January 29, 2018

Buckeye Hockey Update – Michigan State Monday


Jan. 29, 2018

Buckeye Hockey This Week
No. 5/6 Ohio State will close out its four-game homestand with two games vs. Michigan State this weekend. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena.

The No. 6 Buckeyes continue their homestand with games vs. Michigan State Friday and Saturday.

🇺🇸👞🐻🌭👪Busy weekend includes Military Appreciation, shoe drive, Teddy Bear Toss, Dollar Dog night, Family Ticket Packs and more.

🎟️ https://t.co/AoDpkeFSCp pic.twitter.com/sAHw9ACZnl

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) January 29, 2018

Friday promotions include …
• Military Appreciation. All current and former military members receive two free tickets by showing their ID at the ticket office on game night. Military members will also receive 10 percent off concessions at the game.
• Shoe Drive. Fans are encouraged to bring gently used shoes for donation to Soles4Souls.
• Hockey Hour. From 6-7 p.m., there will be fun activities on the concourse and discounts on drinks at the concession stands.
• Postgame Goals. Youth are invited to shoot on the Buckeye goal following the game. No skates needed!

Saturday promotions include …
• Teddy Bear Toss. Bring a new stuffed animal (wrapped in a plastic bag) to throw on the ice during the first intermission. All animals collected will be donated to Ronald McDonald House in Columbus.
• Family and Friends Packs. Ticket packages, which include a game ticket, hot dog, 16 ounce soda and popcorn, are available for groups of 3-9. The packages must be purchased online by noon Friday. Use the code FAMILY on Ticketmaster to access the deal.
• $1 Dog Day. Hot dogs will be available for just $1 (while supplies last).
• Meet and Greet. Select Buckeyes will be available on the concourse for a meet and greet postgame.

Last Time Out
The Buckeyes swept Michigan last weekend, with a 4-0 shutout in game one and a 5-3 victory in game two. Ohio State was 4-0 vs. the Wolverines in the regular season series, the first season sweep of Michigan since the 1985-86 campaign.

Start the week on a high note with highlights from the No. 6 Buckeyes’ series #sweep of the Wolverines in The Schott.

The victories extended Ohio State’s home winning streak to 6. The squad hosts Michigan State Friday and Saturday. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/WLQZADUZDM

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) January 29, 2018

In the Rankings
Ohio State moved up to No. 5 in the USCHO poll released Monday. It is the first time the team is in the Top 5 since January 2012.

In this week’s USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, the Buckeyes remained sixth for the third straight week.

The Buckeyes reached a program-best No. 2 in both the USCHO and USA Today polls in January 2012 and October 2005. The squad was ranked No. 1 in the WMPL Radio poll, which used to be the official poll, in November and December 1983.

📈 ICYMI: The Buckeyes moved up to #️⃣5️⃣ in the USCHO poll, stayed at No. #️⃣6️⃣ in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

Ohio State hosts Michigan State this weekend. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/LMQjWdcm9A

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) January 30, 2018

In the Big Ten
Ohio State earned all six points last weekend to remain in second place in the Big Ten with eight games remaining. The Buckeyes have 31 points, six ahead of third-place Wisconsin (25) and seven clear of fourth-place Michigan and Penn State (24). Minnesota is one point back, standing sixth with 25 points. Notre Dame has 42 points in first place and Michigan State is in seventh with 11 points. OSU, ND and MSU have all played 16 games, with UW, UM, PSU and MN have all played 18 games.

This year, the Big Ten Tournament will be held on campus sites. The No. 1 seed will receive a first round bye, with Nos. 2-4 hosting 5-7 in best-of-three first round series. The Top 2 remaining seeds will host semifinal games, with the top remaining seed hosting the championship game, with the tournament winner receiving the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

Ohio State Lately
In the last 10 games … The Buckeyes are 9-1-0 in, averaging 3.8 goals per game and allowing 1.8 goals per game in the stretch. The power play has converted 30 percent of its chances and the penalty kill has stopped 89.7 percent of opponent opportunities.

During January … Ohio State was 5-1, averaging an NCAA-best 4.17 goals per game and holding opponents to 2.17 per night. The power play converted 36 percent of its opportunities and the PK stopped 87 percent of its opponents’ chances.

At home … The squad is on a six-game home winning streak after sweeps of Minnesota, Niagara and Michigan. Overall, the Buckeyes are 7-3-3 at home.

Since Dec. 28 … (when the second half of the season started around the country), Ohio State is 7-1-0, ranking second nationally in winning percentage. The squad is tied for second in scoring offense, scoring 4.0 goals a game, and is allowing 2.0 a night to tie for eighth. The power play is 11-for-33 (.333), tied for third in the NCAA, and the penalty kill is 25-for-29 (.862). In the stretch, the Buckeyes have three of the Top 4 players in points per game in the Big Ten – Tanner Laczynski (1.62), Matthew Weis (1.5) and Mason Jobst (1.14). Laczynski is tied for sixth and Weis tied for 10th nationally.

Vote Buckeye
Three Buckeyes – Tanner Laczynski, Matthew Weis and Mason Jobst – are on the Hobey Baker Award fan ballot. Fans can vote once per day for their choice by visiting go.osu.edu/OSUvoteforhobey18.

The trio are among the Top 10 scorers in the Big Ten, with Ohio State the only school with three in the Top 10. Laczynski has a conference-best 24 assists and 36 points, three off the NCAA lead in points and tying for second nationally in assists. Weis has 28 points with eight goals and 20 assists and Jobst has tallied 26 points with 13 goals and 13 helpers.

Sophomore Tanner Laczynski and junior Matthew Weis extended their streaks to 10 games each in the series vs. Michigan. Laczynski has 16 points in his last 10 games, with six goals and 10 assists. Weis has a 3-12-15 line during the stretch. They are two of eight point streaks of 10 or more games by the Buckeyes since 1998.

😀The Buckeyes this weekend
✔️ 2 wins over TTUN
✔️ Wrapped up regular season series sweep of TTUN (4-0)
✔️Scored 9 goals, allowed just 3
✔️7-for-7 on the penalty kill
✔️ Extended home winning streak to 6
✔️Improved to 9-1 in last 10 games#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/2TL8p61c7g

— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) January 29, 2018