Nov. 19, 2016
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Setting the Scene
• The No. 14/13-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team (7-1-4, 0-0-0-0 B1G) closes its two-game series at Rensselaer (2-9-1, 1-5-0 ECAC) at 7 p.m. Saturday in Houston Field House in Troy, N.Y.
• Free video and audio broadcasts of the game is available through RPIAthletics.com.
• Audio, 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.
Friday Flashback – Ohio State 4, RPI 0
Ohio State opened the scoring late in the first on a goal by Dakota Joshua and Nick Schilkey scored on a 5-on-3 power play for a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes. Schilkey extended the lead to 3-0 less than eight minutes into the third and Tanner Laczynski sealed the win with an empty net goal. Matt Tomkins stopped all 28 shots he faced and backstopped the Buckeyes’ 5-for-5 night on the penalty kill, including stopping a 5-on-3 early in the third when it was a two-goal game.
Buckeyes vs. Engineers
• The win Friday was the Buckeyes’ first over RPI. All-time, Ohio State is 1-1-3 in the series with Rensselaer, with all five matchups in Troy, N.Y.
• Three of the four games between the teams have ended in a 5-5 tie: Dec. 27, 1973, Dec. 30, 1977 and Nov. 25, 2006. The other contest was an 8-5 RPI victory Nov. 7, 1980.
Buckeye Notes to Know
• Ohio State is tied for first in the NCAA in scoring offense, averaging 4.50 goals per game. The team has scored four or more goals in seven of the last nine games.
• The squad is first in the NCAA with 40 even strength goals and 3.33 goals per game at even strength (including three Friday night). Buckeye opponents have scored 16 goals when the teams are even.
• The Buckeyes have had balanced scoring throughout the lineup – 13 Buckeyes have at least one goal and 22 have at least one assist and point. All but one Buckeye skater has gotten on the scoresheet this year. There are eight Buckeyes with 10 or more points and 12 with five or more. Buckeyes make up five of the top seven scorers in the Big Ten.
• Ohio State played eight of its first 12 games away from Columbus and in all will play 11 of its 15 games on the road during the first half of the season.
• Ohio State is 7-1-4 on the year. The Buckeyes closed last season with a 6-1-2 mark, giving the squad a 13-2-6 ledger in its last 21 games combined. Twenty letterwinners returned from last year’s team, which was eighth nationally in scoring offense (3.56).
• Nick Schilkey is tied for first in the NCAA in goals per game (1.00) and ranks second nationally with 12 goals on the year, while he is third with a +14 rating. Schilkey, who reached the 100-point mark last week, is second in the B1G with 17 points this season. Friday was his third multiple-point game of the year (the team’s eighth on the year, tying for second in the NCAA) and he has four goals, three assists and seven points in his last three games combined, with a +6 ranking.
• Matt Tomkins stopped all 28 shots Friday for his first shutout this season and the third of his Buckeye career. It was the team’s first shutout since back-to-back whitewashes Dec. 29 and Jan. 8 last season.
• Freshman Tanner Laczynski has 16 points this season after picking up a goal and an assist Friday and now ranks fourth among NCAA rookies with 1.33 points per game. It was his sixth two-point game this year and he is first on the squad with 12 helpers.
• The Buckeye penalty kill was 5-for-5 Friday at RPI, its second-best PK performance of the season (after a 7-for-7 night vs. Bowling Green). The squad had allowed a power play goal in each of the last five games it faced a power play chance against.
• Ohio State was 1-for-3 on the power play Friday and is now 13-for-56 (.232) on the year, ranking 10th in the NCAA.
• The Buckeyes have scored first in 10 of 12 games this season and are tied for second in the NCAA with 20 first period goals.
• Ohio State had fewer than 30 shots for the first time in eight games Friday at RPI. The squad is fifth in the NCAA averaging 35.33 shots on goal a game.