February 26, 2018

Buckeye Hockey Update – B1G Tourney Quarterfinal Week


Feb. 26, 2018

Ohio State This Week – The Postseason is Here
Ohio State opens postseason play this week, hosting Michigan State in a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal series. The No. 2 seed Buckeyes and No. 7 seed Spartans will meet in a best-of-three matchup, with puck drop at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday if necessary in Value City Arena.

Big Ten Tournament Central

Purchase tickets: go.osu.edu/PostseasonTix2018

The quarterfinal winner advances to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. Notre Dame will host one semifinal, taking on the lowest remaining seed from the quarterfinals. The highest remaining seed from the three quarterfinal matchups will host the other semifinal. If Ohio State wins its quarterfinal, it will host a semifinal game March 10 in Nationwide Arena.

The semifinal winners will meet in the tournament championship game March 17, with the highest remaining seed serving as the host.

🏒🚨 Tournament Hockey in Columbus 🚨🏒@OhioState_MHKY hosts Sparty this weekend in the B1G Tourney!

🎟 Get your tickets TODAY: https://t.co/P22j8YTbbu#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/1HKNpZkZFX

— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) February 26, 2018

Buckeyes Wrap the Regular Season
Ohio State posted two wins over Wisconsin last weekend to close out the regular season. Friday, the Buckeyes overcame a 2-1 deficit entering the third period, scoring five goals in the final stanza for a 6-2 victory. In all, 13 players posted at least one point, with Tanner Laczynski and Dakota Joshua each scoring twice, and Sean Romeo made 36 saves. On Senior Night Saturday, the Buckeyes scored three times in the second and added a late goal in the third for a 4-0 win. Mason Jobst and Christian Lampasso both tallied two goals and freshman Tommy Nappier stopped all 31 shots for his first career shutout.

Weekend rewind – look back at the Buckeyes’ two wins over the Badgers to close out the regular season.

In the series, 14 Buckeyes got on the scoresheet, OSU limited UW to just 2 goals and Romeo and Nappier each backstopped a win. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/Rixtj1JqrD

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) February 26, 2018

Thank You Seniors
The six members of the Buckeye hockey class of 2018 were recognized pregame Saturday as part of Senior Night.

Seniors! @OhioState_MHKY #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/4N5ZYxf7zn

Tim Adams (@t_j_adams) February 24, 2018

#KearneysCorner is back with the second annual (Rip a) Senior edition.

The six seniors will be recognized before tonight’s game vs. UW. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/ckupYr2J7X

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) February 24, 2018

The program celebrated the class at a Senior Breakfast Sunday morning in Ohio Stadium.

Extremely proud of these six seniors! Once a Buckeye Always a Buckeye!! #anotherbrickonthewall #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/7BvAZBijKe

Steve Rohlik (@SteveRohlik) February 25, 2018

The seniors each took a few moments to look back on their time in the Scarlet and Gray. Check out their Q&As –>> go.osu.edu/mhkysr2018

In the Rankings
Ohio State is No. 6 in the USCHO poll for the fourth straight week (and in the Top 6 for eight straight weeks, reaching a season-high No. 5 Jan. 29) and ranked sixth in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings for the seventh consecutive week.

Ohio State has been in the Top 10 for 10 consecutive polls, ranked in the USCHO Top 20 for 16 straight polls (and 17 weeks overall) and in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 for 12 straight rankings. The squad has received votes in every edition of both polls this season.

In the B1G
Ohio State finished conference play with a 14-8-2-1 record to place second. It follows the team’s third-place finish ago and is the first time the team was second in the final league standings since 2004-05 in the CCHA. The .625 winning percentage in league play, which included five two-game series sweeps, was the best since the 2004-05 team was 21-5-2 (.786). Ohio State was picked fifth in the Big Ten coaches preseason poll.

In the 24-game conference season, Ohio State led the Big Ten in scoring offense (3.21 goals per game), on the power play (23-for-94, .245) and on the penalty kill (76-for-82, .927) and ranked second in scoring defense (2.29 goals allowed per game). The squad averaged a league-low 8.1 penalty minutes a night.

Individually, junior Mason Jobst finished second in scoring, the third straight year he ranked among the Top 10 scorers in league play. This year, he had a 13-13-26 line in 23 Big Ten games, leading conference skaters with 1.13 points per contest. He was tied for first in points (34) and points per game (1.70) a season ago and tied for 10th with 20 points in 20 B1G games as a freshman in 2015-16. In his career, Jobst has 80 points (34g, 45a) in 63 Big Ten games.

Sophomore Tanner Laczynski tied for third among B1G scorers in conference play with 25 points, on nine goals and 16 assists, in all 24 games. Senior Matthew Weis tied for seventh with a 4-18-22 line and junior Freddy Gerard tied for 10th with 20 points on 10 goals and 10 assists.

Ohio State was the only team with three scorers in the top seven, and four in the top 10, in the Big Ten.

Vote Buckeye for Hobey
Three Buckeyes are on the fan ballot for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award – Tanner Laczynski, Mason Jobst and Matthew Weis. The trio are three of the Top 7 scorers in the Big Ten. Laczynski is third with 39 points, Jobst is sixth with 35 and Weis is seventh with 34.

Fans can vote once daily through Sunday: go.osu.edu/hobeybaker

In the NCAA
Ohio State leads the NCAA on the penalty kill, stopping 112-of-123 (.911) opponent chances. The squad also ranks in the Top 15 in scoring defense (t3rd, 2.06 goals allowed per game), scoring offense (t13th, 3.12 goals per game) and power play (13th, 30-for-137/.219).  

Jersey Auction Ending Soon
The Military Appreciation jerseys worn by the Buckeyes earlier this season are currently being auctioned to benefit United Heroes League, which actively works to ensure that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in sports. The jerseys each feature one of the five branches of the United States military on the back nameplate.

For more information or to bid, visit go.osu.edu/MHKYAuction18. The auction closes at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday.

The auction for the Buckeyes’ Military Appreciation jerseys, benefiting @United_HL, closes at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Info/bid –>> https://t.co/6kq2Z7SXqh pic.twitter.com/sqjLaCr1zg

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) February 26, 2018

Buckeyes vs. Spartans
Ohio State was 3-1-0 vs. Michigan State, its Big Ten quarterfinal opponent, in the regular season. The teams first met Jan. 5-6 in East Lansing, with the Buckeyes posting 4-1 and 5-3 victories. The squads then faced off in Columbus Feb. 2-3, splitting two games. Ohio State won game one 4-2 and the Spartans claimed game two, 6-3.

This is the fourth time in five years of Big Ten hockey Ohio State and Michigan State are meeting in the Big Ten Tournament. Ohio State defeated the Spartans in the quarterfinals in 2014 (2-1), 2016 (4-3) and 2017 (6-3), with the first two wins in overtime. 

All-time in postseason play, Ohio State is 5-6 vs. the Spartans, going 1-6 in the CCHA Tournament and 1-0 in the NCAA Tournament.