May 8, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - In the inaugural season for the Big Ten Hockey Conference, Ohio State will face its five league opponents twice both home and away, completing a 20-game B1G slate. In addition, the squad will host four non-conference series and take on three non-league teams in home-and-home matchups.
Big Ten Conference play begins for the Buckeyes with a home-and-home series against Michigan Nov. 29 in Ann Arbor and Dec. 2 in Columbus to wrap up the first half of the season. After a non-conference series vs. Mercyhurst Dec. 28-29 to open the second half of the season, Ohio State will play nine conference series before heading to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., for the first Big Ten Hockey Tournament. The winner of the conference tournament earns the league's automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.
Michigan State comes to Columbus Jan. 10-11 before Ohio State travels for back-to-back road games at Minnesota (Jan. 17-18) and Wisconsin (Jan. 24-25). Ohio State welcomes Penn State to Value City Arena Jan. 31-Feb. 1, followed by a road trip to Michigan State Feb. 7-8. Five of the Buckeyes' next six games will be in Columbus, with a two-game series vs. Wisconsin Feb. 14-15, a home-and-home series with Michigan Feb. 28 in Ann Arbor and March 2 or 3 in Columbus and the final home series against Minnesota March 7-8. Ohio State wraps the regular season at Penn State March 14-15.
To open the year, after an exhibition game vs. Toronto Oct. 5, Ohio State will have three home-and-home series with regional foes. The squad will take on Miami in Columbus Oct. 11 and the teams will meet in Oxford Oct. 12. The squad will meet Bowling Green two of the next three Tuesdays, playing Oct. 15 in Bowling Green and Oct. 29 in Columbus. The Oct. 25-26 weekend is a home-and-home matchup with Robert Morris, with a contest in Value City Arena opening the series vs. the Colonials before a meeting in Pittsburgh the next night.
Ohio State hosts seven-consecutive non-conference home games, beginning vs. the BG Falcons Oct.29. Minnesota Duluth and Ohio State will meet Nov. 1-2, with Niagara in Columbus Nov. 8-9 and the Buckeyes hosting Canisius Nov. 15-16.
Fans can be a part of the inaugural Big Ten Hockey season by purchasing season tickets or a 10-game Big Ten package for less than $10 a game. For more information, contact the Ohio State athletics ticket sales department by calling 1-800-GOBUCKS (select option 2). Fans will be directed to a sales representative who can discuss seating options over the phone or schedule a time to tour the Jerome Schottenstein Center to pick out seats.
Mason Jobst - All-American