Nov. 30, 2017
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Setting the Scene
• The No. 11/13-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team opens a four-game stretch of Big Ten games at home with a series against Penn State this weekend. The Buckeyes (8-3-3, 3-3-0-0 B1G) and Nittany Lions (8-7-1, 3-4-1-0 B1G) will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.
• Both games will be streamed online through BTN Plus on BTN2Go. Herb Howenstine and John Mowat will have the radio call on 1460 AM in Columbus and online through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
• Video, radio and live stats links can be found on the men’s hockey schedule and gameday pages on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, with ingame updates on Twitter @OhioState_MHKY as well.
• Friday features Hockey Hour. From 6-7 p.m., the concourse will include fun activities for all ages. There will be games to play and interactive activities throughout the concourse. In addition, all drinks will be discounted.
• For Saturday’s game only, Family and Friends ticket packs, which include a game ticket, hot dog, 16 ounce soda and popcorn for each person, are available. Package tickets (from 3-9) must be purchased online by noon Friday, using code FAMILY on Ticketmaster.
• A postgame meet and greet is scheduled for Saturday with select Buckeyes.
Ticket Talk, Parking
• Single game, mini plan and group tickets are available for Buckeye hockey home games. To purchase mini plan or group tickets, fans can call 1-800-GOBUCKS or email Athleticsales@osu.edu to speak with an Ohio State Ticket Sales Representative.
• Single game tickets can be purchased online go.osu.edu/MIH17single and at the arena on game night. Ohio State students are admitted free to all regular season home games with a valid BuckID.
• Parking is free in designated lots around the arena on game night.
Buckeye Notes to Know
• The Buckeyes enter the series vs. Penn State on a four-game unbeaten streak, after a 1-0-1 ledger at UConn Nov. 10-11 and a sweep at Michigan last weekend. The squad is 8-3-3 overall this season and 3-3-0-0 in Big Ten play.
• Ohio State was 2-1-1 vs. Penn State last season and is 11-6-1 all-time against the Nittany Lions.
• Ohio State is second nationally in scoring defense, holding opponents to 1.93 goals per game. The team has limited opponents to two or fewer goals in nine of 14 games on the year.
• The penalty kill ranks first nationally, stopping 92.2 percent of its opponents’ chances (47-for-51). The Buckeyes were 5-for-5 at Michigan last weekend.
• Ohio State is playing its first home games in a month, with the last series in Columbus Nov. 3-4. The series vs. Penn State opens a six-game homestand, with a matchup against Minnesota next weekend to close the first half of the schedule. The Buckeyes return to action Dec. 29-30 vs. Niagara in Columbus.
• Redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo has started 13 of 14 games and is sixth nationally in goals-against average (1.69) and eighth in save percentage (.931). He has a 7-3-3 record on the year.
• The Buckeyes are averaging 2.71 goals a night, with eight games with three or more goals. The team scored a season-high tying eight goals in the series at Michigan, matching the total it had in a sweep of a home-and-home series against Robert Morris.
• Ohio State has converted 15.5 percent of its power play opportunities chances this season, but in the last five games combined the squad is 6-for-19 (.315). Mason Jobst has a team-high five power play goals to tie for third nationally.
• Sophomore Tanner Laczynski leads the Buckeyes with 12 assists and 17 points, with all 17 points coming in the last 10 games. He was named B1G Second Star of the Week Tuesday after a team-best four points at Michigan.
• Junior Mason Jobst (98 points in 88 games) and senior Matthew Weis (97 points in 113 games) enter the Penn State series looking for point 100 as a Buckeye. All-time, 57 Buckeyes have hit triple digits. Jobst is looking to join R.J. Umberger and Ryan Dzingel as the most recent Ohio State skaters to reach 100 points as a junior.
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In the Rankings
• This week, Ohio State is ranked a season-high 11th in the USCHO Top 20. Ohio State started the year ranked 19th in the poll, but fell into the receiving votes category for three polls in a row. The squad moved back into the Top 20 at No. 16 Oct. 30. After that, the Buckeyes were No. 17 Nov. 6 and No. 16 Nov. 13 before moving to No. 15 last week.
• Ohio State was in the receiving votes category of the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 poll through each of the first nine polls. The Buckeyes entered the poll this week at No. 13.
• In the USCHO poll this week, four Big Ten teams are ranked – No. 4 Notre Dame, No. 7 Minnesota, No. 11 Ohio State and No. 14 Wisconsin. Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State are receiving votes. • In this week’s USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, Notre Dame is No. 3, Minnesota is No. 7, Wisconsin is No. 12 and Ohio State is 13th.
Just the Stats
• Ohio State is averaging 2.71 goals a game and is allowing 1.93 goals per outing, ranking second nationally in scoring defense.
• The Buckeye power play is 9-for-58 (.155) on the year after going 3-for-7 at Michigan in its last series. •The penalty kill has stopped 47-of-51 opponent opportunities (.922), ranking first in the NCAA. The squad averages 9.5 penalty minutes per game.
• Ohio State is averaging 32.14 shots on goal a game and allowing 25.6 shots on goal a night, ranking seventh nationally in shots allowed per game.
• Sophomore Tanner Laczynski has a team-best 12 assists and 17 points. Junior Mason Jobst leads the squad with seven goals and ranks second with 13 points. Senior Matthew Weis is second with seven assists and ranks third with 12 points. Laczynski and Weis are tied for second with five goals each.
• In goal, redshirt junior Sean Romeo has started 13 of 14 games and has a 1.69 goals-against average and .931 save percentage, with a 7-3-3 record. Freshman Tommy Nappier has one start and two appearances, posting a 3.53 goals-against average and .902 save percentage, with one win.
Last Time Out – Buckeyes Sweep Wolverines
• Ohio State claimed two games at Michigan last weekend, with 3-2 and 5-1 victories.
• Game One (Ohio State 3, Michigan 2): The Wolverines led 1-0 after the first period but Buckeye junior Freddy Gerard converted a Tanner Laczynski pass one minute into the second for a 1-1 game and the teams headed into the second intermission deadlocked at a goal apiece. The Buckeyes scored twice in a 1:08 span in the third, with John Wiitala converting on the power play at 7:24 and Gerard stealing the puck and tallying unassisted at 8:32, for a 3-1 lead. The Wolverines pulled their goalie for the extra attacker and made it a one-goal game with 16 seconds remaining, but could get no closer. Buckeye goalie Sean Romeo had 31 saves in the game, including 13 in the first period. Ohio State was 1-for-3 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill in the win.
• Game Two (Ohio State 5, Michigan 1): Buckeye senior Christian Lampasso scored the only goal of the first period. The Wolverines tied the game at 7:49 of the second, but Buckeye sophomore Tanner Laczynski answered less than a minute later to put the Buckeyes back ahead. Mason Jobst scored a late power play goal in the second for a 3-1 Buckeye lead after 40 minutes. Early in the third, the Buckeyes killed an extended 5-on-3 power play to maintain their two goal edge. Matthew Weis tallied at 10:28 for a 4-1 lead and Lampasso notched his second of the game with one second left with the Buckeyes on the power play for the 5-1 final. Romeo had 34 saves for the Buckeyes. Ohio State 2-for-4 on the power play in the game, with the penalty kill 3-for-3.
Buckeyes vs. Nittany Lions
• Ohio State leads the all-time series with Penn State, 11-6-1, including a 6-2-0 mark in Columbus. In Big Ten regular season play, the Buckeyes are ahead, 10-5-1.
• Last season, the Buckeyes were 2-1-1 vs. the Nittany Lions. The teams split a series in Columbus Jan. 6-7, with a 3-0 Buckeye win and 4-2 PSU victory. In State College Jan. 20-21, the teams tied the opener 3-3, with Ohio State winning the shootout, and the Buckeyes claimed game two, 6-3.
• The first matchup between the teams was Dec. 29, 2012 in the Three Rivers Classic at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, a 5-4 Nittany Lion win.
• Senior Matthew Weis leads the Buckeyes with six goals, six assists and 12 points (in 11 games) vs. Penn State. Senior Luke Stork has five goals and eight points in a team-high 13 games vs. Penn State. Junior Mason Jobst has tallied a 4-5-9 line in eight games against the Nittany Lions.
Ohio State vs. Penn State – The Last Series
• The Buckeyes picked up five of six B1G points at Penn State Jan. 20-21.
• Game 1 (Ohio State 3, Penn State 3 OT/OSU shootout win): Penn State outshot the Buckeyes 24-3 in the first period and carried a 1-0 lead into the first intermission, scoring on a delayed penalty. The Buckeyes’ Josh Healey tied the game at 12:21 of the second, but Penn State went ahead with 1:34 left in the stanza. In the third, Mason Jobst tied the game twice for the Buckeyes. His first goal came at 6:54, knotting the score at two. Penn State regained the lead for a third time at 12:41 but just 1:18 later Jobst converted on the power play for a 3-3 game. Neither team could score in overtime, with Buckeye goalie Christian Frey making five of his 56 saves in the extra stanza. Dakota Joshua and David Gust both picked up two assists in the win, while Drew Brevig blocked eight shots. The Buckeye penalty kill was 3-for-3, including a stop in overtime.
• The teams went to a shootout for the extra league point. The Nittany Lions shot first and notched the first goal in the fifth round, but Dakota Joshua answered for the Buckeyes. After another unsuccessful round for both teams, Frey made a save to open round seven and Buckeye Sam McCormick converted his chance for the shootout victory.
• Game 2 (Ohio State 6, Penn State 3): Penn State scored the first goal of the game early in the first, but the Buckeyes scored the next three for a 3-1 advantage. John Wiitala and Mason Jobst scored in the first, with Dakota Joshua tallying 18 seconds into the middle period. Penn State drew within one at 7:17 of the second. The Buckeyes killed off a five-minute major midway through the period to maintain their lead, but Penn State scored in the final minute of the period for a 3-3 game. The Buckeyes scored twice in the first 1:41 of the third, with Matthew Weis and Luke Stork lighting the lamp. Christian Lampasso sealed the win with a goal at 17:10. Goalie Christian Frey had 41 saves in the win, while the Buckeyes blocked 34 shots. Jobst, Joshua and Stork each had two points on a goal and an assist, while David Gust had two helpers in the win.
Penn State Points
• Penn State enters the weekend 8-7-1 overall and 3-4-1-0 in league play. The squad is 3-0-1 in its last four games, with a road sweep at Arizona State before winning 7-2 and tying 2-2 against Michigan State last week.
• Penn State ranks third in the NCAA in goals per game (3.81) and is allowing 3.19 goals an outing. The power play is 12-for-59 (.203) and the penalty kill is 42-for-50 (.840). Penn State averages 10.1 penalty minutes a night. The squad is first in the country in shots on goal, averaging 41.7 per game and allows 27.19 a night.
• Andrew Sturtz has a team-best eight goals and 19 points and shares the assist lead with Chase Berger with 11 each. Berger is second with 14 points. In all, seven Nittany Lions have 10 or more points.
• In goal, Peyton Jones has played in 14 games and has a 3.32 goals-against average and .883 save percentage, posting a 7-5-1 record. Chris Funkey has seen action in five games, with a 1-2-0 mark, along with a 2.34 goals-against average and .897 save percentage.
In the B1G
• This weekend features three Big Ten series – Penn State at Ohio State, Notre Dame at Michigan State and Wisconsin at Minnesota.
• Notre Dame is first in the league with 18 points and a 6-0-0 ledger. Minnesota is second with 11 points and a 3-2-1-1 mark, with Wisconsin (3-4-1-1) and Penn State (3-4-1-0) a point back. The Buckeyes (3-3-0-0) and Wolverines (2-4-2-1) each have nine points and Michigan State (1-4-1-1) has five.
• With the addition of Notre Dame to the league this year, the conference has changed its postseason format, going to a three-round format on campus sites. The No. 1 seed will receive a first round bye, with Nos. 2-4 hosting 5-7 in best of three quarterfinal series. The highest remaining seeds will then host single game semifinals before a championship game hosted by the highest remaining seed.
Laczynski a B1G Star
• Sophomore Tanner Laczynski was named Big Ten Second Star of the Week after a team-high four points at Michigan last week.
• Against the Wolverines, Laczynski had a goal and three assists and was +4. In the Buckeyes’ 3-2 win Friday, he set up Freddy Gerard’s goal that tied the game at one just one minute into the second period. Saturday, Laczynski scored the eventual gamewinner 49 seconds after Michigan had tied the game. He assisted on back-to-back goals to move the Buckeyes’ lead to 4-1 in the eventual 5-1 victory.
• On the year, Laczynski leads the Buckeyes with 12 assists and 17 points, with all 17 coming in the last 10 games. He is on a five-game point streak (2g, 6a, 8p).
• Over the last six weeks, Laczynski is third in the NCAA with 1.70 points per game, ranking first in the B1G.
Looking for 100
• Two Buckeyes are nearing the 100-point mark for the Scarlet and Gray.
• Junior Mason Jobst has 98 points (38g, 60a) in 88 games and is looking to join Ryan Dzingel and RJ Umberger as Buckeyes to reach 100 points as a junior since 2003. Umberger, who finished his three-year career with 129 points (58g, 71a) in 112 games, posted his 100th point in his 87th game with the Scarlet and Gray. Dzingel, who had a 45-63-108 line in 110 games over three years, hit triple digits in his 101st game as a Buckeye.
• Jobst, who has a 7-6-13 line on the year, is third among current NCAA juniors and 10th among all current NCAA players in career points. His 1.11 career points per game average is the fourth-highest among players in at least his second year of collegiate action.
• Senior Matthew Weis has 97 points (33g, 64a) in 113 games with the Scarlet and Gray, ranking 11th among current NCAA players in points. This season, Weis has 12 points, with all 12 coming in the last 10 games, including a three-point nights in each of the last two series. Saturday at Michigan, he had a goal and two helpers.
Special Teams Synopsis
• The Buckeyes rank first in the NCAA on the penalty kill, stopping 47-of-51 (.922) opponent chances. The squad was 5-for-5 at Michigan last weekend, with two kills Friday and three (including an extended 5-on-3) Saturday.
• Ohio State’s power play has nine goals on 58 chances (.155) this season. At Michigan, the Buckeyes were 3-for-7 (.429), going 1-for-3 in game one and 2-for-4 in game two. In their six games in November, the Buckeyes were 6-for-20 on the power play (.300), ranking fifth nationally in power play conversion during the month.
• The Buckeyes started the season scoreless on their first 21 chances. Since then (starting Oct. 20 at UMass), the squad is 9-for-38 (.237).
• Mason Jobst has five of the Buckeyes’ power play goals, tying for third nationally. John Wiitala has two power play tallies and Dakota Joshua and Christian Lampasso have scored the others.
• Last season, the Buckeyes led the NCAA on the power play, converting 31.6 percent of their chances (49-for-155). On the penalty kill in 2016-17, Ohio State was 120-for-161 (.745).
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