August 9, 2021

Non-Conference Slate Announced for Men’s Hockey Buckeyes



COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team will host seven nonconference games, along with traveling for three out of league contests, in 2021-22. The Big Ten Conference portion of the schedule will be announced at a later date.

The Buckeyes open the year on the road at Bentley Oct. 8-9 before hosting UConn Oct. 15-16 in Value City Arena. Conference play follows until Nov. 26-27, when the Buckeyes take on Mercyhurst in Columbus Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 26-27).

Ohio State and Bowling Green will play a home-and-home series Dec. 16-17, with the Falcons hosting game one and Buckeyes hosting game two.

On New Year’s Eve the Buckeyes will welcome LIU for a contest, with game two of the series vs. the Sharks on New Year’s Day.

The renewal process for season ticket holders begins Aug. 16 and runs through Sept. 13 and new season tickets will go on sale Aug. 30. Mini plans are slated to be available starting Sept. 13 and single game tickets will go on sale Sept. 20.

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Noting the matchups …

  • Ohio State and Bentley met just once before, with the Buckeyes sweeping a series in Columbus Dec. 12-13, 2008, 10-1 and 3-2 OT.
  • The Buckeyes are 2-0-2 vs. UConn all-time. The squads met in back to back seasons, with Ohio State posting a win and tie in each series. The first was Nov. 11-12, 2016 in Columbus (OSU 7-4, T OT 3-3) and the squads then met Nov. 10-11, 2017 in Hartford (OSU 5-4, T OT 1-1).
  • The series between the Buckeyes and Mercyhurst started in the 1999-2000 campaign and Ohio State is 10-2-1 all-time vs. the Lakers. The most recent series was Oct. 25-26, 2019 in Erie, Pa., with Ohio State posting 7-2 and 3-1 wins. The last matchup in Columbus was Dec. 28-29, 2018, as Ohio State recorded a sweep (3-1, 5-4).
  • The Buckeyes and Falcons have met 184 times, dating to 1966, and were members of the CCHA together from 1976 through 2013. This December will be the first games between the teams since Oct. 26-27, 2018, when the Falcons posted an 8-2 win in Columbus and the teams tied 2-2 in overtime the next night.
  • LIU joined Division I hockey for the 2020-21 season. The Sharks did not play a Big Ten program in their inaugural year, but have Penn State and Notre Dame, along with the Buckeyes, on their slate for 2021-22.