November 22, 2017

No. 15 Buckeyes Take On No. 17 Wolverines in Ann Arbor

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Nov. 22, 2017

No. 15 Ohio State at No. 17 Michigan
Ohio State PDF Game Notes | Video previews (Rohlik, Joshua, Jobst)

Date:
Friday, Nov. 24 | Time: 6:30 p.m. ET  | Venue: Yost Ice Arena | Location: Ann Arbor, Mich.
📺  BTN, BTN2Go | 📻 1460 AM, Buckeye Vision | 📊 Live Stats |   Twitter Updates

Date: Saturday, Nov. 25 | Time: 7:30 p.m. ET  | Venue: Yost Ice Arena | Location: Ann Arbor, Mich.📺  MGoBlue TV | 📻 1460 AM, Buckeye Vision | 📊 Live Stats |    Twitter Updates

Setting the Scene
• The No. 15-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team will take on No. 17 Michigan in a Big Ten Conference series this weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes (6-3-3, 1-3-0-0 B1G) and Wolverines (6-4-2, 2-2-2-1 B1G) are set to face off at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Yost Ice Arena.
• The game Friday will be televised by BTN and available through BTN2Go for cable subscribers who have BTN as part of their cable package.
• Ohio State radio will carry both games over the air on 1460 AM and online through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. They may also be available on the TuneIn app.
• Video, radio 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.

In the Rankings
• Ohio State started the year ranked 19th in the USCHO Top 20 poll but fell into the receiving votes category for three polls in a row. The squad moved back into the Top 20 at No. 16 Oct. 30. After that, the Buckeyes were No. 17 Nov. 6 and No. 16 Nov. 13 before moving to No. 15 this week.
• Ohio State has been receiving votes in the Top 15 of the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 poll through each of the first nine polls.
• In the USCHO poll this week, five Big Ten teams are ranked – No. 4 Notre Dame, No. 6 Minnesota, No. 9 Wisconsin, No. 15 Ohio State and No. 17 Michigan. Michigan State and Penn State are both receiving votes.
• In this week’s USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, Notre Dame is No. 4, Minnesota is No. 6 and Wisconsin is No. 10. Ohio State and Michigan are the first two teams receiving votes.

Buckeye Notes to Know
• The Buckeyes, coming off a bye weekend, enter the series with Michigan 6-3-3 overall and 1-3-0 in Big Ten play, splitting a series at Wisconsin to open the year before two home losses to Notre Dame.
• Ohio State is tied for third nationally in scoring defense, holding opponents to 2.0 goals per game. The penalty kill ranks second nationally, stopping 91.3 percent of its opponents’ chances. The Buckeyes are averaging 2.5 goals a night and converting 11.8 percent of their power play opportunities.
• Ohio State and Michigan are meeting in the same location as the football game between the Buckeyes vs. Wolverines for the first time since the inaugural Big Ten hockey game Nov. 29, 2013 in Ann Arbor. That season, Michigan posted a 4-3 overtime win in Ann Arbor the Friday before The Game in Michigan Stadium. The teams met in Columbus to wrap up that series, with UM winning 5-4 Dec. 2, 2013. The teams last met in the first half of the season in 2014-15, when Michigan won 8-3 in Ann Arbor Dec. 5, 2014.
• The Buckeyes are 5-1-1 on the road this season, tying for third nationally in road wins and ranking third in road winning percentage (.786). The games this weekend are the team’s away from Columbus until January. The squad will host Penn State and Minnesota in Big Ten series to close out the first half of the schedule and return to action with a nonconference series against Niagara Dec. 29-30.
• Sophomore Tanner Laczynski leads the Buckeyes with nine assists and 13 points, with all 13 points coming in the last eight games. He has four multiple point outings in the stretch.
• Junior Mason Jobst leads the Buckeyes with six goals and is second with 12 points. He has a point in eight of 12 games this year and had a five-game point streak end in game two at UConn. Jobst enters the series at Michigan with 97 points in his 86 games with the Scarlet and Gray. He is tied for eighth among current NCAA players in points and his 1.13 points per game mark is fourth among NCAA skaters in at least his second year.
• Redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo has started 11 of 12 games and is sixth nationally in goals-against average (1.73). Freshman Tommy Nappier made his first start in game one at UConn and made 34 saves (a Buckeye season high) for his first collegiate win. He is the first Buckeye rookie goalie to play – and post a win – since Logan Davis, Christian Frey and Matt Tomkins in 2013-14.
• Junior defenseman Sasha Larocque is second in the NCAA in blocked shots per game (2.83) and ranks fourth nationally in total blocks with 34.

Just the Stats
• Ohio State is averaging 2.5 goals a game and is allowing 2.0 goals per outing, tying for third nationally in scoring defense.
• The Buckeye power play is 6-for-51 (.118) on the year after going 2-for-8 at UConn in its last series.
•The penalty kill has stopped 42-of-46 opponent opportunities (.913), ranking second in the NCAA. The squad averages 9.9 penalty minutes and 3.8 penalty kills per game.
• Ohio State is averaging 31.6 shots on goal a game. The team is allowing 24.2 shots on goal a night, ranking fourth in the NCAA in shots allowed per outing.
• Sophomore Tanner Laczynski has a team-best nine assists and 13 points. Junior Mason Jobst leads the squad with six goals and ranks second with six assists and 12 points. Laczynski and senior Matthew Weis both have four goals to rank second, while Weis and junior Dakota Joshua are tied for third with five helpers each.
• In goal, redshirt junior Sean Romeo has started 11 of 12 games and has a 1.73 goals-against average and .924 save percentage, with a 5-3-3 record. Freshman Tommy Nappier has one start and two appearances, posting a 3.53 goals-against average and .902 save percentage, with one win.

Last Time Out – Buckeyes 1-0-1 at UConn
• Ohio State skated to a 5-4 win and 1-1 overtime tie Nov. 10-11 at UConn before a bye week.
• Game 1 (Ohio State 5, UConn 4): The Buckeyes led 2-0 after the first period on two Matthew Weis goals and extended the lead to 3-0 with an early power play goal in the second period by Dakota Joshua. UConn scored the next two for a one-goal game entering the third. Ohio State regained its two-goal cushion with third period tallies from Mason Jobst and Christian Lampasso, but the Huskies answered each time. The Buckeye penalty kill came up huge in the third, holding UConn scoreless on a five-minute major and on a 6-on-4 advantage to close out the game. Tommy Nappier had 35 saves in the Buckeye net and stopped a second period penalty shot in his first career start. The Buckeyes won the special teams battle, going 2-for-4 on the power play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill. Weis had a team-high two goals and three points, while Dakota Joshua and Mason Jobst each had a goal and an assist and Gordi Myer, Matt Miller and Tanner Laczynski each had two assists.
• Game 2 (Ohio State 1, UConn 1 OT): The teams were scoreless through the first two periods. At 9:23 of the third Tanner Laczynski put the Buckeyes in the lead, but at 16:41 the Huskies tied the game. Ohio State was outshot in the game, 30-25. Sean Romeo had 29 saves for the Buckeyes, including six in overtime.

Buckeyes vs. Wolverines
• Ohio State and Michigan met for the first time in 1964 and after games in 1969-70, 1974-75 and 1978-79, have met at least once each season since 1981-82 when Michigan joined Ohio State in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.
• The Wolverines lead the all-time series, 81-38-13, including 40-16-7 in Ann Arbor. The teams have split the last two series on the Wolverines’ home ice.
• The teams split two series last season. They first met Feb. 3-4 in Ann Arbor, with a 5-4 Wolverine win in game one and 6-5 Buckeye victory in game two. In Columbus Feb. 24-25, Ohio State claimed the opener 4-2 before the Wolverines blanked the Buckeyes, 1-0.
• Five Buckeyes call Michigan home – juniors Dakota Joshua (Dearborn) and Brendon Kearney (Northville), sophomore Ronnie Hein (Chelsea) and freshmen Grant Gabriele (Brighton) and Michael Rounds (Mt. Pleasant). The five Michigan natives rank second on the squad, behind only the six Ohio natives skating for the Buckeyes this year.
Mason Jobst leads the current Buckeyes with 12 assists and 17 points (in eight games) vs. Michigan, while Joshua shares the team goal lead with Jobst vs. the Wolverines with five each. Joshua (in eight games) has added five assists for 10 points, ranking second among current Buckeyes. Senior Matthew Weis has eight assists and nine points in 11 games vs. UM.

Ohio State vs. Michigan – The Last Series
• Ohio State and Michigan last met Feb. 24-25 in Columbus. The Buckeyes posted a 4-2 win in game one before a 1-0 Wolverine victory in game two.
• Game 1 (Ohio State 4, Michigan 2): Michigan opened the scoring at 12:12 of the first period. The Buckeyes tied the game with a power play goal with less than a second left in the opening stanza on a David Gust score. Kevin Miller scored back-to-back goals at 2:41 and 9:50 of the second to extend the advantage to 3-1. Michigan drew within one at 15:06 with a power play tally, but the Buckeyes again had a late power play goal, with Nick Schilkey scoring with seven seconds left in the middle period, for a 4-2 lead. Neither team scored in the third. Buckeye senior goalie Christian Frey had 14 of his 32 saves in the final stanza, while the Buckeye penalty killed four straight minutes of a UM power play to maintain the lead.
• Game 2 (Michigan 1, Ohio State 0): The lone goal of the game was scored at 9:39 of the first period, when Nick Pastujov tallied for Michigan. The Buckeyes outshot the Wolverines in the game, 42-23, including 20-7 in the final period, but were unable to get the puck past the Michigan goalie. Buckeye goalie Christian Frey made 22 stops in 57:35. Each team was 0-for-1 on the power play.

Wolverine Words
• Michigan enters the weekend 6-4-2 overall and is 2-2-2-1 in Big Ten play. Last weekend, the Wolverines lost 7-3 at Wisconsin before a 4-4 overtime tie and shootout win vs. the Badgers. Michigan’s last home series was Nov. 10-11, when it was 1-0-1 vs. Minnesota, posting a 5-4 overtime win and 6-6 overtime tie (and shootout loss).
• The Wolverines are averaging 3.83 goals per game to tie for third nationally in scoring offense. The team is allowing 3.33 goals per night. The squad is 10-for-56 (.179) on the power play and 42-for-50 (.840) on the penalty kill. Michigan averages 35.9 shots on goal and gives up 30.2 per game.
• Cooper Marody leads Michigan with 20 points and is third nationally with 1.67 points per game, posting four goals and 16 assists. Tony Calderone has a team-best 10 goals, with Jake Slaker second with seven.
• In goal, Hayden Lavigne and Jack LaFontaine have split time, with each seeing action in seven games. Lavigne is 2-2-2, with a 3.01 goals-against average and .895 save percentage. LaFontaine has a 4-2-0 ledger, 3.37 goals-against average and .889 save percentage.

In the B1G
• This weekend features three Big Ten series – Ohio State at Michigan, Michigan State at Penn State and Minnesota at Notre Dame.
• Notre Dame is first in the league with 12 points and a 4-0-0 ledger. Minnesota is second with 11 points and a 3-2-1-1 mark, with Wisconsin a point back after a 3-2-1-0 ledger. Michigan has nine points (2-2-2-1), followed by Penn State with six (2-4-0-0) and Ohio State and Michigan State with three (1-3-0-0).
• With the addition of Notre Dame to the league this year, the conference has changed its postseason format, going to a three-round format on campus sites. The No. 1 seed will receive a first round bye, with Nos. 2-4 hosting 5-7 in best of three quarterfinal series. The highest remaining seeds will then host single game semifinals before a championship game.

On the Road
• The Buckeyes are 5-1-1 on the road this season, tying for fourth nationally in road wins and ranking third in road winning percentage (.786).
• In road games, Ohio State is averaging 2.86 goals a game, allowing 1.71 per outing. The power play is 4-for-33 (.121) and the penalty kill is 26-for-28 (.929).
• Last season, Ohio State led the NCAA in road wins (13) and road winning percentage (.806) with a 13-2-3 road ledger.
• The games at Michigan precede six straight home games for the Buckeyes (two series before break, one series after). The squad’s next road games are Jan. 5-6 at Michigan State, followed by two games at Penn State Jan. 12-13.

Looking for 100
• Two Buckeyes are nearing the 100-point mark for the Scarlet and Gray.
• Junior Mason Jobst has 97 points (37g, 60a) in 86 games and is looking to join Ryan Dzingel and RJ Umberger as Buckeyes to reach 100 points as a junior since 2003. Umberger, who finished his three-year career with 129 points (58g, 71a) in 112 games, posted his 100th point in his 87th game with the Scarlet and Gray. Dzingel, who had a 45-63-108 line in 110 games over three years, hit triple digits in his 101st game as a Buckeye.
• Jobst, who has a 6-6-12 line on the year, is third among current NCAA juniors and tied for eighth among all current NCAA players in career points. His 1.13 career points per game average is the fourth-highest among players in at least his second year of collegiate action.
• Senior Matthew Weis has 94 points (32g, 62a) in 111 games with the Scarlet and Gray, ranking 11th (tied) among current NCAA players in points. This season, Weis has nine points, with all nine coming in the last eight games, including a two-goal, three-point night at UConn Nov. 10.

On the Defense
• Ohio State ranks third (tied) nationally in team defense, holding opponents to 2.0 goals per game. The squad has limited teams to two or fewer goals in seven of 12 games on the year.
• Junior Sasha Larocque leads the Buckeyes with 34 blocked shots this season, ranking fourth in the NCAA in total blocks and ranking second with 2.83 per game. He has two or more blocks in 11 of 12 games this year.
• Sophomores Matt Miller and Gordi Myer both had two assists in the game one win at UConn. It was Myer’s second two-point night and first since two helpers at Michigan Feb. 4, while it was the first multiple-point outing of Miller’s career. Miller has a 2-3-5 line on the year and Myer has three assists.
• Senior Janik Moser notched his first career goal in game two at UMass, scoring in his 89th career game, and added his second three games later with a tally vs. Notre Dame Nov. 3. He also had the primary assist on the gamewinner at Robert Morris Oct. 28 and on Tanner Laczynski’s goal in the 1-1 OT tie at UConn in the last game. He has a 2-2-4 line through the first 12 games this season. He had four assists in each of his first three years.

Special Teams Synopsis
• The Buckeyes rank second in the NCAA on the penalty kill, stopping 42-of-46 (.913) opponent chances. The squad was 9-for-10 at UConn, allowing one goal in five chances in the first game and going 5-for-5 in game two.
• Ohio State’s power play has six goals on 51 chances (.118) this season. At UConn, the squad was 2-for-4 in game one and 0-for-4 in game two.
• The Buckeyes started the season scoreless on their first 21 chances before going 2-for-4 at UMass Oct. 20. Mason Jobst has four of the Buckeyes’ six power play goals, with John Wiitala and Dakota Joshua scoring the others.
• Last season, the Buckeyes led the NCAA on the power play, converting 31.6 percent of their chances. On the penalty kill in 2016-17, Ohio State was 120-for-161 (.745).

Complete notes, statistics and bios in the PDF above