November 27, 2019

No. 11 Buckeyes Host No. 20 Spartans to Open Homestand

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 11 Ohio State men’s hockey team (7-4-1, 3-3-0-0 B1G) opens a homestand with two games vs. No. 20 Michigan State (6-5-1, 4-1-1-0 B1G) this weekend. The teams will meet at 5 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Value City Arena. The first game will be streamed on BTN+ and BTN will televise game two. Ohio State radio will have the call on 1460 AM and the TuneIn app. Live scoring and other gameday links are online: go.osu.edu/mhkygameday20.

For the Michigan State series, Family and Friends Packs are available for the Saturday game (purchase here online by noon Friday). The Sunday contest includes Chuck-a-Puck and a Postgame Skate for fans with the Buckeyes. Fans can bring their own skates, or rent for $5. Both Chuck-a-Puck and skate rental are cash only.

A Winter Toy Drive, presented by Meijer, is currently taking place at Ohio State Athletics events. Fans are encouraged to bring new and lightly used toys, stuffed animals and games to donate. Donations will be accepted at both games this weekend, as well as next weekend’s series vs. Minnesota.

Buckeye Notes to Know

  • Ohio State is 3-1-0 at home this season. The games this weekend are the first in Columbus since sweeping Michigan Nov. 1-2 and open a six-game homestand.
  • The Buckeyes are coming off a split at No. 6 Penn State, with a 5-4 loss and 4-3 win.
  • Ohio State leads the overall series with Michigan State since the start of Big Ten play 19-7-3, with a 14-7-3 regular season mark. Last year, the Buckeyes were 2-1-1 vs. MSU.
  • Tanner Laczynski and Gustaf Westlund share the Buckeyes’ scoring lead with 13 points each. Laczynski has a team-best nine assists and Westlund is first with seven goals. Ohio State is now averaging 2.92 goals per game after scoring four in each contest at Penn State last weekend.
  • Eight of the Buckeyes’ 12 games this season – including each of the last six – have been decided by one goal. Ohio State is 4-4 in those one-goal contests.
  • Tanner Laczynski is tied for second among active NCAA skaters in career points (122) and leads all seniors with 1.07 points per game. He shares the team point lead this season with 13 and is first with nine assists.
  • The Buckeyes have converted 28.1 percent of their power play chances this season, going 16-for-57 to rank sixth nationally. The squad was 3-for-7 last week vs. Penn State.
  • This weekend’s series vs. Michigan State opens a six-game homestand for the Buckeyes. Minnesota comes to Columbus next week to close out the first half, with Colgate in town Dec. 27-28 to open the second half of the schedule.
Ohio State Buckeyes

Buckeye Snapshot

  • Ohio State is 7-4-1 on the year, with a 3-3-0-0 record in Big Ten play. The squad is coming off a split at Penn State, with a 5-4 loss and 4-3 win.
  • The Buckeyes are scoring 2.92 goals a game this season, while allowing 2.17 a night.
  • The power play is sixth in the nation, converting 28.1 percent (16-for-57) and Ohio State is 38-for-45 (.844) on the penalty kill.
  • Senior Tanner Laczynski has a team-best nine assists and Gustaf Westlund is first with seven goals, with the tandem tied for first in points with 13 each.
  • Laczynski and Carson Meyer are tied for second with four goals each. Westlund is second with six helpers, followed by Wyatt Ege with five.
  • Gordi Myer leads the squad with 27 blocked shots, followed by Grant Gabriele with 21. Ronnie Hein has 16 to rank third and lead the Buckeye forwards.
  • In goal, Tommy Nappier started the first 12 games and has a 2.13 goals-against average and .926 save percentage. Ryan Snowden saw his first game action last Saturday at Penn State and stopped the 15 shots he saw.

In the Polls

  • For the third week in a row, Ohio State is No. 11 in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.
  • Big Ten teams joining the Buckeyes in the USCHO poll include No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 7 Penn State, No. 19 Wisconsin and No. 20 Michigan State. Minnesota is receiving votes.
  • Conference schools in the USA Today Top 15 are No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 7 Penn State, with Michigan State the first team receiving votes.

A B1G Star

  • Tanner Laczynski was named Big Ten Second Star of the Week after two goals and three points at Penn State, along with 29 faceoff wins.
  • Laczynski has at last a point in eight of 12 games this year, with a 4-9-13 line.
  • He is tied for sixth in the Big Ten in assists and tied for 10th in points and plus/minus (+7).
  • The senior is tied for second in career points among active skaters nationally with 122, while his 1.07 points per game is third among all non-freshmen and first among seniors. He has 41 career goals to tie for 10th and is second with 81 career assists (third among all non-freshmen with .71 helpers per game).

 

Ohio State Buckeyes

Buckeyes vs. Spartans

  • Ohio State trails the all-time series with Michigan State, 45-89-13, but is 14-7-3 in Big Ten regular season play vs. the Spartans, with a 7-2-1 advantage in the last 10 games.
  • In Columbus, Michigan State has the lead in the series, 36-23-6.
  • Last season, Ohio State was 2-1-1 vs. Michigan State. In East Lansing Jan. 4-5, the teams skated to a 7-7 OT tie in game one, with the Spartans scoring in 3×3 overtime, before a 6-0 Buckeye game two win. In Columbus March 1-2 to close the regular season, Ohio State claimed game one 5-1 before a 3-2 MSU win.
  • Senior Tanner Laczynski has played a team-high 15 games vs. Michigan State and leads the Buckeyes with six goals, 10 assists and 16 points vs. the Spartans. Senior Ronnie Hein has a 5-3-8 line in eight games to rank second in goals and points. Senior Wyatt Ege has six assists (in 10 games) to rank second on the squad in helpers.

The Michigan State Spartans

  • Michigan State is 6-5-1 overall and enters the weekend unbeaten in its last four games (3-0-1). The squad is 4-1-1 in Big Ten play, splitting a series at Penn State, sweeping Michigan in a home-and-home series and going 1-0-1 vs. Notre Dame last weekend in East Lansing. The Spartans are 4-3-0 on the road this year.
  • Michigan State is scoring 2.67 goals a night and allowing 2.50. The power play is fifth in the NCAA, scoring 10 goals on 35 chances (.286) and the penalty kill is 37-for-50 (.740).
  • Patrick Khodorenko has a team-best six goals, seven assists and 13 points. Logan Lambdin is second with four goals and eight points.
  • In goal, John Lethemon has played in 10 games, with a 6-2-1 record, 2.12 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and two shutouts.
Ohio State Buckeyes

The Schedule Ahead

  • The Buckeyes continue their homestand, hosting Minnesota at 8 p.m. Dec. 6-7 in Value City Arena.
  • Ohio State will then be off until hosting Colgate after break Dec. 27-28.
  • The last time the Buckeyes had a six-game homestand was Dec. 1-30, 2017. Ohio State was 0-1-1 vs. Penn State (T 5-5 OT/SOL, L 0-4), swept Minnesota (2-1 OT, 4-1) to close the first half of the schedule and swept Niagara (3-2, 4-1) to open the second half.

Ticket Talk

Single game, miniplan, group and full/half/quarter season tickets for the Buckeyes’ 2019-20 season are all on sale now. They can be purchased online (HERE) or by contacting a ticket sales representative by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS (select option 2) or emailing AthleticSales@osu.edu.

Full notes in the PDF linked above