October 2, 2021

Buckeyes Drop Exhibition Game to Western Michigan


Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team started its season with an exhibition game vs. Western Michigan Saturday in Value City Arena. The Broncos won the contest, using two third-period goals for a 3-1 victory.

Quoting Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik

“It was really good for our team to play an exhibition game like this against a really good hockey team. The thing is you always step on the ice to win, no matter what you’re doing. The disappointing thing is we lost, but the nice thing is we have some things to build on.”

Quoting Buckeye senior forward Quinn Preston

On facing Western Michigan

“It was really nice. The guys were a little tired of banging each other up so it was nice to get some unfamiliar faces in there; getting everyone in the game, especially against a good team like Western, was good.”

How it Happened

  • The Broncos converted their first power play chance of the game for a 1-0 lead, with Ethan Frank scoring at 7:37 of the first period.
  • In the second, Kamil Sadlocha led freshman Camden Thiesing into the WMU zone. He passed to classmate Georgii Merkulov who was driving the net and he tipped the puck five-hole to tie the game at 1 at 4:29.
  • The score remained tied until Western Michigan scored twice in 25 seconds in the third period. Josh Passolt put WMU ahead at 13:58 and Luke Grainger followed with a tally on the rush at 14:23.
  • The Buckeyes skated with their net empty for more than two minutes to close out the game but were unable to score, with the Broncos blocking a number of Buckeye shot attempts.
  • Two Buckeye goalies split time in net. Junior Ryan Snowden started and played 30:25, stopping 14 of 15 shots. Freshman Jakub Dobes allowed two goals on 11 shots in 26:43.

This and That

  • NCAA rules this year allow for Division 1 men’s hockey teams to have an exhibition game against other DI opponents, where in years past most exhibition games were against Canadian university teams. Statistics and results from the game vs. the Broncos will not be included in 2021-22 statistics and records. Teams are not limited on the number of players dressed for exhibition games.
  • All 26 Buckeye skaters saw action in the game, including four freshmen and three transfers seeing their first (unofficial) playing time in the Scarlet and Gray.

The Schedule Ahead

  • The regular season kicks off for the Buckeyes next week with games at Bentley Oct. 8-9. They will be streamed through FloHockey.tv.
  • The Buckeyes start the home slate with games against UConn Oct. 15-16 before opening the Big Ten season at home the next weekend against Michigan State Oct. 29-30.
  • The full schedule is HERE.
  • Single game, group, mini-plan and season tickets are now available for the Buckeyes’ 2021-22 campaign, which includes 19 regular season games. For complete men’s hockey ticket information, click HERE.