February 19, 2020

No. 12 Buckeyes Set to Face Spartans in Big Ten Series

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 12 Ohio State men’s hockey team returns from its week off with a series at Michigan State this weekend. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich. Both games will be streamed through BTN+ and can be heard on Ohio State radio.

Ohio State enters the series vs. the Spartans 16-10-4 overall and 9-8-3-1 in Big Ten play. Michigan State dropped two games to Michigan, falling 5-1 Friday in East Lansing and losing 4-1 Monday in Detroit, and is now 14-15-1 overall and 10-8-1 in Big Ten play. The teams enter the weekend tied for fourth in the B1G standings, two points back of third, five behind first and two ahead of sixth.

Buckeye Notes to Know

  • Ohio State trails the all-time series with Michigan State, but has the advantage in Big Ten regular season games, 16-7-3. Since the start of Big Ten play, Ohio State is 6-2-4 in East Lansing. The Buckeyes swept the Spartans in Columbus in the first series between the teams this year.
  • Ohio State is ninth in the NCAA on the power play, converting 29-of-114 chances this season. Carson Meyer has a team-best seven power play tallies, tying for first in the B1G. The team has a power play goal in eight of the last 10 games.
  • Senior and leading scorer Tanner Laczynski is third among current NCAA skaters in career points (136) and second in assists (92). His 1.03 points per game average is tied for sixth among non-freshmen and second among seniors.
  • Ohio State is tied for second among Big Ten schools with three double-digit goal scorers. Gustaf Westlund has a team-best 12, while Carson Meyer and Quinn Preston each have 11.
  • The Buckeyes have four regular season (and Big Ten) games remaining, with two at home and two on the road. The regular season ends next weekend at home vs. Wisconsin.
  • The Buckeyes are 5-7-0 on the road this season, with a 3-7-0 mark in Big Ten road contests. The squad has played six away B1G games in the second half of the year, splitting series at Wisconsin and Michigan and falling twice at Minnesota.
  • Tanner Laczynski was named a Top 10 finalist for the Senior CLASS Award last week and joins Tommy Nappier on the Hobey Baker Award fan ballot.
Ohio State Buckeyes

Buckeye Snapshot

  • The Buckeyes, 16-10-4 this season, are scoring 2.70 goals a game, while allowing 2.40 a night.
  • The power play is ninth in the nation, converting 25.4 percent (28-for-114) and Ohio State has stopped 74-of-91 (.813) opponent power play chances.
  • Senior Tanner Laczynski is first on the team with 20 assists and 27 points. Sophomore Gustaf Westlund has a team-best 12 goals and is second with 12 assists and 24 points. Sophomore Quinn Preston and senior Carson Meyer are tied for second with 11 goals each. Meyer is third with 21 points and 10 assists.
  • Senior Gordi Myer leads the squad with 58 blocked shots.
  • In goal, junior Tommy Nappier has a 2.13 goals-against average and .927 save percentage, posting a 13-9-3 record in 26 games. Freshman Ryan Snowden has a 2.52 goals-against average and .905 save percentage, notching a 3-1-1 record, in five appearances.

In the Polls

  • This week, the Buckeyes moved up one to No. 12 in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings.
  • Big Ten teams joining the Buckeyes in the USCHO poll include No. 11 Penn State and No. 18 Minnesota, with Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame receiving votes.
  • No. 10 (tied) Penn State joins Ohio State in the USA Today Top 15, with Minnesota receiving votes.
Ohio State Buckeyes

Buckeyes vs. Spartans

  • Ohio State trails the all-time series with Michigan State, 47-89-13, but is 16-7-3 in Big Ten play vs. the Spartans, with a 7-2-1 advantage in the last 10 games. In East Lansing, Michigan State has the lead in the series, 47-17-7.
  • The teams met in Columbus Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2019, with Ohio State posting a sweep with 3-1 and 2-0 victories. In the last series in East Lansing Jan. 4-5, 2019, 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.
  • Senior Tanner Laczynski has played a team-high 17 games vs. Michigan State and leads the Buckeyes with 10 assists and 17 points vs. the Spartans. Laczynski and senior Ronnie Hein share the goal lead vs. the Spartans with seven each. Hein, in 10 games vs. MSU, is second with 11 points. Senior Wyatt Ege has six assists (in 12 games) to rank second on the squad in helpers. Sophomore Gustaf Westlund has a 3-1-4 line in four games vs. MSU. In four games in goal, with three starts, Tommy Nappier is 3-0-0 vs. the Spartans, with a .30 goals-against average and .988 save percentage.
  • Ohio State has five Michigan natives on the roster – Quinn Preston (Trenton), Ronnie Hein (Chelsea), Dalton Messina (Macomb), Grant Gabriele (Brighton) and CJ Regula (Bloomfield Hills).
Ohio State Buckeyes

In the B1G

  • Seven points separate the Top 6 teams in the Big Ten standings with two weeks remaining in the regular season.
  • Penn State and Minnesota are tied for first with 36 points each. Michigan is third with 33 points, with Ohio State and Michigan State tied for fourth with 31, followed by Notre Dame with 29.
  • Penn State and Wisconsin have both played 22 games, while the other five schools have 20 games played.
  • This weekend, in addition to the Buckeyes’ series at Michigan State, Minnesota travels to Penn State and Michigan hosts Notre Dame.
  • For the postseason, the No. 1 seed gets a bye to the semifinals, while seeds 2-4 host teams 5-7 in best-of-three series. The semifinals and final are each one game, hosted by the highest remaining seeds. Wisconsin will be the No. 7 seed.
  • A Big Ten best four Ohio State defensemen rank in the Top 15 in points among league blueliners. For the Buckeyes, Matt Miller (4g, 9a, 13p) and Gordi Myer (5g, 8a, 13p) are tied for 10th, Grant Gabriele (4g, 8a, 12p) is tied for 12th and Wyatt Ege (3g, 8a, 11p) is tied for 15th.
  • In B1G games only, Tanner Laczynski (4g, 11a, 15p) leads the Buckeyes and is tied for 11th in the Big Ten in points. Carson Meyer (8g, 6a, 14p) is tied for 15th among league skaters.
  • Gustaf Westlund and Meyer are tied for eighth with eight goals each in B1G play. Meyer is first in the league with six power play goals in conference games. Laczynski is tied for sixth with 11 helpers. Tate Singleton has a 3-5-8 line to tie for sixth in points among B1G freshmen.
  • In conference action, Ohio State is fourth among league teams in scoring offense (2.60 goals per game) and ranks fifth in scoring defense (2.70 goals allowed per game). The power play is 16-for-64 (.250) to rank second and the penalty kill is 41-for-53 (.774) to rank fifth.
Ohio State Buckeyes

The Schedule Ahead

  • The regular season ends with two games vs. Wisconsin Feb. 28-29, with Senior Night celebrated on night two. The teams will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 and 8 p.m. Feb. 29.

Ticket Talk

Single game, miniplan and group tickets for the Buckeyes’ 2019-20 season are available. 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.

Complete notes in the PDF linked above