Buckeye Hockey This Week
The No. 6-ranked Ohio State men's hockey team travels to No. 10/9 Minnesota this weekend for the final road trip of the regular season. The Buckeyes and Golden Gophers will meet at 9 p.m. ET Friday on BTN and BTN2Go and at 5 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPNU and WatchESPN. Ohio State radio will carry both contests on 1460 AM and the TuneIn app.
Last Time Out
Ohio State split a two-game series at No. 1 Notre Dame last weekend. The Buckeyes dropped the opener, 2-1, with Kevin Miller scoring on the power play and the Buckeye penalty kill 6-for-6.
Saturday, the Buckeyes posted a 5-1 win over the Irish. The team led 1-0 after the first and 2-1 after the second. Ohio State scored twice in the first eight minutes of the third to push the lead to 4-1 and closed out the win with an empty net goal. Five Buckeyes - Matthew Weis, Matt Joyaux, Kevin Miller, Sam McCormick and Brendon Kearney - scored goals, while Luke Stork had a team-best two assists. In all, 12 Buckeyes had at least a point and 17 of 18 skaters were +1 or better. Goalie Sean Romeo had a career-high 39 saves in the win. Look back at the win with a Twitter Moment
— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) February 13, 2018
In the Big Ten
Ohio State clinched a Top 4 finish in the Big Ten standings with its win Saturday and will host a first round series of the Big Ten Tournament March 2-4, with each game at 7 p.m. in Value City Arena.
With two weeks left in the regular season, Ohio State is in second place with 37 points, followed by Michigan (32 points), Minnesota (29), Wisconsin (28), Penn State (25) and Michigan State (15). Notre Dame won the regular season title and has 50 points. The Wolverines and Badgers have two games remaining, while the other five schools have four games left. A win is worth three points, while teams get one point each in a tie, with a shootout determining the extra league point.
General public tickets for the first round games will go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday online through Ticketmaster and at the Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office.
💥 The win last night clinched home ice for the Buckeyes in the first round of the @B1GHockey Tournament.
OSU will host a best of 3 series March 2-4 in @TheSchott. 🎟 info coming this week. https://t.co/9cqIk0p8Xn
-- Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) February 11, 2018
In the Rankings
Ohio State remained No. 6 in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week.
The squad has been in the Top 10 for eight consecutive weeks, beginning with the final polls of the 2017 calendar year.
📈 Buckeyes are ranked No. 6️⃣ in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week.
Ohio State hits the road for two games at No. 10/9 Minnesota this weekend. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/th8q1JHA61
-- Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) February 13, 2018
Minnesota is No. 10 in the USCHO poll and No. 9 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings this week after sweeping Wisconsin on the road.
The Buckeyes Lately
Ohio State is 7-3 in its last 10 games, averaging 3.8 goals a game and allowing 2.4 a contest. The power play is 15-for-43 (.349) and the penalty kill is 35-for-40 (.875). All four numbers rank in the Top 13 nationally, with the power play first and the goals per game tied for second over teams' last 10 games.
Since teams returned to action around the NCAA Dec. 28, Ohio State is 9-3-0, tying for fifth in team winning percentage. The squad has scored 3.75 goals per night (the fourth-best average nationally) and is allowing 2.25 goals a game. The power play is 17-for-51 (.333) and the penalty kill is 40-for-46 (.870). Since that date, Matthew Weis is averaging a Big Ten best 1.42 points per game (5g, 12a, 17p). Tanner Laczynski is scoring 1.17 points a night (4g, 10a, 14p) and Mason Jobst has a 1.09 points per game average (4g, 8a, 12p), ranking third and tying for fourth among conference skaters.
Buckeyes vs. Gophers
Ohio State and Minnesota met in Columbus Dec. 8-9, with the Buckeyes posting the first sweep of the Gophers in program history. The Buckeyes won game one in overtime, 2-1, and claimed game two, 4-1, in Value City Arena.
The teams last met in Minneapolis Dec. 2-3, 2016. After a 5-3 Minnesota win in the opener, Ohio State posted an 8-3 victory in game two. It was the first win for the Buckeyes on the Gophers' home ice in Big Ten play.
Look back at the first series between the teams: Twitter Moment
Laczynski has a team-high 25 assists and 37 points, Weis is second with 23 assists and 33 points and Jobst has a team-best 13 goals, ranking third with 30 points. All three rank in the Top 7 in the Big Ten; Ohio State is the only school with three of the Top 10 scorers in the league. Laczynski ranks 12th nationally in points per game (1.23).
In Big Ten games only, Laczynski is second among all league skaters with 23 points, with Weis and Jobst tied for third with 21 points each.
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Hockey Buckeyes in PyeonChang
Two Buckeye hockey alums - Matt McIlvane (2005-08) and Matt Waddell (2004-07) - are both at the Winter Olympic Games. McIlvane, who is on the coaching staff for EHC Red Bull München in the DEL in Germany, is an assistant coach with Germany's men's hockey team at the Games. Waddell, who is a performance coach at Twist Performance and Wellness in North Vancouver, British Columbia, is the strength and conditioning coach for China's women's curling team.
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Hockey Buckeyes at the #Olympics!
Alums Matt Waddell (Chinese women's 🥌 strength & conditioning coach) and Matt McIlvane (German men's 🏒 assistant coach) met up in PyeongChang. #GoBucks #BuckeyesForLife pic.twitter.com/XPdjPfX44B
-- Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) February 13, 2018
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