No. 11 Buckeyes take on top-ranked Gophers in B1G vs. Ohio State Buckeyes game

Last outing

  • The Buckeyes picked up wins over Bentley in Columbus last Thursday and Friday.
  • In Game 1, 15 players had at least one point, with several points on seven en route to a 9-2 Buckeye win. The Buckeyes were leading 2-0 after the first period thanks to goals from Jaedon Leslie and Kamil Sadlocha (shorthanded). Ohio State scored three times in the first half of the second period — with Joe Dunlap, Jake Wise (on the power play) and Matt Cassidy — for a 5-0 lead at 9:38. The Falcons got on the board with a shorthanded goal, but Ohio State answered less than two minutes later with a power-play goal from Cam Thiesing and the Buckeyes led 6-1 in the second intermission. In the third, Wise notched his second of the game at just 46 seconds. The teams scored three times in the final 4:05 for the final 9-2. Bentley scored at 15:55, followed by goals for Ohio State’s Davis Burnside and Sadlocha.
  • In Game 2, the Buckeyes scored the game’s final two goals for a 3-1 win. After a scoreless first stanza, Ohio State scored the only goal of the second period on a Stephen Halliday power play. Bentley tied the game early in the third, but Patrick Guzzo put the Buckeyes ahead less than four minutes later and Kamil Sadlocha added an insurance goal. Jakub Dobeš made 34 saves for the Buckeyes and the penalty was 4-for-4, including stopping a major opportunity for the Falcons in the third period.

Have Fun, Bentley Edition

  • Kamil Sadlocha led the Buckeyes with five points in the series against Bentley. He had four career points in Game 1, along with his second career two-goal game and first outing with two assists. Sadlocha also scored in the second game.
  • Jake Wise had three points with two goals and an assist in Game 1 against Bentley. He added an assist in Game 2 for a four-point weekend.
  • Freshman Stephen Halliday had his second three-assist and point game of the season last Thursday against the Falcons.
  • Cam Thiesing and Matt Cassidy each had two points with a goal and an assist in Game 1 against Bentley. Cassidy played in his second two-point game in the Scarlet and Gray and first since January 1, 2022 against LIU. The goal was his second as a Buckeye, with the first on Dec. 18, 2020, against Arizona State. Thiesing now has eight career two-point days.
  • Defensemen Scooter Brickey and Evan McIntyre each had two assists in Game 1 of the series. For Brickey, it was his second night of two assists and two points in the Scarlet and Gray and it was the first for McIntyre.

Statistics tricks

  • The Buckeyes are scoring 3.50 goals per game and allowing 2.0 per outing.
  • Stephen Halliday has a team-best seven assists and nine points and Kamil Sadlocha is first with five goals, tied with Jake Wise (4g, 4a) for second with eight points apiece.
  • Wise is second with four goals, followed by Patrick Guzzo and Cam Thiesing with three each. Travis Treloar and Mason Lohrei are tied for second with five assists each. Guzzo has two game-winning goals tied for second nationally.
  • Jakub Dobeš has started the first eight games in goal and has a 1.80 goals-against average and .931 save percentage. Ryan Snowden and Reilly Herbst both made appearances. Dobeš leads all NCAA goaltenders with six wins this year.
  • Wise leads the NCAA with 99 game wins this season.

Special teams

  • The Buckeyes were 6-to-6 shorthanded against Bentley and are now 27-to-28 (.964) this season, leading the NCAA.
  • Ohio State was 3-for-10 (.333) on the power play against the Falcons.
  • Overall, the team is 8 for 38 (.211) with the man advantage and has shot 77 on base with a man up.
  • Ohio State has three shorthanded goals, by Patrick Guzzo, Tate Singleton and Kamil Sadlocha, leading the NCAA (ahead of six teams with two). The team allowed a shorty against Wisconsin on October 8 and against Bentley in Game 1.
  • The three shorthanded counts are the most for the Buckeyes since the team scored four in 2018-19. Ohio State has only had one in the past two years and had two in 2020.
  • Jake Wise is tied for third in the NCAA with three power-play goals, while Stephen Halliday and Travis Treloar each have two.

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