This Week in Buckeye Hockey
The No. 7/8 Ohio State men’s hockey team returns to Big Ten play with two games at Wisconsin this weekend.
The teams will meet at 9 p.m. ET Friday, with the game televised by ESPNU and on the ESPN app. Saturday’s contest will be broadcast by FS Wisconsin Plus, with SportsTime Ohio carrying the feed, along with the Fox Sports app. Both games can be seen in Canada on TSN.ca and the TSN app. Ohio State radio will have the call for both games on 1460 AM and TuneIn. (Gameday Links)
The Buckeye squad, which was 1-1-0 at the Fortress Invitational last weekend in Las Vegas, is 13-5-2 overall and 6-3-1 in Big Ten play, standing in a tie for second place. Wisconsin is 7-10-1 overall and 2-7-1-1 in conference games, with its last regular season games two losses at Michigan State Dec. 6-7. The squad played an exhibition game vs. the U.S. NTDP Jan. 1.
In the Rankings
This week, the Buckeyes are ranked eighth in the USCHO.com poll and stayed at No. 7 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings. This is the fifth 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. 6 Penn State, No. 14 Notre Dame and No. 20 Michigan State.
No. 6 Penn State and No. 14 Notre Dame join Ohio State in the USA Today Top 15, with Michigan State receiving votes.
Ohio State is one of four schools with its men’s and women’s programs in the Top 10 of the USCHO polls, with the Buckeye women No. 5t. Joining Ohio State are Cornell (No. 2 men, No. 4 women), Clarkson (No. 7/5t) and Minnesota Duluth (No. 9/10).
Last Time Out – Buckeyes at Fortress Invitational
Ohio State traveled to Las Vegas for the third edition of the Fortress Invitational in T-Mobile Arena, home of the NHL’s Las Vegas Golden Knights.
Ohio State vs. Cornell (Full Wrapup)
The Buckeyes trailed 1-0 after the first period on a power play goal and gave up two goals in the second, along with the first goal of the third (scored on the power play). Ohio State broke up the shutout on a Matthew Jennings goal at 7:46, just 24 seconds after the Big Red tally, for a 4-1 game. The Buckeyes pulled their goalie for the extra attacker and Cornell converted with a goal at 17:01. Matt Miller added an extra attacker, power play goal, at 18:54 for the 5-2 final.
Ohio State vs. Army West Point (Full Wrapup)
Army opened the scoring at 17:14 of the first period. Tanner Laczynski tied the game midway through the second with a shorthanded score. Neither team scored through the rest of regulation. In overtime, Carson Meyer netted the gamewinner for a 2-1 Buckeye victory.
ICYMI … (late) last night, the Buckeyes downed Army in OT in the @FortressInvVGK.
— Ohio State Men's Hockey (@OhioStateMHKY) January 5, 2020
Buckeyes vs. Badgers
Ohio State is 16-18-3 all-time vs. Wisconsin, but leads the series in Big Ten regular season games, 15-6-3. In Madison, Ohio State has the edge, 8-6-2.
Last season, the Buckeyes posted home and road sweeps against Wisconsin. In Columbus Nov. 16-17, Ohio State posted 4-0 and 3-1 wins. In Madison Feb. 8-9, the Buckeyes won 2-1 in overtime and 4-1.
🌅 Good morning!
— Ohio State Men's Hockey (@OhioStateMHKY) February 9, 2019
Tanner Laczynski leads the Buckeyes with six points vs. Wisconsin on three goals and three assists. Laczynski and Miguel Fidler lead the Buckeyes with 11 games played vs. the Badgers, while Matt Miller and Gordi Myer have skated in 10 games each vs. UW. Fidler and Laczynski are first on the squad with three goals against Wisconsin, while Laczynski, Wyatt Ege, Miller, Myer and Gustaf Westlund each have three assists against the Badgers. In goal, Tommy Nappier is 3-0-0, with a .67 goals-against average and .978 save percentage.
Just the Stats
The Buckeyes are scoring 2.70 goals a game this season, while allowing 1.90 a night rank sixth nationally in team defense. The power play is 12th in the nation, converting 22.9 percent (19-for-83) and Ohio State has stopped 58-of-69 (.841) opponent power play chances. The squad is sixth nationally with 14.25 blocked shots per game.
Senior Tanner Laczynski is first on the team with 13 assists and 20 points. Sophomore Gustaf Westlund has a team-best nine goals and is second with 18 points. Sophomore Quinn Preston and Laczynski are tied for second with seven goals each, followed by senior Carson Meyer with six. Westlund is second with nine assists, followed by Meyer and defensemen Grant Gabriele each with seven.
Senior Gordi Myer leads the squad with 41 blocked shots, followed by junior Grant Gabriele with 27. Senior Ronnie Hein has 23 to rank third and lead the Buckeye forwards. In goal, junior Tommy Nappier has a 1.86 goals-against average and .933 save percentage, ranking in the Top 10 nationally, posting an 11-5-2 record in 19 games. Freshman Ryan Snowden has a .75 goals-against average and .976 save percentage, notching a 2-0-0 record, in two appearances.
Wisconsin, 5-3-0 at home and 7-10-1 overall, is scoring 3.11 goals a game and allowing 3.44 a night. The power play is 14-for-71 (.197) and the penalty kill is 51-for-63 (.810). Cole Caufield has a team-best 12 goals and 20 points and Linus Weissbach is first on the squad with 13 assists, ranking second with 16 points.
Keeping it Close
Eleven of the Buckeyes’ games have been decided by one goal this season, along with two ties and two games where the final margin was two because of an empty net goal.
Ohio State is 7-4 so far in one-goal games this season. Among the one-goal wins are overtime victories vs. Minnesota Dec. 6 and Army West Point Jan. 4, third-period gamewinners at Penn State Nov. 23 and vs. Colgate Dec. 27 and a GWG with less than two minutes left vs. Michigan Nov. 2.
The Buckeyes lead the NCAA with nine gamewinning goals scored in the third period and overtime combined and share the NCAA lead with Penn State with seven third-period gamewinners.
Ohio State is second nationally with 11 one-goal games (behind Michigan Tech with 12) and is tied for second with the Huskies with seven one-goal wins. Army leads the NCAA with eight one-goal victories, with their lone one-goal loss to the Buckeyes.
In the B1G
The Schedule Ahead
Ohio State will be back in Columbus to host Notre Dame Jan. 17-18. Puck drop for game one is set for 6 p.m. on BTN, with game two at 5 p.m. Friday is Military Appreciation Night and there will be Chuck A Puck and postgame goals for youth. Saturday is the team’s annual Teddy Bear Toss and a postgame meet and greet with select student-athletes (Nos. 2-18).
Single game, miniplan, group and quarter season 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.