Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal Best-of-Three Series
No. 6 Ohio State vs. Michigan State
Series Game Notes - Ohio State | Michigan State Game Two Game Notes - Ohio State
Big Ten Tournament Central
Game One - Ohio state 6, Michigan State 2
Game Two - Saturday, March 3, 7 p.m. | Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
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Game Three - If necessary: Sunday, March 4, 7 p.m. | Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
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Setting the Scene
• The No. 6-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team faces Michigan State in game two of their Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal series. The No. 2 seed Buckeyes (22-8-5, 14-8-2-1 B1G) and No. 7 Spartans (12-21-2, 6-16-2-1 B1G) will meet at 7 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena in Columbus.
• The game will be streamed online through BTN Plus on BTN2Go. Ohio State radio will call the action online through Buckeye Vision and live stats can be accessed through OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
• Ohio State won game one in the series, 6-2, Friday. A win by the Buckeyes tonight would give them the series sweep and they would advance to host a tournament semifinal game next Saturday in Value City Arena. If Michigan State wins tonight, the teams will face off in game three at 7 p.m. Sunday for a spot in the semifinals.
• This is the fourth time in five years of Big Ten hockey Ohio State and Michigan State are meeting in the tournament quarterfinals. Ohio State won the first three matchups, all single games at neutral sites. The Buckeyes' victories in 2014 and '16 were in overtime, along with a 6-3 win last year. All-time in postseason play, Ohio State is 6-6 vs. the Spartans, going 1-6 in the CCHA Tournament and 1-0 in the NCAA Tournament, along with the 4-0 B1G mark after last night's win.
• The Buckeyes won the regular season series vs. the Spartans, 3-1-0. The teams first met in East Lansing Jan. 5-6, with Ohio State posting 4-1 and 5-3 wins. The Buckeyes claimed the opener in Columbus 4-2 Feb. 2 before a 6-3 Spartan win in game two Feb. 3.
• With points from 13 players and four third period goals, Ohio State downed Michigan State to open their Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal series Friday in Value City Arena, 6-2.
• The Buckeyes led 1-0 after the first period on a late power play goal from Tanner Laczynski. The Spartans tied the game early in the second period but Ohio State again notched a goal late with the extra man, as Matthew Weis put the Buckeyes up 2-1 at 16:32. Ohio State outscored Michigan State 4-1 in the third, including two goals in the first seven minutes, to pull away for the win.
• Mason Jobst led the Buckeyes with three points on a goal and two assists, while Laczynski had a goal and a helper for a two-point night to cross the 40-point mark for the season. Wyatt Ege and Brendon Kearney both picked up two assists. Sasha Larocque, John Wiitala and Christian Lampasso also scored for Ohio State. The Buckeyes won the special teams battle, going 3-for-5 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.
Buckeyes vs. Spartans
• In a series that dates to 1964, Ohio State trails the all-time series with Michigan State, 42-88-12, but has the edge in the last 10, 8-2-0.
• In Columbus, the Spartans have the advantage, 35-21-6. The teams have split the last four series on the Buckeyes' home ice. In the first three, Michigan State won the first game and Ohio State won the second game for the split. The last series (Feb. 2-3), Ohio State won the opener 4-2 before a 6-3 MSU victory.
Buckeye Notes to Know
• The Buckeyes are the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, the first time as a conference tournament's second seed since the 2005 squad that reached the CCHA Tournament Championship game.
• Ohio State is 6-4 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament, with wins in the quarterfinals each year. The squad reached the inaugural championship game in 2014.
• Ohio State ranks in the Top 12 in the NCAA on the penalty kill (1st/.912), team defense (t-3rd/2.06 goals allowed per game), penalty minutes per game (4th/9.0), power play (8th/.232), and scoring offense (11th/3.2 goals scored per game).
• Ohio State was 2-for-2 on the penalty kill in the win Friday. The squad leads the NCAA on the penalty kill, stopping 114-of-125 (.912) of its opponents’ chances. The team is averaging 9.0 penalty minutes a game this season, the fourth-lowest average nationally, and had two penalties for four minutes Friday.
• The Buckeyes were 3-for-5 with the man advantage vs. the Spartans in the opener and have a power play goal in 12 of the last 16 games, with multiple goals in eight of those outings (22-for-66, .333 in the stretch). The squad is 33-for-142 (.232) on the year.
• When scoring first this season, Ohio State is undefeated (15-0-3). The squad is 7-8-2 when allowing the first tally.
• The six goals by the Buckeyes Friday matched their season high, first set two games ago. The team is averaging 3.2 goals a game on the year and has 16 goals in its last three games combined.
• Mason Jobst had multiple points for the third straight game and has a 3-4-7 line in the three games combined. He has 38 points this season, with 17 goals and 21 assists, tying for fifth among Big Ten scorers.
• Tanner Laczynski picked up two points Friday to hit the 40-point mark for the first time as a Buckeye. He has 15 goals and 26 assists for 41 points this year, with 13 multiple-point games, and is tied for second in the Big Ten in points. This is the third straight year at least one Buckeye has posted 40 or more points. Last season, three Buckeyes (Mason Jobst/55, Nick Schilkey&David Gust/41) all had 40+ points.
• Wyatt Ege and Brendon Kearney each had a second consecutive two-assist night. Both are on three-game point streaks with five points in the stretch. Ege has 14 assists and points on the year, while Kearney has a 4-11-15 line.
• Christian Lampasso has a goal in three straight games with four in the three games combined. He has 10 goals this season after notching four in his first three years in the Scarlet and Gray.
• Friday, the Buckeyes had 40 shots for the eighth time this year, but for the first time since notching 47 Jan. 12 at Penn State. The team averages 32.6 shots on goal a night.
• Ohio State has scored 53 goals in the third period this season, averaging 1.51 third-period goals per game, to rank second in the NCAA in both categories.
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