This Week in Buckeye Hockey
The No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey team heads to Minnesota for a Big Ten series. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET Friday and at 7:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET Saturday.
Game one will be televised by FS North+, with the game also carried by FS Ohio and TSN and on the Fox Sports app. Saturday’s contest will be on BTN and the Fox Sports app. Both games can be heard on Ohio State radio.
The Buckeyes were 1-0-1-0 at home vs. Notre Dame last weekend, with a 4-4 OT tie and 2-1 victory. The Gophers hosted the U.S. Under-18 Team in a game Friday. Their last Big Ten games were Jan. 10-11, a split at Michigan State (L 1-4, W 2-0).
In the Rankings
This week, the Buckeyes moved from ninth to sixth in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings. This is the seventh consecutive set of polls the Buckeyes are in the Top 10 (dating to Dec. 2).
Big Ten teams joining the Buckeyes in the USCHO poll include No. 9 Penn State and No. 19 Michigan State, with Notre Dame and Michigan receiving votes.
No. 9 Penn State joins Ohio State in the USA Today Top 15, with Michigan State receiving votes.
Ohio State is one of three schools with its men’s and women’s programs in the Top 10 of the USCHO polls, with the Buckeye women No. 5. Joining Ohio State are Cornell (No. 1 men, No. 4 women) and Clarkson (No. 8/7).
During last weekend’s series vs. Notre Dame, the Buckeyes wore special Military Appreciation jerseys. The jerseys are now being auctioned, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting United Heroes League.
🇺🇸 A Buckeye hockey tradition since 2009-10, this year's Military Appreciation jersey auction is live, running through Feb. 10.
— Ohio State Men's Hockey (@OhioStateMHKY) January 20, 2020
Prior to the game Friday, Coach Rohlik presented a check to United Heroes League for $15,500 from last year’s jersey auction.
Last Time Out – Buckeyes 1-0-1 vs. Notre Dame
Ohio State closed out the regular season vs. the Irish. The Buckeyes rallied for a 4-4 overtime tie Friday before a 2-1 Ohio State win Saturday.
Game One (Full Wrapup)
The Buckeyes trailed 1-0 after the first period and 3-0 entering the third. Ohio State scored at 11:59 and 13:40 of the third to make it a one-goal game (3-2) but the Irish regained the two-goal edge at 16:17. Ohio State then tied the game with two goals in a 32 second span at 18:23 and 18:55, scoring twice with the extra attacker (with the first also a power play goal). Neither team scored in five minutes of 5-on-5 overtime to end the game as a tie for NCAA purposes. Quinn Preston led the Buckeyes with three points, including two assists, while Tanner Laczynski had two helpers. After a scoreless 3×3 overtime, the Irish claimed the extra Big Ten point with a 2-1 shootout win in six rounds.
Game Two (Full Wrapup)
The Irish scored first at 11:31 of the opening period, but sophomore Quinn Preston tied the game at 15:33. Just 1:42 into the second period Gustaf Westlund lit the lamp for a 2-1 lead the Buckeyes would not relinquish. Senior Tanner Laczynski posted the first assist on both goals. Freshman goalie Ryan Snowden had 28 saves for the Buckeyes, including stopping all 16 shots in the third period. Ohio State was outshot, 29-16, in the game.
Feels good to be 🏠.@OhioStateMHKY returned to Columbus after a long road trip and gave their fans a show vs No. 19 Notre Dame.
Which play landed the top spot 🤔? pic.twitter.com/FvCYU9VgIc
— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) January 20, 2020
Buckeyes vs. Gophers
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Just the Stats
The Buckeyes, 15-6-3 this season, are scoring 2.75 goals a game this season, while allowing 2.08 a night rank eighth (tied) nationally in team defense. The power play is tied for eighth in the nation, converting 25 percent (24-for-96) and Ohio State has stopped 63-of-76 (.829) opponent power play chances. The squad is eighth nationally with 14.00 blocked shots per game.
Senior Tanner Laczynski is first on the team with 18 assists and 25 points. Sophomore Gustaf Westlund has a team-best 12 goals and is second with 22 points. Sophomore Quinn Preston is second with seven goals, followed by senior Carson Meyer and Laczynski with seven goals each. Westlund and Meyer are tied for second with 10 assists each.
Senior Gordi Myer leads the squad with 47 blocked shots, followed by junior Grant Gabriele with 35. In goal, junior Tommy Nappier has a 1.86 goals-against average and .933 save percentage, ranking in the Top 10 nationally, posting a 12-5-2 record in 20 games. Freshman Ryan Snowden has a 2.52 goals-against average and .905 save percentage, notching a 3-1-1 record, in five appearances.
Minnesota, 8-10-4 overall this season and 3-5-4-3 in league play, is scoring 2.55 goals a game and allowing 3.05 a night. The power play is 13-for-76 (.171) and the penalty kill is 60-for-70 (.857). Sammy Walker is first on the squad with 14 points, on seven goals and seven assists. Ben Meyers has a team-best nine assists and is second with 13 points. Scott Reedy paces the team with 10 goals. In goal, Jack LaFontaine has a 4-6-3 record, 3.03 goals-against average and .902 save percentage, while Jared Moe is 4-4-1, posting a 2.62 gaa and .909 sv%.
In the B1G
Teddy Bear Toss 2020
Saturday was the Buckeyes’ annual Teddy Bear Toss. Fans threw new stuffed animals on the ice, which were collected and will be delivered by the Buckeyes to Ronald McDonald House. This was the 10th year the program held a Teddy Bear Toss.
Another great Teddy Bear Toss last night! 🧸🧸🧸
— Ohio State Men's Hockey (@OhioStateMHKY) January 19, 2020
The Schedule Ahead
The Buckeyes will head to Ann Arbor for a pair of 7:30 p.m. games against Michigan Jan. 31-Feb. 1.
The next home games are vs. Penn State Feb. 7-8. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. for game one and 5 p.m. for game two. A snowglobe ticket package is available for the first game, which is also $1 dog night, has Hockey Hour on the concourse pregame and features postgame goals for youth. During game two, Script Ohio on Ice will be performed during intermission and there will be a postgame meet and greet with select student-athletes (Nos. 19-72).
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.