December 2, 2021

No. 18 Ohio State Back in B1G Play at No. 8 Notre Dame

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The Basics

  • The No. 18 Ohio State men’s hockey team returns to Big Ten play with a series at No. 8 Notre Dame this weekend. The teams will meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday in Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Ind.
  • The game Friday will be televised by NBCSN. Both contests will be streamed through NBCSports.com and available on the NBC Sports app.
  • Ohio State Radio will carry both games as well.
  • Gameday links are above.

Notes to Know

  • The Buckeyes enter the series 8-4-0 overall on the year, with the Irish 10-3-0.
  • The teams are in third and fourth place in the Big Ten. Ohio State is 4-2-0-0-0-0 for 12 points, while the Irish are 4-2-0-2-0-0. In the Big Ten standings, teams earn three points for a regulation victory and two for an overtime win; two of the ND victories are in OT this year.
  • The Buckeyes and Irish have two games in hand on first place Michigan (5-3-0-0-2-0), 17 points) and second-place Minnesota (5-3-0-0-1-0, 16 points). The Wolverines and Gophers are facing off this weekend.
  • Ohio State split a home series vs. Mercyhurst last weekend. Notre Dame last played Nov. 19-20, sweeping Michigan with two overtime victories.
  • Notre Dame won the series between the teams last season, 3-1. The squads split two games in Notre Dame Dec. 12-13 before an Irish sweep in Columbus in February.
  • This year, 22 Buckeyes – including every skater with more than three games played – have posted at least one point. Seventeen have at least one goal and 22 have one or more assists.
  • The Buckeyes have scored three or more goals in nine of 12 games this year and are averaging 3.42 goals a night. The defense has held opponents to three or less goals in 11 of 12 games and is allowing 2.00 goals per game overall. Ohio State is in the Top 16 in the NCAA in scoring defense, scoring offense, scoring margin, faceoff winning percentage and winning percentage.
Ohio State Buckeyes

From the Stat Sheet

  • Freshmen Mason Lohrei and Georgii Merkulov share the Ohio State point lead with 10 each.
    Lohrei has a team-best eight assists, followed by Merkulov with seven.
  • Tate Singleton, Gustaf Westlund and Travis Treloar are first for the Buckeyes with four goals each, while five others each have three.
  • Grant Gabriele is first with a +11 rating and Ryan O’Connell leads the squad with 17 shot blocks, with Will Riedell second with 13.
  • In goal, Jakub Dobeš is 8-3-0, with a 1.83 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.
  • As a team (through games of Nov. 30), the Buckeyes are in the Top 16 in the NCAA in faceoff winning percentage (3rd/.564), scoring defense (8th/2.00), scoring margin (10th/1.42), winning percentage (12th/.667) and scoring offense (16th/3.42).

Buckeyes vs. Irish

  • All-time, Notre Dame leads the series with Ohio State, 42-41-11 (according to the Buckeye record book), with the first game Feb. 13, 1965. On Irish home ice, ND leads 21-16-4. Notre Dame is ahead in Big Ten regular season games, 9-6-1.
  • The squads last faced off in Notre Dame Dec. 1-2, 2020, splitting a series. Notre Dame took game one, 3-0, before a Buckeye come-from-behind 3-2 victory.
  • The teams met in Columbus Feb. 5-6, with the Irish sweeping with 6-1 and 8-1 victories.
  • Ohio State and Notre Dame skated as members of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association until 2012-13 when the league was disbanded. Ohio State was a founding member of the conference in 1971-72 and played for two years before leaving for three seasons (1973-74, `74-75, `75-76) and skating as an independent. Ohio State then rejoined the CCHA for the 1975-1976 campaign and remained until 2013. The Irish were in the league in 1981-82 and `82-83 and then rejoined in 1992-93. The Buckeyes and Irish last met as CCHA foes March 23, 2013 in the CCHA Tournament semifinals, a 3-1 ND win at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
  • Among current Buckeyes, Quinn Preston has played a team-high 12 games vs. Notre Dame and leads with four goals, four assists and eight points. Gustaf Westlund has played in 11 contests and has a 3-2-5 line, while Grant Gabriele has three assists in 10 games against Notre Dame. Ryan O’Connell has skated in 11 contests vs. ND.
  • Notre Dame is 10-3 this year and enters the weekend on a six-game winning streak. The squad last played Nov. 19-20 at Michigan, posting two overtime wins (3-2, 5-4).
  • The Irish are sixth nationally in scoring defense (1.92) and ninth in the NCAA in scoring offense (3.69), leading the country on the penalty kill (.939).
  • Max Ellis leads Notre Dame with 10 goals and 18 points and is one of four ND players with eight assists to rank first on the squad. Ryder Rolston (4g, 8a, 12p), Solag Bakich (3g, 8a, 11p) an Nick Leivermann (3g, 7a, 10p) have all hit double digits.
  • In goal, Matthew Galajda has eight starts, with a 1.38 goals-against average and .943 save percentage.
Ohio State Buckeyes

Buckeye This and That
As a team …

  • The Buckeyes are No. 18 in the USCHO poll this week and receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings. It is the fourth straight week the squad has been in the USCHO Top 20.
  • The Buckeyes are 2-2-0 on the road this year, with splits at Bentley and Minnesota.
  • Ohio State has allowed more than two goals in three games this season (two 4-3 wins and a 5-4 loss). The squad is eighth nationally and second in the Big Ten, allowing 2.00 goals per game.
  • Ohio State started the year 7-3, the most wins in the first 10 games for an Ohio State team since 2004-05. Since that time, the 2016-17 squad had the best start with a 6-1-3 mark and three teams started 6-3-1 (2019-20, 2018-19, 2011-12).
  • The Buckeyes have scored three-plus goals in nine games on the year. The squad is averaging 3.42 goals a game to rank 16th in the NCAA and fourth in the B1G.
  • Six of the Buckeyes’ 12 games this year have been one-goal contests, with Ohio State 3-3 in those outings.
  • The Buckeyes are third nationally in faceoff winning percentage (.564). Jake Wise has won a team-high 94 (of 166) faceoffs (.566) and Georgii Merkulov leads the team with a .632 average (74-43).
  • Ohio State is 3-3 in series openers this year, with a 5-1 mark in game two.
  • Ohio State is looking to end a five-game scoreless streak on the power play, with 15 chances in the stretch. The team is 5-for-40 this year.
  • On the penalty kill, the Buckeye have allowed a power play goal in each of the last three games, with opponents 4-for-6 in the three games combined.
  • The Buckeyes blocked just five shots in game one vs. Mercyhurst before blocking a season-high 17 in game two. The team has six games with 15+ blocks this year.
  • Ohio State has gone on a three-or-more goal run in seven of 12 games this year. The squad scored seven in a row at Bentley Oct. 9, five straight vs. Penn State Nov. 5, four consecutive Oct. 15 vs. UConn, Oct. 30 vs. Michigan State, Nov. 6 vs. Penn State and in game one vs. Minnesota and had three straight vs. UConn Oct. 16.
  • Ohio State has rallied for a win when trailing after the second period three times. Against UConn Ohio State was down 3-0 in the second period but cut the lead to 3-2 before the end of the second, tied the game in the third and prevailed in overtime. In game one vs. Penn State Ohio State was behind 1-0 from the first period until a goal 4:30 into the third, taking the lead 41 seconds later. In game one vs. Minnesota, Ohio State trailed 3-0 after the first period and scored twice in the second and twice in the third for the 4-3 victory.
  • Last Saturday, the Buckeyes led 2-1 after two. Mercyhurst tied the game in the third, but Ohio State scored the gamewinner two minutes later.

Individually …

  • Georgii Merkulov was named Big Ten Third Star of the Week Wednesday after posting a team-best four points, with a goal and an assist in each game, vs. Mercyhurst.
  • Merkulov has a point in eight of the 11 games he has played this season, sharing the team point lead with 10.
  • Defenseman Mason Lohrei has scored in seven of 12 outings, with three two-point nights. He is first on the team with eight assists and shares the point lead with 10. He had two assists last Friday vs. Mercyhurst.
  • Jakub Dobeš is ninth in the NCAA in goals-against average (1.83) and eighth in save percentage (.931), ranking 10th in winning percentage (8-3, .727). He has started the last nine games.
  • Five Buckeyes have scored their first collegiate goals so far this season – freshmen Mason Lohrei, Dominic Vidoli, Camden Thiesing and Georgii Merkulov and junior James Marooney.
  • The four Buckeye rookie skaters (Lohrei, Thiesing, Merkulov, McWard) have combined for 29 points, with seven goals and 22 assists.
  • Sophomore Travis Treloar, the Buckeyes’ leading scorer a season ago, had his first two-goal game of the season (and the third of his career) Friday vs. Mercyhurst.
Ohio State Buckeyes

Up Next

  • Ohio State hosts Michigan next weekend in a Big Ten series. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and 8 p.m. Dec. 11 in Columbus.
  • The Buckeyes’ close the first part of the schedule with a nonconference series vs. Bowling Green. The teams will face off in Columbus at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 and at BG at 7:07 p.m. Dec. 17.
  • Single-game, mini-plan and group tickets for all remaining Buckeye home games are on sale now. TICKET INFORMATION