November 20, 2019

No. 11 Buckeyes Head to No. 6/5 Penn State for B1G Series

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 11 Ohio State men’s hockey team, after a bye weekend, returns to action Friday and Saturday with a two-game series at No. 6/5 Penn State. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. in game one and 6 p.m. in game two in Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pa. Both games will be streamed through BTN Plus and on Ohio State radio 1460 AM. (Links)

Ohio State is 6-3-1 and has a 2-2-0-0 Big Ten ledger. Penn State, coming off a sweep at Minnesota, is 9-2-0 overall and in first place in the Big Ten with a 5-1-0-0 record.

Buckeye Notes to Know

  • Six of the Buckeyes’ 10 games this season – including each of the last four – have been decided by one goal. Ohio State is 3-3 in those one-goal contests.
  • Ohio State is 3-2-1 away from Columbus this season. After the series at Penn State, the Buckeyes will play six straight home games, with two series before break.
  • The Buckeyes are 15-10-2 all-time vs. Penn State, with a 7-4-1 road record in the series. The teams last met on Buckeye ice, with the Nittany Lions winning a Big Ten Tournament semifinal game, 5-1. Ohio State was 3-1 in the regular season vs. PSU.
  • Ohio State is fifth nationally in team defense, allowing 1.8 goals per game. Penn State enters the weekend third in the NCAA in scoring offense, averaging 4.73 goals a night.
  • All-American Tanner Laczynski is third among active NCAA skaters in career points (119) and leads all seniors with 1.06 points per game. He paces Ohio State with nine assists and 10 points this year.
  • The Buckeyes have converted 26 percent of their power play chances this season, going 13-for-50 to rank ninth nationally. The squad did not score in its series vs. Notre Dame in its last time out.
  • The Buckeyes have allowed two or fewer goals in nine of 10 games this season. The squad is holding opponents to 1.80 goals per outing, ranking fifth in the NCAA in team defense.
Ohio State Buckeyes

In the Polls

  • For the second 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. 3 Notre Dame, No. 6 Penn State and No. 16 Wisconsin.
  • Conference schools in the USA Today Top 15 are No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 5 Penn State, with Wisconsin and Michigan receiving votes.

Buckeye Snapshot

  • Ohio State is 6-3-1 on the year, with a 2-2-0-0 record in Big Ten play. The squad had last weekend off, and lost two games at Notre Dame Nov. 8-9 (2-3 OT, 1-2) in its last series.
  • The Buckeyes are scoring 2.7 goals a game this season, while allowing 1.8 a night to rank fifth nationally in team defense.
  • The power play is ninth in the nation, converting 26 percent (13-for-50) and Ohio State is also ninth nationally on the penalty kill, allowing four goals on 39 chances (89.7 percent).
  • Senior Tanner Laczynski has a team-best eight assists and 10 points and Gustaf Westlund is first with five goals, ranking second with nine points. Wyatt Ege, Carson Meyer and Tate Singleton are tied for second with three goals each. Westlund, Ege and Ronnie Hein are tied for second with four assists each.
  • Gordi Myer leads the squad with 20 blocked shots, followed by Grant Gabriele with 17. Hein has 13 to rank third and lead the Buckeye forwards.
  • In goal, Tommy Nappier is seventh nationally with a 1.72 goals-against average and 10th with a .935 save percentage.
Ohio State Buckeyes

Buckeyes vs. Nittany Lions

  • Ohio State leads the all-time series with Penn State, 15-10-2, with a 7-4-1 mark in State College.
  • Last season, the teams met five times. In the regular season, Ohio State was 3-1 against Penn State. The squad split a series in Columbus Nov. 23-24, with a 4-3 PSU win and 5-2 Buckeye victory. Ohio State won both games on Nittany Lion home ice Jan. 18-19, notching 4-1 and 6-4 victories. The Nittany Lions won the Big Ten Tournament semifinal matchup, posting a 5-1 win March 17 in Columbus.
  • Gordi Myer leads the current Buckeyes with 13 career games played vs. Penn State. Junior Tanner Laczynski has a team-best 11 assists and 14 points vs. the Nittany Lions (in nine games). Laczynski and Gustaf Westlund (in five games) each have three goals vs. PSU to lead the Buckeyes.

The Penn State Nittany Lions

  • Penn State is 9-2-0 overall this season, with a 5-1-0-0 record in Big Ten play. The squad swept two games at Minnesota last weekend, with 8-2 and 6-3 victories. The Nittany Lions are 7-2-0 at home this year.
  • Penn State enters the weekend third nationally in scoring offense, averaging 4.73 goals a game, and is giving up 2.27 a night. The power play is also third in the NCAA, scoring 15 goals on 46 chances (.326). Penn State’s penalty kill is 38-for-44 (.864).
  • Nate Sucese leads Penn State with six goals, 12 assists and 18 points and ranks sixth nationally with 1.64 points a game. In all, seven Nittany Lions have 10+ points through the team’s first 11 games.
  • In net, Peyton Jones has a 2.01 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.
Ohio State Buckeyes

Special Teams

  • Ohio State is 13-for-50 (.260) on the power play this season, with at least one power play goal in six of 10 games. The squad is ninth in the NCAA in power play percentage.
  • In the last series at Notre Dame, the Buckeyes were unable to score on seven power play chances (four in game one, three in game two), including a major in the series opener.
  • Ohio State is first in the NCAA with 5.00 power play attempts per game. The squad is tied for fifth with 13 power play goals.
  • Quinn Preston, Wyatt Ege, Ronnie Hein and Matt Miller lead the Buckeyes with two power play goals each. Tate Singleton, Michael Gildon, Tanner Laczynski, Carson Meyer and Gustaf Westlund have also scored on the PP.
  • Laczynski is tied for sixth in the NCAA with eight power play points this year, tying for third with seven power play assists.
  • On the penalty kill, the Buckeyes are 35-for-39 (.897), ranking ninth in the NCAA. At Notre Dame, the team was 7-for-7, with four stops in game one and three in game two (including a major).
  • Last season, Ohio State was 33-for-158 (.209) on the power play and 108-for-132 (.818) on the PK.

Scoresheet News and Notes

  • The Buckeyes are averaging 2.70 goals per game, with three or more goals in five outings. The squad is looking to end a three-game streak of two or fewer goals.
  • In all, 13 Buckeyes have at least one goal this season, led by Gustaf Westlund with five. Rookies Tate Singleton, Michael Gildon and Kamil Sadlocha have all notched their first career goals this year.
  • Ohio State has been outscored 6-5 in the first period, but has scored 11 goals in each of the next two periods, allowing four and seven goals, respectively, in the second and third periods.
  • Senior Ronnie Hein’s assist vs. Michigan Nov. 2 was the 50th point of his Buckeye career. Tanner Laczynski is the only current member of the Century Club with 119 collegiate points. Carson Meyer (64) and Matt Miller (52) are the other Buckeyes with 50+ points, while Wyatt Ege has 49 collegiate points.
  • Laczynski is third among current NCAA skaters with 119 points. His 1.06 points per game average paces the NCAA’s seniors and is third overall among non-rookies. Laczynski’s 80 career assists are second nationally among active skaters.
  • In game one at Mercyhurst Oct. 25, redshirt senior defenseman Wyatt Ege scored three goals, the first hat trick for a Buckeye in three years. It was the first three-goal outing for a Buckeye blueliner since Dan Mandich Feb. 13, 1981 at Bowling Green.

Defensively

  • Ohio State has held opponents to 1.8 goals per game this season, allowing more than two goals once (in a 3-2 OT loss at Notre Dame).
  • Ohio State allowed three total goals in three weekends this season – winning the Ice Breaker Tournament, at Mercyhurst and vs. Michigan. Omaha scored four goals and Notre Dame tallied five.
  • The Buckeyes are tied for sixth in the NCAA in blocked shots per game (14.70).
    Gordi Myer leads the team with 20 shot blocks, ranking 14th (tied) nationally in blocks per game.
Ohio State Buckeyes

The Schedule Ahead

  • The Buckeyes return to Columbus for six straight home games.
  • Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 the Buckeyes will face Michigan State and Dec. 6-7 Minnesota comes to town to wrap up the first half.
  • The team will return to action hosting Colgate after break Dec. 27-28.

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.

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