October 6, 2021

Buckeyes Start Year at Bentley

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – This weekend, the Ohio State men’s hockey team begins its 2021-22 campaign with two games at Bentley. The Buckeyes and Falcons (0-1-0, 0-0-0 AHA) will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 6:05 p.m. Saturday in Bentley Arena in Waltham, Mass.

The games will be streamed through FloHockey.tv ($), with live stats also available. Links

Leading the Way

  • This year, four Buckeyes will selected to serve as captains for Ohio State.
  • Senior Gustaf Westlund and graduate student Will Riedell will wear the captain’s C, while senior Quinn Preston and junior Jaedon Leslie are the alternate captains.
  • Westlund, from Stockholm, Sweden, was an alternate captain last year and is the first European to wear a letter for the Buckeyes. He has played in 82 games in the Scarlet and Gray, with 54 points on 23 goals and 31 assists.
  • Riedell played four years at Lake Superior State, earning his bachelor’s degree in business administration in the spring, before coming to Ohio State. He has skated in 138 collegiate games and was an alternate captain for the Lakers last season when the team won the WCHA Tournament to earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Preston is an alternate captain for the second year in a row. The native of Trenton, Mich., is a Preseason Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection this year. He has seen action in 96 games at Ohio State, posting 53 points with 26 goals and 27 assists.
  • Leslie, from St. Albert, Alberta, has played in 36 games at Ohio State and has scored seven goals, adding six assists for 13 points.
  • Westlund, Preston and Leslie have all earned Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades throughout their careers.

Buckeyes vs. Falcons

  • Ohio State and Bentley met in a two-game series in Columbus Dec. 12-13, 2008, with Ohio State posting a sweep.
  • The Buckeyes won the first game 10-1, with seven goals scored in the third period (five on the power play). The second night, Zac Dalpe scored in overtime to lift Ohio State to a 3-2 win.
  • Bentley is part of the Atlantic Hockey Association, where it is joined by Air Force, AIC, Army West Point, Canisius, Holy Cross, Mercyhurst, Niagara, RIT and Sacred Heart.
  • Bentley started its regular season last week, falling on the road to Northeastern, 4-0.

The Buckeye Roster

  • The 2021-22 Ohio State roster includes 28 players, with three goalies, nine defensemen and 16 forwards.
  • The team has two graduate students, a fifth-year senior, four seniors, 10 juniors, five sophomores and six freshmen.
  • Buckeyes hail from 14 states in the US and two Canadian provinces, as well as Sweden, Russia and the Czech Republic. A team-high five Buckeyes are from Michigan, with two each from New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ontario, North Carolina and Sweden. Others call Texas, Massachusetts, Illinois, Florida, New Jersey, Alberta, Minnesota, Colorado, Tennessee, Missouri, Wisconsin, as well as Russia and the Czech Republic, home.
  • According to College Hockey Inc., Ohio State is ninth nationally in highest percentage of returning points (86%) and highest percentage of returning goals (89%).
  • Travis Treloar is the team’s leading returning goal and point scorer after tallying eight and 20, respectively, as a freshman last year. Junior Mark Cheremeta is back after posting a team-best 14 assists last year, followed by Treloar with 12 and Grant Gabriele with 10. Quinn Preston, Tate Singleton and Gustaf Westlund tied for second on the team last season with six goals each.

Buckeye This and That

  • Ohio State is 30-24-4 all-time in the first game of the season.
  • This is the sixth straight year, and the seventh time in nine years, the season is starting away from home.
  • Last season Ohio State began the year with a series at Minnesota, dropping the opener, 4-1.
  • The Buckeyes hosted Western Michigan in an exhibition game Saturday, with Western Michigan scoring two third-period goals for a 3-1 win. Freshman Georgii Merkulov scored Ohio State’s goal. In goal, junior Ryan Snowden started and made 14 saves on 15 shots. Freshman Jakub Dobes had nine saves on 11 shots.

The Schedule Ahead

  • 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 games vs. UConn will be at 7 p.m. and 3 p.m. and game one vs. the Spartans is set for 7 p.m. The start time for game two has not yet been announced.
  • The full schedule is HERE.

Follow the Buckeyes

  • Ohio State is slated for 12 televised games this season.
  • Ohio State will have games broadcast 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.

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.