Feb. 17, 2016
Ohio State at No. 15 Penn State
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s hockey team travels for its first road games in a month, heading to face No. 15 Penn State this weekend. The Buckeyes (8-16-2, 3-7-2-1 B1G) and Nittany Lions (18-8-4, 8-5-1-1 B1G) will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday in Pegula Ice Arena in University Park, Pa.
• The game Friday will be televised by BTN and available through BTN2Go for subscribers with BTN as part of their cable package. Fred Pletsch, Ben Clymer and Steve Jones will call the action.
• The Saturday contest will be televised by ESPNU and available on WatchESPN, with Kevin Brown and Sean Ritchlin on the call.
• Ohio State radio will carry the action through 1460 AM in Columbus, online through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and through the TuneIn app, with Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye John Mowat calling the action.
• Links for video, radio and GameTracker live stats are available on the men’s hockey schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and on the Buckeyes’ gameday page (go.osu.edu/mhkygameday).
• Ingame updates will also be available on the program’s Twitter page @OhioState_MHKY.
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• Ohio State will host Wisconsin in the final regular season home series in Value City Arena Feb. 26-27, with puck drop at 6:30 p.m. for game one and 7 p.m. for game two. The Buckeyes’ three seniors – Craig Dalrymple, Anthony Greco and Tyler Lundey – will be recognized prior to game two vs. the Badgers.
• After the Friday game, youth are invited to ice to shoot on the Buckeye goal. The game Saturday features a Family Four Pack ticket deal (available online only) and a Great Clips Cut-A-Thon.
• Ohio State closes its regular season slate in Columbus March 6 when it hosts Michigan at 3 p.m. in Nationwide Arena, home of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. A Rivalry Week ticket package that includes a ticket to both the Buckeyes’ game vs. the Wolverines and the Blue Jackets’ game vs. the Detroit Red Wings March 8 is available for $40. The first 100 fans to purchase the ticket package will get a chance to take a shot on the Nationwide Arena ice after the Ohio State game. The package can be purchase online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com/RivalryWeek16.
• Single game tickets for the games are available online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com/tickets, at the Schottenstein Center Ticket Office and at the arena on game night. Single game tickets for B1G games are $15, with student/youth and senior tickets available for $10.
• Group tickets are also on sale. Fans interested should contact the Athletic Ticket Sales Office at 1-800-GOBUCKS (select option 2) or AthleticSales@osu.edu to speak with an account executive.
• Ohio State students are admitted free with a valid BuckID.
• Parking is free for all Buckeye hockey games in Value City Arena in designated lots.
Soles4Souls Shoe Drive
• A shoe drive for Soles4Souls will be held at the Buckeyes’ game Feb. 27. Fans are encouraged to bring gently used shoes to donate. The shoes are repurposed and held finance the distribution of new shoes to children in worldwide. Since 2006 Soles4Souls has collected and distributed 26 million pairs of shoes to those in need in 127 countries around the world and all 50 states in the U.S.
•This summer, two groups of Ohio State student-athletes and staff members, including men’s hockey sophomore Christian Lampasso, will travel with the organization to distribute shoes.
• Ohio State is coming off two one-goal losses to Minnesota to wrap up a six-game homestand. The squad is 8-16-2 overall and 3-7-2-1 in Big Ten play, with a 5-5-2 record since returning to action in late December.
• The Buckeyes are scoring and allowing 3.23 goals per game. The Buckeyes have averaged 32.6 shots on goal a game, allowing 33.5 a night. Ohio State is averaging 12.0 penalty minutes a game.
• On the power play, Ohio State is 23-for-107 (.215) and the penalty kill is 81-for-95 (.853) this season.
• Junior David Gust leads the team with 20 assists and 27 points, with classmate Nick Schilkey first with 13 goals and second with 25 points. Freshman Mason Jobst is third with 23 points and second with 14 helpers. Senior Anthony Greco has 10 goals to rank second on the squad, with Jobst third with nine. Schilkey and junior defenseman Drew Brevig are third with 12 helpers each, followed by sophomore Matthew Weis with 11.
• In goal, junior Christian Frey has 15 starts and 16 appearances, with a 2.53 goals-against average and .922 save percentage. Junior Matt Tomkins has started 10 games and has a 3.73 goals-against average and .892 save percentage.
• Ohio State enters the weekend in fourth place in the Big Ten standings with 12 points in 12 games played. Minnesota is first with 33 points, followed by Michigan with 32 and Penn State with 26. Michigan State is fifth (10) and Wisconsin (7) is sixth. Ohio State and Wisconsin have played in 12 games, with the other schools playing in 14 contests each.
• In addition to the Buckeyes’ games at Penn State this weekend, Michigan State travels to Wisconsin for a series. Michigan plays a non-conference game vs. Ferris State and Minnesota has a bye.
• In addition to the Buckeyes’ games at Penn State this weekend, Michigan State travels to Wisconsin. Michigan plays a non-conference game vs. Ferris State and Minnesota has a bye.
Buckeyes vs. Nittany Lions
• Ohio State leads the all-time series with Penn State, 8-4, with the teams splitting a series in Columbus Jan. 22-23. The Nittany Lions won the first game in overtime, 3-2, before a 5-1 Buckeye victory. • In the regular season last year, the teams split a series in University Park Jan. 9-10, 2015. The Buckeyes won the opener, 5-4 in overtime, before the Nittany Lions won game two, 4-1. In Columbus Feb. 27-28, 2015, Ohio State posted back-to-back 5-3 wins over Penn State for a series sweep. The teams then met in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals March 19, 2015 in Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, a 3-1 Buckeye victory.
• In the first year as B1G foes, the Buckeyes swept Penn State, with 5-1 and 5-2 wins, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2014, in Columbus and split a series on PSU’s home ice March 14-15, 2014 (OSU W 4-2, PSU W 4-2). The first matchup between the teams was Dec. 29, 2012 in the Three Rivers Classic at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, a 5-4 Nittany Lion win.
• Junior Nick Schilkey leads the current Buckeyes with six goals and 12 points vs. Penn State, skating in the last 11 of the games between the teams. Senior Anthony Greco and sophomores Luke Stork and Matthew Weis have each scored three goals vs. Penn State. Senior Tyler Lundey is tied with Schilkey for first with six assists vs. the Nittany Lions. Goalie Christian Frey has 10 starts vs. Penn State, with a 2.28 goals-against average and .941 save percentage.
Noting the Nittany Lions
• Penn State, ranked 15th in the USCHO poll, enters the weekend 18-8-4 overall and 8-5-1 in B1G play. After a four-game losing streak, the squad is 2-0-1 in its last three games, winning 5-3 at Minnesota before posting a 6-1 win and skating to a 2-2 overtime tie (shooutout win) at Michigan State last weekend. The squad is 11-4-1 at home this year.
• Penn State is averaging 3.87 goals a game to rank among the Top 5 scoring teams nationally and allowing 2.90 goals a night. The power play has converted 28-of-114 (.246) of its chances and the penalty kill is 88-for-104 (.846). PSU has an NCAA-best 10 shorthanded goals this year. The Nittany Lions lead the NCAA with 42.9 shots on goal a game and are allowing 32.8 shots a night. Penn State averages 9.3 penalty minutes a game.
• David Goodwin leads Penn State with 20 assists and 28 points this year. Andrew Sturtz is first with 14 goals, followed by Chase Berger with 12 and Eric Scheid with 10. Erik Autio is second with 15 assists, followed by Alec Marsh with 14 and Kenny Brooks with 13. In all, six Penn State skaters have 20 or more points on the year and 14 have double-digit points. In goal, Eamon McAdam and Matthew Skoff have split time. McAdam is 10-4-1 with a 2.52 goals-against average and .925 save percentage and Skoff has an 8-4-3 ledger, 3.04 goals-against average and .904 save percentage.
Look Back – Ohio State vs. Penn State
• The Buckeyes split a series with Penn State Jan. 22-23 in Value City Arena. Ohio State lost its third overtime game of the season (all in Big Ten play), falling to Penn State, 3-2, in game one. The team then responded with a 5-1 win Saturday.
• Game 1 (Penn State 3, Ohio State 2 OT): The teams traded special teams goals in a 55 second span in the first period, with PSU scoring shorthanded and Josh Healey scoring on the power play for the Buckeyes. In the second, Buckeye junior Nick Schilkey gave Ohio State the lead with a tally with 1:23 left in the period. The Nittany Lions rallied with the game’s final two goals, tying the game at 15:43 of the third and then netting the gamewinner at 2:32 of overtime. Each team had 40 shots in the game. Ohio State was 1-for-5 on the power play and Penn State was 0-for-3.
• Game 2 (Ohio State 5, Penn State 1): Ohio State led 1-0 after the first period on an early goal from senior Craig Dalrymple. In the second, Nick Schilkey converted shorthanded at 11:33 and Miguel Fidler scored his first career goal five minutes later for a 3-0 Buckeye lead after 40 minutes. The Nittany Lions scored just 1:14 into the third period for a 3-1 game and then went on a five-minute major power play at 1:37. The Buckeyes held Penn State scoreless on the major power play, not allowing a shot on goal, to maintain the two-goal lead. At 13:10 Mason Jobst scored on the power play for a 4-1 Buckeye lead and Dakota Joshua sealed the win with an empty net goal at 15:23. Penn State had 34 shots in the game, with Ohio State putting 30 on net. The Buckeyes were 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 1-for-1 on the power play in the win.
Complete notes and statistics in the PDF above