The No. 8/7-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team is off this week after falling in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals Sunday afternoon.
Next Sunday (March 24), the 16-team NCAA Tournament field will be announced, with the selection show on ESPNU at 7 p.m. Ohio State is looking to earn an at-large bid for the third consecutive year. The NCAA regionals are the following weekend, with this year’s sites in Allentown, Pa., Providence, R.I., Manchester, N.H. and Fargo, N.D.
Ohio State last made three consecutive NCAA appearances from 2003-06. The Buckeyes have participated in the NCAA Tournament nine times, with two Frozen Four trips (1998, 2018).
The Big Ten will announce its end of season awards, as well as the All-Big Ten teams, Tuesday afternoon. Four Buckeyes are among the Top 3 finalists for the major conference honors. Senior Mason Jobst is a Big Ten Player of the Year finalist, senior Sasha Larocque is one of the B1G Defensive Player of the Year finalists, sophomore Tommy Nappier is among the finalists for the goaltender of the year honor and Steve Rohlik is among the coach of the year finalists.
Last week, Nappier was named a semifinalist for the Mike Richter Award, given to the top goaltender in college hockey. The winner will be announced during the Frozen Four in April.
Larocque is one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, with fan voting still open. He is the second Buckeye to be a finalist, and the first since Sean Duddy in 2012. VOTE –>> go.osu.edu/VoteLarocque
Senior defenseman Tommy Parran is one of five finalists for the Hockey Humanitarian Award, which will be presented during Frozen Four weekend. He is the first Buckeye to be a finalist for the honor.
In the Rankings
Ohio State moved to No. 8 in the USCHO poll and No. 7 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week. The squad has been in the Top 8 of both polls all season, outside of one week at No. 9 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings in October.
In the PairWise rankings on USCHO.com through games of March 17, Ohio State stands seventh. The PairWise attempts to mimic the method used by the NCAA Selection Committee to determine participants for the NCAA Tournament. The PWR compares all teams by these criteria: record against common opponents, head-to-head competition and the RPI.
Buckeye alums Ryan Dzingel and Zac Dalpe, both in the Columbus Blue Jackets organization, shared messages before the Buckeyes opened the Big Ten Tournament.
— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) March 17, 2019
— Zac Dalpe (@ZacDalpe22) March 17, 2019
Camp with the Buckeyes
This summer, the Ohio State men’s hockey program is hosting two weeks of skills camp. For more information, or to register –>> https://ohiostatebuckeyes.com/camps/mens-hockey-skill-camp/
🏒🌞🏒Register today for Buckeye hockey camps for this summer!
— Ohio State Men's Hockey (@OhioStateMHKY) March 16, 2019
Catching Up with Carson
Buckeye junior Carson Meyer, a prospect of the Columbus Blue Jackets, was featured by the team last week.
— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) March 14, 2019