Nov. 5, 2016
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Setting the Scene
• The No. 11-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team (5-1-2, 0-0-0-0 B1G) takes on Robert Morris (3-3-1, 2-3-1 AHA) to close the home-and-home series between the teams. The Buckeyes and Colonials will meet at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in 84 Lumber Arena in Pittsburgh.
• The Saturday contest will have video streaming through RMUColonials.com for a fee, with a radio feed online.
• Audio, video and live stats links for the game can be found on the men’s hockey schedule and gameday pages on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with ingame updates on Twitter @OhioState_MHKY as well.
• Robert Morris won the series opener Friday in Columbus, 6-2. Ohio State scored the first goal but the Colonials tied the game at one in the first period and then scored the only three goals of the second period for a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes. The teams traded goals early in the third but a final RMU goal, scored into an empty net shorthanded, closed out the game. The Colonials won the special teams battled, scoring on both power play chances and going 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.
Buckeyes vs. Colonials
• Ohio State is 5-4-2 all-time against Robert Morris. Each team has the advantage on the road, with Robert Morris ahead in the series in Columbus 4-1-0 and the Buckeyes ahead in Pittsburgh, 2-0-1. In neutral site games, the Buckeyes are 2-0-1.
• The squads last met in a home-and-home series Oct. 25-26, 2013, with Ohio State sweeping the games, winning 5-3 at home and 4-3 on the road.
• The teams met all but one season from 2007-08 through 2012-13.
Buckeye Notes to Know
• Ohio State is third in the NCAA in scoring offense, averaging 4.5 goals per game. The team had a stretch of four consecutive games with five or more goals ended Friday vs. Robert Morris.
• The Buckeyes have had balanced scoring throughout the lineup – 11 Buckeyes have at least one goal and 21 have at least one assist and point. Every Buckeye who has played in more than one game has gotten on the scoresheet this year. There are three Buckeyes with 10 or more points and 11 with five or more. Buckeyes make up three of the top six scorers in the Big Ten.
• Senior Nick Schilkey enters game two against Robert Morris with 99 career points, on 50 goals and 49 assists. He is third on the squad with 10 points this season and is tied for the Big Ten lead with eight goals.
• Freshman Tanner Laczynski, who had an assist Friday, leads the Buckeyes and is second in the Big Ten overall and among rookies with 12 points and nine assists. Among NCAA rookies, Laczynski is third with 1.50 points per game. He has a point in all but one of his first eight collegiate games.
• Junior Matthew Weis is second on the squad with 11 points and scored his sixth goal of the season Friday vs. Robert Morris. He is on a five-game point streak and has a point in all but two games this year.
• Ohio State had a seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2) ended with the loss to Robert Morris. It was the best start to a season for an Ohio State squad since the 1983-84 team began its year with 13 consecutive wins. The Buckeyes dropped their first seven games to open the 2015-16 campaign.
• The Buckeyes closed last season with a 6-1-2 mark, giving the squad an 11-2-4 ledger in its last 17 games combined. Twenty letterwinners returned from last year’s team.
• Seven of the Buckeyes’ first nine games are away from Columbus, with Friday just the second home game for the team this season.
• The Buckeyes will host UConn for a two-game series Nov. 11-12. It is Military and Veteran Appreciation weekend. The Buckeyes will wear camouflage jerseys that will be auctioned to benefit United Heroes League (formerly Defending the Blue Line).
• Youth are invited down to the ice to shoot postgame goals after the Nov. 11 game and there will be a postgame meet and greet with select Buckeyes after game two. A family pack of tickets, which includes $5 concession credit, is available for the Nov. 12 game (online only).