No. 6/7 Ohio State at No. 13/13 Penn State
Setting the Scene
• The No. 6/7-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team wraps up the regular season series with No. 13/13 Penn State tonight. The Buckeyes (14-5-4, 7-5-1-0 B1G) and Nittany Lions (13-7-3, 6-4-3-2 B1G) will meet at 7 p.m. Saturday in Pegula Ice Arena in University Park, Pa.
• This is the second and final regular season series between Ohio State and Penn State this season. The teams met Dec. 1-2 in Columbus. In the opener, the game was back and forth. Ohio State overcame a 3-1 deficit to take a one-goal lead twice in the third period, but Penn State tied the game with less than a second left in regulation. Neither team scored in overtime and Penn State won the shootout for the extra point. The Nittany Lions claimed game two, 4-0, and won Friday night, 5-2.
• Penn State moved into second place in the Big Ten with 23 points, one point ahead of Ohio State (22), with its win last night. Michigan is in fourth with 15 points, Minnesota and Wisconsin are tied for fifth with 14 points each and Michigan State has 11 points. Notre Dame, who is off this weekend, is undefeated and in first place with 36 points.
• The Buckeyes' loss Friday ended a six-game winning streak and was the team's second loss in the last 13 games (9-2-2, with both to Penn State). Penn State is now unbeaten in its last 11 games (8-0-3).
• The game will be televised by BTN and available on BTN2Go for cable subscribers who have BTN as part of their cable package.
• 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 Nittany Lions won back-to-back games over the Buckeyes for the first time with a 5-2 victory Friday night.
• Penn State led 2-0 after the first. Buckeye captain Mason Jobst scored two power play goals in the second, sandwiched around a power play tally by Penn State, for a 3-2 game through two periods. Penn State took a two-goal lead with a power play goal with less than four minutes left and sealed the win with an empty net score. Ohio State outshot Penn State, 47-36, in the contest.
• Each team had two power play goals, the Buckeyes’ fourth straight game with a power play goal and the first time the Buckeyes allowed more than one power play goal in a game this season. Leading scorer Tanner Laczynski had two helpers for Ohio State.
Buckeye Notes to Know
As a team
• The Buckeyes are 9-2-1 on the road this season, ranking second nationally in road winning percentage (.792) behind 9-0-0 Notre Dame and tying for second in road wins. The loss Friday ended a nine-game unbeaten streak on the road (8-0-1).
• Ohio State is first in the NCAA on the penalty kill, stopping 80-of-89 (.899) opponent power play chances. Penn State was 2-for-3 Friday, the first time Ohio State allowed more than one power play goal this year.
• The Buckeyes were 2-for-4 with the man advantage Friday and are now 18-for-93 (.194) on the year. Since starting the season 0-for-20 through its first four games, the team is 18-for-73 (.247), ranking seventh nationally since Oct. 19. The team has a power play goal in each of the last four games and is 7-for-17 (.412) in the stretch.
• When scoring first this season, Ohio State is undefeated (9-0-2). The squad is 5-5-2 when allowing the first tally (including a loss Friday). Robert Morris (Oct. 27) was the only other team this season to score twice against the Buckeyes in the opening stanza. Ohio State was shut out in the first for the first time in five games Friday.
• The Buckeyes are holding teams to 2.17 goals per game to rank fifth nationally in team defense. The team has allowed two or fewer goals in 14 games overall. Penn State has set the Buckeyes' opponent season high twice, scoring five Dec. 1 and last night.
• Ohio State’s 47 shots Friday marked the sixth time this season the team had 40 or more. The squad had a season-high 57 vs. RPI Oct. 13, 48 in the first game vs. Penn State Dec. 1, 45 vs. Robert Morris Oct. 27, 41 vs. Notre Dame Nov. 4 and 40 against Robert Morris Oct. 28. The squad is 10th in the NCAA with 33.13 shots on goal per game.
• Ohio State has 34 goals in the first two periods combined, with 17 in the first and 17 in the second, and has scored 32 goals in the third. The squad has scored at least one goal in the third period in all but six games this year (and was shut out in the third Friday).
• Sophomore Tanner Laczynski extended his point streak to seven (4g, 7a, 11p) with two assists Friday. He leads Ohio State with 21 assists and 31 points, with all 31 points coming in his last 20 games. Laczynski enters the weekend on a six-game point streak (4g, 5a, 9p). He is second in the NCAA in points (one behind the leader) and tied for second in assists. He ranks 11th in points per game (1.35) and is fourth in assists per game (.91) nationally. In Big Ten only games, Laczynski ranks third with a 5-12-17 line, three behind the leader.
• Junior Mason Jobst had his seventh career two-goal game and fourth this season with two power play tallies Friday. He has a team-high 11 goals and is third with 23 points. Seven of his goals have come on the power play, tying for fourth in the NCAA.
• Matthew Weis is second on the squad with 24 points, including 16 assists, and extended his point streak to seven with an assist Friday. he has a 3-8-11 line in the stretch.
• With Laczynski, Weis and Jobst, Ohio State has three of the Top 9 point getters in the Big Ten (the only school with three in the Top 9).
• Redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo has started 21 of 23 games and is in the Top 11 nationally in goals-against average (2.04) and save percentage (.924). Freshman Tommy Nappier has two starts and three appearances, with a 2.35 gaa and .928 save percentage.
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