Junior forward Mike McCormick (17) celebrates Eugene Fadyeyev’s (21) goal within the first duration of game one during Ohio State’s hockey game
After winning the large Ten regular season and coming off a bye week within the first round, the Ohio Condition men’steam is able to play again because they get ready for the very first Big Ten Tournament matchup against Penn Condition.
Carrying out a split series against Michigan Condition, the Buckeyes (20-9-5, 13-7-4 Big Ten) have experienced their USCHO ranking increase from No. 7 as much as No. 6. The Nittany Lions (21-14-2, 11-12-1 Big Ten) remain behind within the overall rankings at No. 17 but they are ahead within their offensive rankings, topping the country with 4.59 goals per game, .53 greater than any team in the united states.
The Penn Condition offense continues to be its ace within the hole all season, getting scored 170 goals this year when compared with Ohio State’s 107, which ranks tied without. 22 within the NCAA.
This offense is brought by sophomore forwards Alex Limoges and Evan Barratt who’re rated No. 2 with no. 8 correspondingly in points in the united states. Together they’ve accrued 90 points this year, with Limoges’ 22 goals leading they.
Within the first round from the Big Tenagainst Wisconsin, it had been junior forward Liam Folkes who walked up for that Nittany Lions. Within the three-game series from the Badgers, Folkes scored three points in every game, finishing the series with three goals and 6 assists, sufficiently good to generate the NCAA Second Star each week.
Folkes isn’t any. 3 around the team and tied without. 12 within the NCAA with 41 points this year.
Penn Condition also supports the No. 4 power participate in the nation, getting scored 32 power-play goals this season on the 26.23 percent rate of success.
As the Nittany Lions have proven their offense is the strength, they also have proven their defense to become their weak spot. Penn State’s defense is among the worst in america, allowing, 3.65 goals per game, great for the 4th-most goals permitted within the NCAA.
The Buckeyes, meanwhile, are rated No. 13 with 2.24 goals permitted per game and also have the No. 2 goalie in save percentage in america, sophomore Tommy Nappier.
The teams have performed four games to date this year, with Ohio Condition winning three and losing one, outscoring Penn Condition 18-11 with the season series.
Thematch between top-seeded Ohio Condition with no. 4 seed Penn Condition is going to be located in the Schottenstein Center, and happens at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.