October 1, 2021

Buckeyes Open Campaign with Free Exhibition Game


Video Previews (Coach Rohilk, Grant Gabriele, Tate Singleton)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2021-22 Ohio State men’s hockey squad will begin play Saturday, as it hosts Western Michigan in an exhibition game at 4 p.m. in Value City Arena in The Schottenstein Center. Admission and parking are free. General parking will be in Gray parking lots 3-7, with ADA parking in the Scarlet 1 and 2 lots. Doors will open at 3 p.m. and entry is through the northwest and northeast rotundas. All seating will be general admission.

There will be no video or radio coverage of the exhibition game. Live stats will be available HERE.

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 be unofficial and will not be included in 2021-22 statistics and records. Teams are not limited on the number of players dressed for exhibition games.

Buckeyes vs. Broncos

  • Ohio State and Western Michigan 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 two seasons (1973-74, `74-75) and skating as an independent. Ohio State then rejoined the CCHA for the 1975-1976 campaign and remained until 2013. The Broncos were in the CCHA from 1975-76 through the 2013 campaign.
  • Western Michigan is now a part of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.
  • The Buckeyes are 61-66-14 all-time vs. Western Michigan. The teams last met Oct. 11, 2019 in the first round of the Ice Breaker Tournament in Toledo, Ohio. The squads skated to a 2-2 overtime tie. Ohio State won the shootout to advance to the tournament’s championship game, where the Buckeyes topped RIT for their first Ice Breaker title.

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.

Tickets Available

  • Single game, group, mini-plan and season tickets are now available for the Buckeyes’ 2021-22 campaign, which includes 19 regular season games.
  • Among the ticket options is seating in the new Ice Level Plaza on the east end. The section includes 20 tables for prime viewing right along the glass on ice level. Tickets are available in groups of four.
  • Tickets may be purchased online or by contacting the Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-GOBUCKS (select option 2, then option 7) or emailing tix@osu.eduto speak with an account executive.
  • For complete men’s hockey ticket information, click HERE.

Follow the Buckeyes

  • The Big Ten released the broadcast schedule this week, with Ohio State slated for 12 televised games.
  • Ohio State will have televised games on BTN, NBCSN and Bally Sports Regional networks.
  • Big Ten games, both home and away, not on television will be streamed through the B1G+ subscription service.
  • The Buckeyes will have 26 regular season games carried on the radio through the Ohio State Sports Network from Learfield on WBNS-AM 1460 and WBNS-FM-HD2, as well as streamed through ESPNColumbus.com, OhioStateBuckeyes.com and the Ohio State Buckeyes app.
  • The full broadcast schedule is online HERE.