Oct. 21, 2017
Setting the Scene
• The Ohio State men’s hockey team closes out its series at Massachusetts tonight. The Buckeyes (2-1-2, 1-1-0-0 B1G) and Minutemen (3-2-0, 0-0-0 Hockey East) will meet at 8 p.m. in the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass.
• The game will be streamed through the UMass All-Access subscription package on UMassAthletics.com, with a UMass radio broadcast available online and on the TuneIn App for mobile devices.
• Video, radio and live stats links can be found on the men’s hockey schedule and gameday pages on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with ingame updates on Twitter @OhioState_MHKY as well.
• Ohio State won the series opener with UMass, 3-1, Friday, scoring the game’s final three goals. The Minutemen took a 1-0 lead at 10:01 of the first period, with the Buckeyes answering at 15:32 on Matt Miller’s first goal of the season. At 11:17 of the second the Buckeyes converted a 5-on-3 power play chance, with Mason Jobst scoring. Ohio State notched a second power play goal at 4:07 of the third, as Jobst again tallied. Sean Romeo had 24 saves for the Buckeyes, including 10 in the second period and 11 in the third. The Buckeye penalty kill was 5-for-5 and the power play was 2-for-4.
ICYMI: Buckeyes won 3-1 at UMass last night.
— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) October 21, 2017
Buckeyes and Massachusetts
• The game Friday was the second between Ohio State and UMass.
• The first game between the teams was in the Florida College Classic Dec. 28, 2002 in Estero, Fla. The game ended in a 2-2 tie.
• Ohio State is playing a series in Massachusetts for the first time since two games at Merrimack Jan. 17-18, 1997. The team’s last two games in the state were both NCAA contests – an East Regional game vs. Maine in 1999 and a Frozen Four game vs. Boston College in 1998. The Buckeyes will be back east Nov. 10-11 for a series with UConn.
Buckeye Notes to Know
• Junior Mason Jobst had his second two-goal game of the season, and the fifth of his career, Friday at UMass. He leads the Buckeyes with six points and now has 91 points in 79 games, tying for eighth among current NCAA skaters (t-2nd among juniors) in points. His 1.15 points per game average ranks third among current NCAA sophomores/juniors/seniors.
• Sean Romeo has allowed one goal in three consecutive starts. The junior transfer, whose last game action before this season’s opener was in December 2015, has a 1.55 goals-against average and .932 save percentage.
• Junior John Wiitala has a point in each of the Buckeyes’ first five games this season, with two goals and three assists.
• The Buckeyes led the NCAA in road wins (13) and road winning percentage (.806) last season with a 13-2-3 road ledger. This season, five of the team’s first eight games are away from Columbus. The squad is 2-1 on the road so far this year.
• Ohio State was 2-for-4 on the power play Friday, marking its first power play goals of the year. The team, which led the NCAA with the man advantage last season (.316) started the year 0-for-20 through its first five games.
• On the penalty kill, the Buckeyes are 17-for-18 (.944) this season. They were 5-for-5 Friday vs. UMass.
• The Buckeyes are tied for third nationally in team defense, allowing 1.60 goals per game.
• Ohio State has not allowed more than 25 shots on goal in a game this season, with its opponents averaging 23.4 shots on goal a night. The Buckeyes are averaging 30.2 per night, but have 28 or less in all but one game, with that outlier a 57-shot night vs. RPI Oct. 13.