No. 8 Ohio State vs. Michigan State (Ohio State Game Notes)
Saturday, Jan. 6 | 7:05 p.m. | Munn Ice Arena | East Lansing, Mich.
Watch: BTN Plus on BTN2Go | Live Stats | Radio: 1460 AM, Buckeye Vision, TuneIn app
Setting the Scene
• The No. 8-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team closes its series with Michigan State tonight after winning the opener, 4-1. The Buckeyes (13-4-4, 6-4-1-0 B1G) and Spartans (8-12-1, 2-8-1-1 B1G) will meet at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Mich.
• The game will be streamed through BTN Plus on BTN2Go online and for mobile devices.
• Ohio State radio will carry the games 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 Buckeyes won the first game of the season against Michigan State, 4-1, Friday in East Lansing.
• Ohio State took a 1-0 lead 33 seconds into the game on a Sasha Larocque goal and extended the advantage to 2-0 with a Kevin Miller power play goal at 5:58. Ronnie Hein and Tanner Laczynski scored 17 seconds apart in the first minute of the second period for a 4-0 Buckeye advantage. The Spartans got on the board midway through the third with the game’s final goal. Buckeye goalie Sean Romeo made 21 saves and the Buckeyes won the special teams battle, converting 2-of-4 power play chances and going 5-for-5 on the penalty kill. Laczynski had a goal and an assist for two points, while Matthew Weis had two helpers.
Buckeye Notes to Know
• Ohio State is 13-4-4 on the year and enters game two at Michigan State on a five-game winning streak, looking for its third consecutive sweep and the sixth of the year. In their last 10 games, the Buckeyes are 7-1-2, scoring 3.1 goals a game and allowing 1.9 a contest.
• The Buckeyes improved to 8-1-1 on the road, ranking second nationally in road winning percentage (.850) behind 9-0-0 Notre Dame and tying for third in road wins.
• Ohio State is first in the NCAA on the penalty kill, stopping 74-of-80 (.925) opponent power play chances. Friday was the sixth 5-for-5 game for the Buckeyes this season.
• The Buckeyes were 2-for-4 on the power play Friday, the second straight game with two power play goals. The squad is 15-for-85 (.176) on the year. Since starting the season 0-for-20 through its first four games, the team is 15-for-65 (.231).
• The Buckeyes are holding teams to 2.0 goals per game to rank fourth nationally in team defense. The team has allowed two or fewer goals in 14 games overall and in each of the last five games.
• When scoring first this season, Ohio State is undefeated (9-0-2). The squad is 4-4-2 when allowing the first tally. Friday was the third straight game the Buckeyes notched two first period goals, allowing one first-period score in those games combined. The Buckeyes have allowed eight first period goals this season (.38 per game, ranking second in the NCAA) and have held opponents to 6.81 shots on goal in the first period this year.
• Buckeye associate head coach Steve Miller is slated to return to the Buckeyes today after winning a bronze medal with Team USA at the World Junior Championship as an assistant coach. He was part of the gold medal winning team last year, along with current Buckeye sophomore Tanner Laczynski.
• Ohio State has 30 goals in the first two periods combined, with 15 in each stanza, and has scored 29 goals in the third. The squad has scored at least one goal in the third period in all but five games this year (including Friday night vs. Michigan State).
• Sophomore Tanner Laczynski leads Ohio State with 10 goals, 17 assists and 27 points, with all 27 points coming in his last 17 games. He is two points behind the NCAA point leader. He had a goal and an assist Friday, his eighth multiple-point game of the year.
• Mason Jobst and Matthew Weis are tied for second on the team with 21 points each. Ohio State is the only team with three skaters in the Top 10 point scorers in the Big Ten.
• Redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo has started 19 of 21 games and is in the Top 10 nationally in goals-against average (1.89) and save percentage (.929), with 30 or more saves in six of the last eight games.
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