January 8, 2020

No. 8/7 Buckeyes Return to B1G Action vs. Badgers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio —The No. 8/7 Ohio State men’s hockey team, after going 3-1 in nonconference games since returning from the December break, travels to take on Wisconsin this weekend in a Big Ten series. The Buckeyes (13-5-2, 6-3-1-0 B1G) and Badgers (7-10-1, 2-7-1-1 B1G) will meet at 8 p.m. CT/9 p.m. ET Friday and at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET Saturday in the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. ESPNU will televise Friday’s matchup, with Saturday’s game on FS Wisconsin+ and SportsTime Ohio. Ohio State radio will have the call both nights. Gameday Links

Buckeye Notes to Know

  • Ohio State is 7-1-1 in its last nine games, with the loss to No. 2 Cornell in the opening round of the Fortress Invitational last week in Las Vegas. In the last nine, the squad is scoring 2.56 goals a night, allowing 1.67 a contest.
  • The Buckeyes were 6-3-1-0 in Big Ten play in the first half of the season and enter the weekend tied for second. Wisconsin is the lone B1G team Ohio State did not face in the first half. Eight of the final 14 B1G games will be road contests for the Buckeyes.
  • Ohio State is the only Big Ten team (one of 19 nationally) to have played four games since returning from the December break. The squad swept Colgate at home before going 1-1 in Las Vegas with a loss to Cornell and win over Army.
  • Ohio State has played in 11 one-goal games this season, with a 7-4 record in those outings. On the year, just three of the Buckeyes’ 20 games have been decided by more than two goals.
  • All-American Tanner Laczynski is second among active NCAA skaters in career points (129) and leads all seniors with 1.06 points per game. He has a team-best 13 assists and 20 points this year.
  • The Ohio State senior class is the sixth-highest scoring group of seniors in the nation. The eight seniors have combined for 74 points (3.70 points per game) this season.
  • Ohio State has given up two or fewer goals in 16 of 20 games this season and is allowing 1.90 goals per contest. Tommy Nappier is in the Top 10 nationally with a 1.86 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in 19 games played.
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Buckeye Snapshot

  • Ohio State is 13-5-2 on the year, with a 6-3-1-0 record in Big Ten play. The squad is 3-3-0 in road games, with an 8-1-1 record at home and 2-1-1 mark in neutral site contests.
  • The Buckeyes are scoring 2.70 goals a game this season, while allowing 1.90 a night to rank sixth nationally in team defense. The power play is 12th in the nation, converting 22.9 percent (19-for-83) and Ohio State has stopped 58-of-69 (.841) opponent power play chances. The squad is sixth nationally with 14.25 blocked shots per game.
  • Senior Tanner Laczynski is first on the team with 13 assists and 20 points. Sophomore Gustaf Westlund has a team-best nine goals and is second with 18 points. Sophomore Quinn Preston and Laczynski are tied for second with seven goals each, followed by senior Carson Meyer with six. Westlund is second with nine assists, followed by Meyer and defenseman Grant Gabriele each with seven.
  • Senior Gordi Myer leads the squad with 41 blocked shots, followed by junior Grant Gabriele with 27. 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 an 11-5-2 record in 19 games. Freshman Ryan Snowden has a .75 goals-against average and .976 save percentage, notching a 2-0-0 record, in two appearances.

In the Polls

  • This week, the Buckeyes are ranked eighth in the USCHO.com poll and stayed at No. 7 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings. This is the fifth 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. 14 Notre Dame and No. 20 Michigan State.
  • No. 6 Penn State and No. 14 Notre Dame join Ohio State in the USA Today Top 15, with 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. 5t. Joining Ohio State are Cornell (No. 2 men, No. 4 women), Clarkson (No. 7/5t) and Minnesota Duluth (No. 9/10).
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Buckeyes vs. Badgers

  • Ohio State is 16-18-3 all-time vs. Wisconsin, but leads the series in Big Ten regular season games, 15-6-3. In Madison, Ohio State has the edge, 8-6-2.
  • Last season, the Buckeyes posted home and road sweeps against Wisconsin. In Columbus Nov. 16-17, 2018, Ohio State posted 4-0 and 3-1 wins. In Madison Feb. 8-9, 2019, the Buckeyes won 2-1 in overtime and 4-1.
  • The first eight games between the teams were between 1965-69, with the next three matchups all neutral site games from 2004-07. The squads met in the first round of the NCAA Tournament March 26, 2004 in Albany, N.Y. a 1-0 Badger win. Feb. 11, 2006, the Buckeyes and Badgers played outside on Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., a 4-2 UW victory. Ohio State topped Wisconsin, 5-3, in the Lefty McFadden College Hockey Invitational Oct. 13, 2007 in Dayton, Ohio. The teams did not face off again until the Big Ten Conference added hockey.
  • Tanner Laczynski leads the Buckeyes with six points vs. Wisconsin on three goals and three assists. Laczynski and Miguel Fidler lead the Buckeyes with 11 games played vs. the Badgers, while Matt Miller and Gordi Myer have skated in 10 games each vs. UW. Fidler and Laczynski are first on the squad with three goals against Wisconsin, while Laczynski, Wyatt Ege, Miller, Myer and Gustaf Westlund each have three assists against the Badgers. In goal, Tommy Nappier is 3-0-0, with a .67 goals-against average and .978 save percentage.

Ohio State and Wisconsin

  • Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik was a four-year letterwinner at Wisconsin (1987-90) and a two-time captain, wearing the C when the team claimed the 1990 NCAA Championship. He was an assistant coach for the Badgers in 1990-91.
  • Senior Sam McCormick is a native of De Pere, Wis., junior Collin Peters is from Sheboygan, Wis., and associate head coach Steve Miller hails from Sun Prairie, Wis.
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The Schedule Ahead

  • Ohio State will be back in Columbus to host Notre Dame Jan. 17-18. Puck drop for game one is set for 6 p.m. on BTN, with game two at 5 p.m. Friday is Military Appreciation Night and there will be Chuck A Puck and postgame goals for youth. Saturday is the team’s annual Teddy Bear Toss and a postgame meet and greet with select student-athletes (Nos. 2-18).

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.

Full notes in the PDF linked above