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No. 14 Ohio State at Michigan State | Friday, Feb. 17 | 7:05 p.m. ET | East Lansing, Mich.
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No. 14 Ohio State at Michigan State | Friday, Feb. 17 | 7:05 p.m. ET | East Lansing, Mich.
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Setting the Scene
• The No. 14-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team (14-8-6, 5-6-1-1 B1G) will play two games at Michigan State (6-17-3, 2-8-2-0 B1G) this weekend. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing.
• The games will be streamed online through BTN Plus subscription packages on BTN2Go.
• Ohio State radio will carry the contests on 1460 AM and online through Buckeye Vision 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.
In the Rankings
• This week, Ohio State is No. 14 in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.
• The squad has been in the Top 20 of the USCHO poll each of the last 18 weeks, in the Top 10 six of the last 11 weeks and has received votes for 19 consecutive weeks.
• In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, the Buckeyes have been in the Top 15 each of the last 16 weeks and 17 total weeks this season and in the Top 10 five of the last 10 weeks, while receiving votes in all 18 polls.
Last Time Out
• Ohio State is coming off a series split with then-No. 5/4 Minnesota, winning the opener 5-4 before a 6-5 loss in Value City Arena.
• Michigan State was 1-0-1 vs. Michigan last week, tying 4-4 Friday (with a shootout loss) in Joe Louis Arena in Detroit before a 4-1 victory in Ann Arbor.
Buckeye Notes to Know
• Ohio State is second in the NCAA in scoring offense, averaging 4.14 goals per game. Penn State (4.27), Ohio State and Harvard (4.04) are the only teams averaging 4+ goals a game. The Buckeyes are tied for the NCAA goal lead (116) and are first nationally in assists (200) and points (316). The squad has 20 goals in its last four games combined and has scored five or more goals in 11 games this year.
• The Buckeyes lead the NCAA on the power play, converting 35-of-118 chances (29.7 percent). The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten on the power play in conference games only as well, scoring on 37.5 percent of their chances (18-for-48).
• Senior forward Nick Schilkey had a goal in each game last weekend (part of a four-game goal scoring streak) and leads the NCAA with .92 goals a game, ranking third with 22 goals on the year. He is 10th nationally in points per game and ranks third (tied) in scoring among Big Ten skaters. Schilkey is one of 15 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award and is on the Hobey Baker Award fan ballot. In his career, he has 123 points, with 64 goals and 59 assists. It is the eighth-highest point total among current NCAA skaters. He is tied for 37th in OSU history in career points and ranks seventh among Buckeyes since 1996-97.
• Sophomore Mason Jobst enters the weekend on a 14-game point streak, with an 11-17-28 line in the stretch. Since Dec. 3, when his streak started, he is first in the NCAA in points per game (2.00). Jobst is second in the Big Ten in scoring with 40 points and shares the conference lead in points in B1G play (23). He is ninth nationally in points per game and assists per game.
• The Buckeyes are 9-2-3 on the road this year, with an overall mark of 9-3-4 in games away from Columbus.
— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) February 16, 2017
In the B1G
• All six Big Ten teams are in conference action this weekend. In addition to the Buckeyes' series at Michigan State, Penn State hosts Minnesota and Michigan travels to Wisconsin.
• Minnesota is in first place with 27 points (9-3-0-0), followed by Wisconsin (24 points, 8-4-0-0), Penn State (22, 7-4-1-0), Ohio State (17, 5-6-1-1), Michigan (10, 2-8-2-2) and Michigan State (8, 2-8-2-0).
• This marks the fourth season for men's hockey as a Big Ten Conference sponsored sport. In the league standings, teams receive three points for a regulation or overtime win, two points for a shootout win, one point for a shootout loss and no points for a regulation or overtime loss.
• Conference games that remain tied after a five-minute overtime will again go to a shootout to determine which team receives the extra point in the standings. The shootout is a best of three and will then go to sudden-victory if it is tied after three rounds.
• All six teams qualify for the Big Ten Tournament, which will be held March 16-18 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
• Ohio State was picked second in the Big Ten coaches preseason poll behind Minnesota. Michigan was third, followed by Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan State.
• Ohio State finished fourth in the Big Ten last year with an 8-8-4-1 record. Minnesota has won the first three regular season titles, including in 2016 after posting a 14-6-0 record to edge Michigan by one point.
Last Time Out
• Ohio State split two games with Minnesota last weekend in Columbus, winning the opener 5-4 before a 6-5 loss. The series ended the regular season series between the teams, with each squad winning twice.
• Game 1 (Ohio State 5, Minnesota 4): Ohio State led 2-0 after the first period on goals by Matthew Weis and Nick Schilkey. The Gophers scored the next three, tallying on the power play 46 seconds into the second period and adding goals at 4:09 and 10:15. Just 49 seconds after Minnesota had taken a 3-2 lead Buckeye junior Kevin Miller scored to deadlock the score at three.
• In the third, Mason Jobst put the Buckeyes ahead at 3:47 with a power play goal and Tanner Laczynski made it a two-goal advantage at 15:07. The Gophers scored with the net empty at 18:07 to draw within one, but a late penalty on Minnesota took away the advantage of the extra attacker.
• Four Buckeyes – Nick Schilkey, Mason Jobst, Tanner Laczynski and Matthew Weis – had a goal and an assist in the game, while Sasha Larocque had two helpers. Senior goalie Matt Tomkins made 35 saves in the win.
• Game 2 (Minnesota 6, Ohio State 5): The Buckeyes led 1-0 after the first period on a Matt Miller power play goal and extended the lead to 3-0 by 5:32 of the second on goals from Mason Jobst and Dakota Joshua. The Gophers scored the next two for a one-goal game but Nick Schilkey tallied for the Buckeyes for a 4-2 lead at 14:10 of the second. Minnesota then took advantage of a five-minute major power play and converted twice to tie the game at four after 40 minutes. The Buckeyes regained the lead in the third on Joshua’s second goal of the night. A second major power play for the Gophers started at 11:00 and they tied the game and took the lead during the opportunity. In all, eight of the 11 goals in the game (including all six by Minnesota) were scored on the power play.
Just the Stats
• The Buckeyes are 14-8-6 overall this season, with a 5-5-2 home mark, 9-2-3 ledger in away games and 0-1-1 record in neutral site contests.
• Ohio State is averaging 4.14 goals a game this season, ranking second in the NCAA, and allowing 3.11 per outing.
• The squad averages 30.5 shots on goal a game and allows 32.1 shots on goal per outing. Ohio State leads the nation in shooting percentage, converting 13.6 percent of its shots.
• The Buckeye power play is first nationally, converting 29.7 percent (35-for-118) of its opportunities, while the penalty kill is 88-for-120 (.733). Ohio State averages 12.4 penalty minutes a game.
• Sophomore Mason Jobst is first with 26 assists and 40 points, while senior Nick Schilkey leads the team with 22 goals and is second with 34 points. Jobst is second with 14 goals, followed by senior David Gust with 12. Gust is third with 29 points, with freshman Tanner Laczynski fourth with 28, ranking second on the squad with 20 assists. Matthew Weis (25), Dakota Joshua (23) and Josh Healey (20) have also hit the 20-point mark.
• In goal, senior Christian Frey, who missed time with an injury, has played in 18 games, starting 16, and has a 3.15 goals-against average and .911 save percentage. Matt Tomkins has started 13 games, playing in 15, and has a 2.73 goals-against average and .899 save percentage. Logan Davis has two appearances and stopped all six shots he faced.
Buckeyes vs. Spartans
• In a series that dates to 1964, Ohio State trails the all-time series with Michigan State, 34-86-12, but has the edge in the last 10, 5-4-1, including a 3-0-1 ledger in the last four games.
• Ohio State won the 2015-16 regular season series, 2-1-1, against the Spartans. The teams first met in Columbus, splitting the two games. Michigan State won the opener, 4-2, Jan. 29 before a 2-1 Buckeye win Jan. 30. Ohio State then posted a 6-5 overtime victory March 11 before a 1-1 overtime tie March 12.
• The teams met in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals March 17 in Saint Paul, Minn., a 4-3 Buckeye win in overtime. That game was the third in a row for the teams against each other, with all three going to overtime.
• The Spartans claimed the 2014-15 season series, 3-1. The teams met in Columbus Nov. 20-21, 2014 to open the Big Ten schedule. The Spartans won the opener, 3-1, before a 3-0 Buckeye shutout victory in game two. In East Lansing Jan. 23-24, 2015, Michigan State posted 4-1 and 2-0 victories.
• In the first year as Big Ten foes, Ohio State won the season series 2-0-3. In the regular season, the Buckeyes won 5-3 in Columbus Jan. 10, 2014 before the squads tied three games in a row. The streak began with a 1-1 tie in Columbus Jan. 11, 2014 and then the teams had back-to-back 2-2 ties Feb. 7-8, 2014 in East Lansing. The Spartans won the first shootout, with Ohio State claiming both in East Lansing. The Buckeyes and Spartans then met in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals and again went to overtime. The Buckeyes notched a 2-1 win in that contest on a Drew Brevig goal to advance to the tournament semifinals.
Buckeyes vs. Spartans - The Last Time
• Buckeye Mason Jobst scored in overtime to lift Ohio State to a 4-3 win over No. 5 seed Michigan State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament March 17, 2016.
• The Buckeyes led 2-0 after the first period on goals from John Wiitala and Tommy Parran, but the Spartans scored three power play goals in the second, including one on a major, to carry a 3-2 lead into the third.
• In the third Buckeye Matthew Weis tied the game with a goal at 3:17 and neither team was able to break the deadlock through the remainder of regulation. The teams, playing for a third straight game, went to overtime for the third straight game as well. Jobst’s gamewinner came 13:47 into the first overtime, on the rebound of a shot by Craig Dalrymple.
• Ohio State outshot Michigan State, 48-34, in the game, including 41-19 at even strength.
• Michigan State is 6-17-3 overall this year, with a 2-8-2-0 ledger in Big Ten play.
• The Spartans average 2.46 goals a game, while allowing 3.81 a contest. The power play has scored 18 goals on 123 chances (.146) and the penalty kill is 89-for-120 (.742). Michigan State is averaging 25.3 shots on goal and 13.4 penalty minutes a night.
• Mason Appleton is first with 10 goals and 23 points, while Taro Hirose has a team-best 14 assists and is second with 20 points.
• In goal, Ed Minney has played in 21 games and has a 3.55 goals-against average and .885 save percentage.
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