The No. 17-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team travels for two games at No. 6/5 Penn State this weekend.
The teams will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Pegula Ice Arena in University Park, Pa.
Both contests will be streamed through Big Ten Plus. Ohio State radio will carry the action and live statistics will be available.
The Buckeyes enter the series 9-6-1 overall and are 4-4-0-0-0-0 in the B1G. Penn State is 13-3-0 on the year, with a 5-3-0-0-1-0 mark in league play.
Last weekend, Ohio State split a series at LIU, while Penn State swept Alaska Fairbanks at home.
Buckeye Notes to Know
These are the final Big Ten games of the 2022 calendar year for Ohio State. The Buckeyes are off next weekend before a home-and-home series with Bowling Green Dec. 16-17.
Ohio State is second nationally on the penalty kill (58/63, .921) and leads the NCAA with six shorthanded goals.
The Buckeyes are in a stretch of four straight – and five of six – road games. Ohio State is 3-4-1 in road games this season.
The Buckeyes faced Penn State seven times last season. Ohio State was 3-0-1 vs. the Nittany Lions in the regular season and won the first game of a Big Ten Tournament series before the Nittany Lions captured the next two to advance. All three tournament games were one-goal contests.
This season, 21 Buckeyes have posted at least one point. Fifteen have scored a goal, with 20 notching at least one assist. Jake Wise is first with 17 points, followed by Stephen Halliday with 13 and Mason Lohrei and Travis Treloar with 11 each. Wise, Davis Burnside, Patrick Guzzo and Cam Thiesing lead the team with six goals each. Lohrei and Wise pace the team with 11 assists apiece. Burnside is tied for third nationally with two shorthanded goals. Treloar and Wise are tied for ninth in the NCAA and second in the B1G with four power play tallies.
Cam Thiesing tallied a natural hat trick in the second period at LIU Saturday. It was his first multiple-goal game and the Buckeyes’ first hat trick since January.
Ohio State leads the NCAA with six shorthanded goals. Davis Burnside (twice), Kamil Sadlocha, Tate Singleton, Patrick Guzzo and Dominic Vidoli have all scored on the penalty kill for Ohio State.
A Look Ahead
Ohio State, after a bye next weekend, will close the first half with a home-and-home series against Bowling Green Dec. 16-17. The teams will meet in Bowling Green for game one and in Columbus for game two. Both games will be at 7 p.m.
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.
Buckeyes vs. Nittany Lions
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Penn State, 21-15-4, including a 9-5-2 mark in University Park.
Last season, Ohio State was 4-2-1 vs. Penn State. The Buckeyes swept a series in Columbus in November (5-2, 4-1). On Nittany Lion ice Jan. 28-29, the teams tied 2-2 (with a PSU shootout win) before a 6-0 Ohio State victory. In a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal series in March, Ohio State won game one, 4-3. Penn State prevailed in the next two, 3-2 and 2-1, to advance to the semifinals.
Among current Buckeyes, Gustaf Westlund is first with six goals, seven assists and 13 points vs. Penn State (in a team-high 15 games). Mark Cheremeta, Joe Dunlap and Jake Wise have each scored three times vs. PSU and Wise has a team-best five assists vs. the Nittany Lions, ranking second with eight points (in eight games).
Penn State is fifth nationally in scoring offense, averaging 3.75 goals a game, and is 14th in team defense with 2.38 goals allowed a night. The Nittany Lions are fifth in faceoff winning percentage (.555). The power play has converted 17.6 percent of its chances, with the penalty kill stopping 78.6 percent of its opponents opportunities.
In the Rankings
Ohio State started the year No. 16 in the DCU/USCHO.com preseason poll and was No. 18 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine preseason rankings.
This week, the Buckeyes are No. 17 in both the DCU/USCHO ranking and in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
The Buckeyes have been ranked as high as ninth this season.
Ohio State is one of six Big Ten teams in the USCHO Top 20, joining No. 4 Minnesota, No. 5 Michigan, No. 6 Penn State, No. 13 Michigan State and No. 20 Notre Dame.
The Buckeyes were 8-for-9 on the penalty kill against LIU and are now 58-for-63 (.921) this season, ranking second in the NCAA.
Ohio State is first in the NCAA with six shorthanded goals, with two from Davis Burnside, along with shorthanded tallies from Dominic Vidoli, Patrick Guzzo, Tate Singleton and Kamil Sadlocha.
The six shorthanded goals are the most for the Buckeyes since the 2015-16 squad had five. Ohio State had just one shorty each of the last two seasons and scored two in 2020.
The squad has allowed three shorthanded goals – vs. Wisconsin Oct.8, vs. Bentley Oct. 20 and vs. LIU Nov. 26.
Ohio State was 3-for-12 on the power play vs. the Sharks.
Overall, the squad is 15-for-67 (.224) with the man advantage and has put 122 shots on goals while a man up.
Travis Treloar and Jake Wise are tied for ninth nationally with four power play goals, while Stephen Halliday has three. Cam Thiesing has two goals with the man advantage and Tyler Duke and Michael Gildon have also scored on the power play.
The Buckeyes are scoring 3.25 goals a game and allowing 2.44 an outing.
Jake Wise is first with 17 points and shares the goal and assist leads.
Wise, Patrick Guzzo, Cam Thiesing and Davis Burnside all have six goals and Wise and Mason Lohrei each have 11 assists.
Lohrei and Wise are tied for sixth in the B1G with .69 assists per game. Wise is tied for sixth in the B1G with 1.06 points per outing.
Lohrei leads Ohio State with 17 shot blocks, with Scooter Brickey second with 15 and Cole McWard blocking 14.
Jakub Dobeš started the first 16 games in net and has a 2.31 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. Ryan Snowden and Reilly Herbst have both made appearances.
This and That
Jake Wise leads the Buckeyes with at least one point in 12 of 16 games this season. He has at least one assist and point in 10 of the last 11 games, including a career-high three assists in game two at LIU.
Wise is second in the NCAA with 207 faceoff wins this season.
Wise played in career game 100 last Friday at LIU. He is one of three current Buckeyes to play in triple digit games, joining Gustaf Westlund (124) and Tate Singleton (116).
Mason Lohrei, who led Ohio State with 25 assists last season, has a helper in eight of the last 10 games.
Ohio State has outshot its opponent in 13 of 16 games this season. The Buckeyes are averaging 35.8 shots on goal per game to rank fourth in the NCAA. The squad has allowed 26.5 per night.
The Buckeyes are 5-2-1 in series openers this season and 4-4-0 in game two.
Jakub Dobeš became the 24th Buckeye goalie to play in at least 50 games with his start last Friday and made his 50th career start in game two at LIU. He is in the Top 5 in program history in career save percentage (.928) and goals-against average (2.27). He made 20 saves in game one at UConn for his fourth career shutout.
Freshman John Larkin made his collegiate debut in the first game at LIU and also played in game two.
Three Buckeye freshmen have each posted their first collegiate goal. Stephen Halliday scored his first vs. Wisconsin Oct. 7. Davis Burnside notched the Buckeyes’ first goal of the season, and his first collegiate tally, at Mercyhurst Oct. 1. Tyler Duke joined the group at Michigan State Nov. 10. The trio has combined for 26 points this year, with 11 goals and 15 assists.
According to College Hockey Inc., Duke is the fifth-youngest player in Division I men’s hockey this season.
Burnside scored two shorthanded goals vs. Minnesota Oct. 29. He is the fourth Buckeye with two shorthanded goals in a game, joining Paul Pooley (Feb. 14, 1981 at Bowling Green), Dave Steckel (Nov. 29, 2003 at Bowling Green) and Kenny Bernard (Nov. 9, 2006 vs. Western Michigan).