February 14, 2019

No. 2/3 Buckeyes Take on Gophers in Columbus


Buckeyes vs. Golden Gophers
• The No. 2/3-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team takes on Minnesota at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Value City Arena in Columbus.
• The games will be televised by BTN and available through BTN2Go, with Dan Kelly and Ben Clymer calling the action.
• Ohio State radio will carry the action on 1460 AM, online on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and through the Ohio State Buckeyes mobile app, with Herb Howenstine and John Mowat on the call.
• Video, radio and live stats links can be found at go.osu.edu/mhkylivestats18.
• The Buckeyes enter the series on a seven-game winning streak and are 19-5-4 overall, with a 12-3-3-2 mark in Big Ten play, standing in first place, 11 points ahead of second. The Buckeyes can clinch at least a share of the Big Ten regular season title as early as Friday and are guaranteed at least a share of the Big Ten title if they secure five points this weekend against Minnesota. Ohio State is looking for its first Big Ten crown and first conference regular season title since winning the CCHA in 1972.
• Ohio State and Minnesota (11-14-4 overall, 8-9-3-0 B1G) faced off in Minneapolis Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Ohio State earned four points in the series, with two 2-2 overtime ties and goals in 3×3 overtime.
• The Buckeyes posted a road sweep at Wisconsin last weekend, with a 2-1 win in overtime Friday and 4-1 victory Saturday. Minnesota dropped two games at Penn State, falling 7-2 and 6-2.

Buckeye Notes to Know
• Ohio State has allowed two or fewer goals in 22 of 28 games this year, including in eight of the last nine outings. The team is eighth in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing just 2.04 goals per game.
• Since Nov. 24, the Buckeyes are 11-1-3, scoring 3.80 goals a game and allowing 2.07 a contest. The power play is 18-for-69 (.261) and penalty kill is 43-for-51 (.843). Mason Jobst is fifth in the NCAA with 1.40 points per game since that date.
• The Buckeyes are in a five-week stretch of Big Ten games to close the regular season, rotating between home and away. The squad is 9-4-0 at home this year, scoring 3.23 goals per game and allowing 2.54. On the road, Ohio State has a 10-1-4 ledger, scoring 3.13 goals a game and giving up 1.60 a contest.
• The Buckeye squad is 8-4-2 on Friday and 11-1-2 on Saturday this season, with wins in the last three Friday contests.

• The Buckeyes carry a seven-game winning streak into this weekend’s series. It is the team’s longest winning streak since capturing six in a row Dec. 8, 2017-Jan. 6, 2018 and the first time with more than six victories in a row since a nine-game stretch Oct. 28-Dec. 3, 2011. The seven straight wins rank third among the longest active unbeaten streaks in NCAA hockey, behind Bentley (11, 9-0-2) and UMass Lowell (10, 9-0-1).
During the seven game streak …
– Ohio State has outscored opponents 26-11 (3.71 gpg-1.57 gapg)
– The power play is 9-for-34 (.265)
– The penalty kill is 24-for-27 (.889)
– Mason Jobst has a team-best 10 points
– Sean Romeo is 3-0-0, with a 1.30 goals-against average and .947 save percentage
– Tommy Nappier is 4-0-0, with a 1.75 goals-against average and .944 save percentage
– 18 skaters have at least one point

Just the Stats
• Overall this year, the Buckeyes are scoring 3.18 goals a game and allowing 2.04 a contest. The power play is 28-for-128 (.219) and the penalty kill is 87-for-106 (.821). The squad averages 9.6 penalty minutes, 34.1 shots on goal for and 28.5 shots on goal against per contest.
• Ohio State is eighth nationally in scoring defense, 13th in scoring offense, 14th on the power play and sixth in shots for per game.
• Senior Mason Jobst has a team-high 15 goals, 18 assists and 33 points (tying for 12th in the NCAA in points and tying for 11th in goals), while junior Tanner Laczynski is second with 17 assists and 25 points.
• Ronnie Hein and Dakota Joshua are tied for second with nine goals each and Laczynski is fourth with eight.
• Freshman Gustaf Westlund is third with 14 assists, followed by Joshua and junior Matt Miller with 12.
• In goal, Tommy Nappier and Sean Romeo split starts the first 14 series. Nappier is second in the NCAA in goals-against average (1.60) and save percentage (.946) and Romeo has posted a 2.32 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.
• Last year’s team was 18-6-4 through 28 games. The 2017-18 team was averaging 3.14 goals per game, allowing 2.21, through 28 contests. The power play was 27-for-115 (.235) and the penalty kill was 94-for-104 (.904).

In the Rankings
• This week, the Buckeyes moved up to No. 2 in the USCHO poll and remained No. 3 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings.
• Ohio State has been ranked in the Top 7 of both polls all season outside of one week at No. 9 in the USA Hockey Magazine poll Oct. 29.
• Big Ten teams No. 15 Notre Dame and No. 17 Penn State join the Buckeyes in the USCHO poll. The Irish and Penn State are receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings and Michigan is receiving votes in the USCHO poll.
• Of the Buckeyes’ nonconference foes this season, UMass is No. 3, Arizona State is No. 12th and Bowling Green is No. 16 in the USCHO ratings and in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings, the Minutemen are second, Sun Devils are 12th and the Falcons are receiving votes.
• Ohio State is one of two schools with both its men’s and women’s hockey teams ranked in the Top 10 this week. Cornell’s women are ranked sixth, with the men eighth. Ohio State’s women are ranked 10th this week.
• The Buckeye squad started the year No. 2 in the USA Today poll and No. 3 in the USCHO rankings. The team then moved into the top spot the next two weeks in both polls (Oct. 8, Oct. 15). It was the first time the Buckeyes were No. 1 in either poll and the first time at the top of a national college hockey poll since WMPL Radio rankings for three weeks in November/December 1983.

In the B1G
• Through 18 (of 24) Big Ten games, the Buckeyes are in first place in the conference with 41 points and a 12-3-3-2 record, with an 11-point lead on second-place Michigan (8-8-4-2).
• Notre Dame is third (28 points, 8-8-2-2), Minnesota is fourth with 27 points (8-3-9-3), Penn State is fifth (26 points, 8-9-1-1), Michigan State is sixth (24 points, 6-10-4-2) and Wisconsin (22 points, 5-8-5-2) is seventh. The Gophers, Wolverines and Spartans have played 20 games and the Buckeyes, Nittany Lions, Irish and Badgers have each played 18 games.
• In addition to the Buckeyes’ series vs. the Gophers this weekend, Wisconsin travels to Notre Dame and Michigan State hosts Penn State.
• Ohio States’ remaining B1G series are home vs. Minnesota and Michigan State and away at Michigan.
• The No. 1 team in the final Big Ten standings earns a bye in the quarterfinals (best-of-three series) of the league tournament, while seeds 2-4 host 5-7. The Top 2 remaining seeds host one-game semifinal matchups, with the top remaining seed hosting the final.
• The No. 1 team in the final Big Ten standings earns a bye in the quarterfinals (best-of-three series) of the league tournament, while seeds 2-4 host 5-7. The Top 2 remaining seeds host one-game semifinal matchups, with the top remaining seed hosting the final.
• Since the start of Big Ten hockey, Ohio State finished second in 2018, third in 2017, fourth in 2016 and 2014 and fifth in 2015.

In B1G Games Only
• Buckeye senior Mason Jobst is tied for third among league skaters with 25 points, tied for third with 11 goals and tied for second with six power play tallies. Junior Tanner Laczynski is tied for 15th with 16 points.
• Jobst has 14 assists to rank sixth, Laczynski has 12 assists in conference games to tie for eighth and freshman Gustaf Westlund and junior Matt Miller each have 10 to tie for 14th.
• Miller is tied for third in scoring among league defensemen with 13 points.
• Westlund leads B1G rookies with 15 points in league outings and Quinn Preston is tied for fifth with 12 points.
• Sophomore Tommy Nappier has a league-best 1.55 goals-against average and .949 save percentage, while senior Sean Romeo is second in gaa (2.07) and save percentage (.926). Nappier is 7-1-1 in B1G games and Romeo is 5-2-2.
• Ohio State leads the league in scoring defense (1.83 goals allowed per game) and is second in offense (3.39 goals a night).
• The Buckeyes are third on the power play (21/81, .259) and second on the penalty kill (51/61, .836).


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