January 25, 2017

No. 8 Buckeyes vs. Badgers

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Jan. 25, 2017

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No. 8 Ohio State vs. Wisconsin | Thursday, Jan. 26 | 7 p.m. ET | Columbus, Ohio
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No. 8 Ohio State vs. Wisconsin | Thursday, Jan. 26 | 7 p.m. ET | New York, N.Y.
BTN,  BTN2Go | 📻1460 AM | 📊 Live Stats |  Twitter Updates

Setting the Scene
• The No. 8-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team (12-4-6, 3-2-1-1 B1G) faces Wisconsin (11-8-1, 4-2-0-0 B1G) in a Big Ten Conference series this week. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Value City Arena in Columbus. The series then moves to New York City, where they will face off at 7 p.m. Saturday in Madison Square Garden as part of the Big Ten Super Saturday doubleheader.
• The game Thursday will be streamed live through BTN Plus on BTN2Go online and on mobile devices. The Saturday tilt will be televised by BTN and available on BTN2Go for cable subscribers who have BTN as part of their cable package.
• Ohio State radio will carry the contests on 1460 AM and online through Buckeye Vision 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.

Ticket Talk, Postgame Goals
• Tickets for the game in Value City Arena can be purchased through Ticketmaster (go.osu.edu/mhkytmtix16) or at the arena on game night. Parking is free around the arena in designated lots. Ohio State students are free with valid BuckID.
• Following the game Thursday in Columbus, youth are invited to take a shot on the Buckeye net. No skates required – carpets will be laid out from the shooting position on the ice.
• For the game in Madison Square Garden, tickets can be purchased online (go.osu.edu/msgtix17) or at the arena on game day.

Last Time Out
• Ohio State was 1-0-1 at then-No. 1 ranked Penn State last week. In game one, the teams tied, 3-3 in overtime, with the Buckeyes rallying from a goal down three times. Ohio State won the shootout, 2-1 in seven rounds, to pick up the extra point in the Big Ten standings. In the second game, the Buckeyes broke a 3-all tie with two goals in the first two minutes of the third period for a 6-3 victory.
• Wisconsin split a series with Minnesota on the road, falling 4-3 in overtime before a 5-3 victory.

In the Rankings
• Ohio State moved up from No. 11 to eighth in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week.
• The squad has been in the Top 20 of the USCHO poll each of the last 15 weeks, in the Top 10 six of the last eight weeks and has received votes for 16 consecutive weeks.
• In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, the Buckeyes have been in the Top 15 each of the last 13 weeks and 14 total weeks this season and in the Top 10 five of the last seven weeks, while receiving votes in all 15 polls.
• It is the first time the Buckeyes are in the Top 8 of the USCHO poll since the 2011-12 campaign.

Buckeye Notes to Know
• Ohio State is second in the NCAA in scoring offense, averaging 4.23 goals per game. Penn State (4.43) and Ohio State are the only two teams averaging 4+ goals a game. The Buckeyes also rank second nationally on the power play, converting 26.1 percent of their chances (24-for-92).
• Goalie Christian Frey has been named a Big Ten Star of the Week each of the last three weeks. The senior has 35+ saves in five of his last six games, with a 1.96 goals-against average and .953 save percentage in the six games combined. He had 97 saves last weekend at Penn State, including a 56-save night in the overtime tie.
• Sophomore Mason Jobst has 16 points in his last eight games combined (with at least one point in each), with seven goals and nine assists. He is first on the team with 28 points, including 10 goals. In Big Ten play, Jobst is second in the B1G with 1.83 points per game.
• The Buckeyes have had balanced scoring throughout the lineup – 17 Buckeyes have at least one goal and all 23 skaters have at least one assist and point. There are four Buckeyes with 20 or more points, 10 with 10 or more and 16 with five or more.
• The Buckeyes are 4-3-2 at home and 8-1-4 in games away from Columbus this season.
• Senior forward Nick Schilkey, who is second nationally with .85 goals per game and tied for third in the NCAA with a Big Ten best 17 tallies, is one of 15 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. The Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and a finance major, has 114 career points for the Scarlet and Gray.

In the B1G
• The series between the Buckeyes and Badgers is the only Big Ten Conference matchup this weekend. Ohio State and Wisconsin have two games in hand on the other four teams entering the weekend.
• Minnesota is first with 18 points (6-2-0-0), followed by Penn State with 16 (5-2-1-0), Wisconsin with 12 (4-2-0-0) and Ohio State with 11 (3-2-1-1. Michigan is fifth (5 points, 1-6-1-1) and Michigan State is sixth (4 points, 1-6-1-0).
• This marks the fourth season for men’s hockey as a Big Ten Conference sponsored sport. In the league standings, teams receive three points for a regulation or overtime win, two points for a shootout win, one point for a shootout loss and no points for a regulation or overtime loss.
• Conference games that remain tied after a five-minute overtime will again go to a shootout to determine which team receives the extra point in the standings. The shootout is a best of three and will then go to sudden-victory if it is tied after three rounds.
• All six teams qualify for the Big Ten Tournament, which will be held March 16-18 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
• Ohio State was picked second in the Big Ten coaches preseason poll behind Minnesota. Michigan was third, followed by Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan State.
• Ohio State finished fourth in the Big Ten last year with an 8-8-4-1 record. Minnesota has won the first three regular season titles, including in 2016 after posting a 14-6-0 record to edge Michigan by one point.

Just the Stats
• The Buckeyes are 12-4-6 overall this season, with a 4-3-2 home mark and 8-1-4 ledger in games away from Columbus.
• Ohio State is averaging 4.23 goals a game this season, ranking second in the NCAA, and allowing 2.77 per outing. The squad averages 31.1 shots on goal a game, with its opponents putting 31.3 on net a night. Ohio State leads the nation in shooting percentage, converting 13.6 percent of its shots.
• The Buckeye power play is second nationally, converting 26.1 percent (2242-for-92) of its opportunities, while the penalty kill is 75-for-97 (.773). Ohio State averages 11.5 penalty minutes a game.
• Sophomore Mason Jobst is first with 18 assists and 28 points, while senior Nick Schilkey leads the team with 17 goals, ranking second with 25 points. Senior David Gust is second with 12 goals and third with 24 points and freshman Tanner Laczynski is second with 17 assists and fourth with 23 points.
• In goal, senior Christian Frey, who missed time with an injury, has played in 13 games, starting 12, and has a 2.66 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. Matt Tomkins has started 11 games, playing in 10, and has a 2.60 goals-against average and .900 save percentage. Logan Davis has two appearances and stopped all six shots he faced.

Last Time Out – Buckeyes 1-0-1 at Penn State
• The Buckeyes picked up five of six B1G points at Penn State last weekend.
• Game 1 (Ohio State 3, Penn State 3 OT/OSU shootout win): Penn State outshot the Buckeyes 24-3 in the first period and carried a 1-0 lead into the first intermission, scoring on a delayed penalty. The Buckeyes’ Josh Healey tied the game at 12:21 of the second, but Penn State went ahead with 1:34 left in the stanza. In the third, Mason Jobst tied the game twice for the Buckeyes. His first goal came at 6:54, knotting the score at two. Penn State regained the lead for a third time at 12:41 but just 1:18 later Jobst converted on the power play for a 3-3 game. Neither team could score in overtime, with Buckeye goalie Christian Frey making five of his 56 saves in the extra stanza. Dakota Joshua and David Gust both picked up two assists in the win, while Drew Brevig blocked eight shots. The Buckeye penalty kill was 3-for-3, including a stop in overtime.
• The teams went to a shootout for the extra league point. The Nittany Lions shot first and notched the first goal in the fifth round, but Dakota Joshua answered for the Buckeyes. After another unsuccessful round for both teams, Frey made a save to open round seven and Buckeye freshman Sam McCormick converted his chance for the shootout victory.
• Game 2 (Ohio State 6, Penn State 3): Penn State scored the first goal of the game early in the first, but the Buckeyes scored the next three for a 3-1 advantage. John Wiitala and Mason Jobst scored in the first, with Dakota Joshua tallying 18 seconds into the middle period. Penn State drew within one at 7:17 of the second. The Buckeyes killed off a five-minute major midway through the period to maintain their lead, but Penn State scored in the final minute of the period for a 3-3 game. The Buckeyes scored twice in the first 1:41 of the third, with Matthew Weis and Luke Stork lighting the lamp. Christian Lampasso sealed the win with a goal at 17:10. Senior goalie Christian Frey had 41 saves in the win, while the Buckeyes blocked 34 shots. Jobst, Joshua and Stork each had two points on a goal and an assist, while David Gust had two helpers in the win.

Buckeyes vs. Badgers
• Ohio State is 7-14-3 all-time vs. Wisconsin with a 6-3-3 ledger in Big Ten Conference regular season play against the Badgers.
• Last season Ohio State ws 2-0-2 vs. Wisconsin, with the Badgers winning both shootouts. The teams met in Madison Jan. 8-9. The Buckeyes won 2-0 in game one before a 4-4 overtime tie in game two. Jan. 26-27 in Columbus, the squads tied 4-4 in game one and the Buckeyes prevailed 6-5 in the second game.
• The first eight games between the teams were between 1965-69, with the next three matchups all neutral site games from 2004-07. The squads met in the first round of the NCAA tournament March 26, 2004 in Albany, N.Y. a 1-0 Badger win. Feb. 11, 2006, the Buckeyes and Badgers played outside on Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., a 4-2 UW victory. Ohio State topped Wisconsin, 5-3, in the Lefty McFadden College Hockey Invitational Oct. 13, 2007 in Dayton, Ohio. The teams did not face off again until the Big Ten Conference added hockey.

Wisconsin Wisdom
• Wisconsin enters the weekend 11-8-1 and is 4-2-0-0 in Big Ten play, splitting series with Michigan and Minnesota and sweeping Michigan State.
• The Badgers are averaging 3.65 goals a game, ranking sixth in the NCAA, and are allowing 3.3 a contest. The power play is 27-for-120 (.225), ranking eighth nationally, and the penalty kill is 86-for-99 (.869), the eight-best unit in the nation. The squad averages 11.9 penalty minutes a game. They are second in the NCAA, averaging 35.8 shots on goal a night.
• Luke Kunin is first with 14 goals, while Grant Besse is first with 14 assists. The duo share the team point lead with 22 each. In goal, Jack Berry is 5-4-1, with a 2.58 goals-against average and .895 save percentage, while Matt Jurusik is 6-4-0, posting a 3.64 goals-against average and .872 save percentage.

No. 8 Buckeyes vs. Badgers.

7 p.m. Thursday in @TheSchott.

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