December 28, 2016

Buckeyes Return to Action with NYE Game vs. Miami

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Dec. 28, 2016

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No. 9/10 Ohio State vs. Miami | Saturday, Dec. 31 | 4 p.m. ET
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Setting the Scene
• The No. 9/10-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team (9-2-4, 1-1-0-0 B1G) opens a five-game homestand when it hosts Miami (4-8-5, 1-4-3 NCHC) at 4 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.
• The game will be streamed online for free through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
• Video 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.
• At the game, the first 1,000 fans will receive free Ohio State New Year’s Eve hats.
• Tickets for the game can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the arena on game night. A family ticket pack deal, which includes concessions credit, is available online only: go.osu.edu/MIHFamilyPack.
• The Buckeyes and RedHawks met Oct. 15 in Oxford, skating to a 1-1 overtime tie. After a 3×3 overtime period, Ohio State won a sudden victory shootout.

HomeStanding
• The Buckeyes’ game vs. Miami opens a five-game homestand. The squad will host No. 3-ranked Penn State (13-1-1, 2-0-0 B1G) Jan. 6-7, followed by a two-game series vs. Arizona Jan. 13-14.

In the Rankings
• Ohio State was ranked ninth in the final USCHO poll of 2016 (Dec. 19). The squad has been in the Top 20 of the poll each of the last 11 weeks and has been received votes for 12 consecutive weeks. Ohio State entered the Top 10 Nov. 28, its first time in the Top 10 of the poll since January 2012.
• In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, the Buckeyes are No. 10. The squad has been in the Top 15 of the poll each of the last nine weeks and 10 total weeks this season, while receiving votes in all 12 polls.

Buckeye Notes to Know
• Ohio State is second in the NCAA in scoring offense, averaging 4.53 goals per game. The team has scored four or more goals in eight of the last 12 games.
• The Buckeyes rank sixth nationally on the power play, converting 23.5 percent of their chances (16-for-68). The squad has a power play goal in 10 of the last 12 games.
• The squad is first in the NCAA with 3.4 even even strength goals per game and and is tied for second with 51 even strength goals. Buckeye opponents have scored 21 goals when the teams are even.
• The Buckeyes have had balanced scoring throughout the lineup – 16 Buckeyes have at least one goal and all 23 skaters have at least one assist and point. There are eight Buckeyes with 10 or more points and 12 with five or more. Buckeyes make up fve of the top 10 scorers in the Big Ten.
• Of the Buckeyes’ 15 games in the first half of the season, only four were in Columbus, with 10 road games and a neutral site matchup.
• Ohio State is 9-2-4 on the year. The Buckeyes closed last season with a 6-1-2 mark, giving the squad a 15-3-6 ledger in its last 24 games combined. Twenty letterwinners returned from last year’s team, which was eighth nationally in scoring offense (3.56).

Last Time Out – Buckeyes OPen B1G Play with Split at Minnesota
• Ohio State closed out the first half of its schedule with its first Big Ten games, splitting two games with Minnesota Dec. 2-3. The Gophers won the opener, 5-3, before Ohio State posted an 8-3 win in game two.
Game One (Minnesota 5, Ohio State 3): The Buckeyes opened the scoring for the 12th time this season on a goal by Kevin Miller but Minnesota scored twice in the final five minutes of the first, including a shorthanded goal in the last minute, for a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes. The Gophers extended their advantage to 4-1 with two goals in the first 5:10 of the second, scoring in a 51 second span. The Buckeyes answered with back-to-back goals at 5:27 and 14:15 by Miguel Fidler and David Gust, but could get no closer and went into intermission down 4-3. Minnesota scored the only goal of the third at 11:47. Minnesota outshot Ohio State, 26-21, in the game. Each team had one power play goal; Ohio State was 1-for-3 and the Gophers were 1-for-7.
Game Two (Ohio State 8, Minnesota 3): Ohio State scored the first two goals, with Mason Jobst tallying just 33 seconds in and Tommy Parran lighting the lamp at 9:32. The Gophers tied the game with two goals in a 1:33 span and the teams headed into intermission deadlocked at two. The Buckeyes broke the game open in the second. Nick Schilkey and Jobst scored 14 seconds apart, at 2:06 on the power play and 2:20. Tanner Laczynski followed at 7:07 and Josh Healey scored at 8:51. The Ohio State run continued in the third, with David Gust scoring on the power play at 4:57 and Sasha Larocque tallying at 13:08. Minnesota ended the scoring with a power play goal with 2:30 left. The Buckeyes were outshot, 34-26, with Christian Frey making 31 saves in the Buckeye net. Ohio State was 2-for-5 on the power play and Minnesota was 1-for-4, scoring the one late goal. The win was the Buckeyes’ first at Minnesota as Big Ten foes.

Just the Stats
• Ohio State is averaging 4.53 goals a game this season, ranking second in the NCAA, and allowing 2.80 per outing. The squad averages 34.1 shots on goal a game, with its opponents putting 26.9 on net a night. Ohio State leads the nation in shooting percentage, converting 13.3 percent of its shots.
• The Buckeye power play is sixth nationally, converting 23.5 percent (16-for-68), while the penalty kill is 53-for-71 (.746). Ohio State averages 12.1 penalty minutes a game.
• Freshman Tanner Laczynski leads the team with 16 assists and 22 points, while senior Nick Schilkey is first with 13 goals and second with 19 points. Senior David Gust is second with 10 goals, followed by sophomore John Wiitala and Laczynski with six. Senior Josh Healey is second with 13 assists, followed by sophomore Dakota Joshua with 12 and junior Matthew Weis and sophomore Mason Jobst with 11 each.
• In goal, Matt Tomkins has started 11 games, playing in 10, and has a 2.60 goals-against average and .900 save percentage. Christian Frey, who missed time with an injury, has played in six games, starting five, has a 3.02 goals-against average and .890 save percentage. Logan Davis has two appearances and stopped all six shots he faced.

Laczynski at World Juniors
• Buckeye freshman and leading scorer Tanner Laczynski is currently skating with Team USA at the World Junior Championship.
• Team USA is 3-0 heading into a game with Canada Saturday. Laczynski scored a goal vs. Slovakia and had an assist vs. Russia. The quarterfinals are scheduled for Jan. 2, with the semifinals Jan. 4 and championship and bronze medal games Jan. 5. The games are being played in Toronto and Montreal.
• Laczynski, through his first 15 collegiate games, has a 6-16-22 line, ranking second in the Big Ten in scoring. He is 10th nationally in points per game (1.47), seventh among NCAA skaters in assists per game (1.07) and second in the NCAA in rookie points per game.
• Buckeye junior Janik Moser represented Germany in the World Junior Championship in 2014 and ’15, serving as an alternate captain in his second appearance.
• Five Buckeyes have skated for Team USA at the WJC since 2001 – RJ Umberger and David Steckel both played in 2001 and ’02, Ryan Kesler also was a two-time participant (2003, ’04), Tom Fritsche skated in 2006 and Joseph Palmer was on the team in 2008.

Buckeyes vs. RedHawks
• All-time, Ohio State and Miami have met 151 times (starting in 1966), with Miami ahead 75-62-14 overall. Ohio State leads 36-27-8 in Columbus and Miami has the lead in Oxford, 45-22-5.
• Ohio State and Miami skated as conference foes in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association from the 1980-81 season through 2012-13.
• Last year the RedHawks swept the Buckeyes with a 3-2 win in Columbus and 3-1 win in Oxford Oct. 16-17, 2015.

The Last Time – Ohio State 1, Miami 1 OT
• The Buckeyes and RedHawks met Oct. 15 in Oxford, skating to a 1-1 overtime tie.
• Ohio State opened the scoring just 3:42 into the game, as David Gust scored on a rebound. Early in the second Miami tied the score with a 5-on-3 power play goal. That was the only scoring in the game, as neither team could score through regulation and five minutes of overtime. Chances were at a premium in the matchup, with the teams combining for 47 shots on goal (Ohio State 24, Miami 23).
• After the five minute overtime, the game between the Buckeyes and RedHawks was officially a tie. Per NCHC protocol, a five minute 3-on-3 overtime was held, but neither team able to score to break the deadlock. A sudden victory shootout followed to determine a winner. Buckeye goalie Matt Tomkins made a save on the RedHawk attempt and Buckeye freshman Tanner Laczynski won the shootout for Ohio State with a goal.

The RedHawks
• Miami is 4-8-5 on the year and has a 1-4-3 ledger in NCHC play. The squad last played Dec. 9-10 vs. Colorado College, tying the first game 1-1 before the RedHawks posted a 3-2 win in overtime in game two.
• The team is averaging 2.29 goals a game and allowing 2.88 an outing. The power play is 15-for-94 (.160) and the penalty kill is 78-for-91 (.857). The squad averages 14.0 penalty minutes per game.
• Anthony Louis leads the team with 10 goals and 20 points. Keifer Sherwood and Josh Melnick are tied for first with 11 assists each, followed by Louis and Carson Meyer with 10 each. Sherwood is second with seven goals and 18 points.
• In goal, Ryan Larkin has a 3-6-5 ledger, with a 2.58 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.
• Miami is a member of the National Collegiate Hockey Association, where it is joined by Colorado College, Denver, Minnesota Duluth, Omaha, North Dakota, St. Cloud State and Western Michigan.

Have a Game – Minnesota Edition
• In game two at Minnesota, sophomore Mason Jobst had four points with two goals and two assists. It was his first two-goal game as a Buckeye and his second career four-point game.
• Freshman Tanner Laczynski had a career-high three assists and four points in the game two win. It was his eighth multiple point game of the year.
• Sophomore John Wiitala and junior Luke Stork both had two assists. It was Stork’s second career game with two helpers (his first since last December at Minnesota) and the first two-assist game for Wiitala as a Buckeye.
• Seniors Josh Healey and Nick Schilkey both had two points with a goal and an assist in game two. Healey now has five two-point games on the year and Schilkey has six multiple-point outings.
• Sophomore Sasha Larocque scored his first goal of the season in the win at Minnesota. Classmate Miguel Fidler scored his first goal of the year in the series opener.
• Senior David Gust had a goal and an assist in each game vs. the Gophers.
• Sophomore Tommy Parran blocked a career-high six shots in game two.

Special Teams
• Ohio State is 16-for-68 (.235) on the power play this season, ranking sixth in the NCAA. The team was 3-for-9 at Minnesota in its last series, going 1-for-3 in game one and 2-for-6 in game two. The Buckeyes have a power play goal in 10 of the last 12 games.
• On the penalty kill, the Buckeyes are 53-for-71 (.746) this season. The squad has allowed a power play goal in all but two games this year. Minnesota was 2-for-11 with the man advantage, converting 1-of-7 chances in the opener and scoring once on four opportunities in game two.
• Ohio State is averaging 12.1 penalty minutes per game, with 4.5 power play chances for and 4.7 power plays against each game.
• The Buckeyes have one shorthanded goal this season, as Josh Healey tallied the first SHG of his Buckeye career vs. UConn. Ohio State has allowed three shorthanded goals (two against Robert Morris, one at Minnesota).

Points about Points
• Ohio State is second in the NCAA in scoring offense, averaging 4.53 goals per game. The Buckeyes are third nationally in assists per game (8.07) and second in points per game (12.6). The Buckeyes are one of four teams that average more than four goals a game this season.
• Of the Buckeyes’ 68 goals, 51 have been scored at even strength, with the team first in the NCAA with 3.40 even strength goals a game (and third in total even strength goals). The team has allowed 21 even strength tallies through the first 15 games (1.4 a game). Seventy-four percent of the Buckeyes’ points come at even strength.
• On the year, all 23 Buckeye skaters have at least one assist and point, with 16 scoring at least one goal.
• Ohio State has scored first in all but two games sthis season. The squad is second in the NCAA with 1.60 first period goals per game and has scored at least one goal in the first period in each game except vs. Air Force Oct. 8. The squad has 25 second period goals, including four in the last game at Minnesota, (ranking fourth in the NCAA) and 19 in the third.
• The Buckeyes are tied for third in the NCAA with nine individual multiple-goal games this season. Ohio State is one of nine schools (and the only one from the Big Ten) to have at least two hat tricks this year. Ohio State is tied for second in the NCAA with 46 individual two-point games and 22 games with two or more assists.

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