October 6, 2022

No. 14 Buckeyes Host Badgers to Open Big Ten Play

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The Basics

  • The No. 14-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team hosts Wisconsin this weekend to begin its home slate and Big Ten play.
  • The teams will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena in the Schottenstein Center.
  • The games will be streamed through Big Ten Plus and can be heard on Ohio State Radio (1460 AM and WBNS-FM-HD2, Ohio State Buckeyes app, espncolumbus.com).
  • Season, single-game and group tickets and mini plans are all on sale now, with more information on OhioStateBuckeyes.com/tickets.
  • Parking is free for all home games in VCA.
  • Ohio State enters the weekend 2-0-0 after a road sweep of Mercyhurst last weekend, 4-2 and 4-1. Wisconsin begins the regular season this week after an overtime loss in an exhibition game.

Buckeye This and That

  • Ohio State was 3-0-1 vs. Wisconsin last season, with a win and tie (shootout win) in Madison in January and a sweep in Columbus in February.
  • All-time, the series between the Buckeyes and Badgers is tied, 23-23-5.
  • Fifteen Buckeyes notched at least one point in the series at Mercyhurst, with eight different players scoring a goal.
  • The Buckeyes returned 22 players from the 2021-22 squad that was 22-13-2 overall and 13-9-2-1-1-1 in Big Ten play. Among the returnees are seven of the Top 10 scorers, who each had 15-plus points, along with all three goalies.
  • Fifth-year seniors Gustaf Westlund and Jake Wise are the Buckeyes’ captains this season, with senior Jaedon Leslie serving as the alternate captain. Westlund, from Stockholm, Sweden, was also a captain last season and served as an alternate captain as a junior in 2020-21. He is the first European to serve as a captain for the Buckeyes. A Chicago Blackhawks draft pick from Reading, Mass., Wise is in his second season at Ohio State.  Leslie, from St. Albert, Alberta, was also an alternate captain last season.

Buckeyes vs. Badgers

  • Ohio State is 23-23-5 all-time vs. Wisconsin and leads the regular season series since the start of Big Ten play, 20-11-5, with a 22-13-5 mark overall since 2013-14. In Columbus, Ohio State has the advantage, 12-8-2.
  • Last year, the squads first faced off in Madison Jan. 8-9, with Ohio State earning five points with a 5-3 win and 2-2 overtime tie and shootout victory. In Columbus Feb. 4-5, Ohio State won in overtime, 4-3, and claimed game two, 6-2.
  • Gustaf Westlund leads the Buckeyes with 16 games played vs. Wisconsin and has a team-best four goals, seven assists and 11 points vs. the Badgers. Tate Singleton, in 14 games vs. UW, has a 1-6-7 line. Last year, then-freshmen Cam Thiesing and Mason Lohrei each had five points, with a goal and four assists, vs. Wisconsin.
  • Wisconsin returns its top three scorers from last season – Mathieu De St. Phalle, Corson Ceulemans and Brock Caufield, as well as goalie Jared Moe. The squad was 10-24-3 last season and 6-17-1 in B1G play.
  • Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik is a 1990 graduate of Wisconsin, where he was a captain on the Badgers’ national championship team.

A Look Ahead

  • After a trip to UConn Oct. 14-15, the Buckeyes will host back-to-back series, taking on Bentley Oct. 20-21 and Minnesota Oct. 28-29.
  • November includes a road series at Michigan State, home matchup vs. Notre Dame and Thanksgiving trip to LIU.