Oct. 7, 2017
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No. 19 Ohio State at No. 12 Wisconsin | Saturday, Oct. 7 | 6 p.m. ET | Madison, Wis.
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Setting the Scene
• The No. 19-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team takes on No. 12 Wisconsin in game two of their season-opening series at 6 p.m. ET Saturday in Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.
• The game will be streamed through the BTN Plus subscription service on BTN2Go.Ohio State radio will carry the game on 1460 AM in Columbus and on Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
• 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.
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• Ohio State won the series opener at Wisconsin, 3-2, with two goals in the last five minutes.
• After a scoreless first, the Buckeyes trailed 1-0 after a Badger goal 7:38 into the second. Mason Jobst tied the game at 14:31 of the stanza with an #SCTop10 Play of the Day goal, assisted by Freddy Gerard. In the third, Wisconsin again went ahead, converting on a penalty shot at 10:22. Buckeye sophomore Sam McCormick found junior John Wiitala alone in front and he scored to tie the game at two with five minutes remaining. With 1:16 remaining, Gerard passed to Jobst in front and he scored to put the Buckeyes ahead for the first time. In his first game for the Buckeyes, redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo had 18 saves.
Buckeyes vs. Badgers
• Ohio State is 10-17-3 all-time vs. Wisconsin with a 9-5-3 ledger in Big Ten Conference regular season play against the Badgers.
• In Madison, Ohio State is ahead, 6-5-2, and is 5-1-2 in B1G games on the Badgers’ home ice. Wisconsin leads 6-3-1 in Columbus and 6-1-0 at neutral sites.
• Last year, the teams met five times, with each squad posting a sweep before the Badgers won in the Big Ten Tournament.
• The teams met in Columbus Feb. 26, a 3-1 Badger win. The series moved to Madison Square Garden Feb. 28, with the Badgers winning in overtime, 3-2, after the Buckeyes tied the game with two goals in the final two minutes.
• The Buckeyes and Badgers met to close the regular season March 10-11 in Madison, with Ohio State posting 5-1 and 3-1 victories.
• Ohio State and Wisconsin will also meet to close the 2017-18 regular season, facing off in Columbus Feb. 23-24.
Buckeye Notes to Know
• Mason Jobst, the B1G scoring leader last year, had two goals in the win Friday. It was his fourth two-goal game and first since Feb. 4 at Michigan. It was the 24th multiple point game of his Buckeye career.
• Freshman forward Austin Pooley made his collegiate debut Friday, while redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo and redshirt sophomore defenseman Wyatt Ege each played his first game for the Scarlet and Gray.
• Senior Matthew Weis played in the 100th game of his Buckeye career Friday.
• With two helpers, sophomore Freddy Gerard had his second multi-point outing as a Buckeye and first since two assists and three points at Wisconsin Jan. 9, 2016.
• Ohio State is 29-23-3 all-time in season openers and has won its last two, including a 3-2 win at then-No. 3 Denver last season. The victory Friday was the Buckeyes’ first in its conference opener since joining the Big Ten.
• This weekend is the first time Ohio State opened the season with a league game since 2009. The game last night was the first Big Ten Conference hockey game played in October.
• Ohio State, which led the NCAA with a .806 road winning percentage and 13 road wins last season (13-2-3), has won its last five road games. The squad was 7-2-1 in B1G play on the road a season ago.
• The Buckeyes will return home to host Rensselaer Oct. 13-14 in Value City Arena.
• The Friday night game, which starts at 7 p.m. kicks off with Hockey Hour. From when doors open (one hour prior to game time) to puck drop, the concourse will include fun activities for all ages. There will be games to play and interactive activities throughout the concourse. In addition, all drinks will automatically be upgraded to the next size up free of charge.
• The Saturday game faces off at 4 p.m. and is Social Media Night. The first 350 fans will receive a Buckeye Leaf phone popper. Check the team’s social media accounts before the game for special ticket offers. In-game there will be multiple promotions including Tweet Your Seat for Prizes.
• Following the Saturday game, there will be a full-team postgame meet and greet on the concourse.