Jan. 21, 2017
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Setting the Scene
• The No. 11-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team (11-4-6, 2-2-1-1 B1G) closes out its regular season series with No. 1/2-ranked Penn State (16-2-2, 5-1-1-0 B1G) when the teams meet at 7 p.m. Saturday in Pegula Ice Arena in University Park, Pa.
• The game will be streamed live through BTN Plus on BTN2Go online and on mobile devices.
• Ohio State radio will carry the contests on 1460 AM and online through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
• Video 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.
• Ohio State and Penn State tied, 3-3 in overtime, with the Buckeyes rallying from a goal down three times. Ohio State won the shootout, 2-1 in seven rounds, to pick up the extra point in the Big Ten standings.
• 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, tying 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.
• 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 freshman Sam McCormick converted his chance for the shootout victory.
• 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.
Buckeyes vs. Nittany Lions
• Ohio State leads the all-time series with Penn State, 10-6-1, with the series tied in University Park, 3-3-1. Ohio State is ahead 9-5-1 in Big Ten regular season play.
• The teams met two weeks ago in Columbus. The Buckeyes posted a 3-0 shutout in the opener before Penn State won game two 4-2.
• The squads split two series last year. In Columbus Jan. 22-23, 2016, Penn State won the first game in overtime, 3-2, before Ohio State posted a 5-1 victory. In a series in State College Feb. 19-20, 2016, the Nittany Lions won the opener 6-1, followed by a 7-4 Buckeye victory.
• 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. The other matchup between the teams was in the 2015 Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals, a 3-1 Buckeye victory in Detroit.
• Ohio State will host Wisconsin at 7 p.m. Thursday in Value City Arena. The series will then move to Madison Square Garden in New York City, where the teams will face off at 7 p.m. Saturday as part of Big Ten Super Saturday.
Buckeye Notes to Know
• Senior goalie Christian Frey had 56 saves Friday vs. the Nittany Lions, the second-highest total of his Buckeye career, behind only the 60 saves he had at Miami Oct. 18, 2014. He has 46 or more saves in five games vs. Penn State, including a 53-save outing Jan. 9, 2015. Frey has 35+ saves in four of his last five games, with a 1.75 goals-against average and .957 save percentage in the five games combined. On the year, he has a 2.63 goals-against average and .922 save percentage.
• Mason Jobst has 14 points in his last seven games combined (with at least one point in each), with six goals and eight assists. He is first on the team with 26 points, including nine goals. Friday was his second two-goal game this season and of his career. He is tied for third in the Big Ten with nine points (4g, 5a) in conference games, ranking second with 1.8 points per game.
• The Buckeyes rank third nationally on the power play, converting 25.6 percent of their chances (23-for-90). The squad was 1-for-4 Friday vs. Penn State.
• Ohio State is second in the NCAA in scoring offense, averaging 4.14 goals per game. Penn State (4.5), Ohio State and Harvard (4.00)are the only three teams averaging 4+ goals a game.
• The Buckeyes have had balanced scoring throughout the lineup – 16 Buckeyes have at least one goal and all 23 skaters have at least one assist and point. There are four Buckeyes with 20 or more points, 10 with 10 or more and 16 with five or more.
• The Buckeyes are are 7-1-4 in games away from Columbus this season. The series at Penn State marks the Buckeyes’ first games away from home since splitting a series at Minnesota Dec. 2-3.
• Ohio State is 0-0-6 in overtime this year, tied for the most deadlocks in the NCAA this season. Friday was the team’s first win in a Big Ten shootout since prevailing in nine rounds over Michigan Jan. 15, 2016.
• Sophomore Dakota Joshua returned to action Friday after missing the last six games with a B1G suspension and illness. He had two assists, his fifth career two-assist game and third this season.
• Senior David Gust had two assists Friday, the seventh of his career and his second in the last three games. He has a 12-10-22 line this season.
• Ohio State is averaging 15.48 blocked shots a game, ranking sixth in the NCAA. The team has blocked at least 20 in six games, including a season-high 26 vs. Penn State Friday.
• Senior forward Nick Schilkey, who is second nationally with .85 goals per game and tied for third in the NCAA with a Big Ten best 17 tallies, is one of 15 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. The Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and a finance major, has 114 career points for the Scarlet and Gray. Schilkey is out this weekend with an injury.
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