January 12, 2023

Top 10 Matchup Between No. 8 Buckeyes and No. 6 Wolverines in Ann Arbor This Weekend

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The Basics

  • The No. 8-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team opens a stretch of four road games in a row with a series at No. 6 Michigan this weekend.
  • The teams will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • The Friday game will be streamed through Big Ten Plus and Saturday BTN will televise the contest, with the broadcast available on the Fox Sports app.
  • Both contests will be on Ohio State Radio and live statistics will be available.
  • The Buckeyes, who swept Michigan State at home last weekend and have won five in a row, enter the series 14-7-1 overall and are 7-5-0-0-0-0 in B1G play. Michigan is 12-7-1 this season and 4-6-0-1-1-0 in league action. The Wolverines’ last regular season games were a split with the Spartans Dec. 9-10.

Buckeye Notes to Know

  • This is the first series between the Buckeyes and Wolverines this season. Ohio State has faced the other five B1G teams already, including wrapping up its regular season series with Michigan State.
  • The Buckeyes are on a season-high five-game winning streak and have matched their season best unbeaten streak that started the season.
  • Ohio State is first nationally on the penalty kill (80/88, .909) and in shorthanded goals with eight.
  • Three Buckeyes – Davis Burnside, Joe Dunlap and Cam Thiesing – share the goal lead with 10 each. Ohio State is one of five schools in the NCAA with three double-digit goal scorers (Michigan, Minnesota, Quinnipiac, St. Cloud State).
  • Jake Wise and Stephen Halliday share the team point lead and are tied for sixth in the B1G with 21 points each. Wise has seven goals and 14 assists, while Halliday has six tallies and 15 helpers.
  • Jakub Dobes stopped all 32 shots he faced vs. Michigan State last Saturday for his second shutout of the year and his fifth in the Scarlet and Gray, tying for sixth in school history for career shutouts.
  • This season, 22 Buckeyes have posted at least one point. Seventeen have scored a goal, with 22 notching at least one assist.
  • Eleven Buckeyes have reached double-digit points, led by Wise and Halliday.
  • Burnside is tied for fourth nationally with two shorthanded goals, Halliday ranks 13th in the NCAA with five power play tallies and Patrick Guzzo is tied for sixth in the NCAA with three gamewinning goals.

A Look Ahead

  • The Buckeyes will travel to Madison, Wis., for two games against Wisconsin next weekend (Jan. 20-21). Puck drop is set for 8 ET each night, with the games televised by Bally Sports Wisconsin and carried on Bally Sports Great Lakes.
  • Ohio State will be off the following week before hosting Penn State Feb. 3-4 in Value City Arena. Promotions
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Buckeyes vs. Wolverines

  • Ohio State and Michigan faced off for the first time in 1964 and after games in 1969-70, 1974-75 and 1978-79, have met at least once each season since 1981-82 when Michigan joined Ohio State in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.
  • This is the second consecutive series between the teams in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines lead the all-time series, 91-49-14, including 46-19-8 on their home ice. Ohio State has dropped its last four games in Ann Arbor.
  • Last year, the teams met in Columbus Dec. 10-11, 2021, splitting a series with a 5-2 Wolverine win and 6-1 Ohio State victory. In Ann Arbor Feb. 18-19, 2022, the Wolverines swept the series (5-3, 3-0).
  • Tate Singleton leads the current Buckeyes with 13 games played vs. Michigan and has a team-best five goals and seven points vs. the Wolverines. Gustaf Westlund and Jake Wise are first for the current squad with four assists vs. UM.
  • Five Buckeyes – Scooter Brickey (Burtchville), Patrick Guzzo (Marysville), John Larkin (Northville), Dalton Messina (Macomb) and CJ Regula – call Michigan home. Tyler Duke’s brother, Dylan, plays for the Wolverines.
  • The Wolverines are 12-7-1 this season and 4-6-0-1-1-0 in the Big Ten. The squad faced the U.S. National Under-18 Team last Friday, with a 7-6 win. Michigan’s last regular season series was a split of a home-and-home series with Michigan State Dec. 9-10, with each team posting a 2-1 road win.
  • Michigan is scoring 3.80 goals a game to rank fifth nationally in scoring offense and allowing 2.95 an outing. The power play ranks eighth in the NCAA (.253) and the penalty kill is 22nd (.813).

In the Rankings

  • This week, the Buckeyes moved to a season-high eighth in both the DCU/USCHO rankings and in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
  • Ohio State started the year No. 16 in the DCU/USCHO.com preseason poll and was No. 18 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine preseason rankings. The squad has been ranked in the Top 20 all season.
  • Ohio State is one of five Big Ten teams in the USCHO Top 20 this week, joining No. 2 Minnesota, No. 5 Penn State, No. 6 Michigan and No. 17 Michigan State, with Notre Dame receiving votes.

Dobeš Honored by the B1G

  • Goalie Jakub Dobeš was named Big Ten First Star of the Week after the Michigan State sweep.
  • In the two games combined vs. the Spartans, he posted a .50 goals-against average and .983 save percentage, stopping 59-of-60 shots. He allowed one third-period goal in a 3-1 game one win, making 27 saves, and had 32 stops in a game two 6-0 shutout victory. It was his second shutout of the year and the fifth of his Ohio State career.
  • This is Dobeš’ second conference star of the week selection this year and the sixth of his Buckeye career.
  • Dobeš started the first 22 games in net and has a 2.12 goals-against average and .923 save percentage, ranking in the Top 13 in the NCAA in both categories. He is third nationally in goalie wins with 14.
  • Dobeš became the 24th Buckeye goalie to play in at least 50 games with his start in game one at LIU Nov. 26 and then made his 50th career start in game two at LIU (he is now at 56 starts and 57 appearances).
  • He is in the Top 5 in program history in career save percentage (.930) and goals-against average (2.21).

Special Teams

  • The Buckeyes were 4-for-4 on the penalty kill against Michigan State and are now 80-for-88 (.909) this season, ranking first in the NCAA.
  • Ohio State is first nationally with eight shorthanded goals, ahead of St. Cloud and Providence with six each. Davis Burnside has two shorthanded goals to lead the Buckeyes, along with man-down tallies from Cam Thiesing, Dominic Vidoli, Patrick Guzzo, Tate Singleton, Kamil Sadlocha and Joe Dunlap.
  • The eight shorthanded goals are the most for the Buckeyes since the 2006-07 squad had 11. The previous best since that year was five in 2012-13 and 2015-16.
  • The squad has allowed four shorthanded goals – vs. Wisconsin Oct. 8, Bentley Oct. 20, LIU Nov. 26 and Penn State Dec. 3.
  • Ohio State was 2-for-9 on the power play against Michigan State.
  • Overall, the squad is 20-for-94 (.213) with the man advantage and has put 173 shots on goals while a man up.
  • Stephen Halliday leads the team with five power play goals. Jake Wise and Travis Treloar have four each, while Cam Thiesing has three and Michael Gildon has two. Scooter Brickey and Tyler Duke have also scored on the power play.