February 28, 2018

No. 6 Buckeyes Set for B1G Tournament Quarterfinals

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Feb. 28, 2018

Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal Best-of-Three Series
No. 6 Ohio State vs. Michigan State

Game NotesOhio State | Michigan State 
Preview Video – Coach Rohlik, Romeo, Kearney
Big Ten Tournament Central

Friday, March 2, 7 p.m. | Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
💻 📱 BTN Plus on BTN2Go | 📻 1460 AM, Buckeye Vision | 📊 Live Stats  
Saturday, March 3, 7 p.m. | Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
💻 📱 BTN Plus on BTN2Go | 📻 Buckeye Vision | 📊 Live Stats  
If necessary: Sunday, March 4, 7 p.m. | Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
💻 📱 BTN Plus on BTN2Go | 📻 Buckeye Vision | 📊 Live Stats 

Setting the Scene
• The No. 6-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team opens the Big Ten Tournament with a quarterfinal best-of-three series vs. Michigan State this weekend. The No. 2 seed Buckeyes (21-8-5, 14-8-2-1 B1G) and No. 7 Spartans (12-20-2, 6-16-2-1 B1G) will meet at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday (if necessary) in Value City Arena in Columbus.
• This is the fourth time in five years of Big Ten hockey Ohio State and Michigan State are meeting in the tournament quarterfinals. Ohio State won the first three matchups, all single games at neutral sites. The Buckeyes’ victories in 2014 and ’16 were in overtime, along with a 6-3 win last year. All-time in postseason play, Ohio State is 5-6 vs. the Spartans, going 1-6 in the CCHA Tournament and 1-0 in the NCAA Tournament, along with the 3-0 B1G mark.
• Buckeyes won the regular season series vs. the Spartans, 3-1-0. The teams first met in East Lansing Jan. 5-6, with Ohio State posting 4-1 and 5-3 wins. The Buckeyes claimed the opener in Columbus 4-2 Feb. 2 before a 6-3 Spartan win in game two Feb. 3.
• Ohio State is coming off a series sweep of Wisconsin last weekend to close out the regular season. The Spartans split two games at No. 5 Notre Dame last weekend in their regular season finale.
• The Buckeyes are 10-4-3 at home on the year, while the Spartans are 4-9-1 in road contests. Ohio State averages 3.12 goals a game and is tied for third in the NCAA in team defense, allowing 2.06 goals a game, while the Spartans have scored 2.53 goals a night and allowed 3.15 per outing.

Follow Along
• The Buckeyes’ quarterfinal games will be streamed through BTN Plus on BTN2Go.
• Ohio State radio will broadcast the games on Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The Friday game will be on 1460 AM, with Saturday and Sunday contests potentially on 1460 AM as well.
• 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.

B1G Tourney Talk
• The Big Ten changed its tournament format this year, moving all three rounds to campus sites. In the quarterfinals, No. 1 Notre Dame has a bye, while No. 2 Ohio State hosts No. 7 Michigan State, No. 3 Michigan hosts No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 4 Penn State hosts No. 5 Minnesota in best-of-three series.
• The lowest remaining team after the quarterfinals will play at Notre Dame in a single elimination semifinal, with the highest remaining seed hosting the other team in a semifinal March 10. The highest remaining seed from the semifinals will host the championship game March 17.
• Should Ohio State advance to the semifinals it would host the game in Nationwide Arena.

Complete notes in the PDF above

Coach Rohlik talked about the No. 6 Buckeyes as they open postseason play this weekend.

The Buckeyes face MSU in a Big Ten Tournament best-of-three quarterfinal series Friday-Sunday in @TheSchott. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/sDxRbEMYVF

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) March 1, 2018

Buckeye Notes to Know
• The Buckeyes are the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, the first time as a conference tournament’s second seed since the 2005 squad that reached the CCHA Championship game.
• Ohio State is 5-4 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament, with wins in the quarterfinals each year. The squad reached the inaugural championship game in 2014.
• Ohio State ranks in the Top 15 in the NCAA on the penalty kill (1st/.911), team defense (t-3rd/2.06 goals allowed per game), penalty minutes per game (5th/9.1), power play (13th/.219), and scoring offense (t-13th/3.12 goals scored per game).
• Three Buckeyes are on the Hobey Baker Award fan ballot and rank among the Top 10 scorers in the Big Ten – Tanner Laczynski is third with 39 points, Mason Jobst is sixth with 35 and Matthew Weis is seventh with 34.
• When scoring first this season, Ohio State is undefeated (14-0-3). The squad is 7-8-2 when allowing the first tally.
• The Buckeyes allowed two goals in the series vs. Wisconsin last weekend, with a shutout in game two, and have held opponents to two or fewer goals in 23 games this year. The squad is allowing 2.06 goals per game overall.

Last Time Out – Buckeyes Sweep Badgers
• Ohio State won two games vs. Wisconsin last weekend, with 6-2 and 4-0 victories.
• Game 1 (Ohio State 6, Wisconsin 2): Wisconsin controlled the first period, outshooting the Buckeyes 15-6, and carried a 1-0 lead into intermission. Ohio State tied the game at one early in the second on a Dakota Joshua goal, but the Badgers scored at 16:26 to regain the one-goal advantage through 40 minutes.
• Ohio State opened the third period with an extended power play and tied the game at 1:41 on a goal by Tanner Laczynski. Just 41 seconds later Joshua notched his second of the night to put Ohio State ahead for the first time. The Buckeyes scored three more times before the end of the period, with Christian Lampasso, Laczynski and Brendon Kearney all tallying, for the 6-2 final. Mason Jobst and Freddy Gerard each had two helpers in the win, while Lampasso added an assist for a two-point night. Goalie Sean Romeo made 36 saves for the Buckeyes and Matt Miller blocked five shots. Ohio State was 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-5 with the man advantage.
• Game 2 (Ohio State 4, Wisconsin 0): After a scoreless first period, the Buckeyes lit the lamp three times in the second. Mason Jobst opened the scoring at 6:43 and notched a second straight goal at 11:19, tallying shorthanded. Christian Lampasso added a third goal 1:10 later, three seconds after the power play ended. Lampasso sealed the win with a late empty net goal. Buckeye freshman goalie Tommy Nappier made 31 saves for his first career shutout. Brendon Kearney and Wyatt Ege both had two assists in the win.

Buckeyes in the B1G Tourney
• This is the fifth edition of the Big Ten Tournament and Ohio State is 5-4 in B1G tourney play. The Buckeyes have faced every team but Michigan in B1G postseason action.
• This marks the fourth year Ohio State and Michigan State are meeting in the quarterfinals; Ohio State won the matchups in 2014 and ’16 in overtime, 2-1 and 4-3 respectively. Last year, Ohio State came from behind for a 6-3 win.
• This is the first time the Buckeyes are the No. 2 seed. The squad was the third seed last season, the fourth seed in 2014 and ’16 and No. 5 in 2015.
• The first B1G tournament was held March 20-22, 2014, at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn., with Ohio State advancing to the inaugural championship game. The No. 4 seed Buckeyes topped Michigan State, 2-1 in overtime, in the quarterfinals before beating No. 1 Minnesota, 3-1, in the semifinals. Against No. 2 Wisconsin in the championship, the Badgers rallied for a 5-4 win in overtime.
• The 2015 edition of the B1G tournament was played at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Ohio State, the No. 5 seed, posted a 3-1 win over No. 4 Penn State in the quarterfinals before falling to top seed Minnesota in the semifinals, 3-0.
• In 2016 in Saint Paul, Minn., the No. 4 seed Buckeyes downed the No. 5 Spartans in overtime in the quarterfinals, 4-3, before falling to No. 1 seed Minnesota in the quarterfinals, 4-2.
• At Joe Louis Arena in Detroit last year, No. 3 seed Ohio State won 6-3 over No. 6 Michigan State before falling to No. 2 seed Wisconsin, 2-1.

Conference Tourney Talk
• Ohio State has two conference postseason titles, winning Central Collegiate Hockey Association tournaments in 1972 (at St. Louis Arena in St. Louis, Mo.) and 2004 (in Joe Louis Arena in Detroit).
• The last best-of-three quarterfinal series hosted by Ohio State was against Ferris State in the OSU Ice Rink in 2013. The Buckeyes, the No. 4 seed, dropped the opener 4-2 before 3-1 and 3-2 wins to advance to the CCHA Semifinals at Joe Louis Arena.
• All-time, Ohio State is 22-24 in conference quarterfinal games – 4-0 in Big Ten play and 18-24 in CCHA action.
• At home, the Buckeyes have posted a 23-6-3 mark in playoff games. The team is 6-1 in postseason games in Value City Arena, sweeping series vs. Ferris State in 1999 and Bowling Green in 2004 and beating the FSU Bulldogs in three games, winning in overtime in the third game, in 2005.
• The Buckeyes have hosted six quarterfinal series (1983, ’94, ’98, ’99, ’05 and ’13).
• Ohio State is the No. 2 seed for the sixth time in a postseason conference tournament. The last time the team was seeded second was 2005. That squad beat No. 11 Ferris State in three games in the quarterfinals in Value City Arena (4-2, 0-1 OT, 5-4 OT) to advance to The Joe. The Buckeyes then defeated No. 5 Michigan State in the semifinals 4-1 before losing to No. 1 seed Michigan in the championship game, 4-2.

Just the Stats
• Ohio State is averaging 3.12 goals a game (tying for 13th in the NCAA) and is allowing 2.06 goals per outing, tying for third nationally in scoring defense.
• The Buckeye power play is 30-for-137 (.219) on the year, with a power play goal in 11 of the last 15 games. The squad is 13th in the NCAA with the man advantage.
•The penalty kill has stopped 112-of-123 opponent opportunities (.911), ranking first in the NCAA. The squad averages 9.1 penalty minutes per game.
• Ohio State is averaging 32.4 shots on goal a game and allowing 28.9 shots on goal a night.
• Sophomore Tanner Laczynski is first on the squad with 25 assists and 39 points. Junior Mason Jobst is first with 16 goals and ranks second with 35 points. Matthew Weis is second with 24 assists and third with 34 points. Laczynski is second with 14 goals, followed by sophomore Dakota Joshua with 13 and Weis and junior Freddy Gerard with 10.
• Sophomore Matt Miller leads the Buckeye blueliners with 14 points and junior Sasha Larocque has a team-high 63 blocked shots.
• In goal, redshirt junior Sean Romeo has started 30 games and has a 2.06 goals-against average and .928 save percentage, with a 17-8-5 record. Freshman Tommy Nappier has four starts and six appearances, posting a 1.33 goals-against average and .956 save percentage, with a 4-0-0 mark.

Complete notes in the PDF above

#KearneysCorner host Brendon Kearney answered, rather than asked, the questions Wednesday as he spoke to the media to preview this weekend’s Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal series vs. Michigan State. pic.twitter.com/xrpAAJ7hxx

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) March 1, 2018