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No. 13 Ohio State vs. Michigan State (B1G Tournament Quarterfinals)
Thursday, March 15 | 4:30 p.m. ET | Joe Louis Arena | Detroit, Mich.
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Setting the Scene
• The No. 13-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team (20-10-6, 11-8-1-1/3rd B1G) heads to Detroit for the 2017 Big Ten Tournament in Joe Louis Arena. The No. 3 seed Buckeyes will take on No. 6 Michigan State (7-23-4, 3-14-3-1 B1G) at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals.
• The winner of the OSU vs. MSU matchup advances to play No. 2 seed Wisconsin (19-14-1, 12-8-0-0 B1G) at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
• The other quarterfinal features No. 4 Penn State (21-11-2, 10-9-1-0 B1G) facing No. 5 Michigan (13-18-3, 6-12-2-2 B1G) at 8 p.m. Thursday, with that winner taking on No. 1 seed Minnesota (23-10-3, 14-5-1-0 B1G) in the semifinals at 8 p.m. Friday.
• The championship game is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, with the winner earning the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
• All five games in the tournament will be televised by BTN and available through BTN2Go for cable subscribers with BTN as part of their cable package.
• Ohio State radio will carry all Buckeye postseason contests on 1460 AM and online through OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
• Video, radio 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.
Last Time Out
• Ohio State posted a second consecutive road sweep, posting 5-1 and 3-1 wins at Wisconsin last weekend. The victories clinched the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament for the Buckeyes.
• Michigan State was 0-1-1 with a shootout win at Minnesota last weekend, falling 4-0 in game one before a 1-1 OT tie in game two.
Buckeye Notes to Know
• Ohio State is 20-10-6 on the year, the most wins for the team since the 2008-09 squad had 23. Since that time, the Buckeyes had an 18-win campaign, one year with 16 wins, three 15-win seasons and 14 wins in each of the last two years.
• The Buckeyes posted at least one win in the Big Ten Tournament each of the first three years, with two coming over Michigan State in overtime in the quarterfinals. The squad is 4-3 all-time in B1G tournament play, with an appearance in the inaugural final game.
• The Buckeyes are first in the NCAA on the power play, converting 46-of-146 chances (31.5 percent). The Buckeyes led the Big Ten on the power play in conference games only, scoring on a B1G-record 38.2 percent of their chances (29-for-76).
• The Buckeyes are 13-2-3 in road games this season for an NCAA-best .806 road winning percentage, ranking first in road wins (and tying for first in fewest road losses). Combining away and neutral games, Ohio State is 13-3-4 on the year, tying for third nationally with a .750 winning percentage.
• Ohio State is third in the NCAA in scoring offense, averaging 4.00 goals per game. The squad holds the NCAA lead with 144 goals on the year (ranking second with 94 even strength goals and 46 power play tallies) and is first with 386 points, tying for first with 242 assists. The Buckeyes have 12 games with five or more goals, with four or more in four of the last six.
• The Buckeyes have six players with 10-plus goals, six with 20 or more assists and seven with 20+ points, with five posting 30 or more points on the year.
• Nine of the Buckeyes' last 13 games have been decided by one goal, with Ohio State 4-5 in the one-goal games. On the year, the team is 7-5 in one-goal games.
• The Buckeyes have an NCAA-best 13.2 shooting percentage on the year.
• Five Buckeyes earned Big Ten honors - Mason Jobst was named First Team All-B1G and the league's scoring co-champion, Christian Frey, Josh Healey and Nick Schilkey were all Second Team All-B1G and Dakota Joshua was honorable mention all-conference.
• Sophomore Mason Jobst had nine points in his last four games, finishing B1G play with 34 points to share the scoring lead. He now has 51 points on the year, the most by a Buckeye since RJ Umberger had 53 in 2003. Jobst is second in the Big Ten in points overall and ranks ninth in the NCAA in points per game (1.42).
• Senior goalie Matt Tomkins is 11-3-3 on the year, ranking seventh in the NCAA in goalie winning percentage (.735). It is the most wins by a Buckeye goalie since Brady Hjelle had 14 in 2013.
• Twenty-three of the 28 Buckeyes have been invited to the annual Ohio State Scholar-Athlete Dinner. To qualify, student-athletes must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better.
In the Rankings
• This week, Ohio State is No. 13 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 22 weeks, was in the Top 10 six weeks this season and has received votes for 23 consecutive weeks.
• In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, the Buckeyes have been in the Top 15 each of the last 20 weeks and 21 total weeks this season and in the Top 10 for five weeks, while receiving votes in all 22 polls.
Buckeyes Recognized by B1G
• Five Buckeyes earned All-Big Ten recognition when the league announced its annual awards Monday. • Sophomore Mason Jobst was named First Team All-Big Ten and recognized as the league's scoring co-champion.
• Seniors Christian Frey, Josh Healey and Nick Schilkey all earned a spot on the All-Big Ten Second Team and sophomore Dakota Joshua was an honorable mention selection.
• Senior goalie Logan Davis was the recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Ohio State.
Just the Stats
• The Buckeyes are 20-10-6 overall this season, with a 7-7-2 home mark, 13-2-3 ledger in away games and 0-1-1 record in neutral site contests. The team was 11-8-1-1 in B1G contests to finish third, one point behind second place.
• Ohio State is averaging 4.00 goals a game this season, ranking third in the NCAA, and allowing 2.92 per outing.
• The squad averages 30.4 shots on goal a game and allows 31.3 shots on goal per outing. Ohio State leads the nation in shooting percentage, converting 13.2 percent of its shots.
• The Buckeye power play is first nationally, converting 31.5 percent (46-for-146) of its opportunities, while the penalty kill is 112-for-152 (.737). Ohio State averages 12.3 penalty minutes a game, with 4.1 power play chances for and 4.2 against per outing.
• Sophomore Mason Jobst is first with 33 assists and 51 points, with senior Nick Schilkey first with 26 goals and tied with classmate David Gust for second with 39 points. Jobst is second with 18 goals, followed by Gust with 16. Gust is second with 23 helpers, while Dakota Joshua is third with 22. Joshua (33) and Tanner Laczynski (30) have also hit the 30-point mark.
• In goal, senior Christian Frey has played in 23 games, starting 21, and has a 3.07 goals-against average and .910 save percentage. Matt Tomkins has started 16 games, playing in 19, and has a 2.48 goals-against average and .909 save percentage. Logan Davis has three appearances and stopped all six shots he faced.
Buckeyes in the B1G Tourney
• This is the fourth edition of the Big Ten Tournament and Ohio State is 4-3 in B1G tourney play. The Buckeyes have faced every team but Michigan in B1G postseason action.
• This marks the third year Ohio State and Michigan State are meeting in the quarterfinals; Ohio State won the matchups in 2014 and '16 in overtime.
• This is the first time the Buckeyes are the No. 3 seed. The squad was the fourth seed in 2014 and '16 and No. 5 in 2015.
• The first B1G tournament was held March 20-22, 2014, at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn., with Ohio State advancing to the inaugural championship game. The No. 4 seed Buckeyes topped Michigan State, 2-1 in overtime, in the quarterfinals before beating No. 1 Minnesota, 3-1, in the semifinals. Against No. 2 Wisconsin in the championship, the Badgers rallied for a 5-4 win in overtime.
• The 2015 edition of the B1G tournament was played at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Ohio State, the No. 5 seed, posted a 3-1 win over No. 4 Penn State in the quarterfinals before falling to top seed Minnesota in the semifinals, 3-0.
• In 2016 in Saint Paul, Minn., the No. 4 seed Buckeyes downed the No. 5 Spartans in overtime in the quarterfinals, 4-3, before falling to No. 1 seed Minnesota in the quarterfinals, 4-2.
• Ohio State has two conference postseason titles, winning Central Collegiate Hockey Association tournaments in 1972 (at St. Louis Arena in St. Louis, Mo.) and 2004 (in Joe Louis Arena in Detroit).
At the Joe
• Joe Louis Arena is hosting the Big Ten Tournament for the second (and final) time.
• This is the final year of Joe Louis Arena, home of the NHL's Red Wings. The team will move into a new arena starting in 2017-18.
• Ohio State has competed in a conference postseason tournament at The Joe 13 times (1979, `83, `84, `85, `87, `98, `99, `02, `03, `04, `05 and `13 as part of the CCHA and 2015 as part of the Big Ten). The team won three games in three days in the CCHA Super Six to claim the 2004 tournament title.
• The Buckeyes are 9-12 in postseason games in Joe Louis Arena (12-14 including consolation games).
• Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik captained Wisconsin to the 1990 NCAA title at Joe Louis Arena. The Badgers topped Colgate, 7-3, in the championship game after beating Boston College in the semifinals, 2-1. Rohlik also played his final NHL preseason game at Joe Louis Arenaskating for the the Penguins and starting on a line with Joey Mullen and Bryan Trottier).
Last Time Out - Buckeyes Sweep Badgers
• Ohio State won two games at Wisconsin last weekend to close the regular season, posting 5-1 and 3-1 victories. It was the fewest goals allowed by the Buckeyes in a Big Ten series this season and matched the two goals allowed by the Buckeyes in a sweep of RPI Nov. 18-19.
• Game one (Ohio State 5, Wisconsin 1): The Buckeyes won the series opener, 5-1, last Friday, with five goal scorers and 28 saves from senior goalie Matt Tomkins. The Buckeyes led 2-0 after the first period, with seniors Drew Brevig and David Gust scoring. At 7:04 of the second Dakota Joshua extended the lead to 3-0. The Badgers answered less than three minutes later with a power play goal, but Ohio State scored once more in the period (Miguel Fidler) for a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes. Mason Jobst scored the lone goal of the third on the power play at 7:36. Tomkins made 14 of his 28 saves in the final stanza. Ohio State was 1-for-5 on the power play, with UW 1-for-6.
• Game two (Ohio State 3, Wisconsin 1): Ohio State led 1-0 just 2:46 into the game when Mason Jobst scored on the power play. The lead grew to 3-0 after 40 minutes, with Kevin Miller and Brendon Kearney (shorthanded) scoring in the second. The Badgers got on the board with a power play goal midway through the third, but the Buckeyes did not let them get any closer. Buckeye goalie Matt Tomkins had 27 saves in the game, including nine in the third period. The Buckeyes were 1-for-3 on the power play in the game and the penalty kill was 5-for-6.
Buckeyes vs. Spartans
• In a series that dates to 1964, Ohio State trails the all-time series with Michigan State, 36-87-12, but has the edge in the last 10, 6-3-1. Michigan State leads 6-4-0 in neutral site games.
• This year, the Buckeyes are 3-1-0 vs. the Spartans. The teams first met in East Lansing Feb. 17-18, with Ohio State posting 3-2 and 4-3 wins. In Columbus March 3-4, the Spartans won game one, 5-4, before a 5-3 Buckeye victory in the finale.
• Seven of the last eight games between the teams have been decided by one goal or a tie.
• Four Buckeyes call Michigan home - senior Nick Schilkey (Marysville), sophomores Dakota Joshua (Dearborn) and Brendon Kearney (Northville) and freshman Ronnie Hein (Chelsea).
Buckeyes vs. Spartans in the Postseason
• In postseason action, Ohio State is 4-6 vs. Michigan State all-time, with CCHA, B1G and NCAA contests included.
• Last season, then-freshman 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 Thursday. 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. 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.
• In the 2014 Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals, the No. 4 seed Buckeyes posted a 2-1 overtime win against the No. 5 seed Spartans. The Buckeyes trailed 1-0 after the first period but Tanner Fritz tied the game in the second and then-freshman defenseman Drew Brevig netted the overtime winner.
• The teams met in the CCHA semifinals in Joe Louis Arena in Detroit in 2005, a 4-1 Buckeye victory.
• The teams met twice in the 1998 postseason. In the CCHA championship, No. 1-ranked Michigan State beat Ohio State in double overtime, 3-2. Ohio State then downed the Spartans in overtime in the NCAA West Regional in Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor to advance to the program's first Frozen Four.
• The teams met in the CCHA semifinals in 1983, `84 and `85, all MSU wins in Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
The Last Series - Buckeyes Split with Spartans
• Ohio State split its final home series of the season, falling to Michigan State in the series opener 5-4 before a 5-3 win.
• Game one (Michigan State 5, Ohio State 4): The Spartans led 4-0 after the first period, with three even strength goals in the first 15:00 and a power play tally with 2:31 left in the stanza. Ohio State senior Nick Schilkey scored his 25th goal of the year early in the second, but the Spartans responded for a 5-1 lead at 7:25. The Buckeyes scored the next three goals, however, they were unable to get the equalizer. Kevin Miller and Mason Jobst (shorthanded) scored 3:17 apart in the second period for a 5-3 MSU lead after 40 minutes and David Gust notched the only tally of the third on the power play at 15:43.
• Game two (Ohio State 5, Michigan State 3): The Buckeyes held a one-goal lead three times, but the Spartans answered each time until Ohio State pulled away in the third. Ohio State opened the scoring 12:05 into the game; Michigan State scored less than a minute later. Ohio State took a 2-1 lead at 17:37 of the first and just 52 seconds into the second the game was again tied. The first four goals of the game all came on the power play. At 2:03 of the second Ohio State went ahead 3-2, again answered quickly by the Spartans 1:45 later. In the third, Dakota Joshua scored on the power play at 5:04 to put the Buckeyes ahead and the lead stood, with Nick Schilkey sealing the win with an empty net goal with 11 seconds remaining.
• The Buckeyes are 13-2-3 in road games this season for an NCAA-best .806 road winning percentage, ranking first in road wins (and tying for first in fewest road losses).
• The Buckeyes have an NCAA-high 4.50 goals per game on the road and have allowed 2.67 a contest. The power play is 25-for-74 (.338).
• Combining away and neutral games, Ohio State is 13-3-4 on the year, tying for third nationally with a .750 winning percentage, ranking first with 4.3 goals per game and giving up 2.7 a contest. The power play is 26-for-83 (.313).
• In away/neutral games, Mason Jobst leads the Buckeyes with 28 points, while Tanner Laczynski and Dakota Joshua are tied for second with 21 points each and David Gust has 20 points. Nick Schilkey is first with 13 goals, followed by Jobst with 10.
• Ohio State is 46-for-1146 (.315) on the power play this season, ranking first in the NCAA. The team was 2-for-8 last weekend at Wisconsin, going 1-for-5 Friday and 1-for-3 Saturday. In its last nine games, the team is 22-for-51 (.431). The squad has a power play goal in 27 of 36 games this year, with 13 games with multiple power play goals.
• This is the best power play percentage for a Buckeye team since at least 1999. Since that time, only three teams ended the year better than 20 percent (2005/.219, 2014/.220, 2016/.210). The program record for season power play was set in 1984 when the squad converted 32.7 percent, while the 1983 team is second at 32.2 percent.
• On the penalty kill, the Buckeyes are 112-for-152 (.737) this season. The team was 5-for-6 in each game at Wisconsin.
• In conference games, the Buckeyes were first among Big Ten teams on the power play (29-for-76, .382).
• Nick Schilkey has 15 power play goals this season, tying for third in program history for a single season (Perry Pooley, 1983). The top two marks for a Buckeye are Perry Pooley with 23 in 1984 and Andy Browne with 20 in 1983. This year, Schilkey is second nationally in power play goals and first with .50 power play goals a game.
• The Buckeyes have four shorthanded goals this season. Brendon Kearney scored the first of his career Saturday at Wisconsin, assisted by Mason Jobst. Jobst scored shorthanded twice - Feb. 17 vs. Michigan State and Jan. 14 vs. Arizona State. Josh Healey has the team's other shorthanded score, tallied Nov. 11 vs. UConn.
• Ohio State has allowed five shorthanded goals (two against Robert Morris, one at Minnesota, one vs. Penn State, one vs. Wisconsin).
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