Jan. 14, 2017
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Setting the Scene
• The No. 10-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team (11-4-4, 2-2-0-0 B1G) closes out its two-game nonconference series with Arizona State (7-17-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes won the opener, 6-1. The series marks the first games between the teams.
• The game will be televised by ESPNU and available through WatchESPN online and on mobile devices.
• Ohio State radio will carry the contest on 1460 AM and online 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.
• Tickets for the games can be purchased through Ticketmaster (go.osu.edu/mhkytmtix16) or at the arena on game night. Parking is free around the arena in designated lots. Ohio State students are free with valid BuckID.
First Responders Night, Postgame Meet and Greet
• Pregame, there will be an interactive display of fire, police and emergency vehicles outside the arena. The First Responders Face-Off Game featuring Columbus Fire vs. Columbus Police follows the Ohio State game and all fans are invited to stay and watch.
• There will be a meet and greet with select Buckeyes on the concourse level postgame Saturday.
Friday Flashback – OSU 6, ASU 1
• Ohio State used four first-period goals and 35 saves from goalie Christian Frey to post a 6-1 win over Arizona State in the first meeting between the teams Friday.
• The Buckeyes four times in a 5:05 span in the first 10:03 of the game, with goals from David Gust, Nick Schilkey, Miguel Fidler and Kevin Miller, for a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes. Each team scored once in the second, with Schilkey notching his second power play goal of the night. Buckeye Ronnie Hein had the only goal of the third. Ohio State was 3-for-5 on the power play, with ASU 1-for-5. Gust added two assists for a three-point night, while Mason Jobst and Matt Joyaux each had two helpers in the win.
Senior Class Award Candidate Nick Schilkey on a Hot Streak
• Buckeye senior captain Nick Schilkey had two power play goals for the second consecutive game in the win Friday.
• He leads the Big Ten and is third nationally with 17 goals, ranking second in the NCAA with .89 goals a game. He has nine power play goals on the year to rank second in the NCAA. He has five multiple goal outings this season (tying for first nationally) and two points in four of the last five games.
• Friday, Schilkey was named one of 15 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. A finance major, he will be a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar for posting a grade-point average of 3.7+ last school year.
• He has 114 points in his Buckeye career, with 59 goals and 55 assists. It is tied for the eighth-highest point total among current NCAA skaters and is tied for third in career goals.
Buckeye Notes to Know
• Ohio State is second in the NCAA in scoring offense, averaging 4.32 goals per game, and is third in scoring margin (+1.53). The squad has scored five or more goals seven times. Penn State, Ohio State and Harvard are the only three teams averaging 4+ goals a game.
• The Buckeyes rank second nationally on the power play, converting 26.8 percent of their chances (22-for-88). The team was 3-for-5 Friday, its second 3-for-5 game this season. The team is 5-for-11 in its last two games combined.
• The squad is second in the NCAA with 3.11 even strength goals per game and 59 even strength goals. Buckeye opponents have scored 28 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 four Buckeyes with 20 or more points, 10 with 10 or more and 16 with five or more.
• Ohio State has scored first in all but three games this season, with an 11-3-2 ledger when opening the scoring. The team has scored in the first period in all but two contests and is averaging 1.63 first period goals a game to rank second in the NCAA.
• The Buckeyes lead the NCAA in shooting percentage, converting 13.5 percent of their shots. The squad averages 31.89 shots on goal a game. Friday ended a streak of five games with 26 or fewer shots on goal.
• Tanner Laczynski returned to the Buckeye lineup Friday after winning gold at the World Junior Championship. He is the second Buckeye gold medalist in the event and first to finish first while skating for the Buckeyes (Ryan Kesler, 2004). He had an assist in the win over the Sun Devils and now has a 6-17-23 line on the year, ranking 13th in the NCAA in points per game (1.44), tying for sixth in assists per game (1.06) and standing second among rookies in points per game.
• Sophomore Mason Jobst is on a five-game point scoring streak, with three goals, eight assists and 11 points in the stretch, with a four-point game and three two-point outings. He has back-to-back games with two assists. Jobst is tied for second in scoring for the Buckeyes with 23 points, sharing the assist lead with Laczynski with 17 each.
• Senior goalie Christian Frey has 35+ saves in each of his last three games, with a .968 save percentage in the stretch, along with a 2-1-0 ledger. He had 46 stops in a shutout of Penn State, followed by a 39-save game vs. the Nittany Lions. He stopped 35-of-36 shots vs. Arizona State in game one.