Ohio State hockey is back in the NCAA Hockey Tournament for the second straight year. The Buckeyes, which earned the top spot in the Midwest Regional and the No. 4 overall seed, will face off against Princeton on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
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2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament: Ohio State-Princeton time
Ohio State and Princeton face off in the 2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 24 at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa.
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, March 24
Location: PPL Center in Allentown, Pa.
2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament: Ohio State-Princeton TV channel
The 2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament game between Ohio State and Princeton hockey on ESPNU.
2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament: Ohio State-Princeton watch online
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Ohio State-Princeton hockey: How to listen on the radio
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2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament: Bracket
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Ohio State-Princeton hockey preview
Ohio State (24-9-5, 14-8-2 Big Ten) will make its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance and eighth overall.
A week after the Buckeyes’ run to the Big Ten Tournament championship on March 17, the NCAA rewarded them with the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Regional and the No. 4 seed overall. St. Cloud State, Notre Dame — which beat Ohio State in the conference title game — and Cornell round out the top three.
“I’m excited to be a No 1 seed. It’s the first time in school history,” captain and junior forward Mason Jobst said. “It’s a great accomplishment. We worked really hard this year. We are excited for the test in front of us. As coach said it is a new season from now on.”
The Buckeyes have perhaps their best opportunity to reach the Frozen Four for just the second time in program history and first since 1998. They’ll begin their tourney run against Princeton (19-12-4) on Saturday afternoon at PPL Center in Allentown, Pa. Win that, and they’ll take on the winner of defending national champion Denver (22-9-8) and conference rival Penn State (18-14-5) in the regional final on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
“This hasn’t just happened in one year. This has been a long time coming,” coach Steve Rohlik said. “There is a rich hockey tradition here and we are happy to keep that going.”
The offense is focused around a a trio of forwards — Jobst, sophomore Tanner Laczynski and senior Matthew Weis. Laczynski leads the team in assists (28) and points (43), while Jobst is the leading goal-scorer (19). Each players has scored at least 12 goals, totaled at least 22 assists and scored more than 35 points.
In goal, redshirt junior Sean Romeo has made 34 starts this season, compared to four for freshman Tommy Nappier. Romeo has made 880 saves, allowed 71 goals and has a save percentage of 92.5 percent.
Should Ohio State advance to the Frozen Four, it will play at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. on April 5. The championship is set for April 7 at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Buckeyes are one of four Big Ten teams to make the NCAA Tournament.
“We have been playing in an unbelievable conference all year that has prepared us for this moment,” Jobst said. “[The league] is growing and getting better every year. We were close to having five teams in [the NCAA Tournament] this year.”