Oct. 11, 2017
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Setting the Scene
• The Ohio State men’s hockey team hosts Rensselaer this weekend to open its regular season home slate. The Buckeyes (1-1-0, 1-1-0-0 B1G) and Engineers (0-0-0, 0-0-0 ECAC) will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.
• The games will be streamed through the BTN Plus subscription service on BTN2Go. Ohio State radio will carry the games on 1460 AM in Columbus and on Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
• 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.
Hockey Hour, Meet and Greet and Social Media Night
• Friday night is the first Hockey Hour of the season. From 6-7 p.m., the concourse will include fun activities for all ages. There will be games to play and interactive activities throughout the concourse. In addition, all drinks will automatically be upgraded to the next size up free of charge.
• The Saturday game is Social Media Night. The first 350 fans will receive a Buckeye Leaf phone popper and a special ticket offer is available through the team’s social media accounts (@OhioState_MHKY on Twitter and “The Ohio State University Hockey” on Facebook). In-game there will be multiple promotions including Tweet Your Seat for Prizes.
• Following the Saturday game, there will be a full-team postgame meet and greet on the concourse.
Ticket Talk, Parking
• Single game, mini plan, group and season tickets are all available for this season’s Buckeye hockey home games.
• To purchase season, mini plan, or group tickets, fans can call 1-800-GOBUCKS or email Athleticsales@osu.edu to speak with an Ohio State Ticket Sales Representative.
• Single game tickets can be purchased online at go.osu.edu/MIH17single.
• Ohio State students receive free admission to all regular season home games with a valid BuckID. • Parking is free for hockey fans in designated lots around the arena.
— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) October 12, 2017
Last Time Out
• Ohio State split its season-opening series at then-No. 12 Wisconsin last week, with each team posting a 3-2 victory.
• Game One: After a scoreless first, the Buckeyes trailed 1-0 after a Badger goal 7:38 into the second. Buckeye captain Mason Jobst tied the game at 14:31 of the stanza with an #SCTop10 Play of the Day goal, assisted by Freddy Gerard. In the third, Wisconsin again went ahead, converting on a penalty shot at 10:22. Buckeye sophomore Sam McCormick found junior John Wiitala alone in front and he scored to tie the game at two with five minutes remaining. With 1:16 left in regulation, Gerard passed to Jobst in front and he scored to put the Buckeyes ahead for the first time. In his first game for the Buckeyes, redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo had 18 saves.
• Game Two: Wisconsin led 1-0 after the first period and 3-0 after two, tallying twice in less than two minutes in the middle stanza. Gerard and Wiitala scored in 24 seconds for the Buckeyes at 11:15 and 11:39 of the third to make it a one-goal game but the Buckeyes could not find the back of the net again. Sean Romeo made 22 saves and the Buckeye penalty kill was 4-for-4 in the game. Jobst assisted on both Buckeye tallies.
Buckeyes vs. Engineers
• The Buckeyes are 2-1-3 in their series with RPI after a series sweep a season ago. The first six games in the series were all on the Engineers’ home ice.
• Last season, Ohio State shut out RPI in the series opener, 4-0, Nov. 18 before a 3-2 win in game two Nov. 19.
• Three of the four games between the teams have ended in a 5-5 tie: Dec. 27, 1973, Dec. 30, 1977 and Nov. 25, 2006. The other contest was an 8-5 RPI victory Nov. 7, 1980.
A Buckeye at the Helm
• Buckeye alum Dave Smith is in his first year as the head coach at Rensselaer. He was a four-year letterwinner for Ohio State from 1989-92 and posted 140 points, with 57 goals and 83 assists, in 126 career games, ranking 22nd in program history in career points. He was the Team MVP and led the squad in scoring in 1992 with 63 points, including a team-best 41 assists (the seventh-highest total for a single-season in program history).
• After graduating from Ohio State, Smith spent six years playing professional hockey, including five full years in the AHL.
• Smith, who also spent time coaching at Mercyhurst, Bowling Green and Miami, spent 12 seasons at the helm of Canisius before he was hired at RPI in April.
• Rensselaer was 8-28-1 overall last season and was 6-16-0 in ECAC play. The squad averaged 2.24 goals a game, while allowing 3.73 a game. The squad’s power play converted 21.3 percent of its chances and the penalty kill stopped 78.3 percent of its opponents opportunities.
• The Engineers bring back six of their top seven scorers from last season, led by Evan Tironese who had seven goals and a team-best 21 assists for 28 points. Goalie Chase Perry, who had a 3.35 goals-against average and .906 save percentage, also returns.
Buckeyes vs. Engineers Last Season
• The Buckeyes posted a road sweep at Rensselaer last season, posting 4-0 and 3-2 wins Nov. 18-19.
• Game 1: Ohio State opened the scoring late in the first on a goal by Dakota Joshua and Nick Schilkey scored on a 5-on-3 power play in the second for a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes. Schilkey extended the lead to 3-0 less than eight minutes into the third and Tanner Laczynski sealed the win with an empty net goal. Matt Tomkins stopped all 28 shots he faced and backstopped the Buckeyes’ 5-for-5 night on the penalty kill, including stopping a 5-on-3 early in the third when it was a two-goal game.
• Game 2: The Buckeyes led 1-0 after the first period on a goal by Luke Stork. In the second, the Engineers tied the game twice. They deadlocked the score at 1 at 4:58 with a power play goal. The Buckeyes went ahead 2-1 at 9:51 of the stanza on Sam McCormick’s first collegiate goal, but RPI again converted with the man advantage for a 2-2 game after two. In the third, Laczynski tallied at 9:56 with the teams skating 4-on-4 to put the Buckeyes ahead for a third time. Ohio State held the Engineers off the rest of the way, including when RPI skated with the extra attacker for the final 1:40. The Buckeyes outshot Rensselaer 40-24, with goalie Tomkins making 22 saves, including 11 in the third period.