) have 40+ points, Matthew Weis (37) has topped 30 points and Dakota Joshua (24) and Freddy Gerard (22) have hit the 20-point mark. Another seven Buckeyes have double-digit points this season.
Six Buckeyes have 10+ goals – Jobst (19), Laczynski (15), Joshua (14), Weis (12), Gerard (11) and Christian Lampasso (10). Ten Buckeyes have double-digit assists, with Laczynski (28), Weis (25) and Jobst (22) all surpassing 20.
Eight Buckeyes are +10 or better. Defenseman Sasha Larocque is first at +19. He also has a team-high 69 shot blocks. Defenseman Wyatt Ege and Laczynski are both +16.
Home, Away and Neutral
The NCAA Midwest Regional game vs. Princeton will be the Buckeyes’ first neutral site game of the year. The squad was 13-4-3 at home and 11-5-2 on the road during the season.