Feb. 10, 2018
Setting the Scene
• The No. 6-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team closes its regular season series with No. 1 Notre Dame tonight. The Buckeyes (18-7-4, 11-7-1-0 B1G) and Fighting Irish (22-5-2, 16-2-1-1 B1G) will meet at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Compton Family Ice Arena in Notre Dame, Ind.
• The game will be streamed through the NBC Sports app.
• Ohio State radio will carry the game on 1460 AM in Columbus, through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and on the TuneIn app for mobile devices. Herb Howenstine and John Mowat will call the action.
• Live stats will be available on GameTracker on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
• 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.
• The Irish downed the Buckeyes for the third game in a row, posting a 2-1 win Friday.
• Notre Dame scored the only goal of the first period. The Buckeyes tied the game at 6:52 of the second with a power play goal by Kevin Miller, but the Irish responded less than three minutes later with the goal standing as the eventual gamewinner. Neither team scored in the third, with each squad putting 11 shots on net.
• Ohio State was 6-for-6 on the penalty kill in the game, including two 5-on-3 stops, while goalie Sean Romeo made 27 saves for the Buckeyes.
Buckeyes vs. Irish
• Ohio State and Notre Dame met for the first time (according to the Buckeye record book) Feb. 13, 1965. The series is now tied, 35-35-10, with the Irish ahead on home ice, 18-13-4.
• The teams met in Columbus Nov. 3-4, with Notre Dame posting 3-1 and 3-2 wins. It was the first series between the teams as Big Ten foes.
• Prior to November’s matchup, the last game between the teams was Nov. 29, 2014 in Notre Dame’s Shillelagh tournament at Thanksgiving, a 5-1 Buckeye victory.
• 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 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 are the Top 2 teams in the Big Ten in scoring defense (ND 1st/1.97 goals allowed per game; OSU 2nd/2.21 goals allowed per game), power play (OSU 1st/.235; ND 2nd/.202) and penalty killing (OSU 1st/.909; ND 2nd/.875). Among Big Ten teams, Ohio State is fourth in scoring offense (3.07 goals per game) and Notre Dame is fifth (3.03 goals per game).
• In conference games, Ohio State is first in scoring offense (3.16) with Notre Dame fifth (2.84). The Irish are first in team defense (1.58), followed by the Buckeyes (2.58). Ohio State is first on the power play (.276) and penalty kill (.928), while the Irish rank fifth with the man advantage (.159) and second on the PK (.864).
• Notre Dame clinched the Big Ten regular season title and first round bye in the Big Ten Tournament with the win last night. Ohio State is in second place, with a five-point advantage on third place Michigan (with two games in hand).
Buckeye Notes to Know
• Ohio State ranks in the Top 10 in the NCAA on the penalty kill (1st/.909), power play (t-9th/.235) and team defense (2.21 gapg).
• The Buckeyes were a season-best 6-for-6 on the penalty kill Friday, topping the 10 5-for-5 outings this year. It was the most power plays faced by the squad this year, which averages 9.6 penalty minutes a night, the sixth-lowest total in the NCAA.
• Ohio State converted one of four power play chances Friday and is now 6-for-13 (.462) in the last three games combined. On the year, the team is 28-for-119 (.235), with at least one tally with the man advantage in nine of the last 10 games.
• Three Buckeyes are on the Hobey Baker Award fan ballot and rank among the Top 8 scorers in the Big Ten – Tanner Laczynski is first with 37 points, Matthew Weis is tied for third with 32 and Mason Jobst is tied for seventh with 29. In Big Ten play only, Laczynski has a league-best 23 points, while Weis and Jobst (who tied for the Big Ten scoring title a year ago and is second all-time in points in Big Ten games) are tied for fourth with 20 points each.
• Weis had a 12-game point streak end Friday vs. the Irish. It tied for the third-longest streak for a Buckeye since 1998, behind only David Gust (15 games in 2016) and Jobst (14 games in 2017). Weis matched the total set by Tommy Goebel in 2006.
• Ohio State is in the midst of a four-game stretch of road games, with a series at Minnesota next weekend. The squad is 10-3-1 on the road this year, ranking fourth nationally in road winning percentage (.750) and third in road wins.
• When scoring first this season, Ohio State is undefeated (12-0-2). The squad is 6-7-2 when allowing the first tally (including Friday night).
• The Buckeyes were held to one goal Friday, the first time in 13 games the squad did not score at last two goals. On the year, Ohio State is scoring 3.07 goals a game.
• Sean Romeo had 27 stops Friday and now has a 2.15 goals-against average and .922 save percentage, ranking in the Top 11 in the NCAA in both categories. As a team, Ohio State has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 17 games this year.
• The Buckeyes lost back-to-back games for just the second time this season with their defeat Friday following a loss to Michigan State last week. The first time was a series sweep by the Irish.