Buckeye Hockey This Week
After wrapping up a four-game homestand, the No. 6-ranked Ohio State men's hockey team hits the road to take on No. 1-ranked Notre Dame in a Big Ten Conference series this weekend in Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Ind. The teams will meet at 7:35 p.m. Friday and 7:05 p.m. Saturday.
The first game will be televised by NBCSN, with game two on NBCSports.com. Ohio State radio will carry both contests on 1460 AM and on the TuneIn app.
In the Big Ten
Ohio State enters the weekend in second place in the Big Ten with an 11-6-1-0 record and 34 points. Notre Dame is in first with a 15-2-1-1 ledger and 47 points. The Buckeyes lead No. 3 Wisconsin (8-9-3-1/28 points) by six points, No. 4 Michigan (8-10-2-1/27 points) by seven points, No. 5 Penn State (6-9-5-2/25 points) by nine points and No. 6 Minnesota (7-10-1-1/23 points) by 11 points. Michigan State is in seventh with 14 points and a 4-13-1-1 mark. The Irish, Buckeyes, Gophers and Spartans each have six games left, while the Badgers, Wolverines and Nittany Lions each have four games remaining.
This year, the Big Ten Tournament will be held on campus sites. The No. 1 seed will receive a first round bye, with Nos. 2-4 hosting 5-7 in best-of-three first round series. The Top 2 remaining seeds will host semifinal games, with the top remaining seed hosting the championship game, with the tournament winner receiving the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
Tanner Laczynski is first (37), Matthew Weis is tied for third (31) and Mason Jobst is seventh (28) in scoring among Big Ten skaters. The Buckeyes are fourth in offense (3.14 goals per game) among Big Ten teams, second in team defense (2.21 goals allowed per game) and first on both the power play (27-for-115/.235) and penalty kill (94-for-104/.904).
In the Rankings
Ohio State is No. 6 in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week.
The squad has been in the Top 10 for seven consecutive weeks, beginning with the final polls of the 2017 calendar year.
Notre Dame moved back into the top spot in both polls Monday. The Buckeyes last faced a team ranked first in the USCHO rankings Jan. 20-21, 2017 when they went 1-0-1-1 at then-No. 1 Penn State.
Buckeye Special Teams in NCAA Top 10
Ohio State converted 5-of-9 power play chances in its series vs. Michigan State and is now 27-for-115 (.235) on the year, ranking in the Top 10 in the NCAA. The squad has two or more power play goals in seven of the last nine outings (and a power play goal in all but one of the last nine), going 16-for-39 (.410) over the stretch.
The Buckeyes were 3-for-5 on the power play vs. Michigan State Saturday.
The squad is 16-for-39 (.410) in the last 9 games combined and 27-for-115 (.235) on the year. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/U79eCEnowX
— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) February 4, 2018
The Buckeyes have stopped 94-of-104 opponent power play chances this season, leading the NCAA at 90.4 percent. The squad was 4-for-4 Saturday after allowing one goal on two chances Friday vs. the Spartans.
Ohio State is averaging 9.4 penalty minutes a game, the fifth-lowest total in the nation.
In Big Ten play, the Buckeyes are first among league teams on both the power play (20-for-72, .278) and penalty kill (58-for-63, .921).
Vote Buckeye for Hobey
Three Buckeyes - Tanner Laczynski, Matthew Weis and Mason Jobst - are on the Hobey Baker Award fan ballot. Laczynski has a team-high 25 assists and 37 points, Weis is second with 22 assists and 31 points and Jobst has a team-best 13 goals, ranking third with 28 points. Ohio State is the only school with three of the Top 10 scorers in the Big Ten.
Laczynski has a point in all but seven games this season and Weis has a point in all but nine games (each started the year scoreless in the first four games). Jobst has a point in 19 of the 27 games he has played this year.
In Big Ten games only, Laczynski is first among all league skaters with 23 points, with Weis and Jobst tied for fourth with 20 points each.
Fans can vote daily for their choice by visiting go.osu.edu/hobeybaker.
• Matthew Weis had two points in each game vs. Michigan State last weekend, extending his point streak to 12 games, with a 4-15-19 line in the stretch. He is averaging 1.6 points per game in the stretch, ranking third among NCAA players over their last 12 games.
• Mason Jobst is on a five-game point streak, with four goals and three assists for seven points in the stretch.
• Tanner Laczynski had an 11-game point streak end Saturday vs. the Spartans. He had a 6-11-17 line in the stretch.
• Weis' 12-game point streak is tied for the third-longest for a Buckeye since 1998, while Laczynski's streak was the fifth longest since that time. Jobst had a 14-game point streak last year, behind only David Gust's 15-game streak over that period.
The Buckeyes Lately
In the Last 10 Games/since returning from December break ... Ohio State is 8-2, ranking second nationally with 3.9 goals per game and first on the power play (16-for-42, .381) among all teams in their last 10 games.
In the Last 18 Games (since dropping two games to Notre Dame Nov. 3-4) ... Ohio State is 13-3-2, averaging 3.56 goals a game and allowing 2.39 a contest. The power play is 23-for-72 (.310) and the penalty kill is 61-for-68 (.897).
The Military Appreciation jerseys worn by the Buckeyes last weekend during their series vs. Michigan State are currently being auctioned to benefit United Heroes League, which actively works to ensure that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in sports. The jerseys each feature one of the five branches of the United States military on the back nameplate.
For more information or to bid, visit go.osu.edu/MHKYAuction18.
🇺🇸 Military Appreciation jerseys the Buckeyes are wearing this weekend.
The jerseys will be auctioned to benefit @United_HL, running from 5 p.m. today through 8 p.m. Feb. 28.
Details/Bid ➡️ https://t.co/6kq2Z7SXqh pic.twitter.com/h4K1cdiz6s
-- Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) February 2, 2018
At the game Friday, Coach Rohlik and the Buckeyes presented a check to United Heroes League. The jersey auction last season raised $8,500 for the UHL.
At the game Friday, @SteveRohlik and the Buckeyes held a check presentation from last year's Military Appreciation Jersey auction for @United_HL.
This year's auction is live and runs through 2/28: https://t.co/6kq2Z7SXqh pic.twitter.com/iYEKKxp6wv
-- Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) February 4, 2018
Teddy Bear Toss
The Buckeyes' annual Teddy Bear Toss was held Friday, with about 800 stuffed animals donated by fans, who threw them on the ice following the first period. The stuffed animals will be delivered by the Buckeyes to Ronald McDonald House.
-- Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) February 4, 2018
Senior Salute - Class of 2018