COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team, defending Big Ten regular season champion, will host 16 regular season games in Value City Arena in 2019-20, beginning with two games vs. Omaha Oct. 18-19. The full schedule was released Wednesday and is below.
The Big Ten Conference slate includes 24 games for the third year in a row, with teams facing off twice at home and twice on the road.
Ohio State will kick off the regular season in the Ice Breaker Tournament for the fourth time. The 2019 edition will be at the Huntington Center in Toledo. In the first round Oct. 11, Ohio State will face Western Michigan at 5 p.m., with host Bowling Green taking on RIT at 8 pm. Oct. 12, the winners and losers will meet, with the Falcons playing the late game. The tournament, the traditional start to the college men’s ice hockey season, annually brings together teams from four different conferences. The event is sponsored by the Hockey Commissioners Association and managed by College Hockey Inc. and began in 1997. Ohio State also played in the Ice Breaker in 1998, 2004 and 2016 and is looking to win the tournament trophy for the first time.
The home slate begins with a nonconference series vs. Omaha Oct. 18-19, followed by two games at Mercyhurst Oct. 25-26.
The Buckeyes close the first half of the season with five Big Ten series, with three in Columbus. B1G games start Nov. 1-2, with Ohio State hosting Michigan. After back-to-back road series at Notre Dame Nov. 8-9 and Penn State Nov. 22-23, the Buckeyes will return to Value City Arena for a series against Michigan State Nov. 30-Dec. 1. The final series of the first half is against Minnesota Dec. 6-7 in VCA.
Two home games vs. Colgate Dec. 27-28 open the second half of the season.
Seven straight Big Ten Conference series close out the regular season. Ohio State will travel to Wisconsin Jan. 10-11 and host Notre Dame Jan. 17-18. Road series at Minnesota Jan. 24-25 and at Michigan Jan. 31-Feb. 1 are followed by two home games against Penn State Feb. 7-8. A bye week leads into the final two regular season series, with two games at Michigan State Feb. 21-22 and a Senior Weekend series vs. Wisconsin in Value City Arena Feb. 28-29.
The Big Ten Tournament will again be held on campus sites. The No. 1 seed receives a quarterfinal bye, with seeds 2-4 hosting 5-7 in best-of-three series. The Top 2 remaining seeds host semifinals March 14, with the championship game hosted by the highest remaining seed March 21.
Season tickets for the Buckeyes’ 2019-20 season, $160 for adults and $120 for youth/seniors citizens, are on sale now. To speak with a ticket sales representative and purchase seats, fans can call 1-800-GO-BUCKS (select option 2) or email AthleticSales@osu.edu. They can also be purchased online HERE.
Mini plan, groups and single game tickets will go on sale at a later date.
Game times and broadcast information will be released once they are finalized closer to the season. Note game dates are subject to change.
Heading into 2019-20, the Buckeyes return 20 players from the Big Ten championship squad, looking to compete in the NCAA Tournament for a program-record fourth year in a row. The squad was 20-11-5 overall and won the Big Ten regular season crown with a 13-7-4-3 ledger.
Ohio State Men’s Hockey 2019-20 Schedule
Ice Breaker Tournament (Huntington Center, Toledo)
Oct. 11 – vs. Western Michigan
Oct. 12 – vs. Bowling Green or RIT
Oct. 18 – Omaha
Oct. 19 – Omaha
Oct. 25 – at Mercyhurst
Oct. 26 – at Mercyhurst
Nov. 1 – Michigan
Nov. 2 – Michigan
Nov. 8 – at Notre Dame
Nov. 9 – at Notre Dame
Nov. 22 – at Penn State
Nov. 23 – at Penn State
Nov. 30 – Michigan State
Dec. 1 – Michigan State
Dec. 6 – Minnesota
Dec. 7 – Minnesota
Dec. 27 – Colgate
Dec. 28 – Colgate
Jan. 10 – at Wisconsin
Jan. 11 – at Wisconsin
Jan. 17 – Notre Dame
Jan. 18 – Notre Dame
Jan. 24 – at Minnesota
Jan. 25 – at Minnesota
Jan. 31 – at Michigan
Feb. 1 – at Michigan
Feb. 7 – Penn State
Feb. 8 – Penn State
Feb. 21 – at Michigan State
Feb. 22 – at Michigan State
Feb. 28 – Wisconsin
Feb. 29 – Wisconsin
March 6-8 – Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals
March 14 – Big Ten Tournament Semifinals
March 21 – Big Ten Tournament Final
(B1G Tournament on campus sites)
March 27-29 – NCAA Regionals
April 9/11 – NCAA Frozen Four (Detroit)