Buckeyes vs. Raiders
• The Ohio State men’s hockey team heads to Hamilton, N.Y., for a nonconference series with Colgate this weekend. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday in Class of 1965 Arena.
• Both games between the Buckeyes (4-3-1, 1-1-0-0 B1G) and Raiders (2-4-1, 0-1-1 ECAC) will be streamed through ESPN+, with an international feed available through an ECAC Hockey stream. Colgate radio will cover both games.
• Live stats, and radio and video links, can be found at go.osu.edu/mhkylivestats18.
Buckeye Notes to Know
• The Buckeyes opened Big Ten Conference play last weekend with a split at Notre Dame. After this week’s nonconference games at Colgate, the squad will close out the first half of the season with three consecutive league series. The team, 3-2-1 in nonconference games this season, will take on Mercyhurst Dec. 28-29 in the final non-league games of the regular season.
• Ohio State is in a stretch of five-consecutive road games. The team is 3-1-1 in away games this year, with a sweep at Arizona State to open the season, a tie at Bowling Green and 1-1 ledger at Notre Dame. The Buckeyes were 24-7-5 in road games the last two years combined, including an 11-5-2 ledger a season ago.
• Buckeye senior Mason Jobst has 136 career points, the most by an Ohio State skater since 1999. Jobst leads active NCAA players in career points and is third among current sophomores/juniors/seniors with 1.11 points per game. This season, he has a team-high five goals and shares the team point lead with eight points, posting a point in 7-of-8 games.
• Sean Romeo, 2018 Second Team All-B1G, and Tommy Nappier, 2018 B1G All-Freshman Team, split starts in the Buckeye goal each of the first four series. Each has a shutout this season and Romeo was named B1G Second Star of the Week Monday after stopping all 23 shots at Notre Dame last Friday in the Big Ten opener.
• The Buckeyes returned 21 players from the 2017-18 team that reached the NCAA Frozen Four. The squad has 16 juniors/seniors, matching the largest group of upperclassmen in the NCAA this year.
• Ohio State and Colgate have met seven times, with the Buckeyes 1-0-1 on Raider home ice and 4-1-2 vs. Colgate in the all-time series. The squads last met Nov. 24, 2006.
Last Time Out – Buckeyes and Irish Split B1G Series
• In the first Big Ten games of the season, Ohio State and Notre Dame split a series in South Bend. In an even series, each team scored two goals, Ohio State had one more shot (62-61) and Notre Dame had one more penalty (6-5), giving the Buckeyes one more power play chance (5-4).
• Ohio State claimed the first game, 1-0.
• Mason Jobst scored the game’s only goal on the power play at 6:59 of the first period, assisted by Wyatt Ege and Gustaf Westlund. Sean Romeo had 23 saves for his third career shutout. Ohio State was 1-for-3 on the power play and held Notre Dame scoreless on its one chance.
• The Irish captured the second game, 2-1.
• Jobst again opened the scoring, with a goal in the second period. The Irish tied the game later in the period and went ahead 2-1 at 13:48 of the third, holding on for the victory. Buckeye goalie Tommy Nappier had 36 saves and Ohio State outshot ND 39-38. Neither team scored on the power play – Ohio State was 0-for-2 and did not allow a goal on three Notre Dame opportunities.
Statting the Buckeyes
• Through the first eight games, Ohio State is averaging 2.25 goals a game and allowing 2.62 per contest. The power play is 5-for-35 (.143) and the penalty kill is 27-for-35 (.771). The squad is averaging 9.8 penalty minutes a game.
• Carson Meyer and Mason Jobst share the team lead with eight points each. Jobst has a team-high five goals and Meyer is first with four assists.
• Jobst has a point in 7-of-8 games (including the last five) and Meyer has a team-high three multiple-point games.
• Ohio State has not scored more than three goals in a game. The team had three tallies in each of the first four games and has been held to six goals in the last four outings combined.
• In goal, Sean Romeo and Tommy Nappier split starts the first four series. Romeo is 2-2-0, with a 3.47 goals-against average and .867 save percentage, while Nappier is 2-1-1, posting a 1.62 gaa and .949 sv%,
• The Buckeyes led the NCAA on the penalty kill last season and were the NCAA statistical champion on the power play in 2017.
• In the last three years combined, Ohio State is the only school to rank in the Top 5 nationally in goals scored (412), goals per game (3.55) and power play (.257). (Stats entering this year.)
Ohio State vs Colgate
• Ohio State and Colgate have met seven times, with the Buckeyes leading the series, 4-1-2.
• The last matchup was Nov. 24, 2006, a 4-2 Colgate victory in the first round of the Rensselaer Holiday Tournament in Troy, N.Y.
• The squads have met twice on Raider home ice – a 2-2 OT tie Jan. 19, 1999, and a 2-1 Buckeye win Nov. 21, 2003.
• The Buckeye women hosted Colgate, both 2018 Frozen Four teams, Oct. 5-6, with the teams splitting the series. Ohio State won 4-3 in the opener before a 5-2 Raider victor in the series finale.
Ohio State vs Colgate – The Last Meeting
• Ohio State and Colgate met Nov. 24, 2006 in Troy, N.Y., as part of the Rensselaer Holiday Tournament.
• The Raiders prevailed, 4-2, in a game that featured two 5-on-3 goals by each team and two Colgate 4-on-4 goals as the teams were assessed a combined 26 penalties for 52 minutes.
• Colgate led 3-0 after the first peroid. Ohio State got on the board in the second and it was 3-1 through 40 minutes. Colgate pushed ahead 4-1 in the third with a 4-on-4 goal and the Buckeyes answered with a PPG to draw within two but could get no closer.
• The Buckeyes and Raiders each were 2-for-11 on the power play and assessed 13 penalties for 26 minutes, combining for 28:11 of power play time. Ohio State outshot Colgate, 30-17, in the game.
The Colgate Raiders
• Colgate is 2-4-1 on the year and has a 0-1-1 ledger in ECAC play. The squad opend the year with a sweep at New Hampshire (2-1, 2-1) but is on a five-game winless streak, with a loss at RIT (6-1), two losses at Miami (4-1, 6-0), followed by a 2-2 tie at home vs. Brown and 4-2 home loss to Yale last weekend.
• The Raiders average 1.43 goals a game and have allowed 3.43 a contest. The power play is 4-for-29 (.138) and the penalty kill is 14-for-21 (.667). The team averages 8.1 penalty minutes and 3.0 power play chances against per game.
• Bobby McMann has a team-high three goals and five points, followed by Adam Dauda with three assists and four points. In goal, two freshmen have seen time. Mitch Benson has played in six games, with a 2-3-1 record, 2.97 goals-against average and .898 save percentage. Andrew Farrier is 0-1-0 in two appearances, with a 5.26 gaa and .854 sv%.
Complete notes in the PDF above