Jan. 24, 2018
No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 17 Michigan (Ohio State PDF Game Notes | Michigan PDF Game Notes | Ohio State Preview Video with Coach Rohlik, Laczynski, Jobst, Ege)
Friday, Jan. 26 | 7 p.m. | Value City Arena | Columbus, Ohio
Watch: BTN Plus on BTN2Go | Live Stats | Radio: 1460 AM, Buckeye Vision, TuneIn app
Setting the Scene
• The No. 6-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team will host No. 17 Michigan in a two-game Big Ten Conference series this weekend in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes (15-5-4, 8-5-1-0 B1G) and Wolverines (12-10-2, 7-7-2-1 B1G) will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday.
• This is the second and final regular season series between Ohio State and Michigan this season. The squads faced off in Ann Arbor Thanksgiving weekend. Ohio State won the first game 3-2 Nov. 24 and claimed game two, 5-1, Nov. 25.
• The Buckeyes are 7-1 in their last eight games and are on a four-game home winning streak. Michigan enters the weekend with four consecutive wins.
• Ohio State is in second place in the Big Ten with 25 points, one ahead of the third-place Wolverines. Penn State is two back of the Buckeyes and Ohio State has a five-point edge on fifth-place Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Buckeyes have two games in hand on all the other Big Ten squads except first-place Notre Dame (39 points). The first place team in the final standings earns a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament, while teams 2-4 host No. 5-7 in best-of-three series. Semifinal and final games will also be on campus sites. A win is worth three points in the standings, with each team receiving one point with a tie, with a shootout win earning one extra point.
• The series opens a four-game homestand for the Buckeyes. In all, the squad has three home regular season series remaining.
— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) January 24, 2018
• The games this weekend will be streamed through BTN Plus on BTN2Go.
• 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.
Promotions, Tickets and Parking
• Friday is Mighty Bucks Night, with in-arena activities based on the Buckeyes’ recreation of the intro to D2: The Mighty Ducks.
• Saturday is a Scarlet Out, with all fans encouraged to wear scarlet.
• Single game and group tickets are available for Buckeye hockey home games. To purchase 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 and at the arena on game night. Ohio State students are admitted free to all regular season home games with a valid BuckID.
• Parking is free in designated lots around the arena on game night.
ICYMI: The Buck Attack is Back!
— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) January 22, 2018
Buckeye Notes to Know
• Ohio State is first in the NCAA on the penalty kill, stopping 82-of-91 (.901) opponent power play chances. The squad averages 9.6 penalty minutes a night (the fifth-lowest average nationally).
• The Buckeyes have at least one power play goal in each of their last five games, going 9-for-22 (.409) in the stretch. Since starting the season 0-for-20 through its first four games, the team is 20-for-78 (.256), ranking eighth nationally since Oct. 19.
• Ohio State is averaging 3.0 goals per game overall this season and is scoring 3.62 goals a night over its last eight games.
• When scoring first this season, Ohio State is undefeated (10-0-2). The squad is 5-5-2 when allowing the first tally.
• The Buckeyes are holding teams to 2.12 goals per game to rank fourth nationally in team defense. The team has allowed two or fewer goals in 15 games overall. Sean Romeo is in the Top 10 in the NCAA in goals-against average and save percentage.
• Three Buckeyes – Tanner Laczynski, Matthew Weis and Mason Jobst – are on the Hobey Baker Award fan ballot. The trio leads the Buckeyes in scoring, with Laczynski two points off the NCAA lead with a Big Ten best 34 points (and NCAA-high 23 assists). Ohio State is the only school with three of the Top 10 scorers in the Big Ten.
• Laczynski (5g, 9a, 14p) and Weis (3g, 10a, 13p) each enter the series vs. Michigan on eight-game point streaks.
In the B1G
• Five of the seven Big Ten teams have played 16 conference games entering the weekend, while Ohio State and Notre Dame each have two games in hand.
• In addition to the Buckeyes vs. Wolverines series this weekend, Notre Dame travels to Minnesota and Wisconsin hosts Penn State.
• Notre Dame is first in the Big Ten with 39 points and a 13-1-0 ledger. Ohio State is in second with 25 points (8-5-1-0), one ahead of Michigan (24 points, 7-7-2-1) and two ahead of Penn State (23, 6-7-3-2). Minnesota (6-9-1-1) and Wisconsin (6-8-2-0) are tied for fifth with 20 points each, with Michigan State in seventh (11 points, 3-12-1-1).
• 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 hosted by the highest remaining seed.
• 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 this weekend.
In the Rankings
• Ohio State has been in the Top 10 for five consecutive polls, ranked in the USCHO Top 20 for 11 straight polls (and 12 weeks overall) and in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 for seven straight rankings. The squad has received votes in every edition of both polls this season.
• Ohio State is ranked sixth in the USCHO USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings for the second consecutive week.
• 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. 13 Minnesota, No. 14 Penn State, No. 17 Michigan and No. 18 Wisconsin.
• In the last USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, Notre Dame is No. 1, Ohio State is No. 6, Penn State is No. 12 and Minnesota is No. 14. Michigan and Wisconsin are receiving votes.
Just the Stats
• Ohio State is averaging 3.00 goals a game and is allowing 2.12 goals per outing, ranking fourth nationally in scoring defense.
• The Buckeye power play is 20-for-98 (.204) on the year, with a power play goal in each of the last five games (with two power play goals in four of those outings).
•The penalty kill has stopped 82-of-91 opponent opportunities (.901), ranking first in the NCAA. The squad averages 9.6 penalty minutes per game.
• Ohio State is averaging 33.5 shots on goal a game and allowing 27.9 shots on goal a night.
• Sophomore Tanner Laczynski is first on the squad with 23 assists and 34 points and shares the goal scoring lead with junior Mason Jobst with 11 each. Senior Matthew Weis is second with 18 helpers and 26 points and third with eight goals. Jobst is third with 12 assists and 23 points. Juniors Dakota Joshua and Freddy Gerard are tied for fourth with seven goals, followed by junior John Wiitala with six.
• Sophomore Matt Miller leads the Buckeye blueliners with nine points and junior Sasha Larocque has a team-high 56 blocked shots.
• In goal, redshirt junior Sean Romeo has started 21 games and has a 2.04 goals-against average and .924 save percentage, with a 12-5-4 record. Freshman Tommy Nappier has three starts and four appearances, posting a 1.92 goals-against average and .940 save percentage, with three wins.
Complete game notes in the PDF linked above