This Week in Buckeye Hockey
The No. 13 Ohio State men’s hockey team has a bye this weekend (Feb. 14-15) before closing out the regular season with a road series at Michigan State Feb. 21-22 and two home games vs. Wisconsin Feb. 28-29.
In the Rankings
This week, the Buckeyes remained at No. 13 in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings.
Big Ten teams joining the Buckeyes in the USCHO poll include No. 9 Penn State, with Michigan State, with Minnesota, Notre Dame and Michigan receiving votes.
No. 9 Penn State joins Ohio State in the USA Today Top 15, with Michigan State and Minnesota receiving votes.
Welcome Back, Buckeyes
Saturday night, the program held its annual Alumni Game. More than 40 Buckeye letterwinners were in attendance, forming a Tunnel of Pride on the ice pregame and gathering in a suite to cheer on the current Buckeyes during the game.
— Ohio State Men's Hockey (@OhioStateMHKY) February 11, 2020
Commissioner Warren Visits Ohio State
Kevin Warren, the new commissioner of the Big Ten, was in attendance at the Buckeyes’ game Friday. He watched the game with Ohio State Director of Athletics Gene Smith and visited with the men’s hockey Buckeyes postgame.
— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) February 8, 2020
— Big Ten Hockey (@B1GHockey) February 9, 2020
Vote OSU for Hobey
Fans are encouraged to vote daily, with the first phase of balloting open through March 8. The Top 10 finalists will be announced March 18, with the Hobey Hat Trick finalists revealed April 2.
VOTE DAILY: https://go.osu.edu/OSUVote4Hobey
Last Time Out – Buckeyes vs. Nittany Lions
Ohio State rallied for a tie vs. Penn State Friday and earned the extra B1G point, before losing to the Nittany Lions Saturday.
Game One (Full Wrapup)
Ohio State overcame an early 2-0 deficit to tie Penn State, 2-2, and then picked up the extra point in the Big Ten standings with a shootout win.
Penn State scored at 1:44 and 11:39 of the first but Ohio State held the Nittany Lions off the scoreboard the rest of the way. Jaedon Leslie cut the PSU lead to 2-1 at 5:18 of the second and Gordi Myer tied the game 1:58 into the third. Tommy Nappier made five of his 29 saves in the five minutes of 5×5 overtime to preserve the tie. After neither team scored in 3×3 overtime, Nappier made two saves in the shootout, with Sam McCormick scoring in the second round for the shootout win.
— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) February 8, 2020
Game Two (Full Wrapup)
Penn State led 1-0 after the first and had a 4-1 advantage entering the third, with Carson Meyer scoring on the power play for the Buckeyes. Ronnie Hein lit the lamp 1:14 into the third for a 4-2 game and Ohio State cut the lead to one at 17:42 with a Ryan O’Connell extra attacker goal. Penn State answered with empty net goals at 18:15 and 19:20 for a 6-3 win.
Carson Meyer scored his 11th goal of the year in the second period.
Assist to Tanner Laczynski – his 20th assist and team-best 27th point this season. pic.twitter.com/ru8ca6Sdyb
— Ohio State Men's Hockey (@OhioStateMHKY) February 8, 2020
Just the Stats
The Buckeyes, 16-10-4 this season, are scoring 2.70 goals a game this season, while allowing 2.40 a night. The power play is ninth in the nation, converting 25.4 percent (28-for-114) and Ohio State has stopped 74-of-91 (.813) opponent power play chances.
Senior Tanner Laczynski is first on the team with 20 assists and 27 points. Sophomore Gustaf Westlund has a team-best 12 goals and is second with 12 assists and 24 points. Sophomore Quinn Preston and senior Carson Meyer are tied for second with 11 goals each. Meyer is third with 21 points and 10 assists.
Senior Gordi Myer leads the squad with 58 blocked shots. In goal, junior Tommy Nappier has a 2.13 goals-against average and .927 save percentage, posting a 13-9-3 record in 26 games. Freshman Ryan Snowden has a 2.52 goals-against average and .905 save percentage, notching a 3-1-1 record, in five appearances.
In the B1G
The Schedule Ahead
The Buckeyes will return to action with a road trip to Michigan State Feb. 21-22. Puck drop each night vs. the Spartans is set for 7 p.m. in East Lansing, with the games streamed through BTN+ and on Ohio State radio.
The regular season ends with two games vs. Wisconsin Feb. 28-29, with Senior Night celebrated on night two. The teams will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 and 8 p.m. Feb. 29.
Single game, miniplan and group tickets for the Buckeyes’ 2019-20 season are all on sale now. They can be purchased online (HERE) or by contacting a ticket sales representative by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS (select option 2) or emailing AthleticSales@osu.edu.