Dec. 3, 2016
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Setting the Scene
• The No. 10/11-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team (8-2-4, 0-1-0-0 B1G) takes on No. 11/9 Minnesota (7-4-2, 1-0-0 B1G) in game two of their Big Ten Conference series at 8 p.m. ET Saturday.
• The game will be broadcast by FS North+ and carried by SportsTime Ohio. It is available through BTN2Go online and for mobile devices for subscribers with BTN as part of their cable package.
• Ohio State radio will carry the contest in Columbus on 1460 AM and online through the Buckeye Vision subscription package on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
• Audio, 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.
Friday Flashback – Minnesota 5, Ohio State 3
• In the first Big Ten Conference game of the season for both teams, Minnesota prevailed, 5-3, Friday in Minneapolis.
• The Buckeyes opened the scoring for the 12th time this season on a goal credited to Kevin Miller that was put in by the Gophers, 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.
Buckeye Notes to Know
• Ohio State is second in the NCAA in scoring offense, averaging 4.29 goals per game. The team has scored four or more goals in seven of the last 11 games.
• The Buckeyes rank eighth nationally on the power play, converting 22.6 percent of their chances (14-for-62). The squad has a power play goal in nine of the last 11 games.
• The squad is second in the NCAA with 45 even strength goals and 3.21 even strength goals per game. Buckeye opponents have scored 19 goals when the teams are even.
• The Buckeyes have had balanced scoring throughout the lineup – 15 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 three of the top six scorers in the Big Ten.
• Of the Buckeyes’ 15 games in the first half ofthe season, only four have been in Columbus. In all, 11 of its 15 games have been away from home (10 road games, 1 neutral site contest). The game Friday was the team’s first loss away from Columbus this year, dropping the record to 6-1-3.
• Ohio State is 8-2-4 on the year. The Buckeyes closed last season with a 6-1-2 mark, giving the squad a 14-3-6 ledger in its last 23 games combined. Twenty letterwinners returned from last year’s team, which was eighth nationally in scoring offense (3.56).
• The loss Friday ended the Buckeyes’ five-game unbeaten streak (3-0-2) and was its first loss since Nov. 4 vs. Robert Morris. The loss to the Colonials ended the team’s seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2) to start the year. It was the best start for the program since the 1983-84 squad won its first 13 games. The team last year lost its first seven games.
• Senior Nick Schilkey is second in the Big Ten with 12 goals and third with 17 points. Nationally, he is fourth with .86 goals a game.
• Tanner Laczynski is second in points among Big Ten skaters overall and among freshmen with 18. He leads the Buckeyes with 13 assists, ranking third in the B1G. Nationally, he is fourth among rookies with 1.29 points per game and is 15th in assists per game (.93).
• Senior David Gust led the Buckeyes with two points on a goal and an assist Friday. He is tied for fourth on the squad with 14 points and is second with nine goals, ranking fourth in the Big Ten.
Buckeyes vs. Gophers
• The series between Ohio State and Minnesota dates to 1968 but 23 of the 29 games have been since 1999. Ohio State is 3-25-1 all-time vs. the Gophers and has lost the last seven to Minnesota. Ohio State’s last win over Minnesota was March 7, 2015 in Columbus, 5-2. In Minneapolis, the Gophers lead the series 13-1-0, with Ohio State’s win Dec. 28, 1999, in the Mariucci Classic, 6-5.
• Ohio State and Minnesota met five times in 2015-16, with the Gophers winning all five games. The Buckeyes and Gophers met in Minneapolis to open the Big Ten schedule Dec. 4-5, with Minnesota winning both games in overtime (3-2, 5-4). The Gophers then won the first game in Columbus in overtime, 5-4, Feb. 12. Feb. 13, Minnesota posted a 4-3 victory in Columbus. The teams then met in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals for the third year in a row, with Minnesota prevailing 4-2 March 18 in Saint Paul.
• The teams will close the regular season series Feb. 10-11 in Columbus.
• The Buckeyes will enter the December break from competition following their series at Minnesota. The team will next play Dec. 31 when it hosts Miami at 4 p.m. in Value City Arena in Columbus.