November 3, 2021

Buckeyes Take on No. 16 Nittany Lions This Weekend

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The Basics

  • The Ohio State men’s hockey team hosts No. 16-ranked Penn State in two Big Ten Conference games this weekend.
  • The Buckeyes (4-2-0, 1-1-0 B1G) and Nittany Lions (6-1-0, 0-0-0 B1G) will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena in The Schottenstein Center.
  • Both games will be streamed through B1G+, with the radio call on 1460 AM, WBNS-FM-HD2 (Columbus), OhioStateBuckeyes.com and the Ohio State Buckeyes app. Live stats will also be available.
  • Script Ohio on Ice will be performed after the first period of the game Saturday.
  • Single game, group, mini-plan and season tickets are now available for the Buckeyes’ 2021-22 campaign. For more information and to purchase, visit OhioStateBuckeyes.com/tickets.
  • Ohio State and Penn State played in one series a season ago, splitting two games in Columbus Jan. 8-9. The Buckeyes won the opener 6-3 and the Nittany Lions took game two, 5-2.
  • The Buckeyes are coming off a series split at home with Michigan State to open Big Ten play, falling in the first game 2-1 before a 5-1 victory. Penn State played North Dakota in Nashville last week, winning 6-4.
  • The series this weekend wraps up a six-game homestand for the Buckeyes. The squad will hit the road for two games at Minnesota Nov. 12-13 before another home series, taking on Mercyhurst Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 26-27.
Script Ohio

Last Time Out

  • The Buckeyes opened Big Ten play vs. Michigan State at home last weekend, with a 2-1 loss and 5-1 win.
  • In the series opener, the teams traded first period power play goals, with MSU scoring at 5:45 and Jake Wise tallying for Ohio State at 14:20. The Spartans scored a 4-on-4 goal late in the second and it stood as the gamewinner. The Buckeyes outshot Michigan State, 42-17, in the game, but could only find the back of the net once.
  • Saturday, Patrick Guzzo put the Buckeyes on the board with a shorthanded goal during a major power play at 2:33. Michigan State tied the game at 11:47 of the second period but Mark Cheremeta broke the deadlock less than five minutes later. Ohio State scored three times in the third period, with tallies at 8:16, 18:09 (empty net) and 19:08 to help clinch the win.

Have a Game, MSU Edition

  • Patrick Guzzo notched his first career shorthanded goal and added an assist for his first career two-point game Saturday.
  • Cam Thiesing had a goal and an assist in game two for his second two-point night in six games as a Buckeye.
  • Eric Cooley had two assists Saturday for his first points in the Scarlet and Gray.
  • Ryan O’Connell was a career-high +4 in the win.
  • In all, 16 Buckeye skaters were +1 or better in the game two win.

From the Stat Sheet

  • Tate Singleton leads the Buckeyes with three goals and five points, while Mason Lohrei has a team-best three assists.
  • Four Buckeyes – Lohrei (1g, 3a), along with Mark Cheremeta, Patrick Guzzo, Cam Thiesing, who all have two goals and two assists, are tied for second with four points each.
  • In all, 20 Buckeyes have at least one point, with 14 posting two or more. Fourteen have scored at least one goal.
  • In goal, Jakub Dobes is 4-1-0, with a .86 goals-against average and .864 save percentage.
  • As a team (through games of Nov. 2), the Buckeyes are in the Top 15 in the NCAA in faceoff winning percentage (2nd/.593), scoring defense (3rd/1.50), scoring margin (5th/2.00) and scoring offense (14th/3.50).

Buckeyes vs. Nittany Lions

  • Ohio State leads the all-time series with Penn State, 17-13-3, with an 8-7-2 mark in Columbus.
  • The last series between the teams was Jan. 8-9 in Columbus. Ohio State took game one, jumping out to an early 2-0 lead and never relinquishing the advantage en route to a 6-3 win. In game two, Penn State scored first but the Buckeyes tied the game later in the opening period. Two second-period goals put Penn State up 3-1. Ohio State made it a one-goal game early in the third but Penn State sealed the win with two empty net goals for a 5-2 victory
  • Among current Buckeyes, Quinn Preston leads the way with 10 games played against Penn State, posting a 2-6-8 line. Gustaf Westlund has skated in eight games vs. the Nittany Lions and leads current Buckeyes with five goals and 11 points, sharing the assist lead with Preston with six each.
  • The Nittany Lions are fourth in the NCAA in scoring offense (4.29 goals per game) and scoring margin (+2.14) and are allowing 2.14 goals a night to rank 15th nationally. The power play is 11th in the NCAA (.269) and the penalty kill is 18th (.882).

Dobeš Recognized by HCA, Among NCAA Leaders

  • Freshman goalie Jakub Dobeš was named the Hockey Commissioners Association Men’s Rookie of the Month Wednesday.
  • Dobeš was 4-1-0 in his first month of collegiate hockey, with a .86 goals-against average and .964 save percentage. He made 32 saves against UConn Oct. 16 for his first shutout in the Scarlet and Gray. In all, he allowed four goals on 110 shots in 277:55 of game time and added an assist. He was named Big Ten Third Star of the Week after he stopped all 52 shots he faced to backstop the Buckeyes to a sweep of UConn.
  • He is third overall in the NCAA in goals-against average and save percentage and ranks first among goalies with more than one game played.