Buckeyes Top 3 in Preseason Polls
In the USCHO national preseason poll released last Monday, Ohio State was ranked third, with two first place votes. Full Poll
Defending NCAA champion Minnesota Duluth was first in the poll, followed by Big Ten teams Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan. The three Big Ten teams joined the UMD Bulldogs in the 2018 Frozen Four. In all, five Big Ten teams are ranked in the Top 20 entering 2018-19, with a sixth receiving votes.
The third-place spot is the highest for the Buckeyes in a USCHO preseason poll; the squad was fourth entering the 1998-99 campaign.
In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Preseason Poll released Monday, the Buckeyes held down the No. 2 spot, with three first place votes. Full Poll
The UMD Bulldogs were ranked first, followed by the Buckeyes, Notre Dame, St. Cloud State and Providence to round out the Top 5. In all, five Big Ten teams were ranked in the Top 15 poll.
The No. 2 ranking is the Buckeyes’ highest preseason spot in the 24-year history of the poll, ahead of the team tied for third entering the 2005-06 campaign. The Buckeyes have been ranked second in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll twice before, in January 2012 and October 2005.
The Buckeyes return 21 players from the 2017-18 squad that was 26-10-5 overall and finished second in the Big Ten with a 14-8-2-1 ledger. The Buckeyes were in the Top 10 in the NCAA in penalty killing (1st/.894), scoring defense (3rd/2.07 goals allowed per game), power play (6th/.239) and scoring offense (10th/3.2 goals per game) last season.
Ohio State was ranked first in the Big Ten Preseason Poll. It is the first time the team was slotted No. 1 in a Big Ten poll entering the year and the first time the team was No. 1 in a league preseason poll since coming in first in the CCHA coaches and media polls entering 2005-06.
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Coach Rohlik chatted with BTN as part of Big Ten Hockey Week.
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The Big Ten announced changes to overtime protocols starting in 2018-19. If a B1G game is tied after regulation and 5 minutes of 5×5 overtime, it is officially a tie for NCAA purposes and each team will get one point in the league standings.
Teams will then play a 5-minute 3×3 sudden-death period. If still tied, a sudden-death shootout will be held. The winner from 3×3 or the shootout will receive an extra conference point.
Teams who win games in regulation or in the 5×5 overtime period will receive three league standing points.
Full details HERE
#TBT The Buckeyes won the first shootout in CCHA history, defeating Miami 3-1 in three rounds, Oct. 10, 2008.
— Ohio State Men's Hockey (@OhioStateMHKY) September 27, 2018
Single game, group and season tickets are all on sale now for Buckeye hockey.
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Times and the broadcast schedule for 2018-19 were announced last week. The Buckeyes are slated for at least 13 games on BTN, SportsTime Ohio and FS1 combined. Non-televised home games will be on BTN Plus, with road game coverage determined by the host school.
Radio broadcasts of the Buckeyes will again be carried by RadiOhio on 1460 AM in Columbus, online through 971thefan.com or ohiostatebuckeyes.com/sportsnetwork and on the new Ohio State Buckeyes mobile app, available in the iTunes App Store and through Google Play. All Big Ten regular season games, select non-conference games and all postseason games involving the Buckeyes will be carried by the station.
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