January 21, 2020

Buckeye Hockey Notebook – Minnesota Road Series


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).

Full Schedule

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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).

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Military Jerseys

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.

Bidding Website

Prior to the game Friday, Coach Rohlik presented a check to United Heroes League for $15,500 from last year’s jersey auction.

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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.

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Buckeyes vs. Gophers

  • The series between Ohio State and Minnesota dates to 1968 but 36 of the 42 games have been since 1999. In Minneapolis, the Gophers have the edge, 15-2-3, and Minnesota leads in Big Ten regular season games, 15-6-5. Five of the last seven games between the teams has gone to overtime.
  • The teams met in Columbus Dec. 6-7 to close out the first half. Ohio State won in overtime in game one before the teams skated to a 1-1 overtime tie in game two.
  • In the last series on the Gophers’ home ice (Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2018), the teams skated to back-to-back 2-2 OT ties, with Ohio State scoring both nights in 3×3 overtime for the extra Big Ten point.
  • In 12 games vs. the Gophers, Tanner Laczynski leads the current Buckeyes with four goals, nine assists and 13 points. Gordi Myer has played a team-high 14 games vs. Minnesota, with three assists. Matt Miller has a 3-3-6 line in 11 outings and Ronnie Hein has 2-2-4 totals in 10 games. In six games, Carson Meyer has two goals and three assists for five points vs. Minnesota.
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Vote OSU for Hobey

Senior Tanner Laczynski and junior Tommy Nappier are both on the Hobey Baker Award fan ballot. The award is given each year to college hockey’s top player.

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

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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.

Full Ohio State Stats and Box Scores

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%.

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In the B1G

  • The Buckeyes are in first place in the Big Ten with 26 points, one point ahead of Michigan State and Penn State. Ohio State is 8-4-2-0 in league games, with the Spartans and Nittany Lions 8-5-1-0.
  • Notre Dame is fourth with 20 points (5-6-3-2), followed by Michigan (18 points, 5-7-2-1), Minnesota (16 points, 3-5-4-3) and Wisconsin (14 points, 4-9-1-1).
  • Minnesota has two games in hand on the other six Big Ten team.
  • Notre Dame (5-4-3-1) has 18 points to stand in fourth, followed by Minnesota (3-5-4-3, 16 points), Michigan (4-7-1-0, 13 points) and Wisconsin (3-8-1-1, 11 points).
  • Each program plays the other Big Ten teams four times – twice at home and twice on the road – in the regular season.
  • Ohio State has home series vs. Penn State and Wisconsin remaining, along with road series at Minnesota, Michigan and Michigan State.
  • In addition to the Buckeyes and Gophers this weekend, Wisconsin travels to Notre Dame and Michigan State hosts Penn State.
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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.

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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).


Ticket Talk

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.