March 13, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Members of the No. 5/4-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team were well represented in the Big Ten all-conference awards, as announced by the conference Tuesday. Forward Tanner Laczynski was named First Team All-Big Ten, while forward Mason Jobst, defenseman Sasha Larocque and goalie Sean Romeo were named to the all-league second team and forward Matthew Weis was an honorable mention pick. Goalie Tommy Nappier was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.
Steve Rohlik was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. He is the first Ohio State coach to earn league coach of the year honors since 1998. Rohlik has led the Buckeyes to a 24-8-5 record, the most wins since 2005. The squad, picked fifth in the Big Ten preseason coaches poll, finished second in the B1G standings and will face No. 1 seed Notre Dame in the Big Ten Tournament championship game Saturday. The Buckeyes rank in the Top 11 in the NCAA in scoring offense, scoring defense, power play and penalty killing, as well as in the Top 5 in wins and winning percentage. He is in his fifth year at the helm of the Buckeyes.
Ohio State’s four players on the first and second teams combined led the conference. The four honorees match the four selections the squad had last year, the program best as a member of the Big Ten. The all-conference honorees were selected by the league’s six head coaches and a media panel.
Laczynski, from Shorewood, Illinois, has 42 points this season, with 15 goals and 27 assists (all career highs). He is tied for second in the Big Ten and tied for 16th in the NCAA in points. A finalist for Big Ten Player of the Year honors, he finished Big Ten play tied for third in points (25). A Philadelphia Flyers draft pick, Laczynski has 74 points in 71 games as a Buckeye. He is the third Buckeye forward to earn First Team All-Big Ten accolades in the fifth year of the league.
Speedway, Indiana, native, Jobst, a First Team All-Big Ten selection a season ago and a Big Ten All-Freshman Team honoree in 2016, has 41 points this year, with 19 goals and 22 assists, ranking fourth among league scorers. The junior finished second in points in Big Ten play, with a 13-13-26 line, his third straight year in the Top 10 among league scorers. He has 126 points in 110 games, ranking seventh among all current NCAA skaters and third among juniors in career points.
Larocque, from Calgary, Alberta, leads the Buckeye defense that is fourth nationally in scoring defense, holding opponents to 2.08 goals a game. Larocque is +19 on the year, tying for ninth among blueliners nationally and ranking first among all Big Ten skaters. He has nine points, with two goals and seven assists, while playing in all 37 games. Larocque has a team-high 67 shot blocks and is seventh in the Big Ten with 1.18 per game. He is the second Buckeye defenseman to earn All-Big Ten honors, joining two-time selection Josh Healey.
Romeo, a native of Cary, North Carolina, is a semifinalist for the Mike Richter Award as the top goaltender in the natoin. He is in the Top 11 in the NCAA in goals-against average (2.07), save percentage (.926) and winning percentage (.682). He has a 20-8-5 record, with his 20 wins tying for sixth in a single season among Buckeye netminders and the most since Dustin Carlson had 21 wins in 2009. A five-time Big Ten Star of the Week, he has 11 games with 30 or more saves and two shutouts on the year. He is the second straight Buckeye goalie to earn Second Team All-Big Ten honors, joining Christian Frey.
Weis, from Freehold, N.J., has a career-high 12 goals, 25 assists and 37 points on the year, standing eighth in points among Big Ten skaters. In league games only he finished with 22 points to tie for seventh, posting 18 assists. Weis, who scored the gamewinner in overtime against Michigan in the Big Ten semifinals Saturday, has 122 points in his 136-game Buckeye career, ranking eighth among current NCAA skaters in career points.
Nappier, who hails from St. Louis, won all four of his starts this season. In six appearances, he has a 1.33 goals-against average and .956 save percentage. He shut out Wisconsin Feb. 24 in his last start and was named Big Ten First Star of the Week. Nappier is the first Buckeye freshman goalie to see action and post a win since 2014. He is the second Buckeye goalie to be named to the all-freshman team, joining Frey (2014).
Senior forward Christian Lampasso was the team’s selection for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. He has a career-best 10 goals and 13 points this season, including two gamewinners. A native of Amherst, New York, has been a Bucks Go Pro intern and still works with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.