Jan. 24, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s hockey sophomore forward Mason Jobst was named Big Ten First Star of the Week and senior goalie Christian Frey was named third star, earning league star of the week honors for the third week in a row. In addition, Jobst has been named the NCAA Second Star of the Week. Jobst and Frey led the Buckeyes to a 1-0-1-1 weekend at then-No. 1 ranked Penn State last weekend, with a 3-3 overtime tie and shootout win and 6-3 victory to pick up five B1G points.
Jobst had a Big Ten best three goals last week and tied the conference lead with four points. Friday, he tied the game twice in the third period. His first goal came at 6:53 to tie the game at two and he then scored at 13:59, 1:18 after the Nittany Lions had taken a 3-2 lead. Saturday, he scored a power play goal late in the first period for a 2-1 Buckeye lead and he had the primary assist on Matthew Weis’ eventual gamewinner just 38 seconds into the third period, breaking a 3-3 tie. Jobst was part of the Buckeye penalty killing unit that was 5-for-5 in the series and on the power play squad that was 2-for-6.
Jobst is on an eight-game point streak, with 16 points, on seven goals and nine assists, in the stretch. He leads the Buckeyes and is third in the Big Ten with 28 points (10g, 18a). In B1G games only he is tied for second with five goals and ranks third with nine points, while he is second with 1.83 points per game.
Frey had 97 saves and a .942 save percentage in the Buckeyes’ five-point weekend at Penn State. Friday, he had 56 saves (four shy of his career high), including 23 saves in the first period, 17 in the third and five in overtime. He allowed just one goal in a seven-round shootout, making a stop in the round seven, allowing the Buckeyes to win on Sam McCormick’s attempt to close out the round. Saturday he had 41 saves, including stopping all 14 shots he faced in the third as the Buckeyes broke a 3-3 tie en route to the 6-3 win. Seven of his saves came on the penalty kill, including six on a major in the second period.
This is the ninth time in his career Frey has been recognized as a Big Ten Star of the Week and his third time this season. Frey has 35-plus saves in five of his six games in January, with a 1.96 goals-against average and .953 save percentage. In league games he is first with a 2.32 goals-against average and .946 save percentage. On the year he has a .923 save percentage and 2.66 goals-against average.
Jobst, Frey and the No. 8-ranked Buckeyes (12-4-6, 3-2-1-1 B1G) host Wisconsin (11-8-1, 4-2-0-0 B1G) at 7 p.m. Thursday before the series moves to Madison Square Garden in New York City for a 7 p.m. tilt Saturday.