Jan. 20, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team opens a six-game homestand with two games vs. No. 14 Penn State this weekend. The Buckeyes (6-12-2, 1-3-2-1 B1G) and Nittany Lions (15-4-3, 5-1-0-0 B1G) will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena in Columbus.
• Both games will be streamed through the BTN Plus subscription service, available through BTN2Go.com online and the BTN2Go app for smartphones and tablets.
• Ohio State radio will carry the action through 1460 AM in Columbus, online through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and through the TuneIn app. Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye John Mowat will call the action.
• Links for video, radio and GameTracker live stats are available on the men’s hockey schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and on the Buckeyes’ gameday page (go.osu.edu/mhkygameday).
• Ingame updates will also be available on the program’s Twitter page @OhioState_MHKY.
Promotions for PSU
• For the game Friday, a Family Four Pack is available for purchase (online only). The package includes four game tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas and four popcorns for $36 (plus Ticketmaster fee). To purchase, visit go.osu.edu/psufamily4pack2016.
• Postgame Friday, youth are invited to ice level to shoot on the Buckeye net. No skates needed – carpets will be laid out for shooters to walk on.
• Saturday is Pride Night and there will be a pregame panel in the Boardroom at 5:15 p.m.
• Postgame Saturday there will be a meet and greet with select Buckeyes on the concourse level by the Hall of Fame and team shop.
Coming Up in Columbus
• The Buckeyes are in the midst of a six-game homestand. After the series vs. Penn State, Ohio State will host Michigan State Jan. 29-30 and Minnesota Feb. 12-13 with a bye week in between.
• Promotions for the upcoming home games include a postgame skate Jan. 30, postgame goals for youth Feb. 12 and a postgame meet and greet with select Buckeyes Feb. 13. Youth Hockey Night is Jan. 29, when the youth wearing a hockey jersey will receive free popcorn and are invited to a postgame lockerroom tour. Script Ohio on Ice will be performed during intermission Feb. 12.
• Ticket specials include a date night package for the Feb. 13 game vs. Minnesota.
• The annual Teddy Bear Toss is slated for Feb. 13. Fans are encouraged to bring a new stuffed animal (wrapped in a plastic bag) to throw on the ice following the first period. All stuffed animals will be donated to Ronald McDonald House and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
• Single game tickets for the games vs. Penn State and the Buckeyes’ other remaining home games are available online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com/tickets, at the Schottenstein Center Ticket Office and at the arena on game night. Single game tickets for B1G games are $15, with student/youth and senior tickets available for $10.
• Four and eight game mini plans and group tickets are also on sale. Fans interested should contact the Athletic Ticket Sales Office at 1-800-GOBUCKS (select option 2) or AthleticSales@osu.edu to speak with an account executive.
• Ohio State students are admitted free with a valid BuckID.
• Parking is free for all Buckeye hockey games in Value City Arena in designated gamenight lots.
— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) January 21, 2016
• Ohio State had a five-game unbeaten streak end with an 8-6 loss at No. 6 Michigan Sunday. In the prior five games, the team had neutral site wins over No. 4 Boston College and No. 9 Cornell to capture the Florida College Hockey Classic title, a win and overtime tie (shootout loss) at Wisconsin Jan. 8-9 and a tie and shootout win vs. Michigan Friday.
• The Buckeyes are averaging 3.30 goals scored and allowed a game. The squad has taken 33.8 shots on goal per night and given up 33.0 a contest. Ohio State is averaging 13.2 penalty minutes a game.
• On the power play, Ohio State is 19-for-85 (.224) and the penalty kill is 66-for-80 (.825).
• Juniors Nick Schilkey and David Gust share the team point lead with 20 each. Schilkey and senior Anthony Greco are first with 10 goals each and Gust and freshman Mason Jobst have a team-best 14 assists each. Jobst is third with 19 points, followed by Greco with 16. Gust, senior Tyler Lundey and sophomore Matthew Weis are tied for third with six goals each and Schilkey is third with 10 assists. Junior Josh Healey leads the defensemen in scoring with 11 points (3g, 8a).
• In goal, junior Christian Frey has nine starts and 10 appearances, with a 2.34 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. Junior Matt Tomkins has started 10 games, including both games vs. Michigan, and has a 3.73 goals-against average and .892 save percentage.
Last Time Out – Buckeyes vs. Wolverines
• Game One (Ohio State 5, Michigan 5 OT): In front of a crowd of nearly 9,000, Ohio State skated to a 5-5 overtime tie vs. No. 6 Michigan and then prevailed in the shootout, 3-2 in nine rounds, to clinch the extra point in the Big Ten standings. Ohio State led 3-0 on a first period goal from freshman Mason Jobst and second period goals from senior Anthony Greco shorthanded and freshman John Wiitala on the power play. The Wolverines drew within one in the second with two goals in 24 seconds and then tied the game at three 1:19 into the third on the power play. Ohio State regained the lead (4-3) when junior David Gust scored at 6:54 just after a Buckeye penalty expired. At 17:19, UM tied the game at four and the Wolverines took the lead for the first time 1:07 later (18:26). Greco’s goal, scored with the extra attacker, came after a Jobst faceoff deep in the Michigan zone (and after Ohio State had stopped multiple Wolverine chances at the Buckeyes’ empty net), with junior Nick Schilkey making the play to get the puck to Greco. Neither team was able to score in overtime, with Ohio State putting four shots on net and the Wolverines getting three through. Ohio State was outshot, 46-33, in the game with Matt Tomkins making 41 saves. The Buckeyes were 1-for-1 on the power play in the game, with Michigan 1-for-7.
• In the shootout, Michigan shot first. Sophomore Matthew Weis and Gust scored for Ohio State, tying the shootout in the third and fourth rounds, and freshman Dakota Joshua won it for the Buckeyes in the ninth round after a save by junior goalie Matt Tomkins to open the round. Tomkins had six saves in the shootout, including on the last three shots he faced.
• Game Two (Michigan 8, Ohio State 6): Sunday in Ann Arbor, Michigan came from behind for an 8-6 victory over the Buckeyes. In the first period, Ohio State tied the game twice. UM opened the scoring at 1:45 but Buckeye freshman and Michigan native Dakota Joshua tied the game with his first career goal at 9:17. UM answered just 36 seconds later for a 2-1 lead but senior Tyler Lundey tallied at 13:26 to deadlock the game. In the second period, Ohio State scored twice in the first 3:30 for a 4-2 advantage, with David Gust converting on the power play at 1:17 and Sasha Larocque scoring at 3:30. Michigan made it a one-goal game (4-3) at 7:02 but Buckeye freshman Mason Jobst scored on the power play at 18:46 for a 5-3 Buckeye advantage through 40 minutes. Michigan scored three times in the first 3:35 of the third period to tie the game and take the lead, including a 5×3 goal at :52 and a 5×4 tally at 1:42, with the go-ahead goal at 3:35. Michigan went ahead by two for the first time at 9:34 and then scored with the Buckeye net empty at 16:54. Buckeye Kevin Miller tallied at 19:41 for the 8-6 final. The teams combined for 96 shots, with Ohio State ahead, 49-47. The Buckeyes were 2-for-3 on the power play and Michigan was 2-for-2.
Buckeyes vs. Nittany Lions
• Ohio State leads the all-time series with Penn State, 7-3, including a 4-1 ledger vs. the Nittany Lions last year. The teams last met in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals March 19, 2015 in Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, a 3-1 Buckeye victory.
• In the regular season last year, the teams split a series in University Park Jan. 9-10, 2015. The Buckeyes won the opener, 5-4 in overtime, before the Nittany Lions won game two, 4-1. In Columbus Feb. 27-28, 2015, Ohio State posted back-to-back 5-3 wins over Penn State for a series sweep.
• In the first year as B1G foes, the Buckeyes swept Penn State, with 5-1 and 5-2 wins, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2014 , in Columbus and split a series on PSU’s home ice March 14-15, 2014 (OSU W 4-2, PSU W 4-2).
• The first matchup between the teams was Dec. 29, 2012 in the Three Rivers Classic at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, a 5-4 Nittany Lion win.
• Junior Nick Schilkey leads the current Buckeyes with four goals, six assists and 10 points vs. Penn State, skating in nine of the 10 games between the teams. Senior Anthony Greco and sophomores Luke Stork and Matthew Weis have each scored three goals vs. Penn State.
Ohio State vs. Penn State – The Last Meetings
• B1G Tourney Quarterfinals (Ohio State 3, Penn State 1): No. 5 seed Ohio State topped No. 4 seed Penn State, 3-1, March 29, 2015, in the B1G Tournament quarterfinals at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The Buckeyes led 2-0 after the first period on goals from Nick Schilkey and Justin DaSilva. PSU cut the lead in half with a goal at 9:38 of the second period, but David Gust converted a breakaway with 60 seconds left in the second period for a 3-1 Buckeye advantage. Neither team scored in the third, with PSU outshooting OSU, 13-6. Buckeye goalie Christian Frey made 31 saves in the net, as Ohio State was outshot, 32-29.
• In the last regular season series, Ohio State recorded two 5-3 wins over Penn State in Value City Arena Feb. 27-28, 2015. The Buckeyes led from the 1:19 mark of the second period in game one, while in game two the squad rallied from a goal down in the third for the win.
• Game 1 (Ohio State 5, Penn State 3): In game one, 11 Buckeyes had at least a point in the win, with Matthew Weis scoring twice and Nick Schilkey and Anthony Greco each posting two assists. Christian Frey made 46 saves in the Buckeye net. Penn State scored just 31 seconds into the contest and Weis tied the game at 14:26. The Buckeyes scored the first two goals of the second period, with Tanner Fritz putting Ohio State in the lead (2-1) with a power play goal at 1:19 and Weis tallying at 12:13 for a 3-1 Buckeye advantage. PSU drew within one with a quick answer at 13:09. In the third period, Buckeye goals 57 seconds apart – at 8:02 and 8:59 from Josh Healey and Luke Stork, respectively – pushed the Buckeye lead to three (5-2). The Nittany Lions scored with the extra attacker at 14:45 to cut the lead to two. Penn State skated with the net empty for the final 3:00+, including a 6-on-4 advantage for the last 1:26 after a Buckeye penalty, but Ohio State closed out the win. Shots were 49-35 in favor of Penn State in the game.
• Game 2 (Ohio State 5, Penn State 3): Tanner Fritz had three points to lead the Buckeyes to a second 5-3 win over the Nittany Lions, one of 10 Buckeyes with at least a point in the game. The Buckeyes trailed the Nittany Lions 3-2 after the second period but outscored PSU 3-0 in the third for the win. Penn State scored the game’s first two goals at 11:45 and 16:32 of the first period. Buckeye Justin DaSilva cut the lead in half at 17:15 for a 2-1 PSU advantage after 20 minutes. At 4:23 of the second Ohio State’s Sam Jardine tied the game with a power play goal but Penn State answered at 6:59 to regain the lead. Ohio State scored three times in a 4:17 span in the third period to tie the game and take the lead. Schilkey tied the game at 9:18, Fritz followed at 10:19 to put Ohio State in the lead for the first time and Nicholas Jones tallied at 13:35 for a two-goal advantage. The Buckeyes outshot Penn State, 44-27, in the game including 16-5 in the third period. Ohio State was 1-for-2 on the power play and Penn State did not have a chance with the man advantage. The only three penalties called in the game were in a span of 1:06 in the second period.
Noting the Nittany Lions
• Penn State, ranked 14th in the USCHO poll, enters the weekend 15-4-3 overall and 5-1-0 in B1G play. The team is coming off a 3-0-1 mark during a four-game homestand, splitting a series vs. Minnesota (W 3-2 OT, L 1-7) and sweeping Wisconsin (W OT 4-3, W 4-1). The team opened B1G play with a home sweep of Michigan State (W 4-2, W 6-1) Dec. 4-5.
• Penn State is third nationally averaging 4.14 goals a game and is allowing 2.59 goals a night. The power play is sixth in the NCAA, converting 24-of-92 (.261) of its chances and the penalty kill is 59-for-69 (.855). PSU has an NCAA-leading nine shorthanded goals this year. The Nittany Lions lead the NCAA with 44.59 shots on goal a game and are allowing 30.45 shots a night. Penn State averages 8.9 penalty minutes a game.
• David Goodwin leads Penn State with 15 assists and 21 points this year. Andrew Sturtz is first with 11 goals, followed by Chase Berger with 10. Curtis Loik, Kenny Brooks and Erik Autio are tied for second with 12 assists each. In all, 13 Penn State skaters have 10 or more points on the year. In goal, Eamon McAdam and Matthew Skoff have split time. McAdam is 9-2-0 with a 2.18 goals-against average and .932 save percentage and Skoff has a 6-2-3 ledger, 2.83 goals-against average and 900 save percentage.
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