January 15, 2020

No. 9 Buckeyes Take on No. 18 Fighting Irish in B1G Series

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 9 Ohio State men’s hockey team returns to Columbus for a two-game Big Ten Conference series vs. No. 18 Notre Dame. The Buckeyes (14-6-2, 7-4-1-0 B1G/2nd) and Fighting Irish (10-9-3, 5-5-2-1 B1G) will meet at 6 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena. BTN will televise Friday’s game, with game two streamed through BTN+. Ohio State radio will have the call both nights.

Friday is Military Appreciation night, with free tickets available for military members and their families on VetTix. Youth can shoot on the Buckeye net postgame and there will also be a Chuck-a-Puck (cash only).

Saturday is the First Responders Appreciation game. The team’s annual Teddy Bear Toss is that night and fans are encouraged to bring a new stuffed animal to throw on the ice to donate. They will be collected and delivered by the Buckeyes to Ronald McDonald House. Postgame, there will be a meet and greet with half of the Buckeye squad (Nos. 2-18). The day starts with the First Responder Face Off, a game between Columbus Police and Columbus Fire, which starts at 1 p.m. (doors open at noon at the northeast corner of the arena). A ticket to the Buckeye game also includes the FRFO. The First Responders game will be general admission seating.

Buckeye Notes to Know

  • Ohio State posted an 8-1-1 record through its first 10 home games this year. The squad has six regular season home contests remaining, including this weekend vs. Notre Dame.
  • This is the second series of the year between the Buckeyes and Irish. Notre Dame claimed both games on its home ice Nov. 8-9, with a 3-2 overtime win and 2-1 victory.
  • The Buckeyes are coming off a split at Wisconsin, with a 4-2 win and 5-2 loss. The Irish lost twice at home to Michigan last weekend (3-0, 3-1).
  • The Buckeyes and Irish last met in Columbus Feb. 1-2, 2019, with the Buckeyes posting a sweep (4-2, 2-0). Ohio State is 4-6 vs. Notre Dame in B1G regular season games.
  • All-American Tanner Laczynski is second among active NCAA skaters in career points (130) and shares the lead among seniors with 1.05 points per game. He has a team-best 14 assists and 21 points this year.
  • The Ohio State senior class is the fifth-highest scoring group of seniors in the nation. The eight seniors have combined for 85 points (3.86 points per game) this season.
  • Ohio State has given up two or fewer goals in 17 of 22 games this season. The squad is tied for fifth nationally in scoring defense, allowing 2.05 goals a game.
Ohio State Buckeyes

Buckeye Snapshot

  • The Buckeyes, 14-6-2 this season, are scoring 2.73 goals a game this season, while allowing 2.05 a night rank fifth (tied) nationally in team defense. The power play is 10th in the nation, converting 24.4 percent (22-for-90) and Ohio State has stopped 63-of-75 (.840) opponent power play chances. The squad is eighth nationally with 14.18 blocked shots per game.
  • Senior Tanner Laczynski is first on the team with 14 assists and 21 points. Sophomore Gustaf Westlund has a team-best 10 goals and is second with 20 points. Senior Carson Meyer, sophomore Quinn Preston and Laczynski are tied for second with seven goals each. Westlund is second with 10 assists, followed by Meyer with nine.
  • Senior Gordi Myer leads the squad with 45 blocked shots, followed by junior Grant Gabriele with 31. Senior Ronnie Hein has 23 to rank third and lead the Buckeye forwards. In goal, junior Tommy Nappier has a 1.86 goals-against average and .933 save percentage, ranking in the Top 10 nationally, posting a 12-5-2 record in 20 games. Freshman Ryan Snowden has a 2.61 goals-against average and .913 save percentage, notching a 2-1-0 record, in three appearances.

In the Polls

  • This week, the Buckeyes are ranked ninth in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings. This is the sixth consecutive set of polls the Buckeyes are in the Top 10 (dating to Dec. 2).
  • Big Ten teams joining the Buckeyes in the USCHO poll include No. 6 Penn State, No. 18 Notre Dame and No. 20t Michigan State.
  • No. 6 Penn State joins Ohio State in the USA Today Top 15, with Notre Dame and Michigan State receiving votes.
  • Ohio State is one of four schools with its men’s and women’s programs in the Top 10 of the USCHO polls, with the Buckeye women No. 5. Joining Ohio State are Cornell (No. 1 men, No. 4 women), Clarkson (No. 7/7) and Minnesota Duluth (No. 8/10).
Ohio State Buckeyes

Buckeyes vs. Irish

  • All-time, the series between Ohio State and Notre Dame is tied (according to the Buckeye record book), 39-39-10, with the first game Feb. 13, 1965. In Columbus, Ohio State has the advantage, 20-17-6. Notre Dame is ahead in Big Ten regular season games, 6-4-0, after sweeping the Buckeyes in South Bend Nov. 8-9.
  • Among the current Buckeyes, Gordi Myer and Austin Pooley have played a team-high 11 games vs. the Irish, followed by Wyatt Ege with 10. Matt Miller leads the team with six points, on two goals and four assists, against Notre Dame (while skating in nine contests). Carson Meyer also has two goals vs. Notre Dame and Ege shares the team assist lead with Miller with four each.
  • The Buckeyes are the defending Big Ten regular season champions, while the Irish won the 2019 Big Ten Tournament. Notre Dame won the 2018 regular season title in its first year in the league and defeated the Buckeyes in the B1G Tournament championship game that season.
  • Ohio State and Notre Dame skated as members of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association until 2012-13 when the league was disbanded. Ohio State was a founding member of the conference in 1971-72 and played for two years before leaving for three seasons (1973-74, `74-75, `75-76) and skating as an independent. Ohio State then rejoined the CCHA for the 1975-1976 campaign and remained until 2013. The Irish were in the league in 1981-82 and `82-83 and then rejoined in 1992-93. The Buckeyes and Irish last met as CCHA foes March 23, 2013 in the CCHA Tournament semifinals, a 3-1 win for Notre Dame at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
  • Buckeye junior and alternate captain Austin Pooley is the nephew of Paul Pooley, Notre Dame associate head coach and Ohio State’s all-time leading scorer. Paul is the twin brother of Perry, who also played for the Buckeyes, and is Austin’s father. Paul and Perry were both All-Americans and Academic All-Americans as Buckeyes.
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The Schedule Ahead

  • Ohio State will travel to Minnesota for two games Jan. 24-25. Puck drop for game one is at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET, televised by FSN+, with the broadcast also on FS Ohio and TSN. Game two, slated for 7:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET, will be on BTN. The Buckeyes will then head to Ann Arbor for a pair of 7:30 p.m. games against Michigan Jan. 31-Feb. 1.
  • The next home games are vs. Penn State Feb. 7-8. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. for game one and 5 p.m. for game two. A snow globe ticket package is available for the first game, which is also $1 dog night, has Hockey Hour on the concourse pregame and features postgame goals for youth. During game two, Script Ohio on Ice will be performed during intermission and there will be a postgame meet and greet with select student-athletes (Nos. 19-72).

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.