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.