Nov. 12, 2016
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Setting the Scene
• The No. 14-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team (6-1-3, 0-0-0-0 B1G) closes out it series with UConn (3-3-4, 1-1-1 HEA) at 4 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.
• The game will be streamed online through the Buckeye Vision subscription package on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
• The radio call will be on 1460 AM in Columbus and online through Buckeye Vision.
• Audio, video and live stats links can be found on the men’s hockey schedule and gameday pages on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with ingame updates on Twitter @OhioState_MHKY as well.
• Postgame, there will be a meet and greet on the concourse level with select Buckeyes.
• This series marks Military and Veteran Appreciation and includes special tributes to those that serve and have served our country. The Buckeyes are wearing camouflage jerseys which will be auctioned, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting United Heroes League (formerly Defending the Blue Line). Information and bidding is online at go.osu.edu/MHKYAuctions2016.
• The Buckeyes came from behind to win game one, 7-4, Friday in Columbus. It was the first meeting between the teams.
Series Opener – Ohio State 7, UConn 4
• The Buckeyes led 2-1 after the first period on goals from Josh Healey shorthanded and David Gust, but UConn scored twice in the first 5:15 of the second to go ahead 3-2 and then added a goal at 13:23 for a 4-2 advantage.
• Ohio State went on to score the next five goals to come from behind for the win. The Buckeyes answered the fourth UConn goal less than a minute later to draw within one on a Gust tally, tied the game 19 seconds after that on Mason Jobst’s goal and took the lead just over a minute later on a tally by Nick Schilkey. Ohio State held a 5-4 lead through 40 minutes. In the third, the Buckeyes scored twice in the final five minutes, with a power play tally by Gust to complete his hat trick and a Luke Stork empty net goal.
Have a Game – UConn Edition
• Senior David Gust notched his first career hat trick (the Buckeyes’ second of the year). It was his second career multiple-goal game and first since scoring twice March 11 at Michigan State. Ohio State is one of six schools nationally with two hat tricks this year, the only hat tricks by Big Ten players so far this season. The team is tied for first nationally with seven multiple-goal games by individuals.
• Senior Nick Schilkey picked up his 100th career point with an assist in the first period Friday and added a goal and another assist for a three-point night. He has 102 points as a Buckeye, with 51 goals and 51 assists. He is the 58th Buckeye to join the Century Club.
• Junior Matthew Weis had a three-assist outing, his second of the season. He is one of two NCAA players with two three-assist games.
• Freshman Tanner Laczynski had two helpers for his fifth multiple-point game (tying for fifth in the NCAA). He is third in points per game among NCAA rookies (1.40).
• Senior Josh Healey had a goal and an assist for his fourth two-point night in the last six games. His goal was the first shorthanded tally of his career and the Buckeyes’ first this season. He is seventh in the NCAA in defenseman points per game (1.10).
• Sophomore John Wiitala extended his point streak to seven with an assist. He has eight points (4g, 4a) in the stretch.
Buckeye Notes to Know
• Ohio State is first in the NCAA in scoring offense, averaging 4.70 goals per game. The team has scored four or more goals in six of the last seven games. The squad is second in the NCAA with 35 even strength goals and first with 3.5 goals per game at even strength.Buckeye opponents have scored 15 goals when the teams are even.
• The Buckeyes have had balanced scoring throughout the lineup – 11 Buckeyes have at least one goal and 22 have at least one assist and point. All but one Buckeye skater has gotten on the scoresheet this year. There are seven Buckeyes with 10 or more points and 11 with five or more. Buckeyes make up five of the top seven scorers in the Big Ten.
• The series this weekend marks the only two-game home series for the Buckeyes in the first half of the season. After this weekend, the team will next play in Columbus Dec. 31 vs. Miami. Seven of the Buckeyes’ first nine games were away from Columbus.
• Ohio State is 6-1-3 on the year. The Buckeyes closed last season with a 6-1-2 mark, giving the squad a 12-2-5 ledger in its last 19 games combined. Twenty letterwinners returned from last year’s team.