January 13, 2022

No. 16/15 Buckeyes Host No. 13 Irish in B1G Matchup This Weekend

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The Basics

  • The No. 16/15 Ohio State men’s hockey team hosts No. 13/13 Notre Dame in its only home series in January this weekend.
  • The teams will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena in the Schottenstein Center in Columbus.
  • Friday’s game will be streamed through B1G+ and BTN will televise the Saturday contest, with the broadcast also on the Fox Sports app. Ohio State Radio will carry both games.
  • Saturday is Military Appreciation night. Fans with a military ID can receive two free tickets on game night, or sign up for VetTix for tickets online.
  • Tickets are available online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and at the ticket office on game night. Parking is free in gameday lots. TICKET INFORMATION
  • University and City of Columbus policies are to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. There are currently no concessions sales at Ohio State athletic events. Water will be available. Fans are not allowed to bring food or beverages. ARENA POLICY UPDATES

Buckeye This and That

  • Ohio State enters the series on a seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) and is 15-6-1 on the year, with a 7-4-1-0-0-1 mark in Big Ten play. The Irish are 15-6-0 this season and have an 8-4-0-3-1-0 Big Ten mark.
  • At the midway point of the conference season, Ohio State is currently tied for second in the Big Ten standings, two points ahead of Notre Dame in fourth.
  • The Buckeyes and Irish split a series in South Bend earlier this season. Both squads currently rank in the Top 15 nationally in scoring offense, defense and margin and winning percentage.
  • This year, 24 Buckeyes – including every skater with more than two games played – have posted at least one point.
  • Eighteen have at least one multi-point outing. Ten have 10+ points through the first 22 games.
  • Nineteen have at least one goal and 24 have one or more assists.
  • The Buckeyes have scored three or more goals in 16 of 22 games this year and are averaging 3.68 goals a night to rank 10th in the NCAA.
  • The defense has allowed two or less goals in 16 of 22 games and is allowing 2.23 goals per game overall, ranking 11th nationally.
  • Ohio State has outscored opponents 43-14 in the third period this year. Of the Buckeyes’ 15 wins this season, six gamewinners have been scored in the third period, along with two overtime victories, as well as a third-period gametying score.
Ohio State Buckeyes

From the Stat Sheet

  • Freshman forward Georgii Merkulov leads the Buckeyes with 11 goals and 22 points, while his classmate, defenseman Mason Lohrei, has a team-best 17 assists and is second with 19 points.
  • Senior forward Jake Wise and freshman forward Cam Thiesing are tied for third with 17 points each.
  • Gustaf Westlund, a senior forward, is second with seven goals, followed by Wise, Patrick Guzzo, Tate Singleton and Travis Treloar with six each.
  • Thiesing has 12 assists to rank second and Merkulov and Wise are tied for third with 11 each, while senior defenseman Grant Gabriele is fourth with 10.
  • Gabriele is first with a +17 rating, with Thiesing, Mark Cheremeta, Will Riedell and James Marooney tied for second at +12.
  • Gabriele has a team-high 31 shot blocks. Riedell (29) is second and Ryan O’Connell (27) ranks third.
  • In goal, Jakub Dobeš is 14-5-1, with a 2.14 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.
  • As a team (through games of Jan. 11), the Buckeyes are in the Top 11 in the NCAA in faceoff winning percentage (4th/.546), scoring margin (8th/1.45), winning percentage (9th/.705), scoring offense (10th/3.68) and scoring defense (11th/2.23).

Buckeyes vs. Irish

  • All-time, Notre Dame leads the series with Ohio State, 43-42-11 (according to the Buckeye record book), with the first game Feb. 13, 1965. In Columbus, Ohio State leads, 21-19-7. Notre Dame is ahead in Big Ten regular season games, 10-7-1.
  • The squads met in South Bend Dec. 3-4, splitting the series. Ohio State took game one, 4-3, before a 5-1 Irish victory.
  • Ohio State and Notre Dame 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 three seasons (1973-74, `74-75, `75-76) and skating as an independent. Ohio State then rejoined the CCHA for the 1975-1976 campaign and remained until 2013. The Irish were in the league in 1981-82 and `82-83 and then rejoined in 1992-93. The Buckeyes and Irish last met as CCHA foes March 23, 2013 in the CCHA Tournament semifinals, a 3-1 ND win at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
  • Quinn Preston leads the Buckeyes with 14 career games played vs. Notre Dame, with a team-best four goals, five assists and nine points. Gustaf Westlund has skated in 13 games vs. the Irish with a 3-3-6 line. Ryan O’Connell (13), Grant Gabriele (12) and Tate Singleton (10) have also played double-digit games vs. Notre Dame.
  • Notre Dame is 15-6-0 this year and 8-4-0-3-1-0 in Big Ten play, in fourth place with 22 points. The squad swept Penn State last weekend with 4-2 and 5-4 OT wins on the road.
  • The Irish are fifth nationally in scoring defense (2.00) and 14th in the NCAA in scoring offense (3.48), ranking third on the penalty kill (.926) and sixth in scoring margin (+1.48).
  • Max Ellis leads Notre Dame with 14 goals and 24 points. Ryder Rolston and Nick Leivermann are tied for second with matching 6-11-17 lines.
  • In goal, Matthew Galajda has 12 starts, with a 1.92 goals-against average and .926 save percentage. Ryan Bischel has nine starts, with a 1.85 goals-against average and .932 save percentage.

Buckeyes vs. Irish in December

  • The Buckeyes split a series at No. 8 Notre Dame Dec. 3-4
  • In game one, Ohio State allowed the first goal but scored the next four to take control en route to a 4-2 victory. Notre Dame scored at 7:41 of the first but Kamil Sadlocha tied the game at 12:34 and Travis Treloar put Ohio State in the lead with a power play goal at 15:27. Ohio State scored the only goals of the second – from Georgii Merkulov and Will Riedell (on the power play) – for a 4-1 Buckeye lead after 40 minutes. Notre Dame scored an extra attacker goal with 1:18 remaining but could get no closer for the 4-2 final. Ohio State was outshot, 36-28, with Jakub Dobeš making 34 saves. Freshmen Mason Lohrei and Cam Thiesing each had two assists and points to lead the Buckeyes. Ohio State won the special teams battle, scoring two power play goals and going 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.
  • The Irish took control early and finished as 5-1 winners in game two. Notre Dame scored at 4:08 and 5:51 of the first period, with the second tally on the power play. Buckeye Jaedon Leslie made it a one-goal game at 7:37, but the Irish responded less than three minutes later and Ohio State could get no closer the rest of the way, giving up two goals in the second and a power play tally in the third. The Irish outshot the Buckeyes, 40-25, and were 2-for-3 on the power play and 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.
Ohio State Buckeyes

In the Big

  • In the Big Ten this year, teams are awarded three points in the conference standings for a win in regulation. If the game is tied following regulation, both teams receive one point, with a second point awarded to the team that wins in either the 3-on-3 overtime period or the shootout. Records reflect W-L-T-OTW-OTL-SW.
  • Each team has played 12 games heading into this weekend.
  • Minnesota stands in first with 25 points and an 8-4-0-0-1-0 record. Ohio State (7-4-1-0-0-1) and Michigan (7-5-0-0-2-0) are tied for second with 23 points each and Notre Dame is in fourth with 22 points (8-4-0-3-1-0). Michigan State (14 points, 5-7-0-1-0-0), Wisconsin (10 points, 3-8-1-1-1-0) and Penn State (9 points, 3-9-0-1-1-0) follow.
  • Ohio State notched at least one regulation win over the other six Big Ten teams in the first half of the season, with one sweep, a five-point weekend and four splits.

Up Next

  • The Buckeyes have back-to-back road series, playing at Michigan State Jan. 21-22 and at Penn State Jan. 28-29.
  • The team will return to Columbus for a four-game homestand, taking on Wisconsin Feb. 4-5 and Minnesota Feb. 11-12. Those games close out the regular season home slate.