October 8, 2018

Gameweek Notebook – Arizona State

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The No. 1-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team opens the 2018-19 campaign with a road series at Arizona State (2-0) this weekend. The teams will meet at 10:05 p.m. ET Friday and Saturday in Tempe, Ariz.

This is the second series between the teams. The squads faced off in Columbus Jan. 13-14, 2017. The Buckeyes won the opener 6-1 before the teams tied game two, 2-2.

Arizona State opened its season over the weekend, posting back-to-back shutouts of Alaska Fairbanks (3-0, 5-0) at home.


Buckeyes No. 1 in National Polls

Ohio State is ranked first in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week, marking the first time in program history the team has held down the top spot in either poll. The Buckeyes garnered 18 of 50 first place votes in USCHO and 18 of 34 first place votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings.

The previous high for the Buckeyes, who started the year ranked third by USCHO, was No. 2 in January 2012 (the poll started in 1997-98). The squad started the year second in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, and also reached the second spot in January 2012 and October 2005 (the poll started in 1995-96).

The program was ranked first in the WMPL Radio poll for three weeks in late 1983 (polls of Nov. 7, Nov. 21 and Nov. 28, 1983), marking the only time the squad has been ranked No. 1.

The Buckeyes are one of two schools with their men’s and women’s teams ranked in the Top 5 of a USCHO.com poll. The Ohio State women are ranked fifth, while the Minnesota Duluth men are No. 3 and the UMD women are No. 4.


Official practice began around the country Saturday. Teams were limited to eight hours per week on the ice with coaches before that date.

The Buckeyes held a Scarlet vs. Gray game during their first practice, as well as worked on special teams.


Back for the Buckeyes

The Buckeyes return 21 players from the 2017-18 squad that was 26-10-5 and reached the NCAA Frozen Four.

The squad returns 97 goals and 265 points from last year’s team, ranking sixth (tied) and seventh nationally in returning offense.

Heading into the season, senior Mason Jobst led all returning NCAA players with 128 career points, 20 career power play goals and 76 career assists, tying for second with 52 career goals.

(stats thanks to College Hockey Inc.)

The Buckeyes took part in Ohio State’s annual Homecoming Parade Friday night, walking the parade route with the zamboni.