January 7, 2021

Buckeyes vs. Nittany Lions to Open 2021 Slate


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s hockey team (3-6-1, 3-5-0-0-1-0 B1G) hits the ice for the first time in 2021 with two Big Ten Conference games against Penn State (4-6-0, 2-6-0-0-0-0 B1G) this weekend. The teams will meet at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena in Columbus.

  • Both games will be streamed through Big Ten Network Plus and on Ohio State Radio (1460 AM/tunein.com). Herb Howenstine and John Mowat will have the radio call.
  • This is the first series of the season between the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions. The squads will also meet in State College Feb. 12-13. Last year, Ohio State was 1-2-1 vs. PSU, with an 0-1-1 ledger in Columbus. All-time, the Buckeyes are 16-12-3 vs. Penn State, including a 7-6-2 mark in Columbus.
  • Ohio State last played Dec. 17-18, when it tied and lost to Arizona State to close the first half of the schedule. Penn State opened its second half slate Sunday and Monday, splitting a series at Michigan State.
  • The Buckeyes are 2-3-1 overall in Columbus this season, with a 1-3-0 road record. The squad has 10 home games and eight away contests slated for the 2021 portion of the regular season.
  • Ohio State has 18 games on its 2021 regular season schedule – 16 vs. Big Ten foes and two against Arizona State to wrap up the regular season.
  • Buckeye associate head coach Steve Miller was part of the Team USA World Junior Championship staff that just won gold, his fourth medal in five stints as a USA coach at the WJC.
  • Freshman Travis Treloar has a team-best nine points this year, sharing the team lead with six assists and tying for second with three goals. His nine points came in the Buckeyes’ last eight games, with three two-point outings. Treloar is tied for ninth in points among NCAA rookies.
  • Ohio State is tied for 11th nationally on the power play, converting 25 percent of its chances (8-for-32).
  • Junior Quinn Preston leads the Buckeyes with three power play goals, tying for ninth nationally and second in the Big Ten.
Ohio State Buckeyes

Buckeye Snapshot

  • Ohio State is 3-6-1 this season. After losing two games at Minnesota to open the year, the squad split series with Michigan State and Wisconsin at home and a road series at Notre Dame in Big Ten play. The team last played Dec. 17-18 vs. Arizona State, tying 4-4 before a 3-2 loss.
  • The Buckeyes are scoring 2.10 goals a night and allowing 2.8 per outing. The squad has been outshot on average, 33.8-27.1.
  • Ohio State’s power play is 8-for-32 (.250) and the penalty kill is 27-for-34 (.794).
  • Quinn Preston has a team-best four goals, followed by Grant Gabriele, Travis Treloar and Gustaf Westlund with three each.
  • Mark Cheremeta and Treloar share the team lead with six assists each.
  • Treloar is first on the squad with nine points, with Cheremeta second with eight and Preston third with seven.
  • In goal, Tommy Nappier has started all 10 games and has a 2.75 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.

Buckeyes vs. Nittany Lions

  • Ohio State leads the all-time series with Penn State, 16-12-3, with a 7-6-2 mark in Columbus.
  • Last year, Ohio State was 1-2-1 vs. Penn State.
  • The last series was Feb. 7-8, 2020 in Columbus. The teams tied the opener, 2-2 (with an Ohio State shootout win) before a 6-3 PSU victory. The first matchup of last season was in State College Nov. 22-23, 2019. The Nittany Lions won the opener, 5-4, before a 4-3 Ohio State victory.
  • Among the current Buckeyes, senior Austin Pooley leads the way with 13 games played vs. Penn State. Quinn Preston and Gustaf Westlund are second with eight games played each.
  • Westlund has 11 points in his eight games vs. Penn State to lead the current Buckeyes, with his five goals and six assists also ranking first.
  • Pooley (2g, 3a) and Preston (1g, 4a) are second with five points each against the Nittany Lions.
Ohio State Buckeyes

Special Teams

  • Ohio State is tied for 11th nationally on the power play, converting 8-of-32 (.250) chances.
  • The squad scored on the power play in each of its last three games, going 5-for-13 (.385) in the stretch.
  • The penalty kill is 27-for-34 (.794). After going 11-for-11 combined in three straight games, the squad gave up two goals on three chances in its last game vs. Arizona State.
  • Quinn Preston leads is tied for ninth in the NCAA with three power play tallies.
  • Grant Gabriele has two PPG, with Mark Cheremeta, Layton Ahac and Kamil Sadlocha also converting with the man advantage.

The Scoring Leaders

  • Two newcomers and a junior stand atop the Buckeye goal, assist and point lists this year.
  • Freshman Travis Treloar is first on the squad with nine points and has a team-best three multiple-point outings, sharing the assist lead with six.
  • Mark Cheremeta, a sophomore who started his career at BU and played in the USHL last year, shares the team lead with six assists and is second with eight points. He had a team-best three points Dec. 13 at Notre Dame. His points have come in the last seven outings.
  • Quinn Preston, a junior and alternate captain, leads the Buckeyes with four goals. He is on a three-game point streak entering the Penn State series (2g, 2a).

Between the Pipes

  • Senior Tommy Nappier started the Buckeyes’ first 10 games, making 304 saves on 331 shots faced, for a 2.75 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.
  • He is second nationally in saves this year, including two 42-stop nights.
  • As a Buckeye, Nappier, the 2019 Big Ten Goalie of the Year, has a 2.04 goals-against average and .932 save percentage in 68 games played (with 65 starts).

Buckeye This and That

  • Layton Ahac and Mark Cassidy both notched their first collegiate goals in the Buckeyes’ last series. Ahac’s came in his 46th game in the Scarlet and Gray. Cassidy played in 15 games at Quinnipiac in 2018-19 and has played in eight games for the Buckeyes. Joe Dunlap, Mark Cheremeta and Travis Treloar have also scored their first collegiate goals this season.
  • The Buckeyes have been outshot in seven of 10 games this season and have allowed 27+ shots in all but one contest. The squad posted a season-high 41 shots on goal vs. Wisconsin Dec. 4 and had 39 vs. Arizona State in its last game.
  • Ohio State has played on every day of the week except Wednesday this season. The year started with each of the first six games on a different day.
Ohio State Buckeyes

Up Next

  • The Buckeyes will be on the road for their next two series, playing at Michigan Jan. 15-16 and at Michigan State Jan. 23-24. Puck drop vs. the Wolverines is slated for 7 p.m. in Ann Arbor, with game two on BTN.
  • Ohio State split a series with Michigan State in November and has not yet played Michigan this season.