Oct. 14, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After standout performances in an overtime win against No. 3-ranked Providence, Ohio State men’s hockey forwards Tanner Fritz and Anthony Greco have both been recognized. Fritz, a senior captain, was named Big Ten Second Star of the Week, while Greco, a junior, was named NCAA Third Star of the Week and his hat trick was the NCAA No. 2 play of the week. The duo led the Buckeyes to a 5-4 win over the Friars, with Ohio State coming from a goal down four times before prevailing in overtime.
Fritz, from Grande Prairie, Alberta, had a hand in four of five Buckeye goals in the season opener Friday, scoring two goals and adding two assists. It was his third career four-point game, the first since November 2013, and his third two-goal night for the Scarlet and Gray. Fritz scored the Buckeyes’ last two goals against PC, tying the game at three early in the third period and then deadlocking the score at four with less than eight minutes left in regulation. He had the first assist on Greco’s goal that tied the game at one in the first period and then assisted on Greco’s overtime gamewinner. Fritz, who was the leading returning scorer in points per game in the B1G, helped the Buckeye power play go 3-for-7, including 3-for-4 in the third period and overtime.
A native of Queens, N.Y., Greco recorded his first career hat trick, and the first for a Division I player this season, Friday vs. the Friars. He tied the game at one in the first period, scoring 19 seconds after PC took the lead, and at two in the second period. Greco then netted the gamewinner 28 seconds into overtime with a power play goal. It was the first multiple goal game of his Buckeye career (after entering the season with 10 goals in his first 53 games) and the first Buckeye hat trick since Jan. 10 (Ryan Dzingel vs. Michigan State).
Fritz, Greco and the No. 17-ranked Buckeyes are back in action this weekend, taking on No. 11 Miami in a home-and-home series. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. Friday in Value City Arena in Columbus and at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Steve Cady Arena in Oxford.