November 4, 2019

Buckeye Hockey Notebook – Notre Dame Week


Buckeye Hockey This Week

The No. 9/8 Ohio Sate men’s hockey team, winners of four games in a row, hits the road for a Big Ten series at No. 5 Notre Dame this weekend. The Buckeyes (6-1-1, 2-0-0-0 B1G) and Irish (5-0-1, 1-0-1-0 B1G) will play at 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday in Compton Family Ice Arena in Notre Dame, Ind.

The Friday game will be televised by NBCSN, on the NBC Sports App and online through, while Saturday’s contest will be on and the NBC Sports App, as well as televised by SNY in New York/New Jersey/Connecticut and on Ohio State radio (1460 AM/ app) will have the call and live stats will be available. Gameday Links

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Buckeyes Sweep Wolverines

Last weekend, the Buckeyes rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Michigan in game one, 3-2, and notched the gamewinner with 1:31 remaining in a game two 2-1 victory.

Game One Wrapup | Game Two Wrapup named the Buckeyes their Team of the Week after the series. Read the feature HERE.

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In the B1G

Ohio State opened Big Ten play last week with a sweep of Michigan in Columbus, winning 3-2 and 2-1. The Irish kicked off league play on the road, taking four points at Minnesota with a 2-2 OT tie (3×3 OT L) and 5-3 win. The third league series last weekend was a home sweep for Penn State over Wisconsin.

This weekend, Minnesota travels to Michigan and Penn State hosts Michigan State, along with the series between the Buckeyes and Irish.

Each team plays 24 Big Ten games, with home and road series vs. each of the other six conference teams. In the standings, teams get three points for regulation or 5×5 overtime wins. If a game is tied after 5×5 OT, each team receives a point. A 3×3 overtime is held for an extra league point. If it is still tied after the 3×3 session, a sudden victory shootout is held for the point.

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Buckeyes vs. Fighting Irish

All-time, Ohio State leads the series with the Irish, 39-37-10, with the first game Feb. 13, 1965. On Irish home ice, Notre Dame leads 20-15-4.

Last year, Ohio State won the series between the teams, 3-1-0. The squads opened Big Ten play in Notre Dame Nov. 2-3, 2018, splitting a series with a 1-0 Buckeye victory and 2-1 Irish win. In Columbus Feb. 1-2, Ohio State posted a sweep with 4-2 and 2-0 victories.

The Buckeyes are the defending Big Ten regular season champions, while the Irish won the 2019 Big Ten Tournament. Notre Dame won the 2018 regular season title in its first year in the league and defeated the Buckeye in the B1G Tournament championship game that season.

Ohio State and Notre Dame skated as members of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association until 2012-13 when the league was disbanded. Ohio State was a founding member of the conference in 1971-72 and played for two years before leaving for three seasons (1973-74, `74-75, `75-76) and skating as an independent. Ohio State then rejoined the CCHA for the 1975-1976 campaign and remained until 2013. The Irish were in the league in 1981-82 and `82-83 and then rejoined in 1992-93. The Buckeyes and Irish last met as CCHA foes March 23, 2013 in the CCHA Tournament semifinals, a 3-1 win for Notre Dame at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

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In the Rankings

Ohio State moved into the Top 10 of both polls this week after its second sweep in a row. The squad had been No. 13 last week.

The squad is No. 9 in the poll and No. 8 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.

Big Ten teams joining the Buckeyes in the USCHO poll include No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 6 Penn State and No. 12 Wisconsin, with Minnesota receiving votes.

Conference schools in the USA Today Top 15 are No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 6 Penn State and No. 12 Wisconsin.

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On the Defensive

Junior goalie Tommy Nappier and the Buckeyes have limited opponents to two or fewer goals in each game this season. The squad is tied for third nationally in team defense, giving up 1.62 goals per game. Nappier is sixth nationally with a 1.62 goals-against average and .940 save percentage.

Ohio State is the only school to have played more than two games and not allowed more than two goals in a game. Notre Dame is the third-highest scoring team in the country, averaging 4.67 goals a game, and has scored four or more goals in five of its six games.

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Freshmen Light the Lamp

Rookie Michael Gildon scored his first collegiate goal Saturday in the win over Michigan, putting the Buckeyes on the board with a 5×3 goal. Tate Singleton, Gildon’s classmate, notched the gamewinner with just 1:31 remaining in the third period for the 2-1 win. Friday, rookie CJ Regula assisted on Austin Pooley’s third-period gamewinner for his first collegiate point.


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It’s a Power Play Goal! 

Ohio State has converted 30.2 percent of its power play chances this season, with 13 goals in 43 opportunities. The squad is eighth nationally with the man advantage and leads the NCAA in total power play goals.

Matt Miller, Wyatt Ege, Ronnie Hein and Quinn Preston all have two power play tallies this season, while Michael Gildon, Gustaf Westlund, Carson Meyer, Tanner Laczynski and Tate Singleton have all converted with the man advantage. Laczynski shares the NCAA lead with eight power play points and seven power play helpers this year.