November 16, 2016

No. 14/13 Buckeyes Head to New York for Series with RPI

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Nov. 16, 2016

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No. 14/13 Ohio State at RPI | Friday, Nov. 18 | 7 p.m.
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No. 14/13 Ohio State at RPI | Saturday, Nov. 19 | 7 p.m.
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Setting the Scene
• The No. 14/13-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team (6-1-4, 0-0-0-0 B1G) hits the road for two games at Rensselaer (2-8-1, 1-5-0 ECAC) this weekend. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Houston Field House in Troy, N.Y.
• Free video and audio broadcasts of the games are available through RPIAthletics.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.
• Ohio State is coming off a 1-0-1 weekend vs. UConn in Columbus, winning 7-4 in game one before tying 3-3 in game two. RPI lost home games to Clarkson (5-2) and St. Lawrence (3-1) last weekend.

In the Rankings
• Ohio State moved up one spot to No. 13 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. The squad has been in the Top 15 of the poll each of the last four weeks and five weeks this season, while receiving votes in all seven polls. The Buckeyes stayed at No. 14 in the USCHO rankings, their sixth consecutive week in the Top 20 and seventh straight week receiving votes.

Buckeye Notes to Know
• Ohio State is first in the NCAA in scoring offense, averaging 4.55 goals per game. The team has scored four or more goals in six of the last eight games. The squad is tied for first in the NCAA with 37 even strength goals and ranked first with 3.36 goals per game at even strength.Buckeye opponents have scored 16 goals when the teams are even.
• The Buckeyes have had balanced scoring throughout the lineup – 13 Buckeyes have at least one goal and 22 have at least one assist and point. All but one Buckeye skater has gotten on the scoresheet this year. There are eight Buckeyes with 10 or more points and 12 with five or more. Buckeyes make up six of the top nine scorers in the Big Ten.
• Ohio State played seven of its first 11 games away from Columbus and in all will play 11 of its 15 games on the road during the first half of the season.
• Ohio State is 6-1-4 on the year. The Buckeyes closed last season with a 6-1-2 mark, giving the squad a 12-2-6 ledger in its last 20 games combined. Twenty letterwinners returned from last year’s team, which was eighth nationally in scoring offense (3.56).
• The Buckeyes are tied for second in the nation with four ties this season, including each of their last two Saturday games. The squad played in a school record 11 overtime games a season ago.

Rohlik: “You want to continue to push yourself. As soon as you get satisfied you’re going to start going backwards.” https://t.co/DUT8rrFhgZ

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) November 16, 2016

Just the Stats
• Ohio State is averaging an NCAA-best 4.55 goals a game this season and allowing 2.91 per outing. The squad averages 36.0 shots on goal a game, with its opponents putting 26.5 on net a night.
• The Buckeye power play is 10th nationally, converting 22.6 percent (12-for-53), while the penalty kill is 36-for-50 (.720). Ohio State averages 11.5 penalty minutes a game, the 10th-lowest average in the NCAA.
• Senior Nick Schilkey and junior Matthew Weis share the team point lead with 15 each, followed by freshman Tanner Laczynski with 14. Schilkey has a team-high 10 goals, followed by classmate David Gust with eight. Laczynski and sophomore Dakota Joshua are first with 11 assists, while Weis and senior Josh Healey have 10 each.
• In goal, Matt Tomkins has started seven games, playing in eight, and has a 2.64 goals-against average and .900 save percentage. Christian Frey has played in four games, including both last weekend after returning from injury, and has a 3.21 goals-against average and .874 save percentage. Logan Davis has two appearances and stopped all six shots he faced.

Last Time Out – Buckeyes 1-0-1 vs. UCONN
• In its only two-game home series of the first half of the season, Ohio State came from behind for a 7-4 win over UConn and skated to a 3-3 overtime tie with the Huskies in game two.
• Game 1 (Ohio State 7, UConn 4): The Buckeyes led 2-1 after the first period on goals from Josh Healey shorthanded and David Gust, but UConn scored twice in the first 5:15 of the second to go ahead 3-2 and then added a goal at 13:23 for a 4-2 advantage. Ohio State went on to score the next five goals to come from behind for the win. The Buckeyes answered the fourth UConn goal less than a minute later to draw within one on a Gust tally, tied the game 19 seconds after that on Mason Jobst’s goal and took the lead just over a minute later on a tally by Nick Schilkey. Ohio State held a 5-4 lead through 40 minutes. In the third, the Buckeyes scored twice in the final five minutes, with a power play tally by Gust to complete his hat trick and a Luke Stork empty net goal. Ohio State outshot UConn 38-25 and each team was 2-for-6 on the power play.
• The Buckeyes trailed 2-0 less than 10 minutes into the game on two UConn power play goals. Mason Jobst cut the lead in half at 12:11 of the first for a 2-1 lead for the Huskies at intermission. In the middle period, the Buckeyes outshot UConn, 25-2, but could get just one shot by the Huskies’ goalie for a 2-2 game after 40 minutes. Just 1:11 into the third David Gust put the Buckeyes ahead with a power play goal, but UConn tied the game at 10:20. Neither team was able to score the rest of the way. Ohio State outshot UConn 14-6 in the third and 2-1 in overtime. For the game, Ohio State put 49 shots on net, while UConn had 17. The Buckeyes blocked 25 UConn shot attempts, with the Huskies blocking 17. Each team had four power plays, with UConn scoring twice and the Buckeyes converting once.

Have a Game – UConn Edition, with B1G Stars
• Senior Nick Schilkey had five points in the series with UConn, tying for the NCAA lead last week, and was named the B1G First Star of the Game. Friday he picked up his 100th career point with an assist in the first period and added a goal and another assist for a three-point night. Saturday he had a goal and an assist.
• Senior David Gust had four goals in the series with the Huskies and was named the B1G Second Star of the Week. He notched his first career hat trick Friday and then added a goal Saturday. It was his second career multiple-goal game and first since scoring twice March 11 at Michigan State.
• Junior Matthew Weis had a three-assist outing Friday, his second of the season, and had an assist in game two.
• In game one freshman Tanner Laczynski had two helpers for his fifth multiple-point game.
• Senior Josh Healey had a goal and an assist Friday for his fourth two-point night in the last six games. His goal was the first shorthanded tally of his career.
• Sophomore John Wiitala extended his point streak to seven with an assist in game one; he had eight points (4g, 4a) in the stretch, which ended Saturday.
• Sophomore Dakota Joshua extended his point streak to four with an assist in each game vs. UConn. He has a 1-5-6 line in the streak.
• Sophomore Mason Jobst had a 1-2-3 line in the series with the Huskies, including a goal and an assist in game two.
• Saturday Ohio State had a Value City Arena-record 25 shots on goal in the second period while holding UConn to two shots on net. The game ended with Ohio State ahead in shots, 49-17, the Buckeyes’ second game with 49 shots on goal this season and the first time this year the squad held its opponent to fewer than 20 shots on goal.
• The Buckeyes blocked a season-high 25 shots in the tie Saturday.

Buckeyes vs. Engineers
• The Buckeyes are 0-1-3 in their series with RPI, with the last meeting in 2006. All four matchups have been in Troy, N.Y.
• 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.

The Engineers
• RPI heads into this weekend’s series with a record of 2-8-1 and is 1-5-0 in ECAC action. The Engineers dropped both of their home contests last weekend, falling 5-2 to Clarkson and 3-1 to St. Lawrence.
• The Engineers are scoring 2.27 goals per game and are allowing 3.42 a game. The squad’s power play is 9-for-63 (.143) while the penalty kill is ninth nationally, going 60-for-67 (.896).
• Sophomore forward Evan Tironese has a team-leading 14 points and 11 assists. Junior defensemen Jared Wilson is first with six goals.
• Freshman Chase Perry has started nine games in goal for the Engineers and holds a 3.55 goals against average and .900 save percentage. Sophomore Cam Hackett has started the two games, with a 3.08 goals against average and .902 save percentage.
• Rensselaer is a member of the ECAC, where it is joined by Brown, Clarkson, Colgate, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Quinnipiac, St. Lawrence, Union and Yale.

Special Teams
• Ohio State is 12-for-53 (.226) on the power play this season, ranking 10th in the NCAA. The team was 3-for-10 (.300) in the series vs. UConn, going 2-for-6 Friday and 1-for-4 Saturday. The Buckeyes have a power play goal in seven of the last eight games.
• On the penalty kill, the Buckeyes are 36-for-50 (.720) this season. The squad has allowed a power play goal in all but one game this year, with UConn going 2-for-6 Friday and 2-for-4 Saturday.
• Ohio State is averaging 11.5 penalty minutes per game, the fewest by a Big Ten team this season and the 10th-lowest total nationally. The squad has eight or fewer penalty minutes in five of the last six games.
• The Buckeyes scored their first shorthanded goal of the season Friday vs. UConn, as Josh Healey tallied the first SHG of his Buckeye career.

Complete notes are in the PDF above