The Ohio State men’s hockey team takes on UConn in Columbus this weekend to open its home schedule.
The Buckeyes (1-1-0, 0-0-0 B1G) and Huskies (2-1-0, 1-1-0 HEA) will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena in The Schottenstein Center.
Both games will be streamed through BTN+, with the radio call on 1460 AM, WBNS-FM-HD2 (Columbus), OhioStateBuckeyes.com and the Ohio State Buckeyes app. Live stats will also be available.
Single game, group, mini-plan and season tickets are now available for the Buckeyes’ 2021-22 campaign. For more information and to purchase, visit OhioStateBuckeyes.com/tickets.
Buckeye Notes to Know
This is the third series between Ohio State and UConn all-time. Ohio State is 2-0-2 vs. the Huskies, with a win and a tie in Columbus and in Hartford.
The Buckeyes started the year with a series at Bentley last weekend, posting a 2-1 loss and 7-1 win.
Thirteen players had at least a point in the series vs. the Falcons.
The Buckeye roster includes 19 players returning from a season ago, adding nine newcomers (six freshmen and three transfers) to the mix.
Last Time Out
Ohio State kicked off its season at Bentley, splitting two games in Waltham, Mass., last weekend.
In game one, the Buckeyes trailed 1-0 after the first and 2-0 early in the second. Freshman Mason Lohrei put Ohio State on the board 16 seconds after the Falcons’ second tally, but Ohio State could not get the equalizer, despite outshooting Bentley, 35-25, and fell 2-1.
Game two was a different story, as the Buckeyes scored three first-period goals and added two in both the second and third for a 7-1 win. Bentley broke up the shutout late in the third.
Have a Game – Bentley Edition
Freshman blueliner Mason Lohrei notched his first career goal and collegiate point in the season opener and had two first assists on power play goals in game two.
Junior Tate Singleton notched two goals and three points in the Saturday win. It was his second career two-goal game and three-point outing.
Freshman Georgii Merkulov posted his first collegiate assist Saturday. Sophomore Patrick Guzzo posted his first helper in the Scarlet and Gray and senior Jake Wise had his first assist at Ohio State in the win.
Junior defenseman Dominic Vidoli scored his first collegiate goal Saturday, tallying in his 24th game.
Sophomore Travis Treloar, senior Gustaf Westlund and junior Mark Cheremeta each had a goal and an assist vs. the Falcons.
Freshman goalie Jakub Dobeš had 17 saves for his first win in his first collegiate start.
The Buckeyes were 69-33 (.676) on faceoffs last weekend, led by Merkulov who was 19-4.
Buckeyes vs. Huskies
Ohio State and UConn met in back-to-back seasons, with Ohio State 1-0-1 in each series.
In Columbus Nov. 11-12, 2016, Ohio State posted a 7-4 win, scoring five straight goals to overcome a 4-2 deficit in the game, with the gamewinner in the final five minutes of regulation. The teams tied 3-3 in game two with UConn tying the game in the third.
In Hartford Nov. 10-11, 2017, Ohio State came away with a 5-4 win and 1-1 tie. In game one the Buckeyes took a 2-0 first period lead and never trailed in the game. In game two, Ohio State scored midway through the third but the Huskies tied the game with 3:19 left in regulation.
UConn is 2-1-0 this year. The squad opened the season with a 6-3 home win over Sacred Heart. Last weekend, the Huskies split with Boston University, falling 2-1 at home and winning 5-1 on the road. UConn goalie Darion Hanson was named Hockey East Goaltender of the Week after stopping 72 of 75 shots vs. the Terriers.
Ohio State will be off next weekend before opening Big Ten play against Michigan State Oct. 29-30.
The teams will meet at 7 p.m. in game one and at a time to be announced in game two.