September 29, 2017

No. 19 Buckeyes Kick Off Year with Exhibition Game Saturday

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Sept. 29, 2017

Preseason Interviews: Rohlik | Jobst | Larocque | Weis | Romeo

COLUMBUS, Ohio –
The No. 19 Ohio State men’s hockey team hits the ice Saturday for an exhibition game vs. Ryerson to kick off the 2017-18 campaign. The Buckeyes and Rams will meet at 4 p.m. in Value City Arena. Live stats for the game will be available through OhioStateBuckeyes.com HERE.

The Preseason Saturday is also the first official day of practice for the majority of Division I college hockey teams. The Buckeyes have been holding captains practices, working with the strength and conditioning staff and going on the ice with the coaches for a limited number of hours each week during the preseason.

Ticket Talk
Single game, mini plan, group and season tickets are all available for this season’s Buckeye hockey home games.

To purchase season, mini plan, or group tickets, fans can call 1-800-GOBUCKS or email Athleticsales@osu.edu to speak with an Ohio State Ticket Sales Representative.

Single game tickets can be purchased online go.osu.edu/MIH17single.

Ohio State students receive free admission to all Buckeye hockey regular season home games in Value City Arena with a valid BuckID.

Parking is free in designated lots around the arena.

Regular Season a Week Away, Opens with B1G Series
With the addition of Notre Dame to Big Ten hockey, the league schedule has been adjusted, with conference series earlier in the year. The Buckeyes open the regular season next week with a B1G series, traveling for two games at Wisconsin. The teams will meet Oct. 6-7 in the Kohl Center in Madison.

Ohio State will then play six straight nonconference games, beginning with a series vs. Rensselaer Oct. 13-14 in Value City Arena. Two games at UMass follow before a home-and-home series vs. Robert Morris Oct. 27 in Columbus and Oct. 28 on the road.

The Ryerson Rams
Ryerson, located in Toronto, is 3-1 this season, with its last game a 4-0 loss to York Tuesday. The Buckeyes and Rams have played four times, with the Buckeyes winning all four games. The teams first met Nov. 20-21, 1970 in Columbus with 12-3 and 3-2 OT Buckeye wins. The next year, Ohio State posted 10-3 and 11-2 victories at home Feb. 4-5, 1972.

Leading the Way
Junior Mason Jobst was voted captain for the 2017-18 Ohio State men’s hockey team, while junior Sasha Larocque and senior Luke Stork were tabbed alternate captains for the squad. The trio was selected after a team vote.

With ONE day to gameday, the new captains talked about being selected by their teammates, leadership and this year’s Buckeyes. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/XYXJ82KKPA

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) September 29, 2017

Jobst, from Speedway, Indiana, was a Second Team All-American, First Team All-Big Ten selection and the Big Ten co-Scoring Champion last season after posting a B1G-best 55 points, with 19 goals and 36 assists. He ranked in the Top 8 in the NCAA in points and assists per game overall last season. A B1G All-Freshman Team choice, he has posted 85 points through his first two seasons, tying for 10th nationally among current players in total points. He is a two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten choice.

Larocque, a native of Calgary, Alberta, played in 34 games a season ago and had eight assists and nine points. He was in the Top 10 in the Big Ten in blocks (68), blocks per game (2.0) and plus/minus (+18). In his Buckeye career, Larocque has skated in 66 games and has 19 points, with 15 assists. He has earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors twice and was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team.

Pittsburgh native Stork has skated in 102 games for the Scarlet and Gray to lead the current Buckeyes in career games played. He saw action in all 39 games a season ago and had 14 points, with six goals and 14 assists. The team’s 2017 Unsung Hero, Stork has 38 points with 17 goals and 21 assists, in his three years with the Buckeyes.

B1G Preseason Picks
Forwards junior Mason Jobst and senior Matthew Weis were selected to the 17-player Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch list. Jobst is a B1G Preseason Player to Watch for the second consecutive year, while Weis, a native of Freehold, New Jersey, is recognized for the first time. Both are Academic All-Big Ten selections (the only two on the B1G Preseason Team) who enter the year with 85 career points.

Jobst, who was named to the College Hockey News Preseason First Team, had 55 points a season ago, ranking third among the top returning scorers nationally and first among B1G skaters.

A Look Back
Ohio State is coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance and was 21-12-6 overall, with an 11-8-1 mark in Big Ten play, last season. The squad ranked third nationally in scoring offense with 3.92 goals per game and led the NCAA on the power play, converting 31.6 percent of its chances.

All seven of the team’s seniors have earned their Ohio State degrees, with five of the seven signing pro contracts to continue their hockey careers.

Nineteen letterwinners return from that team, along with transfers Sean Romeo and Wyatt Ege, who sat out last season. Six freshmen have joined the squad for the 2017-18 campaign.