Buckeyes vs. Badgers
The No. 3-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team hits the road for a series at Wisconsin this weekend. The teams will meet at 8 p.m. ET Friday and Saturday in the Kohl Center in Madison.
The games will be televised by Fox Sports Wisconsin, with the broadcast picked up by SportsTime Ohio. The games will also be available on BTN2Go. Ohio State radio will carry the action on 1460 AM, online on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and through the Ohio State Buckeyes mobile app.
The Buckeyes are coming off a sweep of Notre Dame in Columbus, with 4-2 and 2-0 wins. The Badgers were 0-1-1 at Michigan, with a 4-1 loss Friday and 2-2 OT tie/shootout win Saturday.
Ohio State enters the weekend on a five-game winning streak and is 17-5-4 overall, with a 10-3-3-2 mark in Big Ten play. The Badgers are 9-12-5 overall and 5-6-5-2 in conference action.
Ohio State and Wisconsin met in Columbus Nov. 16-17, with the Buckeyes posting 4-0 and 3-1 wins. The teams last faced off in Madison Oct. 6-7, 2017, splitting a series with each team winning 3-2.
In the Rankings
The Buckeyes moved up to No. 3 in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings this week.
Ohio State has been ranked in the Top 7 of both polls all season outside of one week at No. 9 in the USA Hockey Magazine poll Oct. 29.
Big Ten teams No. 14 Notre Dame and No. 18 Penn State join the Buckeyes in the USCHO poll and the Irish are also in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings tied for 14th, with Penn State receiving votes.
Of the Buckeyes’ nonconference foes this season, UMass is No. 2, Arizona State is No. 12th and Bowling Green is No. 16 in the USCHO ratings and in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings, the Minutemen are second, Sun Devils are 11th and the Falcons are receiving votes.
In the B1G
Through 16 (of 24) Big Ten games, the Buckeyes are in first place with 35 points and a 10-3-3-2 record. Minnesota is in second with 27 points (8-7-3-0), followed by Notre Dame (25 points, 7-8-2-2). Michigan (6-7-4-2) and Michigan State (6-8-4-2) are tied for fourth with 24 points each, Wisconsin is sixth (22 points, 5-6-5-2) and Penn State is seventh (20 points, 6-9-1-1). The Gophers and Spartans have played a league-high 18 games, the Irish and Wolverines have 17 games played and the Buckeyes, Badgers and Nittany Lions have each played 16 games.
Ohio States’ remaining B1G series are home vs. Minnesota and Michigan State and away at Wisconsin and Michigan.
The No. 1 team in the final Big Ten standings earns a bye in the quarterfinals (best-of-three series) of the league tournament, while seeds 2-4 host 5-7. The Top 2 remaining seeds host one-game semifinal matchups, with the top remaining seed hosting the final.
In B1G games only:
Between the Pipes
Buckeye sophomore Tommy Nappier stopped all 30 shots he faced Saturday in a 2-0 shutout victory over Notre Dame. It was his fourth shutout of the year and the fifth off his Buckeye career. He is tied for third among Buckeye goalies for single-season shutouts and is tied for fifth for career shutouts. The last Buckeye goalie with at least four shutouts in a season was All-American Brady Hjelle in 2013.
Redshirt senior Sean Romeo has three shutouts this season and five in his career as a Buckeye to tie for fifth among Ohio State netminders.
Romeo and Nappier split starts through the Buckeyes’ first 13 series, with Romeo starting Friday and Nappier Saturday. Nappier is second nationally in goals-against average (1.64) and save percentage (.945) and first in winning percentage (10-1-2, .846). Romeo has a 2.44 goals-against average and .911 save percentage, with a 7-4-2 ledger.
The tandem has combined for seven shutouts, tying the program record first set by the 1998 squad.
🛑DYK: The Buckeyes are tied for 1st in @NCAAIceHockey with a program-record tying 7⃣ shutouts.
— Ohio State Men's Hockey (@OhioStateMHKY) February 4, 2019
— Ohio State Men's Hockey (@OhioStateMHKY) February 2, 2019
Last Time Out – Buckeyes Sweep Irish
Ohio State posted a second straight sweep of a Big Ten Conference series, defeating Notre Dame 4-2 and 2-1 last weekend.
Game One (Full Wrapup): Ohio State opened the scoring on a goal by Freddy Gerard 14:57 into the first and extended the mark to 2-0 in the second period on an Austin Pooley tally. The Irish scored twice in 34 seconds, including a power play goal, midway through the second for a 2-2 game after 40 minutes. In the third, Gerard put the Buckeyes ahead with a power play goal at 7:38 and Brendon Kearney closed out the game with an empty net score in the final second. Buckeye goalie Sean Romeo had 27 saves in the win and the Buckeye penalty kill was 4-for-5. Defenseman Wyatt Ege had two helpers in the victory.
Game Two (Full Wrapup): Buckeye sophomore goalie Tommy Nappier stopped all 30 Irish shots for his fourth shutout of the year. After a scoreless first period, Matt Miller scored 53 seconds into the second for a 1-0 Buckeye lead, which stood until Carson Meyer scored will less than five minutes left in regulation. Each team had one power play chance.
Brendon Kearney – Social Media Star of the Week
Night made. 😊
— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) February 3, 2019
😂 @bkearney17 and I had a little back and forth…
— Brutus Buckeye (@Brutus_Buckeye) February 1, 2019
Saturday night, more than 30 Buckeye men’s hockey alums returned to campus for the team’s annual alumni night. The former Buckeyes formed a Tunnel of Pride on the ice pregame.
— Ohio State Men's Hockey (@OhioStateMHKY) February 3, 2019
Ohio State All-American RJ Umberger, a 12-year NHL vet who played for the Buckeyes from 2001-03, stopped by the BTN booth.