COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 10-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team begins its home slate with two games vs. Michigan State this weekend. The teams will meet at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Value City Arena. The games will be streamed through BTN Plus ($) and on the radio at 1460 AM and online on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye Brendon Kearney calling the action for Ohio State Radio. There will be no spectators this weekend or at any of the Buckeyes’ home games in 2020.
Buckeye Notes to Know
- The Buckeyes began their season with two losses at Minnesota Monday and Tuesday, dropping 4-1 and 2-0 contests. Michigan State is 1-0-1 after a 1-1 OT tie and 2-0 win vs. Arizona State Nov. 19-20.
- Ohio State was 4-0-0 vs. Michigan State last season, sweeping a series in Columbus Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2019 and two games in East Lansing Feb. 21-22.
- Sophomores Matt Cassidy, Mark Cheremeta and Dominic Vidoli, and freshmen Joe Dunlap, Patrick Guzzo, Evan McIntyre and Travis Treloar all saw their first game action for the Buckeyes in the series at Minnesota.
- The series vs. Michigan State marks the first two of six home games for the Buckeyes before the end of 2020. The Buckeyes were 11-3-4 overall at home a season ago.
- Ohio State has been ranked in the Top 15 of the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls since Nov. 27, 2017. The squad started the year No. 10 in both polls.
- Ohio State has notched at least 20 wins in each of the last four years. The squad reached the NCAA Tournament three-consecutive years and was poised for a program-record fourth straight when the 2019-20 season was ended.
- Tommy Nappier, a Second Team Preseason All-Big Ten choice, entered his senior season second among active NCAA goalies in career save percentage, with a Buckeye program-best .934.