February 7, 2018

No. 6 Buckeyes Hit the Road for Series vs. No. 1 Notre Dame

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Feb. 7, 2018

No. 6 Ohio State at No. 1 Notre Dame
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Friday, Feb. 9, 7:35 p.m. | Compton Family Ice Arena, Notre Dame, Ind.

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Saturday, Feb. 10, 7:05 p.m. | Compton Family Ice Arena, Notre Dame, Ind. 
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Setting the Scene
• The No. 6-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team hits the road for two games at No. 1 Notre Dame this weekend. The Buckeyes (18-6-4, 11-6-1-0 B1G) and Fighting Irish (21-5-2, 15-2-1-1 B1G) will meet at 7:35 p.m. Friday and 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Compton Family Ice Arena in Notre Dame, Ind.
• This is the second series between the teams this season. Notre Dame swept the first two games, posting 4-1 and 3-2 wins Nov. 3-4 in Columbus. They are the only two back-to-back losses for the Buckeyes this season.
• The Buckeyes are 10-2 in their last 12 games, while Notre Dame, which had a 16-game winning streak earlier this season, is 9-2-1 over its last 12 games.
• Ohio State is coming off a four-game homestand and last played on the road Jan. 12-13 when it split a series at Penn State. The Buckeyes are 10-2-1 in road games this year and Notre Dame is 10-3-1 at home.
• The Buckeyes and Irish are the Top 2 teams in the Big Ten in scoring defense (ND 1st/2.0 goals allowed per game; OSU 2nd/2.21 goals allowed per game), power play (OSU 1st/.235; ND 2nd/.215) and penalty killing (OSU 1st/.904; ND 2nd/.880). Among Big Ten teams, Ohio State is fourth in scoring offense (3.14 goals per game) and Notre Dame is fifth (3.07 goals per game).
• Ohio State is in second place in the Big Ten with 34 points and an 11-6-1-0 ledger, with Notre Dame in first place with 47 points and a record of 15-2-1-1. The Buckeyes are followed by Wisconsin (28 points), Michigan (27), Penn State (25), Minnesota (23) and Michigan State (14). ND, OSU, MN and MSU have six games left, while UM, UW, and PSU have four games remaining. The first place team in the final standings earns a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament, while teams 2-4 host Nos. 5-7 in best-of-three series. Semifinal and final games will also be on campus sites, with the highest remai

Coach Rohlik previewed the Big Ten matchup this weekend, as the No. 6 Buckeyes hit the road for two games at No. 1 Notre Dame. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/xt00av34C6

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) February 7, 2018

ning seeds hosting. A win is worth three points in the standings. In a tie, each team receives one point and a shootout is held for an extra point.

Follow Along
• The game Friday will be televised on NBCSN and streamed through the NBC Sports app, along with on the TSN Go app in Canada, with Dan Parkhurst and Anson Carter calling the action. The Saturday contest will be streamed through the NBC Sports app.
• Ohio State radio will carry the games on 1460 AM in Columbus, through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and on the TuneIn app for mobile devices. Herb Howenstine and John Mowat will call the action.
• Live stats will be available on GameTracker 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.

Just the Stats
• Ohio State is averaging 3.14 goals a game and is allowing 2.12 goals per outing, ranking seventh nationally in scoring defense and tying for 16th in scoring offense.
• The Buckeye power play is 27-for-115 (.235) on the year, with a power play goal in eight of the last nine games. The squad is eighth in the NCAA with the man advantage.
•The penalty kill has stopped 94-of-104 opponent opportunities (.904), ranking first in the NCAA. The squad averages 9.4 penalty minutes per game.
• Ohio State is averaging 32.3 shots on goal a game and allowing 28 shots on goal a night.
• Sophomore Tanner Laczynski is first on the squad with 25 assists and 37 points. Junior Mason Jobst is first with 13 goals, followed by Laczynski with 12, Dakota Joshua with 11 and Freddy Gerard with 10. Senior Matthew Weis is second with 23 assists and 32 points, with Jobst third with 16 helpers and 29 points.
• Sophomore Matt Miller leads the Buckeye blueliners with 11 points and junior Sasha Larocque has a team-high 58 blocked shots.
• In goal, redshirt junior Sean Romeo has started 25 games and has a 2.15 goals-against average and .921 save percentage, with a 15-6-4 record. Freshman Tommy Nappier has three starts and five appearances, posting a 1.86 goals-against average and .943 save percentage, with three wins.

In the Rankings
• Ohio State moved from a season-high No. 5 last week to No. 6 in the USCHO poll this week. The Buckeyes remained sixth in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings for the fourth consecutive week.
• Ohio State has been in the Top 10 for seven consecutive polls, ranked in the USCHO Top 20 for 13 straight polls (and 14 weeks overall) and in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 for nine straight rankings. The squad has received votes in every edition of both polls this season.
• Ohio State moved into the Top 10 in both national polls in the last rankings of 2017, coming in at No. 9 in the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls released Dec. 11 and was No. 8 in the first rankings of 2018.
• The Buckeyes started the year ranked 19th in the USCHO poll, but dropped into the receiving votes category for three polls in a row. The squad moved back into the Top 20 at No. 16 Oct. 30 and remained ranked, moving to a then-high of 11th Nov. 27.
• Ohio State was in the receiving votes category of the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 poll through each of the first nine polls. The Buckeyes entered the poll Nov. 27 at No. 13.
• In the latest USCHO poll, six Big Ten teams are ranked – No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 6 Ohio State, No. 12 Minnesota, No. 16 Penn State, No. 17 Wisconsin and No. 19 Michigan.
• In the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, Notre Dame is No. 1, Ohio State is No. 6 and Minnesota is No. 9. Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan are receiving votes.

In the B1G
• Heading into this weekend, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Minnesota and Michigan State have six Big Ten games left, while Wisconsin, Michigan and Penn State each have four games remaining.
• In addition to the Ohio State vs. Notre Dame series this weekend, Minnesota travels to Wisconsin and Michigan and Michigan State face off Friday in East Lansing and Saturday in Detroit.
• Notre Dame is first in the Big Ten with 47 points and a 15-2-1-1 ledger. Ohio State is in second with 34 points (11-6-1-0), with Wisconsin standing third with 28 points (8-9-3-1). Michigan (8-10-2-1/27 points) is fourth, with Penn State (6-9-5-2/25) fifth and Minnesota (7-10-1-1/23) sixth. Michigan State has 14 points with a 4-13-1-1 ledger.
• With the addition of Notre Dame to the league this year, the conference has changed its postseason format, going to a three-round tournament 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 March 2-4. The highest remaining seeds will then host single game semifinals March 10 before a championship game hosted by the highest remaining seed March 17.
• Teams face each other four times – twice at home and twice on the road. Penn State was the first Big Ten team Ohio State wrapped its season series with, followed by Michigan and Michigan State and Notre Dame this weekend.

Buckeyes in the B1G
• In Big Ten games only, Ohio State leads the conference teams in scoring offense (3.28 goals per game), power play (20-for-72, .278) and penalty kill (58-for-63/.921) and ranks second in scoring defense (2.61 goals allowed per game).
• Individually, Tanner Laczynski is first in the conference with 23 points. Mason Jobst has a 10-10-20 line and Matthew Weis has posted 3-17-20 totals to tie for fourth among all conference skaters. Jobst and Freddy Gerard are tied for second with 10 goals each, with Dakota Joshua tied for sixth with nine. Weis is first with 17 assists, followed by Laczynski in third with 16.
• Junior Mason Jobst has 74 points in 57 career Big Ten games, the second-highest career total among all Big Ten players since the league began in 2013-14. Justin Kloos of Minnesota holds the record, with 86 points over four years and 80 games. Jobst is second all-time with 32 goals in B1G play, behind Buckeye Nick Schilkey, who had 36 from 2013-17.
• Among players with 30+ B1G games played, Jobst ranks first with 1.3 points per game in league play. He is tied with Schilkey for the league record with 14 career power play goals.
• Senior Matthew Weis is seventh all-time with 65 points in Big Ten outings (in 71 games) and his 48 career assists rank second all-time behind Kloos.

Special Teams Synopsis
• The Buckeyes rank first in the NCAA on the penalty kill, stopping 94-of-104 (.904) opponent chances. The squad allowed one goal on two chances vs. Michigan State last Friday but rebounded with a 4-for-4 night in game two. The team has allowed a power play goal in nine games this season and has 10 games when it is 4-for-4 or better.
• Ohio State’s power play has 27 goals on 115 chances (.235) this season, ranking eighth nationally. Last weekend, the team was 2-for-4 in game one and 3-for-5 in game two. The squad has a power play goal in eight of the last nine games, with multiple power play goals in seven of those games.
• The Buckeyes started the season scoreless on the power play in their first four games, going 0-for-20. Since then (starting Oct. 20 at UMass), the squad is 27-for-95 (.284) to rank third nationally in that time.
Mason Jobst has seven of the Buckeyes’ power play goals, tying for 12th nationally. Dakota Joshua has five PPGs and Matthew Weis has scored four times with the man advantage. Tanner Laczynski (3), Ronnie Hein (2), John Wiitala (2) all have multiple power play goals and Kevin Miller, Freddy Gerard and Christian Lampasso have each scored once on the power play.
• Last season, the Buckeyes led the NCAA on the power play, converting 31.6 percent of their chances (49-for-155). On the penalty kill in 2016-17, Ohio State was 120-for-161 (.745).

Last Time Out – Buckeyes Split with Spartans
• Ohio State split a series with Michigan State in Columbus last weekend, with a 4-2 win and 6-3 loss.
• Game 1 (Ohio State 4, Michigan State 2): Ohio State scored two goals in the first 6:12 of the game – by Ronnie Hein (on the power play) and Freddy Gerard and led 2-0 after 20 minutes. Michigan State drew within one with the only goal of the second period. Buckeye Dakota Joshua extended the lead to 3-1 at 6:49 of the third. The Spartans scored on the power play to again make it a one-goal game (at 12:21), but Ohio State held them off the rest of the way, with Joshua scoring an empty net, power play goal at 19:19 to seal the win.
• Game 2 (Michigan State 6, Ohio State 3): The Spartans scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the game and then added a shorthanded goal with 29 seconds left in the first period for a 3-0 lead. Buckeye junior Dakota Joshua scored with 13 seconds left in the period for a 3-1 game after 20 minutes. The Spartans extended the lead to 5-1 with goals at 11:20 and 14:20 of the second period. Ohio State scored a second power play goal, with Matthew Weis tallying, at 14:58 for a 5-2 game at the second intermission. The Buckeyes drew within two on Ronnie Hein’s power play tally 6:02 into the third, and the Buckeyes outshot the Spartans 9-2 in the period, but could get no closer. MSU sealed the win with an empty net goal at 18:33. The Buckeye power play finished the game 3-for-5, while the penalty kill was 4-for-4, allowing just three shots. Weis and Hein, who each had a goal and an assist, and Mason Jobst, who had two assists, led the Buckeyes with two points each in the game.

Buckeyes vs. Irish
• Ohio State and Notre Dame met for the first time Feb. 13, 1965. The Buckeyes lead the all-time series, 35-34-10, but trail on Irish home ice, 13-17-4.
• The teams met in Columbus Nov. 3-4, with Notre Dame posting 3-1 and 3-2 wins. It was the first series between the teams as Big Ten foes.
• Prior to November’s matchup, the last game between the teams was Nov. 29, 2014 in Notre Dame’s Shillelagh tournament at Thanksgiving, a 5-1 Buckeye victory.
• Ohio State and Notre Dame skated as members of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association until 2012-13 when the league was disbanded. Ohio State was a founding member of the conference in 1971-72 and played for two years before leaving for three seasons (1973-74, `74-75, `75-76) and skating as an independent. Ohio State then rejoined the CCHA for the 1975-1976 campaign and remained until 2013. The Irish were in the league in 1981-82 and `82-83 and then rejoined in 1992-93. The Buckeyes and Irish last met as CCHA foes March 23, 2013 in the CCHA Tournament semifinals, a 3-1 win for Notre Dame at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Buckeye – Irish Connections
• Paul Pooley, Ohio State’s all-time leading scorer, is the associate head coach at Notre Dame, a position he has held since June 3, 2005. Pooley, who played for the Buckeyes from 1981-84, was the Bauer National Player of the Year and CCHA Player of the Year in 1984 when he also earned First Team All-America honors. An Academic All-American as well, he had 270 points (114g, 156a) during his collegiate career. Ohio State retired Pooley’s sweater in November 2006 and he was inducted into the school’s athletics hall of fame in 1994. He began his coaching career as an assistant on the Ohio State staff from 1988-91.
Austin Pooley, who is a nephew of Paul Pooley, is a freshman for the Buckeyes. Austin’s father, Perry, Paul’s twin brother, was also an All-American and Academic All-American for the Buckeyes.
• Buckeye director of operations Layne LeBel spent 2003-05 on the coaching staff at Notre Dame. He was with the squad when it made the first NCAA appearance in program history.

The Last Series – Buckeyes Swept by Irish
• In the first series as Big Ten foes, Ohio State dropped two games to Notre Dame Nov. 3-4, falling 4-1 and 3-2.
• Game 1 (Notre Dame 4, Ohio State 1): After a scoreless first period (when the Buckeyes outshot the Irish 13-4 and did not convert a major power play), Notre Dame took a 1-0 lead 2:03 into the second period. The Irish went ahead 2-0 at 5:35 of the third period but Buckeye Janik Moser scored three minutes later for a one-goal game. Notre Dame regained its two-goal lead at 13:40 and sealed the win with an empty net goal in the final minute. Ohio State outshot Notre Dame, 24-18. The Buckeyes were 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 0-for-1 on the power play.
• Game 2 (Notre Dame 3, Ohio State 2): The teams were again scoreless in the first period. A Notre Dame goal late in the second opened the scoring. The Irish then scored twice in 34 seconds in the third period (6:14 and 6:48) to extend the lead to 3-0. Ohio State got on the board with a 6-on-4 power play, extra attacker goal by Mason Jobst at 12:22 and at 18:05 Dakota Joshua made it a one-goal game with an extra attacker score. Ohio State, despite 24 shots on goal in the third period, was unable to tie the score. For the game, the Buckeyes outshot the Irish, 41-23. The Buckeye PK was 3-for-3 and the power play was 1-for-4.

Notre Dame Notes
• Notre Dame is ranked first in the NCAA, with a 21-5-2 overall record and 15-2-1-1 Big Ten ledger. The squad had a 16-game winning streak Oct. 27-Jan. 19. Last weekend, Notre Dame was 1-0-1 at Penn State, with a 5-3 win and 2-2 overtime tie and shootout win. The squad is 10-3-1 at home this year.
• The Irish are averaging 3.07 goals per game and allow 2.0 per contest. The power play is 20-for-93 (.215) and the penalty kill is 81-for-92 (.880). The team averages 30.5 shots on goal, allowing 35.5 per contest, and has 9.9 penalty minutes per game on average.
• Jake Evans leads the team with 22 assists and 31 points, while Cal Burke is first with 13 goals, followed by Andrew Olgevie, who is second with 26 points, with 11 goals. Jordan Gross (6g, 15a) and Burke (13g, 7a) have also hit the 20-point mark.
• In goal, Cale Morris is 20-3-1, with a 1.68 goals-against average and .952 save percentage, ranking second and first in the NCAA, respectively.

Complete Ohio State notes in the PDF above