February 21, 2018

No. 6 Buckeyes Wrap Regular Season vs. Wisconsin

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Feb. 21, 2018

No. 6 Ohio State vs. Wisconsin (Ohio State PDF Game Notes | Video Previews)
Friday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. | Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
💻 📱 BTN Plus on BTN2Go | 📊 Live Stats | 📻 1460 AM, Buckeye Vision
Saturday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m. | Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
💻 📱 BTN Plus on BTN2Go | 📊 Live Stats | 📻 1460 AM, Buckeye Vision, TuneIn app

SETTING THE SCENE
• The No. 6-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team closes out the regular season with two games vs. Wisconsin this weekend. The Buckeyes (19-8-5, 12-8-2-1 B1G) and Badgers (14-15-4, 8-11-3-1 B1G) will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena in Columbus.
• The Buckeyes and Badgers opened the season with a series in Madison, with each team posting a 3-2 victory. Ohio State won the opener, with the Badgers winning game two.
• Ohio State has secured the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and will host Michigan State in a quarterfinal best-of-three series March 2-4 in Value City Arena. Wisconsin enters the weekend tied with Penn State for fifth in the Big Ten standings, five points behind Minnesota in fourth place. The Buckeyes need one point to secure second place outright. If Minnesota earns one point, it clinches the last home ice spot, joining Ohio State and Michigan as first round hosts. Regular season champion Notre Dame has a first round bye.
• The Buckeyes are coming off a loss and tie/shootout win at Minnesota last weekend. Wisconsin was off last week. Its last series was Feb. 9-10 vs. the Gophers, when it lost both games at home.
• Ohio State last played at home Feb. 2-3 when it split two games vs. Michigan State. The Buckeyes are 8-4-3 at home this year. Wisconsin has a 5-5-1 ledger in road games, with its last road series a split at Michigan Feb. 2-3.
• The Buckeyes rank second in the Big Ten in scoring defense (2.12 goals allowed per game) and fourth in scoring offense (3.0 goals per game). The Badgers are second in scoring offense (3.15 gpg) and fifth in scoring defense (3.06 gapg). Ohio State is first on the power play (.225) and penalty kill (.907) with Wisconsin fifth in both categories (.188 PP, .812 PK).

Heading into this weekend’s series with Wisconsin, Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik previewed the matchup. The teams meet at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in The Schott. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/feW5YS1unS

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) February 21, 2018

FOLLOW ALONG
• The games this weekend will be streamed through BTN Plus on BTN2Go.
• Ohio State radio will broadcast the games on 1460 AM in Columbus, through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and on the TuneIn app for mobile devices (Saturday only). Herb Howenstine and John Mowat will be on the call.
• 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.

SENIOR NIGHT, FIRST RESPONDERS NIGHT, SCRIPT OHIO ON ICE AND MORE
• At the game Friday, Script Ohio on Ice will be performed during the first intermission. A Great Clips (Hair) Cut-A-Thon will also be held. (Note the Hockey Hour previously scheduled will not be held).
• Saturday is Senior Night and the six members of the Class of 2018 will be recognized in a pregame ceremony.
• Game two also is First Responders Appreciation Night. First responder vehicles will be located outside on the plaza beginning at 5:30 p.m. and inside on the concourse beginning after doors open at 6 p.m. for fans to view and experience.
• Saturday is also the third annual First Responder Face-Off, which features the Columbus Fire and Police hockey teams. Fans with a ticket to the Buckeyes’ Saturday game vs. Wisconsin are welcome to come early for the First Responder Face-Off. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., with puck drop at 3:30 p.m. All seating during the police vs. fire game will be general admission. More information on the game is available online: FirstResponderFaceoff.com.

THE CLASS OF 2018
• The six members of the Buckeye Hockey Class of 2018 – Matt Joyaux, Christian Lampasso, Kevin Miller, Janik Moser, Luke Stork and Matthew Weis – will be recognized in a pregame Senior Night ceremony Saturday.
• The group has been a part of nearly 70 wins and is looking to lead the Ohio State program to the first back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances since a three-year stretch from 2003-05. Five of the six have played in more than 100 collegiate games, with Joyaux nearing the century mark. They have combined for 16 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and 14 Academic All-Big Ten accolades.
• Saturday is not the last home game for the seniors, however, as the Buckeyes will be back the following weekend to host the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Senior Matthew Weis and his classmates will be recognized before Saturday’s game. Heading into the series with the Badgers, he talked about the matchup with Wisconsin this weekend and Senior Night. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/Q6GNvXMjoc

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) February 22, 2018

BUCKEYE NOTES TO KNOW
• Ohio State ranks in the Top 25 in the NCAA on the penalty kill (1st/.907), team defense (6th/2.12 goals allowed per game), power play (12th/.225), penalty minutes per game (5th/9.2) and scoring offense (24th/3.00 goals scored per game).
• Three Buckeyes are on the Hobey Baker Award fan ballot and rank among the Top 9 scorers in the Big Ten – Tanner Laczynski is first with 37 points, Matthew Weis is tied for fifth with 33 and Mason Jobst is tied for seventh with 31. In Big Ten play only, all three rank in the Top 7, with Laczynski tied for second with 23 points, Jobst tied for fifth with 22 and Weis seventh with 21 points. Jobst tied for the Big Ten scoring title a year ago and is second all-time in points in Big Ten games, while Weis ranks seventh all-time in B1G points.
• When scoring first this season, Ohio State is undefeated (13-0-3). The squad is 6-8-2 when allowing the first tally.
• The Buckeyes were held to just one goal in each game last weekend at Minnesota. The squad has scored at least two goals in 12 of the last 15 games.
• The Buckeyes allowed three goals in the series at Minnesota last week and has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 21 games this year.
• Goalie Sean Romeo has a 2.06 goals-against average and .927 save percentage, ranking in the Top 10 in the NCAA in both categories.

JUST THE STATS
• Ohio State is averaging 3.00 goals a game and is allowing 2.12 goals per outing, ranking sixth nationally in scoring defense.
• The Buckeye power play is 29-for-129 (.225) on the year, with a power play goal in 10 of the last 13 games. The squad is 12th in the NCAA with the man advantage.
•The penalty kill has stopped 107-of-118 opponent opportunities (.907), ranking first in the NCAA. The squad averages 9.2 penalty minutes per game.
• Ohio State is averaging 32.3 shots on goal a game and allowing 28.6 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 14 goals, followed by Laczynski with 12, Dakota Joshua with 11 and Matthew Weis and Freddy Gerard with 10 each. Senior Matthew Weis is second with 23 assists and 33 points, with Jobst third with 17 helpers and 30 points.
• Sophomore Matt Miller leads the Buckeye blueliners with 12 points and junior Sasha Larocque has a team-high 62 blocked shots.
• In goal, redshirt junior Sean Romeo has started 29 games and has a 2.06 goals-against average and .927 save percentage, with a 16-8-5 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 is No. 6 in the USCHO poll for the third straight week (and in the Top 6 for seven straight weeks, reaching a season-high No. 5 Jan. 29) and ranked sixth in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings for the sixth consecutive week.
• Ohio State has been in the Top 10 for nine consecutive polls, ranked in the USCHO Top 20 for 15 straight polls (and 16 weeks overall) and in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 for 11 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.
• In the USCHO poll, five B1G teams are ranked – No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 6 Ohio State, No. 8 Minnesota, No. 13 Michigan and No. 18 Penn State. Wisconsin is receiving votes.
• In the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, Notre Dame is No. 3, Ohio State is No. 6, Minnesota is No. 8 and Michigan is No. 13. Penn State is receiving votes.

LAST TIME OUT
• Ohio State played its final road series of the regular season last weekend, falling in the opener to Minnesota 2-1 before a 1-1 overtime tie and shootout win (2-1 in eight rounds) in game two.
• Game One (Minnesota 2, Ohio State 1): The Gophers led 1-0 after the first period and extended the lead to 2-0 midway through the second. The Buckeyes got on the board late in the second on a Matt Miller power play goal for a one-goal game entering the final period. The Buckeyes outshot the Gophers 9-7 in the third, but were unable to net the equalizer. Buckeye goalie Sean Romeo made 26 saves in the game. The Buckeyes were 1-for-3 on the power play and did not face a Gopher chance with the man advantage.
• Game Two (Ohio State 1, Minnesota 1 OT/OSU shootout win): The teams were scoreless for 39:26 before Buckeye junior Mason Jobst opened the scoring with a goal late in the second period. Minnesota tied the game midway through the third and neither team was able to score through the rest of regulation and a five-minute overtime. Buckeye goalie Sean Romeo had 34 saves in all 65 minutes. The Buckeye penalty kill was 3-for-3 in the game, including a 5-on-3 stop for more than a minute.
• Each team earned one point in the Big Ten standings at the conclusion of overtime. In the shootout, Tanner Laczynski and Gordi Myer scored for the Buckeyes and Sean Romeo allowed one goal on eight shots, making a save following Myer’s goal to open round eight to secure the shootout win.

Senior Luke Stork and the Buckeyes host Wisconsin this weekend. He and his classmates will be recognized pregame Saturday before the final regular season game in The Schott. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/q1XIS1YxhJ

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) February 23, 2018

IN THE B1G
• The Buckeyes clinched at least a share of second place in the Big Ten with the two points they earned last Saturday. The squad has 39 points, one ahead of Michigan (which has completed its conference schedule). Minnesota is in fourth with 33 points, followed by Penn State and Wisconsin with 28 points each. Ohio State needs one point this weekend to clinch second place outright.
• For the Big Ten Tournament, Notre Dame clinched the No. 1 seed and Ohio State will be the No. 2 seed, while Michigan State will be No. 7. Michigan has clinched a home ice spot in the tournament quarterfinals and will finish third or fourth. Minnesota needs one point to clinch the final home ice spot, with Wisconsin and Penn State also in the mix for the last home ice spot.
• Ohio State will host Michigan State in the quarterfinals March 2-4 in Value City Arena. Notre Dame and the highest remaining seed will host the semifinals; should Ohio State advance, the semifinal game in Columbus will be March 10 in Nationwide Arena. The highest remaining seed will host the Big Ten Tournament championship game March 17; should Ohio State serve as host, the game will be played at Nationwide Arena.

Complete notes in the PDF above