November 24, 2021

No. 17 Ohio State Welcomes Lakers for Nonconference Series

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The Basics

  • The No. 17 Ohio State men’s hockey team is back in action this weekend, hosting Mercyhurst at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena in the Schottenstein Center.
  • The games between the Buckeyes (7-3-0, 4-2-0-0-0-0 B1G) and Lakers (3-5-4, 3-3-4 AHA) will be streamed through B1G+ and live stats will be available on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
  • Single game, group and mini-plan tickets are now available for the Buckeyes’ 2021-22 campaign. For more information and to purchase, visit OhioStateBuckeyes.com/tickets.

Notes to Know

  • Ohio State last played Nov. 12-13, splitting a series at Minnesota with a 4-3 win and 2-0 loss. Mercyhurst faced Canisius in a home-and-home series last weekend, losing 6-1 at home and winning 5-2 on the road.
  • The Buckeyes lead the series with the Lakers, 10-2-1, including 6-2-0 in Columbus. The squads last met in October 2019, a two-game Buckeye sweep in Erie. The last games in Columbus were in October 2018, with Ohio State winning both.
  • Ohio State is 5-1 at home this season, with all six games in a row. The squad swept UConn and Penn State, along with a split of Michigan State, in Columbus.
  • The 7-3 start is the most wins in the first 10 games for an Ohio State team since 2004-05. Since that time, the 2016-17 squad had the best start with a 6-1-3 mark and three teams started 6-3-1 (2019-20, 2018-19, 2011-12).
  • This year, 22 Buckeyes – including every skater with more than two games played – have posted at least one point through the first 10 games. Sixteen have at least one goal and 19 have one or more assists.
  • The Buckeyes have scored three or more goals in seven of 10 games this year and are averaging 3.4 goals a night.
  • The defense has held opponents to three or less goals in all 10 games and is allowing 1.7 goals per game overall.
  • Ohio State is outscoring opponents 17-3 in the third period this season.
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From the Stat Sheet

  • Mason Lohrei leads the Buckeyes with six assists and eight points.
  • Mark Cheremeta and Jake Wise are tied for second with seven points each, with each posting three goals and four assists.
  • Gustaf Westlund has a team-best four goals, while Cheremeta, Wise, Patrick Guzzo and Tate Singleton have all scored three times.
  • Georgii Merkulov is second with five assists.
  • Will Riedell is first with a +10 rating and Rya O’Connell leads the squad with 17 shot blocks.
  • In goal, Jakub Dobeš is 7-2-0, with a 1.39 goals-against average and .946 save percentage.
  • As a team (through games of Nov. 23), the Buckeyes are in the Top 16 in the NCAA in faceoff winning percentage (5th/.550), scoring defense (5th/1.70), scoring margin (8th/1.70), winning percentage (9th/.700) and scoring offense (16th/3.40).

Buckeyes vs. Lakers

  • Ohio State leads the all-time series with Mercyhurst, 10-2-1, with a 6-2 record in Columbus.
  • The teams last met in Columbus Dec. 28-29, 2018, with Ohio State posting 3-1 and 5-4 victories in late December. The last series between the teams was Oct. 25-26, 2019 in Erie. Ohio State notched 7-2 and 3-1 victories.
  • The first game between the teams was a 5-2 Ohio State win Nov. 30, 1999. The Lakers won 3-2 in Columbus Oct. 24, 2003, followed by a five-game unbeaten streak in the series for the Buckeyes. Ohio State won 2-1 in the Lefty McFadden Invitational in Dayton Oct. 12, 2007, swept a series in Columbus Dec. 28-29, 2013 (6-3, 7-2) and won Jan. 3, 2015 in Erie, Pa., 6-3. The teams tied the next night, 2-2, to close the weekend series. The teams then had four straight games in Columbus, with a split in October 2015 (Mercyhurst 2-1, Ohio State 5-1) and an OSU sweep in December 2018.
  • The Lakers are 3-5-4 on the year, with a 2-4-1 road record. They started the year at Minnesota, losing 7-4 and 5-3.
  • Mercyhurst is scoring 3.25 goals a game and allowing 3.75 a night. The power play has converted 26.1 percent of its chances and the penalty kill has stopped 36-of-51 (.706) opponent opportunities.
  • Carson Briere leads the team with eight goals and 12 points and Dante Sheriff is first with nine assists and second with 11 points.
  • Austin Heidemann (5g, 5a) and Jonathan Bendorf (2g, 8a) also have hit the 10-point mark.

Buckeye This and That
As a team …

  • The Buckeyes are No. 17 in the USCHO poll this week and receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings. It is the third straight week the squad has been in the USCHO Top 20.
  • Ohio State has gone on a three-or-more goal run in seven of 10 games this year. The squad scored seven in a row at Bentley Oct. 9, five straight vs. Penn State Nov. 5, four consecutive Oct. 15 vs. UConn, Oct. 30 vs. Michigan State, Nov. 6 vs. Penn State and in game one vs. Minnesota and had three straight vs. UConn Oct. 16.
  • The Buckeyes have allowed more than two goals in two games this season (both 4-3 wins). The squad is fifth nationally and first in the Big Ten, allowing 1.70 goals per game.
  • Ohio State has scored three-plus goals in seven games on the year. The squad is averaging 3.40 goals a game to rank 16th in the NCAA and fourth in the B1G.
  • Ohio State has rallied for a win when trailing after the second period three times this season. Against UConn Ohio State was down 3-0 in the second period but cut the lead to 3-2 before the end of the second, tied the game in the third and prevailed in overtime. In game one vs. Penn State Ohio State was behind 1-0 from the first period until a goal 4:30 into the third, taking the lead 41 seconds later. In game one vs. Minnesota, Ohio State trailed 3-0 after the first period and scored twice in the second and twice in the third for the 4-3 victory.
  • The Buckeyes are fifth nationally in faceoff winning percentage (.550). Jake Wise has won a team-high 94 faceoffs (.566) and Patrick Guzzo leads the team with a .603 winning percentage (47-31), followed by Georgii Merkulov (.596/56-38).
  • The Buckeyes were shut out for the first time this season in the second game at Minnesota. The Buckeyes have been held to one or fewer goals in each of their three losses this year, allowing two goals in each loss.

Individually …

  • Jakub Dobeš is fourth in the NCAA in goals-against average (1.39) and third in save percentage (.946), ranking sixth in winning percentage (7-2, .778). He has started the last seven games.
  • Defenseman Grant Gabriele had two assists last Friday at Minnesota, his first career two-point game.
  • Will Riedell missed the series at Minnesota with injury. They were the first games he missed over the last two-plus seasons. Riedell has played 138 collegiate games (of a possible 146) during his career.
  • Georgii Merkulov had a four-game point streak end in game two vs. Minnseota (4a). He has a point in six of the nine games he has played.
  • Mason Lohrei has scored in six of 10 outings, with two two-point nights. He had a point in each of his first three games, was scoreless for three outings, and then had another three-game point streak.
  • Dominic Vidoli is tied for first among NCAA defensemen with two gamewinning goals. Both of his goals this season have been gamewinners.
  • Four Buckeyes have scored their first collegiate goals so far this season – Mason Lohrei, Dominic Vidoli, Camden Thiesing and Georgii Merkulov.
  • The four Buckeye rookie skaters (Lohrei, Thiesing, Merkulov, McWard) have combined for 22 points, with five goals and 17 assists.

Up Next

  • Ohio State will hit the road for two games at Notre Dame next weekend. The teams will meet at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and at 6 p.m. Dec. 4. NBCSN will televise game one, with game two on the NBC Sports app.
  • Three home games follow – vs. Michigan Dec. 10-11 and against Bowling Green Dec. 16. The first half wraps up at BG Dec. 17.