Ohio State Heading to NCAA Tournament
March 20, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team is heading to Fargo, N.D., for the 2017 NCAA West Regional, the NCAA announced Sunday. The Buckeyes, an at-large selection into the 16-team NCAA Championship, will take on No. 2 seed Minnesota Duluth at 6:30 p.m. ET Friday in the first round of the West Regional. ESPNU will televise the matchup.

The other first round game in the Fargo regional features No. 2 Boston University taking on host North Dakota at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

The regional final will be played at 7 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPNU, with the winner advancing to the Frozen Four in Chicago. Sean Ritchlin and Clay Matvick will call all three games of the West Regional for ESPNU/ESPN2.

At this time, available tickets to the NCAA West Regional are sold out. Should tickets currently being held for various groups per NCAA bid specifications become available, those tickets will go on sale to the general public in person only at the Scheels Arena Box office at 9 a.m. Thursday. UND Athletics will make an official announcement Wednesday afternoon on UNDsports.com and official social media outlets if tickets become available.

This marks Ohio State’s seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since 2009. The squad reached the Frozen Four in 1998 in its first NCAA Tournament and also earned a spot in 1999, 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Ohio State is 21-11-6 this season and reached the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament, falling to Wisconsin, 2-1. The squad is 7-3 in its last 10 games.


 

 

The Buckeyes are second nationally in scoring offense, averaging 3.97 goals per game, and have the top-ranked power play, converting 32.5 percent of their chances, along with the NCAA’s best shooting percentage (.131). The squad allows 2.89 goals a game.

Individually, Mason Jobst is first on the squad with 36 goals and 55 points, ranking eighth in the NCAA in points per game and first in the B1G in scoring. Nick Schilkey has a Big Ten best 27 goals and is second in the NCAA with .79 goals per game. Schilkey and David Gust are tied for second on the team with 41 points each, while Dakota Joshua (34), Tanner Laczynski (31) and Matthew Weis (31) all have topped the 30-point mark. In goal, Matt Tomkins has started the last five games and has a 2.48 goals-against average and .909 save percentage this year while playing in 17 contests, posting a 12-4-3 ledger. Christian Frey has 21 appearances, notching a 3.07 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.

Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik, in his fourth season at the helm of the Buckeyes and his seventh year at Ohio State, spent 10 years on the coaching staff of the Bulldogs (2001-10). Mark Strobel, the Buckeyes’ associate head coach, was an assistant coach at UMD for two years (2001-02).

Ohio State is 4-2 all-time vs. the Bulldogs, members of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The teams last met in Columbus Nov. 1-2, 2013 when the current Buckeye seniors were freshmen, splitting a series (UMD 3-1, OSU 4-2). The squads met in Duluth Oct. 12-13, 2012, splitting those games as well (UMD 6-2, OSU 3-2). The teams faced off in the 2006 Ohio Hockey Classic in Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus, a 4-1 Buckeye win. The squads met in Duluth Dec. 19, 1979, a 6-1 Ohio State victory, and the first game was a 3-3 tie in the St. Louis Tournament Dec. 29, 1974.