Jan. 27, 2016
Ohio State vs. Michigan State (PDF Notes)
Live Stats: Friday Saturday
Radio: 1460 AM Friday Saturday
TV: BTN (Friday only)
Online/Mobile: Friday/BTN2Go Saturday/BTN Plus
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team continues its six-game homestand with two games vs. Michigan State this weekend. The Buckeyes (7-13-2, 2-4-2-1 B1G) and Spartans (5-17-2, 1-7-0-0 B1G) will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena in Columbus.
• The game Friday will be televised by BTN with Fred Pletsch, Ben Clymer and Johnny Kane on the call. The game will also be available through BTN2Go for cable subscribers who have BTN as part of their cable package.
• The game Saturday will be on BTN Plus for a fee as part of BTN StudentU. BTN Plus games can be accessed through BTN2Go.
• BTN2Go games, both tv broadcasts and online only games, are available online at BTN2Go.com and on the BTN2Go app for mobile devices 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.
Youth Hockey Night, First Responders and Alumni Night, Postgame Skate
• Friday is Youth Hockey Night in Value City Arena. The first 100 youth wearing a hockey jersey will receive a free popcorn and all youth wearing a hockey jersey are invited to a postgame lockerroom tour. Brutus will be in attendance at the game.
• Saturday is First Responders Appreciation Night and Alumni Night.
• There is a postgame skate Saturday. Participants must bring their own skates; no rentals will be available.
— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) January 27, 2016
Upcoming Promotions, including Teddy Bear Toss
• The Buckeyes have a weekend off before closing their six-game homestand with two games vs. Minnesota Feb. 12-13.
• Postgame goals for youth are scheduled for Feb. 12 and a postgame meet and greet with select Buckeyes is set for Feb. 13.
• Script Ohio on Ice will be performed during intermission Feb. 12.
• There is a date night ticket package for the Feb. 13 game vs. Minnesota. The deal must be purchased online prior to game night.
• 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. Michigan 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 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 lots.
• Ohio State is coming off a series split with No. 14 Penn State, falling in overtime Friday, 3-2, before a 5-1 win Saturday. The squad is 4-2-2 since returning to action in late December.
• The Buckeyes are averaging 3.32 goals scored and 3.18 goals allowed a game. The squad has taken 33.9 shots on goal per night and given up 33.4 a contest. Ohio State is averaging 13.0 penalty minutes a game.
• On the power play, Ohio State is 21-for-91 (.231) and the penalty kill is 81-for-85 (.835).
• Juniors Nick Schilkey and David Gust share the team point lead with 22 each, followed by freshman Mason Jobst with 20. Schilkey is first with 12 goals and senior Anthony Greco is second with 10. Gust has a team-best 16 assists, with Jobst second with 14. Schilkey and junior defenseman Drew Brevig are third with 10 assists on the year.
• In goal, junior Christian Frey has 11 starts and 12 appearances, with a 2.27 goals-against average and .929 save percentage. Junior Matt Tomkins has started 10 games and has a 3.73 goals-against average and .892 save percentage.
Look Back – Ohio State vs. Penn State
• The Buckeyes split a series with Penn State last weekend in Value City Arena. Ohio State lost its third overtime game of the season (all in Big Ten play), falling to Penn State, 3-2, Friday. The team then responded with a 5-1 win Saturday.
• Game 1 (Penn State 3, Ohio State 2 OT): The teams traded special teams goals in a 55 second span in the first period, with PSU scoring shorthanded and Josh Healey scoring on the power play for the Buckeyes. In the second, Buckeye junior Nick Schilkey gave Ohio State the lead with a tally with 1:23 left in the period. The Nittany Lions rallied with the game’s final two goals, tying the game at 15:43 of the third and then netting the gamewinner at 2:32 of overtime. Each team had 40 shots in the game. Ohio State was 1-for-5 on the power play and Penn State was 0-for-3.
• Game 2 (Ohio State 5, Penn State 1): Ohio State led 1-0 after the first period on an early goal from senior Craig Dalrymple. In the second, Nick Schilkey converted shorthanded at 11:33 and Miguel Fidler scored his first career goal five minutes later for a 3-0 Buckeye lead after 4-0 minutes. The Nittany Lions scored just 1:14 into the third period for a 3-1 game and then went on a five-minute major power play at 1:37. The Buckeyes held Penn State scoreless on the power play, not allowing a shot on goal, to maintain the two-goal lead. At 13:10 Mason Jobst scored on the power play for a 4-1 Buckeye lead and Dakota Joshua sealed the win with an empty net goal at 15:23. Penn State had 34 shots in the game, with Ohio State putting 30 on net. The Buckeyes were 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 1-for-1 on the power play in the win.
Buckeyes vs. Spartans
• In a series that dates to 1964, Ohio State trails the all-time series with Michigan State, 31-85-11, but is 4-3-3 in the last 10 meetings with the Spartans. In Columbus, Michigan State has the edge, 32-17-6. • The Spartans claimed the 2014-15 season series, 3-1. The teams met in Columbus Nov. 20-21, 2014 to open the Big Ten schedule. The Spartans won the opener, 3-1, before a 3-0 Buckeye shutout victory in game two. In East Lansing Jan. 23-24, 2015, Michigan State posted 4-1 and 2-0 victories.
• In the first year as Big Ten foes, Ohio State won the season series 2-0-3. In the regular season, the Buckeyes won 5-3 in Columbus Jan. 10, 2014 before the squads tied three games in a row. The streak began with a 1-1 tie in Columbus Jan. 11, 2014 and then the teams had back-to-back 2-2 ties Feb. 7-8, 2014 in East Lansing. The Spartans won the first shootout, with Ohio State claiming both in East Lansing. The Buckeyes and Spartans then met in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals and again went to overtime. The Buckeyes notched a 2-1 win in that contest on a Drew Brevig goal to advance to the tournament semifinals.
• Ohio State and Michigan State will meet in East Lansing March 11-12 to close the regular season
Ohio State vs. Michigan State – The Last Series
• Ohio State was swept in a road series Jan. 23-24, 2015 in Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Michigan.
• Game One (Michigan State 4, Ohio State 1): The Buckeyes fell to Michigan State, 4-1, in game one. The teams were scoreless after the first period before the Spartans scored twice in the second for a 2-0 lead, with the goals coming at 1:35 and 14:08. The Buckeyes cut the lead in half early in the third on a goal from David Gust but the Spartans responded less than four minutes later with a power play goal and sealed the win with a tally in the final minute. The Buckeyes outshot the Spartans, 34-31, in the game. MSU won the special teams battle, going 1-for-2 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.
• Game Two (Michigan State 2, Ohio State 0): The Spartans posted the first shutout of the season against the Buckeyes, blanking Ohio State 2-0 Jan. 24, 2015. The teams were scoreless in the first for the second night in a row before Michigan State opened the scoring at 17:12 of the second period. In the third, two late penalties on the Buckeyes gave the Spartans a 5-on-3 advantage and Brent Darnell scored at 18:49 for a two-goal MSU lead. Michigan State outshot the Buckeyes, 34-22. MSU was 1-for-4 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.
Noting The Spartans
• Michigan State had last week off from Division I competition, defeating the USA Under 18 Team, 3-2 in overtime. The squad is looking to stop an eight-game losing streak. The Spartans’ last series was at Minnesota Jan. 15-16, with 5-2 and 3-1 losses. The team is 5-17-2 on the year and 1-7-0-0 in Big Ten play, with its win over Wisconsin 4-3 Dec. 11. The squad is 0-9-0 on the road this season.
• The Spartans are averaging 2.42 goals a game and allowing 3.62 an outing while taking 29.0 shots a game and giving up 32.6 shots per night. The power play is 14-for-95 (.147) and the penalty kill is first in the Big Ten, stopping 74-of-88 chances (.841).
• Three Spartans share the team point lead with 17 points each – Mackenzie MacEachern (8g, 9a), Michael Ferrantino (5g, 12a) and Mason Appleton (4g, 13a). MacEachern is first with eight goals, followed by JT Stenglein with seven. Appleton is first with 13 assists and Ferrantino is second with 12. in goal, Jake Hildebrand is 5-16-1, with a .894 save percentage and 3.39 goals-against average.
Buckeyes Of Late
• Since returning from their winter break Dec. 28, the Buckeyes are 4-2-2, including victories over No. 4 Boston College and No. 9 Cornell to win the Florida College Hockey Classic, a tie and shootout win vs. No. 6 Michigan and a 5-1 win over No. 14 Penn State, along with a 2-0 shutout and overtime tie at Wisconsin.
• In the eight games, the Buckeyes are averaging 4.38 goals per game (tying for fifth nationally during the same time period) and allowing 2.88 goals a game. The power play is converting 31 percent of its chances and the penalty kill has stopped 90 percent of the chances against. The Buckeyes have blocked an NCAA-best 19.5 shots a game in the stretch.
• Buckeye freshman Mason Jobst is tied for the NCAA lead with 10 assists since Dec. 28 and ranks fifth with 1.86 points per game (13 total points). Tyler Lundey has a team-best five goals in the eight games combined, while David Gust, Nick Schilkey and Anthony Greco each have four. Lundey and Gust are second on the squad with eight points and 1.00 points per game. Junior goalie Christian Frey has started six games and has a 1.63 goals-against average and .949 save percentage since Dec. 28.
In a Row
• Junior David Gust enters the series vs. Michigan State with a point in each of his last 11 games (4g, 7a, 11p). He has a point in all but four games this season.
• Junior Nick Schilkey has a point in each of his last five games (3g, 2a, 5p). He has a point in all but three of the last 17 games.
• Senior defensemabn Craig Dalrymple has a point in each of the last three games (1g, 2a, 3p). • Freshman Mason Jobst had a six-game point streak ended in game one vs. Penn State but responded with a goal (one of the NCAA plays of the week) Saturday. He has 14 points in his last eight games combined.
• The Buckeyes have a power play goal in each of their last five games, going 6-for-17 (.353) in the five games combined.
• The penalty kill did not allow a goal last weekend and has stopped its last five attempts against.
Complete notes, statistics and bios are available in the PDF above