Dec. 13, 2017
The Ohio State men’s hockey team wrapped up the first half of the season with a 10-4-4 ledger, standing in second place in the Big Ten with a 5-4-1-0 record. The squad posted two wins over Minnesota to close out the first half, with a 2-1 overtime win and 4-1 victory.
The squad is off until hosting Niagara at 7 p.m. Dec. 29 and 8 p.m. Dec. 30 in Value City Arena.
Monday, the Buckeyes moved up to No. 9 in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. It is the first time the team is in the Top 10 this season.
The Buckeyes started the year ranked 19th in the USCHO poll, but dropped into the receiving votes category for three polls in a row. The squad moved back into the Top 20 at No. 16 Oct. 30. After that, the Buckeyes were No. 17 (Nov. 6), No. 16 (Nov. 13) and No. 15 (Nov. 20) before moving to No. 11 Nov. 27 and Nov. 15 Dec. 4.
Ohio State was in the receiving votes category of the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 poll through each of the first nine polls. The Buckeyes entered the poll Nov. 27 at No. 13 and remained 13th last week.
CHN Team of the Week
Wednesday, the Buckeyes were named the College Hockey News Team of the Week for their sweep of Minnesota.
From the article …
Ohio State captain Mason Jobst and alternate captain Sasha Larocque spoke at different times and different places last week, but they used the same exact word: huge. Those four letters just about summed up the stakes for their team headed into its series with Minnesota.
The Buckeyes’ two, tough-earned wins (2-1 in OT, 4-1 with two empty netters) really couldn’t have come at a better time than last weekend. They’d been struggling without a conference win at home, so notching two in their last opportunity before the holiday break, against a team coach Steve Rohlik described as a measuring stick, was ideal for both postseason positioning and morale. They jumped from No. 12 to No. 8 in the Pairwise.
“Obviously it’s a good feeling going into break with two very close wins against a team you measure yourself against every year,” Rohlik said. “It was a good bounce-back weekend for our guys.”