Nov. 1, 2017
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Setting the Scene
• The No. 16-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team hosts No. 10 Notre Dame this weekend in the first series between the teams as Big Ten Conference opponents. The Buckeyes (5-1-2, 1-1-0-0 B1G) and Irish (4-3-1, 0-0-0-0 B1G) will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena.
• The game Friday will be televised by BTN and available for cable subscribers with BTN as part of their cable package through BTN2Go. The Saturday game will be streamed through the BTN Plus subscription package on BTN2Go.
• Ohio State radio will carry both games on 1460 AM in Columbus and online through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The Friday game will be on the TuneIn app as well.
• 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, the first 5,000 fans will receive a glow wand and youth (eighth grade and younger) are invited to take a shot on the Buckeye net postgame.
• Script Ohio on Ice will be performed during the first intermission Saturday.
• For Saturday’s game, Family and Friends packs, which include a game ticket, hot dog, 16 ounce soda and popcorn, are available. Package tickets (from 3-9) must be purchased online by noon Friday, using code FAMILY on Ticketmaster.
Ticket Talk, Parking
• Single game, mini plan, group and season tickets are all available for this season’s Buckeye hockey home games. To purchase season, 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. 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
• Ohio State is 5-1-2 on the year, entering the series on four-game winning and six-game unbeaten streaks. The squad swept Robert Morris in a home-and-home series last weekend, with a 5-3 win Friday and 3-1 victory Saturday.
• The Buckeyes are 1-1-0-0 in Big Ten Conference play after opening the year at Wisconsin, with a 3-2 win in game one and 3-2 loss in game two. The games this weekend are the first for the Irish in Big Ten play.
• This is the first season for Notre Dame as a member of the Big Ten for men’s hockey. The Buckeyes and Irish were together as members of the CCHA in 1981-82 and ’82-83 and then from 1992-93 when Notre Dame rejoined until 2012-13 when the league was disbanded.
• Buckeye sophomore Tanner Laczynski is the reigning NCAA First Star and Big Ten Second Star of the Week after five points and a +5 mark in the sweep of Robert Morris last weekend. He is on a four-game point streak, with a 3-6-9 line, and has had a hand in each of the Buckeyes’ last four gamewinning goals.
• Through the first eight games of the year, the Buckeyes are third nationally in team defense, and first among teams who have played more than two games, holding opponents to 1.5 goals per game. The Buckeye penalty kill is sixth nationally, stopping 90 percent of its opponents’ chances.
• The games vs. Notre Dame are the Buckeyes’ only home games in November. The squad travels for a nonconference series at UConn next weekend before a bye week. Ohio State will return to B1G play with two games at Michigan over Thanksgiving.
In the Rankings
• Ohio State started the year ranked 19th in the USCHO poll but fell into the receiving votes category the last three polls, It moved back into the Top 20 this week, coming in at No. 16. Ohio State has been receiving votes in the Top 15 of the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll through each of the first five polls.
• Notre Dame enters the weekend No. 10 in the USCHO and USA Today polls. The Irish have been in the Top 10 all year and were in the Top 6 Oct. 9 and 16.
• In the USCHO poll this week, five Big Ten teams are ranked – No. 5 Minnesota, No. 7 Wisconsin, No. 10 Notre Dame, No. 16 Ohio State and No. 17 Penn State, with Michigan the first team receiving votes.
— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) November 1, 2017
Just the Stats
• Ohio State is averaging 2.62 goals a game and is third in the NCAA, allowing 1.50 goals per outing.
• The Buckeye power play is 3-for-38 (.079), with a 1-for-4 performance last Friday and 0-for-4 night Saturday.
• The penalty kill has stopped 27-of-30 opponent opportunities (.900), ranking sixth in the NCAA. The squad averages 8.5 penalty minutes per game, the seventh-lowest total in the NCAA.
• Ohio State is averaging 33.5 shots on goal a game. The team is allowing 22.62 shots on goal a night, ranking fourth in the NCAA in fewest shots allowed per game.
• Sophomore Tanner Laczynski leads the Buckeyes with six assists and nine points this year, while junior Mason Jobst is first with four goals and second with eight points. Laczynski and junior John Wiitala have each scored three goals and Wiitala and senior Matthew Weis (2g, 4a) are tied for third with six points each. Senior Kevin Miller is a team (and Big Ten) best +7.
• In goal, Sean Romeo started the first eight games and has a 1.47 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.
Last Time Out – Buckeyes Sweep Colonials
The Buckeyes won both ends of a home-and-home series with Robert Morris last weekend, with a 5-3 victory in Columbus and 3-1 road win.
• Game 1 (Ohio State 5, Robert Morris 3): Ohio State overcame a first period two-goal deficit en route to the win. The teams were scoreless through the first half of the opening stanza before combining for three goals in a 1:22 span. Robert Morris scored back-to-back 1:04 apart for a 2-0 advantage. Tanner Laczynski tallied on the next shift, putting the Buckeyes on the board at 12:03. The Buckeyes had a power play carry over into the second period and they were able to convert at 1:30 to tie the game at two. Just 1:01 later freshman Eugene Fadyeyev put the Buckeyes ahead for the first time with his first career goal. Robert Morris tied the game with a power play tally at 9:35, but with one minute left in the period, Matthew Weis scored for a 4-3 Buckeye lead. Ohio State maintained its one-goal edge until 12:46 of the third, when rookie Austin Pooley scored his first goal for the Scarlet and Gray. Ohio State outshot Robert Morris, 45-27, in the game, including 20-7 in the third period. Buckeye goalie Sean Romeo made 24 saves in all 60 minutes.
• Game 2 (Ohio State 3, Robert Morris 1): The Buckeyes and Colonials were scoreless through the first two periods. Ohio State had the edge in shots, 22-9, including 15-3 in the middle stanza. In the third, Matt Miller put the Buckeyes on the board at 1:34. Robert Morris answered at 7:51 for a 1-1 game. At 17:29 Janik Moser set up Tanner Laczynski for the go-ahead goal and Laczynski sealed the win with an empty net goal. Ohio State outshot Robert Morris, 40-14, in the game.
Buckeyes vs. Irish
• Ohio State and Notre Dame met for the first time Feb. 13, 1965. The Buckeyes lead the all-time series, 35-32-10, including an 18-15-6 ledger in Columbus.
• The last game between the teams was Nov. 29, 2014 in Notre Dame’s Shillelagh tournament at Thanksgiving, a 5-1 Buckeye victory. Buckeye seniors Kevin Miller, Janik Moser, Luke Stork and Matthew Weis all played in the game.
• Ohio State and Notre Dame skated as members of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association until 2012-13 when the league was disbanded. Ohio State was a founding member of the conference in 1971-72 and played for two years before leaving for three seasons (1973-74, `74-75, `75-76) and skating as an independent. Ohio State then rejoined the CCHA for the 1975-1976 campaign and remained until 2013. The Irish were in the league in 1981-82 and `82-83 and then rejoined in 1992-93.
• The last regular-season series between the teams was Feb. 1-2, 2013, in Columbus. Ohio State won the opener 6-3 before the teams skated to a 2-2 tie in overtime in game two. The Buckeyes and Irish last met as CCHA foes March 23, 2013 in the CCHA Tournament semifinals, a 3-1 win for Notre Dame at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
• The Buckeyes and Irish will face off later this season, meeting on Notre Dame’s home ice Nov. 9-10.
Buckeye – Irish Connections
• Paul Pooley, Ohio State’s all-time leading scorer, is the associate head coach at Notre Dame, a position he has held since June 3, 2005. Pooley, who played for the Buckeyes from 1981-84, was the Bauer National Player of the Year and CCHA Player of the Year in 1984 when he also earned First Team All-America honors. An Academic All-American as well, he had 270 points (114g, 156a) during his collegiate career. Ohio State retired Pooley’s sweater in November 2006 and he was inducted into the school’s athletics hall of fame in 1994. He began his coaching career as an assistant on the Ohio State staff from 1988-91.
• Austin Pooley, who is a nephew of Paul Pooley, is a freshman for the Buckeyes. Austin’s father, Perry, Paul’s twin brother, was also an All-American and Academic All-American for the Buckeyes.
• Buckeye director of operations Layne LeBel spent 2003-05 on the coaching staff at Notre Dame. He was with the squad when it made the first NCAA appearance in program history.
Ohio State vs. Notre Dame – The Last Time
• Over Thanksgiving weekend 2014, Ohio State finished third in the Shillelagh Tournament hosted by Notre Dame, falling to Western Michigan, 6-2, on day one before beating the host Irish 5-1 in the third place game.
• Ohio State 5, Notre Dame 1: With points from 10 players, including two goals by Tanner Fritz and three assists from Nick Schilkey, Ohio State skated to a 5-1 win at Notre Dame in the consolation game of the Shillelagh Tournament. Ohio State led 2-1 after the first period and extended the lead to two with a goal in the second, adding two more in the third for the 5-1 victory. In the first, Blake Doerring opened the scoring at 7:05 and Fritz followed at 12:24. The Irish cut the Buckeye lead in half with a goal at 19:04 of the period but Fritz scored on the power play 5:56 into the second period for a 3-1 Buckeye advantage. In the third, Victor Bjorkung scored at 1:28 and Darik Angeli completed the Ohio State scoring at 10:49. Ohio State converted 1-of-2 power play chances and Notre Dame was 0-for-3. The Irish outshot the Buckeyes, 30-28, with Christian Frey making 29 saves for OSU.
Notre Dame Notebook
• Notre Dame, a Frozen Four team a season ago while a member of Hockey East, is 4-3-1 this season. The squad opened the year with a sweep of Alabama Huntsville, before going 1-0-1 vs. No. 1 Denver. The Irish split series with Sacred Heart and Omaha the last two weekends. The games in Columbus are the first road contests for the Irish this season.
• The Irish are averaging 3.62 goals per game to lead the Big Ten and rank 10th nationally. The squad has allowed 3.25 goals per outing. The team has put 34.9 shots on goal a night, giving up 33.0 per game.
• On the power play, Notre Dame is seventh in the nation, converting 9-of-29 (.310) chances. The penalty kill is 21-for-25 (.840). Notre Dame averages 7.0 penalty minutes a night, the fewest in the nation.
• Jake Evans leads the Big Ten with 12 assists and 15 points. Jordan Gross shares the team scoring lead with four goals with Andrew Oglevie and is second with 11 points on the year, while Bobby Nardella is third with 10 points and second with eight helpers.
• In goal, Cale Morris has a 3-1-0 ledger, with a 2.55 goals-against average and .910 save percentage. Dylan St. Cyr is 1-2-1, posting a 3.22 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.