Feb. 10, 2016
Live Stats: Friday Saturday
Radio: 1460 AM Friday Saturday
TV: BTN (Friday only)
Online/Mobile: Friday/BTN2Go Saturday/BTN Plus
BOGO Tickets (code TMN241) | Date Night Deal (Saturday only)
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team wraps up its six-game homestand this weekend vs. Minnesota. The Buckeyes (8-14-2, 3-5-2-1 B1G) and Gophers (14-13-0, 9-3-0-0 B1G) will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena in Columbus.
Water Drive, Teddy Bear Toss This Weekend
• Friday there will be a bottled water drive to help aid relief efforts for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Cases of water bottles, gallon jugs or large containers will be accepted at the football equipment truck stationed near the Northwest Rotunda of the Schottenstein Center from 5:30-7 p.m.
• The annual Teddy Bear Toss is slated for Saturday. Fans are encouraged to bring a new stuffed animal (wrapped in a plastic bag) to throw on the ice during the first intermission. All stuffed animals collected will be donated to Ronald McDonald House.
Script Ohio on Ice, Postgame Fun
• Script Ohio on Ice will be performed during the first intermission Friday.
• Postgame goals for youth are scheduled for Friday. No skates needed; carpets will be set out on the ice to walk to the shooting position.
• A postgame meet and greet with select Buckeyes will be held Saturday near the official team shop on the concourse level.
• The game Friday will be televised by BTN and available through BTN2Go for subscribers with BTN as part of their cable package.
• The Saturday contest will be on BTN Plus for a fee as part of BTN StudentU. BTN Plus games can be accessed through BTN2Go.
• BTN2Go games, both tv broadcasts and online only games, are available online at BTN2Go.com and on the BTN2Go app for mobile devices and tablets.
• Ohio State radio will carry the action through 1460 AM in Columbus, online through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and through the TuneIn app. Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye John Mowat will call the action.
• Links for video, radio and GameTracker live stats are available on the men’s hockey schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and on the Buckeyes’ gameday page (go.osu.edu/mhkygameday).
• Ingame updates will also be available on the program’s Twitter page @OhioState_MHKY.
Ticket Info – BOGO, Date Night Deals Available, Rivalry Week Coming Soon
• Single game tickets for the games vs. Minnesota and the Buckeyes’ other remaining home games are available online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com/tickets, at the Schottenstein Center Ticket Office and at the arena on game night. Single game tickets for B1G games are $15, with student/youth and senior tickets available for $10.
• Group tickets are also on sale. Fans interested should contact the Athletic Ticket Sales Office at 1-800-GOBUCKS (select option 2) or AthleticSales@osu.edu to speak with an account executive.
• Ohio State students are admitted free with a valid BuckID.
• Parking is free for all Buckeye hockey games in Value City Arena in designated lots.
• Buy one, get one free tickets are available for both games this weekend. Fans can use code TMN241 on Ticketmaster prior to game night.
• For the game Saturday, a Date Night deal is available and includes two game tickets, two hot dogs, a popcorn and a large drink for $20 (plus fees).
• Details and links to purchase the BOGO and Date Night tickets are available online at go.osu.edu/VDayDeals2016).
• Ohio State closes its regular season in Columbus March 6 when it hosts Michigan at 3 p.m. in Nationwide Arena, home of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. A Rivalry Week ticket package that includes a ticket to both the Buckeyes’ game vs. the Wolverines and the Blue Jackets’ game vs. the Detroit Red Wings March 8 is available for $40. The first 100 fans to purchase the ticket package will get a chance to take a shot on the Nationwide Arena ice after the Ohio State game. The package can be purchase online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com/RivalryWeek.
— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) February 11, 2016
• Ohio State did not play last weekend. The week before, the squad split a series with Michigan State, falling 4-2 in the opener before a 2-1 win in game two. The squad is 5-3-2 since returning to action in late December.
• The Buckeyes are averaging 3.21 goals scored and 3.12 goals allowed a game. The squad has taken and allowed 33.0 shots on goal per night. Ohio State is averaging 12.7 penalty minutes a game. • On the power play, Ohio State is 21-for-98 (.214) and the penalty kill is 77-for-91 (.840) this season.
• Junior David Gust leads the team with 18 assists and 24 points, with classmate Nick Schilkey first with 13 goals and second with 23 points. Freshman Mason Jobst is third with 22 points and second with 14 helpers. Senior Anthony Greco has 10 goals to rank second on the squad, with Jobst third with eight. Schilkey, sophomore Matthew Weis and junior defenseman Drew Brevig are third with 10 helpers each.
• In goal, junior Christian Frey has 13 starts and 14 appearances, with a 2.23 goals-against average and .929 save percentage. Junior Matt Tomkins has started 10 games and has a 3.73 goals-against average and .892 save percentage.
B1G Midway Point
• This weekend opens the second half of the Buckeyes’ Big Ten Conference slate, with five consecutive conference series to close out the regular season.
• The squad hosts Minnesota and Wisconsin for two-game series and travels to Penn State and Michigan State, along with a home-and-home series with Michigan.
Look Back – Buckeyes and Spartans Split Series
• Ohio State split a series vs. Michigan State in its last time out, falling 4-2 Jan. 29 before rebounding for a 2-1 victory Jan. 30 in Columbus.
• Game One (Michigan State 4, Ohio State 2): The Spartans scored at 3:02 and 10:40 of the first for a 2-0 lead. Buckeye junior Nick Schilkey tallied at 17:45 to make it a one-goal game after 20 minutes. The only tally of the second was from Michigan State at 18:13, giving the Spartans a 3-1 lead. Just 3:07 into the third Buckeye freshman Mason Jobst tallied to again draw Ohio State within one. With time winding down, MSU sealed the win with an empty net goal. Shots were 29-21 in favor of the Spartans and each team was 0-for-3 on the power play.
• Game Two (Ohio State 2, Michigan State 1): All three goals came in the second period, with freshmen Miguel Fidler and Mason Jobst scoring for the Buckeyes at 4:17 and 14:31. The Spartans drew within one with a tally with 16 seconds left in the period, but Ohio State held the Spartans off the scoreboard in the third, with junior goalie Christian Frey making 10 of his 28 saves in the stanza, en route to the win.
Buckeyes vs. Gophers
• The series between Ohio State and Minnesota dates to 1968 but 19 of the 25 games have been since 1999. Ohio State is 3-21-1 all-time vs. the Gophers, including 1-4-1 in Columbus.
• The Buckeyes and Gophers met in Minneapolis to open the Big Ten schedule this year, with Minnesota winning both games in overtime. The Gophers won 3-2 in game one and 5-4 in game two.
• The teams met five times each of the last two years, with four regular season contests and then a matchup in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.
• In 2014-15, Ohio State was 1-4 vs. Minnesota. The Buckeyes lost twice in Minneapolis Feb. 6-7, 2015 (4-2, 6-2) and fell in the opener in Columbus (4-2) March 6, 2015, before winning game two, 5-3, March 7, 2015. The teams then met in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals in Detroit, a 3-0 win for the Golden Gophers.
• Four current Buckeyes call Minnesota home – junior defenseman Drew Brevig and freshman forward John Wiitala are from Lakeville and played for Lakeville South, while freshmen Miguel Fidler and Tyler Nanne are from Edina and won Minnesota state tournament titles with Edina High School in 2013 and `14.
• Head coach Steve Rohlik and associate head coach Mark Strobel are both Saint Paul natives and graduates of Hill-Murray High School. Rohlik served as the head coach at his alma mater, as well as spent a year coaching at Stillwater High School, before joining the collegiate coaching ranks full time. Strobel won a state title in 1991 with Hill-Murray as a player. As a coach, Rohlik led Hill-Murray to two state tournament appearances, including a runner-up finish in 1993.
• Junior Anthony Greco calls Queens, N.Y., home, but spent time living in Faribault and attended Shattuck St. Mary’s.
Ohio State vs. Minnesota – The Last Series
• The Buckeyes lost their Big Ten opening series at Minnesota Dec. 4-5, dropping both games in overtime.
• Game One (Minnesota 3, Ohio State 2 OT): Minnesota came from behind to down the Buckeyes, 3-2 in overtime, Dec. 4 in Minneapolis. Ohio State led 1-0 after the first period on a goal from Josh Healey and extended the lead to 2-0 in the second with a Nick Schilkey power play tally. In the third, the Gophers scored two power play goals (6:10, 15:33) to tie the game and Minnesota then won 1:08 into overtime. The Gophers outshot the Buckeyes, 40-28, with Christian Frey making 37 saves in the Buckeye net.
• Game Two (Minnesota 5, Ohio State 4 OT): Ohio State rallied to force overtime with a goal with 27 seconds left in the third period but fell in overtime to Minnesota, 5-4, Dec. 5. Minnesota led 1-0 after the first period before goals from Buckeye defensemen Drew Brevig and Healey put Ohio State ahead 2-1 at 4:34 of the second period. The Gophers deadlocked the game at two at 13:57 of the second and then scored twice in the first 2:37 of the third for a 4-2 advantage. Ohio State battled back, cutting the lead to one at 13:14 of the third on a goal from freshman Mason Jobst and then tying the game at four with a power play, extra attacker goal from senior Anthony Greco with Ohio State on a major power play that started with 5:07 left in regulation. The Gophers scored on their sixth shot on goal of overtime for the win, tallying at 1:21. Goalie Christian Frey made 36 saves for the Buckeyes, who were outshot 40-36.
• Minnesota enters the weekend 14-13-0 overall and tied for first place in the Big Ten with a 9-3-0-0 ledger in conference action. The squad, after winning five games in a row, is 1-3 in its last four, with losses to Bemidji State and Minnesota State in the North Star College Cup Jan. 30-31 and a series split with Penn State (W 4-1, L 3-5) in Minneapolis last weekend.
• The Gophers average 3.30 goals a game and are allowing 2.74 a contest. The power play is 21-for-99 (.212), with the penalty kill 73-for-90 (.811). The team has five shorthanded goals this year and has allowed one. The Gophers, who average 30.7 shot a night and allow 29.3 an outing, have taken 9.0 penalty minutes per game.
• Hudson Fasching leads the Gophers with 16 goals and is tied with Justin Kloos, who has a team-high 17 assists, for first in scoring with 29 points each. Leon Bristedt is third with 28 points (13g, 15a) and Tyler Sheehy (10g, 13a) has also hit the 20-point mark with 23. In all, 10 Gophers have double-digit points this season and four have double-digit goals. In net, Eric Schierhorn is 14-13-0, with a 2.51 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.
Frey Earns B1G Accolades, Jobst Makes Plays of the Week … Again
• Following the Buckeyes’ last series, junior goalie Christian Frey was named the B1G Third Star of the Week. He had a Big Ten-best .930 save percentage and 2.03 goals-against average in the series split with Michigan State. Frey had 25 saves on 28 shots in the first game and then 28 stops, including all 10 in the third period, in the 2-1 game two win.
• Frey has been a Big Ten star of the week five times in his career.
• In all, Ohio State has received five weekly honors from the league this season. David Gust (Nov. 17) and Frey (Jan. 5) were both named the first star, Nick Schilkey (Nov. 3) was a second star and Mason Jobst (Jan. 19) and Frey (Feb. 2) were both recognized with third star honors.
• Freshman Mason Jobst has scored a highlight-reel goal each of the last two series, with a goal against Penn State Jan. 23 and tally vs. Michigan State Jan. 30 both making the NCAA Top 5 Plays of the Week.
Buckeyes Since Break
• Since returning from their winter break Dec. 28, the Buckeyes are 5-3-2, including victories over No. 4 Boston College and No. 9 Cornell to win the Florida College Hockey Classic, a tie and shootout win vs. No. 6 Michigan and a 5-1 win over No. 14 Penn State, along with a 2-0 shutout and overtime tie at Wisconsin and series split vs. Michigan State.
• In the 10 games, the Buckeyes are averaging 3.90 goals per game (ranking sixth nationally during the same time period) and allowing 2.80 goals a game. The power play is converting 91.7 percent of its chances (tying for eighth in the NCAA) and the penalty kill has stoped 90 percent of the chances against to rank fifth nationally. The Buckeyes have blocked an NCAA-best 18.5 shots a game in the stretch. • Buckeye freshman Mason Jobst is tied for fifth among all NCAA players with 1.67 points a game since Dec. 28. The rookie has five goals and 10 assists in the stretch.
• In the 10 games, Jobst leads the Buckeyes with 10 assists and 15 points and shares the goal-scoring lead with senior Tyler Lundey and junior Nick Schilkey with five each. Junior David Gust is second with 10 points, on four goals and six assists. Junior Drew Brevig has blocked 37 shots in the last 10 outings, with senior Craig Dalrymple blocking 33. In goal, junior Christian Frey has started eight games and has a 1.73 goals-against average and .945 save percentage, with his save percentage sixth nationally during that time period.
In a Row
• Junior David Gust enters the series vs. Minnesota with a point in each of his last 13 games (4g, 9a, 13p). He has a point in all but four games this season. It is the longest point streak for a Buckeye since Ryan Dzingel had a point in 10-straight games Nov. 2, 2013-Jan. 10, 2014.
• Freshman Mason Jobst has a goal in each of his last three games and a point in eight of his last nine outings.
• The penalty kill has not allowed a power play goal in the last two series and has stopped the last 11 attempts against.
Complete notes, bios and statistics are in the PDF above.
— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) February 12, 2016